Saturday, January 4, 2020

Cartoony Caturday Art

I mentioned in Thursday's post that we would be sharing our weekly poem and its illustration today, but that was unintentionally a lie. Our poem and illustration for this past week of Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge will instead be shared tomorrow. Then, finally, this upcoming week we'll go back to sharing our weekly poems on Thursdays.

Anyway. On to today's doodle. In short, our doodle for today, the Eleventh Day of Christmas, was inspired by one or two of my favorite cartoons.

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas!

Tip of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, today's tip regards what type of bedding to put in an outdoor cat shelter, such as for feral cats. We'll start by cutting right to the chase and saying that an ideal form of bedding for an outdoor shelter is straw. A cat can burrow down in straw in order to stay as warm as possible in the cold. Unlike blankets and towels, straw will not hold moisture, and therefore will less likely freeze or become uncomfortable in rain, snow, and so forth. This is one huge reason why straw is often a better choice over cloth bedding material, because it can repel moisture, and can therefore allow for a consistent, dry, warm form of bedding for outdoor cats. Straw can also be more easily replaced or replenished, as opposed to cloth bedding, should it get dirty. That being said, do make sure you know the difference between straw and hay. They are not the same thing, and hay will hold onto moisture, become wet and uncomfortable for outdoor cats, and can also become moldy when wet. Go for straw, not hay.

If you do put out cloth bedding for outdoor cats, check it regularly. If it is wet or dirty, be sure to replace it, clean it, and so forth. Try to keep all cloth bedding in areas where it is least likely to get wet, so that feral or other outdoor cats can use it comfortably. Cloth bedding works best in shelters that are free of leaks and that are in some way heated, as that will help it remain dry and comfortable.


Catscue Catmom said...

I keep meaning to find somewhere that sells straw, in Texas I'm sure that isn't impossible, I just keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder!

Timmy Tomcat said...

We like that happy little tree with its pretty ball Purrs

pilch92 said...

I love your twist on Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, so cute. Excellent tips too.

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...


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

Too cute and creative! Love it.

messymimi said...

Awww, the best tree of all.

Cathy Keisha said...

A Chuckie Brown Chistmas!

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

We have a stupid question and hope you know the answer. Would pine straw work as bedding for feral cats? If so, most people in the South would be able to just rake it up in in their yards (making sure it was dry of course).

Tuiren likes to burrow in piles of leaves when it's cold. BOL it took Mom forever to find her to bring her in, she had covered herself up good.

Love the "Charlie" Brown Christmas.

The J-Cats said...

That's such a cute cartoon!