Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Friday!

Whew. We made it to Friday! As per usual, we're going to go right into the always fun and fantastic Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by the one and only 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

As always, we were given some clever as ever fill-ins.

1. A recurring dream I have is _________.
2. Turn _________ into _________.
3. _________ is driving me crazy!
4. Lately, I have been _________.

Here's how I fared:

1. A recurring dream I have is....none?
(I either rarely dream, or just rarely remember my dreams. I'm not sure which one. I can easily count on one hand the number of dreams I remember having so far this year.)

2. Turn lemons into lemonade.
(When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! I have always liked this saying. If things seem sour, just add a little sugar.)

3. The heat is driving me crazy!
(I'm not the kind of person who likes hot and humid, yet that's what Mother Nature has been doling out to us these days. And I'm not the only one, either. My furbabies, even with the air and fans on in the house, are a bit cranky some days. Especially pup Astrid. Even a simple trip outside to empty her little bladder these days seems like the ugliest form of torture for the heat intolerant pooch.)

4. Lately, I have been worried about one of the longtime neighborhood ferals.
(Does anyone remember me mentioning Hicks before? He's a feral cat who has been living in my neighborhood for years and years, and I have been feeding him and have a shelter in my yard for him. I had even been trying to think up a plan for trapping him, without instead getting the neighbor's cat or any of the other nearby family's kitties who love my yard, and at least having him neutered. But, Hicks has disappeared. In general, this is not all that unusual for him, but he's been gone for weeks and weeks now, and this time I know there were two events that precipitated his disappearance. First, construction workers began tearing up the street outside our house, making lots of racket as well as a giant canyon out front. Second, an aggressive, territorial brown tabby suddenly started showing up in my yard, and it took an immediate disliking to Hicks. Now, I pray every day that Hicks returns. I feel like I failed him, and I want nothing more than to remedy that.)

Now, as is the case every Friday, it's Eddy's turn to show off her shots of the week. These past couple of weeks, she's actually given you all some lovely views of her. She's even sat still for some of them, so that you could see her cute little face and pretty profile. Today, though, she's back to old habits.

There's my blurry girl. I was wondering where you've been.

Eddy didn't want you all to forget how she looks, though, so she requested that I doodle up a version of her that's not quite as blurry.

Now, changing topics yet again, if you saw our post yesterday, you'll know that Thimble was at the V-E-T for a recheck urinalysis after being treated for a UTI. She and I are both happy that there is no longer any sign of infection!

The not so great news is that, despite my attempts to prevent this, Eddy is yet again showing some non-recognition aggression towards Thimble since her return from the V-E-T. Since Eddy doesn't travel well I didn't take her along with Thimble, but instead gave Thimble a thorough wipe down and rubbed her up and down with a blanket that smelled like her when she got home. Eddy is not fooled, and clearly has a great nose. At least this time it is a far more mild of a reaction from Eddy. Well, that is, until Thimble decides to play it up and chase the hissing and growling Eddy around the house. Oh, my girls, you sure are giving your mommy a run for her money. Don't worry, it only took a week of hair-pulling last time to get the girls back to being friends. We'll survive.

That all being said, we wish everybuddy a happy Friday!

Our Tip of the Day:
Don't forget that cats, and even dogs, can be prone to urinary issues, such as UTIs or blockages. When it comes to UTIs, they often stem from the fact that cats' and dog's urogenital tracts are in such close proximity to the anus. This is why it is important that these furry rear ends remain clean, and that any fuzzy and shaggy furbabies are kept groomed back there so that fecal matter cannot get trapped and lead to a UTI. As for issues such as urinary blockages, this often relates to the fact that in the wild, cats and dogs don't go around feasting on dry kibble. Rather, they eat prey, which is composed heavily of moisture. So, furbabies on highly dry diets might find themselves with crystals or other reasons for blockages. For this reason, offer plenty of fresh, enticing water to your kitty or pup. Moist food is obviously another great way to add moisture to their diet. Sometimes you can get creative to get your furbaby to drink more, such as by using ice cubes. Some dogs like to chew on and eat ice cubes, for example, while some cats can be enticed to drink water from a bowl in which fun ice cubes are floating around. If you are concerned about your furbaby's urinary health or water intake for any reason, of course talk to your veterinarian.


pilch92 said...

