Sunday, April 7, 2024

A Birthday Bash and the Letter F

Hello, friends! We're here way late in the day, after missing another post yesterday, because I'm still failing to figure out how to properly balance work and life in general. That said, though, there's a birthday to celebrate today, and so let's do that.

Today, my sweet and playful calico Tonks turns 6!

It's not just Tonks celebrating a birthday today, though. The calico's house panther sister Winky (who owns my sister) and her tabby brother Flitwick (who owns my parents) also turn 6 today.

We love you so much, Tonks, Winky, and Flitwick! We plan on celebrating many, many more birthdays with you!

Now, who wants to see the kitten versions of the above cuties? You all do? Well, of course you do. Here you go.

Happy Birthday, you adorable trio!


Now, we missed yesterday's April A to Z Challenge contribution. This alphabetic event takes a hiatus every Sunday, but that all times out well for us to share yesterday's letter today.

Our A to Z theme this year is All Things Cat. We're sharing doodles of items in the shape of cats, and today, for the letter F, we have for you fungus.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Tip of the Day

In our previous tip, we discussed the topic of fleas and the importance of using preventatives. We briefly noted on how a flea infestation can lead to a kitty or pup being infected with tapeworms. Today, we are expanding on the topic of these nasty, wormy invaders.

To begin, as we just stated, a tapeworm infestation can be the result of a flea infestation. This is because fleas can carry tapeworm larvae, and when a cat or dog grooms and thereby ingests a carrier flea, that furbaby can then become infested with tapeworms. Fleas are not the only hosts of tapeworms, though. A cat or dog can also become infected by ingesting a rodent, rabbit, or bird that is carrying them. For this reason, some veterinarians will recommend that outdoor cats and dogs remain on tapeworm preventatives regularly, to prevent infestation in the event that a tapeworm host is ingested during a hunt.

Now that we know how a kitty or pup can end up with tapeworms, let's give a brief summary on the signs. One obvious sign that a furbaby has tapeworms is visually seeing it in their feces, or around their anus, or even in an area where they frequent. What you see in the feces of an infected cat or dog are actually segments that break off of a tapeworm, and these segments are perhaps best described as looking like grains of rice. Other symptoms of tapeworms include a cat or dog scooting their rear end on the floor, to alleviate the itching, irritating sensation of the tapeworm and its segments. In severe cases, such as after a lengthy tapeworm infestation, side effects can include lack of growth or weight loss, or even intestinal blockage as a result of tapeworms.

If you have any concerns that your furbaby might have tapeworms, take your furbaby and a sample of their stool in for your veterinarian to examine. There is the possibility that tapeworms may not shed consistently, and some stool samples may come back as negative even when tapeworms are present in the intestines. This is why it is also important to explain and describe to your veterinarian any signs you have seen, such as tapeworm segments in the feces, scooting, weight loss, and so forth.

These days, treatment for a tapeworm infestation is relatively straight-forward and easy, with the use of parasiticides. Thereafter, prevention is of course also key. Flea preventatives are imperative in ensuring that your furbaby does not become infected with tapeworms by way of fleas. If your cat or dog is often outdoors, and especially if they are known to hunt or ingest wildlife, you can also discuss with your veterinarian giving preventatives more heavily geared toward tapeworms. Tapeworms can hinder your furbaby's ability to thrive, so of course be sure that you understand their risks and do your best to prevent these wormy pests.


catladymac said...

Happy Purrthday to these beautiful siblings !

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

Wishing you all a purrfect day!!!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday to Tonks and all her siblings!

messymimi said...

I wish your kitties many happy returns of the day!

F for fungus, clever.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

All things cat? Awesome theme! Your cats looks very much like my daughter's beloved cat babies.

Eastside Cats said...

Happy Birthday to Tonks, Winky, and Flitwick!
Such cutie pies.

Lisa said...

They are beautiful cats. I don't want to single out the calico, except I see so few, so they do single themselves out. There is one next door, but that's it.

meowmeowmans said...

Happy birthday, Tonks, Winky, and Flitwick! XO

Fur Everywhere said...

Happy Birthday, Tonks, Winky, and Flitwick! We hope you had a most wonderful day full of love and treats!