Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Woof Woof Wednesday with a Kitty on the Side

Yesterday we shared some photos of Thimble and pup Astrid posing their toesies together. I briefly mentioned that while the photos looked like a cuddle fest, it was actually the result of the two girls battling for the favorite window seat in the house. Can you guess who usually wins this battle?

Do you see who won? Do you see her back there?

Yep. Though pup Astrid outweighs Thimble by over 60 lbs, Thimble wins the window seat probably 9 times out of 10. Don't let these girls fool you, though. There are enough windows in this house for all the furbabies to nap in, they just like to fight over this one because what's life without sibling rivalry?

Happy Wednesday to all!

P.S. In case you're not sure what sort of a furniture configuration you're seeing in the above photos, it's all simply proof that my house is decorated around the furbabies. There's a couch, which is what Astrid is lying on. Thimble is on a pillow that is on top of a small table, and that table has a white foam buffer on it, because Astrid is known to slide tables into walls. Can you believe that Astrid was once so eager to get in the window seat that she literally punched a hole in the wall getting up there? So, we use foam and other protectors when and where we can, for the safe of both the furbabies and the house itself.

Doodle of the Day

I'm trying not to turn my inner Halloween eagerness into blatant Halloween doodles just yet, but a lot of good I'm doing with that. Today's doodle was inspired by none other than a Halloween decoration I recently saw at a Michaels craft store. This decoration involves a fake typewriter with a skeleton hand posed on top of it, as if typing a frightful tale. I pretty just drew my rendition of the decoration, but of course added a kitty and a pup to the mix for good measure.

Did you know?
Did you know that dogs are long distance runners while cats are sprinters? This most especially refers to the way dogs and cats catch their prey. Especially when considering dogs and cats in the wild, they catch prey in relatively different manners. Dogs are primarily landbound and are more disposed to running long distances to chase and catch prey. When it comes to cats, on the other hand, they can more easily climb and jump, and they therefore often hide and catch prey by surprise. When cats need to run after prey, they are more so sprinters than long distance runners, unlike dogs. Both dogs and cats are considered predatory species, but when you think about it, their predatory ways are not necessarily the same.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Toesies Tuesday

Two certain furbabies around here teamed up for today's Toesies Tuesday shots.

I'm going to pretend Thimble and Astrid really were cuddling in these photos, and that they weren't just shoving and fighting each other for the window seat.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Tuesday

For today's flashback doodle, I honestly was simply curious to see what I was scribbling up this time last year. It would seem last August I was doodling cats and books. What a shocker.

Did you know?
Did you know that polydactyly is more common in cats than it is in dogs? In other words, it's not terribly hard to find cats with more toes than is considered normal. That being said, though it's less common, it is also possible for dogs to have extra toes, and there are even certain dog breeds that more often display this feature. Dogs are like cats in that, in a typical case, they have five toes, including a dewclaw, on each of the front paws, as well as four toes on each back paw. Dogs with an abnormal amount of toes might have dewclaws or other extra toes on the rear paws, or even double dewclaws on the front or back paws. Polydactyl cats still remain more common in general, though, and people like Ernest Hemingway can even be thanked for promoting a keen interest in these types of felines.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mancat Monday

On a bright and shiny day, one of Evan's favorite places to be is in the sun puddle that shines through the front door.

Evan will park himself in that ray of light for as long as he possibly can. Sometimes I have to tell him that he needs to take a break from that lovely sunshine. After all, I don't want my ginger boy to burn!

Can you guess what happens when I tell Evan he needs to take a break from sunbathing?

He argues. Are you surprised? Yeah, me neither.

Wishing you all a sunny Monday!

Doodle of the Day

Anybody up for another spooky read? Yes? No? Maybe so?

Did you know?
Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe had a beloved cat named Catterina? We're thinking some of you do know this, especially since a certain famous tortie named Mudpie has mentioned Catterina before on her and her human's blog, Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows. Some have said that Poe's Catterina was a black cat, but it is now commonly believed she was a tortoiseshell cat. Either way, Catterina is believed to have played a significant role in the lives of both Poe and his wife, Virginia. It is said that Catterina often kept Poe company when he wrote, and that she kept Virginia company during her battle with tuberculosis.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Selfies

Thimble decided she wanted to snap a couple of selfies soon after returning home from her dental surgery on Thursday.

The only thing was that Thimble was still a bit drugged up, and so she couldn't quite see straight or stay awake.

