All the World's a Dinner Bowl
Just took another dank, used tissue out of Zoe’s mouth in between letting the three mutts in and out a million times already (and I’ve been up only 2 hours). Dogs eat anything. Cats are supposedly fussier, but Pam says one of her cats eats or chews all kinds of crazy things. Stacey mentioned her cat likes to eat hair. Many of you have said your dogs love “kitty logs” fresh from the box. What ARE some of the things—disgusting or not—that your pets partake of?
The most expensive item one of my dogs ever munched to destruction was a pair of The Boss’s glasses. Daddy’s girl, Zoe, did that, so I didn’t get too much grief (though if it had been Scooter, the roof of my house would have erupted clear to the moon!) Zoe also loves to lick soap and moisturize. Heck, she just loves to lick.
When I was about 6 or 7, we had our first family dog, Pixie. My sister was in diapers, when one of her turds let loose and fell to the floor. I called Mom, who was a bit too slow to save the day. I reported happily, “don’t worry, Pixie ate it!” She was upset and disgusted, but I remember thinking, even at that young age, “She should be happy Pixie cleaned it up for her.” I didn't understand why she was upset.
My vet told me about a lab that ate whole walnuts that fell off the tree. The dog had an operation to remove one that lodged in his intestine. No sooner did he recover than he swallowed another—and needed operation number two! He also told me about a dog that ate an entire tube sock, which also had to be surgically removed. Vets probably have a ton of such stories. Peanut once had a severe problem with something he got into. First I noticed his stomach was making LOUD sounds, like hunger pangs gone wild. You know how dogs eat grass for upset tummies? Well, he came in and puked up a wad of grass the size of a football! Then blood. He was at the vet’s for a few days, on IVs, had x-rays. Nothing showed. We thought he’d have to have exploratory surgery, but he got better ($350 later) and that was avoided.
Hey, who hasn’t pulled a length of dental floss from a dog or cat’s butt! My sister had to do this once to one of her cats, and she said she thought the cat was a floss dispenser so much came out! Gross, yes, but it must be done! I’ve had to extract long grass blades from butts before as well!
Catfish likes to lick my hair and “groom me,” because I think he likes the taste of my hair products. I worry that might hurt him, so I let him lick for only a little. He LOVES to lick my face. I thought he loved me, but then noticed he only does that if my face is freshly washed and moisturized. It feels good anyway!
No matter how careful we are, there will come a day where we have to deal with the aftermath of their appetites!
posted by Sandy at 1/26/2007 10:21:00 AM