Monday, January 4, 2021

Is This Yet Another Merry Mancat Monday?

It's the Eleventh Day of Christmas, and Evan thought he might show you all one of his favorite festive toys that he and the other kitties got for Christmas.

There were, of course, plenty of bloopers snapped during this photo shoot.

Yikes. That doesn't look very festive, does it?

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas!

Festive Doodle of the Day

On this Eleventh Day of Christmas, our festive doodle is all about Santa Paws and his elves. They are, of course, already preparing for next Christmas.

Tip of the Day

As we mentioned yesterday, today's tip regards what type of bedding to put in an outdoor cat shelter, such as for feral cats. We'll start by cutting right to the chase and saying that an ideal form of bedding for an outdoor shelter is straw. A cat can burrow down in straw in order to stay as warm as possible in the cold. Unlike blankets and towels, straw will not hold moisture, and therefore will less likely freeze or become uncomfortable in rain, snow, and so forth. This is one huge reason why straw is often a better choice over cloth bedding material, because it can repel moisture, and can therefore allow for a consistent, dry, warm form of bedding for outdoor cats. Straw can also be more easily replaced or replenished, as opposed to cloth bedding, should it get dirty. That being said, do make sure you know the difference between straw and hay. They are not the same thing, and hay will hold onto moisture, become wet and uncomfortable for outdoor cats, and can also become moldy when wet. Go for straw, not hay.

If you do put out cloth bedding for outdoor cats, check it regularly. If it is wet or dirty, be sure to replace it, clean it, and so forth. Try to keep all cloth bedding in areas where it is least likely to get wet, so that feral or other outdoor cats can use it comfortably. Cloth bedding works best in shelters that are free of leaks and that are in some way heated, as that will help it remain dry and comfortable.


Timmy Tomcat said...

There is a lot of work needed for next year and those elves are making Evan a new toy. We are sure as he will need one if he keeps being wild like. Go get em Evan

Catscue said...

Wow, that is a pawsome toy Evan, you are definitely putting it to good use! Cute Santa Paws and elf doodle. We have had a hard time finding straw, so we change out towels a lot for our ferals.

pilch92 said...

That looks like a fun toy Evan. I love the drawing, such cute kitty elves. Great tips too.

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

Your toy is adorable! I want to be an elf so I can start working on next Christmas.

Eastside Cats said...

Very good point about straw! It's the only thing that is reliable, and fabric can be a problem when the temps go below freezing.

messymimi said...

That toy looks like the best ever, or at least the best for this Christmas. Happy 2021!

Marvelous Marv said...

Pawsome Photos! We love action shots!