Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Toesies Tuesday

What kind of Tuesday are you having today? Is it a Tuxie Tuesday in your house? A Tabby Tuesday? Tortie Tuesday? Perhaps even a Tummy Tuesday? Around here, we're having us a Toesies Tuesday, courtesy of Thimble.

The claws of Thimble's back feet never retract very far, if at all, even when trimmed short. Her litter mate Trapper, who owns my parents and is simply a 20-lb version of Thimble, is the same way. Their hind limb claws simply want to stick out all the time. What about our feline friends out there? Do you retract all of your claws? Or do you like to leave some sticking out, perhaps as a reminder to the humans to keep those food bowls full?

Happy Tuesday to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:
Today's doodle is one that I actually created a while back, but there was something about it with which I wasn't happy. It just didn't look quite right to me. So, I never shared it. I don't like to do that, as I'm working on not being such a perfectionist and simply being okay with making things that may not be exactly as I pictured them. That's why I decided to finally share this doodle here after all.

This doodle was actually intended to be part of our Ten Days of Tortie series from last year. It was inspired by none other than Mudpie, who, along with her mom Melissa, gives us many wonderful book reviews on fun cozy cat mysteries. (This here human has found a great many new books to read thanks to Mudpie and her mom Melissa!). So, here's a tortie of a detective for you.

Our Tip of the Day:
Today is Static Electricity Day (which we know thinks to our handy 2018 Blogging Cats Weekly Planner!). Some time ago we gave a tip revolving around static electricity, and so today we will be repeating that tip. Read on if you are interested in this shocking repeat tip.

One of the downsides of winter is the dry air. And one of the downsides of dry air is static electricity, which means shocking the poor furbabies in our lives when attempting a simple pet. Although sometimes it's difficult to beat the dry air of winter, there are some possible solutions you can try to cut down on zapping the furry ones in your life. First, try using a humidifier to help keep the air in your home moist. You can also try using fabric softeners and dryer sheets in the laundry, to help blankets and clothes from harboring excess static. Also, be sure to keep your hands moist with lotion. The dryer your hands are, the more likely you are to build up static electricity and shock your furbaby during a petting session. Also, if you can tolerate the chill on your feet, you can see if there's an improvement if you go barefoot rather than wear socks or slippers around the house. Cloth on your feet might result in more static buildup as you walk around, which thereby might cause you to shock your kitty or pup when petting them. Although some days it seems like there's nothing up to the challenge of beating dry air, perhaps try one or more of the potential solutions listed here to see if they help keep your furbabies from receiving a shocking surprise from you.


pilch92 said...

Thimble is such a cutie, nice toesies too :) I love the drawing of Miss Mudpie, so cute and appropriate with her mom's love of mysteries. Great tip too, we have had a lot of static.

Sandee said...

I've never had a cat with those kind of claws. Very interesting. You're so cute that it's all good though.

Have a purrfect Toesies Tuesday. My best to your peeps. ♥

Eastside Cats said...

Cute toesies, Thimble! I have noticed more sparks in the really deep cold, when I pet the kitties. I feel bad for the cat, and it hurts me!

The Swiss Cats said...

The claws of Zorro's back feet are always a little bit out. We usually don't get our claws trimmed, but Claire trimmed them once : it didn't change much. Purrs

da tabbies o trout towne said...

wavez two ewe thimble; we R pretty short clawed too...N tell mom thanx for de tip; when eye get an ear scratchin...WHOA !!!!!!!!!!!! bbbbbbzzzzzzzzzzttttt; ya could power up de city with one single scritch :) ♥♥

tuna of moon ~~~~~

Marg said...

Thimble you are looking mighty good. The Mom doesn't pay much attention to whether our toes are in or out. You all have a great day.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

We love that drawing!!! So much of blogging is facing one's fears and shortcomings. But the pet blogging community is full of so much love and support - it definitely helps. Thimble ... you win the award for cuteness today!

Anonymous said...

I, Marvelous, have noticed that most cats claws on their back feet don't retract all the way. And Thimble, you have the cutest toes (Blush)

The Island Cats said...

Thimble, we wanna tickle your toesies!

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

You seriously are trying to stop my heart with your Mudpie art, I hope you realize that!!! Oh, this is just too purrfect for words!!! (Love those toe beans too!)

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

Beautiful toes!

My Eli love static.. it was what was convinced him that humans weren't all bad

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

You have cute jellybean toesies! I think with all of the cats I have had, none fully retracted their back claws.