Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tasty Tuesday (#ChewyInfluencer)

The kitties around here were excited to try something new this month as part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. I wanted them to have a go at something a little different and new this month. So, what did they try out?


The kitties tried out Hartz Delectables™ Stew Lickable Treats, made with real chicken and tuna. And you know what? I'm not used to having cats in the house who are actually intrigued by the thought of new food. The big kids around here all, well, sticks in the mud. Now, though, I've got two kittens running around who think anything and everything will make for a wonderful snack. What I'm getting at is that photo shoots for reviews are now roughly equivalent to being circled by sharks.


So many little toesies trying to steal the goods. Oh, and if you see little black Winky's bald spot on her leg, that's where her catheter was during her spay surgery. And in case you're wondering, both Winky and Tonks are doing great post-surgery.


I struggled so hard to distract the kittens elsewhere long enough to get photos of the food without their little kitten faces intruding and scarfing it down.


Honestly, I gave up even trying. The counters have never successfully been a "no cats allowed" zone around here. The kittens were running amok all over the counter, fuming over the fact that I was keeping them from the food. Finally, to combat the risk of being eaten alive, I let them win.


Little calico Tonks quite enjoyed the Hartz Delectables™ Stew Lickable Treats in chicken and tuna. So did her sister Winky.


They cleared out their bowls in something like 10 seconds.


Winky even tried to check the empty treat pouch for more.


Then, to be completely honest, I had to lock the kittens in another room just so that the big kids around here could actually have a turn to try out the new lickable treats. When it came to the big kids, my guess was that both Evan and Toby would love the stuff, because both of them love eating tuna and licking up tuna water. Surprisingly, though, the only big kid who liked it was Toby.


Evan and Thimble did both give it one lick, but it was Toby who cleared out those bowls up there. That part wasn't really all that surprising, though. I can't eat tuna myself without Toby demanding some. Now, though, he can have this all to himself! Well, if the kittens let him, that is.


(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Hartz Delectables™ Stew Lickable Treats for cats in chicken and tuna in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)


Have a tasty Tuesday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're still in the midst of our series of tips on taking that kitty of yours to the vet. Today's tip on this topic is a plain and simple one, and that is to take with you to the vet your kitty's favorite toy(s) or treats. This might not work for all cats, but in some cases, toys or treats can make for great distractions or positive reinforcement during your cat's exam or vaccinations. That being said, though, do try to choose wisely when it comes to what you take as a distraction. For example, does your cat get hyperactive or even aggressive when under the influence of catnip? If so, try to avoid toys laced with catnip, and avoid taking anything else that might cause a problem rather than assist during the vet visit. So, all in all, consider whether a simple toy or some treats might help your cat make it through a vet visit. If so, pack those so that they can go along.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Mancat Monday Motivation

It's Mancat Monday! Obviously, that means a certain mancat around here wanted to pop in to say hello.


Whoa there, Evan. Talk about a close-up. Maybe back it up just a tad bit?


There, now all of you friends of ours can see Evan's adorable face much better. Perhaps I'm biased, but I think this mancat has such a cute nose, and such wonderful whiskers, and pretty much a purrfect face all around. Honestly, do you see Evan's freckles? Aren't they just swoon-worthy?

Now, as is often the case, my boy Evan inspired some motivational thoughts from us this week. As many of you already know, Evan is hind limb paralyzed. This never gets him down, though, and he just so happens to be one of the strongest little beings I know. That's why our motivational thought for this week is this one here:


Though Annie of McGuffy's Reader is taking a well-deserved blogging break, we still often feel compelled to share some inspiring words in honor of her Sparks blog hop. With the Sparks hop, Annie intended for us all to share some positive thoughts in this often negative world. We hope our above sentiment sends you some positive vibes.

Have a happy, motivational Monday, friends!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip for taking your cat to the vet is to consider using a pheromone spray, such as Feliway. A synthetic pheromone such as this can potentially have a calming effect for your cat. One idea is to spray the pheromone into your cat's carrier, or onto a blanket placed in your cat's carrier. This could potentially help make the experience of getting into the carrier more calm for your cat, as well as potentially make the car ride and time at the vet a calmer experience. Also consider taking the pheromone spray with you to the vet, where you can spray it in the air in the exam room, or again spray it on a blanket or toy you might have brought along to the vet for your cat. Of course a pheromone spray might not work the same for every cat, but it definitely wouldn't hurt to try it in case it might help your kitty feel calm and soothed.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday Selfies

A certain mancat named Toby is always telling me that he never gets his fair share of posts on the blog. For those who don't know, Toby owns this here human's sister. My sister lives with me, which means Toby also lives with my crew and me. So, of course Toby should get his fair share of blog time!


