I realize it’s been a while. And as you can tell by the title, this does not seem adoption related, but with one line at the end, I will bring it all together… watch. ;)
I just spent 45 minutes at PetSmart. First, I realized the company that made my cat’s food changed the formulas yet again. Murphy has a very sensitive stomach, and he’s the only reason I keep buying this brand. Since they’ve done this several times, I had to switch. I bought one small bag of their food (I think) and went in search of a food to switch them to.
First, I started looking for a brand that I was familiar with, and on the way I saw new stuff - grain-free cat food! Eating grain-free reduces inflammation and can reduce several diseases that people in America suffer from; maybe cats were next. I survived one diet change, I could do it again. In January, my cats went on a diet. I didn’t think it was possible to do it. I thought I would die listening to their “meow”s for more food all day. But after just 2 months of feeding them a set amount at the same time of day, they both lost weight. In addition to losing weight, Tabitha became a different cat! She used to be standoffish and very anti-social. In the last two months, she’s become very loving and wants to cuddle.
I started to wonder if my cats were inflamed from eating grain. Was that pound that Tabitha lost just enough to take stress off of her little joints and make her a happy cat? Well, what if I start feeding them grain-free? Maybe they’ll both come out of their shells and be wonder cats! I work with nutrition expert, Dr. Dawn Cadwallader. I’ve seen her change diets in children to gluten-free, and they become different kids within a week. It’s amazing! Maybe I need to do the same thing with my cats. I grabbed my phone out to text her. Dr. Dawn has been there for me for a lot of stuff. I know I could call her in the middle of the night and she’d answer. But something told me that texting her a question about cat food on a Friday afternoon while she was at a seminar in Dallas was not the best idea ever. I put my phone away.
I frantically started reading food labels and grabbing different brands to compare. After about 5 minutes, I realized I had no clue what I was reading. Cross-eyed after 10 minutes, I convinced myself that they were cats. Senior cats at that. They have a good indoor life, they are incredibly healthy, they have no issues, nor have they ever. I could probably put down the one-pound bag of $30 grain-free cat food. I convinced myself to go with a well-known brand that had been around for a long time. I got up to the register only to second guess myself. I got really nervous about the food that I purchased. ”What if”s kept going through my head.
As I was driving home, agonizing about whether I made the right decision… I started laughing really hard.
What am I going to do when I have to pick out food for my children? (Probably have a panic attack and pass out in the fruits and vegetable section.)