Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome to the weekend!

We've made it to another Friday! Whew.

As always, we've been looking forward to the weekly Friday Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by the ingenious 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.


I really liked this week's fill-ins from the second I saw them.

1. I wish _________ would bring back _________.
2. An act of kindness that I do often is _________.
3. I still have _________ from my childhood.
4. If I didn't have _________, I'd be completely lost.

Aren't those great? Of course, that didn't mean answers came to my muddy mind right away. But, I sure tried my darnedest to come up with something worthy enough to post here...

1. I wish Mars would bring back PB Max candy bars.
(I've actually never had a PB Max candy bar. But I love chocolate and peanut butter, and for that reason my dad is always telling me that he thinks I would have really liked PB Max bars. So, I wish I could try a PB Max.)

2. An act of kindness that I do often is bake treats for family and friends.
(My family loves baked goods, and I enjoy baking, so they will always forward me recipes they find and will tell me what goodies they've been hungry for lately. I usually end up making baked goods multiple times a week. Although I also love me some baked goods, I don't eat a whole lot of them, as I happen to be overly sensitive to a shamefully long list of foods. And let's just say that one food I don't get along with all that well is flour. But, I bake with it anyway, and then mostly enjoy the goodies vicariously through others.)

3. I still have a Barney the Dinosaur sleeping bag from my childhood.
(I've shown off this sleeping bag on this blog of ours before. Well, actually, a certain furbaby has shown it off...
While I have long since outgrown this sleeping bag and can make little to no use of it, my furbabies sure can!)

4. If I didn't have pen and paper, I'd be completely lost.
(This is where I epically fail at being green. I don't use any gadgets for keeping track of things, giving myself reminders, or even for a calendar. Rather, I feel like a ship lost at sea if I don't have a pen and paper on which to take notes and make lists for myself. I would probably never remember my "to do" list or my grocery list if it wasn't stashed in my pocket on a crumpled up Post-It.)

Now, as per usual Friday tradition, it's Eddy's turn for some screen time. All I can say for her this week is that, one of these days, I'm determined to succeed at having a real photo shoot with Eddy. One of these days. But, since today is certainly not that day, I'll just have to settle for slapdash shots like this:


Thanks, Eddy! If blurry and off-center was your goal, you scored!

We want to wish everybuddy a wonderful Friday! We hope you have lots of fun planned for the weekend!



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Our Tip of the Day:
A cat or dog stretching is usually very good sign. It means they are comfy, happy, content. But, in some instances, it can actually mean the opposite. If you cat or dog is stretching repeatedly or at an abnormal frequency, such as perhaps after eating, you may want to take note of this. Sometimes, if an animal has abdominal comfort, constipation, or something along these lines going on internally, they will stretch in attempts to feel relief. That's not to say that you should worry if you see your cat or dog stretching, because more often than not a stretch is a very good thing! But, you know your furbaby best, so do be aware that even normal activities like stretching could potentially be a cause for concern.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thimble Thursday: Soaking up Summer

Thimble knows that summer is nearing its end. She also knows how to make the most of this situation, though.


Thimble knows where to find the brightest puddle of sun. And how to pose in it!


She makes sure to give her mom lots of time to snap some shots. After all, she is a highly skilled model.


While summer is certainly a lovely time of year (when you're not too busy melting, that is), this human will openly admit that her favorite season is autumn. I think my furbabies like it quite a bit, too, because around these parts lovely autumn weather mean lots of open window time. Needless to say, we're all pretty excited about the next season just around the corner.

What about all of our furiends out there? Are you excited for autumn? What's your favorite season?

Happy Thursday!


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Our Tip of the Day:
We've previously touched on the topic of spring and summer allergies, such as those to pollen and grass, which can affect not only us but our furbabies as well. But, with autumn just around the corner, perhaps it's a good time to note on the allergens that this impending season is more likely to offer. Along with lingering ragweed, one primary allergen that is especially prevalent in the autumn is mold. This is because all of those beautiful autumn leaves will unfortunately fall, and when they lie on the ground and get rained on, that can produce the perfect environment for mold growth. To help minimize your furbaby's direct exposure to this and other allergens, aside from keeping leaves raked up as best as possible, be sure to wipe off yours shoes or remove them upon entering your home. It might also be wise to keep windows closed if the weather is more on the wet and rainy and therefore especially moldy side, or if it is windy and therefore more likely to blow allergens into your home. Of course, the fault doesn't always lie with the great outdoors. Towards the end of autumn you may start to use your furnace, and that could lead to built up dust causing flareups of allergies. Try to dust off the furnace and registers and vents, and perhaps consider using an air purifier. As beautiful as autumn is, nothing can be perfect, so be sure to keep an eye on your furbaby for signs of autumn allergies, such as discharge from the eyes or nose, sneezing, coughing, and itching and scratching.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Brown-Eyed Girl




