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Monday Mischief: Cats Up – Dogs Down

MM 8.8.16

You would think that my animals never saw food before in their lives; 6 animals, 7 different foods, plus veggies twice a day (not including the snacks that I know V gives the cats). Everyone wants to be in THEIR SPOT or they don’t want to eat. Cats on the counter – dogs on the floor (or the dogs will gobble it all in a second). Nine likes privacy, so I hide him behind the cat food canister. I moved Mini Cooper recently next to Nine because she used to eat in front of the fish tank and was getting too distracted and never finished. Noel, of course, is in her window. Heckle and Jeckle Louise and Sofie chow down on the other side of the room in their puzzle slow bowls. Stella is in her private suite. I have to monitor or Noel and Sofie will gang up and eat everyone else’s food. I have learned that if I go do something in another room and don’t pay attention for more than a minute, there will be chewed bowls and even canisters on the floor very quickly.

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Can you see the tape holding the lid of the canister together and the chew holes?  Mommy left the room 🙂

What mischief did you get into today?

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This used to be a blog hop that I hopped from MYBrownNewfies but I don’t know who is leading anymore. Does anyone? I still like to get into mischief on Mondays!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2016 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Feeding Time @ the DogDaz Zoo

MM 6.15 Feeding Time

I am a certifibly crazy pet parent, especially around feeding time:  6 animals – 7 different foods

The Food

Food 1 and 2: Louise, with her autoimmune issues, gets Hill’s prescription Z/D (wet and dry). She has been doing really well on it and sadly, I can not find any cheaper alternatives.  I feed her in a ‘slow bowl,’ which really works too. (Thanks for the slow bowl idea, Eko.)

Food 3 and 4: Sofie, eats Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato (wet and dry).  I used to feed it to both dogs before I found that Louise could not tolerate most foods.  The dogs also get unsalted veggies with each meal, or pumpkin, depending on what I have in the pantry.

Food 5: Noel eats Friskies wet food.  All the cats used to be on this but Nine and Stella started to dislike it (as well as most dry foods), so now only Noel is on it.  Wet is my choice and I add a good amount of water.  (Dr. L says they would normally eat 4 mice a day, which would be meat and water mostly, so that is what I try for.)

Food 6: Nine and Stella don’t like any wet anymore (no matter how hard I try), so they are on Solid Gold – Indigo dry.

Food 7: The baby, Mini Cooper (who is not a kitten anymore), is on Blue Healthy Gourmet pate (wet only).  She does not like Friskies.  I haven’t moved Noel to the Blue because it is very expensive and if I can save a few bucks…

The Process

I have feeding down to a science. I open all dog food cans.  I make Louise’s food first because I want the fork to be free from contamination of other food. (Yes fork vs spoon, because Lulu’s food is very solid and it helps break it up more.) I mix the wet, dry, and veggies with water.  She then licks the fork.

Then it is whinny Sofie’s turn.  I mix her dry, wet, and veggies with water and then she licks the fork.  Sometimes I make them sit and give them an extra veggie or 2.

I take their food to the dog mat, they say their prayers (really they do) and chow down.

Now that they are busy I move to the counter to feed the cats. I open the cat cans. Mini first because she is a huge pest if I don’t.  Then Nine on the other side of the counter, followed by Noel, the patient, in her herb window.  The cats have to eat ‘up’ to keep food away from dogs.

The dogs are still busy when I go down the hall to Stella’s room and feed her (she is behind closed doors all the time so she is easy).

Back to the kitchen to make sure Sofie does not cat bowl surf the counter (which she does) and that Mini and Noel don’t gang up on Nine, who is a slower eater, because they do. They sit there and stare him down if I don’t watch.

This routine may explain why it is really hard to get anyone else in the family to help at feeding time.  I actually accomplish all this in a matter of minutes, but I have a plan (you have to have a plan at 5 am).

I don’t mind the different foods, it is just the cost that is killing me, and the need to shop at multiple pet stores because the foods are special and only sold at specific places (Z/D at a PetSmart with a Banfield Vet or at a Vet) and Natural Balance at Petco or a specialty store. But I got smart this month, I went on the internet and ordered things direct.  Maybe that will make life a little less crazy around pet food.

Feeding time at the Zoo!  Oh yeah, I repeat this again around 4:30 in the afternoon. No wonder I am always tired.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Warning: DEET In Dog Jerky Treats

I am sure that most of you have heard about the animals that have become sick and died because of contaminated dog and cat food from China. Since 2007, they have found MELAMINE in pet food and treats. Were you aware however, that since then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported over 4,800 complaints and 1,000+ dogs, 24 cats, and at least 3 people have died?  Most of this has been linked to Chicken JERKY TREATS.

jerky According to an article in The Capital newspaper (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) by Dr, Francine Rattner, a veterinarian at South Arundel Animal Hospital in Maryland, samples were taken by the FDA recently of chicken jerky treats from veterinarians across the United States who treated dogs that became ill after eating them.  It is shocking to find that the chemical analysis shows the treats contain two really bad things – the insect repellent DEET and the drug AMANTADINE.

DEET is a common insect repellent and pesticide.  Amantadine is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, some types of flu viruses, and for pain management in dogs.  Dr Rattner supposes that maybe the poultry farmers were using it to prevent avian influenza in their chickens, though it is not legal to use that drug on poultry in the US.

