Wednesday, January 23, 2019

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday




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Our Doodle of the Day:




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Our Tip of the Day:

Though we're more than a tad bit late in the season to give this tip, we're going to give it nonetheless. Today's tip relates to the furnace, and we want to remind you to have a professional inspect your furnace before use every year, or as needed. An inspection could help detect any issues that might make running the furnace a risk. This in turn of course gives you the chance to have any necessary repairs or replacements made, so that neither your furbaby nor yourself are put in unnecessary danger.

Also relating to the furnace, don't forget to replace the filter regularly. A clean filter not only allows the furnace to run optimally, but also helps eliminate allergens, dust, and other such debris from the air. Ensuring ideal air quality with a clean furnace/air filter is something to especially take into consideration if your furbaby, or yourself, has asthma or other respiratory issues, The furnace plays a crucial role for your furbaby and yourself on cold winter days, so don't forget to give it the care and attention it needs.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Kitten Tuesday

Sometimes, a kitten actually sits still in this house. The other day, my sister caught her kitten, Winky, in a non-blurry state. So, she whipped out her phone and snapped some photos as evidence. Since Winky rarely gets to be seen on this blog because she rarely sits still for the camera, I told my sister to send the photos my way so that I could share them with all of you. So, here's Winky!




Doesn't Winky look so sophisticated? If only she'd pose for the camera more often. When you're a kitten, though, there's just so much to do and so much to see, and photo shoots just get in the way of that. We hope you enjoyed this evidence that Winky can sit still, because who knows when it will happen again.

Wishing you a warm and terrific Tuesday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

As you all certainly know, cats often seek out heat. Those pups out there sometimes do, too. For this reason, when it's cold this winter, monitor your furbaby around any sort of heat source. This of course goes for fireplaces, which should be sufficiently blocked so that kitties and pups can't directly access it or end up with burns. But, this also goes for various space heaters, radiators, and even floor or wall registers for the furnace. Especially if your cat or dog is known to park themselves incredibly close to, or even on top of, such heat sources, be sure to keep a very close eye on them when heaters are being used, or when the furnace is running. If they are near a heat source, check on them regularly, and feel them to make sure that they, and their fur, are not getting dangerously hot. Depending on the kind of heat produced by various heat sources, burns and other injuries can occur if a kitty or pup sleeps on or near it. If needed, such as if your kitty or pup insists on keeping a heater or furnace register company, consider blocking direct access to them. For example, there are safe, fire-proof covers for furnace registers on the floor or wall. When it comes to space heaters, if needed, place them in areas where your kitty or pup does not have access. In other cases, you might be able to find a way to safely block direct access to heaters and radiators, so that your furbaby can enjoy the heat without the risk of burns. Of course we want our furbabies to stay warm in the winter, but it is also important to ensure that your kitty or pup does not end up with burns or other injuries.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mancat Monday

Monday mornings sure can be tough. For mancat Evan, Monday morning means having to listen to the cacophony that is his mom's alarm clock. Is there anything worse than being woken up like that?


Evan's not an early bird. He likes to sleep, and he likes to sleep in as long as possible. What's more, Evan likes to cuddle this mom of his in bed (the feeling is mutual). Monday mornings, therefore, are far from Evan's favorite thing in the world.


Are Monday mornings a tough one at your house? Either way, we hope this Monday is a magnificent one for you!



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Our Tip of the Day:

The mixture of cold air outside and dry heat inside during the winter months can lead to skin that is dry, itchy, and flaky. For this reason, it could very well be a good idea to keep a humidifier going in your house, to keep the air and your furbaby's fur and coat as moist and comfortable as possible. Do be sure to keep in mind your kitty or pup's activity level and favorite areas to play or run when placing the humidifier, though, in order to avoid spills and other risks that might come with a humidifier. In a strategic, safe, and secure place, though, a humidifier can help keep the air moist and a cat or dog free of the discomfort of dry skin and coat.

