In the United States, today is Memorial Day. On this day, we remember those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Today, we thank and honor all those who have died for our freedom.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Happy Sunday, friends! How about a selfie from Thimble today?
Today's tip is all about windows, is one we've mentioned before, and is one that you all very likely already know, but we'll say it again anyway. To begin, before opening any windows, be sure to inspect screens and take any and all precautions to ensure that no furbabies escape from any open windows. If you have an escape artist, perhaps block their direct access to windows, such as by putting something in front of the window that will prevent them from getting right next to the screen. Also never leave furbabies unattended with an open window, but instead monitor them closely when windows are open. Perhaps this all sounds like extreme measures, but a lost furbaby is a devastating thing, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
That's not all we have on those windows, though. Also keep in mind the health of your furbabies, and yourself, when windows are open. Does your furbaby, or yourself, have asthma? What about allergies? If your kitty or pup has any such respiratory issues, open windows might not be an ideal thing. Allergens, dust, dirt, and all sorts of debris can enter through the window screen with the aid of the wind. This debris can lead to asthma attacks, itching, scratching, and other potential side effects in furbabies who do have asthma, allergies, or other similar medical issues. So, though open windows can be very enticing when the weather is nice, never forget to take into consideration all potential side effects.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're here to fill in some fill-ins. If you'd like to join in on the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, please do so. 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 wish _________ were as _________ as _________.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Sand and blue waters were always in reach.
Perhaps that's why her favorite place was the beach.
It was indeed, you guessed it, her favorite place to be.
One day the radio told Marie the skies would be clear,
That there would be no storms that day like she had feared.
Marie immediately made plans to spend the day in the sand.
To her, that seemed like the one and only plan.
Something Marie loved just as much as the beach were her cats.
That's the reason she had three of them, or something like that.
Her cats enjoyed the beach just as much as Marie,
And so they oft accompanied her to the shores of the sea.
After getting the good weather news on the radio,
Marie said to her cats, "Alright. Who's ready to go?"
Just like that, the young lady and her cats set off for the beach.
The perfect day was well within their reach.
Marie had one particular favorite place on the beach,
A location with a perfect view of the sea.
She had built for herself and her cats a canopy,
So that they could enjoy the sights and sounds without sunburn or a hefty breeze.
As always, Marie brought not just one chair for herself, but two.
After all, in that second chair her cats could curl up and snooze.
In fact, Marie had learned that was a necessity.
Otherwise, her cats stole her chair right there on the beach.
Marie also brought for herself a glass of pink lemonade.
And, yes, she also brought one for her cats to claim.
Again, if she brought one only for herself,
Her cats grew jealous and to steal hers they felt compelled.
And so there were two chairs and a little table with two glasses of lemonade.
Beneath their canopy, Marie and her cats enjoyed the beach under the shade.
Except, Marie made a realization just then.
"Goodness me, I forgot my beach read!" she said.
She told her cats to stay put and behave while she grabbed her book.
She tried to prompt them to obey with what she hoped was a stern look.
The cats didn't get into any trouble while she was gone, per se,
Though they did rearrange the sitting arrangement while Marie was away.
Marie came back, humming and happy and book in hand.
Then she paused and froze where she did stand.
"You three have got to be kidding me!" she said.
The truth of the matter was quickly noticed by the eyes in her head.
When Marie left, even though it was only for a moment,
By one of her sleepy cats her chair was chosen.
The other chair was also still occupied by one of the three felines,
And now, even on the table with the lemonade one of them did lie.
"You're not going to give me back my seat, are you?" Marie said.
When not a single cat moved a muscle, all she could do was shake her head.
And so Marie settled herself in on the sand,
Which ended up a pretty good place to read the book in her hand.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
It's Woof Woof Wednesday, which of course means we have for you a pup pouting in a window.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
Did you know?