Toby decided to go for an up close and personal selfie today. After all, he simply has to show off those whiskers!


Of course, Toby snapped these shots of his handsome self to share in the Sunday Selfies blog hop, which is hosted by the Kitties Blue over at The Cat on My Head.


Have a stupendous Sunday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're in the midst of doing a series of tips on getting your cat to the vet, which is sometimes far easier said than done. Today's tip on this topic is to do your research and to know about the clinic of choice prior to arriving there. For example, look up or call ahead and find out if the clinic you're considering is cat-only, cat-friendly, or provides a cat-only lobby. Finding a clinic that is in some way cat-friendly can make for an easier, calmer trip to the vet for your kitty. Before arriving, you can even find out which door to enter at a cat-friendly clinic to ensure that you are in the cat-only lobby, so that your kitty can feel as safe and comfortable as possible right from the start.

In addition, if or when possible, especially for skittish cats, you can try to find out a clinic's quietest, least busy time of the day, or day of the week. This way, if it's feasible and necessary, you can potentially schedule to take an especially scared cat when the clinic is as quiet as possible. Though certainly not all clinics do this, some clinics will have a day, or even partial day, when they will see only feline patients. If this is the case at your clinic of choice, try to schedule appointments for your kitty on this likely quieter, calmer day. It never hurts to be prepared, so for the sake of your kitty, find out important or helpful details of a clinic prior to your kitty's appointment. This can help things go more smoothly, and can help a cat feel as safe and calm as possible.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

S'more, please.

Last Friday, August 10th, was National S'mores Day. For whatever reason, it took us over a week to create a doodle in honor of that delicious day. If you can forgive our tardiness, we hope you enjoy this toasty little doodle.


I may have to redo this drawing in the future, but with pup Astrid as the s'more model. After all, Astrid loves participating in our family bonfires (from a safe distance, of course!), and the s'mores are her favorite part. Aren't marshmallows just delicious? Pup Astrid sure thinks so!

Of course, that flaming doodle up there is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.


As always, be sure to visit Athena to see the art all of our friends have created!

Happy Caturday, friends!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip on taking that kitty of yours to the vet is, if safe and feasible, getting your cat use to car rides. This is something that might work best if started at a young age, but can also potentially be done with older cats who are not too stressed by the experience. You can simply try taking your kitten or cat out on short car rides. Of course, make sure that these short practice rides end in a non-vet location, so that your kitty can learn that car rides don't have to be associated with going to a veterinary clinic. If your cat is willing to and can safely eat while traveling, use treats as positive reinforcement during short practice rides in the car. Toys and other positive items can also be used, when possible.

Just as with anything, car rides can take some getting used to for our kitties. Of course, not all cats will be calm during car rides, sometimes not even with practice. This is why it is important to always monitor your cat while they are on a car ride. If it is not safe to take your cat on even leisurely, practice car rides, such as if you see rapid or open-mouth breathing from them, then do not attempt unneeded car rides. You can discuss options with your veterinarian for making car rides easier for your kitty, and at least one of our tips in the near future will also touch on the topic of helping your kitty feel calmer in the car.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello and happy Friday, friends! In case you forgot, it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. The fill-in statements can be found below. Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I am going _________.

2. I want to be more _________.

3. Once in a blue moon, I _________.

4. I have a large collection of _________.


Of course, I took a turn to fill these in myself.

1. I am going slightly mad.
(Does anyone know this song by Queen? 𝅘𝅥𝅮🎜𝅘𝅥𝅮🎜 I'm going slightly mad. 𝅘𝅥𝅮🎜𝅘𝅥𝅮🎜 I guess this isn't far from the truth, either. I mean, the heat and humidity outside are kind of making me go crazy, if I'm to be completely honest. I'm so very eager for autumn, my very most favorite season.)

2. I want to be more organized.
(I don't feel like I'm the most unorganized person in the world, but I also feel like I could most certainly improve. I think I'd also feel a tad bit less stressed some days if I better organized my time and schedule. To help with this, I've been working on making better, more efficient use of planners, such as my Blogging Cats Weekly Planner. I've realized that I actually like sitting down and filling out my planner for the week, and so far, it's already making me feel a lot more put together.)

3. Once in a blue moon, I watch TV.
(I hardly ever watch TV anymore. Sometimes I'll throw in a DVD, or put something on Netflix, and then often fall asleep while watching it. Really, though, TV is kind of a thing of the past for me. I much prefer to doodle in my sketchbook, blog, read, write, cook or bake, and so forth and so forth.)

4. I have a large collection of books.
(I was either going to put books or cats for this, but my book collection is admittedly far larger than my collection of cats. Books are one thing that I do and likely always will hoard. I love my books.)


