‘On the couch’ with Jasminda

DEAR Jasminda,

I recently made a delicious tuna slice for our church group and everyone loved it, but I later discovered I’d used the cat’s tuna instead of tuna for human consumption.

Should I tell them?

Penny G.

Oh, Penny. If you hadn’t mentioned that you’d made it for your church group, I would have said, let bygones be bygones, which is the sort of vague, encouraging advice you will find in the bible interspersed with the somewhat less encouraging descriptions of war, human sacrifice, and murder.

In the scheme of things, I’d say tuna slice made with pet food is relatively harmless. Interestingly, upmarket pet food often costs more than food for human consumption and looks so delectable, that it’s no wonder you made this error.

I’d only start worrying if, next time you go to church, your friends greet you by coughing up a hair ball before rubbing themselves against your leg then biting your ankle, or, alternatively, they bring dead mice to the parish door and use the pews as scratching posts.

To safeguard against this error in the future, store your cat’s tinned food in a separate location. Maybe make something less fraught next time – scones, for example.

Carpe diem, Jasminda.

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