What Tonks is sharing today could be considered yet another blooper. After all, the lighting and just general quality is all off. But, Tonks wants you all to know just how brave she is.
Do you see Tonks relaxing on the chair there? And do you see that vacuum cleaner? The vacuum is running in this photo. It's full on running as loudly as it can, ready to suck up all sorts of cat hair and other debris, and Tonks just doesn't care. She's one of the only cats I've ever met who just does not care even a single ounce if a vacuum cleaner is running, not even if it's running just a foot away from her. Isn't Tonks such a brave girl?
If you look at the photo and see artificial pine needles strewn everywhere, you could probably guess that this photo was taken right after we finally took down our Christmas tree a couple weeks ago. Those pine needles go literally everywhere. You can even see some on the cat tree on the left, as if it doesn't already have enough problems.
Anyway. What do you kitty friends of ours think of vacuums? Are you like Tonks, and even pup Astrid, and just don't care about them? Or are you more like Eddy, Toby, and Winky here and run away because surely the vacuum intends to eat you? Or perhaps you're more like Evan and Thimble, who don't mind the vacuum as long as it remains across the room from them. So, what do you all think of the vacuum cleaner?
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
Here's another doodle from last year's sort of gothic winter series. I'm having fun planning and sketching the new series of doodles that's more or less inspired by these old doodles, and we'll start sharing the new ones probably this weekend.
February is not only Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and Pet Dental Health Care Month, but also National Cat Health Month. We've already given tips on the first two, so now we're of course moving on to some tips for keeping those kitties healthy. Our first such tip is to take your cat to the veterinarian for a checkup on an annual basis at the least. In general, a health check is recommended at least every 6 to 12 months. More regular vet visits are of course recommended for any cats with known illnesses, such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and cancer, among others.
Visits with the veterinarian do not always just simply mean a quick exam, though. Depending on your furbaby's health, lifestyle, and any other important factors, you will of course have to take into consideration vaccinations, blood work, urinalyses, fecal exams, and so forth. Your veterinarian will be able to discuss and offer recommendations on how and when to proceed with these. For example, discuss with your veterinarian your cat's risk for certain illnesses, and discuss any related vaccinations. When it comes to blood work and urinalyses, these are often recommended at least yearly for seniors cats, such as those who have reached 7 or so years of age. This could allow for early detection of certain diseases. More frequent blood work is of course recommended for those with known kidney disease, diabetes, and a variety of other diseases.
The long and short of this tip is that your cat should be seen by a veterinarian at least once a year, or more frequently if needed. A veterinarian's exam, as well as blood work and other tests, can help reveal any issues that might be arising, whether or not your kitty is showing any signs of illness. Cats are professionals at hiding disease, so exams and tests could, quite literally, be lifesavers.