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.



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Who can guess what's next? A certain kitty always shows herself on Fridays around here. And that kitty is Eddy! Eddy isn't alone in her shot for this week, though. You see, Eddy got herself all situated in a sun puddle. She even claimed she'd be willing to sit still for a photo this week! But, someone else had another idea.


Sometimes, resident model Thimble gets jealous of anyone else getting camera time. The photo is evidence of one of those moments. Way to throw some shade on Eddy, Thimble.

Well, photobomb or not, Eddy and all of us here wish you a fantastic Friday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

I am really craving autumn doodles already. It's still August, though, so I'm trying to make myself wait until at least the first day of September to starting posting all sorts of pumpkins and other autumnal goodies. To tide me over, I'm trying to think of doodles to create that might more or less portray some end-of-summer activities. I don't know if I succeeded with this first one, though. I've actually never been camping, so I don't know if this is even prime camping season. Nevertheless, here you go.





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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip on taking that kitty of yours to the vet is about selecting the best kind of carrier for your cat. There are a number of considerations to make when it comes to carrier type. The size of your cat, the size of the carrier, how willing your kitty is to enter a carrier, your cat's behavior while in a carrier, and the material out of which a carrier is made can all play a role in the kind of carrier you might want to use.

To go into a bit more detail, let's start with the size of your kitty. For example, take into consideration the comfort of a large cat when selecting a carrier. A small carrier will of course be less than cozy for a large cat, not to mention that it might not be easy to get a large cat into a small carrier in the first place. At the same time, though, it is important to make sure that you can carry your cat's carrier with relative ease. This is especially crucial for emergency cases, when you might need to move quickly and therefore won't want to have difficulty transporting a cat-filled carrier.

Another consideration to make is how easy it is to get your cat into the carrier. Yesterday, we mentioned some tips on getting your cat used to the carrier. Those all being said, some cats may simply not be the easiest to coax into a carrier. With this in mind, consider what type of carrier will be easiest for you, your kitty, and your particular situation. If your cat is difficult to get into a carrier, for example, a top-loading one might be easier than a front-loading one. Then again, if it's possible and safe, you could set a front-loading carrier on its back end in order to load your kitty in through the door while it's standing up in that manner. Also keep in mind how sturdy a carrier is and how easily this might make it to load a kitty inside. Mesh or other flimsy carriers, for example, could collapse as you try to load a difficult cat inside, making the task even more challenging.

Yet another consideration to make is how your cat acts inside a carrier, and how details such as carrier material might be affected. For example, is your cat a digger while in their carrier? If so, a mesh carrier may not be the best option for them, especially if they are an insistent digger who might tear a hole in the mesh or dig at the zipper and escape. Also take into consideration if your kitty has a nervous bladder or nervous bowels. If your cat is known to urinate or defecate in the carrier, consider what type of carrier might be best able to withstand this and to be cleaned afterwards. A plastic carrier might be a good option in this case.

There can be a great many considerations to make when selecting a carrier for your kitty. Those we mentioned above are just some considerations you might need to make. It all depends on your particular furbaby, their personality and behavior, as well as on you and your capabilities or preferences.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! We're all geared up for some wonderful blog hops today. First up, we're participating in the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by Angel Sammy and Teddy.


Our hosts help us out each week by giving us a photo prompt. This week's prompt is this delicious image right here:


Is anyone else obsessed with watermelon? I can never get enough of it. But, I digress.

At this point in time, I usually try to explain how I got from the photo prompt to my poem. I'm not going to lie, though, I don't really know how I got from point A to point B this week. I just saw the photo of some cute little primates snacking on some delicious watermelon, and somehow ended up with the poem below. It's certainly not my best or favorite poem, but I still had tons of fun writing it.


Green Thumb

Summer was drawing near to its end,
But it still had a few warm days left to send.
In fact, those who lived on Menagerie Way,
They decided to make the most of one such day.

It was Mr. and Mrs. Chimp who started it all,
When for a neighborhood picnic they put out a call.
RSVPs rolled in right and left.
This picnic would be bubbling over with guests!

Indeed, when the time of the picnic rolled around,
Mr. and Mrs. Chimp's party was bustling with sound.
Mr. Bear was the loudest of everyone there,
And his roaring laughter filled the air.

Each and every guest brought with them a dish to share.
Everyone chose their contribution with great care.
After all, there was always a tad bit of a competition, albeit unspoken,
For which a hearty dose of pride was the winning token.
Who brought the most enjoyable grub?
That was always the post-picnic talk and hubbub.

Miss Penguin brought with her a whole platter of fish,
Which was admittedly a tasty and tough-to-beat dish.
Though, Mrs. Bear's platter of berries were juicy and sweet,
And they were also really quite difficult to beat.

