March 9, 2008

Week 38 Results: 5.5 oz of plastic waste.

More kitty plastic this week. I gave up on the hypoallergenic food from the vet, which actually made them both sick, and fed them boiled chicken, white rice, and pumpkin this week. More on that in a future post. I also purchased a bottle of Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics, which of course comes in a plastic bottle.

The thing is, when it comes to Soots and Arya, I would do anything to help them feel better. These cats are pure, unconditional love. And I don’t mean that I think they love me or that I’m anthropomorphizing them. I mean that when I look in their faces, I get such a feeling of joy that I think I might understand a tiny fraction of what it feels like to be a mother. They can bite and scratch and poop on the floor and ruin the slippers I just finished knitting, and none of that matters.

So anyway, I cooked them chicken that we already had in the freezer in plastic packaging. I didn’t buy this chicken, and I wouldn’t have eaten it myself. But since we already had it, I figured it was better to use it up than to go out and buy new chicken. And even though it was probably purchased since I began the plastics project, I’m going to add it to the “Before” list since I didn’t buy it and it wasn’t originally intended for me. If I need more for them after this is gone, I’ll get it in my own container from the butcher counter at Whole Foods or one of the two local butcher shops in my neighborhood.

So, here’s this week’s tally. Items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began (or in this case purchased by my partner originally for himself):

  • 2 bags of Foster Farms skinless boneless chicken tenders. Fed to the kittens.
  • 1 Styrofoam tray & 1 plastic wrap from a package of Safeway chicken breasts. Also fed to the kittens.
  • 1 48-oz bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup & cap (#2 plastic). Finally finished this week. I got out the very last bit using Melanie’s and Heather T’s suggestion of filling up the bottle with milk and shaking to get out the last bit of chocolaty goodness. I’m planning to make chocolate syrup from scratch using this recipe.

New plastic waste:

  • 1 prescription bottle and cap (#2 plastic). As I’ve mentioned before, prescription bottles cannot be refilled by pharmacies legally in California.
  • 1 plastic seal and foam insert from the new bottle of Animal Essentials Plant Enzymes & Probiotics for the kittens. I’m hoping this will help get their digestive systems back in shape.

So that’s my story for this week. All about cats and cat poop and cat food. Hopefully, I’ll find something more interesting for the non-catophile readers soon. But I can only report life as I live it, right?

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9 years ago

Nice post thanks for sharing this post with us.. I really like this great post..

14 years ago

Wow! Look at how shiny your cats’ coats are! You must be feeding them some very healthy things in their diet.

Good job!

Our 11 month old kitty had terrible runny poo for the first 3-4 months of her life.

We had her wormed and had stool samples taken several times. We gave her probiotics, and changed her kitten chow several times, too.

She seemed to just grow out of it, but the anti-diahrrea meds from the vet and changing to adult cat food seemed to do the trick, too.

Beth Terry
14 years ago

Charlie, I think I might add another rule to my comments page. Rule #1: Making me laugh is STRONGLY encouraged! Whew! I read your comment at work today and laughed so hard I couldn’t get the words out to explain to my co-worker what was so funny. Major points to you, friend!

14 years ago

here’s a super idea from Marks and Spencers in London- a peeled orange in a plastic ‘clam’ box.
Listen up, when I am too old and infirm to peel an orange (and I will have terrible problems with opening the clear plastic package anyway) take my PEG lined incontinence pants away, and take me to the dump. I will thank you.

Anonymity Please
14 years ago

I hope your cats feel better too. It is hard to spend so much time feeding my cats when I work 10+ hour days, but I admire what you’re doing. Keep up the good work!

14 years ago

i thought it was pretty interesting. . . . . . . but, I must agree with just ducky on this one.

Face Clues
14 years ago

Your cats are lucky to have you!!

14 years ago

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14 years ago

Hey Beth, do you know if plastic medicine containers can be recycled? I found a few bottles of expired Tylenol and Aspirin in my medicine cabinet this weekend. I threw out the pills, but was unsure of what to do with the bottles. They are #2 plastic, and they have narrow necks, so it SEEMS like they could go in recycling, but they’re so small so I had my doubts.

14 years ago

I have had cats who “grew” out of their digestive disorders. Never did find out what was going on. Also, if you do decide to purchase chicken for the kitties you can freeze them individually on a pan and toss them in those bags you have left after they are frozen. Reuses the bags and is convenient to have individually frozen chicken pieces.

just ducky
14 years ago

Beth…first of all–I prefer hearing about life as people know/live it. To me it is the most real and most interesting…so as far as I’m concerned, talk about the kitties all you want! You know I talk about my life pretty frankly!

But I also have a question for you…when did Klean Kanteen start selling all-plastic caps with their water bottles instead of stainless steel? They still offer the stainless steel, but at an additional charge. I was pretty shocked. I was on their website the other day and realized what was going on…I sent an e-mail to them this morning to inquire why they started doing this. Did anyone else catch this switch?

Bellingham Furnace Guy
14 years ago

Hey, do you have kids or is it just you? With kids it is so hard to get away from non-recyclable P.

14 years ago

Your kittens are so cute! Hope they feel better soon. Pumpkin always seems to do wonders for my dog when his belly hurts.

14 years ago

Hope they settle soon!

An aside, live culture yogurt is a great way to introduce probiotics into an animal… I can’t remember if you have a non-plastic source for yogurt or not. But, the cats probably won’t mind the texture of a failed homemade yogurt!

It seems there is much more information out there for raising dogs all natural than for raising cats in the same way, interestingly enough.

14 years ago

They are very attractive cats….so what ever you are feeding them, must be working :)