It's also worth it to note that another way to reduce your furbaby's dryness and itchiness in the winter is to minimize or eliminate baths, as well as to dry them off when they come indoors and are wet with snow or rain. Brushing them regularly can also stimulate the natural oils of their skin, which can further help keep their fur and skin from drying out. If you do notice your kitty or pup's skin and coat is dry and itchy during the winter, and especially if you cannot get an easy handle on it, you can certainly discuss the issue and further solutions with your veterinarian.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

In the Bag

It seems like a certain little kitten around here always starts out so eager to snap a selfie.


But, said kitten always then seems to get perfectly distracted.


If you ask Tonks, paper bags are way better than boxes. This girl will pick a bag over a box any day. What about you friends of ours? Are you box lovers? Bag lovers? Both? Neither?

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Sunday!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's winter tip is one that is probably rather logical, and that you all very likely already know. This tip is to refrain from shaving your kitty or pup in the winter, especially a shave close to the skin. The truth is, it is always best to refrain from cutting your furbaby's fur to the skin. In the winter, one reason their fur is crucial is because it helps insulate heat. Similarly, though, a cat or dog's fur can insulate cool air when it's hot outside, making it equally important in the summer. Of course, in the case of severe mats, thick fur that causes overheating in the summer, or other extenuating circumstances, a shave might be required or beneficial. That being said, though, it is best and safest for your furbaby to never shave their fur down to the skin. That fur serves far more purposes than one, including insulating both warm and cool air, depending on the time of the year.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

A Cold Caturday

Just like last weekend, this weekend we're expecting another winter storm. It would seem this one is bringing all sorts of goodies, including not only snow, but also ice. Thanks, Mother Nature. At least the kitties around here will enjoy the winter scene outside. The youngest furbabies in the house, kittens Tonks and Winky, especially have a grand time watching snow fall. Perhaps that's why I felt compelled to doodle them in their very own winter scene.


Are you expecting snow? Ice? Sunny skies? We hope all of you friends of ours have a warm weekend!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's winter safety tip regards none other than frozen water. If you and your furbaby go out for walks, be careful of frozen ponds, lakes, and so forth. If you live or walk in an area where there is any sort of body of water, be very careful that you are aware of its location. Snow and ice can easily camouflage the frozen surface of water, beneath which danger awaits. To be better safe than sorry, simply avoid walking in areas where you know or think there are ponds, lakes, or any body of water. It is of course also safest to keep your walking pup or kitty on a leash and near to you, so that they cannot stray far and inadvertently find themselves on or in frozen water. A white winter scene can be beautiful, but also holds many dangers. Be aware of these dangers, and plan walks and other activities with your furbaby accordingly.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

Friday. Isn't that just one of the best words in the English language? Since it is Friday, are you ready for some Friendly Fill-Ins? In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share them again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ and _________ go hand in hand.

2. _________ makes my heart happy.

3. Don't be afraid to _________.

4. If _________ was a sport, I would win hands down.


1. Peanut butter and chocolate go hand in hand.
(Can you guess what one of my favorite candies is?)

2. My furbabies make(s) my heart happy.
(My kitties and pup make me happier than anything else in this world. They are my best friends, and the best medicine I have.)

3. Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself.
(In some cases, I can be a real pushover. Sometimes, even if I don't want to or don't truly have time do a certain task or favor for someone, I'll say yes nonetheless. This can happen with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and of course my boss. Obviously, it is good to be nice and helpful to others, and to have a good work ethic, but sometimes you simply have to say "no" in order to take care of yourself. That's something I'm working on this year.)

4. If bringing about the early demise of a cell phone was a sport, I would win hands down.
(I have drowned my various cell phones in toilets, dropped them in sinks filled with water, shattered them on the ground in parking lots, and exploded them to pieces in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Sometimes, my cell phone or some of its features simply stop working for no apparent reason. Needless to say, I buy only cheap cell phones for myself. I am why I can't have nice things.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.


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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Today isn't even the official day of bloopers, but guess what we have for you today anyway? Bloopers from blooper queen Eddy herself! Why? Because Eddy refused to sit still and give me anything but bloopers.