In the running was also a great big bowl of coleslaw,
Which was Mr. Weasel's creation, and quite delicious to gnaw.
Mrs. Hound brought a tasty salad with pasta,
And Mr. Duck even brought his homemade salsa.

It was Mr. and Mrs. Chimp's shyest neighbor who showed up last,
And don't think what she brought was any sort of a catch.
You see, this neighbor showed up with a whole watermelon patch.
Miss Kitty was her name,
And growing watermelon was, obviously, her game.

All of the picnic-goers' jaws dropped,
At the sight of so many watermelons in one little spot.
Not that they were complaining, though,
Because all of the guests loved watermelon so.

Fear not, for that was not the end of the fun.
Some extraordinary events happened that day under the sun.
A neighbor asked Miss Kitty how her watermelons had reached such a large sum,
And to that she replied, "Oh, I just have a bit of a green thumb."
No one was prepared for what was still to come.

Miss Kitty accepted a banana Mrs. Chimp offered to share,
And, believe it or not, a banana tree began to grow right then and there.
"What on earth is this all about?"
Was what Mr. Chimp could not help but shout.

"I told you," Miss Kitty shyly replied.
"I have a green thumb, and it's quite difficult to hide."
After that, Miss Kitty did not have a whole lot to say.
But, she sure did make lots of food grow that day!

We sure hope you could do for some blueberry pie,
Because Miss Kitty just grew blueberry bushes that reached sky high.
Then there was suddenly an abundance of strawberries.
And look, now there's a tree full of juicy sweet cherries!

Are you in need of some shallots?
Or perhaps you're hungry for some potato salad?
Hopefully so,
Because even that Miss Kitty could grow.

It was after that fine picnic day,
That neighbors would seek out Miss Kitty for aid.
She saved Mr. Rabbit's crop of carrots,
As well as the garden greens of sweet Mrs. Ferret.

Don't worry, though,
For Miss Kitty was not left with nothing to show.
She found her kitchen filled with gifts quite delicious,
Some of them even very much so nutritious.
Miss Kitty feasted on fruit salads, pumpkin pie, and even lemons.
But, truth be told, her favorite would always be her pink and green melons.





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Thimble has informed me that my turn is over. Let's be honest, she's right. It's way past time for Thimble to show off her lovely self, as she does every Thursday.


Just as she does most weeks, Thimble has some thankfuls to share, as part of Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Nearly every week lately, Thimble has expressed her gratitude for the sunshine we've been getting. Thimble is indeed yet again thankful for her sun puddles, but this week she's thankful for a great deal more. She is grateful that her annual visit at the V-E-T is done and over with, and that her report card was pretty good overall. She may or may not have been told that she needs to shed a tad bit of weight and have her ears cleaned every day for a week, but in the grand scheme of things, that's not too bad. What's more, though Thimble sometimes finds the kittens around here a tad bit hyperactive and irritating, she is still glad that their spays were successful and that they're recovering very well.

Of course, this Thankful Thursday wouldn't be complete if we didn't express our gratitude for all of your wonderful friends of ours!



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Are you ready for the fill-ins for none other than tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? You can find them below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I am going _________.

2. I want to be more _________.

3. Once in a blue moon, I _________.

4. I have a large collection of _________.



We'll see you tomorrow!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip on taking your kitty to the vet is one that we're sure all of you have heard, and that is to get your kitty used to the carrier. The first and foremost way to do this is to keep the carrier out, in sight, and accessible all the time. If the carrier is tucked away, then it very well may simply become a source of fear when it comes out once a year. Keeping it out at all times can help combat this.

What's more, try to make the carrier a place of comfort or fun. For example, place a cozy blanket in the carrier, so that it can perhaps be seen as a place to snooze. You can also place toys in the carrier, as well as treats. Or, you can try to use the carrier as a feeding station, such as by putting one of your kitty's bowls of food in there. These methods can help your cat associate the carrier with things that are cozy, fun, or commonplace, in turn helping it to be seen as less of a threat. All in all, help your kitty get used to the carrier by turning it into a place where good things happen, rather than simply a place in which once a year they're locked up and taken somewhere unfamiliar. Associating the carrier with happy experiences can potentially make vet visits 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Not So Wordless Wednesday

It seems that we're all about the V-E-T this week. Thimble had her annual visit on Monday, and Tonks, as well as her sister Winky and brother Flitwick, went in to be neutered yesterday. Certain girl kitties have been securely placed in their cones of shame, because they refuse to leave their spay incisions alone. Aside from that, though, all of them are doing great!

