Friday, September 30, 2016

Fun with Fill-Ins

Welcome to the eve of the weekend! More commonly known as Friday.

Given that it's that special day of the week, we'll get right to the always fun Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our good friends at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Yet again, our wonderful hosts have crafted some great fill-ins for us. I love the endless options the first fill-in offers, as you can see below:

1. _________ a _________.
2. My favorite magazine is _________.
3. Recently, _________.
4. Even though _________, I _________.

I really had to put my brain to the test. But that's a good thing! My brain could use all the exercise it can get. So, I thought, and then I thought some more, and here's what I came up with:

1. I am a Luddite.
(Who knows what a Luddite is? I didn't used to, but I've learned. A Luddite, strictly speaking, refers to a 19th century British worker who strove to destroy the machinery that began replacing the human workforce  Nowadays, though, it also has a more general meaning, and can simply refer to someone who is resistant to technological change. My sister never understands why I don't want a smartphone, or why I still almost exclusively read physical books rather than ebooks. She calls me a Luddite, and I won't argue with that.)

2. My favorite magazine(s) is (are) Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy.
(I actually no longer subscribe to many magazines, not even these. But, for years I received Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy every month. I actually still have all of them stashed away, because I just couldn't bring myself to discard the great info and pictures and overall adorableness within those pages. I may or may not have a problem.)

3. Recently, I learned that Thimble loves marshmallows.
(I was eating a fruit salad the other day, to which I added marshmallows, because, you know, why eat healthy? Anyway, Thimble found me and my marshmallows and swiftly stole one from the bowl. She did not eat it, but instead thought it was just about the funnest thing to bat around. This has now become a common occurrence. It's sad for Thimble, though, when she bats the marshmallow too close to pup Astrid, because then it quickly disappears.)

4. Even though I don't paint, I really enjoy watching Bob Ross's show.
(I love art, but painting is not my thing. I have to have a pencil or pen of some sort in my hand to feel comfortable. So, painting has never been my strong point by any means. Nevertheless, I love watching episodes of Bob Ross's show, where he so nonchalantly paints these incredible masterpieces in 30 minutes or less. I sometimes struggle just to succeed at those supposed 30-minute meals, and then there's Bob Ross, who paints an entire forest of happy trees in less time than it take me to put a plate of pasta on the table.)

Well, with the Fill-Ins all filled in, that means it's time to give you all your main Eddy fix for the week. Believe it or not, I actually got the girl to sit still. But, it was in a relatively dark room, and she refused to look at me.

Well, we gave it our best. Thanks for sort of cooperating, Eddy!

We're wishing everybuddy a fantastic Friday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Although not exactly toxic to your cat or dog, it is not recommended that you feed your furbabies treats such as marshmallows. Foods like marshmallows contain a fair amount of processed sugar, which is not an ideal component in your furbaby's diet. Especially if eaten in large quantities or at a high frequency, this sugar could potentially affect a cat or dog's blood sugar levels, and in a negative way, not to mention that there is always the potential for weight gain with unhealthy treats like marshmallows. What's more, especially for smaller animals, marshmallows and other large or sticky foods can be a potential choking hazard. So, when it comes to your furbaby, try to stick to those treats that are known to be safe and healthy.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thimble Thursday: On the Lookout

Thimble is not only a ridiculously adorable and talented model, but also a proficient watch kitty.

She's always on the lookout. She watches out for any naughtiness from the resident pup. And she keeps those boy kitties in line, not to mention that ever active Eddy.

Nothing gets past Thimble's attention.

Well, unless she's on break. In that case, you might want to back off and let a lady chillax in peace.

Happy Thursday to all of our furiends!

Our Tip of the Day:
So, we've all heard that cats sleep roughly 16 hours each day. Older kitties typically sleep even more than that, often 20 or so hours per day. Did you know, though, that this habit of excessive sleeping is more or less in a kitty's genes, thanks to their wild ancestors? Cats in the wild hunt for their food in order to survive, which can mean lots of stalking and tracking and running and jumping. All of that uses up energy, which means that when they're not hunting and eating, they need to rest up and conserve energy. So, our little domestic cats may not have to hunt for their food like their ancestors, but that doesn't mean that instinct and need to sleep isn't there. So, today's tip is a simple one, and that is to let a sleeping kitty lie. When you see your kitty resting or sleeping, although it might be tempting, try to refrain from too often interrupting them for cuddles and play and so forth. After all, a kitty needs her beauty rest! Unless, of course, you are concerned that your kitty is sleeping more than usual, in which case please consult a veterinarian.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Window Watcher

Despite posting a more varied selection of shots of pup Astrid lately, that doesn't mean she's given up her favorite pose of all. Remember the pouty window puppy?

