Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Toesies Tuesday

First up for today are Evan's toesies.


He posed them on the very blanket that we mentioned in yesterday's post. You know, the blanket that he may or may not have stolen from his mom?

What's more, though, today is someone's birthday. No, it's not the birthday of any furry cuties around here. Rather, it's the birthday of these furbabies' Pawpaw. That is, the dad of the mom around here. The furbabies here just love their Pawpaw to pieces (well, except Eddy, who can't help but hide from anyone who isn't her mom). We're wishing Pawpaw the happiest birthday ever!


In case that doodle doesn't give it away, this here human's dad isn't all that into birthday parties. Too bad. He's getting one anyway.

We know that doodle up there isn't very festive like our usual ones these days, but we'll get back to those tomorrow!

One last thing, we thought we'd use today to share our sentiment for the Sparks blog hop, hosted by Annie of McGuffy's Reader (since we failed to share one yesterday, silly us!).


So, here is our thought for today:

"Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you."

This one is for our birthday Pawpaw, and for anyone who might be worrying about their age these days. Don't fret it!

Happy Tuesday to all!



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Our Tip of the Day:
We mentioned being cautious with ribbon usage on gifts this time of year, due to the potential hazards they pose. Along this same line of thought, also be careful with other gift wrapping tools. For example, scissors and tape can also pose risks. Scissors can obviously cause injury if left open and unattended, and tape can potentially cause blockages if consumed. This time of year many of us are focused on the fun and festivities, but also be sure that you take into account all surroundings and how they might affect the furbabies in your life.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mancat Monday: The Thief

Once upon a time (something along the lines of last Christmas), this here human's parents got her a nice cozy blanket for Christmas. It was snug and made of fleece, and on it was a panda bear, one of this human's favorite animals. The first time this here human attempted to use that blanket, it was stolen from her.


And the thief never let the human use the blanket ever again.


Are there any other furry thieves running rampant out there?


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Our Doodle of the Day:

 
For a little while we are going to do some more or less random festive doodles, like the one you see here. We do, however, plan on doing more doodles in honor of furbabies who are not often enough portrayed in art and the like, so stay tuned for more of those in the near future!



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Our Tip of the Day:
Continuing with our Christmas safety tips, today we're here to tell you to beware of ribbons. Ribbons can be dangerous in the same way that tinsel can. If ingested, ribbon can cause dangers such as obstruction or laceration of the gastrointestinal tract. This is why it is important to ensure that your furbaby does not have access to ribbon this holiday season. Avoid using ribbon when wrapping presents, or do not place presents with ribbon where your furbaby can reach them. Ribbon may seem like a fun and festive part of Christmas, but it can also mean dangerous situations for the furbabies in your life.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Festive Selfies

One of the most festive furbabies around here is Eddy. After all, she is the resident Christmas tree climber. Surprisingly, though, her selfies for today were not snapped from inside the Christmas tree.


Eddy may not have scaled the tree for her selfies today, but she still of course had to include it in the shots.



Eddy snapped these festive selfies for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by none other than the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.


Happy Sunday to all of our friends!


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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

 Black Cat Christmas: Day 4
This one is actually an homage to all the lovely tuxies, 
including our housemate Toby, who loves himself a good box.



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Our Tip of the Day:
We thought yesterday was our last Christmas tree safety tip, but we actually realized we had yet another. Today's tip is to be aware and cautious of edible tree decorations. Whether they be something such as candy canes, cookie ornaments, or strings such as those made from popcorn, be very careful if there is anything edible on your Christmas tree. This can be dangerous if your furbaby eats potentially dangerous goods off of the tree, or even if they eat too much of an otherwise safe human food. In addition, if they attempt to reach edible tree decorations, your furbaby could knock the tree over. This is of course a hazard for a variety of reasons, and should be avoided as best as possible. As we've said before, it is still possible to be festive, but do be sure to keep your furbaby's safety in mind as well!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Holiday Hodpodge

Some of you already know that we've been doing some series of drawings that star furbabies who often don't get their just attention, especially in areas such as art. We started with Ten Days of Tortie, moved on to Tails of Tiny Tim in honor of specially abled furbabies, and most recently have been doodling for our series called Black Cat Christmas. That all being said, today's doodle is a hodgepodge one that stars all of the above. Of course, it's also a festive one, because we love us some Christmas.