Now, though, pup Astrid is feeling a bit jealous. It's not that she really likes the V-E-T and wants a turn to go or anything crazy like that. Honestly, do any furbabies out there actually enjoy a date with their doctor? But, Astrid is a tad bit jealous that she's not the one getting all the attention. That's why she wanted to remind you all that in a few weeks, she'll have reached her one-year anniversary of having her toe removed.

For those who don't know, Astrid had what was at first believed to be a benign tumor on the outer toe of her back right foot. The tumor even went away for a while, but then came back early last October. When a biopsy was performed at that juncture, it came back as a malignant sarcoma. Needless to say, that toe was chopped right off in order to remove every margin of the tumor. The surgery was successful, and Astrid has been cancer-free since.

Nowadays, Astrid often shows off her three-toed foot with great pride.


My sister snapped some shots of Astrid posing her three-toed foot while enjoying a sunny day. Isn't the flower propped in the dead grass such a nice touch? Honestly, though, when it comes to foot models, Astrid is a natural.




As picky as pup Astrid is about some things, she has never for even one second seemed phased by her three-toed status. Astrid refuses to eat a single fruit or veggie, she doesn't like to get wet in the rain, and she doesn't like when I wash dishes because the sound of clinking and clanking glasses really, really irritates her. But, by golly, losing a toe is no big deal at all.

We're wishing all of our friends out there a happy, healthy Wednesday!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Since we're already talking nonstop about the vet, and since National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is next week, we figured we'd go right on ahead and do a series of tips on how to get that kitty of yours to the vet. We'll start this series with the simple tip to socialize and get your kitty used to interaction at an early age, if possible. Getting your cat used to people is ideal for helping them cope with future outings to the vet. This of course may not always be possible, depending on a particular cat's age and personality at the time of adoption or rescue. However, when possible and safe, start socializing your cat around people, even simply visitors to your home, when they are young.

What's more, try to get your cat used to hands-on checks. If it's safe for both you and your cat, you can get in the habit of looking in your cat's ears, having a look at their mouth and teeth, and so forth. This of course can help them get used to all that goes on when they're at the vet's office, while at the same time also helping you check for abnormalities that might need to be addressed. All in all, starting early with socializing and hands-on interaction, when it's a safe option, can possibly help your kitty feel more comfortable about getting examined during their trips to the vet.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Tabby and Tonks Tuesday

Today's tabby of the day is none other than bright, shiny, and perhaps slightly blinding Thimble.


In case you were wondering, Thimble was such a good girl at her annual visit with the V-E-T yesterday. Then again, she's always a good girl, if you asks this momma of hers. Aside from needing to shed a tad bit of weight, and her chronic battle with ear wax, Thimble's report card was pristine.


We're not yet done with the V-E-T this week, though. After all, this morning, kitten Tonks was shoved into the PTU and carted off to the V-E-T. She's not alone, either. Her sister Winky (who owns this here human's sister) and her brother Flitwick (who owns this here human's parents) are also at the V-E-T, that dreaded place that overflows with sharp needles and the tears of tiny kittens. Today, this little family of kittens is getting neutered.

Tonks hasn't been all that thrilled with today's plans. I think the worst of it for her was not being allowed to eat this morning, prior to her spay surgery. That was really, really tough for food-loving Tonks.

Despite Tonks's disapproval, though, her spay is a necessity. Though all of the kitties out there might not agree, we're sure all of you humans know the truth of the matter. After all, spaying and neutering helps combat overpopulation in a world already sadly overflowing with homeless animals. What's more, it decreases a kitty or pup's chances of developing a variety of medical issues, including cancer of the reproductive organs. Even behavior can benefit from spaying or neutering. Without all of those hormones racing around, prowling, yowling, and aggression are less likely to occur. Spaying and neutering really isn't all that bad!

Now that we're done with our PSA, we'll wish you all a happy Tuesday! Though we don't anticipate any complications during surgery, if you have some purrs, woofs, or prayers to spare for Tonks and her sister and brother, we sure wouldn't mind them.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today is the last tip in our series on decorating your house around your furbabies. What we're talking about today is flooring. When purchasing, designing, or renovating a home, be sure to take your furbabies into consideration when it comes to details such as flooring. For example, carpeting might require extra cleaning efforts if you live with furbabies prone to vomiting or other accidents on the floor. A better option in such a case might be a hard surface flooring. Some of the easiest floors to clean and maintain with furbabies include tile and laminate floors. Of course, hardwood is another option. When it comes to this, though, do try to ensure that the type of wood used on your floors is indeed hardwood. For example, oak, maple, walnut, and cherry are all hardwoods that are resilient, as well as able to be refinished relatively easily. On the other hand, try to avoid softwood flooring when living with furbabies, whose paws and claws can far more easily cause damage to less resilient woods. Softwoods include pine, cedar, and redwood, all of which might not be able to hold up against the pitter-patter of clawed furbaby paws. All in all, if you are blessed enough to share your life and home with furbabies, you may indeed need to consider how to best decorate your home to suit both you and your furbaby.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mancat Monday and Medical Motivation

Last week, Thimble shared with you all a photo or two of what happens when you hire an amateur photographer. Actually, said photographer is novice at best. As Thimble proved, a shoddy photographer means that your ears very well might not make it into the shot. Now, Evan agrees with Thimble. Honestly, can you believe the photographer around here chopped Evan's handsome ears right out of his Mancat Monday shots?