Happy Friday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:


Especially if you live in an area prone to snow, ice, wind, and other wintry goodness, do be sure to think ahead and plan for any related emergencies. For example, should a blizzard be expected to blow through and potentially leave you snowed in, ensure that, prior to the winter storm, you stock up on your furbaby's food, medications, and other necessities. Another potential winter weather emergency includes power outages. One thing to help combat that is of a course a generator. If you have a generator, do be sure to have it checked as needed, to ensure its functionality and safety. Not everyone can or does have a generator, though, and in this case, make sure you take other precautions to prep for potential power outages in the winter. Again, of course, make sure you are stocked up on your kitty or pup's food, medications, and so forth. Also have blankets at the ready. If you have a fireplace, have it regularly checked, cleaned, and rendered safe for use. A fireplace can of course be perfect source of heat in the event of a power outage, but it should be checked for safety, and should of course also be set up so that no furbabies can reach or be injured by the fire. Also, if there are safe places to put them well out of the reach of furbabies, candles being lit throughout the house could also potentially lend a bit of heat.

In some cases, especially in the event of lengthy power outages, it may be necessary to find a warm place to stay away from your powerless, cold home. If this is the case, ensure that you again have food, medications, and all necessities properly prepared for your kitty or pup. Then, of course, it is crucial to find somewhere that is pet-friendly for your furbaby to stay. This could be a hotel that is pet-friendly, or a family or friend's home where your furbaby is allowed, and that is also a pet-safe home. If necessary, such as if you cannot find a hotel or home that is pet-friendly for the duration of your home's power outage, you could also look into a pet boarding facility that you trust, and that of course has power and heat. During the winter months, snow, ice, and wind can wreak all sorts of havoc, so do be sure to consider how this could affect your furbaby, and have plans in the event of potential winter emergencies.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Who's ready to rhyme? We're ready to rhyme! As always, we are of course participating in Teddy and Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.


Every week, our hosts provide us with a photo prompt to help get our creative, poetic juices flowing. The image for this week is this one here:


Not long before I saw that there photo for this week's poetry challenge, I had read an article about a hair salon that has a resident cat who keeps customers happy during their stylings. I thought I'd aim for a poem along those lines. Somewhere along the way, though, I sort of lost control of that story line. I don't really know what happened, so you can just read the poem and judge it for yourself.


Nancy's Nook

Martha fancied herself a fresh, new look,
So she took herself to none other than Nancy's Nook.
This salon stood on the corner of No and Where,
And it was said that Nancy could work wonders with any hair.

When Martha arrived at Nancy's Nook,
She found that the place had a quaint little look.
Its walls were built of old red brick,
And it was filled with folk donning hair curly, straight, thin, and thick.

Martha stood in the lengthy line,
Which spanned out the door and to the street sign.
Luckily, Martha had brought herself a book,
Which she read until it was her turn to be helped at Nancy's Nook.

When she got to the counter at the front of the salon,
"Are you Nancy?" Martha asked the desk lady with a yawn.
"No," the woman said, "but I can certainly get you a slot with her.
Just have yourself a seat over in that there corner.
Yes, you just sit yourself down in that chair,
And Nancy will take mighty fine care of your hair."

Martha was all shades of excited.
The thought of a new hair style made her feel quite delighted.
She knew she wanted something far from drab,
Perhaps even turning her sandy hair to purple or black.

Suddenly, from the back of the salon strutted a grey tabby of a cat.
Martha most certainly hadn't been expecting that.
"Oh, how cute!" she declared with a clap of her hands.
"Your salon has a mascot? That is so grand!"

"Oh, no, that there is no mascot," the woman at the desk did reply.
"You're looking at Nancy there, with your very own two eyes!"
Martha looked down at the cat, who seemed to be staring into her soul.
Certainly the woman spoke the words of a jester or troll.

The cat finally looked away and strutted over to a nearby post.
On it she scratched her claws, until the post was practically toast.
More words came out of the front desk woman's maw.
She said, "Nancy there is just sharpening her claws,
So that with your new 'do you'll be in true awe."

