Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Flashback Tuesday

Recently, I was going through some old photos we've shared on our blog. I was reminded of some of my favorite shots we've shared over the years, and it got me feeling inspired to resurrect some of those flashback moments. So, how about today we go back to about 2 years ago, when Tonks and Evan were sort of fighting over a sun puddle.

If I'm remembering correctly, Evan won this fight in the end. He doesn't easily give up his sun puddles.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

A couple days ago, we talked about ear mites. These mites are not the only kind that can infest our pups and kitties, though. As many of you likely already know, there are other mites that can affect the skin of our furbabies.

There are a number of different mites that can affect our pups or kitties. In dogs, mites that cause sarcoptic mange are perhaps most common, and are also highly contagious between dogs and also to humans. Mites that cause demodectic mange are perhaps a bit less common, as a healthy immune system can often suppress them, and they are also far less contagious. Cats have certain mites that more commonly affect them, such as cheyletiella mites and mites that cause notoedric mange. Both of these are contagious, similarly to the mites that cause sarcoptic mange.

No matter the species of your furbaby, they can potentially be affected by mites. Depending on the type of mite, as well as the pup or kitty's overall health and the severity of the infestation, you might see a variety of symptoms. When it comes to mites and mange, keep an eye out for itching and scratching, hair loss, scabs or scaly skin, and discoloration of the skin, just to name a few.

If you think you see any signs related to mites, or signs of any dermatological issue, have your furbaby seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Not only is itching and scratching uncomfortable, but lesions and secondary infections can result. Left untreated, mites and their side effects can become a risk not only to your furbaby's comfort and happiness, but also to their health.

All of that being said, keep in mind that treatment for mites will likely not only include medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Mites will also need to be eradicated from the environment. You may need to pitch bedding and rugs, or at the very least efficiently wash them in hot water. Do whatever it takes to ensure that your furbaby and their environment is as sanitary and safe as possible, so that they can live a happy, healthy life.

Monday, May 10, 2021

A Great Big Birthday Bash

There are some kitties celebrating their birthday today. Who might that be? My girl Thimble and her brothers!

For those who don't know, Thimble's brothers are Toby (who owns this here human's sister) as well as Trapper and Talon (who own this here human's parents). How old are these furry cuties today? They're 7 years old! I've known these little ones since they were 3 weeks old, and I am beyond grateful that they came into my life.

Obviously, I want to wish Thimble, Toby, Trapper, and Talon the happiest birthday ever! My girl Thimble will be getting lots of extra cuddles, treats, toys, and catnip today. So will her brothers, of course, because their parents as well as myself will be spoiling them rotten as well.

Happy Birthday, my sweet girl Thimble!

And happy birthday to the boys, Toby, Trapper, and Talon!

Tip of the Day

Our parasite talk today is all about ticks. These nasty little guys can find their way onto your kitty or pup (or yourself) from wooded areas, shrubs, and tall grass. They can make their way into your yard, especially (though not limited to) if you live near a wooded or other similar area. This means that animals who go outdoors can always be at risk for ticks. Then again, it is not impossible for animals with limited outdoor activity to pick up a stray tick as well.

Ticks pose more danger than one. First, to put it simply, they suck your furbaby's blood. It would most likely take a good deal of time for a tick to cause anemia in their host, but this is still something to keep in mind. What's more, ticks can transfer dangerous, sometimes life-threatening diseases to a cat or dog (or human, or other animal). Lyme disease is one such disease, and it can cause swelling, pain, and arthritis in the joints. Another disease that ticks can transmit is Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can result in fever as well as lameness, similarly to Lyme disease.

Obviously, for reasons such as those listed above, you certainly don't want ticks on your furbabies. Especially if your furbaby goes outdoors, and most especially if they visit areas with lots of trees and tall grass, the best way to protect them from ticks is by way of preventatives. There are indeed preventatives on the market that cover ticks, often while at the same time preventing against other parasites we've already discussed, such as fleas and intestinal worms. So, discuss these options with your veterinarian. Again, as we've said before, it is always safest to purchase quality products, such as those offered at your veterinarian's office.

We'll also take this time to note that, if you see a tick on your furbaby, don't just start pulling at it. Ticks can attach themselves, especially their heads, very securely to an animal's body. This means that if you pull on them, you might very well remove their bodies, all while leaving their blood-sucking heads still on your kitty or pup. For this reason, if you see a tick on your furbaby, assess the situation and determine if you know how to or are able to remove it safely and in its entirety. There are some tricks and even products, such as tweezers specifically designed for tick removal, that can assist in removing a tick completely. However, if you are not positive that you can manage this, as it is not always an easy thing, then contact a veterinarian and seek assistance in removal of the tick.