Sometimes, there are even fun things to watch while pouting out the window. Like this:

Mmmm. Who needs nuts when you have a perfectly good mushroom to chow down on?

Our Tip of the Day:
Autumn and Spring are two mushroom-heavy seasons. That being said, please keep in mind that some mushrooms are dangerous for our furbabies to consume. The truth is that only a small portion of mushrooms are toxic to cats and dogs, but that small percentage of toxic mushrooms can have life-threatening consequences if ingested. What's more, it's often difficult to distinguish between the dangerous mushrooms and the harmless ones. So, if possible, simply avoid locations with a high population of mushrooms. If you do find yourself in a mushroom-heavy area, though, please closely monitor your furbaby. Since it is so difficult to distinguish between types of mushroom, it is likely best to simply keep your pup or kitty from consuming any.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday Toesies Tasting

Evan heard it was Toesies Tuesday. So, he decided that today he should give a review of his toesies.

The verdict? He says they're quite delicious.

Anybuddy else have delectable toesies?

Our Tip of the Day:
It is often perfectly normal for kitties to chew on their claws, as that is how they remove the outer husks, or sheaths, of the nails. That's why you sometimes find kitty claw husks lying around your house. That being said, it is nevertheless still important to always monitor grooming and other related behaviors. This is because even cats can have anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that result in behaviors such as excessive nail chewing, just like humans can. Kitties will also often over-groom in other regards when anxious, such as by excessively chewing or licking the paws, abdomen, or other areas of the body. These behaviors can also be the result of certain medical issues, such as in the case of dermatitis or even a UTI. As always, you know your kitty best. If you think your kitty is nail-chewing or overall grooming beyond what is normal or healthy, please consult a veterinarian.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mancat Monday: Mother Nature Gone Rogue

It's autumn. Or so the calendar says. We even, despite trying to hold out a little longer, already put up our Halloween header. (I'm sorry, I just get such a kick out of this fun holiday.) But, the calendar only holds so much weight.

Around here, Mother Nature is completely ignoring the calendar. Autumn started on September 22nd? Whatever, says Mother Nature. Three-digit heat index it is!

Though I may be lamenting this extension of summer, someone around here is not. And that someone is my mancat Evan. This boy loves him some warm summer sunlight. Preferably at his beloved front door.

How else would a boy roll around and bask in the sun?

Evan says that Mother Nature can keep up her shenanigans, that's fine by him. He's quite enjoying his fun in this late summer sun.

What about all of our furiends out there? Is Mother Nature going rogue on you? Or are you enjoying autumn weather already?

Happy Monday!

Our Tip of the Day:
As cooler weather approaches, it's perhaps time to start thinking about things such as furnace usage. For the safety and health of both you and your furbabies, don't forget the importance of furnace maintenance. Having an inspection of your furnace performed before using it for the first time each year is never a bad idea, as a furnace pro will be able to detect any hazards or other concerns that could be potentially harmful to your furbabies or yourself. What's more, don't forget to change the air filter regularly, and certainly consider dusting and cleaning around the air vents. This can, for example, ensure the littlest amount of dust and built up allergens from circulating throughout your house upon turning on the furnace, something especially important in homes with furbabies or even humans suffering from asthma or severe allergies.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Selfies: New Kids on the Block

My furbabies all requested a vacation day today. I granted them that, because everybuddy needs a day off every once in a awhile. Well, that, and also because I had a couple of other models at my disposal for today's always fun Sunday Selfie blog hop, which is of course hosted by our Kitties Blue furiends over at The Cat on My Head.

Now, who are these other models I speak of? Well, do you remember us mentioning in one of our recent Friday Fill-Ins posts that my parents took in two new kittens this summer? That's right, those two little kitties were the models for today's selfies! I only had to chase them around my parents' house for a couple of hours while they played and played and played, groveling and begging for them to sit still for even just half a second. Easy peasy!

So, are you ready to meet some ridiculously adorable kittens

The first of these kitties to make its way to my parents' home this summer was a little calico who was found by one of my extended family members in a gas station parking lot at, believe it or not, roughly one day of age. That was back in May, and this little kitty is now roughly 4 months of age, and named Fizzgig. Strange name, huh? I actually like it, a lot. It's from an '80s fantasy movie called The Dark Crystal. This film contains a sort of vocal and loud little creature of a character named Fizzgig, and since this little kitty is indeed vocal and loud, the name seems to fit her quite well. Anyway, Fizzgig is one of the most playful and active kitties I have ever met (as in, she would even give my girl Eddy a run for her money). Being hand reared her entire life, she also loves humans and is extremely sweet, loves to snuggle, and gives some serious headbutts, not mention she'll drown you in the most adorable kisses imaginable. Oh, and she has this selfie thing down pat.

