kasey (allthingsshiny) wrote,

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protein shakes and foster mom-cat

The diet is going really well. Ten pounds in two weeks.

And I do not want to hear one single "That's too fast!" I'll let you know when I'm going to keel over.

One of my most satisfying moments this weekend was pulling on a pair of pants that I haven't been able to wear since last fall, and zipping them up with room to spare. Next, I aim for the pants I haven't been able to wear since last year. Also, I still have high school clothes waiting in reserve, and I am not afraid to dress like i'm fifteen again.

Today, though, I've been craving like crazy. I'm eating cottage cheese and broccoli, but what I really want is the tub of vanilla ice cream i know Charles has stashed in the freezer. I went out and bought a cookies-and-cream protein shake (35g protein, 4g carbs) to kill the craving, but it's just not the same.

My mom is going to take the mom of the foster kittens that I have right now. This makes me happy - she's a wonderful kitty, but adults adopt slowly and I'd hate to see her languish in the shelter for months. My mom wants an indoor-outdoor cat, and normally I'd never agree to this, but I doubt mama-cat will stay inside for anyone.

There's a hidden danger to animals that stay in the shelter for a long time. The county does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. Any animal that passes the behaviour screening has a kennel there for as long as it takes to get adopted. Animals stay there for months, even years in some rare cases. The risk is this: Shelters are full of communicable diseases. Kennel Cough, URI, parvo, even distemper and calicivirus. Every day an animal is there is a day it could get sick - a cough from the dog in the next cage over, a kennel contaminated by parvo from a new arrival. Sick animals are euthanized, unless we can find room for them in our small isolation unit. How small? We have hundreds of cats in the shelter. We have 10 cages in isolation. It's not much better for the dogs.

Long story short, that's why I don't want mom-cat to sit in the shelter, if it can be helped.
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