Martha really, truly did not know what to say.
The words that then came out of her mouth arrived with delay.
"Will Nancy here take orders? Can she talk?"
The woman at the desk laughed, "Goodness me, of course not!
But, she sure can walk a mighty cat walk!
Really, though, you're in good hands.
Well, more like good paws, corrected I do stand."

And just like that, Nancy approached.
There was not a single request or word that Martha spoke.
Nancy simply jumped up on her shoulders,
Her claws sharp and glistening and not even remotely holstered.

Nancy stopped a moment to lick her furry neck.
Next she licked her paw until it was thoroughly wet.
Thereafter she turned her attention to the hair on Martha's head.
Then, without haste, locks and more locks were swiftly shed.

In what seemed like a matter of mere seconds,
Nancy jumped to the floor and sheathed her styling weapons.
With a flick of her tail, she spun Martha around,
So that she faced the mirror and made a squeaky little sound.

Martha was truly not sure what to think.
The volume of her hair certainly did shrink.
It also now jutted this way and that,
Jagged and shaggy and looking like it had been cut by, well, a cat.

"Oh, you look spectacular!" the woman at the desk did exclaim.
"You look like a princess, or a rock star, or a dame!"
"Really?" Martha asked, not sure she felt the same.
"I don't know that this is a style I can ever truly tame."

At that, Nancy let out a meow not all that quiet.
The cat looked at Martha as if she were a recalcitrant child.
"I'm sorry," Martha said, "I didn't mean to offend."
From Nancy, another meow did stem.

The woman behind the desk chimed in just then,
And these were the very words that she said:
"Nancy wants you to know it doesn't matter what your hair looks like.
It doesn't matter if your hair is blonde, brunette, black, or white."

Martha could not help but ask, "Wait, you can understand her?"
"Well, of course!" the woman nodded and did assure.
"Nancy always gives me at least her two cents.
That's why I know that she wants all of her clients to realize what's important."

Martha simply had to admit, "I'm sorry, but I don't know what you mean."
Nancy meowed, chirped, and trilled before she finally began to preen.
The woman behind the desk smiled and did say,
"Nancy says that the way you look is really unimportant in every way.
It doesn't even matter if your hair is filled with braids or spikes.
If anyone judges you by your hair, they can most certainly take a hike."

Martha pursed her lips, furrowed her brows, and had a good think.
Then, as she looked in the mirror, her doubts about her new hair began to shrink.
Making up her mind, she beamed and skipped,
And of course gave Nancy a very generous tip.

As she left the salon, running a happy hand through her hair,
The woman at the desk did declare,
"You go on out there and rock your new look!
And do be sure to tell your friends all about Nancy's Nook!"




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Today, we are getting even more of that white that's already covering the ground. Apparently we're also supposed to more this weekend. That's why Thimble, and all of us here, are so very grateful for our home, from which we can watch that bright white snow fall while staying warm and cozy inside.


We know not every furbaby or human in this world is so lucky to know warmth this winter. Our purrs, woofs, and prayers are with all such individuals. We wish each and every kitty, pup, human, and all creatures of the earth could know warmth and comfort this winter.


We are also so very thankful for all of you! Warm wishes to all!



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And now we have for the fill-ins statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ and _________ go hand in hand.

2. _________ makes my heart happy.

3. Don't be afraid to _________.

4. If _________ was a sport, I would win hands down.



We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's winter tip is one that you often hear in the summer, but that also goes for the winter months, and that is to never leave your pup or kitty alone in the car. Just like the inside of a car can get fatally hot in the summer months, the inside of a car can get far too cold in the winter for a furbaby to remain inside. Should you need to run errands where your furbaby is not allowed, leave them home where it is warm. Another option, should your furbaby for some reason need to be along when you run errands, is to bring someone along who can sit with them in the warm car.