Not long after Fizzgig joined the family, my uncle informed my dad that there was a kitten at his house that he was trying to find a home for. Apparently it was a friend of a friend's and was in need of a family, or something along those lines. Long story short, my uncle put a picture of the kitten on Facebook for my dad to see, and, well, my dad was sold. My uncle lives 2 hours away, yet my dad pretty much up and drove there that night to get her. She was soon after named Gilly, and she is another calico (we love us some calicoes, and now I need myself one), and her fur is gorgeously long. She is about 5 months old, and, especially when compared to her good buddy Fizzgig, Gilly is relatively relaxed. She actually tends to go limp when you pick her up, and if we didn't know better, we'd say she has some Ragdoll in her. Oh, and she's also ridiculously photogenic, and she knows it.

So now you've met Fizzgig and Gilly! Luckily, my house is not far from my parents' house, so I help myself to visits with these cuties pretty much all the time.

Happy Sunday, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget the importance of taking new kittens to the vet to start them on a proper regimen of medical care. It is often recommended that kittens be seen by a veterinarian starting at roughly 6 weeks of age, unless, of course, a sickness or any other concerning factors require that they be seen earlier. Starting at that age, or sometimes a little older, kittens will usually be started on their first series of vaccines and deworming. They can also usually first be tested for FeLV and FIV around this time. Be sure to discuss with your vet whether the kitten will be an indoor, indoor/outdoor, or outdoor only cat, whether they will be an only kitty or in a multicat or multipet household, and any other important factors, as these details may affect what vaccines the veterinarian will recommend. And, once a kitten is started on a series of vaccines, be sure to schedule and bring them in for the following boosters in the correct time frame, as some vaccine boosters will be rendered essentially useless if too much time passes between them. And, of course, don't forget to do your part in controlling pet overpopulation by having those little furbabies spayed and neutered!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Caturday Art: Halloween with a Whole Lot of Happy

I am hopeless. I was trying so hard to last until October before creating our Halloween header. Honestly, I only just created our general autumn header, we haven't even left September yet, and it's still 90 degrees F here, so why would I need to draw our Halloween header yet? Because I'm hopelessly in love with Halloween, that's why.

So, for today's Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by the always lovely Athena, we are debuting our Halloween header. We'll wait until tomorrow to actually implement it as our header, but we'll give you a preview now.

I love me Halloween something fierce, so be warned, this will not be the last Halloween piece you'll see from us. Like I said, I'm hopeless.

That's not all we have for you today, though. No, siree. Next up, Annie from McGuffy's Reader, one of the hosts of the Friday Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, recently nominated us for The Happiness Tag.

Annie said such kind words about our blog, and we feel so honored and of course happy to receive this tag from her! Thank you, Annie!

Now, there are a couple of fun responsibilities that come along with accepting The Happiness Tag. I need to list 5 things that make me happy, list 5 favorite songs that make me happy, and list 5 bloggers who make me happy and that I therefore want to nominate for The Happiness Tag. Me being me, this is probably going to get wordy. You may want to grab some coffee. Probably a comfy chair, too. Hey, you might as well bring a pillow, because you'll probably need a nap at some point.

Now that you've been warned, we'll proceed.

5 things that make me happy:

1. My furbabies.
(This one, I'm sure, is obvious. I simply can't imagine life without my furbabies.)

2. My family.
(I do not have a significant other or human children, and so for me my family is my parents and sister, and of course all of the furbabies. What's more, I am lucky in that, growing up, I had very hands-on parents. As a kid that may not have always seemed like a good thing, but when I grew older, I realized it was. My family is very close-knit, which means we sometimes bicker like crazy, while at other times have way too much fun together.)

3. Art.
(I really just love to draw. I find it so fun and relaxing to sit down, doodle out a sketch, and then color it all in. I hope you all aren't getting too terribly sick of my drawings just yet.)

4. Reading and writing.
(I love to read, especially fiction. In large part thanks to my dad reading The Hobbit to me when I was a young child, I have always loved fantasy most of all. I also love to write, in case you haven't noticed yet from posts like this. If I can discipline myself enough to sit down and do it, I would love to write short stories and even books some day.)