This is of course our entry into Athena's always fun Caturday Art blog hop.


Do be sure to visit Athena to see the art all of our friends have created!

Happy Caturday to all!




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Our Tip of the Day:
We realized we never gave one last tip on that Christmas tree. This tip relates to real trees, and how they might affect your furbaby. If you have a real tree, be cautious of letting your kitty or pup drink from any accessible water in the tree stand. It is possible that certain chemicals, such as fertilizers, are used in some tree lots. Some of these chemicals can then end up in the water that the tree is resting in, and this can potentially lead to toxic side effects for your furbaby. In addition to that, stagnant water can harbor potentially harmful bacteria. Also be careful of pine needles falling from real trees, and even artificial trees, for that matter. These needles are pointy and sharp, and if consumed this can lead to internal damage. So, keep that tree water covered or somehow out of reach, and keep those fallen pine needles cleaned up, so that your furbaby and the Christmas tree can live in harmony.

Friday, December 8, 2017

TGIF

Happy Friday, friends! As always, we are kicking off this end of the work week with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader.


Here are this week's fun fill-ins from our hosts:

1. The best part of last week was _________.
2. The worst part of last week was _________.
3. _________ is a Winter project I will be working on.
4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is _________.

And here's how I fared:

1. The best part of last week was finishing my Christmas shopping.
(This year, to reduce stress and festive freakouts, I set myself the goal of finishing my Christmas shopping by December 1st. I surprised myself by actually succeeding in that.)

2. The worst part of last week was realizing that a couple of the Christmas gifts I wanted to buy online wouldn't arrive in time for Christmas.
(It's a bit sad when you find what you believe is the perfect gift for someone, and then realize they wouldn't even have it on Christmas. Luckily, I found alternatives that will arrive by Christmas.)

3. House cleaning is a Winter project I will be working on.
(As it gets cold outside, I'll hole up inside and spend a good chunk of that time getting my house more organized. In other words, I'm doing something along the lines of spring cleaning this winter.)

4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is a Dunkin' Donuts gift card.
(Pretty much everyone in my family likes Dunkin' Donuts, so usually more than one person gets a gift card in their stocking.)


Now, of course, it's Eddy's turn to show off what she's been up to this week.


Eddy still loves her Christmas tree. Here she is pondering how to flail herself into this time, with a cameo from Toby.

We hope all of you friends of ours have a fun and festive Friday!



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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

 Black Cat Christmas: Day 3



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Our Tip of the Day:
Did you know that poinsettias are not as deadly for your furbaby as is often believed? Of course that's not to say you should be feeding poinsettias to your furbabies as an afternoon snack, as they can indeed cause irritation of the mouth and stomach. But, poinsettias are in actuality not the most dangerous of Christmas decorations. It's festive plants such as mistletoe and holly of which you should be even more cautious. Mistletoe can cause issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased heart rate, and difficulty breathing. Holly can also cause vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes lethargy or even death. Needless to say, always be cognizant of what plants and other decorations are in your home. To be safe, it is likely best to simply keep your home free of Christmas plants.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Thankful Poetic Thursday

First and foremost, today we are sending our purrs, barks, and prayers to Marg of Marg's Animals.


Marg was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning, and in the afternoon she had surgery for the placement of a pacemaker. She is recovering and doing well, for which we are so very thankful. That's why today we are beginning our Thursday with Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


We are thankful that kind and caring Marg is doing well. She is a great friend to so many, and all of her furbabies are so very lucky to have her. All of us here are sending our warm well wishes your way, Marg!



As per usual, we are also partaking in the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by the ever so handsome Angel Sammy and Teddy.


Today we have reached the final letter of the alphabet, that being Z. We have enjoyed this round of poetry so very much, and we will be continuing with it when it starts up again next. Our fun and fantastic hosts have a new idea for the next round of this poetic challenge, so be sure to visit them and see what fun is in store!

Oh, but of course here is our Z of a poem.


Zorro the Zoologist

Have you ever played bingo
With a pretty pink flamingo?
Have you ever had a laugh
With a funny, friendly giraffe?
If anyone has, it’s Zorro,
For he is the zoology pro.

