I spent part of my weekend prepping some posts for June, but apparently I forgot to get a post ready for this last day of May. Woops. Well, here it is now! And in this post, we have for you some toe beans.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
After an unintentional hiatus yesterday, we're back today. More importantly, 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.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Friday, May 27, 2022
Hello and happy Friday, friends! It's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. I wouldn't mind being stuck in an elevator with _________.
Happy Friday, friends!
Flashback Doodle of the Day
For the illustration of yesterday's poem, I actually used a flashback doodle from last year. If you didn't see it, it involved a kitty who decided to not be upset by whether or not her, well, butt looked big. Makes sense, right? Well, I had one more doodle I scribbled up to go with that one, this time with a kitty who wasn't so pleased. So, I figured I'd share that one today.
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.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Hello and happy Thursday, friends! We're finally back to participating in Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge
"Is this blouse too boring for a night out?
Until she almost decided to stay in and go to bed for a snore.
Tabby sighed and admitted, "I was afraid you were going to ask that."
"They make my butt look far too big," Tabby answered with a sigh.
She said, "That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard, and that's no lie."
After looking at herself in the mirror, Tabby's gaze dropped to the floor.
And then she'd headed outside as if Tabby's only option was to agree.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Today, Astrid is sharing some photos that this sorry excuse for a human let slip through the cracks. They're from late February or early March, which is why you'll see our yard dead and in all levels of disarray, and you might even notice some frozen water in our bird bath. There certainly isn't any frozen water in there these days.
Shall we go for another random tip today? We shall. So, while a small taste of dog food is likely not toxic for your kitty, and vice versa, it is still necessary that a furbaby be fed a diet formulated specifically for their species. This is especially the case for cats, who have specific dietary requirements that are not accounted for in dog food. For this reason, a cat cannot thrive on a diet of dog food. Therefore, as I'm sure you all already know, be indeed sure your furbaby is fed a diet specifically for their species. Of course, this goes for other pets as well, such as rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. In addition, do your best to select a food that fits with their specific health status, such a kitten or puppy food for those growing young ones, a weight maintenance diet for those who might be overweight, or a renal diet for cats with chronic kidney disease. When in doubt about the best diet for your furbaby, of course never hesitate to consult your veterinarian.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Tonks is here, of course, as it is indeed Tonks Tuesday. And today, this little calico is glad that at least one of her siblings shares her love for
Tonks (and Evan) hopes you all get to enjoy a box or two today!
We have yet another random tip for you today. This is definitely a repeat tip, but it's brought to you by the fact that lots of kitties at our house are due for their annual exams this summer. So, don't forget to consider using some of the common tips and tricks for making vet trips as easy as possible. For example, try keeping that dreaded carrier visible and accessible at all times, so that your furbaby doesn't learn to grow fearful of its appearance. Put a favorite blanket in the carrier, or an item of your clothing, and take it with you to the vet. Also consider taking a favorite toy or treats to help distract your furbaby, or to use as a reward for good behavior. You can also try something such as spraying the carrier with Feliway for cats, or use the dog version for those pups out there, as it mimics a calming pheromone to help soothe a stressed furbaby. And, of course, do all that you can to stay calm yourself. Your furbaby will feed off of you and your emotions, so do all that you can to be their rock. Then again, it is also possible that some furbabies, depending on their personality and past experiences, might just be naturally stressed when going to the vet. In such cases, discuss options beforehand with your vet. Discuss methods that might help calm your furbaby, medications that might calm or sedate your furbaby, and even consider discussing at-home visits or other similar solutions. Going to the vet can be a stressful experience for all involved, but if you stay calm and consider all options, you can indeed succeed.
Monday, May 23, 2022
It's Mancat Monday, so you better believe we have an Evan for you today.
As we finish off May, we're continuing to share some relatively random tips. For today, we're reminding you about nonrecognition aggression. In a multipet household, when bringing one of the resident kitties or pups back home from someplace such as the vet, nonrecognition aggression is possible upon homecoming. This might occur, for example, if one of the furbabies in the home reacts to an unfamiliar smell (such as alcohol from a blood draw) or behavior (such as acting sedated after anesthesia) of the returning furbaby. Some animals are more prone to this, depending on their individual personality as well as past experiences. In such a case of nonrecognition aggression, or nonrecognition fear, do not force the animals to interact right away. It might even be best if you separate them, and even treat it as if they are being introduced to each other all over again, from the beginning. Separate them, allow them to sniff each from under doors, sniff and see each other through screens or gates, and so on and so forth. You might also consider trying out calming products, such as Feliway in the case of cats. You can of course also discuss options with your veterinarian. Overall, patience is key.
