Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wordy Wednesday

Do any of you friends of ours have fursibs who infringe on your photo shoots?

Evan does.

Now, completely switching gears, our doodle for today is another one I scribbled up for the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show I'll be volunteering at this weekend. This event will benefit the local non-profit, volunteer-based rescue group known as Hospice Hearts.

I've mentioned this rescue group on here before, but in case you don't know, the mission of Hospice Hearts is to foster and re-home cats and dogs whose owners are no longer able to care for them due to their health, relocation to a nursing home, or other extenuating circumstances. Hospice Hearts has also been known to pull animals from instances of hoarding, abuse, and neglect, and has also pulled animals from the kill lists of other nearby shelters.

Last summer, Hospice Hearts orchestrated a last-minute rescue of over 80 cats scheduled to be euthanized at a nearby shelter, after the shelter's space and resources were strained following an influx of cats brought in from a hoarding case. On the very day all of those kitties were meant to die, Hospice Hearts stepped in to orchestrate the rescue and redistribution of every single one of them. What's more, every single one of the 80+ cats rescued from that situation has since been adopted out. In case you can't tell, I am a huge proponent of all the good work that Hospice Hearts does in my local area. I already know that some of my future furbabies will be adopted from this group.

That all being said, though I typically quite dislike all things relating to fashion, most definitely including high heels, I am looking forward to the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show for Hospice Hearts. After all, this rescue group is something else. At the catty fashion show there will be many locally crafted outfits being modeled, the majority of them being clothing items that are indeed cat-themed. That's the way to fashion, if you ask this cat lady. All of these pieces will then be auctioned off at the end of the event, with all proceeds benefiting the adoptable cats of Hospice Hearts. There will also be some local vendors of other goods there, to bring in more proceeds for the kitties. This is why, despite my lack of prestige in the realm of fashion, I've been working on doodles like the one above to have available at the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show. It's all for the kitties, as it should be!

In case you missed any of the previous links we've shared and wish to learn more about Hospice Hearts, just click here!

So, what types of fun and fantastic events do your local shelters and rescue groups host for their adoptees? I'm always happy and curious to hear what all wonderful ideas come about for the benefit of animals.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Our Tip of the Day:
One of our previous National Pet Poison Awareness Month tips was on the dangers of medications indeed formulated for our furbabies. We meant to (yet failed to) expand on a particular topic in this regard. That topic is as that of topical preventatives. First and foremost, always ensure that you are giving preventatives specifically formulated for the species at hand. Just one reason for this is that some flea and tick preventatives formulated for dogs are toxic to cats. Many such canine preventatives contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, to which cats are highly sensitive. Pyrethrin/pyrethroid poisoning can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty walking, or seizures, just to name a few. So, never apply dog preventatives on your kitty.

Also, be careful if your cat lives in a household with a dog who receives preventatives. In such a case, try to look for canine preventatives that do not contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, or keep the dog and cat separated for a safe amount of time after application. Ask your veterinarian for information on how to keep both your kitty and pup healthy and safe, yet also protected from pests. It's also worth noting that some other forms of flea, tick, or other pest preventatives, such as sprays, may contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid. Always check the label, and only use products that you are certain will not harm your kitties or pups. Again, ask your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding a product's safety.

In addition, know your cat or dog's weight and select preventatives accordingly. Administering a medication intended for a cat or dog larger than yours could have negative effects for the furbaby. Also be aware of their age, as some kittens or puppies, for example, may not yet be of an age deemed safe for the application of some preventatives. What's more, also always take into consideration your furbaby's overall health status. If your cat or dog suffers from any ailments, always discuss with your veterinarian the safety of giving a preventative. While we of course want to keep our furry family members safe from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and all sorts of infestations, it is important that we do so safely.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

Last week, Astrid shared her thoughts in a review as part of the Blogger Outreach Program. Today, it's the kitties' turn, and they got to try out Nutro™ Wild Frontier™ moist food.

This Nutro™ mulitpack comes with a chicken and beef recipe, as well as a salmon and trout recipe. Let's be honest, the kitties around here don't seem to have intestines equipped for fishy foods, so they just tried out the chicken and beef variety. (The neighbor cat, strays, and ferals outdoors are enjoying the fish flavor!)

