Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmastime With Tonks

On Sunday, Tonks showed you all how she caught sight of a delivery person bringing the box from our Secret Santa Paws. This calico girl was so very excited. But, this here human informed the kitties that they won't be opening their goodies until Christmas Eve. Tonks was quite upset by that, and she tried to break into the box anyway.

We're not yet going to reveal who our Secret Santa Paws is, but we sure hope they know that we are so very grateful and excited to have received our box! The kitties cannot wait to open it. In other words, I'm having to hide it from them until we're ready to open it because they already love what's inside.

Have a festive Tuesday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

It most certainly was my intention and hope to share only new Christmas doodles during this week of none other than Christmas. Between work and Christmas preparations, though, I already fell behind on completing those doodles. So, for today, we're going to go ahead and share one of our favorite Christmas doodles starring Tonks from last year.

Tip of the Day

Over the past couple of days, we've been discussing how to ensure that your furbaby is safe when you leave home or otherwise leave them unattended this holiday season. We've already reminded you to unplug Christmas lights and to remove the ample Christmas snacks from their reach. Now we want to remind you about those gifts under the Christmas tree. To begin, we've mentioned in previous tips the danger posed by items such as ribbon, tape, and even wrapping paper itself. After all, consumption of these items can lead to any number of issues, including intestinal distress, blockage, or other damage.

It's not just the outside of the gifts that can be hazardous, though. First and foremost, if any wrapped gifts contain food, whether it be yummy treats for a human or treats for a furbaby, keep those gifts well out of reach of your furbaby at all times. As you all know, kitties and pups have a darn good sense of smell, and some furbabies might feel compelled to chew or rip their way to any food they smell. This can be bad news not only for the gift itself, but also of course for your furbaby, especially if the food they find includes chocolate or other toxic components. Though it's obviously not toxic, also refrain from hiding gifts containing catnip beneath the tree. This could lead to a destroyed or stolen gift box, as well as to the potential dangers that result from eating gift wrapping material.

There are plenty of other considerations to make on this topic as well. Are any of the gifts you wrapped small? And is your kitty or pup one to slap around, run off with, or eat small items? Are any of the gifts large? Or are multiple gifts creating a large pile around the Christmas tree? Is your furbaby a jumper or climber or otherwise at risk of knocking over large or piled gifts? Are any of the gifts fragile? Is your furbaby simply a chewer who will eat their way through a wrapped gift just for the sake of it?

The long and short of it is to always be aware of the temptations as well as the dangers that wrapped gifts can pose to a furbaby. You know your furbaby best, and you, or perhaps someone else in your house, knows what is contained within those gifts beneath the tree. Keeping all of that in mind, treat gifts accordingly when leaving your furbaby unattended at home. If that means hiding all gifts rather than leaving them beneath the tree, then find a safe and secure hiding place for them.


messymimi said...

Stay tough, mama, make them wait for Christmas. We all have to wait, and it's not always fun, but it's good for us to learn the discipline.

Eastside Cats said...

Tonks, there isn't a cardboard box here that Da Boyz haven't tried to chew their way into!

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

You go, girl!

pilch92 said...

Tonks is too funny. I love the drawing and those are excellent tips too.

The Island Cats said...

Tonks, you have a couple more days to break into that box!

meowmeowmans said...

Tonls, just a few more sleeps until the big reveal. Hang in there!