Saturday, January 31, 2015

Certified Organic Locally Grown Caturday

Today I'm heading to the grocery store on the first day of genuine attempt to stop eating fast food to save money and (hopefully) lose weight.

ugh get out of the cart, mittens

I mean, I've been to a grocery store before, but I've been shopping like a confused teenager for awhile. In less than a month I'll be closer to 30 years old than 20, so McDonalds should probably stop being considered a reasonable place to eat more than once a day. While being healthy and saving money can get pretty tricky, nothing else is quite as simultaneously expensive and horrible for you as fast food on a regular basis.

for real though don't give your cat cheeseburgers

So, in our weekly celebration of Caturday, I'll be hosting a segment of cats with food. Bon app├ętit!

ew is this even food

hahah no really where's the food

come on just give me a slice!

maybe you left some crumbs in here...

oh yissss...

...really?

oh that's right! I forgot, fruit is delicious!

But seriously folks, only some select and purposefully prepared human foods are okay for your cat to eat. Even googling it real quick might come up with some false, or incomplete information. A veterinarian can tell you exactly which foods are okay for your cat, but there are some foods that will cause serious problems. They don't have the same digestive systems as we do. Don't ever give your cats raisins or grapes, garlic, onions, chocolate, caffeine, candy, or basically anything that we wouldn't eat if we were on a strict, healthy diet. Fatty foods can cause some serious... bathroom issues, as well, which are seriously unpleasant for both you and your cat.

The saying "if it's good enough for me, it's good enough for them," is wildly inaccurate, because we are different flippin' species. Cats are carnivores, meaning their body is designed to purposefully be able to sustain itself off of meat - they don't need a varietal balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains like we do. We are also much larger, meaning our bodies can handle small amounts of poisons or toxins and safely break them down without even noticing, while a cat's small body may shut down because of them. Even tuna and milk, hallmarks of our human knowledge of what's "okay" for cats, are not actually great for them. Most cats are lactose intolerant, and tuna lacks proper vitamins and nutrients your cat needs, as well as (as does all fish) containing trace amounts of mercury.

Don't panic if your cat licks your food or sneaks into the kitchen and takes something off the counter (unless it was poisonous obviously), just don't actively try to feed your cat the fatty, oversalted foods that we tend to think are delicious. 

If you really want to feed it right, there are regular cat foods designed to do just that - take your cat to the vet if you want to know how to feed and treat your cat properly.

Happy Caturday!
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