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I Learned Something New

I love learning. And I will admit there is a lot I don’ t know. Today I learned new things about what I shouldn’t be feeding my cats. I know realistically I shouldn’t be feeding them junk. But it’s really hard when they beg. They’re so precious. How can I say no?  Then there is also the fact that they tag team me, too. One distracts while the other steals food.

So I went to the Foster and Smith website and found this list of things to not feed your cats. Pretty intense,  huh? I have to admit, my girls love mushrooms. They also love various vegetables such as olives, which other sites have also warned me to not feed them. They love canned tuna. Chloe absolutely will attack you for avocado and I have heard that it will kill cats. I have to constantly watch these girls! Be careful with your babies.

Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats fed baby food for an extended period of time. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Canned tuna (for human consumption) Large amounts can cause malnutrition, since it lacks proper levels of vitamins and minerals. It can also lead to thiamine deficiency (see ‘Fish’ below).
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
Dog food If accidental ingestion, will not cause a problem; if fed repeatedly, may result in malnutrition and diseases affecting the heart.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy products Some adult cats and dogs may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption ofbiotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a “string foreign body.
Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

Life in a Box

Sometimes I feel like I live life in a box. If I don’t do what people want or say what people want me to say then they put a lid on that box. If I do say or do what they want, they might lift the lid and let me have some air. Otherwise I am stuck in there with some old stale air that has grown stagnant. It gets really frustrating and almost toxic because I’m having to hold in thoughts and feelings in order to please others. But that isn’t being true to myself. How is that true to me? Is it fair?

I’m 40 years old. I have gone through a lot and it has really given me some opinions on life. I have been dealt some great blows again recently and I am having to regroup and take stock of life yet again. Guess what! I have thoughts and opinions and ideas and all sorts of other things. And they fill my head. And I don’t have a spouse or companion to talk to about them anymore. So I have this box to type in. And if I type words that others don’t like then they will put a lid on the box. I don’t put a lid on other people’s boxes. I actually don’t ask others to live in a box. I want people to say what’s in their hearts and minds. Now I will try to be respectful and I did remove a post that some didn’t like. I didn’t want to because it was just using a phrase that is commonplace in Southern language and is something I have had to deal with a lot lately. If more people said what they thought and quit trying to be “appropriate” all the time then they might feel better. That’s my goal. To quit feeling so stifled and stagnant and restricted. I want to feel like I can breathe and be me for the first time in life. I just want to be Amy.

Another thought on the matter–what if I told them how I didn’t like their political views or something else?  Would they be upset or offended? Would they feel like they have been put in a box? Would they feel like they’re suffocating? I don’t think they would like it.

We are never going to like what another person says or does 100% of the time. I certainly don’t like what others do and I know they don’t like what I do. I would ask that others please not try to put me in a box because I am not trying to put you in one. OK?

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