There is no direct proof that the contaminants in the jerky treats are responsible for the problems, so the FDA has not recalled the Chinese-made treats and many stores still sell them.

I thought that I was being smart by avoiding treats labeled “Made in China,” but, what I learned was that packages can be labeled “Made in the USA,” even if they include ingredients sourced from other countries (since it is put together here).  The only way that you can actually know where the ingredients come from is to contact the maker of the product, and if you are lucky enough to get the right person, they can tell you where their source is.

Bottom line: If you want to feed your dog jerky treats, make them yourself or do without.

Louise asks Why?

PLZ, DON”T CHANCE GETTING ME SICK!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤ dogcat.gif

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Update From China: There’s Food, So Where Are The Pets?

Obviously they have cats somewhere in China.  I found food and litter in the grocery store.

Obviously they have cats somewhere in China. I found food and litter.

There were signs of cats in a very small aisle in the grocery store,

Chinese dog treats in the grocery store.  I don't see dogs anywhere, though.

Chinese dog treats in the grocery store. I don’t see dogs anywhere, though.

There were also dog treats, but I have only seen 2 strays and 1 leashed dog in 3 weeks.  No cats.  Hummmm…..  I am really having animal withdrawal.  There are also no ground animals, no rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, not even snakes…  but I’ve been told if I go in the back of restaurants I will find rats.  Oh, I did see a bird at work last week.  I never realized how much I am tuned into the ‘other than’ human vibrations around me all the time, and without them, I am starting to get off balance.  I contemplated going to the Shenzhen zoo, but I am afraid that it might upset me if the living conditions are poor.

I miss my furries.  Sorry to whine.  

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo in China ❤

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Dogs

 

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Massive Pet Food Recall

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Dogs

 

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10.29.12 Preparing for the Perfect Storm with Pets

Watching the hurricane Sandy roll in

The animals feel the storm much earlier then humans, I think.  Actually, I have been feeling it for days, but I am one of those weird humans that is really in tune with every change in pressure for hundreds of miles.  The atmosphere here at the zoo has been pensive.  Maybe it is because we have been rushing around for days, thanks to the predictive awareness of the National Weather Center, and the robo calls that have been coming from every utility because of the early declared state of emergency. 

Preparing the property is one things.  Preparing for a prolonged outage, or inage (being captive in the house for days), is another when you have animals.  This got me thinking about what, more than animal food and litter, should I be prepared for, in case I really did have to evacuate.  Though we are within 1,000 feet of the water, we are on high ground, so it is very unlikely; but what if the roof got damaged or something.  So, here is my list:

5 cat carriers and 2 dog kennels.

Vet papers on all animals.

Dry and wet food for 1 week: 21 cans wet cat food, 14 cups dry cat food, 2 cans wet dog food, 40 cups of dry dog food, 

5 cat food bowls and 2 dog food bowls.

Minimum 2 littler pans and 1 large bucket of litter (and scooper and bags for scooped stuff).  (Maybe I need to have some small little set up in each carrier if they have to stay in there (I need to think about that).)

Minimum 1 dog water bowl and 5 small water bowls for cat carriers.

Muffin’s heart medicine and baby aspirin.

Kitties anti-anxiety medicine.

Animal first aid kit,

Blankets for each carrier and 2 extra for dogs.

Dog marrow bones and 2 toys to keep them occupied.

Leashes and collars (with all their tags).  (I don’t have collars for the cats with any ID.  To late to buy now, but maybe I need to figure out something so they each have ID.) 

Also should know where I can go with the zoo.  I can’t go to my sister-in-law because her dog hates dogs, my Mother-in-law’s cat would freak out, so next step would be a shelter.  Who will take all of us?  I better start working on that since the wind and the rain are here.

This is really hard.  Even when we have been without electricity or heat before for more than a week, we have never left the animals, and we never will.  One big winter storm we lost 2 out of 4 large tanks of fish, because they got to cold.  Now with the generator hopefully that won’t happen again.  But, one must be prepared.

Please be safe wherever you are.

Keep you loved ones close and your animals out of harms way too.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Dogs

 

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10.21.12 Its Not My Fault!

Nine here.  I want to let you know that everyone seems to blame me around the zoo, but things are really not my fault.  You see I am a very active young man and I just like to have fun.  Just because I chase the girls, literally, and push around the old man, does not mean that I am bad.  I just think it is fun to watch them all run down the hall and hide from me.  Ok, so I did figure out how to jump from the kitchen counter to the top of the pantry, and then over to the top of the refrigerator, where the humans were hiding 3 full unopened bags of cat food, and then proceeded to open them, oh so nicely, and help myself to a little bit from each.  Now really, what is wrong with a snack? They want me to grow up and be independent, don’t they?  The sign on the fridge says “Dinner won’t make itself,” so I figured I would make it for us.

It is just not fair that I get blamed whenever something is broken, or missing, or there is a cat fight going on.  Just because I am usually in the middle of it, does not mean I started it.  And no Mom, I did not eat that $105 check you have been looking for all month.  Really, stop blaming me for everything.  I think I will run away with Sofie Bear and join the circus, this zoo is just crazy.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Cats

 

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