How about a bonus tidbit? Possums are known to be incredibly efficient tick-eaters. It has even been said that one single possum can consume over 5,000 ticks in one season. So, if you have possums in your yard, leave them be. They could very well keep that tick population down, leaving your furbaby and yourself safer for it.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!

Today is Mother's Day in the United States, as well as in many countries around the world. Whether your child is two-legged or four-legged, whether your child is the human sort or the furry and whiskered sort, we want to wish every mother out there a beautiful, amazing day. Mothers of all kinds help make this world go round in more ways than one, and for that we are beyond grateful. We hope every mother of every kind is treated like royalty today.

For today's Mother's Day edition of the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, my very own momma's boy Evan offered to snap a snuggly little shot for me.

Wishing every mother, and everyone else, a wonderful day!

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.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Cooked Up Caturday Art

It's the weekend, which means it's finally time for Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop.

While I continue to work on scribbling up some new doodles, we're going to yet again share a flashback doodle today. Actually, since it's the day of the Caturday Art Blog Hop, we're going to share a few flashback doodles. This week, we've been going through some of the doodles from last year's April A to Z Challenge, when calico angel Rosie turned herself into a chef, opened up a restaurant, and invited everyone for some tasty treats.

So, for today, flashback Rosie has for everyone a big, full meal. Let's start with appetizers, shall we?

Since some people, like this here human, might not be into oysters, how about a secondary appetizer of nachos?

The main course is inspired by some Italian dishes. You know, like lasagna.

And spaghetti.

And no meal is complete without dessert, right? First up, Rosie has for you some vanilla cream pie.

And in case you want to feel a tad bit healthier while eating dessert, Rosie prepared some zucchini bread as well. Of course, feel free to douse it with cream cheese frosting, like this here human does. Because nothing says healthy like a cream cheese overdose.

Rosie hopes you're all purrfectly stuffed!

Tip of the Day

After the recent discussion on tapeworms, we thought we'd briefly discuss a couple of other similar intestinal parasites, these being roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. We won't go into all of the science for each of these worms, but we will touch on the basics of such infestations. So, if you're interested in these wormy parasites, read on.

Depending on the worm, cats and dogs can potentially become infected with the aforementioned worms as kittens or puppies, such as in utero or from their mother's milk. Worms can also find their way to a cat or dog's intestines by the ingestion of a rodent or other carrier of the parasite, or by ingesting the parasite in certain stages of its life cycle elsewhere in the environment. Symptoms of such an infestation can include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, a potbellied appearance, and sometimes even sight of the worms in your furbaby's feces.

If you think your kitty or pup might have intestinal worms, such as if they are a young puppy or kitty with a potbelly, if you see worms in their feces, or if you see any other potential signs, of course take your furbaby and a stool sample to be examined by a veterinarian. Parasiticides can be used to eradicate these intestinal parasites. Just as with tapeworms, though, it is important to use preventative measures to keep your kitty or pup clear of them from then on. Keep their environment clean in order to prevent growth of the worms in the environment. In addition, if your furbaby goes outdoors, monitor them and try to ensure that they are not ingesting prey that are potential carriers of intestinal parasites, such as rodents. If needed, such as if your cat or dog is largely outdoors, discuss with your veterinarian the potential for keeping your furbaby on regular preventatives that cover intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Remembering Rosie and Filling In Fill-Ins

I'm going to begin this post by honoring my sweet angel Rosie, who flew to the Rainbow Bridge six years ago today.

Every year, I ponder what to post in my dear Rosie's honor. She was my best friend, my pride and joy, as well as the main reason I felt compelled to start this blog of ours. A couple years ago, I finally found some words that more or less explain how I want to remember my Rosie every year on the anniversary of her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. So, I'm now going to re-post what I have said over the last couple of years.

Rosie was by my side for 21 years, from the time I was 4 years old until soon after my 26th birthday. She was my companion through nearly every milestone in my life up to that point. This is certainly one major reason why the day I lost her was the worst day of my life thus far.

That all being said, as devastating as it was to lose her, I simply cannot forget the countless beautiful, happy, and funny memories Rosie gifted me. I would never and could never wish those memories away. That's why, when I think of Rosie, I always do all that I can to refrain from feeling sadness. Instead, at the thought of her, I try to go into my reservoir of memories and find ones that bring me joy. And let me tell you, there are many, many, many of those! What's more, I'm certain Rosie would not want the thought of her to bring me sadness.

