My Mr. Floyde (pronounced Mistah ♪ ♫ Flooiiiyydeee ♪♪ ♫ ) turns 9 years old this month.
He’s got a life about as good as a cat could get. The first 2 nights after we brought him home from the humane society, he was barely conscious with the cat flu from the pound. At one point on the second night of taking turns staying up with him, we really thought he wouldn’t make it. 9 years later, he’s such a
pain dream, we can’t imagine life without his constant care and attention.
Just last year, we lost our oldest cat, Taz, to old age. Now Mr. Floyde rules and reigns supreme in the house. And he knows that too!
I’ve never tried to make cat treats of any kind homemade, let alone Vegan treats, so this recipe was challenging. So, not something I’d do very often, but a nice birthday treat.
For when you really want to spoil them….
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
- 1/8 cup dried cat nip (omit for dogs)
- 3 Tbs. oil
- 1/2 cup corn or other gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 oz. egg substitute such as Ener-G Egg Replacement
- Combine water, bouillon cubes, egg replacer, oil and Nutritional Yeast. Heat the liquid mix enough to dissolve the bouillon cubes. Mix together the flours and cat nip in a small bowl.
- Pour in the wet mixture with the dry and stir to form a wet dough.
- Place the dough ball onto a baking sheet ( I used foil on mine to prevent sticking) and flatten out the dough with your finger tips to form a rectangle. The dough should end up about 1/2 inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Score the flattened dough into small squares, about 1/2 inch X 1/2 inch roughly.
- Bake for 15 minutes and let cool before breaking apart treats into squares.
- Store in a sealed container for up to 1 month or freeze for 6 months.
The number of dogs and cats euthanized each year in shelters has decreased, from 12–20 million to an estimated 3–4 million. However, there’s still work to do: An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues.
- 3,500—Number of animal shelters
- 6 to 8 million—Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year
- 25 percent—Percentage of purebred dogs in shelters
- 3 to 4 million—Number cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year
- 2.7 million—Number of adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year
- 30 percent—Percentage of shelter dogs reclaimed by their owners
- 2 to 5 percent—Percentage of shelter cats reclaimed by owners
- Find out where to report cruelty.
- When you know who to contact, provide a concise, written, factual statement of what you observed, giving dates and approximate times whenever possible.
- If at all feasible, try to photograph the abusive situation and date your pictures.
- It would also be helpful to get short, factual written statements from other witnesses.
- When you call to report animal cruelty, always make sure to keep a careful record of exactly whom you contact, the date of the contacts and the content and outcome of your discussion.
- Never give away a document without making a copy for your file!
- Make it clear to the agent that you are very interested in pursuing the case, and that you are willing to lend whatever assistance you can.
- Follow up! If you don’t receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, don’t be afraid to present your information to his or her supervisor and, if necessary, to local government officials, such as the county commissioner, and ask them to act.
- If you have witnessed the cruel act yourself, you can go to your local police commissioner andask to swear out a warrant to summon the accused person to court.
- Remember that expert witnesses are sometimes necessary in animal cruelty cases. A veterinarian, for example, can sign a statement that it is his or her “expert opinion” that a dog suffers when hit with a chain, is deprived of food, etc. Expert opinions will very often make or break a case, so if you happen to know a sympathetic veterinarian, you may wish to seek his or her assistance and tell the officer that you have expert support lined up for your case.
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