As the title of the post says...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDDY!
As the title of the post says...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDDY!
Hello and happy Friday, friends! 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. I wish my town (city) had a _________.
And now we're moving on to the April A to Z Challenge.
Hello and happy Thursday, friends! We're here and ready for Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
Eddy and Thimble don't always get along perfectly. That's honestly Eddy's doing, as she doesn't get along with most other cats. She loves being around Evan, as he's the one cat Eddy really, truly likes. That said, even though they're not the best of friends, Eddy does tolerate Thimble and will willingly be in the same room as her. Lately, Eddy has even been trolling Thimble a tad bit less than usual, and Thimble has been taking advantage of that.
And now we're on to today's edition of the April A to Z Challenge.
We'll see you tomorrow, friends!
As spring really gets underway, don't forget that our furbabies can have allergies just like we can. Just as with us, pollen, grass, and other airborne allergies can lead to itching, scratching, sneezing, and a number of other similar symptoms in our kitties and pups. If you notice any such symptoms in your furbaby, discuss this with your veterinarian. There are antihistamines and other treatments that can potentially help alleviate allergies for our furbabies.
In addition to veterinary and medicinal care, there are other considerations to make when it comes to helping a kitty or pup cope with seasonal allergies. For example, though we all love window whiffies, keep in mind that open windows can potentially exacerbate allergies, as the allergens then have easy access into the home. So, closed windows are often best for keeping the allergens down within the home. For furbabies who go outdoors, when they come inside, you can wipe off their paws and even wipe down their body to help remove allergens. Regularly cleaning floors, curtains, bedding, clothing, and so forth, can help keep a handle on allergens that might find their way into the home. Regularly changing the filter in your heating and cooling system is another important factor. In addition to this, an air purifier can also help.
As always, we of course want what's best for our furbabies. Allergies can lead to discomfort, so of course helping your furbaby cope with them is crucial. If you think or know that your furbaby has seasonal allergies, or any allergies at all, discuss this with your veterinarian and do all that you can to minimize their effects.
Pup Astrid has been enjoying sniffing all of the stuff construction workers have been leaving behind in our neighborhood, but it would seem their work is coming to an end.
Astrid has shown you shots of her investigating some of the construction machinery, since they didn't seem to mind leaving it sitting around the neighborhood in the evenings. Astrid also made friends with a sizable collection of orange cones. Now, though, all we have left are a few of those lone cones scattered here and there.
Astrid will miss her strange friends the construction workers kept leaving for her, but she won't miss the racket they often made during her beloved nap time.
Now, let's move on to the April A to Z Challenge.
Friends, Tonks is a little upset on this Tuesday.
The sun went away and it started raining. How rude, Mother Nature. No snoozing in sun puddles for Tonks today. Oh well, just because it quite quickly became an un-sunny day doesn't mean Tonks won't get in those naps.
Now, let's get to today's contribution to April's A to Z Challenge.
Today's spring safety tip is another one we've very recently mentioned, but that we'll repeat again. It is to always be aware and cautious of the potential dangers of various fertilizers, pesticides, and other such chemicals that are often used this time of the year. If you plan to use any such products, do your research and try to avoid using potentially toxic variations. No matter what kind you use, though, to be safe, keep any such products stashed safely away from your furbaby's reach.
But, this tip also goes beyond what you might be using in your own personal environment. For pups or kitties who go outdoors, you should take into consideration that unfamiliar yards, parks, and other such areas may use products that could have toxic effects if walked through, ingested, and so forth. When out and about with your furbaby, or even just yourself, try to avoid areas where you know or think any unsafe chemicals are used. When you arrive back at home after a walk or other excursion, wipe off paws and shoes, so that you can do your best to remove any traces of fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals. There is no such thing as being too careful when it comes to the health and safety of our furbabies, so do all that you can to keep your furbaby protected from potentially dangerous chemicals this time of year, and all year round.
Hello, friends! This past weekend turned out far crazier than I anticipated. Our internet was finally upgraded, though with many complications along the way. By the time that was sorted out, I ran out of time to get my laptop and scanner on board with the new internet setup. So, now here we are yet again posting late after falling off the face of the earth over the weekend.
I hope to get all of the above final technological issues sorted out tonight, or at least within the next couple of days, but for now here's mancat Evan on this Mancat Monday.
Evan has been enjoying his naps these days. He's been feeling great now that his UTI is all cleared up, so he plays hard and then naps even harder. Of course, whatever blanket this human mom of his is using is the best place to curl up for that nap. And I don't mind that one bit.
Now, let's try to catch up with the April A to Z Challenge in some way.
My A to Z theme this year is "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things". During our absence on Saturday we missed the letter S, and now today we're at the letter T. Since I'm still fighting my ancient laptop and my even more ancient scanner following our internet upgrade, I didn't manage to get the new doodles for either of those letters scanned to share. So, I went through some old doodles to see what I could do to still share something for those two. I wanted to try to find something that included at least one of the brainstormed ideas I had already considered for S and T this year, and I ended up finding one single doodle that could cover both. In this doodle from many years ago, S stands for snacking, and T stands for TV time.
Hello and happy Friday! I'm sorry for yet another late post, friends. Technology was just not working at my house last night, and I wasn't able to finish this post during breaks at work yesterday, so now I had to wait to top off this post when I got back to work and its functioning internet this morning. The good news, though, is that I actually got an appointment for tomorrow to have my home internet upgraded. That should solve a lot of the problems I've been having, which should mean that I can finally get back to having my posts properly finished and scheduled ahead of time.
