Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thimble Thursday: Open Wide

I think I can safely say that, at least once per photo shoot, Thimble gives me a nice yawn. It's sort of her thing, and I've come to expect it. Sometimes I can snap a shot in time to catch it, and other times not so much.

In our most recent photo session, this happened:


Some of Thimble's yawns could win her an Academy Award. Something of which she is very, very proud.

Happy Thursday, everybuddy! We hope you all can keep from yawning long enough to make it to the weekend!



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Our Tip of the Day:
It's shedding season! For some kitties, this means an increase in hairball output. One of the reasons why cats produce their famous hairballs for us is because of the structure of their tongue. You've all probably experienced the at least mildly painful lick of a cat. This is because cat tongues have what are called papillae, which are hook-like protrusions on the surface of their tongue. In the wild, these papillae can help a cat remove meat off of a bone for nourishment. They also assist in removing excess hair while grooming. The assistance these papillae offer in grooming, though, is also why cats are essentially forced to swallow the fur they've removed from their coat. A lot of the hair that a cat removes while grooming is able to pass through the digestive tract without issue. However, sometimes fur gets stuck in the stomach, and that's when hairballs form. You can help your kitty produce less hairballs by grooming them often, especially during seasons of shedding. Another option is to look into food and/or treats formulated to prevent excessive hairballs. Such foods are made to improve coat health and help in the mobility of the intestinal tract, ensuring that hairballs pass through more easily. And of course, when in doubt, consult a veterinarian.

14 comments:

  1. That is one terrific yawn, Thimble. Great picture of it too. We also really like the hint of the day. You all have a great day.

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  2. This is a great pic because Thimble's eyes are open. It makes her look like she's excited about something instead of yawning. Very cute. It would be fun to caption.

    I'm trying hard to prevent hairballs this season or at least keep them reduced.

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  3. Thimble - wow I can see deep inside you....

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  4. Wow, Thimble, that is an impressive yawn! I can see clear down to your tummy! :-)

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  5. Mom and Dad say thanks for the anniversary wishes. It is so difficult to catch those yawns, but when you do, they make for a great photo. Good job Thimble. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  6. Wow, what a great big yawn! Love it!

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  7. Too cute!!! She also looks like she might be shouting about some really exciting news!

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  8. We think we can see Thimble's tonsils. Wait...do cats have tonsils?? ;)

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  9. Wow, Thimble! That's quite a yawn, pretty girl! :)

    Hugs to you all, dear pals.

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  10. Sorry I missed this yesterday, I was under the weather with a sinus infection. I hope the antibiotics help soon. Very cute shot of Thimble :) We have had a lot of hairballs lately, I try to brush the cats, but it would take all day with 13 of them.

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  11. thimble.....iz yur mom reel lee SURE.....ewe R yawnin.....therz all wayz that chance that yur bee in...... tiger feerce.....rawrrrrrr ~~~~ ♥♥♥

    heerz two a gulf menhaden { this ree lee IZ a fish !! } kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

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