Thursday, October 21, 2021

This and That Thursday

Hello, friends! We're unfortunately just popping in quickly today, and late. Things at my workplace have been especially crazy this week, and so my intended post for today had some delays. One main arena in which I failed was my doodle for my poem for Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. It's almost complete, but I haven't gotten to pull out my art markers in a number of days due to my full-time job, and so it's not totally ready to be posted today. I'd like to share the poem and doodle together, and so it will be shared sometime in the next few days.

The above said, we have hired a new employee at my workplace. As I mentioned a few weeks back, one of my previous co-workers put in his two weeks' notice and has since left us because he was offered an amazing opportunity in another state. He was a great and very hardworking co-worker, and so when he left our already skeleton crew was really pushed to its limits. My newly hired co-worker will have quite a bit of training to do before he's ready to really dive into the nitty-gritty work, but at least we're in a more promising place now than we've been for the past few weeks. Long, extra work hours should soon no longer exist, and I'm looking forward to the time I can finally again put toward art, blogging, and my other favorite hobbies.

Am I rambling? I think I'm rambling. To make this long story longer, today's post is a different one than we intended because I've been working late and therefore didn't get everything done for our blog that I wanted to. That said, since I should have a calm weekend to work on art and my blog, and since my possibly favorite holiday is coming up at the end of this month, during the upcoming week leading up to Halloween, we'll be having an entire week of properly scheduled posts with new doodles and new Halloweeny furbaby photos every single day. Though I've been sharing a lot of flashback Halloween doodles lately, much to my chagrin, I actually have a number of new Halloween doodles almost or completely done. I just haven't done the final touches, scanned, or uploaded them. And so, with those new doodles and the results of some Halloween photo shoots I managed with the furbabies this past weekend, next week on our blog will be all things freshly Halloween every single day. I'm excited, but maybe that's just because I adore this spooky season.

For today, though, here's a thankful Thimble.


Can you tell what she's grateful for?


In case you can't tell in these award-winning photos, Thimble is playing with a catnip ghost toy. These are actually photos from last year. I would do a new photo shoot with this ghost, but after a year of abuse, he's looking all shades of rough.



Can you guess who else loves this ghost?


Evan!


Obviously, these are more photos from last year. The ghost is almost in shreds now. He's a fan favorite, after all.


It looks like today both Thimble and Evan are participating in Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!




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Last but not least, let's 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 go-to place to purchase _________ is _________.

2. _________ immediately improves my mood.

3. I think _________ is really spooky.

4. I wish I had a magical potion for _________.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day


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Tip of the Day

Today's Halloween tip is one we're sure you all know, and it's to practice proper door safety. We mention this regularly. This is of course most relevant if you are handing out candy on Halloween night, or if you are hosting a Halloween party with a number of arriving guests. Knocks on the door, the doorbell, children or adults in strange costumes, and all of the hustle and bustle of Halloween can scare some furbabies. On the other hand, some cats or dogs might enjoy guests, and so they might be attracted to the door on Halloween. Either way, if you have increased traffic at the door on Halloween, there is always the chance that your kitty or pup could escape if proper precautions are not taken. This is why it is important to practice proper door safety, so that you can avoid escapes.

There are of course a number of options for keeping a cat or dog from escaping out a busy door on Halloween. First, you can set up a safe room for your cat or dog and keep them in there during the Halloween festivities, so that they have no ability to escape from the house when people show up at the front door. Depending on how your house is set up and how determined your kitty or pup is to reach the door, you can also put up baby gates or pet gates to keep a cat or dog in an area of the house away from the door. If your furbaby is leash trained, and as long as the leash is securely held, your kitty or pup can also be kept safe in the house by attaching them to their leash, with of course someone or something holding said leash. You best know your furbaby as well as the setup of your home, so use whatever method is the safest, most surefire way of keeping your kitty or pup from escaping out a busy door on nights like Halloween.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Costume Party with Pup Astrid

Who remembers Astrid's costume from last Halloween? It's her costume from every year, actually.


I'm never sure whether she's a dragon or a dinosaur, but either way, that's Astrid's go-to Halloween costume. Once we found one she didn't mind wearing, we stuck to it year after year.


Astrid's grandma may or may not have had to alter the costume multiple times due to Astrid's, well, weight gain. Don't tell her I told you that. Please.


Oh, and the costume has a head piece that goes with it, complete with teeth and all, but Astrid says she is most definitely not wearing that. Ever.


We hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

This flashback is all the way from 2018. It was one of the very first times I ever drew a cat-o'-lantern. This was also actually an illustration for a poem I scribbled up called "Sleepy Howl".




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Halloween Tip of the Day

Just yesterday, we gave the tip to avoid walking your pup or kitty on Halloween during trick-or-treat hours, in order to avoid the increased foot and road traffic that could lead to dangerous situations. On the other hand, today's tip involves some ideas for staying safe should you and your furbaby find yourselves out and about on Halloween night. If you're out on a walk on Halloween night, or any night for that matter, be sure to take a flashlight, as well your cell phone in case of emergency. At the same time, though, don't be distracted by using your phone instead of observing your surroundings. What's more, ensure that your furbaby's leash and collar include reflectors, and that you yourself are wearing reflectors in some way, so that both of you can remain seen and safe.

Another important factor if walking with your furbaby on Halloween night is to know where it might be safest to walk. Obviously, dark alleys are not the way to go, but you also want to ensure that you don't end up with a scared furbaby on the busiest trick-or-treating street. So, if you must head out for a stroll with your furbaby during trick-or-treat hours, think ahead about what route you should take. As we previously hinted, it should be a safe, well-lit area, but also one that won't be hustling and bustling with trick-or-treaters. This is especially important if the pup or kitty being walked is skittish or aggressive in any way. All in all, think ahead and make plans for where you can most safely take a walk with your furbaby should you need to go out on Halloween night.

Also, one last note we want to make is to watch your furbaby closely when walking them on Halloween, as well as on the following days. Trick-or-treaters might leave behind candy, candy wrappers, parts of costumes, or other unsafe goods. So, do keep an eye on that furbaby and make sure nothing unsafe makes it to their mouth when walking during the Halloween season, and year round.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Thoughts from Tonks

Does anyone remember when Tonks read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with me last year?


And do you remember the review she gave of it?





I guess that got her point across. This here human has to disagree, though, because I quite enjoy this book. Has anyone else read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Do you agree with Tonks's review of it?

Happy Tuesday, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day



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Tip of the Day

We're 19 days in, and our Halloween tips are still going. After all, we have 31 of them to get through! And, indeed, we have another Halloween-inspired tip for you today.

Yesterday, we mentioned the importance of keeping black cats, and of course all furbabies, indoors on Halloween to prevent them from becoming victims of tricks and pranks. Today's tip is similar, and it is to avoid going on a walk with your dog, or even your kitty, during trick-or-treat hours. This is for a number of reasons, including the obvious one that foot traffic, and even potentially car traffic, will be increased during trick-or-treat hours. This is something that could pose a risk especially for skittish dogs or cats, as they might become frightened of the Halloween hustle and bustle. What's more, not only will more people be out and about on Halloween night, making extra traffic and noise, but many of them will be dressed in strange and potentially frightening costumes. These factors could lead a nervous dog or cat to panic, and to potentially get loose and lost. Of course, increased traffic could also lead to accidents and injuries, such as if a nervous or excited dog or cat gets loose and makes their way into the street. All in all, it is important to always take into consideration your furbaby's safety, which might very well mean house arrest during those trick-or-treat hours on Halloween night.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Mischief on Mancat Monday

Evan had another altercation with our pesky visitor.


Apparently Evan really is just fed up with being haunted by this fellow. Can you really blame him?


Evan hopes your Monday is off to a less haunted start than his!



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Flashback doodle of the Day


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Tip of the Day

We know we don't have to tell you wonderful folk that all of those superstitions about unlucky black cats simply aren't true. That being said, there are unfortunately those out there who do believe such things. There are also, sadly, people out there who might even think to play unjust tricks on black cats on or around Halloween. This is why today we are here to remind you to ensure that your sweet and innocent black cats, and all of your furbabies, are safe inside on and around Halloween. Even if you live in what is believed to be a safe neighborhood, please do keep your black cats, and all of your furbabies, inside and under close observation during the Halloween season. This will help ensure that they don't fall victim to the tricks and pranks of any callous or superstitious people out there. As always, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Spooky Guest Sunday Selfie

We've already shown off a skeleton that hangs out in our little library here at our house. Did you know, though, that two skeletons have taken up residence at our house? And one of them even snapped a selfie.


Mr. Skeleton, whose name is actually Jack, is taking part in our Halloween book club, which you might notice in that there photo. Should he read The Legend of Sleep Hollow first, or The Halloween Tree? He's still weighing those options.


