For the past five or so years, I've either bought or set up little Advent calendars for my furbabies. Pup Astrid's always comes from a shop on Etsy called Meatloaf's Kitchen (we're not sponsored by them, but we are quite happy with their dog treat Advent calendars).
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
'Tis the season! What season? The season in which the cats at my house live inside trees, that's what season.
Do you see her in there? That there is a Tonks in a tree. She and Eddy are my primary tree climbers. They're also the only ones who are actually good at climbing trees. And they're also the reason why ornaments hang from garland on the wall rather than from the trees in our house. At our house, ornaments don't survive if they hang from a tree.
Have a very festive Tuesday, friends!
We seem to be repeating old tips these days. 'Tis the season, it would seem. That being said, over the next few days, we'll be repeating some Christmas safety tips that we gave last year. Actually, I believe we've repeated these festive tips for a couple years now. It's an important topic this time of year, though, so we'll keep going with it.
How about we start with that good ol' Christmas tree? To begin, if you put up a Christmas tree, make sure it is securely in place. This is especially important if you have a kitty or pup who enjoys climbing or otherwise giving the tree lots of attention. You can try putting the tree in a corner of a room, if that helps to keep it safe and upright against furbabies. Moreover, to be extra safe, you can find a way to anchor the tree to the floor, wall, or even a heavy, sturdy piece of furniture. There is also the option of weighing down the base of the tree, such as with weighted bags, as long as they are of a safe and secure sort. Another option, especially if your furbaby is overzealous in their love for the Christmas tree, is to block their access to it altogether, whether that be with baby gates, closed doors, or another means. Whatever it takes, if you put up a Christmas tree in a home with a tree-loving furbaby, do be sure to try and find a way to prevent a fallen tree and potential injuries.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Thank you all for the purrs and prayers for Evan yesterday! He is doing very well. The vet discovered that Evan has a UTI. The UTI has likely caused his incontinence to worsen, which is why he's been leaking urine nearly every time he sleeps. In turn, it was all that urine leakage, on top of his obsessive licking of the area, that caused the skin near Evan's urethra to become so irritated. Since Evan is not all that cooperative for me when it comes to cleaning him up back there, the vet cleaned him up really well. The vet even shaved away the fur that was catching all the urine from his incontinence so that it wouldn't cause the skin to get further irritated. Evan looks like a little baboon now, but the area already looks so much less irritated, and I'm better able to help him keep it clean and dry now, and that makes me happy. Evan was given some antibiotics and is already acting like he feels much better. He hasn't licked the irritated area even once since we returned home from the vet, and given that he was obsessed with licking the area before, that's already a great sign.
Evan has a selfie to share that he snapped while happily snoozing after returning home from the vet yesterday. He was cuddled up next to his this mom of his, it was pretty dark in the room, and it's just generally not great quality, but it shows how sleepy yet cute he is and so it's the selfie he's sharing.
Festive Flashback Doodle of the Day
We'll finally be back on track with our new Christmas doodles tomorrow, which is when we'll finally share our festive poem and its festive doodle for last week's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. For today, though, we have a festive flashback that relates to yesterday's festive flashback doodle. Like yesterday's doodle, this is one is from last year and includes some Christmas pudding.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
I'm supposed to be sharing my weekly poem and its illustration today. Both the poem and its doodle have only a couple of small details left to be completed, which I meant to and could have easily finished yesterday. But, I didn't get around to it yesterday because I was too busy fretting over a non-emergency yet still very distracting medical issue that my orange boy Evan is having.
For those who don't know or might not remember, Evan is hind limb paralyzed. That's how he's been for almost his entire 7 years of life. For over a year now, Evan has also had urinary incontinence, very likely related to his hind limb paralysis. For some reason, Evan's incontinence is worse in the cold months, and for the past couple weeks he at the very least leaks urine almost every single time he sleeps. I give him regular baths with a spray shampoo for pets, but he's not terribly tolerant of them, and so his cleanings are often not as thorough as they should be or that I wish I could manage. Evan also simply does not like having his back legs, or other areas back there, messed with very much.
Back to the issue at hand, though. Over the past couple of days, Evan has been obsessively licking the area near his urethra. I also started noticing an odor when Evan licks back there. Evan finally let me get a good look of the area yesterday, and that's when I discovered that the area around his urethra looks incredibly unhealthy right now. Since Evan takes a bit of manhandling to thoroughly handle and bathe, my mom and sister were helping me hold him while I got a good look of the area. While they were both there holding him for me, I tried my best to give him a more thorough yet gentle cleaning in that area, but I'll be the first to admit that the cleaning I gave him most definitely did not fix the issue. My guess is that Evan's constant urine leakage and now constant licking of the area has led to far too moisture and irritation in that area. It looks very raw, very wrong, and very likely infected.
So, I called the vet the second I discovered the issue, and though they were not able to see us yesterday, I am taking Evan to the vet this morning. I am hoping and am telling myself they'll be able to fix him up with a thorough cleaning, some antibiotics, and hopefully some sort of cleaning agent that I can safely use at home to keep him clean yet also dry back there. I hope it's as simple as that and that nothing more malignant is going on. Evan is otherwise acting like his normal, cuddly, ornery, hungry self, so I hope we can get this all under control and put it behind us.
Evan's veterinarian and I have had many discussions regarding his incontinence, and we both have thus far decided against medications that are meant to control or prevent incontinence. This is because when cats take those medications, they are far more likely to end up with a urinary blockage, and we certainly don't want that. I'm eager to get the veterinarian's suggestions on keeping Evan clean yet also dry back there, despite his now chronic urinary leakage. I admittedly feel horrible that I did not notice Evan was becoming so irritated in that area, and I now have learned my lesson and will be doing far more thorough checks of him back there, even if he'd rather I didn't.
All the rambling above aside, if you have some purrs and prayers to spare for my boy Evan, both he and I would greatly appreciate it.
Oh, but we will still share a doodle for today's Caturday Art Blog Hop. It's a flashback, and it one of my favorite Christmas doodles from last year that stars an orange boy like my Evan.
After Evan and I get back from the veterinary clinic this morning, I plan on cuddling him on the couch while I finish our weekly poem and its illustration, as well as relax by working on even more of our in-progress Christmas doodles as Evan and I have a Christmas movie marathon.
Happy Caturday, friends!
Friday, November 27, 2020
We hope all of our friends in the US had a happy Thanksgiving! Now that we're all stuffed, how about we take a break with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. If you missed the fill-in statements, we'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.
1. Why is _________ so expensive?
Thursday, November 26, 2020
We're having technical difficulties again, with Google refusing our attempts to upload the new Thanksgiving doodle we want to share today. But, instead of continuing to fight with Google on Thanksgiving morning, we're going into our archives to reshare the Thanksgiving doodle we shared in 2018. It stars my angel Rosie, a guest of a turkey, and a giant Santa float from a parade that looks very different this year thanks to a certain pandemic.