Does this photographer have something against ears? Sheesh!


Though Evan is not impressed with his photographer's wild lack of skill, he is grateful about one thing today. He's grateful he's not the one going to the V-E-T. Thimble's not so lucky, though. She's due for a bit of an annual exam and some needlework. Indeed, she'll be getting locked in that PTU and whisked away today. She is less than thrilled.

Believe it or not, though, kitties, the V-E-T might not be the absolute worst thing in the world. After all, that V-E-T helps keep you healthy! That thought even relates to our Spark for today. Though Annie of McGuffy's Reader is taking a blogging break, we still often feel compelled to share an inspirational thought in honor of her Sparks blog hop.


Annie initiated the Sparks hop in order for us all to share positive thoughts in this often negative world. As we mentioned, our positive thought for today relates to health. These words were spoken by Mahatma Gandhi, and they are:

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."


Thimble may not be looking forward to her visit with the V-E-T, but that doesn't mean it's not good for her!

Happy Monday to all of our friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're in the last stretch of our tips on how to decorate your home around your furbabies. Yesterday's tip involved helping give your kitty or pup a window view by putting a cat tree, couch, or chair beside the window. Today's tip takes this concept in another direction, and involves looking into ways to make your home even more accessible to and traversable by your feline furbabies. For example, there are cat shelves on the market that can be placed along your home's walls, and which can be placed in ways that allow your kitty to not only rest on the shelves, but to also to travel the perimeter of a room by way of those wall shelves. There are plenty of other similar features available on the market as well, including walkways, bridges, ladders, and all sorts of items that can allow your furbaby to travel throughout the house in this fun, unique way. If interested, you could intersperse such wall shelves or walkways throughout the house. Or, if you have the space and ability, you could dedicate one room in the house to this, so that said room is some semblance of a playroom or jungle gym for your kitty. In the wild, cats often travel or sleep on elevated surfaces, such as trees or mountains. That's why many cats enjoy setups such as wall shelves or walkways, as this can mimic the environment of their wild ancestors.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Selfies

Do you know which furbaby around here hasn't gotten to share a selfie in a while? This guy!


Why, hello there, Toby! I thought that after such a handsome selfie as the one above, perhaps Toby would like to snap another one. He wasn't sure how he felt about that, though. Nevertheless, he eventually, and begrudgingly, offered up one more.


Hmmm. You're looking a little grumpy there, Toby. Do any of you friends of ours ever snap grumpy selfies? Surely Toby's not the only one.

Of course, Toby snapped his selfies for the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.


Have a stupendous Sunday, friends!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:

For today's tip on how to decorate your home around your furbaby, we're here to remind you to make sure your kitty or pup has a safe window view. Indoor cats and dogs are of course safe from the dangers of an outdoor life, but it is still important that they get the mental stimulation provided by a view of the outdoors. To allow for this window view, try putting pet-friendly furniture near the window. Placing a cat tree beside the window is a perfect option for cats, for example. Of course, though, you can even simply position a couch, chair, table, or other pet-safe piece of furniture so that a window view is possible for your kitty or pup.

There are a couple of other considerations to make when it comes to window views for your furbabies. First, if it's possible and safe, try to feed birds or squirrels in view of the window, so that your kitty or pup can have the added mental stimulation of having wildlife to watch. What's more, make sure all windows are securely closed and safe from potential escapes. Also make sure that any nearby window blinds or curtains do not pose a risk to the safety of your cat or dog. It is important to ensure your indoor cat or dog has a window view in order to keep them happy and sharp, but it's equally important to ensure their safety.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Candlelit Caturday

Our current series of doodles has been all about those furbabies who aspire to be writers. That makes perfect sense, right? Obviously, today's doodle is yet another one in this realm of things. See?


Of course, that there orange tabby author is our contribution to Athena's Caturday Art blog hop.