It's difficult not to feel some semblance of melancholy when thinking of a lost loved one. But, in honor of the companionship, love, and countless memories that she gave me, I always try to remember Rosie with nothing but a smile. After all, for 21 years, she made me smile each and every day. She will always be my ray of sunshine in this world.

I love you, my Rosie, forever and always!

The above image was created a couple years ago by the ever so talented Ann of ZoolatryI don't know if there is an image I cherish more than this one. I have never enjoyed having my photo taken, and the only regret that brings me is that I do not have many photos of myself with my furbabies. However, I am beyond grateful that my mom once snapped a candid shot of me kissing my sweet Rosie on the head. Ann then spruced up that photo to create the beautiful image above. I cannot express how grateful I am to have this image to help me forever remember the bond Rosie and I shared.


And now we'll get to the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. If you think this sounds like fun, please do join us! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.

1. My day is not complete until I _________.

2. It is time to _________.

3. _________ made me change my mind about _________.

4. I simply refuse to _________.

My answers are below in bold.

1. My day is not complete until I have sufficiently cuddled every furbaby in the house.
(Actually, my day isn't complete until I cuddle every furbaby in my immediate family. Since my parents live just down the street from me, I go to their house pretty much every day to see their kitties. I cuddle them, and I cuddle all the kitties and the pup at my house, and only then is my day complete. I've been this way since I was a kid, and I'll never be ashamed to admit the attachment issues I have with the animals in my life.)

2. It is time to do a bit of spring cleaning.
(When spring rolled around, I actually felt inspired to do some decluttering and deep cleaning. So, I've been working on that in the evenings after work and on weekends for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I actually enjoy cleaning. Other times I have to force myself to do it.)

3. Getting older made me change my mind about what I want to be when I grow up.
(After much deliberation as a teenager, I went to college for a degree in the field of science, and now I work in the field of science. The older I get, the more I appreciate my creative hobbies, and now I realize how I much I think I'd more so enjoy a creative career. Art and writing are two of my favorite hobbies, and if I could turn one or both of those into a career, I would not complain one bit.) 

4. I simply refuse to live a life without animals.
(Ever since I was a child I've had cats, dogs, and a variety of other animals in my life. I would never have it any other way.)

Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


Now, of course, it's time for your Eddy fix. She's coming at you from a strange sort of angle today, but at least it lets you get a decent view of her adorable snaggletooth.

Happy Friday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day:

Today, we're taking a bit of a break from our parasite prevention tips in order to share a tip in honor of my sweet angel Rosie. Today's tip will offer some ideas on how you might be able to memorialize your Rainbow Bridge angels. Everyone has their own way of grieving and their own thoughts on memorials. Below are just some ideas that some may wish to use, while others may opt for other memorial options.

To begin, you can simply yet effectively memorialize your angel by displaying photos of them. You can even set up a little memorial corner or other area in your home, specifically for maintaining a memorial for your Rainbow Bridge angel. Whether or not you display it in a specific memorial area, you can also display your angel's clay paw, if you have one. You can also select a special urn for their remains, if you opted to keep their cremated remains.

Another option is to have customized portraits or other artwork painted or otherwise created for your Rainbow Bridge angel. You can have such artwork created based on your favorite photo of your angel, for example. Another option is to have custom jewelry created, using your Rainbow Bridge angel's image or name. Whether you wear such jewelry or put it on display, it can make for a lovely, unique memorial item.

If you can and want to, you can also create your own art or craft in honor of your angel. Whether this be a drawing, collage, or anything in between, this can help you feel closer to your angel. Or, you can write something in honor of your Rainbow Bridge angel. You can write a letter to them, write a poem for them, or simply write down any and all memories that you share with them. This is yet another way that you can honor and feel close to your angel, and you can choose to display or store away your personalized memorial items.

If you have a yard or garden where this is possible, you can also plant a tree or flower in honor of your Rainbow Bridge angel. You can also place a memorial plaque or statue for them in your yard or garden, or even inside your home. In the case where you can and do bury your furbaby in your yard, you can also select grave markers, including customized ones, to mark their resting place in a special way.

Yet another potential way to memorialize your Rainbow Bridge angel is to make some sort of donation to a shelter or rescue, such as the one from which they were adopted. Donations can be monetary, or in the form of food, toys, or even your time. Other donations you can make include those to the cause for a cure, such as in the case that your angel passed away from or suffered from a particular disease.