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Our Tip of the Day:
In a past tip, I mentioned that, while cats can indeed see far better than humans as well as dogs in the dark, research has indicated that they do not have night vision in the sense that they can see in complete darkness. This is why, for your cat's safety and comfort, I noted that it can never hurt to leave a light on for your kitty after darkness falls. Now, what about dogs? Well, research shows that dogs can indeed see better than humans in a dim room. And their eyes allow them to see in even darker dimness than we can. But, it would seem that dogs lie somewhere in between cats and humans when it comes to seeing in the dark. Like us, though, to a pup a pitch black room is a pitch black room. Imagine how you feel when standing in a room with absolutely no light, and then imagine how your pup must feel in that same circumstance. For this reason, please do consider leaving a night light or a lamp or two on for your pup (and kitty) at night. Especially as they and their eyes start to age, having even a dim light source can help them be and feel safer while navigating even their own familiar home in darkness.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Food Snobs Strike Again (#ChewyInfluencer)

The kitties in our humble abode are at it again. They're doing a food review, despite their tendency to be food snobs. This human is determined, though, to find as many kinds of moist food as she can that her kitties will actually ingest. (Remember, domesticated kitties on a more dry diet are susceptible to urinary issues, and so moisture is a good thing!)

That being said, as part of this month's Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, I chose for my kitties a moist food that I really hoped they would like. That food is the I and Love and You® wet cat food variety pack.


As is typical, this food made the cut for me in large part because the first and primary ingredient is a real protein source. For this variety pack, that is either poultry in the form of chicken (aka, Chicken Me Out™, but which is listed as Chicken Lickin' Good™ on the box) or turkey (aka, Purrky Turkey™), or fish (aka, Oh My Cod!™). I and Love and You® food also contains real fruits and vegetables, with natural vitamins and minerals and taurine. There are no fillers or by-products meals, no corn, wheat, soy, or rice. There are also no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. It is grain free, gluten free, and made in our very own USA.

All of that being the case, I really wanted my kitties to like this food. So far, there are exactly two kinds of moist food that my kitties are willing to eat religiously. I would love to add more variety to this, so that they don't get bored of the same old thing. So, how did my kitties rate this I and Love and You® food? Let's get to that now.

Given that my kitties tend to lean toward a chicken preference, out of the three flavor choices, I selected the Chicken Me Out ™ recipe to break the ice.


The food is a nice pate, soft and smooth, which is always my kitties' preference. It also smelled like, well, like something that a kitty would really enjoy. So I divvied some out.


Thimble came to the kitchen right away. I'll be honest, I've learned that the girl doesn't always have the best nose, so the fact that she came in with her sniffer up in the air seemed like a great sign. And how did she like it? Well, she gave it a quick sniff, and then walked away.


As I've noted in previous reviews, this is not atypical of Thimble. She loves to beg for food, and then not eat it. It's sort of her thing. What can I say? She's a tease.

Next up was Evan, who immediately followed Thimble into the kitchen. He is not much of a food beggar, so I again thought I had a good sign in his apparent interest. And what did he do? He sniffed the goods.


But then he also walked away.

My third kitty, as you might know, is Eddy. But, who remembers what I've said about Eddy in the past? Well, she simply doesn't eat moist food. She ate it as a kitten, and then one day, she simply ate it no more. She absolutely, tremendously, and endlessly adores dry food. And that's it. So, I guess she doesn't get a vote here.

But, fear not! All hope was not lost. Housemate Toby (you know him, the fuzzy black fellow whose human mom is my sister) meandered over. And you know what? He took one whiff of the I and Love and You® chicken recipe and started scarfing it down like there was no tomorrow.


So, the I and Love and You® chicken recipe was certainly a hit with Toby. With my kitties, not so much, but so it goes with food snobs. I have also since tried the turkey recipe (Purrky Turkey™), with very similar results.

(I have not yet tried the fish recipe (Oh My Cod!™), in large part because I, personally, am not a fan of feeding my kitties food of the fish sort. I know, that sounds ridiculous given that they are, indeed, cats. But, I always worry about the salt content in fish, especially given cats' preexisting susceptibility to kidney and other urinary issues. This may or may not be a completely ludicrous thought based on nothing but paranoia, but so it goes. And there's also the fact that fishy food tends to give my kitties less than ideal litter habits.)

The long and short of this review is that, after being offered the chicken and turkey recipes, my little food snobs are, it would seem, not fans of the I and Love and You® wet cat food variety pack. Our housemate Toby, on the other hand, is quite taken with it. This natural, protein-rich food could be a great addition to your own kitty's diet, so if it sounds like something your kitty might enjoy, head on over to Chewy.com and give it a try!

