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September 04, 2007

beaks and snouts

vegetarians and the squeamish probably want to skip a lot of this first bit.

beaks and snouts, supposedly, that's what cat food is made of. and wheat husks and other unsavory things.

whenever i research feline health problems, the topic of making pet food at home from fresh ingredients, and feeding your cat raw meat and bones, comes up.

so i ask all of you: do you know anyone who has done this? has your vet ever mentioned it? i'm not going full barrel ahead or anything, because i know a mistake could cause serious problems, but i'm pretty curious about the whole idea.

if it could help mo, i'd be willing to do it.


with that lovely topic out of the way, i will say that we had a great weekend in virginia. i still can't get over what a great traveler my cat is. he was perfectly relaxed and sleeping in the car on the way home. being at j's house seemed to enliven him. i think more and more that he's bored and lonely at home by himself, and i do feel some regret that i never got another cat after franny died.

there was a lot of waiting in line at the beer branded theme park, but still it was quite fun. the people watching in line is half the fun.

J was disappointed that we didn't go on any roller coasters this year. Neither of us wanted to contemplate the Griffon or Alpengeist; looking up at Apollo's Chariot gave me vertigo, so I nixed it, and agreed to go on the Loch Ness Monster. But it was closed all day for maintenance. I agreed to the Big Bad Wolf as a backup, but by then it was around 5pm and the lines were crazy long, and we were really tired and ready to go home.

However, we'll be back for Howl O' Scream in October, and I know a roller coaster is going to have to be on the agenda.

The most interesting ride we went on was Escape From Pompeii, which we agreed has a lot of untapped potential. It's in the vein of the Pirates of the Caribbean, in that you're in a large boat on water, but Busch just doesn't do the immersive experience the way Disney does. The premise of the ride is so cool-- it's the 1930's or 1940's and you're visiting Pompeii which is a big, dangerous architectural dig. Once you enter the dig site, things start falling all around you and catching on fire. Then you come back out into daylight, and the "escape" part is the big, steep drop that the boat takes, which is the only real thrill for the adults on the ride.

We got to the park around opening time and ate breakfast there, which worked out pretty well. After all, if you can't get a good, hearty breakfast in "England", where else can you? Although I suppose "France" might have had something interesting to offer. Er, if there is a "France". I guess instead of "France", they have "Canada". Which is, of course, part of "Europe".

Non-theme-park activities included eating a lot of very tasty food, taking the dog out to the woods, arguing about celery (which was an interesting argument), and sleeping a lot. I've reached the point now where I sleep better at J's than I do at my own house, so I tend to do a lot of napping when I'm there.

Oh, and we took the ferry to Surry, which was interesting. Surry looks exactly like Bundick, which is where my family had a vacation house while I was growing up.


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Posted by lisa at September 04, 2007 08:48 PM


i've never known anyone who makes their own cat food, but one of my co-workers back in NC made her own dog food every week. she simply cooked up chicken, carrots & potatoes... made kind of a stew... and then portioned it out for the week.

Posted by: xta on September 5, 2007 02:57 AM

I know lots of people who feed various hommemade diets to their dogs. Some do a raw diet, which is raw meat and bones plus raw vegetables, and some make cooked food. The thing is that most dogs really can eat just about anything and even thrive on it (barring allergies, illnesses and sensitivities), but cats have much more precise nutritional needs, so you'd need to do a lot of research.

A good place to start your research would be a book called "Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats." It has a lot of information about homemade diets. They have a copy at the Durham Public Library.

But there are a lot of pre-made pet foods that have human-grade ingredients, so if you do a little research you can find one. Look into the Natura brands: http://www.naturapet.com/

You can get the Natura foods (and several other good brands) at Barnes Supply. The people who work there are usually pretty helpful.

Posted by: Lisa B on September 5, 2007 08:43 AM

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