Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Twofer Tuesday

For today, two kitties decided to pose together for a photo. If you translate that previous sentence, the truth is that this here human found two kitties sort of cuddling and begged them to stay where they were for a photo. Luckily, they obliged.

None of the kitties at my house are huge into cuddling each other, so when I find a scene like this I'm all for it. I can almost guarantee that Evan was there first and Tonks joined him. There's essentially no chance it happened the other way around.

Wishing a terrific Tuesday to all!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tuesdays are typically a day for a flashback doodle on our blog, and so today we have a page out of last year's sketchbook. It was sort of a piece of concept art, but it was mostly just an excuse to draw a kitty and some books.

Tidbit of the Day

Today's tidbit regarding COVID-19 and our furbabies relates to keeping your kitty or pup happy and healthy even during a time of quarantine and isolation. We're talking about more than just keeping them healthy in a physical, more traditional sense. Today, we're more so referring to keeping your cat or dog healthy mentally, behaviorally, and so forth.

These days, things aren't all that normal. Many people are staying home far more than usual. After all, many are following shelter-in-place, self-isolation, quarantine, and other such guidelines. This might be affecting furbabies in a variety of ways. Dogs or even cats who are more used to going out and about with their humans might be staying home more than usual. Those furbabies who are used to staying home might be noticing that their humans, both adults and children, are going against their usual routines and hanging around the house far more than they typically do. However your schedule and overall routine has changed during this pandemic, it very well could be affecting your furbaby. Routine can be a very important thing to a cat or dog, and it's important to realize that going against routine can make some furbabies anxious, restless, and so on and so forth.

In addition to the above, don't forget that our furbabies are also excellent at sensing and feeding off of our emotions. If we're anxious, our kitty or pup could very well sense that, and in many cases they might also feel anxious in return. It's often difficult to feel calm and content these days, but it's also important to remember that our mood can affect our kitties and pups.

As our above comments indicate, there are multiple reasons why our kitties or pups could be feeling some form of anxious these days. Cats and dogs might be sharing their house and time with their humans more than they are used to. Not only that, but the humans who are home more often might be feeling a bit extra anxious during these days of the pandemic. For such reasons, keep an eye on your kitty or pup and watch for signs of restlessness, anxiety, and so forth. For kitties or pups who are missing out on certain time outside of the home, be sure to play with them at home or in the yard and overall give them extra attention and help them expend energy as best as possible. For those kitties or pups who might be missing their usual alone time, provide areas in the home that are calm and quiet for them to enjoy on their own. For example, perhaps have a room where you or children home from school know to keep calm and quiet for your furbaby, or something along these lines. You know your furbaby and their routine best, so be sure to pay attention to how they're doing during this pandemic and help them comfortably acclimate to any changes to their norm.


pilch92 said...

That is a sweet photo. Very cute drawing too. And excellent tips, as always. My cats are thrilled that we don't have sticky little people here anymore.

The Island Cats said...

When you find kitties cuddling together, you have to get photographic evidence!

Eastside Cats said...

Not as much fun to doodle, but I lay down to listen to my audiobooks with my ear buds, and Sweetie or one of Da Boyz will lay on my chest or tummy for a nap at the same time.

Robin said...

It is so nice to see these two hanging out together! They are so cute. I agree that routine and attention to your cat's anxieties are very important - now more than ever.

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

OMC how precious!

messymimi said...

At least Evan was willing to stay, that's a good thing.

No excuse needed for taking the opportunity to draw cats and books.

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, what a sweet photo! We are glad Evan and Tonks stayed put so that you were able to capture the moment. :)

Lone Star Cats said...

Awww, so cute!