Yep: I'm talking about snow globes.
I have a ton of them. They're filled with fluid and a little fake snow, and when you shake them up, it simulates a winter wonderland. It's pretty great for this part of Oregon, since we rarely get snow and yet still dream of a white Christmas.
Apparently, these little globes aren't filled with simple water. Instead, they're packed full of chemicals. In fact, they're stuffed with something that's related to antifreeze.
If it sounds like an alarmist tale, check out this heartbreaking blog entry from a cat owner who lost her little one after he broke her snow globe and cleaned the residue from his paws. This kind of thing does happen, and it should put all of us on alert.
At the moment, I have pretty geriatric sighted cats who don't do a lot of jumping. And blind Lucy doesn't do any jumping at all. So my globes are safe up high on the mantlepiece. That's where the majority of them are right now.
The big one Lucy and Maggie are posing with is on the coffee table, but it's heavy and bulky. I don't see the cats trying to move it. And if they do, it'll fall only about a foot and land on carpet. Shouldn't be any breakage there.
But still. This news makes me question adding to my collection!
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And just in time, here is Lucy in her TokiPoki snow globe! Enjoy!