Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thankful Thimble Thursday and the Letter D

Hello, friends! We're here for another day of the April A to Z Challenge, and we've reached the letter D.

Our theme is All Things Cat, which means for every letter of the alphabet we're sharing a something in the shape of a cat. Today, for the letter D, we have for you a donut.

We almost shared this kitty donut with our B that stood for baked goods, but then I remembered that a lot of donuts are fried and not always baked. I also just really wanted D to stand for donut. So there you go.


Now, Thimble is of course ready for Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Today, Thimble is grateful for sunshine. She's shared thanks for this bright and shiny stuff before, but we've been having lots of cloudy days lately, and so Thimble is especially grateful when the sun does show up.

Thimble hopes you're all getting some sunshine!


Last but not least, let's share the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I plan to _________ in April.

2. My favorite kind of muffin _________.

3. _________ always seems to happen when I _________.

4. _________ has been on my to-do list for a long time.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Tip of the Day

Today, we have the last tip in a repeat series of heartworm tips that we shared a couple months back. This is because April is Heartworm Awareness Month. So, the final such tip is below.

Today’s tip is a very long one, and it relates to a fact that especially all cat parents really should know. And this is that there is currently no true treatment for heartworms in cats. There are treatments available for dogs that can kill the adult heartworms, but this does not work the same for cats. One reason for this is that the drug used to treat heartworms in dogs has been found, in some cases, to cause sudden death in cats. This is often due to dead or dying heartworms causing blockages and cardiac failure. Another reason why treatments may not work is because the life cycle of a heartworm is different in a dog versus a cat.

In dogs, the lifespan of a heartworm is longer, around five to seven years. This lifespan includes larvae entering the body after a mosquito bite, traveling to the heart, and then growing into mature, reproducing adults. Dogs are an optimal host for heartworms.

In cats, the heartworm lifespan is far shorter, often two to three years. What’s more, cats are not a prime host for heartworms, and a cat’s body itself often overcomes the heartworms, typically before they can even enter into adulthood. This is why far less adult heartworms are found in cats than are found in dogs. Even immature heartworms, which are typically what would circulate in the blood and be indicative of disease in a canine heartworm test, are often not found in the blood of cats. This is why cats are less commonly diagnosed with heartworm disease. Then again, though, it is not impossible for a cat to have heartworm disease, and in this case, heartworms cannot be killed as they can in dogs.

For cats, one of the only options for a cure is to have the heartworms surgically removed. This, of course, can be tricky and risky. Symptoms of the disease can also perhaps be controlled and the cat made comfortable with various medications and supportive treatments. Given that a cat might be able to outlive the heartworms, it is possible to treat the symptoms while the heartworms go through their cycle and ultimately die. As mentioned earlier, though, heartworms can live for two to three years in a cat, and there is still always the risk of pulmonary or cardiac failure while the heartworms remain.

With such limited treatment options for heartworms in cats, it is incredibly important to again note that the best option is to keep your cats on heartworm prevention. The risk of heartworm disease might seem small, but it is a risk nonetheless. And, just as always, it is better to be safe than sorry.

And, there is one last note for pup parents. Though there is a more successful heartworm treatment for dogs, heartworm disease can cause permanent damage. This can lead to lifelong issues, such as of the heart and lungs, even after the heartworms are eradicated. For this reason, heartworm prevention is of course also recommended for dogs.


pilch92 said...

Thimble is a cutie. I like your donut. :) Great tips too. XO

Lisa said...

I'm sure my cat, Benny, would eat a donut, he eats most anything!

messymimi said...

The donut looks delicious, I'll take a half dozen.

Thimble, you are so beautiful and you glow in the sunshine.

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

Sun is always a nice treat. Love the tail on your donut!