Today's a busy day, and it's starting off with a birthday bash. Today is the birthday of my sweet little calico Tonks, my sister's goofy house panther Winky, and my parent's silly tabby boy Flitwick. These litter mates bring us all so much joy, and I am so glad they found their way into our lives.
Happy Birthday, Tonks, Winky, and Flitwick!
Feel free to grab yourself some cake and help us celebrate this trio's birthday, friends!
This is the part where we usually participate in Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. That said, in the extra busy month of April, I usually share my poems on Sundays, which is the one day each week when there's a brief hiatus from the April A to Z Challenge. I may very well do that again this year, though I may also do it on a day when I can make the week's poetic photo prompt match my A to Z doodle. This week, my hope is to match the poem with my doodle for Saturday.
Next up, let's get to the April A to Z Challenge, shall we?
Today, Thimble is grateful that she's downright adorable, even she's too excited for a belly rub to sit still for the camera.
Feel free to tickle Thimble's tummy. She'll love you for it.
Last but not least, we have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing is more than understandably taking a break this week after her sweet kitty Sammy gained his angel wings. Purrs and prayers to Ellen.
The fill-in statements are below.
1. I waste a lot of time _________.
2. At this very moment, I'm craving _________.
3. Don't _________ until you _________.
4. _________ makes life interesting.
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If you think your kitty or pup might have intestinal worms, such as if they are a young puppy or kitty with a potbelly, if you see worms in their feces, or if you see any other potential signs, of course take your furbaby and a stool sample to be examined by a veterinarian. Parasiticides can be used to eradicate these intestinal parasites. Just as with tapeworms, though, it is important to use preventative measures to keep your kitty or pup clear of them from then on. Keep their environment clean in order to prevent growth of the worms in the environment. In addition, if your furbaby goes outdoors, monitor them and try to ensure that they are not ingesting prey that are potential carriers of intestinal parasites, such as rodents. If needed, such as if your cat or dog is largely outdoors, discuss with your veterinarian the potential for keeping your furbaby on regular preventatives that cover intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.