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History of pets in America
October 9, 2006 9:20 AM   Subscribe

Kitty litter was invented in 1946. Birds were the first pets to have their own full lines of products. Canned dog food first appeared in the 1910s. Lots of interesting stuff [wav] at the University of South Carolina's Pets in America site.
posted by mediareport (18 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
This image was on the announcement postcard for this show. I loved it so much I still have it hanging in my office. Anyone suggesting that it is a self-portrait is shot on sight.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:34 AM on October 9, 2006


Canned dog food first appeared in the 1910s...

...so there's really no excuse for any senior citizen to go hungry.
posted by quonsar at 9:39 AM on October 9, 2006


This is cool; I just wihs I had known about it a year ago, so that I could have seen it in person when it was still at USC. I see that one of its stops is the National Heritage Museum, which I highly reccommend to anyone in Boston.
posted by TedW at 9:43 AM on October 9, 2006


Woot! Woot! Gamecocks represent!
posted by ND¢ at 10:36 AM on October 9, 2006


let me say this ... whoever invented clay kitty litter was an idiot.
I started using Feline Pine about a year ago and have never been so happy with a box of shit sitting next to my washing machine.
The stuff doesn't stink comapared to clay, clumping, or funky white crystal litter. There's no dust to speak of, it doesn't track anywhere, and can be flushed easily.
posted by Dillenger69 at 10:40 AM on October 9, 2006


Metafilter: a box of shit sitting next to my washing machine
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:48 AM on October 9, 2006


a box of shit sitting next to my washing machine

...so there's really no excuse for any senior citizen to go hungry.
posted by quonsar at 10:59 AM on October 9, 2006 [1 favorite]


I recently switched from clumping litter to crystals after I read about just how bad the silica dust in clay litter is, plus I hated the way the cats always tracked it around. My cat (I only had one at the time) hated the Feline Pine pellets when I tried it a few years ago, although I may try the Feline Pine Scoopable.
posted by mike3k at 11:14 AM on October 9, 2006


If you pine for your feline, get her back with Feline Pine Scoopable:
A Canadian company, Sanimal Inc., was putting 40,000 pounds of dead dogs and dead cats into its dog and cat food every week, until discontinuing the practice in June 2001. "This food is healthy and good," said the company's vice president of procurement, responding to critics, 'but some people don't like to see meat meal that contains any pets."
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:23 AM on October 9, 2006


Soylent Green is CATS AND DOGS AND PEOPLE AND ELEPHANTS!!!!
posted by spicynuts at 11:37 AM on October 9, 2006


I remember once, growing up, having to stop my sister from accidentally eating canned cat food. She had mistaken it for canned tuna (well, actually, it *WAS* canned tuna, just made for the feline, not the human, set). She tried to argue that even if she had eaten it it wouldn't have been a big deal since it was essentially the same ingredient. in both products I've always wondered if that was true...
posted by The Gooch at 11:42 AM on October 9, 2006


Through the 1960s, scores of small companies existed that used local butchering scraps along with meat not popular for human consumption to manufacture pet food.

That's putting a positive spin on it.
posted by three blind mice at 11:43 AM on October 9, 2006


Surely it's Soylent Grey And Gigantic that contains elephants.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:44 AM on October 9, 2006


Listen, man...I've walked enough dogs that eat their own and other dogs' shit withouth batting an eye to realize that you can feed a dog anything pretty much.
posted by spicynuts at 11:53 AM on October 9, 2006


My frugal Yankee father, observing my dog sneak cat turds out of the litterbox: "Looks like you've got a good system they-ah; don't have to clean the cat box, don't have to buy dog food."
posted by jamaro at 3:53 PM on October 9, 2006


Dogs love doing that for whatever reason. My sister calls it "Kitty Roca".
posted by Malor at 10:50 PM on October 9, 2006


Pets eating things often seem to form disgusting systems.

At one point I lived with one cat that like to puke (I think usually from eating too fast), and one that liked to eat it. Licked the carpet clean. Terribly convenient.
posted by flaterik at 11:14 PM on October 9, 2006


Nice post mediareport!

quonsar - I've already promised that I'll buy premium cat food for mum when she goes broke.
posted by deborah at 7:10 PM on October 10, 2006


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