In an effort to mix things up, and to avoid totally geeking-out Arduino post after post, I wanted to say something about cat food.
We have two amazing Toniknese cats, brother and sister. The breed is 3/4 Burmese and 1/4 Siamese. they are bred to be inteeligent and friendly. They both have distinct personalities but they are both what you would call overtly friendly.
When they were younger Michael met a guy at the coop that was buying huge quantities of raw ground turkey. Michael was working check-out and in typical coop fashion asked him why all the turkey? He went on to explain about how he makes his cats food, how easy it was, how much better it was for them, their coats, their energy, on and on.
Intrigued, and never turning down an opportunity to make, Michael got the name of the book with the recipe and we started making our own. Almost exclusively for a few years, but less so that past couple. In fact, needing something to make and write about other than blinky lights drove this as much as anything else.
In all honesty though, I think it makes a huge difference. They really do seem like healthier animals. The cost is about the same (a little less in fact) than buying the canned food we tend to feed them. If you think about, what comes in the cans is "cuts of meat" that they won't even try and pawn off on humans, and that's saying a whole lot if you think about say, a hotdog.
The ingriedients are fairly simple, it's pridominatnly cooked corn meal, raw turkey, and eggs. With other stuff like brewers yeast, A, E, kelp. It does call for clacium which we get from grinding egg shells in the coffee maker. My friend Julie said it was really important to grind that stuff fine, (and perhaps not the "country style" courses I featured in one barch) especially for the boy kitty.