The good thing is that this food is a paté variety. The kitties will essentially only eat paté, because chunks and morsels are apparently disgusting. Around here, we don't chew, we only slurp.

What's also great about this Nutro™ Wild Frontier™ food is that it's made with real chicken, or real salmon, as the first ingredient. It also grain-free and contains no corn, wheat, soy, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. That sure all sounds great, doesn't it? But, the main test is whether the finicky felines around here deem it worthy. So, what did they think?

Our housemate Toby was the first one to try it out. He gave it more than a few licks, which is a great sign from any kitty in this house.

Evan (the blur in that photo up there) gave the Nutro™ Wild Frontier™ food a good sniff, but did not at this time taste test it.

The real kicker was when Thimble gave it a few licks. Eddy is by far the most finicky kitty in the house and simply will not eat any moist food (hence why you never see her in our review posts, because she simply just couldn't care less). Thimble is probably the next pickiest kitty in the house, which is why her giving this Nutro™ Wild Frontier™ food a go is a great sign.

The kitties did not finish the Nutro™ food in their bowls in one sitting. That means nothing, though, as it takes them hours to finish even their most favorite moist food meals. The kitties around here are the epitome of grazing nibblers. Throughout the day, though, the bowls filled with Nutro™ Wild Frontier™ moist food got emptier and emptier, which means some kitties were stealthily enjoying the food, which also means it gets at least a few paws up from us!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received Nutro Wild Frontier moist cat food 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.)

We hope all of our friends have a terrifically tasty Tuesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our little doodle today is in honor of the first day of spring, which just so happens to be today. 

I always know spring really is upon us when I start seeing and hearing robins, and I saw lots of robins on the beautiful walks I took with pup Astrid this weekend. Robins may look like a plain and simple bird, but they are my favorite.


Our Tip of the Day:
Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is one that relates to our previous tips on pesticides, but is also one upon which we failed to expand. The type of pesticide of which we speak today is none other than mothballs. Mothballs come in a variety of forms, and typically release gas vapors intended to repel or kill moths, or other pests. When it comes to our furbabies, mothballs can cause toxicity via inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. Dogs are perhaps the most likely to ingest mothballs, but cats are more sensitive to their effects. Old-fashioned mothballs are the most dangerous, as they contain naphthalene. More modern mothballs are typically formulated to be less dangerous to kitties, pups, and ourselves, but they can still pose risks. Mothball poisoning can result in vomiting, lethargy, difficulty breathing, or even failure of organs such as the liver or kidneys.

Needless to say, it is likely best to avoid the use of mothballs altogether. There are alternatives to ridding your clothes or areas of the home of moths. Some of these methods may require more laborious cleaning and may indeed be more time-consuming than simply tossing in a mothball, but the health of your furbaby is well worth the effort.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mancat Monday Motivation

We've arrived at Monday, friends. This may seem like bad news to some, but not to Evan, because it means he gets to be our blog's star of the day. After all, he is a mancat on this Mancat Monday.

Can you see Evan past all that sunshine? Evan would have snapped another shot, with better lighting, but he wasn't about to give up that sun puddle.

Are you friends of ours enjoying some sunshine these days? We sure hope so! We can almost smell spring in the air. Almost.

This sunny shot isn't all that Evan has to share with you all today, though. He also wants to give you all our words for today's Sparks blog hop.

The Sparks blog hop is hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader. It is meant to be a way for us all to share positive thoughts in today's often negative world.

We must admit that, though our thought for today is a positive one, it's also a bit more on the silly side. When this quote popped up on Pinterest, though, it just seemed to be begging to be shared as a Sparks. So, here it is.

"Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."

It is of course important to be confident, but it's even better to be sweet at the same time. It would seem pineapples have this skill down pat, so perhaps they could be considered good role models.

Wishing you all a magnificent, motivational Monday!