In this same line of thought, if your furbaby is in need of a car ride, prepare the car for this. Should a vet visit be in store in the winter months, for example, warm the car before taking your furbaby outside for a ride. As we all know, a cold car is an uncomfortable place to be. So, try to ensure that your furbaby does not have to feel this discomfort.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wet Nose Wednesday


Don't worry. We weren't visited by a UFO, and we weren't attending a rave. That crazy purple lighting is from my sister's plant lights. I don't know much about plants, but apparently those she keeps in her terrariums require light of the purple sort. Does Astrid's nose look good in purple or what?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip is to be careful and cautious with your furbabies when outside in cold weather, and to be aware that our furbabies' tolerances to cold can vary. Some animals are more susceptible to getting cold, such as those with a thin coat or no fur, those who are very young or very old, and those who are ill or in any way compromised. Sometimes, it comes down to the fact that some animals simply tolerate cold better than others. In any extreme weather, such as cold winter days, it is important to keep a very close eye on any animal who is outside. If your pup or kitty is outdoors taking a bathroom break or on a walk, monitor them closely. If you notice any shivering, restlessness or anxiety, or anything out of sorts, get them inside where it is warm.

One simple rule of thumb to follow, especially when in doubt, is that if it's too cold for you, then it's likely too cold for your furbaby. Hypothermia and frostbite can affect our cats and dogs just like it can affect us, so don't risk these medical emergencies. Don't leave your furbabies outdoors in the frigid cold. Do not set out on long walks on cold days, but instead stay close to home and be vigilant regarding your furbaby's comfort, health, and safety. If you care for feral cats or other outdoor animals, try to ensure that they have some form of shelter that is out of the elements and off of the ground. If possible, offer some form of warmth in the outdoor shelter, a topic we very recently discussed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Would you like a bowl of Tonks stew?

Are you hungry? Yes? Well, have we got a treat for you!


 It's Tonks stew!


Doesn't that look scrumptious?


Oh so tasty?


Downright delicious?

Go ahead. Grab a ladle and serve yourself up a serving or two! We promise it won't disappoint.

Now that your bellies are full, how about a couple of notes on what you might have seen in this post? First of all, that pot is not, in fact, used for food. Strangely enough, my dad collects driftwood for his fish aquariums, and he boils the driftwood in that very pot before putting it in his tanks. We recently had the pot at my house because my sister needed it to boil none other than seashells that she gathered when she was in Florida. Why would we use a pot for food? That would be silly.

Second, the Christmas decor you can see in the background of the first Tonks stew photo is now, sadly, gone. Well, save for a few pieces that I quite honestly keep out all year round, because I literally can't help myself. Do any of you have any holiday decor that stays out year round? I have a few Halloween and Christmas pieces that have permanent places on my shelves.

Oh, and lastly, no Tonks was harmed (or eaten) in the making of this stew!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday, we discussed wiping off furry feet and human shoes after going outdoors in the winter, in order to reduce exposure to products such as salt, or ice melt. There is another good reason to wipe off those furry feet after going outdoors, and that is to remove snow and ice from the paws and the toes they contain. When a dog or cat goes outdoors into the snow, their paw pads, the fur on their feet, and the areas between their toes can all collect snow and ice. This can of course be cold and uncomfortable, so when they come in from outdoors, be sure to wipe off their feet so that they can remain dry and warm. Especially if your furbaby is short or if the snow is deep, also wipe off their belly and anywhere on their body that might have collected cold snow. Also thoroughly wipe off your own feet when you come inside, or remove your shoes, in order to keep the floors dry and warm for your furbaby's paws.

In line with the above thoughts, if your pup or kitty goes on walks, consider taking a dry towel with you when there is snow on the ground. Snow and ice can clump up and get stuck between your furbaby's toes, and those with especially furry feet can attract extra snow and ice on their feet. So, if your furbaby is outdoors for an extended period of time, do consider taking a dry towel with you and removing snow and ice from on and between their toes throughout the walk. This will allow them to remain as dry and comfortable as possible when outdoors in the snow.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cozy Mancat Monday

What do you do when it's cold outside and the ground is all covered in white stuff?


You stay inside and get cozy!


Indeed, that's what Evan's plan is today. He'll be staying on his favorite fleece blanket, curled up and snoozing away. Evan hopes you're all staying cozy today, too!