5. Music.
(I find listening to music just as fun and relaxing as art and reading and writing. I listen to music when I drive or ride in the car, when I exercise, when I draw, and even when I read. I love how the right song can even paint a picture or write a story in your head. I also learned to play the piano as a child, and though I don't currently have a piano and am a bit out of practice, I would love to pick up the hobby of playing the piano again in the near future. There's something very freeing about plucking away on a piano.)

5 favorite songs that make me happy:
(Note: My taste in music may or may not be a bit random and inconsistent. That's about all I can say.)

1. "Linus and Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi
(The very Annie who nominated us for The Happiness Tag had this on her own list of favorite songs that make her happy. I also love me some Snoopy, and I love this song, which always brings back such warm and happy memories of watching Snoopy holiday specials as a child. For the record, I still watch those holiday specials every year.)

2. "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
(Thanks to my Dad, and also my sister, I often find myself stuck in cars and rooms with classic rock music blaring. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I want to curl up in the fetal position and rock myself to sleep. But, when this Queen song comes on, I am always a perfectly happy camper. It is such a fun and upbeat tune, and I pretty much have to sing along with it.)

3. "Baba O'Riley" by The Who
(Okay, so I guess I am a closet classic rock lover. I get excited the second I hear this song start playing. The intro alone makes me so very happy.)

4. "Roundtable Rival" by Lindsey Stirling
(I mentioned in yesterday's post my love for both Westerns and violin music, and this song is both of those combined, which of course make me one happy listener. The artist, Lindsey Stirling, not only plays violin but also dances, and she does both at the same time, because apparently at least one human on this Earth can actually do that. I love both her music and her videos.)

5. "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons
(This may seem more like a moody tune than a "happy" one, but I have loved this song since the second I first heard it. It is the song that introduced me to my love of indie folk music. I remember the first time I heard it, how much I immediately loved the sound of it, all the while thinking, "Is that a banjo I'm hearing? How awesome is that!")

And, last but not least, I am to list 5 bloggers that make me happy and to nominate as recipients of The Happiness Tag. The thing is, you all make me happy! But, in order to properly complete this.portion of my Happiness Tag challenge, I've selected 5 blogs that indeed make me very happy but that I also believe I've not yet seen receive or perform the challenge associated with The Happiness Tag.

If you are listed here, please do not feel any obligation to complete this challenge. Honestly, no hard feelings! I know and completely understand that not everyone has the time or desire to complete posts like this. I myself had a lot of fun with this. But, again, please do not feel pressured to complete this if I listed you below. (On the other hand, if you are reading this but are not listed below yet would like to complete this challenge for The Happiness Tag, please feel free to do so! I'm not sure whether I'm really allowed to tell you that, but it looks like I'm extending that offer anyway. What a rebel.)

Now, without further ado...

5 blogs that make me happy:

1. Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
(We have a lot in common with adorable Mudpie and her mom Melissa, and we are always so happy to visit them every day.)
2. Marg's Animals
(Marg is such a sweet and compassionate person, caring for her beautiful family of kitties, and donkeys Joe and Smoke.)
3. Animal Shelter Volunteer Life
(What a wonderful and inspiring blog this is, written by such kind and compassionate shelter volunteers, Kevin and Tracey.)
4. Lucy's Lounge
 (The kitty stars of this blog, Annie and Pierrot, are just so cute and sweet, and they were some of the first ones ever to consistently start visiting and commenting on our blog after we started it.)
5. Zoolatry
(Home of the ever thoughtful Ann, who creates the beautiful Rainbow Bridge badges that we all know and love, and of course adorable Dougie, Zoey, and Maggy, we are always so happy to visit Zoolatry.)

You all make us happy! All those listed above, and all those not listed above (including Annie at McGuffy's Reader, who nominated us and so whom we could list), your blogs always make our day so much better and brighter. Thank you all! And thank you again, Annie, for your sweet nomination!

Well, if you've made it this far, kudos to you. Here, take a cupcake as a reward for your perseverance.

Well, whew, I think we've reached the end of this post. Congratulations!

Happy Caturday, everybuddy!

Our Tip of the Day:
Did you know that bats are the most common carrier of rabies? Please always keep this in mind, especially if you live in an area of high bat population, and if your furbabies go outside at night often. And don't forget that bats can indeed get inside homes, too, such as into attics. If you find or expect bats inside your home, take all precautions to keep your furbabies away from them. Bats' teeth are small and sharp, often leaving little to no obvious puncture marks, so it can next to impossible to detect their bite on your cat or dog. That all being said, in the case of a bat inside your home or even one causing any concern in your area, it may be best to call animal control and have it caught by the pros so that any potential for rabies can immediately be determined and dealt with.