Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

First and foremost, we are sending our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Mom Ellen and the entire family over at 15andmeowing, for yesterday they said goodbye to their sweet Phoebe.

As you've probably noticed, we're trying a new look for our blog. Our previous style was the same one it had been since this less-than-savvy human first set up the blog a few years ago. It was blue, which is strange, because blue has never even been one of my favorite colors. So, now we've decided to go for a bit of a vintage, natural, something like that sort of feel. If you totally hate it, please let us know.

The rest of this post is the kitties' review for this month's Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. It's always tough picking something for the finicky felines in this family, but I do try my very best. This time around, we went with HaloⓇ moist cat food.

One of the absolute necessities to even possibly ensure the kitties around here will eat moist food is that it must be paté. We don't want chunks or morsels or bits or shreds or any of that nonsense in our food, no we don't. It must be paté, which this HaloⓇ moist food certainly is.

So, the paté part was a plus. This food is also chicken in flavor, made with real chicken, in fact. Since the kitties around here most often enjoy food of the chicken variety, that was another plus.

But, regardless of the paté or chicken status, the most important test was the taste test. So, I called over the taste testers and crossed my fingers.

Blurry Evan.

Blurry Toby.

Blurry Thimble, with a photobomb cameo by pup Astrid.

Unfortunately, none of these finicky felines would actually eat the HaloⓇ moist food. There was a good deal of sniffing, an occasional lick, but nothing past that. Let's be honest, though, and admit that this is not uncommon for the picky kitties around here. What I can say is that my parents have 11 cats, and roughly 9 or 10 of them readily ate the HaloⓇ moist food. So, despite my kitties' opinions, there is hope for HaloⓇ moist food!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Halo® moist cat food in chicken 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 tasty Tuesday!

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

Yet another magnet.

Our Tip of the Day:
Especially for older, arthritic, or furbabies otherwise unable to get around well, try to place food and water bowls near their favorite places to sleep or hang out. If possible, you can also try to place bowls all throughout the house so that they have easily accessible options wherever they are at the time. This can help ensure that furbabies with less mobility are still getting proper nutrition and hydration.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mancat Monday

Evan's Mancat Monday post might give you just a tad bit of déjà vu.

These shots probably look a lot like the selfies Evan shared yesterday. Rest assured, though, that despite what it might seem, these are entirely different photos altogether.

You see, Evan loves his front door, where both yesterday and today's photos were taken. But, it would seem that Evan prefers to stick to the same ol' pose when sitting at his beloved door.

Do any of our friends have a favorite place to hang out like Evan does? And do you have a favorite pose to strike for the flashy box?

Happy Monday to all!

Our Artsy Fartsy Endeavor of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Keep in mind that, depending on factors such as a cat or dog’s size and health, some furbabies might require special considerations for the setup of their food and water bowls. For example, tall dogs, dogs with deep chests, older animals who have difficulty bending down, and animals with short snouts might do best with elevated bowls that are situated closer to the level of their chest or face. Food and water bowls elevated in this manner can allow for more comfortable eating and drinking, as well as easier chewing, swallowing, and overall digestion. Of course, on the other hand, do ensure that the bowl is not too elevated, especially for small dogs or cats, as having to reach up to eat would be uncomfortable for them as well. So, do be sure to take time to observe your kitty or pup’s dining habits, and to adjust their bowls to ensure they are able to dine comfortably.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Selfies for Zoe

For our Sunday Selfies post today, we are remembering all of the angels who have recently gained their wings. One of these is sweet Zoe, whose Dad and Mom are the humans behind Animal Shelter Volunteer Life.

Toby, our fuzzy black housemate, tried to snap a selfie in honor of house panther Zoe. But he had a bit of trouble staying awake for the photo shoot, and so it was postponed. Instead, to honor Zoe, Evan took Toby's place and snapped some more pensive selfies.

Today, we will continue to remember all our furry angels, including sweet Zoe. The Sunday Selfies hosts, the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head, are also remembering Angel Zoe today. Please do be sure to pay them a visit.

Our doodle for today is also in memory of Zoe. Fly high, Angel Zoe.