If the lighting of Thimble's selfies still, yet again, seems off, you can most definitely blame this here human. Generally speaking, I feel like my new phone takes pretty decent photos. I'm still trying to figure it out in its entirety, though, and the setting for photo lighting is eluding me. I always get bested by technology.

In more important news, Thimble is doing great after her dental surgery. She had a crown amputation and has sutures in her mouth, and so she's not supposed to eat dry food. Let me tell you, that's a tough thing to ensure when there are five other cats in the house, including a hind limb paralyzed fella who needs food in readily accessible places that Thimble can also easily reach. I keep having to distract Thimble from the dry food by refilling the moist food bowls with her favorite canned food and, of course, her beloved baby food. Luckily, that usually does the trick.

On another note, Thimble does not like the taste of her antibiotics, but she takes them nonetheless. Thimble is a gagger, though, and she always has been. Even just the smell of her antibiotics now makes Thimble quite literally gag. The poor girl is such a trouper, though, and she lets me shoot those antibiotics in her mouth despite the fact that she despises them with a passion.

Of course, Thimble's sharing her selfies for the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.

Thimble and all of us here wish you a stupendous Sunday!

Doodle of the Day:

I'm indeed still in a spooky sort of mood, but now I'm also in the mood to doodle up some books. So, that means this:

Did you know?
Did you know that cats and dogs are frequently given antibiotics that are flavored like bubblegum or banana? You'd think that our kitties and pups would be prescribed antibiotics in flavors such as tuna or chicken. But, alas, amoxicillin for our furbabies often comes in a bubblegum flavor. Clavamox is another variation that often comes flavored like banana. The primary reason for this is that these medications are safe for both human and furry children, and for the sake of manufacturing and financial ease, veterinary clinics are often stocked up with antibiotics in flavors used for humans. It's often the same medication for both human and furry children, just with different packaging. If you've ever wondered why your kitty or pup's antibiotics or other medication smell or look like bubblegum or banana, therefore, that might be why.

The above being said, there are ways to get almost any prescribed medication in a flavor more palatable for your kitty or pup. There are various specialty pharmacies throughout the nation and world that are able to put various drugs in suspensions, for example, that taste like tuna, chicken, or other flavors. These options are often more expensive, but it's at least important to know it's an option. Therefore, if there's a medication you are struggling to administer to your furbaby and you're worried it's because of the taste, consider discussing other options with your veterinarian.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Caturday Art

I apologize if you're tired of spooky summer doodles, because here's yet another one.

I'm still eagerly and quite impatiently awaiting autumn and Halloween. I guess I'll have to settle for things like picnics with lemonade and watermelon and books of horror and terror. Just the usual.

We're wishing you all a beautiful day!

Did you know?
Did you know that famed horror author Stephen King wrote his novel Pet Sematary using inspiration from his own life? So as not to get into any overly sad details, the long and short of it is that in the 1970s, Stephen King and his young family moved to a home in an area where a local pet cemetery was indeed in existence, and their own cat ended up being buried there. One thing led to another, and King used these life events as inspiration for the acclaimed Pet Sematary.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

I want to begin by thanking you all for your purrs, prayers, and good thoughts for Thimble yesterday! Her dental went well, and she had a crown amputation on the expected upper premolar as a result of resorption. It was also discovered that's she's already lost two lower premolars to resorption, and those teeth were already goners. This girl probably isn't done dealing with tooth resorption, so this was very likely not the last dental Thimble will undergo in her lifetime. Isn't she a lucky girl?

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Honestly, though, I am so thankful for all of you and your kindness, and for our wonderful veterinarians. I'm happy to have Thimble home and recovering. She has been requesting extra of her favorite treat, that being baby food, and she's not be denied.


Now, of course, it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I love it when _________.

2. I know it's time to _________ when _________.

3. Others come to me when they need _________.

4. We should never take _________ for granted.

I again challenged myself to in some way relate all of my answer to my furbabies, and my answers are below in bold.

1. I love it when a cat climbs into my lap for cuddles.
(I don't have a lot of lap cats at my house. As in, I don't have any cats at my house who regularly sit in laps. When a kitty does decide to crawl up in my lap to cuddle, I'm always game.)

2. I know it's time to crank the a/c when Toby or Astrid sprawls out in front of a floor vent.
(Toby is the fuzziest furbaby in the house, and he gets warm relatively easily. Pup Astrid also gets warm easily, especially after walks. If either of them seeks out an air register, which sometimes they'll even do if it's not yet running, I'll make sure the a/c runs for them so that they can enjoy a cool breeze. We don't want the furbabies to melt! I generally keep the a/c set to 72°F or 73°F, and if it gets adjusted from that setting it's likely because a furbaby requested it.)

