Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Birthday Girls and the Letter H

Hello, friends! It's time for H in the April A to Z Challenge.

Our alphabetical theme is All Things Cat, which means this month I'm sharing doodles of items shaped like cats. And today, for the letter H, we went a bit vague with the term heart health.

This stethoscope is another example of an item I just couldn't make work for S, given what S will actually stand for. So, it indeed got to stand for heart health.


Tuesday is usually Tonks Tuesday around here. Today, though, my little calico decided to let me share a couple of other ladies here on our blog. After all, my parents' calico Gemma and their tortie Freya are celebrating their 9th birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Gemma and Freya! These little ladies are, well, not so little. They're both something like 18 lbs, two of the biggest cats in the family, but they sure are sweet and gorgeous. Here's to many more birthdays with these pretty ladies!


Tip of the Day

We're in the midst of tips regarding parasites and their prevention. We have so far covered heartworms, fleas, tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Now, today, it's all about those ear mites.

As is probably obvious, ear mites affect the ears, living primary in the ear canal. For what it's worth, ear mites are more commonly seen in cats, making dogs the luckier, less typical victims of these buggers. Ear mites can be spread directly from cat to cat.

Now, what will you notice if your cat, or dog, has an ear mite infestation? Your furbaby's ears will itch, they will scratch at them, there can therefore be inflammation in the area, and they may even shake their heads or hold their ears low due to the irritation. You also may see dark, brownish debris in the ears, which is commonly described as resembling coffee grounds.

If you do see any of the above symptoms in your kitty or pup, have them seen by a veterinarian. Ear mites can ultimately lead to secondary ear infections and other similar issues, so taking care of them is of course best for your furbaby's health and happiness. Your veterinarian can test for ear mites by swabbing the ears and looking at the debris under a microscope.

When it comes to treatment, it is of course best to use medications prescribed directly by your veterinarian. There are drops or other treatments that can offer a relatively fast-acting eradication of the ear mites. In addition, there are monthly preventatives that cover ear mites. These can typically help take care of existing mites, as well as prevent a future ear mite infestation. Discuss any and all such options with your veterinarian, especially if your furbaby is largely outdoors and potentially more susceptible to such infestations.


pilch92 said...

Happy Birthday Gemma and Freya!!! You are both beautiful. Nice drawing and great tips. XO

Lisa said...

One of my cats was owned, very poorly owned, by a family one block away. At four months he followed some kids walking home from school and found us. (Cats have some way to notify others the house is an easy mark!) He was four months old, not neutered, worms, and ear mites. Ick... I don't think he had fleas, surprisingly. They didn't want him back, they were told he'd been hit by a car (didn't go check it was him), and had already told their son the cat "was in heaven," and gotten two others. He's much happier now being a house pet.

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

Happy birthday, beautiful girls! Love the doodle!

catladymac said...

Happy Purrthday to Gemma & Freya !

messymimi said...

Heart Health is so important, you did a great job with it.

I wish Gemma and Freya many happy returns of the day!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday to Gemma and Freya!

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

Happy Birthday, Gemma and Freya! 18 pounds each is very definitely impressive! I (Marley) reached that once, but the Vet (and TBT) put me on a diet... GRR!