Monday, February 22, 2010


Those of you with cats will know about Toxoplasmosis. Its a nasty parasitic infection that our feline friends get from eating bad meat.

Toxoplasmosis can survive in soil over a year. That means that being careful not to step on cats' mess is not going to make a difference; you cannot see the stuff in the soil.

Toxoplasmosis that is brought into the house and onto your floor can infect small children. This can lead to fever, pneumonia and damaged vision.

Just insist on all shoes being removed at your door. Its not rocket science.


Moderate Mouse said...

There have been three cats in my immediate family: one who was in the picture during the past few years when my parents were still together; my mom's Himalayan (may he rest in peace); and my dad's tortoishell (who had to go under someone else's care when my dad had to have surgery and go somewhere to far as I know, they've recently reunited). Yet, I haven't of the Toxoplasmosis.

I do, however, remember when there was supposedly something called wheat gluten (I think I spelled "gluten" wrong; I was just guessing) that was in pet food. My mom's Himalayan, Mo was one of the victims of that, and it was his wet food (which was supposed to help with his dry skin problems) that turned out to be the problem. He lost weight that he didn't need to. His energy level declined (though it went back up for a short while after Mom stopped giving him the wet food). One night, he passed out on the floor and had to go to the hospital. It turned out he had liver damage. He was in the hospital for two days before Mom decided that the most humane thing to do was to cut his losses and have him put to sleep. He was five and a half years old at the time.

On another topic, there's something in the US called "Socks to stay home in." This is a brand devoted to not only traditional-style slipper socks (which I'm tempted to refer to as 'pajama socks' since that's what I'm mostly likely to wear them with) but also socks in the Mary-Jane style and slippers in select styles, such as the ballet flat style. The ones I've seen in the ballet flat style are white with dots on the bottom, but I've seen black ones with a star pattern all over, light blue ones with a combination flamingo/flower picture at the toe, and light purple ones with a picture of a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) at the toe. I might get one of those pairs to have available to me at home if not to keep in my purse in case I go to someone's house and the "shoes off" thing comes up for whatever reason (which it seldom, if ever, does in my family). I just haven't decided yet which pair I'll get if any.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure whether this is of interest.

I was staying in a hotel on business last week. It was a medium sized hotel, privately owned.

I had some difficulty using the wi-fi in my room so rang the receptoion to ask for advice.

A few minutes latter the girl from the reception came up to my room.

What was interesting was that as she came into the room I noticed she was in her stockinged feet. She was wearing a smart buisienss suit,(jacket and skirt) and when I checked in she had been wearing shoes.

Anyway, she fixed the wi-fi problem and as she was frindly and chatty I asked her what had happened to her shoes. I assumed they must have been hurting her, but she said that the staff were'nt allowed to wear shoes in the bedrooms. I noticed the next morning that the housekeeping staff also removed their shoes in the bedrooms.

Sandro said...

a very sensible practice; where is that hotel? had she removed her shoes right at your door or at her desk?

Celestial Fundy said...

I agree with Sandro that it sounds like a good policy (though perhaps requiring guests to remove their shoes would help as well).

Again, can you tell where this was?

Sandro said...

something like "you are welcome to take your shoes off" on room doors would work I think all the more that many people (including me) in any case de-shoe as soon as entering their hotel rooms (isn't it a temporary home?)

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, it is.

If they wanted to be really radical, they could make the whole hotel a shoe-free zone.

Moderate Mouse said...

I think I could personally handle the rooms being shoe-free than I could the whole hotel. (I have had no cause to stay at a hotel in a long time as much of what little traveling I do is family-related and more often than not I generally end up staying at a relative's house. However, when I DO stay at a hotel, if I've packed pajamas, you can bet I'll have a pair of slippers or slipper socks with me.) But my concern about ditching the shoes at the lobby door is twofold:

1. It could be that I have so much on hand that I'm barely in a position to take off my coat, let alone my shoes.

2. Let's say I check in wearing jeans and a t-shirt and take the sneakers off at the door but I have a dressy outfit with dress shoes in my suitcase. It sounds to me like once it's time to change into the special outfit, the dress (or skirt/top or whatever), jewelry, makeup, hoisery, etc. would go on while up in the room, but I'd have to not only hold off on putting on the shoes while in said room but once I leave the room, instead of already having the shoes on, I'd have to carry them with me all the way to the lobby and put them on there. (That's one of my reservations about a shoes-off policy in the home: it implies, or at least seems to imply that while whatever shirt, pants/skirt, accessories go on when one is getting dressed in the morning, shoes are to remain off until THE minute it's time to go. As for me, when I get dressed to go somewhere, I prefer to do so all the way to putting on my shoes before eating breakfast, taking care of morning dishes, brushing my teeth, putting on makeup, etc., especially if the outfit in question is dressy in nature. Otherwise, if I remain unshod the whole time, I could get to distracted by the fact that I'm still at home and forget that I have somewhere to go. Does that make sense?)

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, it makes sense, but they seem rather petty objections that seem more to reflect the fact that you are used to wearing shoes indoors.

I suspect if you got into the habit of removing shoes, whether at home or in an hotel, these objections would no longer be an issue.