Our Tip of the Day:
After yesterday's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip on paint products, we wanted to also give a PSA on the dangers of certain glues. If we're to be honest, the primary danger of glue isn't necessarily poisonous effects. Nevertheless, we still want to warn of the life-threatening hazards of glue. Some glues, such as glues for wood or construction, as well as heavy-duty glues such as Gorilla Glue, can lead to severe side effects. Ingestion of these glues can cause symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, and decreased appetite. What's more, though, is that these types of glues can contain diisocyanates, which can mix with stomach acid and then expand. This can then lead to bowel obstruction. Bowel obstruction is nothing to take lightly, and will often require surgery. Needless to say, if your kitty or pup gets into glue, especially heavy-duty glue that contains diisocyanates, seek veterinary care immediately. Of course, to prevent such emergencies, take no risks and be sure to hide away any and all glues someplace where your furbaby cannot reach.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Selfie

It's always a toss-up which furbaby around here might snap our selfie each week. I don't often have a willing volunteer, but wen I do, it's usually this girl.

Thimble is the furbaby here who most enjoys having her soul stolen picture taken. For this week's selfie, she wanted to share with you all a profile shot. The lovely sunshine is just a bonus.

Of course, Thimble snapped this shot for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.

We hope all of you friends of ours have a stupendous Sunday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

This upcoming weekend I'll be assisting at an event for a local rescue group known as Hospice Hearts. I've mentioned this group on here before, and you can learn more about them by clicking here

The event I'll be assisting at is called the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show, which is indeed a fun, catty fashion show from which proceeds will of course be used for the care of the adoptable kitties at Hospice Hearts. I usually have next to no interest in fashion, but I'll make an exception for kitties. So, for the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show, I thought I'd doodle up some fashionable kitties, starting with this one.

Our Tip of the Day:
We've given past tips on the dangers of paint products, but we're going to repeat this for National Pet Poison Awareness Month. Unsurprisingly, paint, varnish, and other similar products can be toxic to our furbabies. Lead paints can of course cause lead poisoning, which can cause a variety of severe symptoms, including those of the gastrointestinal and neurological systems. Lead can also be detrimental to red blood cells, brain function, and other important processes in the body. Oil-based paints can also be dangerous, potentially causing diarrhea as well as having serious effects on the lungs. They may also contain heavy metals and thereby cause symptoms similar to those of lead paint toxicity. Products such as varnish can also have similar negative side effects as paint.

Also keep in mind that paint and paint products can emit dangerous fumes. Especially without proper ventilation, inhalation of the fumes can cause irritation of the lungs or symptoms such as dizziness. To avoid emergencies related to the ingestion or inhalation of paint or other paint products, of course keep these items well out of reach of your furbabies. Try to keep your furbabies safely out of areas that are being painted. Should ingestion or inhalation of paint products occur, do not hesitate to seek veterinary assistance.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Our resident ginger wants to invite all of you friends over to his leprechaun hut to celebrate. He's handing out lots of luck and a bit of gold. Of course, you're free to kiss him, too. After all, he is Irish.

We're wishing you all lots of luck and many blessings, today and every day!

Of course, this St. Paddy's Day doodle is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.

Be sure to visit Athena see all of the fun and festive art our friends have created this week!

Our Tip of the Day:
We haven't reached the end of National Pet Poison Awareness Month yet, so we'll keep these tips coming. Today's tip on potentially poisonous household items relates to batteries. We briefly mentioned their danger before, but now we'll give a bit of further information on them. If a dog or even a cat bites a battery or ingests it, the acidic or alkaline components could leak out and enter their gastrointestinal system. This material is corrosive in nature, and can therefore cause serious side effects, including oral ulcers, vomiting, other various signs of gastrointestinal distress, and even fever. Due to the corrosive nature of battery components, vomiting should not be induced in the case of ingestion, as this will cause further damage. Immediate care can include rinsing out your pup or kitty's mouth with lukewarm water to remove as much of the battery material as possible. Of course, quickly follow that up with immediate veterinary care. To prevent such emergencies, keep all batteries tucked safely away where curious furbabies cannot get to them. As always, it's better to be safe than sorry!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fill-Ins and Friday Festivities

Happy Friday, friends! As always, we'll just get right into the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, which is of course hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader.

