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.


Catscue said...

Have a wonderful birthday you handsome boys!

pilch92 said...

Happy Birthday to Thimble and her brothers!! Such cuties. Great tips, ticks are awful. My hubby sprays his clothes with DEET every time he goes out and still gets them.

catladymac said...

Happy Purrthday to these wonderful "T" kitties ! And many more !

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday to Thimble, Toby, Trapper, and Talon! What a handsome group they are!

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

Wishing you all a purrfect day!

messymimi said...

Many happy returns of the day to all of the wonderful birthday kitties!

meowmeowmans said...

Aww, so cute! Sorry we are late!

Happy belated birthday, Thimble, Toby, Trapper, and Talon! XO