Come, all ye sinners, and participate in the blog

Someone who shall remain unnamed stole a rather sizeable piece of chicken off someone’s plate yesterday. By the time the transgression was discovered, the chicken was long gone and one food allergic cat was smacking his lips in a self-satisfied grin. For a bit, at least.

Lest you wonder how rapidly the symptoms of a food allergy can come on when a pet ingests an offending allergen, I present to you Mr. MangeLegs:

That silvery glimmer over his shoulders is reflected light, but that grey patch on his lateral thigh is all licked off fur. ONE DAY and he licked his hip barer than a turkey leg at a Ren faire.

Food allergy pruritus (ie itchiness) is very hard to get a handle on. Apollo is minimally responsive to steroids. Basically he just has to wait it out, continue his venison diet, and, you know, stop stealing chicken. I’d feel a little more sorry for him if he weren’t the architect of his own misery. So here he is, Apollo as the Deadly Sin of Gluttony. And for those of you who think he isn’t around the blog enough, well guess what? He’s inspired a whole photo series.


Since I suffer from sloth, and haven’t prepared posts for when I am gone (it’s hard to come up with ten topics in advance! My brain doesn’t work that way!) I have decided to offer you all the chance to offer up your own pets as the Seven Deadly Sins. I will post those to keep you all entertained while I’m gone.

If you want to play, you need to email me no later than Thursday night. That’s right, only two days. Send me the pic to drv(at) with the name of the vice- any one you want- in the subject line. Just to remind you, they are: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. I’ll do all seven, and I’m happy to post multiple pets per sin, so send away. I’m pretty sure some of you have some gems on your computer that will work.

Hopefully this will be less complicated than the Game of Bones post, which given my ambition (there is pride right there) is going to be way out of control if I do it right.

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  • Katy

    Can food allergies come on with time? I’ve always fed Eukaneuba or Iams, but in the past year one of my kitties has taken to licking her tummy bare (and is also only minimally responsive to steriods). The vet thinks it’s environmental (first time we’ve lived on carpet), but I’m wondering if it might be food related too….

    • It can. Apollo was, I think, seven or eight when they showed up.

      • Katy

        Thanks! I’ll be sure to follow up on that when we go in soon for our next shot.

  • I have trouble with advance topics as well. Usually my best ideas are on the fly, when I start to give up hope I’ll ever think of anything.

    Poor Apollo! It’s not easy when your favourite thing makes you feel sick. ๐Ÿ™

    • Like this seven sins? I have two weeks worth of posts now thanks to all the readers! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for stealing chicken, Apollo!

  • Poor Apollo. My dog Mosby has allergies, inhalant allergies that are awful. He is on shots and oral meds. I hope Apollo feels better soon. How long does it usually take for him to recover?

    • Usually no more than a day or two if it’s just one offense. The more he eats the longer the recovery.

  • Tamara

    Oh poor Apollo! I’m sure he was thinking, ‘Just this once it might be okay.’

    • I think ALL he was thinking is, “no one’s looking! score!!”

  • Hmmm. . .kinda like when my hubby eats ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ Poor kitty!!