Monday, January 23, 2017

Open Sesame

Evan wants to know why, exactly, his door is closed.

So what if it's winter? So what if an open door makes for a cold house?

Now, how to get that door open?

Hmmm. The doorknob is up there. Way, way up there. And, of course, there's that lack of opposable thumbs thing.

If only a mancat could just squeeze through that crack there. That would be nice.

Okay, enough is enough. "Mom! I demand you open this door at once!"


And of course, on this Mancat Monday, I told Evan I would do a little doodle in his honor. So I drew a wide-eyed, bushy-tailed orange fella, in honor of Evan's feelings for that magical front door of his.

I just hope this poor little guy's gigantic eyes don't pop right out of his head.

We're wishing everybuddy a happy Monday! And Evan hopes that all of you furiends of ours have a bright, sunny, open-doored day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Do you have a kitty or pup with a proficiency for opening doors? As I'm sure many of you know, some furbabies are fond of opening cabinet doors, while others figure out how to open even larger doors. While sometimes this is harmless, it could certainly pose a problem if the doors being broken into are ones housing danger. For example, does your kitty open cabinet doors behind which are detergents or other chemical hazards, or behind which are hot pipes or electrical cords? One easy solution is of course to keep any and all potential dangers out of any cabinets or rooms to which your furbaby might find entrance. This is not always possible, though, and in such a case another easy solution is to essentially baby proof cabinets and other doors. So, if you have yourself a furry door opener, it might be best to look into some sort of (fur)baby proof locks. As always, better safe than sorry!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sibling Selfies

All of our furiends here know none other than little lady Thimble, right? She's the model of this family, always ready to pose for the camera. That's probably why she has this side shot selfie all ready for the fantastic Sunday Selfie blop hop, hosted by our Kitties Blue pals over a The Cat on My Head.

Thimble isn't the only tabby around here who wanted to partake in this fun blog hop, though. Which brings us to our next question. And that is, who here remembers Trapper? The short answer is that Trapper is Thimble's look-a-like litter mate, and he owns my parents (Thimble's Pawpaw and Gammy). When I visited my parents' house with my camera in hand the other day, Trapper was all over the opportunity. He realized Sunday was coming up, and Sunday means selfies, so he eagerly offered up this:

Can you see the resemblance? Trapper has 10 lbs on Thimble, though, being a big boy who weighs in at 20 lbs. But, that doesn't mean the handsome fella can't strike a pose like Thimble, or have the cutest little Thimble-esque expressions, or get called Thimble all the time by this here human because sometimes he just looks so much like the little girl herself.

Do any of our furiends have a doppleganger? A look-a-like? A twin?

Speaking of mirror images, here's our doodle for today:

Happy Sunday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Always consider whether even a seemingly simple or commonplace item in your home could potentially harm your furbaby. Just one example of this is a reclining chair. Such chairs, especially those that have a leg rest that swings out, could easily get a kitty or pup into trouble. A cat or small dog, for example, might crawl under the chair when the leg rest is out, which could lead to them not only being trapped in the chair but injured in the process. For that matter, even a typical chair must be moved with caution with a furbaby is around. After all, without caution, a chair leg could land on a kitty or pup's furry toes if not careful. Therefore, always simply be cognizant of the items in your home and how to keep your furbaby safe around them.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cozy Caturday Art

Though our winter has been feeling rather mild these days, we are still only in January. Where we live, winter can easily strike in full force in February, and sometimes even into March or April. So, that of course means that we're still the mood for some winter art!

For today's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by lovely Athena, we wanted to show how even a cold winter night can be perfectly cozy. The furbabies and I all love snuggling up on such nights, enjoying the company of each other, and that of a good book or TV show, and of course a hot cup of cocoa. Long story short, that all resulted in this:

How do all of our furiends out there like to spend their winter nights? Snuggling, we hope!

Wishing everybuddy a warm and cozy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Always be cautious when leaving anything hot in a cat or dog's presence, including a drink such as hot coffee, tea, or cocoa. Just like our tip yesterday noted, our furbabies, especially those kitties, often not only have a high tolerance for pain but also hide it well. They also do not necessarily have the same understanding as we do with regard to an object being hot. So, in order to prevent your kitty or pup from dipping a paw or lapping their tongue in your hot drink, be sure to leave it out of their reach, and never leave them unattended with a hot item. Scalds from hot liquids and burns from objects such as a stove or open flame can turn into serious injuries, so always keep all hot items out of your furbaby's reach!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday with a Little Footsie

Welcome to the day that means it's almost the weekend! In other words, happy Friday! Let's get right to the fun with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our good friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

I always look forward to the fill-ins, each and every week. Not only are they fun, but I can always use a little something to get my brain going on Fridays. And our hosts sure did great at that this week, with these fantastic fill-ins:

1. _________ makes me feel old.
2. _________ makes me feel young.
3. I have _________.
4. _________ is _________.

