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9 Everyday Foods That Could Kill Your Cat

Owning a pet of any kind brings joy, companionship and most of all — responsibility. So, even if you’re experienced with animals, it’s your job to make sure your felines are healthy and happy. One of the easiest ways to monitor your pet’s well-being is closely monitoring a diet that’s toxin-free in order to keep your furry roommate’s tummy out of harm’s way.

If you’re one of the 85.8 million people that own a cat, then you know it’s not often you have to watch everything that goes into it’s mouth, since cats are generally very fussy eaters. While our claw-equipped fur pillows might express some curiosity every time you make a tuna sandwich — that doesn’t mean you should feel inclined to make two.

With that said, here’s a few of the most common human foods that could actually be fatal to felines. So, take note to ensure that culinary curiosity doesn’t kill your cat.

1. Tuna & Poke

What can it do?

Although poke maybe be delicious, it’s not the best treat for your cat.

Actually, in excess tuna — and other fish—  in general is considered to be borderline unhealthy for cats because tuna doesn’t contain the nutrients cats need for a healthy digestive system.

Too much tuna for cats can lead to malnutrition. Additionally, poke is usually made with freshly squeezed lemon or citrus juice, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, and other digestive issues for our feline companions.

2. Fish & Poultry With Bones

What can it do?

Be careful if you feed your cats chicken or fish that might contain bones, as cats can easily choke on them. Fish bones are somewhat flexible, and can easily be consumed by a hungry kitty.

But let’s err on the side of caution here.

3. Alcohol

What can it do?

One teaspoon of alcohol can put a five pound cat into a coma, according to the ASPCA. Cat livers don’t operate as efficiently as the human liver  — which means wine, beer or spirits can cause serious health problems.

So, even if you and your cat are relaxing after a hard day at work, and you feel inclined to pour a little of alcohol into his or her bowl —  don’t.

However, if you feel like your cat just needs to, “wine” about their day of sleeping and watching birds, this cat wine will provide a healthy alternative.

 

4. Caffeine

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What can it do?

Even small amounts of caffeine can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors in cats.

Caffeine can be found in an array of products — even decaf coffee, teas, and other beverages — without consumer knowledge.

Since caffeine isn’t a nutrient, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require food manufacturers to list caffeine as food nutrition labels.

5. Chocolate

What can it do?

While dogs are more likely to get into a stash of indulgent chocolate before a cat does, it’s still a good idea to keep it out of kitty’s reach.

Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate, which can cause everything from vomiting and diarrhea.

It’s estimated that more than 200 mg of theobromine can also cause cardiac failure.

 

6. Grapes & Raisins

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What can it do?

While grapes and raisins might seem like harmless treats for your cat, it’s a silent killer.

However, it’s unknown exactly what compound in grapes and raisins that make the fruit toxic to cats. If ingested, grapes have been known to cause kidney failure in them.

7. Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, or anything with Xylitol

What can it do?

Every diet soda you drink contains Xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in a lot of common foods. However, it will be anything but sweet to your inquisitive cat.

Xylitol can increase in the insulin circulating through your cat’s body, which will cause the cat’s blood sugar to drop, and can also lead to liver failure.

8. Baking Dough

What can it do?

Imagine your cat’s tummy as a tiny oven — if it eats uncooked dough, it will begin to expand inside.

This will obviously result in some discomfort to your four-legged friend, so be sure to keep baking dough out of kitty’s claws and jaws.

9. Raw Meat

What can it do?

Raw meat is never safe to eat due to the harmful bacteria, like salmonella, E. Coli and even listeria — which can cause an array of health issues for humans and their pets.

Always make sure your meat is covered and out of reach, you never know when kitty will hop up on the kitchen counter to investigate.

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss Video

Watch Hot Wheels Dramatically Collide With Eggs In Super Slow Motion

Growing up, we loved collecting Hot Wheels toy cars. Racing them down bookshelves and crashing them into toy soldiers, it was all part of a growing up with a semi-decent imagination.

Kids seem to be getting a little more creative these days. The dudes over at popular YouTube channel Gabe and Garrett created a video highlighting Hot Wheels stunts using farm fresh eggs.