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Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday's winter tip was to avoid using typical salt, or ice melt, for the sake of the health of your furbaby and their paws. One thing we failed to mention, and that is therefore today's tip, is to take precautions in the event that neighbors' or others' use of salt might affect your kitty or pup. In the event that your furbaby goes on winter walks in areas where salt is used, wipe their paws off when you get home in order to remove as much of the salt or other chemicals as possible. Even if your furbaby does not go outdoors, there is still a chance they can be exposed to salt or other potentially dangerous chemicals, such as by way of your shoes. To help prevent injury or illness due to exposure to or ingestion of salt in this manner, remove your shoes when you get home, or at the very least thoroughly wipe them off. In addition to this, vacuum regularly in order to keep salt and other debris from entering your home, or from trailing through your house. Ice melts can pose health risks to kitties and pups, so avoid their use, but also realize and prevent against the dangers they can pose if they are used by others and out of your control.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Selfies in a Snowstorm

Trying to get a distracted, excitable kitten to sit still and snap a selfie is like pulling teeth. I asked Tonks to star in a selfie today, and after more attempts than I'd like to admit, this bright and shiny and tilted and downright sad little selfie is all Tonks and I could manage.


Actually, we managed one more selfie that has not been fully demoted to the status of blooper. This other shot, as you'll see below, suffered greatly from my terrible, improper use of backlighting. Ready for some serious misuse of lighting?


Though my lack of talent in photography is largely at fault, there is one other reason why it was so tough to snap a selfie that was not bright and shiny and all shades of low quality. Though you can't tell from the images above, something very dazzling and distracting was happening outside. Indeed, this is what was happening on the other side of that door behind Tonks.



This is the first significant snowfall Tonks and her sister Winky have witnessed. And they sure were mesmerized by it. Those white flakes falling from the sky had them in all sorts of awe, and Tonks was going from window to window watching them fall. Come to think of it, perhaps I should have stopped chasing around the excited kitten and instead had a snoozing Evan or Thimble snap a selfie.I It's too late now, though, so you all get to enjoy the winning shots above.




Warm wishes to all of you!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

To the best of my knowledge, this here is the last doodle in our series inspired by instrumental piece known as "Wizards in Winter", by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


We could easily build a snowkitty today, given how much snow we got yesterday. Perhaps we should do that. Pup Astrid actually enjoys playing in snow, and she also loves kitties, so I'm thinking she'd be up for it.



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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip can relate to our own furbabies, as well as ferals, strays, and other animals who live outdoors. When ice comes into play during the winter months, be very cautious when using salt, or ice melt. Most traditional salts on the market contain ingredients that can be toxic and can irritate cats' and dogs' paw pads. Irritation can also occur in the mouth, as well as in the intestinal tract, which is a concern if the animal directly ingests the salt or licks it off of their paws after walking through it. So, for the sake of your furbabies as well as ferals and other outdoor animals, avoid using typical ice melts. Instead, do your research, or ask your veterinarian, for recommendations on pet-safe ice melts. There are some ice melts on the market that are far more safe than typical salt used for melting ice, but even some labeled as pet-friendly can still contain ingredients that might be questionable. For this reason, it is always important to do your research. You can also opt for other alternatives, such as tossing some sand or other other similar, safe substrate on top of ice that forms in the winter. Sand and other such materials can allow for better traction and reduced slippage on ice, while avoiding chemicals included in many ice melts.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winter Whimsy

If you have visited us over the past couple of days, you might remember that I've been scribbling up some doodles inspired by one of my favorite instrumental songs, that being "Wizards in Winter" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Today, perhaps unsurprisingly, I have yet another doodle in this wintry, whimsical series. This one stars a wizard performing a bit of sparkly magic with the help of his little assistant.


We hope you all have a magical, marvelous day!