Zorro the Zoologist has a great many friends.
His love for all creatures knows no end.
Spending time with all sorts of species
Makes Zorro the Zoologist feel quite peachy.

If you have any questions about the panda bear,
Zorro the Zoologist has plenty of facts to share.
He can even teach you a thing or two about the chimpanzee,
And about all sorts of creatures who live in the trees.

Zorro the Zoologist is the one you should seek,
If you need facts on anything with fur, scales, or beak.
After all, Zorro the Zoologist has much knowledge to impart,
For he is not only kind but also quite smart.


As always, we drew our inspiration from a real life Zorro. To visit him, just click there on his name! And, of course we doodled up a little something for Zorro the Zoologist.


Stay tuned tomorrow for another of our Black Cats of Christmas doodle. Though his doodle may not be as festive, don't you think Zorro is a mighty handsome black kitty?

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday!



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Our Tip of the Day:
Today’s tip is a very long one, and it relates to a fact that especially all cat parents really should know. And this is that there is currently no true treatment for heartworms in cats. There are treatments available for dogs that can kill the adult heartworms, but this does not work the same for cats. One reason for this is that the drug used to treat heartworms in dogs has been found, in some cases, to cause sudden death in cats. This is often due to dead or dying heartworms causing blockages and cardiac failure. Another reason why treatments may not work is because the life cycle of a heartworm is different in a dog versus a cat.


In dogs, the lifespan of a heartworm is longer, around five to seven years. This lifespan includes larvae entering the body after a mosquito bite, traveling to the heart, and then growing into mature, reproducing adults. Dogs are an optimal host for heartworms.


In cats, the heartworm lifespan is far shorter, often two to three years. What’s more, cats are not a prime host for heartworms, and a cat’s body itself often overcomes the heartworms, typically before they can even enter into adulthood. This is why far less adult heartworms are found in cats than are found in dogs. Even immature heartworms, which are typically what would circulate in the blood and be indicative of disease in a canine heartworm test, are often not found in the blood of cats. This is why cats are less commonly diagnosed with heartworm disease. Then again, though, it is not impossible for a cat to have heartworm disease, and in this case, heartworms cannot be killed as they can in dogs.


For cats, one of the only options for a cure is to have the heartworms surgically removed. This, of course, can be tricky and risky. Symptoms of the disease can also perhaps be controlled and the cat made comfortable with various medications and supportive treatments. Given that a cat might be able to outlive the heartworms, it is possible to treat the symptoms while the heartworms go through their cycle and ultimately die. As mentioned earlier, though, heartworms can live for two to three years in a cat, and there is still always the risk of pulmonary or cardiac failure while the heartworms remain.


With such limited treatment options for heartworms in cats, it is incredibly important to again note that the best option is to keep your cats on heartworm prevention. The risk of heartworm disease might seem small, but it is a risk nonetheless. And, just as always, it is better to be safe than sorry.

And, there is one last note for pup parents. Though there is a more successful heartworm treatment for dogs, heartworm disease can cause permanent damage. This can lead to lifelong issues, such as of the heart and lungs, even after the heartworms are eradicated. For this reason, heartworm prevention is of course also recommended for dogs.

So, there you have it. That was an incredibly long Tip of the Day, but we wanted to share these facts about heartworm for the safety all of our furry friends.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Snooze




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Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

Black Cat Christmas: Day 2



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Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we discussed some of the potential symptoms of heartworm disease. If your kitty or pup is showing signs of potential heartworm disease, or if you have any concern of the disease for any reason, of course schedule an appointment for them to be seen by their veterinarian as soon as possible. Discuss testing with the veterinarian, and of course ask questions as needed to understand the process. Keep in mind that there is a relatively simple heartworm blood test for dogs. It is recommended that this testing be done at least annually, or as needed. That being said, testing for heartworms is not as easily done in cats. We will discuss this a bit further tomorrow, but typical blood tests for heartworms do not always offer as definitive results in cats as they do in dogs. In cats, a heartworm antigen or heartworm antibody test can be done. Another option is to have imaging done, such as chest x-rays. Though not always simple or easy, as long as you and your veterinarian work together, it is possible to determine if your kitty has heartworms.