To want to turn my cats vegetarian after this?(46 Posts)
Tesco delivery just turned up, very nice delivery man bought everything into the kitchen, I bid him farewell and he left. Unpacking the shopping, 2 boxes of Felix come out. Once looks like the corner of the box has become soaking wet and it stank like a dustbin. Thought it might just be the outside of the box so opened it up, took the first pouch out.
Fuck, it was like something out of a fucking horror movie. Out a tiny little hole this THING started crawling out, it was yellow and looked like it had a million legs, I thought it was a spider until the legs started separating, they were bastard, bastard, bastard maggots.
I called the tesco customer service line, finally got through, the poor guy on the other end probably thought he was a psychiatrist, he had to counsel me through the fact there was a box of Felix sprouting maggots on the kitchen worktop. He offered me a refund & a £5.00 gift voucher, I told him I didn't want the gift voucher, I just wanted the maggots out of my flat (I didn't realise I had it in me to be so hysterical)
He said the delivery bloke would come back and get them, I agreed so he could see what a cesspit of filthy little crawling bastards of evil that Tesco had brought into my home. The poor driver came back, lovely man he was, he seemed more reluctant than me to look in the box and see the maggots. I gave him the bag and off he's gone with it. Went into the garden to have a fag to calm my nerves and trod on a fucking bastard snail so now I have snail slime all over my sandals.
I don't drink but am considering having a tot of perfume to calm my nerves - it has alcohol in it doesn't it?
I've always been grateful for the fact that the only insects that freak me out are wasps and daddy long legs but tonight I've realised I can add maggots to the list. I want to disinfect the kitchen. I know I'm ridiculous but it was like that first scene of Alien FFS. Just keep thinking, what if I had left the dry food to put away until the morning, I would have had a cupboard full of maggots.
Mr Tibbs is never having meat again!!
That is grim. I don't know how serious you are about the vegetarianism but I think cats have to eat meat. They are true carnivores and need it to live.
Hope you've had your drink, maggots freak me out.
I have had this when the cats have put a claw through a pouch or 2 and I haven't noticed they have been trying to help themselves whilst trying to feed them. Absolutely disgusting. I have outwitted mine by buying tins.
Try getting a claw through an unopened tin can.
You do know cats cant be vegetarian. Something to do with how they metabolise meat not veg, I think
Wow. Umm, breathe? It's grim, no-one wants maggots but it's not a massive deal. Certainly not reason to stop feeding your cats cat food!
Cats need Taurine for brain function.It is only found in meat. But I'm sure your kidding.
you're right, my best friend google has confirmed it. Yes, will stick to cans from now on. I still feel sick, as Mick from Gavin and Stacy once said something along the lines of 'well it's the last thing you expect to see when you're putting your shopping away on a Thursday evening!'
Meh. It's just maggots.
DH opened the food bin in the kitchen the other day and a load of maggots came out. We are a bit lazy in emptying it and a fly had got to some bones in there and it's been rather warm. We just threw them outside.
Agreed. Sadly, cats are obligate carnivores. They can't get what they need from a veg. diet. But you could switch to dry food and they'd still get their meat that way.
Strangely enough, this has only ever happened to me once and it was with Felix pouches. The smell is forever burned into my brain. Luckily no maggots.
OP you forgot to add the disclaimer about knowing that cats cannot be vegetarian so prepare for your maggot concerns to be overridden by clutching of pearls and cries of won't somebody think of Mr. Tibbs
Should've let your cat eat the maggots. That'd help his taurine levels.
IAmNotAMindReader thank you - the smell is like nothing else. I feel like it's etched in my clothes! I used to work in a supermarket, it was like the sabey crusher thing. I don't mind mice or spiders or most things crawly but that was just wrong.
Poor old Tibbs will still be a carnivore, although I did google cats being vegetarian and if you're gonna make a cat go veggie you can't let them out again or they will go stir crazy and come back with blood all over the mouths after devouring 100 rats or something. So he can have his meat food, but it's definitley coming out of a tin next time!
I have a strong stomach OP but this would make me feel yucky, there's something about writhing maggots! YWBU to refuse the voucher though, free fiver!
Maggots are repulsive - the smell, the wriggling. They are in my outdoor food waste bin every week without fail even though the food is in tied recycling bags and I secure the top of the bin with a rock the little sods still get in. I read that the only thing that kills them is boiling water and bleach, I threw a load over them and they literally swam through it to safety. Indestructible.
I once opened a packet of felix half asleep and shoved the bowl at the cat- he took one look and ran. Closer inspection it was a dead mouse. Returned the packet to Felix and they gave me £5 voucher as a good will gesture and said after testing it wasn't a mouse but the meat had just gone into that shape - (with a tAil/ ears etc!) cat would never look at felix pouches again. He was traumatised for life!
I wish I had said yes to the voucher now but I was so desperate for them to come back and get the box to see for themselves I would have paid THEM to come back - I was a bit like outraged from Tonbridge Wells in the DM. I do feel a bit embarrassed now. Oh well I'm sure they had a good laugh in customer service. I bet I won't be laughing tonight, I'll be itching like I've got the pox imagining maggots all over the gaff :-(
Hahaha the cat would probably enjoy the added bonus!
It's not food for you it's for the cat and believe me, the more disgusting the better. If it wriggles - better still.
See if cats will eat it, bet they do!
Pretty sure that the bit about making them vegetarian was tongue in cheek but just in case anyone gets any stupid ideas it needs to be said that cats NEED meat - they literally MUST have it as their bodies cannot extract the nutrients required from non meat foods.
They will become ill, it may take a while if your cat is very healthy but eventually they will succumb and become unwell.
OH says maggots smell like a dead body (he comes across dead bodies in his job )
Veggie cats! Just when I thought I'd heard it all.
The only thing that makes me turn into a demented psycho bitch is maggots. I would rather share my bed with a tribe ( ?) of spiders than be faced with a maggot beast.
Tins can be dangerous! I once rented a room in a house owned by a young couple and their baby, and 2 cats. There had been a funny smell in the kitchen for a few days, kept checking the perishables but nothing was off.
Turned out the smell was coming from a punctured tin of cat food. This was discovered when it exploded on opening, showering the kitchen in rancid cat food 😱😱😱😱.
I wasn't in the house at the time, but oh the smell lingered...
Joan your cat was traumatised by a mouse? What kind of lame arse cat is that?! Mine used to leave me a row of mouse heads on the mat as a gift.
My tins don't hang around that long I have 7 cats
I had a bin full of maggots in the garden once
I ran in the house and rang dh insisting he come home and help me
So i sat inside calming my self down muttering
"They are only baby flies, you like babies, baby flies thats all they are "
You have my deepest sympathy...back away from the perfume though
Our wheely bin once became infested with maggots. I only found out because I emptied the kitchen bin and was sick on the lawn when I found them, the smell and the squirming and the utter utter vile existence of them was one of the most revolting things I've ever seen. And I work in infant school and have been puked and pooped and peed on more times than you can shake a maggoty stick.
You have my sympathy OP. Mt Tibbs can live a fancy existence on kale and quinoa for certain. He can grow a beard and become a hipster cat and have his own instagram.
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