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Hello, friends! We're still sorting out some kinks with our internet and computer issues, so here's just a couple of quick, sleepy flashback selfies from Eddy for you all.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Hello, friends! Today we're extra late as we work on getting the internet up and working better at our house again. We've mentioned how our internet has been acting up, with our internet provider indicating for quite some time now that they're working on upgrading our neighborhood. They actually did upgrade our neighborhood awhile ago, but apparently now they've partially started doing another sort of upgrade, but it's stalled. I'm admittedly confused on what is going on, but that said, I've discovered there are some things I can do on my end to improve the situation at least a bit. So, I'm working on that today, and that's why for now we'll just quickly share a flashback doodle.
We'll should (finally) be back to our regular programming tomorrow! We'll see you then, friends!
Friday, May 20, 2022
Hello and happy Friday, friends! We're finally here with the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. _________ was a pleasant surprise.
Hello, friends! This is just a quick little post to say that my Friendly Fill-Ins post will be up as soon as possible! You may or may not have noticed that all of our posts this week went up well into the morning, and that's in no small part because my internet at home is acting up yet again. Actually, it's happening all over our neighborhood. They've been saying they're going to be upgrading it for months now, but no such thing has happened.
Anyway, I've only been able to do the bulk of our posts using my work computer while on breaks, because my home computer just can't currently seem to understand the concept of the internet. I haven't been finishing our posts before I leave the vicinity of my workplace's internet in the evenings, even though I've been having to work late again lately, and so posts are going up later in the morning. Don't worry, I'm not time thieving. My workplace gives breaks and allows people to use the internet for personal use, because it's a really relaxed place, aside from the client work and the stress that causes. I'll be seeing if I can't figure something out with my home internet this weekend, with my less than impressive tech skills.
I will post the link to the Friendly Fill-Ins linky here, if my phone allows me to, so just click HERE to link up with your fill-ins. Mine will be posted soon. Thanks for joining us!
Thursday, May 19, 2022
The flashback doodle for today is, of course, yet another in that weird and wacky series I first shared a couple of springs ago.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
For today's edition of Woof Woof Wednesday, pup Astrid wanted to remind you all how pretty her eyes are.
Today we have for you yet another random yet also repeat tip. And that is, don't forget that some cats and even dogs are lactose intolerant. Though they may like dairy foods such as cheese, sometimes it simply won't agree with them. However, if your furbaby likes the occasional cheesy treat, also remember that there are a number of cheeses that are in fact essentially lactose-free. Natural, hard, aged cheeses, such as cheddar and parmesan, often have no more than trace amounts of lactose. So, if your furbaby has a fondness for cheese, the occasional treat of these such types of cheese are your safest bet. Also keep this in mind when purchasing cheesy pet treats, and look at the ingredients to ensure that safe, quality cheese was used in the production of any such treats. Of course, still keep an eye out for any negative reactions, and also still be sure to keep all human food and even pet treats to a safe minimum in order to keep your furbaby healthy and therefore happy.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Tonks is here to wish you all as sunny of a day as hers!
How about another completely random tip today? And that is, don't let your old clothes go to waste. You can upcycle old shirts, pants, and even socks to be used by your furbaby. You can use pieces of clothing items to make knotted or braided toys, for example. Catnip can be tied in the knots of such a toy for a bit of added fun for those kitties out there. Your old clothing can even become your furbaby's new clothing. For example, if you have pup who enjoys wearing clothes, you can fashion some of your old shirts into shirts or sweaters for them. You can even uses pieces of the clothing to create bandanas for your pups or kitties. Also, of course, your old clothing can be used as bedding and blankets for your furbaby's comfort. We all know how our furbabies like to use our clothes for that purpose already.
Monday, May 16, 2022
Hello, friends! After a much busier than usual weekend, hence the lack of post yesterday, we're back today. We may be here with a late post again, but we're working on that. That said, would you like a dose of Evan on this Mancat Monday?
We've given many recent tips regarding mosquitoes and how they carry heartworm, and how it's therefore important to take that into account for your furbaby's preventive care. For today, how about we look at this topic in a more natural way? Did you know that there are herbs and plants that are not only safe for your furbaby, but that can also help deter mosquitoes? One of these just so happens to be catnip! That's not all, though. Others that might help repel mosquitoes, and that are also safe for your furbaby, include basil, rosemary, and garden marigolds. A number of other plants and herbs are also said to have natural mosquito repellent abilities, but some of these are toxic to our furbabies, so always proceed with caution. That being said, when it comes to herbs and plants that are safe mosquito repellents, you can try planting or stationing some throughout your yard, especially in areas that you or your furbabies frequent, as well as by entrances to the house. That said, of course keep in mind that this method of repelling mosquitoes is certainly not fail-safe, but we still thought we'd throw it out there.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Today's Caturday Art is one of my favorite flashback doodles from many years ago.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Hello and happy Friday! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.
1. If you see me _________ it means _________.