October 8th 2010 2:06 pm
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So here I was, sitting on my cloud watching my momma have a nice day in the gorgeous weather outside. She was working in her garden and had her camera out, taking pictures of the blue jays feeding on peanuts in the bird feeder. These nice people were walking their dog by our house and a pregnant cat came out of nowhere and started rubbing all over momma's legs and acting all lovey dovey. Mom asked the people if they'd ever seen her before and they didn't but it opened up the conversation to talk about kitties. They happen to have 3 kitties besides their little dog Lilly and momma snatched that opportunity right up to give them an IBDkitties card and start talking about kitty diets and health. They were super nice people, looked like around my momma's age, maybe a little younger. And they were very interestd and open to learning about nutrition and stuff. They talked for at least a half an hour and introduced themselves and were really great to talk to.
Well, mission accomplished for today! My momma is good at this, she will talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere to get them to understand how important it is to try and prevent the diseases that killed me! She talked a lot about me and I can see her eyes when she does, she tears up a little. The people saw the passion in her eyes as well and that helps them to understand how sincere she is. She was sure to tell them, she doesn't sell anything or charge anything. This is all done for the sake of the kitties and the people that love them. Even for their doggy!
They told her they hardly ever feed canned food. OH BOY! That was a good time to tell them they should start now and give them some food with moisture so they don't develop kidney disease and all that other junk. They were very open about it and it felt good. Momma always feels really good about what she's doing after she talks to someone and they are very interested in learning more. At least it's a start and hopefully they'll have very healthy kitties who'll live a long and happy life.
And now they might spread the word too! Education, education, education! Way to go momma! My wings are flapping hard for you, that's why it's so windy down there right now! LOLO. We're doing it, just like our website motto: Helping to try and save lives...one paw at a time!!!!
We make a good team momma, even if I'm not there physically, you KNOW I'm workin' it hard from where I am!
You and your momma make a good team! So many people don't realize that what they feed their dogs and cats make such a HUGE difference in their health and well-being.
Bravo to you two! Team IBD all the way!!
Thank you so much you beautiful girl! Team IBD, we like that a lot! Thank you for being on our team Sally Maria. We luv you and hope you're doing well!
You and your mama make a great team! Go team . . . get the word out!
Good job team! My momma tries to talk to people about kitty nutrition and health, too. Sometimes she feels like people hear her, and other times it seems that unless there's a crisis, they just aren't that interested. But she keeps at it whenever there's a chance. All of us can make some difference in educating and spreading the word! Go Team!
That's right Gumpy! All we can do is keep trying and be there to try and help. And if there's anyone who is interested in what we have learned and wants to hear more, we can use that open door to help give their furbabies a better life, AND to make some great new friends in the process! Same goes for you Kaci Sunshine! We're all a great team working together and we kitties have super powers!! And it's true, sometimes people don't want to hear it. But you really never know, just when it seems like we didn't make a difference and didn't reach them, they sometimes come back and want to learn more. So we have to be patient and believe what we're all doing is making a positive difference! (And we can always chew on our nails if we get frustrated, LOL).
I never used to get canned food (only for a special treat) but since I was a little underweight a couple of years ago and now I get it all the time. It's great!
We take every change to meow up wet food! It is a big problem and the manufacturers push and push. Vets too so there is no one culprit. The truth is we live in an "Easy and instant" society. Pour the kibble or fill the "Weekly feeder" and done.
We have been very happy and healthy on wet.
If we all work together it WILL make a difference to may kitties. Thanks for you great work educating our caregivers.
Okay, momma wants to make it VERY clear that she is NOT anti-dry! Just so everyone knows that. I know sometimes people feel beat up and stuff about how they get fed but hopefully everyone knows my momma by now that she's not like that. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do if your kitty won't ever eat anything else. But if new people don't understand how an only dry diet is hard on the kidneys, that's when we explain to them that they should be at least adding in as much canned to the rotation as possible.
Phew! Just wanted to clarify so nobody feels like she was judging because NO WAY is she like that!
I love my wet food, boy oh boy is it good. Thats a great thing your Mommie does!
Hugz and purrs, Sassy
Last time Mommy was buying canned food at the store she saved someones kitty from getting another bag of Science Diet. She just said "Science diet huh? I used to feed that too." The person looked intrigued and said "Yeah, the vet suggested it years ago when I first got the cat so now we are on the mature/hairball kind." Then the person asked a question " Is there anything better?" My momma, without missing a beat said "Oh boy is there!" The person really wanted a hairball control version so she picked up a sample bag of BB hairball to try. But she already feeds wet in the mornings too, and was going to pick up some grain free Wellness to try in that rotation! Mommy was excited that someone was interested in trying new things. She also pointed the lady to Alex's site and catinfo.org because there is just sooo much information out there you cant possibly get it out all at once.
Anyways Alex we wanted to thank you sooo much for making mommy more informed and braver about sharing with others.
Annabelle, your mommy is doing a terrific job and I'll take her on my team anyday! She's definitely got the passion for it now and we're so happy that you're a nice healthy girl because of it. Go Annabelle's momma!!! You go get 'em!