Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Tongue with a Side of O

Evan is here to see you all again, for the third day in a row. He wanted to pop in to give you all a bit of a Tongue Tuesday.

Do any of our friends have some tongue to show off today? Evan would love to see it!

Happy Tuesday, friends!


As per usual, we are now moving on to the A to Z Challenge

Does everyone remember what our theme is? I'm thinking you might, since we've sort of been shoving it down your throat nearly every day this month. Well, for anyone who might have so far been spared, this year we are putting animal-inspired twists on classic story titles. For today, we took advantage of Shakespeare's Othello. What I ended up doing to this classic is kind of weird, I think, but it is what it is.

What do you think of Othelephant? A bit of a mouthful, huh? We're thinking it might be best to stick with the original on this one.

We hope all of you friends of ours are have a lovely day!

Our Tip of the Day:

The last parasite we'll be discussing in this parasitic series of tips is Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the disease known as toxoplasmosis. Though different animals can be affected, including cats, dogs, and humans, cats are the most prevalent. A cat can get toxoplasmosis from eating the infected muscle or organs of an animal, such as by eating a mouse or uncooked meat. The parasite can thereafter be passed through the cat's feces, and then other cats, dogs, or humans can acquire the disease after coming into contact with and ingesting such fecal matter.

Some cats with toxoplasmosis will display symptoms such as fever, lethargy, respiratory distress, or neurological disturbances. Symptoms are most often seen in cats who are immunocompromised, such as young kittens or the geriatric and sick. In most cases, though, especially in grown, healthy cats, no symptoms are noticed. It is even possible for a cat to indeed have toxoplasmosis for years, but to simply never display symptoms. This can also be the case in other animals, including humans. That being said, developing babies in utero can be at high risk for toxoplasmosis. This is why it is often recommended that women refrain from scooping their cat's litter box when pregnant.

To help prevent the transmission of toxoplasmosis, you can keep your kitty indoors, where they are less likely to come into contact with the feces of an infected animal or to ingest infected tissue from prey. Also ensure that any meat you feed your cat is cooked. Also keep all litter boxes scooped and cleaned. To protect yourself, always wash your hands well after scooping the litter box. Accidental transmission can occur simply from a person scooping the litter, not thoroughly washing their hands, and then touching their mouths or food. Dogs can also acquire toxoplasmosis by ingesting fecal matter, so keep your dogs away the litter box and fecal material they might find outdoors.

We're sure you all know this by now, but if you notice any concerning symptoms in your kitty, of course always have them examined by a veterinarian. Any questions or concerns regarding your cat's risk for diseases such as toxoplasmosis can of course be discussed with your vet as well. Even diseases such as toxoplasmosis, which often give off no symptoms at all, can be lethal in a compromised, untreated furbaby. So, as always, it's always better to be safe than sorry.


The Island Cats said...

Evan, that tiny tip of your tongue is so cute!

Anonymous said...

We never get tired of seeing Mancat Evan! Love yesterdays AND today's doodles....missed out telling you that yesterday but we got a little behind on blogs! EEEK!

Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thanks Evan. We hope your enjoying your tongue tuesday lol. We could see you for everyday of the week. Have a great one.
World of Animals

Eastside Cats said...

I like your Othelephant!

pilch92 said...

That tongue shot is too cute. I love your choice for O, cute drawing too. And excellent tip. I have heard of this one because it used to be an excuse people used to get rid of cats when they had babies. I am glad people understand it better now and can just have someone else clean the litter box.

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

Mudpie shows a bit of tongue every now and then...not too often though :) I love elephants!

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

Well, I showed off my tongue in yesserdays post... IZA

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, what a cute tongue you have, Evan! And we kind of like Othelephant. It's certainly a lot cuter than any of the characters in Othello!

Lone Star Cats said...

Cute tongue Evan!

Marg said...

Great raspberry Evan. We like the Olelephant too. Really cute drawing. You all have a super day.