Something I have always wanted to do was to get a brand new squeaky toy for Marge, place it out in the yard without her knowing, and then watch her reaction to it.
I had myself a little fun this afternoon and did just that.. with a squirrel stuffy toy on a string (my makeshift flirt pole). Can you say, INSANITY?
Marge is not particularly toy driven, but the sight of this thing wriggling across the yard erratically was enough to send her wild. Here's a short clip of some of the action.
I've decided that she is never to see this toy outside of the yard and will only get to play with it one or two times a week on the string, in order to keep it novel and exciting.
I'm also going crazy for another reason: it appears that the EVO canned food is not working for Layla. She has the beginnings of a sore on her nose and sounds just a bit stuffed up. She's eaten about 10 million different things over the past month, but I can't really pinpoint it to anything else.
There is a thickener in the food called Carrageenan that, supposedly, is very commonly not tolerated in animals with allergies or sensitivities. I also thought I read somewhere that it can lead to inflammation (hence the respiratory response).
I called the vet and he was shocked; there is literally nothing in EVO. It is 95% Duck. Something in that other 5% is causing Layla a problem.
I tried giving her d/d canned as a replacement while we get this sorted out, but she puked it up, even after having Pepcid. So, d/d canned is totally out. That means that she had to eat the EVO again tonight, despite the possibility that it's causing an allergic reaction. My vet is adamant that my cat does not stop eating.
It's very likely that Layla is not going to be able to eat wet food. Our next try is going to be Royal Canin's Duck and Green Pea, Dry veterinary formula. I'm not impressed with the ingredients at all, but the premium foods just are not working and this is the last limited ingredient duck-based food that I know of.
Just continue to cross your fingers that we find a food that works.