March 13th, 2013


Wouldn't he make you want to join the chuch? Or would you like a fat cat instead? And more!

Meet the new pope, Francis:

While he looks depressing as hell, at least he doesn't look evil, like the previous one:

- In more cheerful, less evil news, poor Ellie New Cat needs a new diet. Two years ago she was 10 pounds. Last year she went up to 12 and we wanted to get her back down to 10. Somehow she went up to 15 instead. Eek!

The vet suggested putting her on prescription food, but that's a pain in the butt (20 minute trip to the vet each way to pick up more). So anything with more than 11% protein (in a wet food) would be an acceptable replacement. Over lunch I went to the pet store and peered at the backs of cans (I really need to start carrying a magnifying glass, the type is so tiny!). I found Core, which seems to be the best option. 12% protein (highest in the store, higher than the prescription's 11%) and check out the ingredients:

Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver, Dried Ground Potatoes, Natural Chicken Flavor, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Cranberries, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Taurine, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chicory Root Extract, (everything else looked like vitamins and minerals).

Everything is either stuff we would eat, or stuff we eat and don't realize it (guar gum, carrageenan). Hopefully she'll like it.

The only downside is that it's darned expensive. $2 per can, and it should be fed one can per day per 6-8 pounds of weight. I'm probably going to give her one can per day with some dry to make up the extra two pounds to a 10 pound cat. (You're supposed to feed for goal weight instead of current weight.)

The funny part is a bunch of comments on Amazon talk about how eating this food cured cats of diabetes, so for the briefest moment I thought maybe I should try eating it. :P

- I'm still reading Kazan the Wolf Dog, and still coming across the wackiest of facts, Did you know otters and beavers are mortal enemies? That otters exist in the world to destroy beaver dams? That they drill through them using their heads? Also, beavers have a "scoop" in their chin that can hold up to 10 pounds of mud and concrete! Also, apparently concrete is naturally occurring and found in riverbeds.

On the third day the destructive instinct of the otter began its work. He began to examine the dam, close down to the foundation. It was not long before he found a weak spot to begin work on, and with his sharp teeth and small bullet-like head he commenced his drilling operations. Inch by inch he worked his way through the dam, burrowing and gnawing over and under the timbers, and always through the cement.

Also, when exposed to air for too long, beavers die.