The options for memorializing Rainbow Bridge angels are endless. Everyone grieves and honors lost loved ones in their own way, and that is more than fine. If you wish to memorialize your angel, simply think of what ways might feel best to you, and then pursue those options.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

Woops. Look at me forgetting to schedule our post again. Sorry it's so late, friends. You can blame me.

Let's start with the Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge, hosted by none other than Angel Sammy.

As always, our host shared a photo prompt to help guide us. This week's prompt was this intriguing one here:

Since I'm doing a week of flashback doodles as I work on scribbling up some more new doodles in my sketchbook, I decided to pick a doodle from the past that might relate to that there prompt. What flashback doodle did I find? I found this creepy one from a series of spooky doodles I created back in the summer of 2019:

If you're curious what kind of poem I scribbled up to go with the above photo prompt and flashback doodle, feel free to read this weird and wacky rhyme here:

The Skeleton in the Closet

Katrina was in a spring cleaning sort of mood.
She said to her loyal cat and dog, "I think we should clean out this old closet, don't you?"
In reply, she got a meow and a woof from her furry friends Riley and Jones,
And when she moved to the closet, her two furry friends were in tow.

Katrina mused, "What all do you think we'll find in this closet?
Perhaps a thing to two we could sell for profit?
Actually, it probably houses a skeleton or two.
I haven't opened this closet in how many years? Two?"

When Katrina opened the closet, they found plenty of old coats and shoes,
As well as an old, busted umbrella of red and blue.
Then Katrina exclaimed, "Oh, would you look at this!"
And just like that, she pulled an old typewriter out of closet.

Placing it on the nearby desk,
A hearty laugh erupted from Katrina's chest.
She said, "I completely forgot I had this dusty old thing.
Now I simply have to give its keys a few taps and pings."

When Katrina had to leave for work, she said, "I'll test it out when I get home."
To her furry friends Riley and Jones she said, "You two behave and leave it alone."
As soon as Katrina left, the cat and dog headed to that intriguing typewriter on the desk.
They could still behave by giving it just a quick and little test.

The only problem was that there was then a jostling behind that closet door.
What's worse, the closet door creaked open an inch, and then a few more.
Then a skeleton's hand reached out of the closet toward the typewriter on the desk.
Riley and Jones' hearts began hammering with fear in their chests.

Katrina was right about there being a skeleton in the closet, indeed!
From the closet, a rough voice said, "I miss my typewriter, you see.
Might I type on it a bit? May I? Please?"
That's when those skeletal fingers indeed began typing.

What it typed was really quite unsettling,
And the bug-eyed cat and dog really began fretting.
One paper flowed from the typewriter with the words, It was a dark and stormy night.
The skeleton's hand ran a few more papers through the typewriter, causing even more fright.

Another paper floated down with the words, Once upon a midnight dreary...
If the skeleton went away, in relief the cat and dog would immediately start cheering.
At that moment, Katrina walked through the door, saying, "Riley! Jones! Where are you?"
Seeing the papers strewn all about the desk and floor, she said, "What have you been up to?"

The skeleton had retreated and returned to the closet.
Even so, the cat and dog would never touch that typewriter, that they promised.
Katrina looked curiously at her cowering furry friends.
"What is wrong with you two?" she said.

Sighing, Katrina continued, "You're acting weirder than usual, Riley and Jones.
In fact, you two are acting like you've seen a ghost."
Her guess was much closer than she might have thought.
When Katrina sat at the desk with the typewriter, with fear the cat and dog were fraught.


Now, of course, it's time for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

As always, Thimble is here to give thanks, and today she is thankful for sunshine!

Thimble had every intention of looking at the camera. But, then that sun came in and distracted Thimble with her own shadow. Her shadow is just as adorable as her real self, though, so can you really blame Thimble for getting distracted by it?


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

1. My day is not complete until I _________.

2. It is time to _________.

3. _________ made me change my mind about _________.

4. I simply refuse to _________.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Tip of the Day

Yesterday we discussed the topic of fleas and the importance of using preventatives. We briefly noted on how a flea infestation can lead to a kitty or pup being infected with tapeworms. Today, we are expanding on the topic of these nasty, wormy invaders.

To begin, as we just stated, a tapeworm infestation can be the result of a flea infestation. This is because fleas can carry tapeworm larvae, and when a cat or dog grooms and thereby ingests a carrier flea, that furbaby can then become infested with tapeworms. Fleas are not the only hosts of tapeworms, though. A cat or dog can also become infected by ingesting a rodent, rabbit, or bird that is carrying them. For this reason, some veterinarians will recommend that outdoor cats and dogs remain on tapeworm preventatives regularly, to prevent infestation in the event that a tapeworm host is ingested during a hunt.