Many of you have probably seen a happy, relaxed dog in the midst of what looks like a smile. Dogs who are happy and content will indeed often sit with their mouth open as if panting, with their face, ears, and other features relaxed. But did you know that some dogs also do what's called a submissive smile? Some dogs with a more submissive or even just friendly nature might do this when greeting a person or another dog, as this is one way of showing happiness yet also respect. It's essentially a way for the dog to express that they want to be friends rather than fight. When a dog shows a submissive smile, their mouth will usually be pulled back with their teeth bared, which admittedly looks a bit like a snarl. A dog who is submissively smiling, though, is not being aggressive, and they will not be growling or showing any other signs of aggression. When a dog submissively smiles, their eyes will also usually be squinted, their ears will typically be pulled back, and they might lift a paw to you. Some dogs might sit still and relaxed, while other dogs might be a bit wiggly while flashing a submissive smile. Have you ever seen a dog with a submissive smile?
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Tonks is here today to remind you just how much she enjoys a comfortable nap on her mom's legs.
Tip of the Day
Today's random little tidbit of a tip is to keep your cat or dog's nose in mind when using scented items in the home. Cats and dogs both have a far better sense of smell than us humans. This is why some smells, such as citrus, often cause a cat or dog to turn and skedaddle in the other direction. Scents like citrus are already smell strong, but it's even stronger for a cat or dog's nose. This said, keep this in mind when selecting scents for detergents, candles, and other household items. Not only is it important that you are aware of these items because they can be dangerous to our furbabies for various reasons, but it's also important to remember that a cat or dog's sensitive nose might be offended by certain fragrance options of these kinds of items. For example, if you wash your kitty or pup's favorite bed with a citrus-scented or other pungent detergent, there is the chance that they might not want to sleep on it simply due to its strong scent. And if citrus or another especially strong scent fills a certain room, such as due to a candle or spray, a cat or dog might avoid that room in order to be away from that smell. Some cats and dogs of course will not care or will simply get used to some scents, even strong ones, but still do keep in mind your cat or dog's powerful nose when buying scented items.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
A certain pretty little tabby girl agreed to snap a selfie for today.
Did you know?
As you've probably noticed, a cat's nose has a textured surface of bumps and ridges. This surface of their nose gives them what you could call a "nose print". In other words, the bumps and ridges on each cat's nose makes it just as unique as a human's fingerprint. Over time there has even been some talk on using a cat's nose print as a form of identification. This has not gotten far, though, perhaps because it's certainly not easy to get most cats to agree to having their nose inked and recorded.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
This upcoming week we'll finally be getting back to our old schedule of sharing a balanced mixture of new doodles and flashback doodles. I definitely did not mean to take this long to finish my newest series of doodles, but such is life. For today, we have some flashback doodles from 2019. Back then, I scribbled up a little series of three doodles, all with a somewhat galactic theme, with a couple weird little twists here and there. Who remembers this silly little series of doodles?
Did you know that the word clowder is not the only one used to describe a group of cats. While clowder is the most commonly used term, a group of cats can also be called a clutter, a glaring, or even a pounce. And while a group of kitten siblings is called a litter, did you know that a group of kittens can also be called a kindle?
Friday, May 21, 2021
Happy Friday! Let's celebrate this day by filling in the Friendly Fill-Ins, shall we? Feel free to join in on the fun! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. Lately, I've been _________.
My answers are below in bold. They're all about the furbabies this week.
(As I've mentioned before, my boy Evan has some urinary incontinence. Sometimes he'll go weeks without any accidents, but then sometimes he does it every day, sometimes more than once a day. Right now he's in one of his heavily incontinent spells. That's totally fine, it just means some extra laundry. I can live with that. My mom and I are still working on crafting up some especially heavy duty leak resistant blankets. We have lots of ideas and plans for them, we just haven't made them yet.)
(It wasn't until a few weeks or months after I adopted Astrid that I learned how much she enjoyed pouncing crickets on the ground. When she sees or hears one, she'll do one of those hopping pounces you see foxes do. It's quite adorable. Poor crickets, though. I also didn't know just how much she loves jumping, kind of like a cricket, until a couple of weeks into knowing her. Now knowing all that, I often wish I had named her Cricket.)
Thursday, May 20, 2021
We're ready to rhyme today, thanks to Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.
