Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thankful Thimble Thursday and the Letter J

We've reached another day of the April A to Z Challenge, and we're at the letter J.

Our alphabetical theme is All Things Cat, and so I'm sharing drawings of items shaped like, well, cats. Today, for the letter J, I went with what we call joules. Joules are a unit of energy, relating to light and heat. 1 watt equals 1 joule per second, so, as an example, a 40 watt lightbulb equals 40 joules per second. All that said, for this letter J that is joules, we have for you a kitty lightbulb.

That's a weird one, huh? Truth be told, I had that lightbulb drawn before I ever picked what any of our A to Z doodles would be. I randomly asked my mom one day to name some ideas of things for me to draw in the shape of cats, and one of her answers was a lightbulb. That up there was the silly little result.


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

Today, Thimble is grateful for a number of things, such as naptime, and those naps being in the bright and shiny sunshine.

Thimble hopes you all have a sun puddle to snooze in today!


Last but not least, we have for you 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. The last thing I cooked was _________.

2. When I go out to eat, my usual order is _________.

3. I feel most comfortable when _________.

4. I purchase _________ on a very regular basis.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Tip of the Day
A couple days ago, we talked about ear mites. These mites are not the only kind that can infest our pups and kitties, though. As many of you likely already know, there are other mites that can affect the skin of our furbabies.

There are a number of different mites that can affect our pups or kitties. In dogs, mites that cause sarcoptic mange are perhaps most common, and are also highly contagious between dogs and also to humans. Mites that cause demodectic mange are perhaps a bit less common, as a healthy immune system can often suppress them, and they are also far less contagious. Cats have certain mites that more commonly affect them, such as cheyletiella mites and mites that cause notoedric mange. Both of these are contagious, similarly to the mites that cause sarcoptic mange.

No matter the species of your furbaby, they can potentially be affected by mites. Depending on the type of mite, as well as the pup or kitty's overall health and the severity of the infestation, you might see a variety of symptoms. When it comes to mites and mange, keep an eye out for itching and scratching, hair loss, scabs or scaly skin, and discoloration of the skin, just to name a few.

If you think you see any signs related to mites, or signs of any dermatological issue, have your furbaby seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Not only is itching and scratching uncomfortable, but lesions and secondary infections can result. Left untreated, mites and their side effects can become a risk not only to your furbaby's comfort and happiness, but also to their health.

All of that being said, keep in mind that treatment for mites will likely not only include medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Mites will also need to be eradicated from the environment. You may need to pitch bedding and rugs, or at the very least efficiently wash them in hot water. Do whatever it takes to ensure that your furbaby and their environment is as sanitary and safe as possible, so that they can live a happy, healthy life.


Eastside Cats said...

Thimble, that's quite the maw!

pilch92 said...

That drawing is so cute, but not as cute as Thimble. Excellent tips too.

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

Adorable doodle! Hope you got a good nap in, Thimble :)

messymimi said...

I like your kitty light bulb, cats are pretty bright, including sun-lover Thimble.

LOULOU said...

Oh, we LOVE the kitty-bulb!!! Love all your drawings even if we are not very good at visiting often...sorry about that but it wa tax-time and mama and papa were on another planet for a few weeks. Sometimes I feel like a lightbulb haha. Mostly when I get a new idea....

Anne E.G. Nydam said...

I like the lightbulb cat, and good job fitting it into the letter J. =)