Now that we know how a kitty or pup can end up with tapeworms, let's give a brief summary on the signs. One obvious sign that a furbaby has tapeworms is visually seeing it in their feces, or around their anus, or even in an area where they frequent. What you see in the feces of an infected cat or dog are actually segments that break off of a tapeworm, and these segments are perhaps best described as looking like grains of rice. Other symptoms of tapeworms include a cat or dog scooting their rear end on the floor, to alleviate the itching, irritating sensation of the tapeworm and its segments. In severe cases, such as after a lengthy tapeworm infestation, side effects can include lack of growth or weight loss, or even intestinal blockage as a result of tapeworms.

If you have any concerns that your furbaby might have tapeworms, take your furbaby and a sample of their stool in for your veterinarian to examine. There is the possibility that tapeworms may not shed consistently, and some stool samples may come back as negative even when tapeworms are present in the intestines. This is why it is also important to explain and describe to your veterinarian any signs you have seen, such as tapeworm segments in the feces, scooting, weight loss, and so forth.

These days, treatment for a tapeworm infestation is relatively straight-forward and easy, with the use of parasiticides. Thereafter, prevention is of course also key. Flea preventatives are imperative in ensuring that your furbaby does not become infected with tapeworms by way of fleas. If your cat or dog is often outdoors, and especially if they are known to hunt or ingest wildlife, you can also discuss with your veterinarian giving preventatives more heavily geared toward tapeworms. Tapeworms can hinder your furbaby's ability to thrive, so of course be sure that you understand their risks and do your best to prevent these wormy pests.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Woof Woof Wednesday

We mentioned a few weeks ago how our roof was being done. The entire thing had to be replaced, all the way down to the plywood beneath the shingles. It was in rough shape, thanks not only to hailstorms last year, but also to errors when the roof was last done when the previous owner lived here. The roofers worked on our roof for an entire week. The kitties were less than thrilled. As for pup Astrid, she ultimately resorted to snoopervising the roofers and making sure they did their job correctly.

Pup Astrid also made sure the roofers picked up after themselves on their last day at our house.

The kitties wouldn't agree, but I was very happy with our roofers. Not only does our roof look nice, but they cleaned up after themselves incredibly well. In order to makes sure they didn't miss any metal debris, they went through my entire yard with a magnetic hook, which you might be able to see in the roofer's hand in the above photo. Astrid made sure they didn't miss a single inch of the yard.

Thanks, roofers! And thank you, Astrid, for snoopervising them!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

During this week of flashback doodles, today we are yet again at Rosie's Restaurant, which we introduced during last year's April A to Z Challenge. Have yourself to some pizza, because Rosie makes them fresh all day long.

Tip of the Day

We just finished our series of tips on heartworm. Since we're on the topic of pesky parasites, we're going to keep it going with some more related repeat tips. We shared these tips on parasites over the last couple of years, but this time of year, this topic can be an important one to discuss. Today, we'll be talking about fleas.

When it comes to fleas, it's important to realize that essentially any and all animals are susceptible. Even indoor-only cats and dogs can get fleas, such as if the tiny pests come into the home by hitching a ride on humans, or on other animals who go outdoors. What's more, fleas can be present even when you might think they aren't, even in the winter. If fleas have already made their ways indoors, they can thrive in the warmth of a home any time of year. Even outdoors in the winter, though, they can still potentially be present. Especially if there are warmer days here and there, and if you're starting to see some green grass outside, then there is always the chance that fleas can be present and active. So, this is just one reason to keep your furbabies on flea prevention.

To really drive home this tip, though, we're also going to remind you of just some of the side effects that can come with fleas. First, of course, fleas can cause all sorts of itchiness. In some cases, an animal can even have flea allergy dermatitis, which is of course when a cat or dog is allergic to flea bites and can therefore display significant itching, hair loss, lesions, and so forth. Itchy skin is not the only potential result of fleas, though. Fleas can also lead to a tapeworm infestation in your furbaby, something which we will further discuss tomorrow. In addition, anemia and other bloodborne and potentially dangerous diseases can result from fleas and their bites. The health and safety of your furbaby is of course, therefore, an incredibly good reason to be sure that you keep up with that flea prevention year round.