Even if they're a bit distracted, the kitties do indeed keep a close eye on this gruesome guest. In case you're curious, seemingly headless Thimble is eating in that there photo, and Winky has stolen and is snoozing on pup Astrid's leash.

Happy Sunday, friends!




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Flashback Doodle of the Day



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Tip of the Day

Today's Halloween tip is about bats. Bats may be a staple in Halloween lore and decor, but the reality is that they are one of the primary carriers of rabies. What's more, bats leave very small bites that might go unnoticed, especially on kitties or pups with fur that can hide such minuscule bite marks. For such reasons, do be aware and cautious of the presence of bats, such as if you and your furbaby are walking through a park with trees near nightfall.

Bats are not always found outside, though. Bats can sometimes find their way into buildings, including attics or other areas of homes. If you live in a house or apartment where bats are discovered, keep your furbaby away (and also, of course, try to keep yourself safe), and certainly do not allow your furbaby to chase or play with any bats. A bat can bite quickly and without notice, and rabies could potentially be transferred that quickly if the bat at hand is infected with it. If a bat is unable to be safely escorted out through a window, or in another safe means that does not require direct handling, then contact animal control or another relevant organization for the safe removal of bats.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Caturday Art

This should be the last weekend that my full-time job throws a curveball at me. Hopefully. I don't technically work weekends, but being a person down at work has turned things a bit chaotic. I'm therefore posting this late, yet again, and I yet again failed to ensure that I had access to my new doodles that are scanned and ready to upload. So, it's another flashback for today. How about one I scribbled up last Halloween season, and one that I remember took me roughly an eternity to finish?


I remember that there doodle taking something like forever to scribble up largely because of the house's details. I'd never before drawn a giant, wrap-around porch, and I certainly won't draw them often. I enjoyed the process in the end, but all that detail in a doodle is honestly stressful.

We hope you enjoyed this haunted flashback!




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Tip of the Day

We talked about sparing unwilling furbabies from dressing up for Halloween, and about selecting safe costumes for those furbabies who do enjoy dressing up. Today, we're here to remind you that, if you yourself are planning on donning a costume for Halloween, to again take your furbaby into consideration. Any costume worn by yourself, or anyone else in the house, should be safe around your kitty or pup, such as by being free of parts and pieces that a kitty or pup might chew or ingest and thereby put themselves in danger. Earlier in the month we also talked about the toxicity of items such as fake blood, so of course it's safest to refrain from including that in any costume you wear, or to only use it when your furbaby is not around.

Aside from costume dangers, also keep your furbaby's comfort and happiness in mind if you have any sort of costume for yourself. Wigs and masks, for example, might scare some cats or dogs, especially those who are already skittish. It's not only important to ensure that any costume you wear is safe around your furbaby, therefore, but that it also does not scare them.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Are you? If so, please 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. _________ makes my skin crawl.

2. I enjoy _________.

3. I consider myself _________.

4. _________ and _________ are not a good mix.


My answers are below in bold, and I made them all about the furbabies again.

1. Stepping in cat puke makes my skin crawl.
(I'm not generally all that easy to gross out, but this is definitely a texture thing. Which is probably why I only get grossed out when I'm barefoot and step in chunky puke. TMI? If so, my apologies. In case you were curious, if I wasn't trying to make all these answers be about my furbabies, my answer easily would have been that spiders make my skin crawl. Arachnophobia is definitely a thing over here.)

2. I enjoy being home with my furbabies more than anything else.
(As I've probably mentioned roughly infinity times, I am a huge homebody who wants nothing more than to be home with my kitties and pup. And that just about sums that up.)

3. I consider myself a crazy cat lady.
(I know some people don't like this term. I myself am not offended by it, and I welcome anyone to consider me as such. Because I am one.)

4. Thimble and beef are not a good mix.
(If you feed Thimble any food in a beef flavor, there is almost a guarantee that she will projectile vomit it right back out. Probably from the top of a cat tree. So that it hits at least five surfaces on the way down.)


Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.


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



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Ready for your Eddy fix? Don't expect a clear or focused Eddy today, because she was too busy doing her own thing while one of our black cat Halloween decorations did all the posing.




Have a fantastic Friday!



