Thursday, April 23, 2020

T is for...

Who's ready for some more alphabetical fun?

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Today's letter for the A to Z Challenge is T, and Rosie is still in charge here. After all, it's all about "A Day at Rosie's Restaurant" this month on our blog. Tomorrow Rosie is moving on to her dessert menu, and so today is the last main course meal. She wanted to make something that she thought a lot of her friends out there might enjoy. And what might that be?

How about some tuna melts? This here human loves tuna melts. Though they certainly aren't the most aesthetic food, Rosie hopes you all still enjoy some cheesy tuna on toast!


Today, Thimble is glad the letter of the day is T. After all, her name is Thimble with a T! You know what else goes with T? Tummy rubs!

As we've said before, Thimble loves her a good ol' tummy rub. She'll roll that belly up for pretty much anyone. Who out there wants to rub Thimble's tummy? She'd be more than happy to let you do so.

On this Thankful Thursday, we're also incredibly grateful for this wonderful community of blogging friends!


Last but not least, how about we share the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. If I couldn't live in my country, I would live in _________.

2. I wish I had kept _________ from my childhood.

3. I would choose _________ over _________.

4. _________ doesn't matter in the long run.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!


P.S. For our usual Thoroughly Poetic Thursday poem, visit us on Sunday. Come May, after the A to Z Challenge is complete, our poems will return to their usual Thursday programming.

Tip of the Day

It's an age-old idea that cats love tuna. In fact, that's probably a true statement for many cats. That being said, though, is tuna safe for our furbabies? If fed in small amounts, tuna can be a relatively safe treat. Again, though, this is only the case if it's fed in small amounts. Too much tuna can be less than healthy for our furbabies, both cats and dogs.

Let's start by saying that tuna on its own cannot provide proper nutrition for our furbabies. It lacks certain essential nutrients, just one such nutrient being the amino acid taurine. Unlike dogs and humans, cats cannot manufacture taurine themselves, and so they require it in their diet. The aforementioned reasons are why pet foods that are tuna flavored have to include added ingredients to make them nutritionally balanced for our furbabies.

In addition to the above, consuming too much tuna could mean a cat or dog is consuming too much fat, mercury, or salt. Tuna contains fats that can be healthy, but cats and dogs can easily overeat fats when eating foods that are high in fats. Going along with this, when you feed your kitty or pup a taste of tuna from a can, stick to canned tuna in water rather than tuna in oil. Also keep in mind the salt content of tuna. Cats and most dogs are smaller than humans and so should not ingest anywhere near as much salt as humans, so keep an eye on that sodium content when feeding them any human foods, including tuna. There's also the concern for mercury, as tuna is likely to contain more mercury than other fish. Ingesting large amounts of tuna could therefore possibly lead to mercury poisoning.

We'll also yet again note that, if you are preparing tuna with garlic, onion, or any ingredients dangerous to cats and dogs, of course refrain from giving them a taste. We've said this over and over again, but we figured why not say it again. There's nothing like being a broken record. If you want to give your kitty or pup a small tuna treat, stick to giving tuna that is plain and therefore safe.


Smudge said...

Ahhh, tuna melts and tummy rubs- does it get any better?

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Tuna melts sound delish!

Eastside Cats said...

For years, we purchased Tuna For Cats from Trader Joe's, and our kitties really loved it! We only served it sporadically, but kept some on hand in case a new feral showed up.

The Island Cats said...

We would love some tuna! And a belly rub like Thimble.

Catscue Catmom said...

I love anything with tuna in it and anything with cheese, so I'm in on this one! It is a shame that tuna isn't something that I can feed cats with, they love it so much! When we have tuna sandwiches, we set aside some to treat the cats, otherwise they don't get it at all, bummer.

The Florida Furkids said...

Tuna and Tummy rubs both sound Terrific to us.
The Florida Furkids

pilch92 said...

Very cute drawing of Rosie. Tuna is the only seafood I like and I like it best with cheese like in a melt or tuna casserole :) During Lent, I started mixing tuna in with a box if mac and cheese. Thimble is a cutie. XO

Cathy Keisha said...

You should call this A to Z Alphabet Soup. I could get into tuna melts! TW loves them but Pop thinks they sound disgusting. Imagine.

messymimi said...

Tuna flavor treats are very popular here, and tummy rubs, too.

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

I'll rub that tummy! And how do you keep choosing so many of my favorite foods?

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thimble, we love seeing the cute tummy of yours. We think that this month is going by so fast. We are at "T" already. Thanks for the share. Have a fantastic rest of your day.
World of Animals

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Oh yes, I love tummy rubs too! But only from Mum :)