Honestly, the first thing that painting made me think of was the movie Jaws. I guess that sailor just reminded me of the main character in Jaws. I don't know. That's simply what happened in my brain. So, I went with that very vague idea, of course threw a cat in there, and then ended up with this weird and random rhyme:
Its captain was an old man by the name of Jack McGee.
McGee was a fisherman through and through.
He caught a great many creatures from the depths of the sea so blue.
He once caught a great white shark on a fine, fair day.
When he reeled it in, his little boat did rock and sway.
"We're gonna need a bigger boat," he said to his crew.
After all, his ship was quite quaint and humble, in truth.
Not long after he caught his prize shark on a his prize ship,
Captain McGee brought onto his ship his grandson named Skip.
The boy was nothing if not active and rowdy,
Especially on days when it was rainy and cloudy.
Skip liked to run back and forth and back and forth along the deck,
But that proved a problem when storm clouds rolled in overhead.
In the ship's cabin, bored Skip wreaked all sorts of havoc.
McGee said, "For this wild child we need a bigger boat, there's no way around it."
After hours upon hours of running and jumping,
Skip had left a mess in his wake in the poor little ship's cabin.
Then the boy perked his ears and said, "Did you hear that?"
Captain McGee told him, "All I hear are the cries of my ship from your attack."
"No," the boy said, "I hear a cat."
He jumped up and ran to the deck just like that.
It was raining and pouring,
Thundering so loudly no one could be snoring.
"There's no cat out here," tired old McGee said.
He could then only sigh and shake his head.
But then, believe it or not, the old man was proven wrong.
The boy pointed to a cat trying with all its might to swim in the waves so strong.
McGee gasped and threw overboard a flotation device so the cat could be saved.
The poor thing deserved to survive, especially with it being so tough and brave.
When the cat was brought aboard, it shook its drenched fur and meowed.
The rowdy boy named Skip shouted, "He's so friendly! I'm keeping him! Wow!"
Indeed, Skip kept the cat, naming him Storm.
The boy and the cat ran amok and the entire boat they did swarm.
"Now we definitely need a bigger boat," Captain Jack McGee did say,
Though this time he said it with a smile that actually did stay.
Indeed, a bigger boat was bought,
So that Skip and Storm could properly play and romp.
Captain Jack McGee did do just that,
All for the boy and his cat.
Thimble is of course here to express some gratitude. Much like last week, Thimble is thankful for the summer sun, and for the pretty green of summer trees.
Did you know?
Did you know research has shown that many cats show a paw preference much like humans show a handedness preference? In other words, cats can potentially be right-pawed (like being right-pawed) or left-pawed (left-handed). At least one study found that roughly 75% of cats displayed a paw preference. Each cat's preference can affect which foot they put forward first when walking, or which paw they use to reach for something. What's more, research went as far as to find that female cats appear to more often have a preference for using their right paw, whereas male cats more often have a preference for their left paw.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
It's Woof Woof Wednesday, and pup Astrid wants to show off her new collar.
Did you know that the pet door is an invention often attributed to Isaac Newton? Then again, this assertion is also often likened to an urban legend. Either way, according to the legend that Isaac Newton invented the pet door, it's said he cut holes in his door for his cats to pass through. One version of this story even goes as far as to indicate that he did this in order to keep his cat from requiring the door to his darkroom be opened fully, which could ruin light-sensitive experiments. This same version of the story surrounding the invention of the pet door also indicates that Isaac Newton's cat supposedly named Spithead was the one who would open the door to his darkroom. Do you think even a lick of this is true? Either way, it's an interesting thought.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
It's Mancat Monday, and so of course here on our blog it's all about resident mancat Evan today. What's more, this boy decided to bless you all with his toesies.
Flashback Doodle of the Day
Tip of the Day
Our last tip on preventatives against parasites is to be careful and wary of preventatives that are not recommended or sold by veterinarians. There are many preventatives out there that are off-brands and considered "cheap" options. This is an instance, though, when you don't want to go "cheap", or off-brand. There have been reports of cats and dogs who have fallen ill or who have died after being given certain off-brand preventatives. Don't risk your furbaby's life. Know the preventatives that veterinarians recommend and sell, do your research, and stick to the products that have proven the most effective and safe for kitties and pups.