After stirring at the sloppy mess of creative juices sitting all stagnant up there in my head, I got to work on these. And, here's what I came up with:

1. The neighbor kids make me feel old.
(My neighbors needed a last minute babysitter for their 3 young children the other night. Even though babysitting kept me busy throughout high school and college, I hadn't done a true babysitting gig in years. Despite that, I headed over there. Luckily, they're great kids. Nevertheless, even at 9 o'clock at night, they run around and play like sleep is a thing for slackers, like they possess some bottomless pool of energy. Honestly, what does that even feel like?)

2. Animated movies make me feel young.
(I guess this sort of, oddly enough, goes hand-in-hand with the answer I gave above. While the neighbor kids wore me out and made me feel like a crone, the movies I finally got them to settle down and watch made me just as happy as those wide-eyed children. I have always loved fun and fantastical movies, and now as an adult, watching them makes me feel all giddy and like I'm a kid again. Perhaps that's why I watch so many movies like this.)

3. I have never broken a bone or had stitches.
(I've never really been all that careful or cautious of a person, to be honest, so I'm always sort of amazed that I've made it this far in life without a trip to the emergency room. I used to do acrobats, and I used to sled down icy hills and jump off of swings. I once worked at a large animal clinic, where I helped care for sick and at times aggressive horses and cattle. And then I worked at a cat clinic, where it was a daily occurrence for an enraged kitty to flash its claws at me. And how about that time that a game of soccer in PE got me kicked square in the shin by a Hulk of a kid in my class? That last one at least got me in an x-ray room, but my bones proved happy as could be. Not that I'm complaining, though, and I sure hope I can keep this up.)

4. Love is a four-legged word.
(I just really love this saying. It rings so true in my life. So, it seemed the perfect thing to put there.)

Speaking of the four-legged furbabies in my life, Eddy wants to show off her attempts at a photo shoot this week. She has heard of peoples' fondness for furry footsies and toesies, and so she wanted to get in on the action.

Oops, she sort of missed the mark on that one.

There. Not bad, Eddy, not bad.

Then Eddy asked me to draw something as cute and cuddly as her. Well, that was a very loaded request on Eddy's part, but, here is what I managed:

Happy Friday, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
Never forget that our furbabies, like those tough little kitties, are often very good at hiding pain. For this reason, if your kitty or pup ever experiences an accident or traumatic event, even if they don't appear to be displaying excessive symptoms of pain afterwards, it never hurts to have them seen by a veterinarian. In some cases, even a fractured or broken bone might come across simply as a mild limp in that tough little furbaby of yours. So, if your cat or dog is ever involved in an accident, whether it be something such as a failed jump or a vehicular accident, of course keep a very close eye on them, and certainly get them to a veterinarian if there is any cause for concern. This is important not only to ensure your furbaby's immediate safety and health, but also because delayed treatment of an injury could potentially lead to further problems later in your furbaby's life. Always remember that it is indeed better to be safe than sorry!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thimble Thursday: Sunny Side Up

Thimble hopes you don't get bored of her sunny shots. But, she realized that she didn't show off her profile enough in last week's sunny post, and she wanted to amend that. So, she's back today with some sunny side shots.

Knowing that she's cute and pretty and all bright and shiny, Thimble told me that today's art had to be the same. She told me I could stick to my current mood of fantastical, whimsical eccentricity, but that it had to be something as cute and pretty and sparkly as her. Well, Thimble, you sure are one-of-a-kind, and so I don't know how well I succeeded in your request. But, here's a bright little unicorn for you nonetheless.

Now, of course we didn't forget Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Thimble is again so very thankful for her bright and shiny sun and her beloved window seat. And all of us are of course so very thankful for all of you, our friends!

We're wishing all of our friends a bright and shiny Thursday!

