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My name is Oedi and I soar amidst the stars far from the planet of my birth. I guess this starship is the closest thing I've
got to a home now, for I am a refugee and an outlaw. Vanth Dreadstar, Syzygy Darklock, Willow 327, Rainbow and Skeevo are my family. We are revolutionaries.
Our goal? To bring an end to the 200 year old war between the Instrumentality and the Monarchy!
Feb 14 17 11:30 PM
I had to put one of my cats, Swirl, to sleep tonight. His kidney's were failing. He was only nine years old. He and his brother, Tigger, were feral cats that we took in when they were about 8 weeks old.
He had been very sick for the past week as the vets and I struggled to help him recover and he wasn't very responsive to being petted. I hadn't heard him purr for at least a week. But when he was wrapped in a towel at the animal clinic, awaiting the lethal injection that would end his suffering, he looked up one last time at me as I stroked his head and started to purr. It will be the last time I ever hear it.
Broken hearted on Valentine's day.
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I've been feeling tremendous guilt in the days since putting my beloved Swirl to sleep. He's had kidney problems several times before, but my vet told me that this time his condition was too severe to recover from and recommended euthanization. Now I'm beating myself up thinking that I may have given up on him too soon.
Anyhow, as a result if my guilt, I've been doing a lot of web surfing to research kidney disease in cats and how to treat or prevent it. That led me to a page about cat diets, which in turn provided me with a great deal of information that I had not been aware of previously. I feed my cats almost exclusively with dry cat food. They love it and it's easy and inexpensive. Then I read this: "all dry foods are dangerously low in water which wreaks havoc on your cat’s urinary tract and puts him at great risk for life-threatening and excruciatingly painful urethral obstructions and possibly cystitis." Also this: "Dry food (aka “kibble”), in addition to containing potentially deadly fungal toxins, contains a great deal of bacteria." And this: "Note that dry kibble is very often contaminated with bacteria, fungal mycotoxins, insects and their feces, as well as being high in carbohydrates and plant-based (vs animal-based) proteins."
You can research this topic further, if you wish, but "kibble" is essentially void of any real nutritional value and is basically useless filler sold to enrich the pet food companies. It's barely a notch above poison. They coat it with some sort of fatty material to entice cats to eat it. If you stripped away this coating, the cats wouldn't go near it!
I'm linking to an article written by a female veterinarian who believes in feeding you cat a homemade raw/cooked diet. She provides the complete recipe for how to make it and claims that the cost per cat is 66 cents per day. At the very least, if you can't feed your cat a homemade diet, feed them with "soft" canned food. It's far better for your cat than dry "kibble."
Hopefully, this will help our cats to live longer, healthier and happier lives!
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