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Flashback Doodles of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Today's tip is an extension of yesterday's tip, when we reminded you to only put Halloween costumes on furbabies who tolerate or enjoy it. Now we're here to mention the importance of choosing safe and secure costumes for those kitties and pups who do enjoy wearing them. There are a number of considerations to make in order to ensure that a Halloween costume, or other item of clothing, is safe for your furbaby. For example, you of course have to make sure that there are no embellishments or other decorations on the costume that could be chewed off and ingested, as this could indeed be dangerous. You also want to make sure that no strings or other similar parts and pieces could lead to a furbaby getting tangled in the costume. What's more, make sure the costume is the correct size and fit. A costume with too small of a neck hole or with too small of leg holes could be not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous for circulation. Dressing up our furbabies can indeed help you and them get into the Halloween spirit, but it is more so important to ensure their comfort and safety.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thankful Thimble Thursday

Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge is on hiatus this week while his parents take a much deserved vacation. We'll be back to rhyming next week!

So, let's get right to Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.


Thimble is yet again here to share a strange bit of gratitude. Actually, she's not sure if she should be grateful for this or not.


There's a skeleton in Thimble's library. Is that good or bad? Thimble can't decide. This skeleton doesn't even go away after Halloween. It sits there all year round, even wearing a Santa hat during the Christmas season. Because that's how weird Thimble's human here is. Thimble has honestly sort of befriended the skeleton, because this sweet tabby girl is friends with anything she comes across, but she's still pretty sure this is weird.



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And now let's share the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.


1. _________ makes my skin crawl.

2. I enjoy _________.

3. I consider myself _________.

4. _________ and _________ are not a good mix.




We'll see you tomorrow, friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day


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Tip of the Day

Today's tip is about none other than costumes. As you might see upon visiting a pet store this time of year, Halloween costumes are sometimes just as popular for kitties and pups as they are for children of the human sort. That being said, though, it is best to only put and keep a costume on a furbaby who tolerates and enjoys it. Some cats and dogs simply do not like wearing costumes or other clothing items, and those such furbabies should not be forced to wear a costume for Halloween, or any time of the year. If you do try a costume on your kitty or pup, watch for signs of stress, such as attempts to remove the costume, or other restlessness. If you do notice any signs that your furbaby is not enjoying a costume you've chosen for them, remove it and simply let them don their birthday suit this Halloween.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Footsie Flashback

Around this very time in 2017, pup Astrid had a cancerous tumor removed from her foot. To have it fully removed, she had the entire outer toe on her back right foot amputated. During all of that, I bought Astrid a mummy cookie in honor of her bandaged foot. Because why not be festive about it.



Do you see Astrid's booted foot there in that there photo? Both before and after her toe amputation, we would have her wear that boot for protection. Astrid as well as us humans were glad to be rid of that boot after her three-toed foot was all healed up.


Whether out of solidarity or revenge, Astrid even took that there mummy's back right foot, as you can probably see. Is that what we call karma?

Astrid has been without that toe for 4 years now. More importantly, she's therefore been cancer-free for 4 years. It probably goes without saying that we are so very happy and grateful for that. Way back when Astrid was diagnosed with cancer and was going through her surgeries, so many of you sent us purrs, woofs, prayers, and all sorts of good thoughts, and we are still so very thankful for that.

Happy Wednesday, wonderful friends!



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Flashback Doodle of the Day

Who remembers this doodle from last year, inspired by Garfield and his puppy pal Odie?




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Tip of the Day

We've made it to day 13 of our 31 Halloween tips. Today's tip is likely the last in our discussion on pumpkins, and it's also more than likely an obvious one. Nevertheless, we're here to remind you to take precautions and to keep your furbaby safe if you get festive by carving a jack-o'-lantern. Carving a pumpkin means pulling out knives or other sharp objects, which can of course be a danger to your kitty or pup. Do not leave any knives sitting where your furbaby might walk or jump, and certainly don't leave knives unattended. If need be, activities such as pumpkin carving can be, and perhaps should be, done in an area where your furbaby does not have access. This would allow for the prevention of any accidents. Also think about after you've carved the pumpkin, and do not leave the knives sitting dangerously in the sink or elsewhere. We've also already discussed safety around candles in jack-o'-lanterns, as flames are of course another danger. All in all, if you are carving pumpkins or partaking in other similar Halloween festivities, always be aware of your furbaby's proximity and safety.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tonks Tuesday

Who remembers last year when Tonks showed off the large, stuffed scarecrow we keep in a mini rocking chair this time of year?



Tonks also sure loves to drag this poor fellow around the house. He regularly has to be returned to his chair, and then he gets sat on again. What a life he leads.

