Friday, October 23, 2009


Nothing . . .
Makes me . . .
Catapult . . .
Out of bed . . .
Huka Huka
From a sound sleep . . .
Huka Huka
Faster  than . . .
Huka Huka Huka
Trying to stop my cat. . .
Huka Huka Huka
From . . .
“Yuck, Sweetie! Why do you always huk-up your hairball on the carpeting? And always in the middle of the night?”

A few weeks later, the carpet-cleaning guy said to me, “Ma’am, got everything cleaned but one stain.”
“The one upstairs?”
“Yeah. My guess is it was red dye from your cat’s treats.”
“How’d you know?”
“See it a lot. Never can get those stains out.”
“You should give your cat treats that don’t have red dye in them.”
“Yeah, I would, if could. Switching anything on a cat isn't easy.”
“That’s why I have a dog.”
After he left, I got to thinking about the red dye.
Why is there red dye in my cat’s treats anyway?
Yes, they’re shrimp flavored treats and shrimp is red.
But does my cat—or any cat—care what color her treats are?
I know I don’t’ care what color my cat’s treats are.
Perhaps if they didn’t put dye in them then the color might be gray like mice?
And that got me thinking. Is shrimp even a natural source of food for my cat?
I doubt my cat would ever hunt for shrimp even if we lived in Louisiana.
Nor would my cat ever have the opportunity to hunt for tuna.
Or a chicken, turkey or cow.
But mice? Yes!
And rats too!
Just think of it.
There could be a whole new industry—catching mice and using them in cat food! Instead of killing them in traps, we could trap them and eat them.
Well, not we humans—cats!
It would provide new jobs.
It would help eliminate the pesky rodent problem.
It would give house cats food that they naturally eat in the wild.
The food would be gray or brown like real rodents are so there’d be no need to use red dye in cat’s food.
But the best reason of all?
There’d be no more red dye stains on my carpeting!

Always, Em-Musing

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