Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thimble Thursday: If Looks Could Kill

On occasion, Thimble will replace her sugary sweet face with something a little more, well, ominous.

My, what big eyes you have, Thimble.

Ah, yes, you certainly have that furrowed brow down pat.

Ouch. If looks could kill.

Well done, Thimble. You have proven yourself quite the versatile model. Sweeter than sugar one second, and staring daggers the next. That's my girl!

And, being Thimble Thursday and all, I bet you can guess who stars in today's drawing for JNW's Halloween Challenge. The prompt is graveyard, and a certain little lady cat asked me to create this:

Wishing everybuddy a lovely day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Keep in mind that while Halloween may be a fun holiday, Halloween night can be a very dangerous time for your furbabies, especially outdoors. Some people think Halloween night is a fun time for pranks, so please be sure that all of your furbabies are kept indoors or somewhere safe and supervised on Halloween. Please do not let your indoor/outdoor furbabies roam that night, especially if you live in an area with a lot of traffic and trick-or-treaters. With the increased car and foot traffic on Halloween night, as well as the risk of pranksters, outdoors could very well be a place full of potential hazards for a cat or dog. So, again, please keep all furbabies tucked safely away on Halloween night!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: A Wet Nose and Skeleton Bones

There's the wet nose.

As for a skeleton, that just so happens to be today's prompt for JNW's Halloween Challenge. So, here you go:

Happy Wednesday to all!

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's tip is a logical one that I'm sure you all know. And that is, if you have any concern at all that your furbaby might have broken or fractured a bone, consult a veterinarian immediately. If your furbaby ever has a traumatic event, such as being hit by a car, falling out of a window, or being involved in any other such trauma, it is always wise to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible to rule out any damage. Don't forget that even accidents, such as legs and paws and tails getting caught in doors or being stepped on, could lead to potential bone damage. And don't forget that our furbabies, such as our tough kitties, are often great at hiding pain, so even no or just mild signs of injury could make a trip to the vet a wise decision. In the case of any incident, x-rays and other tests can be performed to determine if there are any broken or fractured bones, or other injuries. What's more, the faster such an injury is treated, the easier the rehabilitation will likely be.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pumpkins and Popcorn (#ChewyInfluencer)

For our first Blogger Outreach Program product review for this month, we decided to go festive. We chose to give Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! food supplement pouches a shot.

A number of our recent daily tips have focused on pumpkin and its benefits. Need a refresher? Long story short, pumpkin is high in fiber and aids in healthy digestion and stool production. Feeding pureed pumpkin, therefore, can have great benefits for the furbabies in your life. The problem, though, is that not many of us have an endless supply of pumpkin guts on hand, and buying canned pumpkin can often result in wastage, due to the small amount of pumpkin recommended versus how quickly canned pumpkin can spoil.

That's where this Weruva supplement could definitely come in handy. Pumpin Patch Up! comes in single-serve pouches, for easy administration with no wasting.

Even better, you don't have to worry about any mystery ingredients these might include, as it contains simply pumpkin, with some added water for processing. There is no BPA, no gluten, no mystery about it, and that makes this momma very happy.

I chose this product primarily for Astrid, as she is the resident furbaby with the most belligerent bowels. But, this supplement is not just for dogs. Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! is safe for and beneficial to both dogs and cats.

This all leads us to the real question, though. And that is, will the furbabies eat it? I won't lie, I didn't let myself get too hopeful. Astrid is a finicky eater. So far we have found not a single fruit or vegetable that she is willing to eat. Honestly, not a single one. Apples? No. Carrots? Nope. Corn? Absolutely not. Broccoli? What a joke. And as for the kitties, well, they're hardly even willing to eat deliciously stinky moist food formulated for their very own species, so they didn't instill much hope in me either. But, a human can dream, so I crossed my fingers and chose to have Astrid and her kitty siblings review Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! anyway.

So, I slapped some of this healthy goodness into a bowl. It is soft and smooth, and looks and smells perfectly like pumpkin.

This supplement can be offered as a treat by itself, or can be added to a meal. To be honest, worried that she would not like it, and not wanting Astrid to be wary of her beloved moist food, I tested it out by offering it as a treat by itself. And did my pouty puppy like it?

No. I wish she liked it, but, alas, we can add pumpkin to the list of fruits and veggies that Astrid simply will not eat. That list now includes, well, all of them.

And the kitties? They all snubbed it and kept on snoozing.

So, while my furbabies gave Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! not a single paw up, that was honestly to be expected. I was really hoping they would give it a fighting chance, because it could be so very good for them. Finicky food snobs strike again. But, especially if you know your furbaby enjoys some good ol' pumpkin, and especially if you've ever found yourself throwing out spoiled pumpkin, give these single-serve Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! pouches a try!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! food supplement pouches in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

And we didn't forget about our drawing for JNW's Halloween Challenge. The prompt for today is scary. Having been in the insatiable mood for a marathon of scary movies lately, I ended up with this:

We hope everybuddy has a wonderful day that is scare-free (and spider-free - eek!)!

