We've had our cats for the last several holiday seasons. Some years we've had a horse or two. What we haven't had in a few years is a puppy... Wow...
Big Puppies, Holiday Decor and Holiday Guests
This week started with more than a bang. Two of them, and super weird ones. First, one of our cats decided that during the stress of holiday goings-on, she wouldn't eat cat food unless it was canned and heated. She's always a hard keeper so we give in a LOT. We usually add a bit of hot water to the food to hydrate the cat, but this time we put the food in the microwave for a
few moments and I didn't think much of it until I heard a pop from the kitchen. I ran in and the food was smoking, but I thought I just put it on too long. I put a fresh little pile of wet canned food (cod, sole and shrimp) on a paper plate and put it back in. Set microwave for 8 seconds. Turn on. SNAP CRACKLE POP WOW! The cat food was sparking like the time I left a spoon in my coffee cup! I mean SERIOUSLY. I was a little freaked out, so I found some pre-cooked turkey in the freezer that was leftover from thansgiving, heated that, and give it to the cat. I was busy doing that when I heard a yelp from the living room.
I found the poodle puppy whining and saw Christmas lights dangling from the tree, no longer lit. Some shreds of green plastic were on the floor. I examined the dog and found no burns or signs of real harm, but apparently she had decided to taste the delicious lights and received a small shock.
We've had our hands full with teaching the dog not to jump on every visitor that drops by and getting the dog groomed to prepare for travel. I've never seen a poodle that hated to be brushed, but she hates it, so we have to brush her daily while feeding her treats to get her used to it before she murders a groomer. Sigh... I do love the holidays, but I'll be glad when the dog is a bit older next year! I had to take my usual pill (worth every penny) to fall asleep last night, but at least it worked. (Here's a link if you're curious, this stuff DOES work! If you decided to try it, I appreciate the small commission I'll get to help replace the Christmas lights!)
I did a bunch of googling trying to figure out what the deal was with the cat food. It turns out that some vegetables spark in the microwave too, due to the high mineral content. I checked out the cat food cat and it does have added iron, magnesium and zinc. I am guessing that is what causes the sparking, but I'm still feeding turkey until I talk with my vet. I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments if you know anything about cat-food sparking phenomenon or if you have tips on coping with pets, puppies and holidays! Season's Greetings to all readers!
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