We will also note here that you should discuss with your veterinarian which flea preventative is likely to be both the safest and most effective for your furbaby. Not all preventatives are created equal. Some cheaper, generic, over-the-counter versions have even been found to cause incredibly dangerous or even life-threatening side effects. This is not something for which it's worth risking your furbaby's life, so discuss preventatives with your veterinarian, and select a quality, safe product. Also, in the event that your entire home needs to be treated for fleas, also be sure that you discuss this with your veterinarian, so that you might get tips from them on safe methods for this extensive type of treatment.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Toesies Tonks Tuesday

Yesterday Evan showed off his toesies. Calico Tonks didn't want to be left out, so now here are her toe beans for your enjoyment.

Tonks apologizes that her face is a blur in the background there. This here human quite rudely failed to wait for her to finish bathing her pretty little self before photographing those toesies.

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, we're sharing flashback doodles this week. This is in no small part because April was extra busy with things like the A to Z Challenge, and so now I'm taking some time to more leisurely scribble up some new doodles. A good chunk of the flashback doodles this week will be from last year's April A to Z Challenge, during which calico angel Rosie was a master chef creating tasty goods at her restaurant. Today we're taking you back to the French toast she served.

Tip of the Day

Today, we have the last tip in our series of heartworm tips. It's a long one, and it relates to a fact that especially all cat parents really should know. And this is that there is currently no true treatment for heartworms in cats. There are treatments available for dogs that can kill the adult heartworms, but this does not work the same for cats. One reason for this is that the drug used to treat heartworms in dogs has been found, in some cases, to cause sudden death in cats. This is often due to dead or dying heartworms causing blockages and cardiac failure. Another reason why treatments may not work is because the life cycle of a heartworm is different in a dog versus a cat.

In dogs, the lifespan of a heartworm is longer, around five to seven years. This lifespan includes larvae entering the body after a mosquito bite, traveling to the heart, and then growing into mature, reproducing adults. Dogs are an optimal host for heartworms.

In cats, the heartworm lifespan is far shorter, often two to three years. What’s more, cats are not a prime host for heartworms, and a cat’s body itself often overcomes the heartworms, typically before they can even enter into adulthood. This is why far less adult heartworms are found in cats than are found in dogs. Even immature heartworms, which are typically what would circulate in the blood and be indicative of disease in a canine heartworm test, are often not found in the blood of cats. This is why cats are less commonly diagnosed with heartworm disease. Then again, though, it is not impossible for a cat to have heartworm disease, and in this case, heartworms cannot be killed as they can in dogs.

For cats, one of the only options for a cure is to have the heartworms surgically removed. This, of course, can be tricky and risky. Symptoms of the disease can also perhaps be controlled and the cat made comfortable with various medications and supportive treatments. Given that a cat might be able to outlive the heartworms, it is possible to treat the symptoms while the heartworms go through their cycle and ultimately die. As mentioned earlier, though, heartworms can live for two to three years in a cat, and there is still always the risk of pulmonary or cardiac failure while the heartworms remain.

With such limited treatment options for heartworms in cats, it is incredibly important to again note that the best option is to keep your cats on heartworm prevention. The risk of heartworm disease might seem small, but it is a risk nonetheless. And, just as always, it is better to be safe than sorry.

And, there is one last note for pup parents. Though there is a more successful heartworm treatment for dogs, heartworm disease can cause permanent damage. This can lead to lifelong issues, such as of the heart and lungs, even after the heartworms are eradicated. For this reason, heartworm prevention is of course also recommended for dogs.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Mancat Monday

Today's Mancat Monday stars Evan...and his toesies!

These toesies belong to Evan's paralyzed back legs, and I love them so much. My specially abled boy is my little hero.

Happy Monday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

For the next week or so, we'll be sharing mostly flashback doodles. After the craziness that was April, with nearly daily doodles and lots of technical difficulties, I think I'd like to use this week to a bit more leisurely work on new doodles that I can start sharing again next week. May should not be even remotely as wild as April was at our house and on our blog, and I'm looking forward to getting back to regular programming.

Anyway. A lot of the flashback doodles for this week will come from last year's April A to Z Challenge, during which calico angel Rosie turned into a bit of a chef, ran her own restaurant, and shared her kitchen concoctions with us all. So, how about some donuts today?

Tip of the Day:

Yesterday we discussed some of the potential symptoms of heartworm disease. Today's tip is a simple one grounded in a bit of common sense. And that is, if your kitty or pup is showing signs of potential heartworm disease, or if you have any concern regarding the disease for any reason, of course schedule an appointment for your furbaby to be seen by their veterinarian as soon as possible. Furthermore, this is the time to discuss heartworm testing with your veterinarian, and of course to ask questions as needed to understand the process.