Our Tip of the Day:
Always be cognizant of any "healthy" foods and supplements you are giving your furbabies, as it is in fact possible for them to receive too much of certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that these products may contain. For example, it is possible for animals to consume too much vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium, leading to concerns such as dehydration and damage to the bones and joints. Even excess fiber can be problematic, potentially resulting in abnormalities in digestion and defecation. If you are worried about your furbaby's nutrient intake or are considering starting them on any supplements, please consult your veterinarian.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mancat on a Mission

You all know the facts. Evan loves his front door. And the sun. He's proven that time and time again.

What's even better, though? When the sun comes in the front door. Why? Because, well, lights!

 Honestly, who doesn't like a light show?

Evan sure loves himself a light show. Because, well, lights are super fun to chase.

 Evan never lets those lights out of his sight.

And, one day, Evan just knows he will catch one of those lights. One day.

We hope all our furiends have a lovely, sunny day full of lights!

Oh, but we can't forget our drawing for today. JNW's Halloween Challenge prompt for today is gate. Although I don't have one, this human has always liked the idea of good ol' classic picket fence. That's probably why drawings like this happen:

Okay, now we wish you all a bright and shiny day!

Our Tip of the Day: 
Fall means cooler temperatures, which is often why some people start to grow lax with their furbabies' monthly preventatives. Please remember, though, that giving monthly preventatives year round is often the safest route for your furbaby's sake. Even in the fall and winter, especially in locations with weather on the more unpredictable side, warmer days can occur, leading to a risk of fleas and mosquitoes and the like. Fleas can be introduced into the home on any outdoor animal or on a human, and mosquitoes can easily fly in through an open door. And these buggers can give your furbaby tapeworm, bloodborne diseases, dermatitis, heartworm, and other unpleasant ailments. So, year round preventatives are not a bad idea. What's more, giving them year round ensures that you don't forget to resume administration once spring hits, which means your furbaby is at less risk from those early bird fleas and mosquitoes.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Same Old Selfies

This week, all the furbabies around here decided to partake in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by our good furiends over The Cat on My Head. That's the good news. The bad news is that their selfies sort of the same old same old. Sometimes change is tough, and that was the case for my furbabies this week. That being said, here are some of our same old same old selfies:

Astrid's a master of the stern gaze out the window.

Evan wouldn't dare pose anywhere but in the blinding sun at his trusty front door.

Thimble, well, she just loves to pose.

Maybe Eddy's isn't same old same old, because she's actually sort of sitting still here.

You know who else didn't do the same old same old? Toby! Housemate Toby decided that he wanted to join in on the selfies today, so that he could show off how he rocked the traveling sunglasses we recently had from Phoebe of 15andmeowing. See?

This calls for a shout-out. Thanks for sharing your sunglasses with us, Phoebe! All the furbabies had a blast with them. Well, Eddy wouldn't stop long enough to pose with them, but we all still enjoyed our super fun turn with them!

And for today's drawing, the prompt for JNW's Halloween Challenge is forest/plants. This human here loves trees and forests, so this was a fun one to ponder. We aimed for a haunted forest. We don't know how well that turned out, though, but here it is nonetheless.

Happy Sunday to all!

Our Tip of the Day:
Especially when around unknown animals or at a location where other animals frequent, please always keep in mind that diseases can spread from animal to animal in a variety of ways. Saliva, urine, blood, and feces are some of the primary means of disease transferal. Respiratory infections are commonly spread through saliva, for example, whereas feline leukemia can be spread through saliva as well as urine and blood. There is also the concern of parasites such as Giardia, spread through feces or sources such as infested water. For these such reasons, please try to keep your furbaby from coming in contact with secretions or even such locations as the drinking sources of unknown animals.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Caturday Art: Pumpkin Head

Today, our contribution for Athena's always anticipated Caturday Art blog hop was extra of fun for this here human to create. Why? Because it stems from a tradition that goes way back to when she was a kid.

For as long as I can remember, my family has had a life-size scarecrow that we put up on stakes in the front yard for Halloween. When I moved out to my new house, my parents let me take it with me. He's not a pre-assembled scarecrow, but instead has to be built each year, and I love it. He's been wearing the same pair of overalls and plaid shirt for roughly an eternity. They must have made clothes a lot hardier back in the day, because aside from some serious fading, they're still doing pretty darn good.

When I was a kid, we'd make the scarecrow's face out of fabric and the like. Then, a few years back, we got one of those giant light-up pumpkin heads for our lamppost. That's when we started building the scarecrow around the lamppost itself, with the glowing pumpkin as its head.

