Friday, February 28, 2020

Friendly Fill-Ins and Photo Fails

Happy Friday, friends! We're all ready with our Friendly Fill-Ins. Are you? If you'd like to participate, we'll share the fill-in statements again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I know spring is almost here when _________.

2. I find _________ confusing.

3. I have a strong opinion on _________.

4. _________ is the strangest thing I have ever eaten.

My answers are below in bold.

1. I know spring is almost here when the sneezing begins.
(When spring is on the horizon, and especially when spring is in full swing, my house is filled with sneezing things. I sneeze. Pup Astrid sneezes. Evan sneezes. It's a sneeze fest. Some of us take allergy meds for it, but the allergens usually win anyway.)

2. I find people confusing.
(Humanity can be such a strange thing. That's probably why I stick with the kitties and pups as much as possible.)

3. I have a strong opinion on animal cruelty.
(I know that, especially in this community, I'm not the only one with strong feelings on animal cruelty. I'm of the belief that animal cruelty should indeed be a felony, that declawing should be banned, and simply that animal cruelty in any form should not exist.)

4. Flan is the strangest thing I have ever eaten.
(Has anyone ever had flan, a dessert popular in countries such as Spain? I had it once in a high school Spanish class. It's supposed to be something like a custard dessert. My answer here probably isn't all that fair, because the flan I had was made by one of my classmates rather than someone who knows how to make authentic flan. But, this one time I had what was supposed to be flan, I was not a fan. It didn't taste anything like a dessert to me, and the texture issue I have with certain foods reared its head when it came to eating the weirdly gooey flan. I haven't had flan since.)

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Believe it or not, I actually got a decent shot or two of Eddy the other day. But guess what? We're not showing you those today. Why? Because today is the day of the Pet Photo Fails! Blog Hop, hosted by Mudpie and Melissa of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.

I don't ever worry about lacking bloopers for this fun day of the month. Why? Because Eddy always keeps my photo archives stocked with outtakes.

We've recently shared with you all some photos of Eddy enjoying her favorite treats. Treats are one of the ways I distract Eddy during my attempts to get decent shots of her. Sometimes, though, the treat bin is more my enemy than my assistant when it comes to distracting Eddy. And that's how today's bloopers came to be.

Those treats sure did help me distract Eddy for a photo shoot, huh? Serves me right, though. I'm the one who left the lid open. I set both Eddy and myself up for failure on that one.

Oh, and if you're wondering if that's a Christmas tree visible in the bottom right corner of those photos, it is. I keep a Christmas tree set up in my bedroom for Eddy all year long, simply because she loves climbing it so much that I don't have the heart to take it down. In truth, I find the tree just as fun as Eddy does, because I enjoy trying to decorate it for each season.

Have a fantastic Friday!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

How about another flashback doodle starring a cat and a book? We'll go for one of last year's bookish doodles I scribbled up starring our housemate Toby.

Tip of the Day

Yesterday, we gave a lengthy tip on administering oral medications to your kitty. Today, we're here to give a lengthy tip on the ins and outs of transdermal medications. Transdermal medications are those applied to and absorbed through the skin. A number of medications can be given this way, such as methimazole (for the treatment of hyperthyroidism) and even famotidine (Pepcid), just to name a couple. If you will be administering transdermal medication for your kitty, of course read the directions as prescribed by your veterinarian, and discuss with your veterinarian any concerns that you have.

So, transdermal medication has to be applied to, obviously, the skin. It is best applied to skin that is clean, free from as much as hair as possible, and where your kitty cannot easily lick or reach. This makes the pinna (the flap of the ear) an ideal place for applying transdermal medication.

To actually apply the transdermal medication, ensure that you are wearing gloves. As its name suggests, this type of medication does indeed absorb through the skin, and that includes your own skin as well as that of your kitty. If your kitty is on transdermal thyroid medication, for example, using your bare hand to apply it could lead to unwanted effects on your own endocrine system. So, put on disposable gloves, which are sometimes even provided with the prescription.

Next, when you and your kitty are ready and your hand is gloved, place the medication on your gloved finger. Transdermal medication is typically provided in pre-filled syringes, from which you can eject intended dosages. Sometimes it is suggested that you squirt the medication onto your index finger, but, ultimately, place it on whichever digit works best for you and for effective administration. I, personally, find it easiest to use my thumb.

Now, when you have the medication on your gloved finger, apply it to the upper to middle part of the pinna of the ear and rub it in. Again, this medication is easily absorbed through the skin, and so excess being left behind is not ideal. So, rub it in as thoroughly as possible, which of course will also ensure that your kitty is receiving his or her full dosage.

Once you have rubbed the medication in, you can dispose of your glove. For optimum safety, you can clean it off first, such as with soap and water. Then, you can remove it using the aid of a paper towel. Then, the glove and paper towel can be disposed of, of course in a receptacle where it cannot be easily removed by any curious paws or hands. Also be sure that you put away the syringes of medication away somewhere.

All of that being said, of course try to make the medication administration process as comfortable as possible for both your kitty and yourself. You can try to do apply transdermal medications when your kitty is relaxed, as long as you are prepared and are able to safely do so without getting any of the medication on yourself or anywhere else besides your kitty's ear. You can also, of course, use treats as a reward. Just as with oral medication administration, you can use a partner-in-crime if needed, or a blanket or towel to help keep your kitty still and safe. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out what works best for you and your kitty, and there's nothing wrong with that!


messymimi said...

How fun to have a tree that you decorate for each season! Very festive for you, and plenty of enjoyment for Eddy.

Humans are the most confusing and contradictory critters on this planet, for certain.

Love the doodle!

Eastside Cats said...

Don't you just dislike all of the waste involved with medications? Wrappers, packages, prescription slips, rubber gloves or fingers. I'd rather just give pills, because syringes are another source of waste. The pharmacological industry needs to rethink their packages, imho.

Yvonne said...

I so agree about animal cruelty.

I didn't think of flan but that's a good choice. I'm not sure I actually ever ate it or just tasted it.

Have a great weekend!

violaetcetera said...

I think the same way about animal cruelty. Doing something about it makes the world a better place, because the suffering of animals is important as well.
Have a great weekend!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Oh yeah, humans are so confusing and the way some of them treat animals is horrific.

Love the fails!

Cathy Keisha said...

Everyone here has heard of flan since we live near Little Cuba. The stores are full of that and dulce con leche. Good ole Eddy

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

Pawsome bloopers and doodle, and I love that you keep a tree up all year in your bedroom! Amen to true!!!

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

Oh, and transdermal meds are a godsend!

pilch92 said...

I love your answers- especially #3, it was almost the same as mine :) I am with you on #2 as well.. I have not had flan, but have no desire to try it. Eddy is a cutie and the drawing is adorable. Excellent tips too. Have a nice weekend! XO

Lone Star Cats said...

My momma LUVS flan.

Erin the Cat Princess said...

I am sure from Eddy's perspective, like my own – and being a cat, there were absolutely no fails during that photoshoot of the treats, MOL