Our Tip of the Day:
Don’t forget to regularly clean those food and water bowls! We sometimes might forget about the furbabies’ bowls, such as if they sit out of sight on the floor or in another room. But, do include these in your regular cleaning of dishes. Whether the bowls are metal, ceramic, glass, or plastic, grease or other debris from food, as well as dog or cat saliva, can indeed build up and lead to less than sanitary dining. So, do be sure to clean those bowls!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumn in Moonlight

We're not letting our uncharacteristic 90°F weather ruin the beginning of fall for us! We are all things autumn these days, and we will welcome the colorful leaves and the crisp, cool air, whenever it finally decides to arrive.

That all being said, I already knew that I wanted to doodle something autumnal for today. I just didn't know what, exactly. Then, just the other day, I saw an artist's lovely piece of art starring the moon, and I had an idea. I didn't know how well my idea would turn out, and I'm still not sure, but I at least had lots of fun doodling it!

Are any of our friends seeing any change in the leaves yet? Any trees losing their foliage? We still have a ways to go for that over here in our corner of the world, but we are looking forward to it!

Now, don't forget to visit the one and only Athena to see what other friends have created for the Caturday Art blog hop!

Happy Caturday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Continuing our tips on food and water bowls, also don’t forget to keep each furbaby’s preferences in mind. Just like us humans, our furbabies can indeed have types of bowls that they like more than others. For example, some cats or dogs might not like the ringing sound food makes when it hits a metal bowl, or perhaps even a ceramic bowl. Other cats or dogs might be wary of using a bowl with a design or picture on the bottom of it, as it is possible for them to think that is something sitting in their bowl. Though we might not think of such things, do keep such ideas in mind. Especially if your furbaby seems to be wary or hesitant of eating out of certain bowls, try to deduce why (though of course make sure that there is not a medical reason for food aversion!) they are avoiding the bowl and then do your best to remedy it.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Time Friday

Today is the first day of autumn! In case you can't tell, we love us some autumn. Now, if only the temperatures would lower from 90°F, then it might actually feel like like autumn.

Not only is today the first day of autumn, but it's also time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our wonderful friends at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Before we delve into this week's fill-ins, we would like to say that we are sending lots of purrs and prayers to Phoebe of 15andmeowing. Phoebe is battling Stage 4 kidney disease, and her mom and dad are giving her lots of TLC. We want Phoebe to know that we're rooting for her! Do be sure to visit Phoebe and let her know that you're thinking of her and rooting her on as well.

Now, here are the clever fill-ins our hosts created this week:

1. I would never be friends with someone who _________.
2. I will never refuse _________.
3. I have never been to _________, but _________.
4. When it comes to _________, I _________.

And here are my completed thoughts:

1. I would never be friends with someone who is cruel to animals.
(I try not to be a judgmental person, but sometimes I am. When someone is cruel to animals, or honestly cruel in any regard, I could never see them as a legitimate source of camaraderie. Even simply hearing someone speak ill of animals, or speak ill of anyone, infuriates me. I can't even fathom how someone could treat innocent beings with cruelty.)

2. I will never refuse peanut butter.
(Peanut butter doesn't even really sit well with me when I eat it, yet I can't pass it up. I have something along the lines of zero self-control around it.)

3. I have never been to Disney Land or Disney World, but that's okay with me.
(My family didn't travel much when I was a kid. I will openly and proudly admit that when I was growing up, my family was far from wealthy. Paying for trips to amusement parks was never a high priority. And you know what? I'm perfectly fine with that, and I feel like it helped me stay grounded as a child and into my adulthood. Besides, I find little to no joy when at amusement parks, because that really isn't my thing. My idea of fun is making absolutely zero plans and spending a day at home with my furbabies.)

4. When it comes to books and cats, I can never have enough.
(I love books. They are my Kryptonite. And so are kitties. And puppies. And really anything cute and fuzzy, to be honest. I have to really restrain myself so as to not bring home every furbaby I see at shelters and the like. And I have the same sort of trouble when I enter a bookstore.)

All right, now, who's ready for Eddy?

This certainly isn't the best shot, but it's the best I could do since Eddy is back to her usual ways. You know, happy and active and perfectly blurry. That means I'm never granted time to prep the camera or alter any of its settings, and I simply have to take a shot in whatever split second I'm allowed.

Happy Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Happy autumn!