That being said, keep in mind that there is a relatively simple heartworm blood test for dogs. It is recommended that this testing be done at least annually, or as needed. On the other hand, testing for heartworms is not as easily done in cats. We will discuss this a bit further tomorrow, but typical blood tests for heartworms do not always offer as definitive results in cats as they do in dogs. In cats, a heartworm antigen or heartworm antibody test can be done. Another option is to have imaging done, such as chest x-rays. Though not always simple or easy, as long as you and your veterinarian work together, it is possible to determine if your kitty has heartworms. So, if you have any concern whatsoever that your kitty, or your pup, might be at risk of heartworm disease, do not hesitate to schedule a vet visit for testing.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Sunny Sunday Selfie with a Rhyme on the Side

It's Sunday, which means we're all ready for the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop, hosted by none other than the Kitties Blue of The Cat on My Head.

A certain little calico here was all ready to snap a selfie, at least until something out the door distracted her. That tends to happen a lot with this girl.

Tonks hopes you all still enjoy her selfie. She's at least glad her whiskers look quite nice in it.

We wish you all a sunny Sunday!


We're not done just yet, because now we have a rhyme for you. Now that the April A to Z Challenge is over, this is the last time we'll share our Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge poem on Sunday instead of on Thursday.

As always, our host Angel Sammy shared a photo prompt to help guide us. The prompt this time around was this cute one here:

As we did during the entire A to Z Challenge, today's poem is not only based on that there prompt, but also on a flashback doodle that I tried to in some way correlate with the photo prompt. The flashback doodle I chose this time was this one here, yet another from the 2019 A to Z Challenge:

And so, with our host's photo prompt as well as that there flashback doodle in mind, I ended up with this surprisingly short rhyme:

Ducks in a Row

Rosie was a dirty girl.
Now don't let your mind take the wrong kind of whirl.
Rosie had simply been gardening and needed a bath,
And so she got all of her ducks in a row just like that.

She filled the bathtub with water.
Rather than cold, she preferred it much hotter.
She had her soap and of course her favorite bubbles.
She preferred a calm bath and hoped no one and nothing caused trouble.

Remember all of those ducks Rosie got in a row?
Into the bath she then swiftly gave them a throw.
After all, even a grown girl like Rosie needed her rubber duckies,
For a bath without them was really quite sad and ugly.

Tip of the Day

Our second repeat tip relating to heartworms is to know the potential symptoms. Since heartworms can affect the heart and lungs, early symptoms can often resemble those of asthma. Coughing and a lack of desire or an inability to exercise are commonly seen. Other potential signs of heartworm disease include decreased appetite, weight loss, and vomiting. The more severe the heartworm infection, and the longer it is present, the more pronounced the symptoms may be. Severe cases may also involve fluid buildup in the abdomen, as well as acute symptoms of pulmonary or cardiac failure, often due to heartworms causing a blockage. If you have any concerns that your cat or dog might have heartworms, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Flashback Caturday Art

This is one of those rare Caturday's when I share a flashback doodle instead of a new one. April was a bit of a crazy month, with near daily doodles being scribbled up, lots of wonderful WiFi issues, and a lot of other hiccups both at home and in my work life. So, for today, it's a flashback doodle. This month should be a lot calmer, so hopefully things will fall back into our more normal routine.

Anyway, shall we get to today's flashback doodle? Yet again, it's one from the 2019 A to Z Challenge, during which our theme was simply calico angel Rosie going through her day doing, well, daily things. Today's flashback was the first doodle of that 2019 A to Z Challenge, and it involved Rosie's alarm clock rudely waking her up for the day.

Happy Caturday, friends!

Tip of the Day

We're admittedly doing some more repeat tips. April was Heartworm Awareness Month. Since each day last month we shared tips relating to our A to Z Challenge, we did not get the chance to share any heartworm prevention tips. So, in hopes that late is truly better than never, we'll now be sharing some heartworm tips. Many of these are repeat tips from multiple years in the past, but this is a significant topic that we don't mind repeating.

We'll start simple and remind you all that heartworms come from mosquitoes, and a dog or cat can become infected if they are bit by a mosquito carrying larvae. This can occur in either indoor or outdoor furbabies. For indoor animals, you can try to keep all windows and doors closed, in hopes to prevent mosquito entry into the house. However, they can enter through cracks, or simply when you open the door. What’s more, it is possible for mosquitoes to be out and about year round, even in the winter. For this reason, our first heartworm prevention tip is to simply ensure that you keep your dogs and cats on preventatives that include heartworm coverage, and that you do this year round.

Friday, April 30, 2021

A Birthday Bash on a Busy Day

We have a lot to get to today. We have the Friendly Fill-Ins, we have the Pet Photo Fails, and we have the final day of the A to Z Challenge. First and foremost, though...