This probably all seems pretty insignificant to most people. I mean, honestly, it's just a decoration. But, I won't even lie, I've always had a fondness for this scarecrow. He is one of my absolute favorite decorations to put up each year.

Do you see where I'm going with this? Well, today's prompt for JNW's Halloween Challenge is decorations. As soon as I read this prompt, I knew exactly what I wanted to draw.

Want to see the real deal? Well, you're in luck (thanks to my photographer of a sister, that is).

Mr. Pumpkin Head is too tall for the lamppost, so he's been retired to a chair. 
He doesn't seem to mind.

 Have a fun and fantastic Caturday, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
We've talked before about the benefits of pumpkin for dogs and cats. Did you know, though, that even the seeds of a pumpkin can serve as a beneficial treat for your furbaby? The seeds contain all sorts of nutrients, such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and oils. They offer a plethora of health benefits that include fighting off cancer and keeping the skin and coat happy and healthy. What's more, pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin, an amino acid that can potentially serve as a natural de-wormer. For this benefit, some people will crush up pumpkin seeds into a powder, which can be sprinkled onto food, and of which roughly 1 teaspoon three times a day is often the recommended amount. Otherwise, pumpkin seeds can be given raw, or, for more palatability, can be lightly coated with cooking oil and roasted in the oven for a few minutes. Your furbaby may very well find this a delectable treat! But please don't overdue it, as not only do you want to avoid weight gain, but it's also important that your furbaby not receive an overabundance of some of the nutrients that pumpkins and their seeds have to offer.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Who's happy it's Friday? We sure are! One reason for this is that it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our pals over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

This week's fill-ins are fantastic and fun (just like always!). Here they are:

1. One Halloween, I dressed as _________.
2. My favorite comedian is _________.
3. My scariest Halloween was _________.
4. _________ is my favorite Halloween treat.

I was very happy to see these Halloween-heavy fill-ins, as with only 10 days to go until the holiday itself, I'm sort of super excited. That being said, here's what I came up with:

1. One Halloween, I dressed as a black cat!
(I believe I was 8 or 9 years old that year. I wore all black, my mom made a tail and ears for me to wear, and she painted my face. I loved this costume, and I still have the tail!)

2. My favorite comedian is Bob Newhart.
(I'll thank my dad for this one. I don't know why, but I've never really been one to watch stand-up comedy and the like. I love Bob Newhart as an actor, though, so when my dad years ago informed me that good ol' Bob had once done stand-up comedy, I had to check it out. It made me love Bob Newhart even more. He has such great deadpan humor and wonderfully dry delivery.)

3. My scariest Halloween was when I was about 5 years old and walked into the living room when my dad was watching the movie Halloween.
(For years after that, I always pictured "the boogie man" as looking just like Michael Myers in his white mask and blue coveralls. Nowadays, Halloween is my go-to movie to watch on Halloween night.)

4. Banana Laffy Taffys are my favorite Halloween treat.
(This addiction started years ago. I hardly ever got these as a trick-or-treater myself. But, I did a lot of babysitting throughout high school, and it seems like the kids I cared for back then always got tons of these in their treat bags. Whenever I'd babysit after Halloween, the kids' parents would often tell me to help myself to the candy. I always hated to steal hard-earned candy from children, so I hardly ever took the parents up on the offer. That is, unless, I saw a banana Laffy Taffy in there.)

Next up? Eddy! Did this active girl feel like posing for the camera. Of course not!

How about a little stink eye?

There you have it.

Except we're not quite done yet. Today's prompt for JNW's Halloween Challenge is cauldron. Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated with cauldrons (I even have flower pots that are, you guessed it, cauldrons). Honestly, what's more magical and fanciful and Halloweenish than a witch's cauldron? Anyway, Eddy didn't let me forget that it was her turn to star in a Halloween drawing. Well, Eddy, you sure do like stirring the pot around here, my active little lady, so this one's for you.

Have a spooktacular day, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
We all know that feeding our furbabies chocolate is not good for them, nor is feeding them many other sugary goods. Also beware, though, of certain products labeled as sugar-free. I'm sure many of you have heard of xylitol, a natural sweetener often used in sweets to make them safe for those with diabetes or for those simply trying to cut back on refined sugars. Xylitol, though, is toxic to our furbabies. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, and potentially seizures in dogs and cats. It can cause a sudden release of insulin in your furbaby's system, leading to hypoglycemia, and can ultimately result in liver failure. This is why any goods labeled as sugar-free should be a no-go for your furbabies, most especially when xylitol is listed as an ingredient. Also keep in mind that not only is xylitol found in sugar-free candies and gums, but also potentially other foods, such as some brands of peanut butter. Xylitol is also found in some toothpastes, mouthwashes, and potentially a number of other goods. The moral of the story is to always look at the label, and stick to foods and treats that are known to be healthy choices for your furbaby. If you know or even think your furbaby consumed anything containing xylitol, please consult a veterinarian immediately.