This week, our hosts came up with some fill-ins that really got me thinking.

1. When I am nervous, I _________.
2. When I am angry, I _________.
3. Today, I know for sure _________.
4. For St. Patrick's Day, I _________.

I think I learned a little more about myself while working on filling in these profound thoughts.

1. When I am nervous, I take deep breaths to calm myself.
(This may sound cliché, but it actually works pretty well for me. My life is usually pretty calm, so I don't often get terribly nervous. That is, unless I am worried about my furbabies or family members. Or, of course, when I am forced into a highly social situation. That's when the deep breaths really come into play.)

2. When I am angry, I cure it with a kitty fix.
(Anger is an emotion I do not enjoy, nor that I think is healthy, and so I always do my best to avoid it. If I do catch myself feeling angry, though, I'll remedy it by cuddling some kitties or even just looking at kitty pictures. Best. Medicine. Ever.)

3. Today, I know for sure that I am happy.
(While life is never perfect, I am surrounded by my furbabies, my human family, and this wonderful blogging community. Nothing makes me happier than that.)

4. For St. Patrick's Day, I feast on Dublin Coddle.
(Though I don't look the part, I actually have some Irish blood running through my veins, which always makes me feel compelled to celebrate the day with a little Irish-inspired grub. Let's be honest, though, I'm not a corned beef and cabbage kind of gal. That's why, a couple years ago, I looked up some alternatives. I found a recipe for Dublin Coddle, which is much more my speed, and now I have that every St. Patrick's Day.)


Now, on to your weekly Eddy fix! Eddy actually decided to share a couple of bloopers with you all today.

Eddy is our the queen of bloopers around this house. Are any of our friends out there blooper pros?

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip was about coins, namely the potential for them to cause zinc toxicity. Today's tip is another one about potentially dangerous metals, this one being iron. Iron can of course be found in various multivitamins, or simply iron supplements. That's not the only potential source of iron, though, as it can also be found in items such as fertilizers, hand warmers, and oxygen absorbers (such as those often found in packets of food such as beef jerky).

Ingestion of toxic amounts of iron can result in a variety of symptoms. For example, iron poisoning may cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, lethargy, and even negative effects on organs such as the heart or liver. Needless to say, be aware of what items in your household might contain iron, or any potentially dangerous substance. And, of course, keep all such items well out of reach of your furbaby. Never leave your vitamins or other medications, or any questionable items, sitting around for a curious furbaby to find. If your furbaby does get into such items and ingests them, though, then do of course seek veterinary assistance.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Hello, friends! It's Thursday. Perhaps some of you know what that means. Around here, it means we're getting a bit poetic.

Each week, we enjoy participating in Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. Our pawsome hosts give us a photo each week as a prompt. The photo for this week sure is an intense one!

I really had to put my thinking cap on and get my creative juices flowing for this one. I don't know a whole lot about surfing (translation: I know nothing about surfing). I myself also have a bit of a phobia when it comes to deep waters like those seen in this impressive photo, but I'm thinking that's sort of beside the point.

Anyway, I asked myself how I could use this photo to scribble up something a little different and maybe even a little bit fun. I can't even tell you how or why, but what ultimately came to my mind was the story of Jonah and the whale. I was raised Catholic, and am still an active Catholic, and so I have heard the biblical story of Jonah and the whale more than a few times. For those who don't know this story and wish to read up on it, you can click here for Wikipedia's trusty explanation.

Now, I didn't write a poem about Jonah and the whale. I did, however, write about Norah and a narwhal. Because, you know, that makes more sense. All I can say is that the poem below is all shades of nonsense and silliness. If that's your sort of thing, feel free to give it a read.

Norah and the Narwhal

Norah was a master athlete.
There was no sport in which she could not or would not compete.
No matter what hits or throws the sport had in store,
Norah would always land on all fours.

But if you asked Norah if she had a favorite skill,
She would give you a quick answer with great thrill.
It was catching waves that she loved best,
And out on her surfboard she felt no stress.

That is, until one day when the unthinkable occurred.
"Surf's up!" from the beach Norah on that day had heard.
Without hesitation she had grabbed her board and ran to the shore,
And the giant waves she could not help but adore.

