Issue 5: February 09

Dear Fancy,

Tonight, one of my humans brought home a box wrapped in bright red paper and hearts. The card on top says "Be Mine." So naturally I sat on the box to let my humans know I was available to sample the contents, so they could be mine. But my normally obedient humans shooed me away. Where's the love?

Sweet Kitty (on my own terms, of course)

Dear Sweet Kitty,
The love is there, big time. Let me explain . . .

Your humans are celebrating Valentine's Day, a special day (invented by a cherub named Cupid, I think) when humans show how much they love each other (like they do every day with you).     

Sometimes this means they give each other presents. The newly-arrived box probably contains candy, most likely chocolates.

Trust me, your humans have your best interests in mind by not sharing any with you. Candy and chocolate can be very dangerous for us non-humans. Let me quote from my feline veterinarian friend, Dr. Snowball (who already has the white coat . . . ):

"The high fat content in many confections and desserts can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and even result in a potentially lethal medical condition called pancreatitis. Too much sugar can also cause stomach upsets. Even sugar-free candy can produce serious problems: The ingredient xylitol can lead to a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, and theoretically liver failure as well."

The biggie is chocolate, though. Humans savor it, but it's toxic to cats. Here's more information, written by a knowledgeable veterinarian, on why chocolate must never be fed to cats (or dogs or other animals).

As an alternative, why not make a play for a heart-shaped serving of , or a toy infused with sweet honeysuckle? Or a big lovey session with you and your humans – that might be the best present of all.




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