From Brad, taker of the kitties to the vet:
"Grishka has a urinary tract infection, which is pretty common with cats. (Katya may also have the beginning of it, too.) So to the vet they went today for testing.
The vet told me that most run of the mill cat illnesses are food related. We got onto the subject of cat food. Having had vets tell me since I've owned cats that high quality dry food was the only good thing, that's what we've been feeding our cats.
Some recent studies about diet (and vaccines) have shown that dry cat foods are not good for cats. The problems are apparently numerous: (a) the lack of moisture is bad for them; (b) rather than being good for their teeth, it's actually bad, because their teeth are designed to tear meat (pure carnivores) and instead, pieces of food get jammed into their gums, turn into sugar, and then cavities; (c) the nutritional balance is way off.
The last one was quite a surprise. They did something really simple: they took the typical feral cat diet (mice) and decided to see what foods stacked up compared to it. Pretty much none of the commercial dry foods, and only some of the commercial wet foods. Even among the prescribed foods, many were not nutritionally balanced.
The primary problem seems to be an overabundance of carbohydrates, and too low protein, as well as generally too little water in the dry foods. Since cats are carnivores, their digestive systems are adapted for very high protein content, but can't hardly deal with much carbs at all. Most of those extra carbs do to cats just what they do to people: turn into sugar, which eventually turns into fat that's hard to get rid of, as well as causing over production of insulin and causing -- no shit -- diabetic cats.
So basically this study has shown that the declining trend in cat health is almost entirely the fault of these foods over the past decades. He showed me a chart comparing most of the typical cat foods to the "optimal" mouse diet, and the best commercial food was, unbelievably, Fancy Feast canned food (the beef, chicken, and liver varieties; the fish varieties are not balanced as well, and shouldn't be used unless they're counterbalanced).
He recommended immediately changing their food (as well as anti-biotics to cure the current course of UTI). He said that even a year ago, he was calling things like Fancy Feast 'kitty crack' and telling people not to feed it to their cats. Oh sweet irony. So off I went today, and picked up 96 cans of Fancy Feast, trying to overcome the built-in sense that I was doing something wrong. :p"
He weighs 13 lbs, 4.5 oz. She weighs 12 lbs 12 oz. Not oversized for Siberians.
Yesterday I had a dentist appointment to get 2 fillings drilled out and then re-filled. That went fine (after the second shot of Novocaine) and eventually my mouth felt normal. Today when I was drinking some water, I felt a twinge on the teeth that were the focus of the dentist yesterday. Later when I was chewing a piece of gum (sugar free), there was a lot of pain.
So I called and went by the dentist's office on the way home. Turns out that they were deep fillings and I should expect sensitivity for about 6 weeks. Did the dentist mention this yesterday? Nah. So now I have Fluoridex to apply to the top of those teeth 6-7 times a day for at least a week.
At least I know what to expect now. :p
Both links were found on IRC...
First we have:
BitterSweets from Despair.com. They're offering 2 collections: Dejected and Dysfunctional. Be sure to read the flavors too.
From ThinkGeek, HTTPanties. 200 message for when you want to play and 403 for when you don't.
More stuff from ThinkGeek.
Simon (formerly of www.edge-pipe.com) sent me a Christmas present. Sure, it's almost February, but he sent a very cool present!
He sent me season one of the BBC version of Coupling.
Thanks, Simon! :kiss2:
I'm caught up on my LJ reads and my blog reads. I've gotten through most of my email (though I still owe some people some email). I'm still behind on the tv that Brad saved for me, but it won't last long. Laundry is all done (well, towels are in the dryer but everything else is done). I went through the papers on my desk and figured out what bills need to be paid and when. I've slept a lot this weekend. My asthma has been pretty bad today. I've had to use my Albuterol inhaler 3 times and I will probably have to use it once more before bed. And it's still snowing. Peri wasn't very excited about going outside last time we went. I can't say I was either. Especially when I realized that I couldn't see any signs that we'd been out earlier.
Michel Gagn - The Towers of Numar (click on the image to get more info about the book)
He'll be at Anthrocon this July (in Philly). His creatures are so interesting that I just had to order a book of his for my very own. A friend of mine is going to be doing registration for this con—that's how I found the link.