She waded and paddled and then hopped on her board,
And on those great waves Norah soared and soared.
But then, suddenly, all Norah saw was a great big maw.
It held nothing but a giant pink tongue and belonged to a narwhal.

The narwhal's timing was as impeccable as could be,
And straight into its mouth Norah flew as she surfed the sea.
It was dark and wet inside the creature's mouth,
And Norah had no idea if she was pointing north or south.
She felt herself flying down the narwhal's gullet,
Traveling at speeds faster than a speeding bullet.

"Hey, let me out!" Norah did scream and yell,
Not knowing if she could be heard from the belly into which she fell.
With a snort and a grumble the narwhal did answer,
"I'm so hungry I could eat a hamster."
Norah thought that made no sense at all,
But decided not to say that to the ravenous narwhal.

Instead, Norah thought she would offer another option.
To the narwhal she said, with great caution,
"Why not munch on some fish?
Wouldn't they make for a tasty dish?"
"No," the narwhal said with a jolting shake of its head.
"The fish are my friends and I do not wish them dead."

Norah thought perhaps the narwhal had a point,
Yet she also still wished to get out of this joint.
And so Norah gathered her nerve and to the narwhal said,
"I also, you could say, wish not to be dead."
She thought she heard the narwhal sigh,
And then she was certain it had begun to cry.

Unsure what to do,
Norah asked, "What's your favorite food?"
With a sniffle the narwhal managed to mumble,
"I love to eat bananas by the bundle."

"Well, that's perfect!" Norah declared.
But the narwhal's crying only flared.
"No, it's not," the bawling beast moaned.
"I've run out of bananas and so my snack is postponed."

"But now you're in luck," Norah tried to speak again.
"Because I know where to find dozens of bananas times ten!"
"Really?" asked the hungry narwhal,
Who now had ceased to bawl.
"Really," Norah affirmed with a smile that spanned ear to ear.
"I'll take you there if you'll just let me out of here."

With a belch and a cough,
The narwhal let Norah out of its belly like a blast-off.
Hair soaked with narwhal drool,
Norah was glad to be back in her sea of a pool.
Though she wanted nothing more than to return to her surfboard,
She was not a girl to go against her word.

"Come on, follow me," Norah said to the narwhal,
Whom she now learned was named none other than Paul.
They swam together through the waves to the shore,
Where Norah pointed to some trees that numbered at least a score.

Norah asked, "Do you see what grows on those trees?"
Squinting his eyes so that he could better see,
Paul shouted, "Bananas!"
That yellow fruit was apparently his manna.

And so began the friendship of Norah and Paul,
A girl and her buddy narwhal.
Every day Paul would visit Norah while she surfed,
For the sea and its waves were both of their turf.
Of course, Norah never met Paul empty-handed,
But instead ensured that he never again ran out of bananas.

Obviously, Norah had to be a kitty character. Obviously.


Now, I asked Thimble to snap some shots of herself to share today. The thing is, she got a bit distracted.

We actually had ourselves some sunshine, which made for a wonderful light show on the ceiling and walls. Though Evan is the biggest light chaser in the house, Thimble enjoys the sport as well. In fact, she's entering her gratitude for sunshine and light shows into Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Thimble and Evan, and of course all of us, are indeed happy for the beautiful sunshine we've been having, which of course means lots of lights to chase. We are all also thankful that we have each other, that we have a cozy home, and that we have such wonderful friends as all of you.

Wishing all of you friends of ours a beautiful day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Our tips for National Pet Poison Awareness Month continue on, and we have yet another random household item to be aware of due to the potentially toxic effects that can result if ingested. What we're talking about today are coins. Coins, such as pennies, contain zinc, which can lead to toxicity and serious side effects if ingested in large enough quantities. Zinc poisoning can result in vomiting as well as increased respiration rate and heart rate. Zinc can also damage blood cells. For these reasons, as well as for the choking and obstruction hazards that coins can pose, be sure to always keep coins out of your kitty or pup's reach. Some animals will put anything and everything into their mouth, which could of course lead to danger with items such as coins. So, keep those coins safely tucked away!