Our Tip of the Day:
It never hurts to be prepared. That's why, in the potential case that your furbaby gets loose or that you come across another loose dog or cat in need of catching, try to think ahead to what tools might be handy to store in your car, purse, or even pocket. Consider having a bag of treats in your glove compartment or purse. You can also keep a spare leash stashed away for emergencies such as this, or even a cat carrier, such as a collapsible one in the trunk or beneath a seat in your car. Even items such as a spare blanket can be good to have, and perhaps even a first aid kit with the essentials, should you come upon an emergency.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Whisker Wednesday

Our Tip of the Day:
If you ever find yourself witnessing a serious cat fight, whether it be between your own cats or feral cats outside, never try to break it up with your bare hands, lest you end up with serious bites or scratches. Rather, try to find another way to quickly yet safely separate the fighting cats. You can of course try yelling or clapping, but if they do not respond to that, perhaps go for something more jarringly loud, such as banging metal or a car horn. Another option is to splash or gently spray them with water, such as from a spritz bottle or a garden hose. Or, you can grab an item such as a blanket or coat, or even a broom or shovel, and use it to urge the cats away from each other. Cat fights do happen, both indoors and outdoors, but there are ways to scatter the fighters without putting yourself in danger. Of course do your best to be gentle with the cats, but also keep in mind that breaking up a cat fight and thereby potentially saving the life of one or both cats might indeed require a method such as spraying a cat with water or scaring it off with a broom. If this is necessary, always do your best to keep yourself safe, as well as the fighting cats, and of course any other animals or people present.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tasty Tuesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

It's that time of the month again. You know, that time of the month when we review our goods as part of the Blogger Outreach Program!

This month, Astrid is up first. This girl has been loving her treats lately. Chewy, beefy treats are her thing. That being said, this month I wanted to have Astrid try something along these lines, yet also a tad different. That's why we chose Evanger's® beef liver treats.

(You may notice that the label indicates these as being treats for dogs and cats, as well as ferrets.
I gave these to pup Astrid only, as the kitties around here can never seem to hold their beef.
I have yet to find a ferret on which to test these.)

Astrid has always made it very clear that she loves loves loves tender, chewy treats. She might suffer her way through a hard, crunchy treat one time, and then the next time just leave it on the floor. Sometimes for days. Until the human finally gives in and picks it up and throws it out for the wildlife to enjoy. True story.

But, I digress. The point is, I avoid getting truly hard and crunchy treats for Astrid, for the very reason mentioned above. Sometimes, though, I like a challenge. Not to mention, treats of a crunchier sort can serve to aid in dental health, and so I would indeed like Astrid to eat something along these lines at least on occasion. So, when I saw that was offering the aforementioned Evanger's® beef liver treats, which are indicated as being gently dried, I had to give them a try for my picky pup.

Gently dried is the perfect way to describe these. They are not truly hard and crunchy, but they're also not soft or gummy in texture. I had hope for them. And I wasn't the only one.

That girl there can smell beef from half the world away, I tell you. And since these treats are 100% beef liver, that being the single ingredient comprising them, Astrid sniffed them out the second the delivery man dropped them off.

And did Astrid enjoy these Evanger's® treats?

I think that's a yes, Astrid did enjoy them. Enough that the "No Counter Kleptomaniacs Allowed" rule flew right out the window. If my math is correct, that converts to a 4-paw review, with an added tail wag to boot!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received Evanger's® beef liver treats 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 furiends find themselves enjoying some tasty treats today, too!

Oh, but we can't forget our art for the day. I told you how I've been in a mood to draw subjects of the whimsical sort as of late. So, how about a mutt of Merlin today?

Abracadabra, and have a lovely day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Liver can make for a great treat for your furbaby. This is not only because many dogs and cats enjoy this meaty goody, but also because liver is a great source of protein and fat as well as a number of other essential nutrients, such as vitamin A and iron, just to name a couple. You can feed your furbaby cooked liver, as long as it is safely prepared (as in, no additives and the like). Of course, liver can also of course be given in the form of pet treats. All of this being said, though, do be careful to never feed your furbaby too much liver. If fed too much liver, a dog or cat can be susceptible to what is called hypervitaminosis A, which is essentially an overdose of vitamin A. This in turn can result in a number of dangerous side effects, such as weakness, intestinal distress, and weight loss. So, while liver is a great source of nutrients, it is a food that must be given in moderation. Of course, if ever in doubt about your furbaby's diet, always consult a veterinarian.