Friday, August 10, 2012

Who, Me? Not Me!

On Wednesday I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment.  While I was there I mentioned that I was having some breathing issues, which I attributed to the poor air quality we've been having as a result of the heat.  After hearing all my symptoms, though, the chiropractor announced that the root cause of my problem was that my liver wasn't functioning well. (What do breathing issues have to do with digestive organs?  He tried to explain it, but I didn't completely understand.  However, I've learned over the years to trust what he says)  

That day, in addition to the normal back adjustment he also manipulated my liver pressure points, then recommended I try a food supplement which would help my body get back to normal.  When I stopped by the front desk to take care of my co-pay, the bottle was waiting for me.

When I got home I took a closer look at the bottle.  The list of ingredients was printed in very tiny font on the side, but I noticed they were all natural and included things like carrot root, beet juice, and oat flour. My directions were to take three tablets a day. It didn't matter how or when, so I added three tablets to the rest of the week's AM calcium in my pill organizer (a tray with a pop out compartment for each day), then took the first dose  The small brown tablets had a slightly sweet, nutty taste.

After work I noticed that a couple of the sleeves were scattered on the counter. One of them had the three brown pills missing. I attributed it to my forgetfulness and put everything back together. The next morning, though, when I found one of the sleeves over by the coffee pot, again holding nothing but calcium I KNEW it couldn't be me!

And there were only two names on the list of culprits:


I took a better look at the list of ingredients to see what might be intriguing the cats. Just past the defatted wheat germ, calcium lactate, and magnesium citrate I think I found the answer--the supplement included bovine liver, kidney, and prostate! I bet that's what was attracting them.

Of course, since I didn't catch the offender in the act I have no idea which cat got his supplement Percent of Daily Value. Since I moved the pill organizer inside a cabinet where the cats couldn't reach it, I guess I'll never know.  It would be interesting to figure out, though, how they managed to remove the sleeve, open it, and take out the attractive pills while leaving the calcium alone!

14 comments:

  1. You just now tumbled to you cats' degrees in dentistry. Getting into tiny places. Or their mining engineer credentials. I'm sure one or the other picks locks, too.

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    1. If only I could harness their skills for profit...or at least get them to pick up after themselves :-)

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  2. Never under estimate the powers of a cat.

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  3. haha...cats are SO smart. Your orange cat looks so much like my Marmalade!

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    1. I've thought the same thing myself.

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  4. I think it was your grey and white baby. He's got a look in his eye of "yeah, so what?" LOL

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    1. Teri, you nailed it! The cats definitely have their own personalities. Pepper (grey) seems to be more inquisitive and Jackson (orange) is content to let things be.

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  5. good luck with your treatment. I take vitamin D because calcium has become controversial. I didn't know cats could get into pills!

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  6. So hilarious!! Even better that they left the plain, non tasty calcium pill.

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  7. You have very smart cats. Very healthy ones too.

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    1. I hadn't thought about it, but you're right :-)

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