Sunday, October 25, 2020

Regal #SundaySelfie


 Lady Mudpie has a nice ring to it, don'tcha think?


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

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Little Miss Green Eyes #CaturdayArt


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And now our answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. I might be a braver kitty than most on Halloween night. Trick or treaters have never scared me, although they're quite bothersome if I'm trying to take a nap. Mommy just worries about the door opening and closing so frequently and keeps a close eye on where I am.

2. If my house were haunted, Mommy would protect me.

Mommy's answers:

3. I want to clean up the leaves on my lawn before fall is over. I always mow over them instead of raking and bagging them, but the lawnmower is on the fritz. My lawn is a sea of yellow and orange!

4. The night I lost Truffles is the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Fun Feline Finds: Ziploc Christmas Cats Storage Containers

Meows from Mudpie!

We have a quick fun feline find for you today. A couple weeks ago Mommy was doing her weekly grocery shopping (hopefully she was on her way to the squeezie aisle) when she spotted these adorable holiday Ziploc containers with Christmas cats all over them. They were only $2.99, a buck a piece, so she picked up two packages. 


Aren't they the cutest? Chances are slim that Mommy will be giving any away, but in addition to being used for food storage, we think they would be just adorable with little Christmas gifts or baked goods tucked inside. Mommy plans to put one out as a candy dish, and I just might ask to use a couple as kibble and water bowls for a little holiday flair when I'm dining. Hmmm...I could even stash a bunch of squeezies inside!



We found them at Hannaford Supermarket, but I'm sure all grocery and big box stores will have them as the Christmas season draws closer.

Can you think of any other uses for them?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tortie Tocks & Target Totes

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're celebrating Tocktober, a day to admire adorable little kitty tushies in honor of our dear friend Derby.


This picture was taken late one night after Mommy said it was time for bed. I decided I would rather sort through my toy collection (the overflow of my toy box resides in a Target bag) and look for something different to play with first.

Thankfully my tushie is pretty adorbs...but I can't believe Mommy didn't even cover up the naughty bits!!!

Monday, October 19, 2020

October Retro Country Rewind #MewsicMovesMe

Last year we premiered our mewsic feature "Retro Country Rewind," a look back at favorite songs that hit #1 during that month from 30, 35, 40 plus years ago. We have so much fun gathering the songs for it and hope you enjoy our selections.

Let's take a look at October for this freebie week in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, starting with one of my all-time favorite songs and ending with a pair of country classics...


35 Years Ago - 1985, Meet Me In Montana, Dan Seals and Marie Osmond

 

35 Years Ago - 1985, Lost in the Fifties Tonight, Ronnie Milsap

 

40 Years Ago - 1980, Do You Wanna Go To Heaven, T.G. Sheppard

 

45 Years Ago - 1975, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson

 

50 Years Ago - 1970, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Johnny Cash


We hope you enjoyed our choices this month. 
Let us know if you have a favorite!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

#SundaySelfie All By Myselfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Yesterday morning I was lounging on Mommy's bed and decided to try using the front-facing camera on her phone to take a selfie...all by myselfie! It's all kinds of crooked but I look purrfect and that's all that really matters! 

(Please excuse you-know-who over my shoulder. There's no getting away from him in this room.)


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

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Mommy's Lil Pumpkin #CaturdayArt


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And now our answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. I have zero interest in today's pop culture. I'm an old soul and proud of it.

2. Note to self: contact Sirius XM next week to negotiate a new subscription. Anyone else hate these services that require you to threaten to cancel in order to get a good deal? It's worth the effort in the long run, I just dread making that call.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Squeezies (aka Delectables Squeeze Ups) are my favorite treat. I'm sure you're all shocked by that answer. If I was an adventure cat I'd ask Mommy to take me on a road trip to the Hartz plant to see how they're packaged. I wonder if there's open vats of it there? I bet I would jump in!

4. If I were living in a horror film, I would never leave Mommy's side. She would always make sure I was safe.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Unboxing October's CatLadyBox

The theme of October's CatLadyBox was the annual Black Cats Box...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Artist: Caley Hicks

Squishy Black Cat Pillow: This was immediately added to my Halloween decor as soon as I removed it from the box, and will have a permanent place on the couch for the rest of the year!