Shot in super slow motion, the cars race off the track and collide with the eggs in a sick, sizzling reel of plastic and poultry. Sure, it’s a waste of perfectly good eggs, but it’s still pretty fascinating to watch.

Check out the video for a hearty dose of egg-cracking’ action.

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Turkey Hotline Reveals The Silliest Questions Callers Have Actually Asked

With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, we’re all scrambling to get our dinners planned out. One of toughest obstacles a Thanksgiving host has to face is tackling the turkey. The giant piece of poultry can be one of the hardest dishes to cook for the inexperienced.

Some of you may know that there’s a hotline run by Butterball that helps with any turkey-related emergency. However, you probably haven’t heard of some of the crazier calls they’ve received over the years.

Here are eight of the most memorable calls an operator received regarding cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey. Each question, believe it or not, is followed by a turkey professional’s explanation and solution to the problem.

Check them out.

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How do I roast my turkey so it gets golden brown tan lines- in the shape of a turkey bikini?

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Talk-Line experts helped to create a “bikini look” by using aluminum foil in certain places on the turkey.

How to carve a turkey when all of its bones have been broken?

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A proud gentleman called to tell the staff how he wrapped his turkey in a towel and stomped on it several times, breaking the bones so it would fit in his pan. The experts wouldn’t recommend this approach—if you have several folks coming to your holiday meal but a small pan, the Talk-Line would recommend trying a different method, maybe deep frying the turkey.

Or, buy two smaller turkeys in place of a large one.

I carved my turkey with a chainsaw…is the chain grease going to adversely affect my turkey?

A guy called to tell the operator he cut his turkey in half with a chain saw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the turkey. The Talk-Line wouldn’t recommend serving a turkey with chain saw grease.

Instead, let your turkey rest at least 20 minutes after cooking to make carving easier. Then, using a carving knife you would find in your kitchen.

Why does my turkey have no breast meat?

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A disappointed woman called wondering why her turkey had no breast meat. After a conversation with a Talk-Line operator, it became apparent that the woman’s turkey was lying on the table upside down.

The experts recommend cooking your turkey breast side up in the open roasting pan method. This will give you a flavorful turkey and make it easier when transferring your turkey to a plate so you don’t have to flip it over.

It’s my first Thanksgiving and I have a tiny apartment-sized oven… how much will my turkey expand when cooking?

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A new bride cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in a small, apartment-sized oven, wanted to make sure her turkey wouldn’t expand during cooking (as baked goods do) and get stuck in the oven.

Rest assured, your turkey will not expand in the oven.

But be sure to use a pan with at least 2” sides so your turkey juices don’t spill over during the cooking process…you want to save the juices for turkey gravy!

How do I get my turkey to stop sudsing? Is a soapy turkey recoverable?

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A first-time Thanksgiving chef called after she had washed her turkey with dish soap. You don’t have to clean your turkey, simply put the extra juices dry with paper towels before stuffing or roasting the turkey quite a bit easier than washing with soap!

How do I baste a pre-basted turkey?

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Some folks love to baste the turkey while it’s cooking. But, Butterball turkeys come pre-brined so you have a juicy turkey every time. No need to baste! But if you do, the Talk-Line suggests only a couple times during the cooking process so you don’t continuously let out the heat of the oven.

My turkey thawed on my lap… can I eat it?

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A gentleman won a turkey at the casino, and brought it home on the bus where it had thawed. The safest way to thaw your turkey is in the refrigerator—it takes one day for every four pounds of turkey. The Talk-Line experts wouldn’t recommend eating a turkey that has been thawed in warmer temperatures.

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How Eating The Last Piece Of Chicken Cost This Man His Life

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Dinner can be an intense experience when you’re looking to forward to chowing down. Sadly, some take it too seriously. Such was the tragic case for a Houston man who was killed after eating the last piece of chicken, ABC 7 reports.

A group of five men were cooking dinner and drinking in a Lakeside Estates apartment late Friday evening. When 34-year-old Darwin Perez Gonzalez took the last piece of chicken, it infuriated 38-year-old Reinaldo Cardoso Rivera.

The two men argued until the situation escalated into a fist fight. Rivera allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Gonzalez before taking off with the weapon. Gonzalez died at the scene of the incident.