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

Happy Caturday, friends!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday we gave the tip of using couch and chair covers, or spare blankets on furniture, in order to help protect against accidents or shedding. Today's tip relates to this, and is to select covers and blankets that might most easily mask your particular furbaby's hair. This can also go for upholstery, rugs or carpets, and even your clothing. You can try to match such things to the color of your furbaby, such as white or light items if your kitty or pup is white, or black or dark items if your furbaby is black. Then again, you can also opt for blankets, rugs, and clothing with varied patterns, as a busier design can indeed more easily hide furbaby fur that has been shed. Our furbabies' hair can indeed find its way onto nearly anything, but you can help mask it throughout your home or on your person by selecting items that will best hide it.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Are you ready to fill in some fill-ins? It is, after all, time for the Friendly Fill-Ins! In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share the fill-in statements below. Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. I have faith in _________.

2. Yesterday, I _________.

3. My favorite place to be is _________.

4. If I was granted one wish, it would be _________.


I took a turn myself to fill these in. How did I do?

1. I have faith in the unconditional love of animals.
(My furbabies never have and never will judge me. I am so very grateful for that.)

2. Yesterday, I finally started using my new laptop.
(I got a new laptop something like a month ago. My old laptop's touchpad doesn't work, its battery hasn't held a charge for over a year, and it turns itself off without warning something like half a dozen times a day. For some reason, though, I kept using it despite the fact that I had a brand new one sitting in a box just across the room. That is no longer the case, though, because I had a pretty big argument with my old laptop yesterday and as a result am now finally using the new laptop. I'm actually quite fond of it already.)

3. My favorite place to be is home.
(This answer of mine may be vague, but it's also very true. I love nothing more than to be home. More specifically, I love spending an evening on the couch with my furbabies. I can snuggle them while I blog, doodle, read, write, or binge on Netflix.)

4. If I was granted one wish, it would be that all the homeless would know the comfort of a home.
(I mean this for homeless cats and dogs, for homeless people, and anything and everything in between. My heart breaks for any and every being who lacks the comfort of even the most humble of homes. Being homeless must be such a despairing feeling, and my greatest wish is that not a single creature would have to feel such despair.)


Now it's your turn!
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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.



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I wish I could say that I coaxed Eddy into snapping a sharp, focused glamour shot to share with you all today. But, alas, I did not succeed at that. Do you want to see the shot Eddy decided to snap instead?


Isn't that such a nice little shot of Eddy? So precious.

We're wishing you all a fabulous Friday!



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Our Doodle of the Day:





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Our Tip of the Day:

In case you haven't seen our past couple of tips, we're currently in a series all about decorating your home around the furbabies in your life. Today's tip on this topic is to use couch or chair covers, or even just regular blankets, on your furniture. This can help protect the furniture beneath from excess pet hair, as well as from all varieties of accidents that can happen in a home with kitties or pups. We also mentioned in yesterday's tip that you can use furniture covers or blankets to help protect couches and chairs from kitty claw, or even claws of pups. In addition, some cats or dogs might be a bit more on the greasy side, such as Sphynx cats or furbabies with certain ailments, and furniture covers can also help keep couches and chairs clean in this way as well. There are covers designed to fit and protect entire pieces of furniture, or you can simply place a spare blanket on your furbaby's favorite chair or on their favorite part of the couch. Either way, furniture coverings can help protect your couches and chairs from direct damage. Whereas it's not exactly easy to clean an entire chair or couch, if you use a cover, you can easily remove it and throw it in the wash.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Whew. We've made it to Thursday. This is a fantastic day of the week, one reason being that it means we get to participate in Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


Each week, our hosts give us a photo prompt to guide us on or poetic journey. This week's photo is such a lovely, nostalgic image. See?


Unsurprisingly, the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that there image were all sorts of childhood games that involved playing in the mud. Of course, those rainy day activities often included making some mud pies. And can you all guess a certain kitty who came to my mind at that thought? None other than a certain tortie named Mudpie, of course! One thing led to another, and this poem was scribbled up:


Rainy Skies and Mud Pies

Rain, rain, won't you please just go away?
Soggy grass is certainly no fun place to play.
Mimi, for one, wished to go outside and have fun,
If only the rain clouds would depart and make room for the sun.

To the outdoors Mimi was growing more and more eager to go,
But she preferred not to play in the rain or the snow.
But, indeed, that day it was raining cats and dogs.
It was certainly no day to be wearing your clogs.

After a tad bit of moaning and complaining went on,
Mimi was given a bit of advice from her mom.
"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass," her mother did say.
"Instead, little Mimi, life is all about learning to dance in the rain."

At that, Mimi's mother urged and shooed her outside.
Perhaps she had grown tired of her daughter's whines and cries?
Mimi was, at least, excited to wear her new rain boots of pink,
Even if the gloomy weather outside did stink.

When Mimi complained that the rain left her nothing to do,
Her mother suggested she make a mud pie or two.
Mimi knew she quite enjoyed apple pie and pumpkin pie,
But she wasn't sure about pie made of dirt mixed with rain from the sky.