Happy Tuesday, friends!



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Doodle of the Day




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Tip of the Day

Can you believe we're still on the topic of pumpkins? We talked about the benefits of pumpkin, and even pumpkin seeds. All of that aside, though, always keep in mind the age and condition of any pumpkins to which your furbaby has access. This time of year, pumpkins are indeed often used as beautiful outdoor decorations or spooky jack-o'-lanterns. Pumpkins won't stay pretty forever, though, and we're sure you've all witnessed the ultimate demise of pumpkins. That being said, old pumpkins can indeed begin to rot, and if pumpkins in this state are consumed by your kitty or pup, issues such as gastrointestinal distress can occur.

In addition, also keep wildlife in mind with regard to this, as old, rotting food may not sit well for them either. What's more, pumpkins that are left to sit outside and rot will sometimes ferment. If squirrels or other wildlife consume fermented pumpkins, they can potentially end up in a more or less drunken state. Therefore, be sure to compost or otherwise dispose of old pumpkins in a timely, safe, secure manner, for the safety of your furbabies as well as wildlife.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Another Haunted Mancat Monday

Once upon a time, Evan tried to enjoy his favorite window seat. And then an annoying little pest started haunting him. Again.



Poor Evan. That little ghost even insisted on photobombing him. How rude.

Evan hopes your Monday has far less hauntings than his!


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Doodle of the Day



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Tip of the Day

Yesterday's Halloween tip was about the benefits of feeding pumpkin to your furbabies. Today's tip is related to this, but is about a part of the pumpkin that isn't as often discussed with regard to a furbaby's diet. Though we've mentioned these before, we're again talking about pumpkin seeds. If fed in a manner that is safe, pumpkin seeds can have health benefits for our furbabies, just as they can for humans. For example, pumpkin seeds contain valuable nutrients, and they can have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed by some that pumpkin seeds have some deworming properties as well.

All of the above being said, if you decide to offer pumpkin seeds to your kitty or pup, of course do so safely. First, feed them only as an occasional treat or food topper. In addition, if the seeds are a potential choking hazard, you can cut them into small pieces. Also, of course, ensure that the pumpkin seeds are plain, and that they do not contain any added ingredients, such as onion, garlic, or even salt or sugar. We'll again also add that, should your furbaby have any health concerns, of course first discuss adding anything such as pumpkin seeds to your furbaby's diet with your veterinarian.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

A Tardy Sunday Selfie

Hello, friends! For the first time in years, I almost didn't get a post put up for today. Shame on me. Some unexpected work showed up in front of me this weekend, and things just took a tiny little major detour. As I mentioned recently, my workplace will soon be interviewing a promising candidate to fill the void we have there, and then hopefully things can begin to return to some semblance of normal.

Anyway, since I showed up so late today, we're just going to throw in a photo of a cute kitty and call that good just for today. I'm working on our posts for at least the early part of this week now, in hopes of getting back on track with our preferred blogging routine. We really enjoy blogging over here, so we're eager to get back to it like we used to be able to. We'll get there.

So, here's a bright and sunny Thimble for you all.



And how about a flashback doodle to make this post frightfully festive?


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Tip of the Day

We're on the 10th day of our 31 days of Halloween tips. Now, we simply couldn't go this entire Halloween month without mentioning none other than pumpkins! As most of you likely already know, pumpkin can make for a healthy treat for a kitty or pup. Plain, cooked pumpkin can be an excellent source of fiber. This can help to keep the bowels regular, and so it could be something to keep in mind for those furbabies with irregular bowel movements. Pumpkin and the fiber it provides can also help move hairballs more easily through those kitty intestinal tracts. Fiber, such as that from pumpkin, can also help a kitty or pup feel full for longer, which means that it can also potentially aid in weight loss. All of these benefits are on top of the fact that pumpkin is also high in a variety of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamin A and vitamin C.

That all being said, do of course ensure that you only feed your furbaby cooked pumpkin of the plain variety. You can feed your furbaby pumpkin puree from a can, of course ensuring that it contains no spices or other added ingredients. You can also cook up your own pumpkin and feed it to your kitty or pup as a treat. What's more, these days, there are many types of dry and moist foods, as well as treats, that contain pumpkin as an ingredient. These such foods might assist certain furbabies with bowel regularity or weight loss. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your furbaby's diet and digestion, discuss options such as pumpkin with your veterinarian.