Sunday, December 29, 2019

A Very Slothful Sunday

Sunday is a day for slothful behavior, don't you think?


That there Santa sloth is a cat kicker toy that the kitties here have been enjoying all Christmas season. Thimble especially enjoys when I sprinkle catnip on her festive sloth friend. In fact, the above shot was very likely taken when Thimble was coming down from a catnip high.

Thimble and all of us here wish you a very merry Fifth Day of Christmas!




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Festive Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Yesterday we discussed feeding feral and stray cats outdoors in the cold winter months. As we mentioned yesterday, dry food is a good option in the winter, as it will not freeze like moist food. However, moist food still has its benefits, and so today we're here to give some tips on how to feed moist food outdoors in the cold months with at least some success. To begin, you can resort to putting moist food out only when you know the cat or cats you feed are present, so that they will be able to eat it immediately, giving it little to no time to freeze. Sometimes, though, you might not know when a feral or stray cat will show up for a meal. In such cases, there are ways to potentially offer moist food to ferals and strays, without the moist food freezing rapidly.

To begin, you can simply check on the status of moist food as often as possible, and warm or replace food that has become frozen. What's more, a source of heat will obviously help keep moist food from freezing at a fast rate, although you of course have to ensure that this source of heat is safe. This could mean doing something as simple as warming the bowl in which you put the moist food, or warming the moist food itself, to a safe temperature. There are also both electric and non-electric heat sources that can work for keeping bowls and their contents warm. For example, there are microwavable, or otherwise warmable, heating pads that can be placed under bowls to help prevent the rapid freezing of moist food that is fed to outdoor cats in the winter. There are also electric heated bowls that could keep moist food warm enough to prevent freezing. Other options of course include using a more extensive heat source within an entire feeding station or shelter, details which we will further discuss in upcoming tips. One important detail, though, as we mentioned just a few moments ago, is ensure that any heat source you use is safe and that it will not cause burns or fires. Always do your research before using any item that entails electricity and heating, and choose and use accordingly and wisely.

The last note to make here is that you should still of course make sure that moist food is not spoiling, such as if it manages to get too warm or sits out for too long. If a heated bowl or heat pad causes moist food to remain warm for long periods of time, do be sure to remove any uneaten food prior to spoilage. It might be cold outside during the winter months, but depending on the methods you use and the duration of time that outdoor cats' moist food is sitting out, it is always best to be aware of the potential for gastrointestinal or other issues that could result from the consumption of spoiled food.

13 comments:

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We can't imagine living somewhere cold enough for our food to freeze.

Catscue Catmom said...

Slothful Sunday sounds good to me! Thimble, you enjoy your nap beautiful.

The Indulged Furries said...

Oh, I like the Christmas Sloth. After all the holiday commotion , today is a great day to take it Easy and be sloth-like.

The Florida Furkids said...

That Christmas sloth is adorable. We think Slothful Sunday sounds pretty good.

The Florida Furkids

pilch92 said...

That sloth is cute :) ANd I like the drawing too. Excellent tips. My friend who feeds ferals only puts out dry unless she sees a cat out there looking for food.

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

I am SO in love with that sloth.

The Island Cats said...

We’ve never seen a sloth Santa before. He’s cute!

messymimi said...

Sloths are so cute, i've fed one before and he was quite friendly.

Sunday is a great day for resting. Sweetie's dad, who was a Southern Baptist pastor, used to say that Sunday afternoon attendance at Bedside Baptist was mandatory!

Dash Kitten Crew said...

LOVE the idea of a Santa Sloth!!!!!1

Happy New Year for next week!

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, that Chrsitmas sloth is pretty cute. Almost as cute as Thimble!

Pam and Teddy said...

We almost always have a Slothful Sunday around here.....peaceful, lazy, quiet..........and a fire in the fireplace!

Hugs, Teddy

Eastside Cats said...

I would like to have a picket fence...or a wrought iron one, that matches the Victorian vibe of the neighborhood.

Little Binky and Granny said...

Such a slothful twofie😸Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