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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by Archy » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:06 pm

exile wrote:
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Ally wrote:
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And cat food. That's how I recognise the noise.


But not fish varieties which are allegedly not particularly good for them - and they are lactose intolerant so no dairy products.


I had to buy some cat meat as my cat will only eat the fish variety - spoilt puss & we love her.

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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by mysty » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:08 pm

Not many pine martins up in our part of the Cher, lots of young deer though. You need to be careful when out driving.
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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by Spotty » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:20 pm

exile wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Ally wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:37 pm
And cat food. That's how I recognise the noise.


But not fish varieties which are allegedly not particularly good for them - and they are lactose intolerant so no dairy products.


Strange that a mammal would be lactose intolerant.

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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by Spardo » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:39 pm

Spotty wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:20 pm


Strange that a mammal would be lactose intolerant.


I suspect that a few people who are would agree with you. :)

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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by exile » Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:24 pm

Spotty wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:20 pm
exile wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Ally wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:37 pm
And cat food. That's how I recognise the noise.


But not fish varieties which are allegedly not particularly good for them - and they are lactose intolerant so no dairy products.


Strange that a mammal would be lactose intolerant.


Less strange than you might imagine. https://www.quora.com/Are-most-adult-ma ... intolerant

Q: Are most adult mammals lactose intolerant?
A: Yes. There is actually a transition phase in mammalian development to adulthood, whereby an animal stops being able to digest lactose (milk sugar) if no longer exposed to it. Milk is the only common foodstuff to contain this sugar.

LCT, the gene for lactase - the enzyme used to digest lactose - appears to be actively downgraded at time of weaning, but there is some evidence to show that the act of weaning is what triggers this. Around half the human population possess a mutation that allows LCT to remain active throughout adulthood, but any human that was weaned from milk and never exposed to lactose again, would probably become lactose intolerant. Furthermore, most mammals that were continually exposed to lactose into adulthood, would probably retain some ability to digest it - witness domestic cats and dogs.


So given that most mammals do not have access to milk after weaning it would seem that they are likely to become lactose intolerant in adulthood.

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Re: There's something in my garden!

Post by Gardengirl » Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:31 pm

I’d like hedgehogs to return to our garden but they seem to have deserted us, only rats and foxes these days and we have a rat killer coming next week.

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