With nothing else to occupy her time, though,
Mimi headed out in her pink rain boots and looked to and fro.
Finally, she caught sight of her target,
A giant puddle of mud not far from the garden.

At first, Mimi simply walked and waded through the mud puddle.
It was still raining so much that the puddle would soon double.
Admitting defeat on that wet, dreary day,
Mimi knelt down to do what her mother did say.

She grabbed handfuls of mud and tried to mold it,
But through her small fingers it would only slide and slip.
Finally, Mimi managed to form something like a pie,
But something about it just seemed quite awry.
Her mother once made a chocolate pie for a party she did host,
But it certainly hadn't looked this, well, muddy and gross.

Giving up on the notion of making pie out of wet dirt,
Mimi figured going for a muddy something else couldn't hurt.
And so, she piled up more mud, and then some more,
But this new messy creation seemed even more of a chore.
What Mimi tried to build was a big muddy castle,
But it quickly collapsed despite all of the hassle.

Frustrated and quite unhappily covered in mud,
Mimi threw a pile of said mud so far it went thud.
Oh, but would you look at that!
The thrown pile of mud looked like the head of a cat!

She very well may have failed at making a mud pie and castle,
But Mimi was determined to complete that cat without getting frazzled.
And so she placed and molded mud with the utmost of care.
Mimi gave the muddy cat paws, ears, and even muddy whiskers and hair.

When all was said and done and the cat was complete,
Mimi rose and stood on her pink-booted feet.
She gazed down at her creation with a critical eye,
Unhappy that it was already being distorted by the rain from the sky.

Sad to think that her work could be so quickly undone,
Mimi didn't know if she could even now find joy in the sun.
Just as Mimi was about to turn and walk away,
Something stopped her and made her stay.

Mimi most certainly did not know how,
But her muddy little friend stood up and said, "Meow!"
The cat was black, brown, and all shades of mud.
This messy kitty creation was certainly no dud!

Mimi smiled and laughed as the cat now rolled in the mud.
The kitty certainly didn't mind that the sky was sending them a flood.
In fact, the mud cat seemed eager to play in the rain all day.
And so, out there the kitty and Mimi together did play and play.
In fact, that's exactly what they did thereafter each and every day.





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Do any of you friends of ours know what's up next? It happens every Thursday. If you guessed Thimble, as well Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, you guessed right!


Thimble doesn't necessarily appreciate that her photographer can't seem to manage getting her ears in the shot. Like, ever. Nevertheless, Thimble is very grateful for sun puddles, which she is also grateful to enjoy from the comfort of her air conditioned home.


Indeed, all of us here are so very thankful for sunshine as well as our air conditioning, which has come in very handy during these recent 90°F days. We are also thankful for this wonderful blogging community. We know we say this often, but you all really do make us feel so very happy. Friends like all of you are a true blessing.




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Last but not least, we have for you tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins. The first two came from the mind of Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I came up with the second two.


1. I have faith in _________.

2. Yesterday, I _________.

3. My favorite place to be is _________.

4. If I was granted one wish, it would be _________.




We'll see your tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

We're still in the midst of our series of tips all about decorating your home around your furbabies. Today's tip on that topic involves protecting your furniture from kitty claw. After all, cats have claws. That's simply part of who they are. That being said, that doesn't mean there aren't safe, humane ways of protecting your furniture from those claws.

To begin, of course place cat scratchers throughout your house in order to give your cat appropriate places to use their claws. Cats often like to scratch as a more or less territorial display, so make sure that at least some of their scratchers are somewhere visible and in the open. You can also place a scratcher near any furniture to which your furbaby's claws gravitate. This way, your kitty can have an appropriate scratching location where you can immediately redirect them should they begin to use the furniture instead.

We recently mentioned this next idea in another tip, but we'll say it again. To protect your furniture from cat claws while also giving your cat a proper place to scratch, you can wrap sisal rope around furniture legs, rails of staircases, and other similar locations. Again, this not only protects those home features from cat claws, but also simultaneously gives your cat another appropriate place to use their claws. Another potential form of protection against cat claws for your furniture is a heavy-duty couch or chair cover.

As we said above, cats indeed have claws. Those claws are simply part of who they are. While those claws can sometimes find their way to furniture, there are proper ways to combat this. Simply research types of scratchers for your kitty to use, create your own scratchers using sisal rope, or find another way to protect the furniture while also treating your kitty and their claws in a humane way. When your kitty scratches furniture, calmly redirect them to a proper cat scratcher, so that they can learn where they should and should not sharpen those claws of theirs. Of course, also don't forget to regularly trim your kitty's nails!