Saturday, January 8, 2022

Happy Bloody Birthday

I very recently realized that I never shared with you all the birthday doodle I scribbled up for my dad. His birthday is in December, when we were only sharing Christmassy doodles, and so his birthday card drawing fell through the cracks.

As a forewarning, today's doodle has a bit of cartoony gore. My dad and I share a sense of dark, morbid humor, and so this is sometimes the types of doodles I create for him. What's more, this bloody doodle was inspired by my dad's cats. He and my mom have 12 cats. That's right—a clowder of a dozen. About half of these kitties are incredibly calm and friendly. The other half are, admittedly, a tad bit wild.

That all being said, near my dad's birthday, I helped my parents take all 12 of their cats to the vet in one single day. They were all coming due for this and that, and the vet had a day with that many openings, and so we took on the challenge. It actually went pretty well, even though getting some of the cats into carriers was a tiny bit of a living nightmare. Both before and after the wild vet visit, we've often joked about the war that it is to take at least some of their little wild ones to the vet. And that's what inspired my dad's birthday doodle.

With that explanation and cartoon gore warning out of the way, here's the doodle I scribbled up for my dad for his birthday.

I promise that doodle is all in good fun, and my dad actually quite enjoyed. Also, there was actually no bloodshed when we took my parents' clowder to the vet. I can't say the same for when I take my wild child Eddy to the vet, but I digress.

Happy Caturday, friends!

Tip of the Day

Yesterday's tip was to do regular checks of outdoor cat shelters, such as to ensure that the shelter is not leaking, broken, or dirty. Another tip in this same line of thought, but that we failed to mention yesterday, is to ensure that shelter doorways do not become blocked by snow or anything of this sort. If it snows, check the shelter and clear away any snow that might threaten to block the doorway. This will ensure that the feline inhabitants can enter and exit safely and without feeling trapped. Also check for anything else that might block the shelter entrance or cause a similar issue, such as if a thunderstorm or wind knocks down or blows around tree limbs or other debris. In such cases, of course ensure that the shelter entrance is not blocked, but also that the shelter did not suffer any damage. When you are caring for ferals and other outdoor cats, offering them shelter might mean you have yet another little home to look after, but it will be for a very good cause.


Eastside Cats said...

It's a goth doddle!
Happy Belated B'day to your dad.
By the way, 12 cats...have they considered a blog or FB page?!?

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Thanks for the warning! Hopefully the relatives are all still alive, or at least not in ER?!

pilch92 said...

I love it! That is so creative. I am in awe of your family for taking so many to the vet at once. Great tips too. XO

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Wow... that's a lot of cats!

Great doodle :)

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

The doodle (and meaning behind it) is hilarious!

The Island Cats said...

I can’t imagine taking 12 cats to the vet at the same time!

messymimi said...

That doodle is funny! We've taken six to the vet on the same day, but that's as much as i'm willing to take on. Kudos to you!

meowmeowmans said...

Wowzers! We hope everyone survived the vet visit!

Loulou said...

Boy, can you doodle like dyamite! That is a full-blown illustration if you ask me. Have you done a book? We are a bit behind in our research! LOVE your work and stories.

The J-Cats said...

Belated birthday greetings to your Dad.
12 kitties to the vet at one time? Wow! Mummy has a job getting ONE of Us to the vet!

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! A lot of cats and I hope the vet gave them a volume discount. Kudos to them to saving those 12 cats.