Saturday, September 21, 2019

Caturday Art

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Never have I ever met a cat I didn't like.

2. I won't take the precious time I have with my cats for granted again. Losing Truffles so young and so fast taught me that hard lesson.

3. I believe I have good knowledge of cats. We probably all feel that way!

4. The clock is my worst enemy. It seems like every day I run out of hours before I run out of things to do.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Making Do With What You Have

Mudpie: Surprise, surprise! Mommy got another package in the mail and it's not for me. She even crushed the box before I could sit in it!

Mommy: Sweetie, that box was hardly big enough for your cute little tushie.

Mudpie: It's ok, Mommy. This is actually kinda comfy.

(Note from Mommy: She proceeded to lay among the crushed box and crumpled papers on the kitchen floor for a solid hour!)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Felines For Farm Aid #MewsicMovesMe

Farm Aid started as a benefit concert held September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. Decades later Farm Aid is still working to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of music artists.

In honor of Farm Aid, the theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is to build a playlist featuring artists that have performed at the annual event.

I'm sad to say it's a Conway-free zone this time around because he never performed at Farm Aid. Instead I've selected another of my favorites, John Schneider. While John is best known for his role as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, he was also a successful country singer back in the 80s. I would go so far as to say his voice is my favorite after Conway's.

This performance comes from the 1986 Farm Aid and it epitomizes what the event is all about. 

Instead of building a playlist we chose to go with a single song this week because this one really says it all. As the daughter of a former dairy farmer (with the farm still in the family) I know what a difficult life it is. We thank those who make Farm Aid possible each and every year.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Prettiest Leaf #CaturdayArt

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Cuddling with Mudpie never fails to improve my bad mood.

2. I feel out of place in most social situations. Have you seen that cartoon online where the girl is in another room at a party socializing with the cat? That's me.

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with rare Conway memorabilia. That would be more priceless to me than a treasure chest filled with money.

4. If you ask me, pets keep the doctor away. There are all kinds of studies about the health benefits our cats and dogs provide and I firmly believe it to be true.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Purrfect 10: Signs Your Cat Is In Pain

We love reading and researching anything and everything about cats, and wanted to find a fun and unique way to share the interesting facts we learn with you! Since top 10 lists are very popular in the blogosphere, we created The Purrfect 10 as a way to present 10 educational or fascinating tidbits about a wide variety of cat-related topics, everything from health issues to cat breeds to famous felines.

None of us can stand the thought of our beloved pets being in any sort of pain or discomfort, and since cats are notorious for masking signs of illness, it's up to us as pet parents to pick up on any subtle clues they may be giving us that all is not well. In honor of Animal Pain Awareness Month, here's a list of 10 things to be on the lookout for...

1) Biting and scratching: When you're in pain and not feeling well, you're not at your best. The least little thing grates on your nerves and you're prone to lashing out, even at those your love. Our pets are no different than we are, and in their case they may react by biting or scratching, especially if you touch the area that hurts.

2) Excessive purring: Cats purr when they're content, but they also purr when they get hurt or are in pain. It may simply be a way to soothe themselves, but research suggests the low frequency of purrs causes a series of vibrations within their body that can act as a healing mechanism. It requires energy to purr, so why would a cat do it if it wasn't beneficial in some way?

3) Breathing pattern changes: A cat in pain may breathe faster or more shallow than usual. Be on the lookout for abdominal breathing (movement of the stomach and chest muscles) and panting, neither of which are normal in cats.

4) Changes in eating and drinking: Pain can make cats lose their appetite. Refusal to eat or drink can indicate problems with their teeth or gums. A cat with a painful mouth may drop their food and water when trying to eat or drink.

5) Changes in grooming habits: A cat who doesn't feel well is likely to neglect regular grooming duties. On the other hand, they may over-groom a wounded area or if they're experiencing a skin irritation.

6) Hiding & acting withdrawn: Cats in pain tend to want to hide and withdraw from everyday activities. If you notice kitty hiding out in closets or under couches and beds, it's a very telling sign that something is wrong. Cats instinctively know that in the wild, a sick animal is a target, so they are likely trying to protect themselves by “hiding” from any threat that might take advantage of them in their compromised state.

7) Lack of energy and mobility changes: If a cat is in pain they may be less active and sleep more. Depending on where the pain is they might walk with a limp, go up and down the stairs more slowly, and be less likely to run around the house, jump and play the way they normally would.

8) It's all in the eyes: You can learn a tremendous amount about how your cat is feeling by looking in their eyes. Painful eyes can cause smaller (constricted) pupils, squinting and a bloodshot appearance. Pain in other parts of the body will result in larger (dilated) pupils.

9) Changes in litter box habits: Older cats who are arthritic may find it painful to defecate in the box regularly, thus holding their stool longer, drying it out, and causing constipation. They may also have a hard time getting in and out of their litter box and start going outside the box.

10) Lumps and bumps: Always keep an eye out for signs of swelling on your cat's body that may indicate a painful abscess, inflammation, or even cancer.

Anytime you believe your feline friend may be in pain it's important to have them checked out by a veterinarian. The sooner you realize something may be amiss, the sooner you can get them the help they need to start feeling better!