Saturday, May 9, 2020

Caturday Art

For last weekend's Caturday Art Blog Hop, of course hosted by the one and only Athena, we shared a silly little doodle of a witch and her feline familiar. The feline familiar was a Hello Kitty wannabe, as in she was a white kitty with a pink bow on her head. One thing led to another, and I decided to name the kitty from last week's doodle Wannabe (after all, she's a wannabe Hello Kitty). What's more, I then decided to create a series of doodles centered around Wannabe. This kitty will continue to be a witch's familiar, because I'm quite fond of all things fantasy, Halloween, and that sort of thing. This all probably sounds absolutely insane. Actually, I'm certain it does. But I'm going with it anyway. So, here's Wannabe enjoying a moonlit night outside her happily spooky home.

What do you think Wannabe is brewing up? Perhaps some fruit punch? Maybe in a bubblegum flavor?

Happy Caturday to all!

Tip of the Day:

We're in the midst of tips regarding parasites and their prevention. We have so far covered heartworms, fleas, tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Now, today, it's all about those ear mites.

As is probably obvious, ear mites affect the ears, living primary in the ear canal. For what it's worth, ear mites are more commonly seen in cats, making dogs the luckier, less typical victims of these buggers. Ear mites can be spread directly from cat to cat.

Now, what will you notice if your cat, or dog, has an ear mite infestation? Your furbaby's ears will itch, they will scratch at them, there can therefore be inflammation in the area, and they may even shake their heads or hold their ears low due to the irritation. You also may see dark, brownish debris in the ears, which is commonly described as resembling coffee grounds.

If you do see any of the above symptoms in your kitty or pup, have them seen by a veterinarian. Ear mites can ultimately lead to secondary ear infections and other similar issues, so taking care of them is of course best for your furbaby's health and happiness. Your veterinarian can test for ear mites by swabbing the ears and looking at the debris under a microscope.

When it comes to treatment, it is of course best to use medications prescribed directly by your veterinarian. There are drops or other treatments that can offer a relatively fast-acting eradication of the ear mites. In addition, there are monthly preventatives that cover ear mites. These can typically help take care of existing mites, as well as prevent a future ear mite infestation. Discuss any and all such options with your veterinarian, especially if your furbaby is largely outdoors and potentially more susceptible to such infestations.


Eastside Cats said...

I have been lucky to find several very nice Hello Kitty! shirts while at resale shops, but I can always use more!
Now that I'm working from home, I can indulge my non-office styles!

pilch92 said...

Very cute drawing. I wish you made puzzles of them. Great tips too. When I first got Angel Tallulah, she had ear mites and I remember watching the ultrasound and seeing them moving around-ick.

Marg said...

That is one cute drawing. Those are some terrific tips.I have to take two the vet this coming week. You all have a great day.

The Island Cats said...

What a cute doodle! And we love the name Wannabe!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

We love it and think you have great ideas for your doodles and they are not insane at all :)

Cathy Keisha said...

I hope it's not Pepto!

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

I love it and can't wait to see more of her!

meowmeowmans said...

Wannabe is so cute! Whatever she's brewing, we hope it's yummy!

The J-Cats said...

You should write an illusrated book about Wannabe's adventures. We are sure they would be pawsome!

messymimi said...

It certainly looks pink enough to be delicious!