3. Others come to me when they need their kitty's nails trimmed.
(I'm the designated trimmer of cat nails in my family. This is in large part because I used to work at a cat clinic where nail trimming was one of my primary tasks. I don't mind. I always cuddle the kitties when I'm done trimming their nails, and since there are 18 cats between myself, my sister, and my parents, I regularly get tons of kitty cuddles in return for tons of nail trims. Not that all of the kitties are willing participants of the nail trims, though, or of the cuddles.)

4. We should never take time for granted.
(Time is a precious thing. I especially always try to remind myself of this when it comes to my furbabies. Unfortunately, our kitties, pups, and other furry friends aren't on this earth as long as most humans. Sometimes my furbabies want something at a time that might not seem ideal to me, but then I always try to remember that I don't have forever with them, and I want them to know how much they mean to me for as long as possible. That's why I sometimes find myself agreeing to play fetch while also trying to eat lunch, or being held hostage on the couch when I'm hungry or should actually be cleaning the house, or halting an arts and craft session so that a kitty can play with a marker or two. Make every minute count!)

Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


It's not even the official day of bloopers, but that's what Eddy has to share with you all today. Then again, is that really all that surprising? This is Eddy we're talking about, after all.

I have a problem saying no to my cats, Eddy of course included. Ever since it was discovered that there's one type of treat Eddy will actually eat and that she actually loves, I've been failing at telling her no when she asks for them every half a second. The fact that I need to keep an eye on her weight aside, I often try to use Eddy's favorite treats to distract her for photo shoots. That's usually a great big fail.

Eddy hopes you all have a treat-filled Friday!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Friday

In honor of Thimble's dental yesterday, today's flashback doodle is one from May of 2017, in which I drew Thimble as a nurse.

Truth be told, I still remember regretting that syringe I drew the second I finished this doodle a couple years ago. It wasn't even the needle that caused my regret, but the color of the substance in the syringe. I drew the contents of the syringe as pink because rabies and other various vaccines are pink in color. I immediately realized, though, that the drug used for euthanasia is also often pink, and so I immediately wished I had chosen a different color. Let's just pretend it's the rabies vaccine Nurse Thimble is sporting, though.

Did you know?
Did you know that cats bite their nails like some humans do? Cats have a good reason and purpose for their nail-biting, though. Cats will chew at their toes not only for basic grooming, but also to help remove the old, dry outer sheath of the claw. Beneath that old and dry sheath is a sharp and fresh nail. In addition to a cat chewing its nails, the basic act of scratching on a post or other surface is another way they help remove old nail sheaths in order to expose the fresh claws beneath. This shedding of the outer sheath of a nail is a perfectly normal thing in cats, and it's why you'll sometimes find dried husks of cat claws around the house.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! We're going to flip-flop the usual order of our Thursday post happenings and start with Thimble and her Thankfuls today.

Perhaps I'm actually more thankful than Thimble today, because while Thimble could do without the carrier and car ride and the all around vet visit thing, I'm grateful for the veterinary care my furbabies receive. I am so glad we found such a compassionate and knowledgeable veterinary clinic in the area. Thimble went in for her annual exam yesterday, so she's a tired girl. She'll be even more tired after today, though.

During Thimble's exam yesterday, the veterinarian discovered that this little tabby girl of mine has been hiding a painful resorptive lesion on one of her teeth. Indeed, Thimble needs a dental. The vet actually informed me that she can fit Thimble in today for a dental, especially since Thimble reacts quite painfully when the affected tooth is touched. I feel terrible that I haven't noticed any signs. Thimble has been eating and acting like her normal self, so I was shocked and saddened to see her react with such pain to having her teeth touched by the veterinarian.

So, my girl Thimble is undergoing a dental today. The affected tooth will be removed, and x-rays will be done to ensure it's all taken care of and to see if any other teeth are hiding any problems. Thimble will also be having her teeth cleaned.

If you could spare some purrs and prayers, Thimble and this momma of hers would greatly appreciate it! Dentals are not an uncommon surgery, but this here momma is a nervous wreck anyway. We're thankful for the friendship and support we receive in this amazing community!

And now we'll move on to our rhyming for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.