Happy Birthday, Eddy!

Today, my active, nocturnal, momma's girl, blooper queen Eddy is turning 6 years old! To celebrate, she did a blooper of a jig.

After doing her birthday dance, blooper queen Eddy was lip-smackingly ready for some birthday goodies.

Eddy hopes you all enjoyed her birthday bloopers for the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop, hosted by none other than Melissa and Mudpie of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.

Now, feel free to grab some fishy treats. They're Eddy's favorites, and she's happy to share with you all on this special day.


Now, of course, we're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Please feel free to join us! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.

1. I wouldn't mind if _________.

2. I want to _________ my _________.

3. Others come to me when they need _________.

4. _________ is a memory that I regularly think about.

My answers are below in bold. Today, they're all about the kitties.

1. I wouldn't mind if Eddy let me sleep through an entire night.
(I love my girl Eddy so much. I love that she's happy and active. But I also like sleep. You know, during the nighttime hours. Nocturnal Eddy and I greatly differ on this opinion. Sometimes we argue about it, and I always lose the argument. Always.)

2. I want to convince my parents' cat Kipper that my cuddles are not, in fact, going to kill him.
(Kipper is a very social orange tabby boy. He's talkative, and he'll follow you everywhere. But what Kipper won't do is let you hold him, or even hug him. He won't even let my parents hug or hold him, and he lives with them and constantly acts as their shadow. For some reason, he's simply that kind of cat who wants to be near you, but don't you dare even think about touching him. Human touch is poison, you know.)

3. Others come to me when they need their kitty's nails trimmed.
(This probably seems like a weird answer, but I've become the designated cat nail trimmer in my family. I don't mind, though. I trim my kitties' nails, my sister's kitties' nails, and my parents' kitties' nails. My parents have 12 cats, so that's always quite an event. Some extended family members have also asked me to help trim their cats' nails, and I'll help trim the nails of any cats who let me.)

4. Going on a road trip with Rosie is a memory that I regularly think about.
(I've mentioned this story before, and it's one that I love to remember. When my calico angel Rosie was 20 or so, my family was going to make the long drive to visit my uncle and his family for a couple of days. Rosie had kidney disease, but it was wonderfully stable at the time and she was doing great. One reason she was doing so well was because of the medications and treatments she was on. That said, Rosie hated everyone but us and would not take her medications for anyone else. So, after doing a couple of test runs, we decided to take Rosie with us on the trip so that she would continue getting her medications. And you know what? Rosie did absolutely amazing on the trip. She actually seemed to enjoy it. I was amazed, especially since she was a 20-year-old calico who was very set in her ways. I love those memories with Rosie.)

Now it's your turn!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


And now we move on to the final installment of the April A to Z Challenge.

Due to certain circumstances that I mentioned in yesterday's post, today we actually have for you not only the letter Z, but also the letter Y. Though most of you probably know by now, our theme for this alphabetic challenge has been halfway to Halloween, or Halfoween, because that's what April is for this Halloween aficionado. We've therefore been sharing spooky springtime doodles all month, and today is no different.

So, let's start with the letter Y. For our purposes, Y stands for yummy. Because what's Halfoween without candy and spooky cupcakes on a fine spring day?

As for the letter Z, we went with zombie. I didn't want to make you guys look at a gnarly sort of zombie today, though, so I took inspiration from Tim Burton's movie Frankenweenie. This movie is very Frankensteinian, but given that it's about a boy who brings back to life his sadly deceased dog, I decided that was zombie enough to inspire today's doodle. So, Rosie is hanging out with zombie dog Frankenweenie.

Our blog has been a bit of a mess this month, with a plethora of hiccups and technical difficulties. But, we hope you enjoyed our weird and wacky A to Z Challenge of 2021!


Tip of the Day

In honor of Eddy's birthday, we're here to remind you of an alternative to giving your kitty typical toys and the like for their birthday. It's of course perfectly fine and festive to give your kitty fun new items and tasty treats to celebrate their big day. That said, many of our kitties are plenty spoiled. For this reason, you can also think beyond gifts given directly to your kitty on their birthday. To help spread the love your cat gets from you on a daily basis, for their birthday, consider making a donation to an animal shelter or rescue in your cat's name and honor. If your kitty was adopted from a certain shelter or rescue, perhaps choose that one. You could donate money, resources such as food or litter, or even your time. This can allow you to celebrate your cat's birthday by offering a helping hand to furbabies who, unlike your kitty, are still awaiting their own forever homes.