Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Shy Toesies on Tonks Tuesday

It's Tonks Tuesday, and so today the little calico is sharing her little toesies.

But you only get that quick glimpse. Tonks has shy toesies, so her tail had to come to their rescue.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

I almost forgot about the witchy winter series of doodles I scribbled up a couple of years ago. A couple of the new winter doodles I'm currently working on have a somewhat dark feel to them, but so far I haven't scribbled up anymore witches like this one.

Tip of the Day

Today is our last tip in our winter safety series. For this last tip, we're going to do an overview of winter weather concerns, and remind you of some of the signs to look out for that might indicate a furbaby is struggling with the winter elements. To begin, when outdoors in the cold winter months, closely observe your kitty or pup and watch for shivering, a hunched up position, restlessness, whining, lifting paws off of the ground, redness of the ears, and other signs that the furbaby is becoming too cold. On extremely cold days, frostbite and hypothermia can happen fast, which is why it is not only important to closely monitor a furbaby who might need to venture outdoors even for a short time, but to also reduce time outdoors as much as possible. Also monitor your kitties and pups indoors, and ensure that they are remaining warm with sufficient heating and bedding.

Coldness, frostbite, and hypothermia are not the only issues that can arise in the winter, though. Injury to the paws, for example, is another potential. Pups and kitties who go outdoors can be affected by the cold ground, and by the snow, ice, and ice melts that might cover the ground in the winter. For this reason, be watchful for paw pads that are dry, cracking, bleeding, or otherwise injured, and monitor for lifting of the paws or altered ambulation.

The winter issues don't end there, though, as many more potential concerns can arise from the harsh cold of winter. For example, dryness of winter air and heated homes can lead to dryness of the coat and skin. When it comes to this, be on the lookout for itching, scratching, dander, and a dull coat. Yet another system of the body that can be affected by the winter months is the respiratory system. Dry, cold air can affect asthma and other such ailments, so be on the alert for coughing and other similar signs.

Winter can be a harsh time of the year, as you all certainly know. It can be hard on us, and also of course our furbabies. For this reason, always monitor your furbaby when outdoors but also when indoors. Over the past couple of weeks we've discussed some of the potential ways to combat the various issues that might arise due to the harsh winter weather. What it comes down to, though, is that it is important to monitor your furbaby, and if you have any concerns regarding their health and comfort, to never hesitate discussing this with your veterinarian in order to keep your kitty or pup as cozy as possible even on those cold winter days.


pilch92 said...

Cute toesie and I love the drawing. Great tips too. Our angel Pranice had frostbitten ears when we found her so she looked like a Scottish fold.

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

Every part of you is adorable!

meowmeowmans said...

We love that doodle, and Tonks -- your toesies are so cute!

messymimi said...

Your toes and your tail are all mighty fine, Tonks.

That's a fun doodle, i can see everyone enjoying making a snowman once in a while.

Eastside Cats said...

Tonks, you are delightful to the tips of your toes!