Sunday, October 1, 2023

Humiliated #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We wanted to give everyone an update on my yucky medical issues from last weekend.

I've been feeling fine, but for most of the week my bottom kept draining. (TMI, I know...) Mommy sent a couple pictures to my vet but on Thursday she took me in for a recheck to make sure it was healing the way it should.

The good is. The bad news...the vet told Mommy to keep an eye on my right gland because that one is getting impacted too. So chances are I'll have to go through this again very soon.

While I was at the vet I got a "sanitary trim" down there because I had so much of the drainage fluid stuck to my pantaloons.

Would you believe Mommy has THREE pictures of my tushie on her iPad? Two are from during the week as she kept the vet updated on my progress, but then she took another one when I got back from my recheck because she wanted documentation of what it looked like right after the vet had seen it, just in case she noticed any changes. And in that one my bottom is NAKEY!!!

I'm warning you, Mommy. Those pictures hadn't better EVER see the light of day! I already feel like most of the world has seen my buns. I'm so humiliated...

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, September 30, 2023

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. I find people annoying.

2. Any charity that helps animals is a favorite charity of mine.

3. I often have to explain why I love collecting things to others. The majority of my friends and family are minimalists.

4. There's a lot of stress in my life these days.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Random Blurriness #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you for joining us for this month's edition of the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop! After a wet, humid summer, we've had a pawsome stretch of weather the past couple weeks. I get to soak up the warm sun in the daytime and curl up on Mommy's nap at night. It's the best of both worlds! Life is good except for my recent vet visit(s)...I'll post an update about that this weekend.

Both of my bloopers this month were taken in the kitchen while I was hanging out with Mommy. They're both super cute, adorable me, but they're also both blurry...

Those are my bloopers! Let's see yours...

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

#ShineALight for Pet Adoption #RememberMeThursday

Meows from Mudpie!

I was once a shelter cat. Through circumstances we'll never know I ended up at a rescue in western New York, and when I didn't get adopted there I was transferred to Vermont where I found my forever home. I have all the food, toys, and treats I could ever want, warm beds and blankies, and most importantly, a Mommy who worships me.

I was one of the lucky ones, but millions of kitties just like me aren't so lucky. They live without food, warmth, and love, and then either die on the streets or in a shelter because no one ever shows up to adopt them.

I was incredibly fortunate to be sent to a state that for the most part adopts out animals so quickly we're able to partner with shelters down south to save even more lives - but as a nation we still have a long, long way to go. More than 6,000,000 cats and dogs enter animal shelters in the United States each year.
While many pets get to celebrate finding their forever home through the efforts of rescue organizations, there are over 900,000 cats and dogs each year that do not find homes and spend the final moments of their lives in the shelter.

That's why animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe will unite today with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Orphaned pets can't speak for themselves. Caring humans are their only voice. Spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels. Don’t forget to use the official hashtags - #RememberMeThursday and #ShineALight - and to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption.

CONTEST: Win life-saving funds or food for a rescue or shelter of your choice! Take a photo of your rescue pet and tag the picture with #RememberMeThursday and #ShineALight on social media to be entered into the challenge!

Mommy and I would like to thank the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) for the pawsome blogger kit they sent filled with swag for both of us. We will be using everything with pride!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

One Heck of a Weekend #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Phew, what a weekend it's been! On Friday morning while I was eating breakfast Mommy noticed that my tushie was a little stinky. Thinking I might have a dingleberry down there, she took a comb to try brushing it out. Usually I don't react when she does that, but this time I screamed. She gently started feeling around and noticed a warm, soft spot of skin.

Up on the kitchen counter I went so she could take a better look, and she found a red, swollen lump. She figured right off it was an anal gland issue, but having never had a cat with that problem before, she still kind of freaked out. She called the vet and was able to get me an appointment at the end of the day.

The vet immediately diagnosed my issue as a swollen anal gland, and took me out back to see what she could squeeze out, but I was so impacted she wasn't able to get much of anything. It hurt - Mommy could hear me yell from the other side of the building. The vet said it would likely rupture over the weekend, but if it didn't I would have to have surgery on Tuesday. She gave me antibiotic and anti-inflammatory shots, and pain medication to take home.

Mommy thinks this is one of the prettiest pictures she's ever taken of me.
I agree!!!

Some good weight loss program is working. This spring I was 20.2 pounds, and I'm down to 18.7. I also had my first senior blood work done, and everything was normal. My kidney values are on the high side of normal, but still normal.

By Friday night the spot had gotten SO big, Mommy was sure it was going to rupture overnight, and sure enough, at 8:30 Saturday morning it did...on grandpa's lap! MOL

I'm feeling much better, just really tired and clingy after my ordeal. We're hoping the area heals quickly without further intervention.

The pictures in today's post were taken in the exam room. Our vet practice recently expanded and this particular room they save for kitty patients because of the big, bright, sunny window. I stayed there looking out for the majority of my visit. It was a pawsome distraction from all the indignities I was experiencing.

You know what I find kinda funny? My cute 'lil butt cost Mommy $300!!! (Except that $300 would've been much better spent on squeezies!)

We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, September 23, 2023

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. Cats, Conway, and Christmas are a few of my favorite things.

2. If I had a bigger house, I would foster kittens.

3. You don't have to be young to enjoy the simple things that bring you joy.

4. Being content with who you are comes with age.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Feline Friday Flashback: Mudpie Goes Psycho

Meows from Mudpie!

Shortly after Mommy adopted me eight years ago she went to the theater to see a special event screening of one of her all-time favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

I used to love to play in the bathtub (usually just as Mommy was about to use it), so she started chuckling about how we could re-create Psycho's famous shower scene using a picture she took of me in the tub.

I thought the idea was kind of creepy, but she had fun with it. I can guarantee there were no crazy people with knives in the bathroom with us, but do you notice that I appear to be freaked out by something I'm looking at?

I think Mommy may have been nakey at the time. (Tee hee...)

Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is:

Post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute).