Dealing With Other Sapient Species

A handy guide from the Descubralian Department of Tourism

There are several other known sapient species on Terlu Niuvu, and dealing with them, especially in social situations, can be very daunting. This page is designed to make these interactions easier for the average human. 

Food

Many of these other species either for cultural or physiological reasons do not or cannot eat certain foods that humans can eat. 

Dangerous foods

Most humans know to never give a dog chocolate, or that eating raw meat can make you sick, or maybe they know someone with an allergy to peanuts or who is lactose intolerant. It should come as no surprise then that eating certain foods we enjoy could send someone from another species to the hospital or even kill them. 

With the increase in social gatherings involving members of other species, the Department of Interspecies Affairs and the Department of Health & Safety's Food Regulation Division have established the following symbols which must be prominently displayed on all foods deemed either safe or dangerous to another species. 

Note that if a product does not bear one of these symbols it must bear the relevant "safe" symbol in gray with a superimposed question mark (?) in black, meaning that the product has not been tested for that species, it was tested with inconclusive results, or it simply would never be eaten by that species (e.g. a Myuri would never want to eat citrus or onions). 

Do not buy gray & black question mark denoted foods for the noted species, they may make them mildly sick or be  declined.

 Quanafi

 Quanafi are probably the closest to humans of all the species in terms of dietary needs. Although there are still a few differences.

Quanafi tend to have far more fruit and grains in their diet than humans, and will get very ill if they have too much protein and too little carbohyrates, but Quanafi cannot survive on an entirely vegetarian diet for more than a week. With their nearly univeral allergies to peanuts and soy, they have trouble obtaining sufficient amounts of dietary protein without meat or dairy.

An average Quanafi expending large amounts of their qua (biological electricity) is able to consume 3-4 cups of fruit and a gallon of milk in an hour just to keep from fainting.

Dangerous foods for Quanafi

Alcohol, peanuts, soy, coffee, tumeric (found in curry powder), and pineapple.

Many of these, rather than being toxic in and of themselves, are nearly universal allergies within the species. Nearly all of them are non-indigenous foods, and this may be a cause. 

A note on alcohol - the Quanafi adverse reaction to alcohol includes all types both contact and ingestion including: drinking alcohol (ethanol), rubbing alcohol & hand sanitizing gel (isopropanol), medicines containing alcohol (of any sort), essential oils extracted with alcohol, perfumes, certain cleaning products, methanol [Quanafi can have menthol, a byproduct of mint], propanol and butanol. Most alcohols are toxic to humans if ingested, but Quanafi cannot have it on any part of their body as well. If adminitering first aid to a Quanafi to clean the would the DH&S suggests hydrogen peroxide, mint/menthol, or soap and hot water, all can be followed by most wound ointment creams.

Yawurenyi

 Yawurenyi can actually eat more things safely than humans. If offered food by a Yawurenyi it is recommended that you ask to help in preparation and use a guide to identify if the plant may be toxic to you.

They can safely eat many plants and fungi poisonous to humans (including belladona, oleander, dafodils, poison hemlock, mushrooms, and mistletoe). 

Yawurenyi can also digest cellulose (the fiberous part of plants) and as a result can eat bark, grass, wood pulp, and cotton. In fact, they can eat little else for up to a month with little to no ill effects if they are in good health.

In addition, studies and general observation seems to point to their ability to eat raw meat and not become ill from any associated bacteria or viruses. Note that Yawurenyi can get sick other ways, including parasites, but seem immune to food- and water-borne infections. The DH&S is sponsoring studies to see if their ability to avoid infection from food may be some day used to aid humans sick from those same diseases.

Mildly humorous but still relevant advice: never get into a drinking contest with a Yawurenyi, they will never become intoxicated because their body does not absorb the alcohol at all.

Poisonous foods for Yawurenyi

Chocolate.

Apparently, chocolate is the only food we can eat that Yawurenyi cannot. It is extremely dangerous because the smell, especially of melted chocolate, is extremely attractive to Yawurenyi. If a Yawurenyi may be present, do not serve any desserts containing chocolate. "White chocolate" is fine, and has been popular with Yawurenyi for many generations before human contact.

Myuri

You will note that Myuri entries apply to domestic cats as well, as their dietary restrictions are sufficiently the same; however, commercial cat foods that Myuri would likely refuse are marked with the gray & black question mark rather than the safe symbol. A good example would be dry food with a high grain content. 

It is recommended that commercial cat food not be offered to Myuri, unless the Myuri is ill and the food is veterinarian-prescribed. 

Most meat and dairy dishes prepared without seasoning will be well-accepted by Myuri. 

Most domesticated cats should not have milk; however, most Myuri can have it. Unlike domesticated cats, Myuri are generally not  lactose-intolerant. Cow's milk and goat's milk, however, have far too little protein for Myuri kittens to drink solely. Should you need to feed a Myuri kitten, buy commercially available kitten formula or mix the milk with commercially available kitten food or home-made gravy (without onions in any form!). 

Poisonous foods for Myuri

Chocolate, onions, alcohol, garlic, grapes, raisins, green tomatoes and raw potatoes. More toxic foods listed here (external link).

Humans

If you are a member of one of the above species and wondering if the meal you are preparing is safe for humans, here is a brief list of plants that are poisonous to us. We do not generally drink unpurified water or eat raw meat or eggs (some do however, and raw fish is popular in certain regions). 

If you are a Myuri, if you catch chicken, turkey, or most fish, we will eat it. Some people will eat duck, rabbit, deer, snails and crayfish as well. Again, we prefer our meat cleaned and cooked and, if possible, looking as unlike the source animal as possible. Many humans enjoy prepared grains or starches and vegetables alongside our meat, but at a social gathering you can ask us to bring a side dish or desert.  Some humans will not eat meat (see under Restrictions and Taboos), it is polite to ask them for advice, and they may supply their own meal or suggest a place to purchase one.

If you are a Quanafi, remember that some humans eat more or less meat than the average Quanafi. Starting a dialogue about their usual meals is likely to be very helpful. Traditional Quanafi-style meals are appropriate for most humans for up to a week.

If you are a Yawurenyi, it is highly recommended that you see what fruits and vegetables are available at the local Quanafi or human market (you need not buy them there, just buy the same things at home). For meat, read the advice to Myuri above.


Our series on interactions with other sapient species:
  • Part 1: Food & Dining
  • Part 2: Conversing
  • Part 3: Modesty, Clothing, and Mores

Also see our series on living with other species, vital for today's college student, families seeking to adopt, or if a Myuri has moved in with you!

  •  Part 1: I am not a pet
  • Part 2: Sharing cultures
  • Part 3: Additional advice for those living abroad