Just as is the case every week, our poetic host shared a photo prompt to guide us. This week's prompt is this packed one here:

The poem I scribbled up does relate to that there image, but more so in my head than in reality. You see, the image above reminded me of Where's Waldo? Does anyone know or remember the Where's Waldo? books? I believe it started out as Where's Wally? over in the UK, and was created by illustrator Martin Handford. When it came to the US, it would seem it became Where's Waldo?

Anyway, as a kid, I had tons of Where's Waldo? books. These books were filled with pages of illustrations that contained tons of characters and settings that were fun and colorful and crowded, and in those illustrations you had to find Waldo. He was a fellow who wore a shirt and hat with red and white stripes. I would sit down for hours and find Waldo in every single illustration of every single Where's Waldo? book I had.

Am I rambling or what? Long story short, my poem was inspired by the Where's Waldo? books. Of course, though, I added a cat or two to my inspired poem.

Where's Waldo?

Marty was a young boy who loved cats,
And there's most certainly nothing wrong with that.
Marty was also a young boy who lived with his parents,
And they had 12 cats ranging from Ziggy to Karen.

Marty had great fondness for his parents' dozen felines,
But one slight problem arose when his own kitty he did find.
He was walking home from school one day,
When he stumbled upon a cute little stray.

Marty took the lonely little cat right on home,
And of course his cat-loving parents told him he could keep it as his own.
Marty named his kitty none other than Waldo,
Who immediately became best friends with veteran cat Balto.

The one slight problem in the house was telling one cat from another.
Some of the household cats were nearly identical sisters and brothers.
Marty came to realize that the family's felines had very little diversity.
Even Waldo's likeness to the others was really quite scary.

Marty had grown used to walking into a room and asking, "Where's Waldo?"
In response, Waldo oft did not bother to make his identity or location known.
Waldo would simply blend in with the other cats in the house.
With them, he would identically chow down or run or play cat-and-mouse.

The problem of telling one cat from another became a real struggle one day,
When Waldo was due to be seen by good ol' Dr. Hathaway.
Marty walked around the house calling out, "Waldo! Where's Waldo?"
But Waldo did not reveal himself, absolutely not, nope, no.

Marty went from cat to cat to cat.
They all wiggled and weaved and went this way and that.
Was that Waldo over there?
Was that his or Molly's or Baxter's grey hair?
Waldo most certainly used his likeness to the other cats to his advantage.
When Marty finally had a cat in the cage, he wasn't positive it was him.

Marty made his way to Dr. Hathaway's office with whom he hoped was Waldo.
The truth of the matter is that Waldo it was not, though.
When they opened the cage, out pranced a cat of grey.
But rather than Waldo, they discovered it was actually Fey.

When Marty returned home that day with Fey instead of Waldo,
He decided he needed to think and let his ideas flow.
How could he keep Waldo from blending into the clowder?
Surely finding his cat among the others was not out of Marty's power.

Then, just like that, Marty had an idea,
One that he hoped wasn't totally out of reason.
Marty suddenly thought of how his grandma loved to knit.
She gave him all sorts of bright and lively clothes for his birthday and Christmas.
The truth was that Marty had outgrown much of what his grandmother had made.
But Waldo had not, no way.

Marty ran to his room and grabbed a sweater of red and white stripes,
And even a red and white hat he did swipe.
Then Marty grabbed Waldo's favorite treats and toys,
And he walked around the house shouting, "Where's Waldo? Where's my boy?"
When he was finally, after quite some time, certain Waldo was the cat in tow,
Onto the cat the striped clothes Marty did throw.

Thereafter, Waldo could no longer hide in plain sight.
He could easily be seen, both day and night.
Marty now rarely had to ask, "Where's Waldo?"
There really was no doubt to Waldo's identity and location, no.
He was the cat all snuggled up in a knitted red and white sweater.
After that, finding Waldo was a game that went much, much better.


And now, of course, we have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I love it when _________.

2. I know it's time to _________ when _________.

3. Others come to me when they need _________.

4. We should never take _________ for granted.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Did you know?
Did you know that tooth resorption is one of the most common dental issues in cats, but that the cause of it is still unknown? To put it simply, tooth resorption is essentially erosion of a tooth, typically starting on the outer layer of the tooth and ultimately progressing inward. A resorptive lesion can be very painful, especially as it begins to cause exposure to the more sensitive areas of the tooth. All of the above being said, though studies have been performed, the cause of relatively common tooth resorption in cats has yet to be discovered. Thus far, studies have not been able to link it to diet, vaccines, or any other factors. What has been found, though, is that roughly 50% of cats over the age of 3 will have at least one tooth affected by resorption in their lifetime.