All that said, we're finally here today, and we're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. We'd love for you to join us! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. I was pleased to hear that _________.
It's Thursday, which means it's time to be thankful!
Thimble is of course here to share her gratitude. As is often the case lately, Thimble is thankful for that sunshine.
Yesterday's tip for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month offered suggestions for reporting animal cruelty that you might witness. To further that, did you know that some areas have cruelty prevention programs or task forces? These are often part of the local animal control, humane society, or other similar organization. Therefore, if you wish to further assist in the prevention of animal cruelty in your area, do your research and see if your area offers a program such as this and inquire as to how to join. If your area does not offer such a program, there are still ways you can help when it comes to preventing cruelty. Over the next couple of days we'll be going into detail about some the ways you can help prevent animal cruelty, so stay tuned.
Astrid has another adventure to share with you all today, and she wants to show you some new friends she made.
It's Tonks Tuesday, and it's kind of a terrifying one. After all, look at the kind of stuff poor Tonks has to deal with year round.
This here sort of morbid human indeed has a number of Halloween goodies that stay out year round, including that there pillow. And that topic takes us right to today's contribution to the April A to Z Challenge.
This year, my A to Z theme is "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things", and today we've reached the letter O. While I yet again had a number of options to go with for this letter, I ended up landing on my O standing for October. After all, that allowed me to scribble up and share a doodle like this:
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. For this reason, we're going to have a bit of a series of tips on how to recognize potential cases of cruelty, as well as what we can do to help. Today, we're going to start by giving a simple overview of what cruelty can look like. First, of course physical abuse toward an animal is cruelty. Neglect is another form of cruelty, and can include situations such as when an animal is left outdoors in extreme or unlivable conditions with no shelter, food, or water. In a similar line of thought is hoarding, which can include too large of an animal population for the space provided, extremely unsanitary conditions, and lack of nutritional, medical, and other basic care for the animals. Another example of neglect and cruelty to animals is abandoning an animal, such as in a vacated home or outdoors. Other examples of cruelty to animals include leaving an animal alone in a hot, or even cold, car, as well as any form of dog fighting.
There are, sadly, a great many examples of animal cruelty and neglect. Since animals can't speak for themselves, it is of course important that we all be aware of what cruelty is, and what forms it can take. Our vigilance and diligence may be the only way for some innocent, helpless animals out there to receive the help and care they need. So, do make sure that you are aware of the sad yet true facts of animal cruelty and neglect. This way, you can know it when you see it, and can thereby seek help for the afflicted animal or animals. Tomorrow, we will discuss some of the ways we can address situations of cruelty and neglect that we might witness.
Hello, friends! We yet again apologize for how chaotic our blog and overall online presence is lately. My laptop and internet at home are just plain disasters, and have been for quite some time now. My internet will be upgraded in a couple of weeks, so hopefully that will sort out that issue. I also need to get a new laptop, but I'm far from tech savvy and admittedly always put off purchasing and figuring out new computers because I just don't enjoy the process. But I won't ramble on about that. I will, however, try to use my breaks at work and my parents' already upgraded internet to do better here on our blog while I wait for my own internet at home to function a bit better.
All that said, it's Mancat Monday, and Evan is here to grace you all with his handsome presence.
The last parasite we'll be discussing in this parasitic series of tips is Toxoplasma gondii, which causes the disease known as toxoplasmosis. Though different animals can be affected, including cats, dogs, and humans, cats are the most prevalent. A cat can get toxoplasmosis from eating the infected muscle or organs of an animal, such as by eating a mouse or uncooked meat. The parasite can thereafter be passed through the cat's feces, and then other cats, dogs, or humans can acquire the disease after coming into contact with and ingesting such fecal matter.
Some cats with toxoplasmosis will display symptoms such as fever, lethargy, respiratory distress, or neurological disturbances. Symptoms are most often seen in cats who are immunocompromised, such as young kittens or the geriatric and sick. In most cases, though, especially in grown, healthy cats, no symptoms are noticed. It is even possible for a cat to indeed have toxoplasmosis for years, but to simply never display symptoms. This can also be the case in other animals, including humans. That being said, developing babies in utero can be at high risk for toxoplasmosis. This is why it is often recommended that women refrain from scooping their cat's litter box when pregnant.
To help prevent the transmission of toxoplasmosis, you can keep your kitty indoors, where they are less likely to come into contact with the feces of an infected animal or to ingest infected tissue from prey. Also ensure that any meat you feed your cat is cooked. Also keep all litter boxes scooped and cleaned. To protect yourself, always wash your hands well after scooping the litter box. Accidental transmission can occur simply from a person scooping the litter, not thoroughly washing their hands, and then touching their mouths or food. Dogs can also acquire toxoplasmosis by ingesting fecal matter, so keep your dogs away the litter box and fecal material they might find outdoors.
We're sure you all know this by now, but if you notice any concerning symptoms in your kitty, of course always have them examined by a veterinarian. Any questions or concerns regarding your cat's risk for diseases such as toxoplasmosis can of course be discussed with your vet as well. Even diseases such as toxoplasmosis, which often give off no symptoms at all, can be lethal in a compromised, untreated furbaby. So, as always, it's always better to be safe than sorry.