I am glad that Thimble is all recovered. Hopefully her and Eddy will be friends again soon. Cute photos and drawing of Eddy. Thanks for these great fill-in answers. I am amazed you don't dream or remember dreams. I like the saying turning lemons into lemonade too :)I am sorry about Hicks, I will add him to my prayer list. I wonder if you could trap the mean brown one because if he were fixed, he probably wouldn't be so territorial. I can't wait for the Fall, this heat drives me crazy too. Have a great weekend!

Marg said...

Feral cats are so darn hard. I know just how you feel. I have had some that would disappear for awhile and eventually come back so maybe Hicks will come back. I like Ellen's suggestion of maybe trapping the brown cat and getting him fixed. I sure hope Hicks comes home. They can survive for a long time out and about. I had one cat that was gone for 3 months and came back. Have a fantastic day.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Theoretically, we all dream. Whether we remember it or not is the issue. I'm glad Thimble is feeling better - sounds like she and Eddy have an interesting dynamic going on. I can understand about Hicks. Bear was super friendly - but just when I decided to bring him inside, he disappeared for a few days. I was a complete wreck as I imagined all the horrible things that could've happened to him. I wish I had some advice on how to find Hicks or remedy the situation.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

thimble; we iz BUZZED happee for ewe N hooray two !!!! de bass terd ewe tee eye can stay gone N dont ever come bak !! N eddy, ya look gorgeouz, blurred ore knot ~~~~~~ sorry ta lurn a bout hicks, we hope ta cod yur mom noez her did everee thing her could for him; she did knot fail hicks.... for what itz werth; codz trooth, we had a pal on de old catster site that went ona walk a bout fora YEER....him came home, in deed he did { hugs two ewe Mr D } ♥♥♥

The Swiss Cats said...

Great answers ! We're with you on #3 ! Purrs

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm glad that Thimble is doing well. My two oranges tend to show that kind of hissing/growling behavior after one of them has been to the vet. Eddy, you are a whirlwind, but I can tell you are so beautiful!

I hope Hicks is okay. Please don't blame yourself. You have been an angel to him.

Annie Bear said...

Our #2 responses are identical! I also am not a fan if the heat. I'm so thankful for a/c. I'm sorry about Hicks. I sure hope he shows up. Please do not feel that you failed him. I understand the feeling but you should not feel that way. You helped him and opened your heart to him. Eddy is always adorable, blurry or not. I'm glad Thimble is healthy. Sorry about Eddy's aggression again. Hopefully, it won't last as long.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I do remember Hicks! Oh, I hope he's okay. I was hoping he might end up a member of your family. That happened to a feral kitty in my neighborhood that I fed called Mooch. He just disappeared and it broke my heart. We feel the exact same way about the icky heat too.

Cathy Keisha said...

whoa! Eddy the 2-eyed cat! Glad Thimble is better and the hissing is over. Sending good wishes that Hicks comes home in one piece.

The Island Cats said...

Oh no...we hope Hicks shows up again. We're glad to hear Thimble has recovered, but sorry that Eddy is reacting again. Hopefully it won't take too long for things to get back to normal again.

The Menagerie Mom said...

It was a sincere hope of mine to ultimately bring Hicks into the family. Though he was extremely skittish and never let me touch him, I still hoped to trap him, have him neutered, and see if he could get acclimated to life indoors. I dragged my feet far too long, though, and now I pray that I didn't lose my chance.

Thank you for always visiting us, and stay cool!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about lemonade...and in this heat, it serves a real purpose! Stay cool and safe! HUGS.