Later, however, Rivera returned to the scene and admitted to the officers that he had stabbed Gonzalez. He was then arrested and charged with murder.

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This Is Ryan Gosling’s Response To Costco’s Shocking Egg Video

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Celebrity Ryan Gosling wants Costco to buy chicken from a supplier that doesn’t suck. CNN Money reports that the former Young Hercules wrote a letter to Costco in response to an undercover video of a farm the company gets its chickens from.

Recently, footage was uncovered showing the state of Costco’s chicken supplier. The footage showed the birds locked in rows of cages and featured dead chickens housed with live ones. The live chickens would then lay eggs on top of the corpses. It was pretty disturbing.

The egg cartons sold at Costco, however, feature chickens frolicking in green pastures.

Gosling, working alongside the Humane Society, has reached out to Costco’s CEO Craig Jelinek. In a letter, Gosling puts Jelinek on blast for working with an abusive chicken supplier. He also asks that the chickens be released from their cages and kept free ranged.

The chicken farm in question, Hillandale, claims that the footage from the undercover video was an isolated incident.

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Fast Food

This Is The REAL Reason Fast Food Chains Are Suddenly Pushing Chicken Products

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Has anyone noticed that Burger King has been promoting the heck out of chickens lately? Or that McDonald’s have been bringing back their less-than-exciting Chicken Selects? Turns out there’s a reason behind all these clucking promotions.

Chickens are cheap.

Beef prices have risen and it’s less costly for fast food chains to invest all their eggs in the chicken basket. NRN reports that beef prices have hit record-high levels while the cost of chicken has been falling. This is attributed to the high costs of corn, and droughts affecting herders and their cattle.

The price trend is expected to continue for at least a year as beef prices aren’t likely to fall anytime soon.

Beef-centric chains like Shake Shack, however, do not plan to substitute chicken for beef. Rather, they’re fine with raising the cost of their burgers to meet expected price increases.

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Completely Black Chickens Go for $2,500 Each

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In Indonesia, there’s a rare species of chicken called the Ayam Cemani. The chicken is covered head to claw in black, even down to its bones. Pretty metal, right? The bird is probably the closest thing to the fabled Black Chocobo outside your PlayStation, except this one you can deep-fry.

The Ayam Cemani features black plumage, legs, tongue, beak, meat, bones and even organs. Talk about consistency. While the chicken’s blood is about the only thing that isn’t black, it is a darker shade than most poultry species. The chicken’s noir pigmentation is thanks to a genetic trait called fibromelanosis.

If you have the stomach to try one and can get past the complete deafening darkness of its flesh and bones, an Ayam Cemani is worth $2,500.

I wonder how they tell when it’s fully cooked.

H/T Geekologie

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Technology

Can Robots Debone Chicken? If So, Where Do Humans Stand?

Technology has grown considerably over the past decade. And every time I write a story about robots I allude to the inevitable uprising of the machines. But I swear guys, it’s coming.

Something that researchers have been working on for a good part of the last twenty years is developing a machine that is capable of making the exact cuts needed to extract meat from bone in chickens. If successful, this repetitive task will save tons of money on labor in the industry and replace human workers in poultry plants with machines.

The problem is, according to Gary McMurray, head of a robotics team at the Georgia Institute of Technology, each chicken is different and it takes the intricate balance of hand-to-eye coordination that only a human has along with the ability to gauge the size of a chicken in order to perform the task correctly. These traits have become difficult to synthesize in machines. But have they finally cracked it?

The team does have a prototype they plan to test later this month that they hope will yield successful results. According to McMurray, the machine is equipped with robotic arms that have surgical blades and possesses a three-dimensional imaging system that tells it where the meat, bone, and skin of a chicken is in less than a second.

McMurray tells the Wall Street Journal, they are already demonstrating the machine to different groups and that they are now running tests to see if the robot is making cuts and deboning as quickly and efficiently has a human can. But what will this mean for the human workers in poultry factories? Will thousands of people be out of jobs as quickly as this robot can debone a chicken?

Will you eat a chicken that has been deboned by hundreds of mathematical equations processed in less than a second? What else will machines be able to replace in the upcoming years?

The revolution is coming, guys. Stock up on water.

(via: Wall Street Journal)