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Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip relating to the care of ferals and other outdoor cats is to be aware of where you store potentially dangerous products. Antifreeze, for example, is toxic to cats and dogs, as you all certainly know. Make sure that you are not only storing such products well out of the reach of your own indoor kitties and pups, but also well out of the reach of ferals, strays, and even wildlife. Even if you have it in the garage or shed, do consider keeping it tucked well away, such as in a cabinet, so that nothing can reach it. Especially if you have your garage or shed door open at times, there is the chance that a cat or wild animal will be able to make their way inside and thereby have access to any products that are not hidden away. Also keep this in mind with pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, oil, and other potentially dangerous products. Think of whether even an unsuspecting outdoor visitor might make their way into your garage, shed, or other storage area, and hide away anything concerning or questionable just in case.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

It's Friday! Do you know what means? The weekend! Do you know what else Friday means? The Friendly Fill-Ins! In case you missed them yesterday, I'll share the fill-in statements again here. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. Better to be _________ than _________.

2. Don't _________ just because _________.

3. You couldn't pay me to _________.

4. _________ is my comfort food.


Here's how I filled in the fill-ins!

1. Better to be kind than to be right.
(I certainly didn't coin this phrase, as I've heard it before and completely agree. I've known and met people who would do anything they can to prove themselves right, even at the expense of others and others' feelings. I don't think this is worth it. Life is too short to spend it trying to prove yourself right at any cost.)

2. Don't fit a mold just because others do.
(The world would be such a bland place if everyone fit into the same mold. One of my pet peeves—or perhaps non-pet peeves—is when a huge population of the world thinks they all have to wear the same style of clothes or hair, or own the same size of house or car, or sport the same fancy phone, or anything of that sort, in order to fit in. Who cares what others are doing or how they're living their lives? You only have one life to live, so you might as well make it your own. I think Oscar Wilde knew exactly what he was talking about when he said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Can you tell that I'm very passionate about this topic?)

3. You couldn't pay me to abandon one of my furbabies.
(Though I don't know other people's circumstances or life happenings, it will always boggle my mind when I hear of someone taking their pet to a shelter to surrender it, or just outright abandoning their kitty or pup. I have been hearing more and more sad and sickening stories of people abandoning or surrendering cats and dogs. Why? How? There is no sum of money, and no life circumstance, that would even make me consider voluntarily or in my right mind abandoning my furry babies. Can you tell this is another topic about which I am very passionate? I'm certain I'm not the only here who is.)

4. Chocolate is my comfort food.
(Need I say more? Then again, there's also peanut butter and caramel.)


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Are you ready for your Eddy fix?



Though the lighting and overall quality of these images aren't anything to write home about, I still love these pictures of Eddy. I don't often have my camera at the ready when Eddy pins my legs down when cuddling in bed, but the other night I did, and so I snapped these photos of her resting while holding me hostage. I love when Eddy wants to cuddle.


Though skittish and afraid of essentially every human being, general living creature, loud noise, and all that jazz, Eddy is a huge momma's girl. I don't know how normal or abnormal of a statement this is to make, but there's something incredibly honoring about being the single most important thing in an animal's life. Perhaps because I am the only human being that Eddy likes, I feel she and I have a very special bond.


We hope you all have a Friday filled with fun, friends, and family!



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Our Doodle of the Day:

The other day we started sharing doodles in a series inspired by one of my favorite instrumental Christmas/winter songs, that being "Wizards in Winter" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Here is the newest installment:


We had ourselves an unseasonable 60°F Christmas Day. Now, this weekend, we're finally expecting some snow. This doodle seemed more or less accurate for the occasion.



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Our Tip of the Day:

We are continuing our tips relating to ferals and other outdoor cats in the cold winter months. Today's tip is a more general one, and relates to the fact that animals seek out warm places to sleep when it is cold outside. For example, cats and kittens, and other small animals, might climb up under the hood of a car that has recently been driven, since the engine will be warm. For this reason, especially when it is cold outside, honk, clap, or tap on your car's hood before starting it. This will give a warning to any animals who might have sought shelter there, and will give them time to find safety elsewhere. It is of course perfectly possible that no animals will be sleeping under the hood of your car, but in case a cat or other animal is, making noise before you start your will help ensure that they get out of harm's way.