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we mentioned the importance of the material out of which a cat or dog's food or water bowl is made. Today, we’re here to remind you that size also matters when it comes to your furbaby’s bowls. As we’re sure you know, make sure the bowl is comparable to the size of the furbaby. A large dog will obviously require a larger bowl, while a small dog or cat might have difficulty eating from such a large bowl. Then again, also keep in mind the concept of whisker fatigue, especially when it comes to cats. Whisker fatigue occurs when a bowl is too small and the whiskers brush the sides when eating or drinking, which is often uncomfortable and therefore can lead to a reluctance to use the bowl. So, try to make sure that a cat’s bowl is wide and also shallow enough to allow for comfortable eating. Like us, our furbabies like to eat and drink in comfort!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

We've reached another Thursday! That means it's yet again the eve of Friday, as well as time for the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy and Teddy.

Though this here human has next to no experience with poetry, we're doing our best and are enjoying this challenge plenty! Continuing on with our usual theme, we have someone new for you all to meet today.

O’Malley the Ophthalmologist

I can see,
And you can see,
And for that we can thank Dr. O’Malley.
Whether they be brown, green, or bluer than the skies,
O’Malley the Ophthalmologist will take good care of your eyes.
Having trouble reading your book?
Let Dr. O’Malley take a look.
He’ll test how far you can see,
And how tired your eyes just might be.
You really need not fear,
And certainly don’t shed even a single tear.
After all, O’Malley the Ophthalmologist is the best of the best.
He’ll put your eyes through nothing but a painless test,
And after that will give them a rest.
Dr. O’Malley will know if you’re nearsighted or farsighted,
And then he’ll happily help you get that righted.
Dr. O’Malley will write you a prescription indeed,
If it’s a lovely pair of glasses that you need.
So do let O’Malley the Ophthalmologist take a look at your eyes,
For his knowledge and skill has earned him many a prize.

Our Dr. O'Malley was inspired by none other than Patty O'Malley, whom you can visit by simply clicking there on his name! And, here is O'Malley the Ophthalmologist in doodle form:

Of course, Thursday would not be complete without Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Today, Thimble is of course bringing you our thankfuls. She is thankful for sunny weather and window views.

Thimble is also grateful for snoozies in the sun (snoozing while sitting up is perfectly normal, right?).

Do you see housemate Toby's whiskers yet again photobombing Thimble's shots here? Thimble is having trouble feeling thankful for Toby's photobombing skills, but she is nevertheless of course thankful to have family and furiends, like Toby and all of you!

Wishing everybuddy a terrific Thursday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Our next tip theme revolves around our furbabies eating and drinking habits. To start this off today, we’re here to remind you to be cognizant of what type of bowl you are using for your furbaby, most especially the material out of which the bowl is made. When possible, steer clear of plastic bowls. This is in large part because plastic can be easily scratched, and these scratches can harbor all sorts of bacteria and the like. This can lead to issues such as feline chin acne. Stainless steel bowls, or even ceramic, are often recommended. If you do use or have to use plastic bowls for any reason, be sure to clean them frequently, and to replace them as needed, such as if you notice scratches. This will help prevent bacterial growth and issues such as feline chin acne. Eating and drinking are of course crucial to our furbabies’ daily lives, so do be sure to pay attention even to details such as the types of bowl they are using.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Definitely Not Wordless Wednesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

We usually do our Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program reviews on Tuesdays, but since yesterday was dedicated to Talk Like a Pirate Day, Astrid is going to share her review today.

So, what did Astrid get to try out this month?

Astrid taste tested Natural BalanceⓇ Delectable DelightsⓇ Tender Cuts treats in the lamb variety. The best thing is that these treats are just how Astrid likes them – tender and chewy!

These goodies are advertised as being made with high-quality lamb. In addition, these Natural BalanceⓇ treats contain no corn, wheat, or artificial ps or colors.

Oh, and it didn't take long before I had an audience while I photographed these goodies.

Were these treats worth the wait for this pup?

They sure were (if you can even tell that from this photo). In other words, yum!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Natural Balance® Delectable DelightsⓇ Tender Cuts dog treats in lamb 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 have a wonderful Wednesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:
Since we have been discussing first aid for our furbabies, we figured this would be a good time to remind you that human medications are of course not always safe for our furbabies. For example, pain killers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be incredibly toxic to cats and dogs. This is of course not the only human medication that is hazardous, as cardiac, blood pressure, and many other medications could severely affect our furbabies. For this reason, keep all human medications out of reach of your furbabies. As always, it is always better to be safe than sorry.