Happy Tuesday, everybuddy!


Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received the I and Love and You® wet cat food variety pack 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.


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Our Tip of the Day:
Salt intake can affect our cats and dogs just like it can affect us. Salt in the diet is necessary for our furbabies, as it affects the electrolyte balance and the overall health of the cells in the body. But, too much salt can be very dangerous. Salt toxicity can occur in the event of excessive intake of salt, in which case you might see vomiting, diarrhea, stumbling, excessive thirst, and even seizures. Therefore, if your furbaby has a tendency to eat or steal scraps of your food, always keep in mind the salt content. Also keep in mind that salt is not only present in food, but can also be consumed by your furbaby from sources such as salt water aquariums and rock salt used to melt ice. If you have any concern that your furbaby might have consumed too much salt, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mancat Monday: Ambush

Over the past couple of weeks, Evan has shown off a number of his skills. Snoozing, bathing in the sun, posing pretty, overall front door exhibitionism. Evan is a Jack of all trades. Now, today, he has a new skill to show off. The art of ambush.

Start by lurking in the shadows.

But be sure to stay alert. A kitty must always be ready to pounce.

Hmm, maybe a crouch to prepare for pouncing?

Don't forget to look scary!

We're wishing all of our furiends a wonderful Monday!

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Our Tip of the Day:
Today's simple tip is to always be aware of your furbaby's location when shutting doors. Kitties especially are very fast and like to dart, so never slam doors, so that you never risk serious injury with the momentum of a hastily shutting door. Cat and dog legs, paws, and tails can easily be injured in a closing door, so always make sure that these furry little appendages are clear of a door before closing it. Should your kitty or pup have a run-in with a door, assess the situation, and get them to a veterinarian in the case of potential sprains, breaks, or any serious injury.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Selfies: French Girl

Evan hasn't gotten to star in his very own Sunday Selfie post in quite some time. I told him this week we'd remedy that. So, without further ado, I'll now give Evan the floor (by the front door, of course) for today's fun Sunday Selfie blog hop, hosted by the pawesome kitties over The Cat on My Head.

"Draw me like one of your French girls."

"But wait, let me bathe first. I'm filthy."

We hope everybuddy is having a wonderful weekend!

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Our Tip of the Day:
As I'm sure most of you know, cats are fast, flexible, and amazingly proficient contortionists. Much of this comes down to the cat's spine, with its vertebrae and disks engineered for flexibility and elasticity. Of course, it also helps that their shoulder blades are attached by muscle alone, with no bones to hinder them. Because the cat's spine and shoulder blades are so flexible, they can jump many times their own height, twist while in midair, squeeze into impossibly small places, and stretch and roll into incredibly contorted positions. That all being said, just as with humans, when a kitty ages, their flexibility may very well start to lessen. They may not be able to jump, run, stretch, and contort themselves as well as they used to. Arthritis can affect kitties just as it can humans, which can make their range of  motion far less than it once was. So, especially since you know your kitty best, remember to watch for signs of slowing down, stiffness, discomfort, or pain. Although aging and some of the ailments that come with it are inevitable, that does not mean their are not ways to keep your kitty comfortable. If you see your kitty missing landings or refusing to jump altogether, stretching less, or running or moving about less or with difficulty, please consult your veterinarian regarding methods and perhaps even medications to help your kitty stay comfortable and pain-free.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Caturday Art: The Librarian in Ink

It's probably pretty obvious that I love to draw my furbabies. They do make for some pretty cute muses, if I do say so myself.

That being said, this week's drawing for Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, which we look forward to each and every week, was inspired by just this past Thursday's post starring Thimble. Remember that post, when Thimble the Librarian invited you to check out some books?


Well, my bookish little muse inspired me to draw this:


Nothing's as good as the adorable real deal, but this sure was fun to draw!

Happy Caturday to all of our furiends!


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Be sure to visit Arty today for the last Pawlympics event - Smileys! Astrid and many other pro athletes are competing in this happy event!


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Our Tip of the Day:
Despite what the above drawing might indicate, please remember to never leave candles or other open flames unattended around your furbabies. Such flames are, of course, dangerous and an overall fire hazard. Candles, fireplaces, stovetops, and even outdoor firepits or grills should always be carefully monitored with furbabies around, or completely blocked off from their reach. If you are concerned that your furbaby might have come in contact with and been injured by such a fire hazard, check their fur, skin, mouth, paw pads, and any points of potential contact for burns or other signs of injury. And, of course, get your furbaby to a veterinarian if any burns occur.