"Peeping Cats" Shirt: There were four different design options for this shirt that takes a peek through the window into our cats' lives. I chose the pink, of course!

Black Cat Cuff Bracelet: I'm absolutely crazy about this bracelet. My wrist is so small that even most adjustable bracelets are too big for me, but this one fits just purrfectly. The design is so sweet and dainty.


Deco Cat Ears: Can a cat lady ever have too many cat ears? I'm thinking a collection of them would look beautiful hanging on the wall.

Cat-O-Lantern & Mewnicorn Catnip Cat Toys: I'm the worst cat mom in the world. I've added both of these adorable toys to my Halloween cat stuffie display. In all fairness, Mudpie already has more toys than she knows what to do with! She won't miss a couple. MOL


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Jiving Around the Jukebox in Rocktober #MewsicMovesMe

In addition to being a country girl I've always enjoyed the early rock & roll music of the late '50s and early '60s. This is one of the many reasons why I love Conway so much...he's the best of both worlds! I'm just crazy about that whole era and have often felt that I was "born too late." (Strangely enough, my mom was a teenager in the '50s and wasn't crazy about it. She's more of a roaring '20s kinda gal!)


It's Rocktober in the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, and the challenge is to choose a decade and build a playlist of rock songs from that period. So let's take a trip back to the '50s and jive around the jukebox, beginning of course with my one and only...

 

We hope you enjoyed our choices this week! 
Let us know if you have a favorite, and what your preferred era of rock music is!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Alone in the Woods #CaturdayArt


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And now our answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

Mudpie's answers:

1. 2015 was a very good year. It's the year I found my forever home!

2. Whenever I hear Mommy come home from work or shopping, I hop up on the coffee table to wait for my squeezie treat. She always asks if it's her or the squeezie I'm more excited about, and I'm not telling! MOL

Mommy's answers:

3. I look forward to holiday decorating this time of year. Halloween went out this week, and by Veterans Day the Christmas tree will be up!

4. Centipedes creep me out. Thankfully I only saw one this summer!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Feline Friday Halloween Flashback

Meows from Mudpie!

This week as Mommy and I did our Halloween decorating, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at our first Halloween together 5 years ago!

Mommy put a race car driver costume on me, which is very appropriate again this year because if you follow NASCAR at all you know that our favorite driver Kevin Harvick is having a pawsome season with NINE wins so far!

See the scratcher I'm sitting on? It's still in our bedroom, I still use it every single day, and it pretty much looks like it's been involved in one pileup too many.

We hear this guy crashed many years ago and now haunts the racetrack.

Following my victory lane celebration I needed a nap. It was a fun first Halloween in my forever home!


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Getting Cozy on National LED Light Day

Today is National LED Light Day, and I'll state right up front that I'm not a fan. I find them to be way too bright and they give me a headache. I still use incandescent bulbs, and when word came a few years back they were gradually being phased out I started hoarding them and still have plenty. 

Hmmm...what's this?

That being said, I love the design trend of LED fairy lights in glass bowls and jars. I think it's so warm and cozy looking. 

Earlier this year I added a pretty frosted drinking glass to my Conway collection. Then at the dollar store last week I picked up a couple small strands of LEDs and was excited to see how one would look in the glass since the frost would cut the brightness.

Him again. Shoulda known.

It was the perfect fit, and with winter right around the corner it will add just the right amount of extra lighting to my bedroom. I plan to pick up a few more strands to put in some frosted cat glasses I have and scatter them around the house as well.

What else is she gonna think of...

As you can see, Mudpie was eager to snoopervise my "craft project" and provided her opinion on it as well.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Fun Feline Finds for Halloween from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

I'm excited because Mommy is planning to start pulling out our Halloween decorations this week. Even though she already has more than she could ever use she's always looking for more, and one of her favorite places to shop for Halloween goodies is Etsy. There are so many creative people out there creating pawsome kitty items, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite finds (for both humans and cats) with you today!





We hope you enjoy our Halloween picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Spooky Mudpie #CaturdayArt


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

1. You will never find cigarette smoke in my home. Just a whiff gives me a headache.

2. Once a year, I have a taste of eggnog. That's more than enough!

3. Politics has gotten me in trouble. I try not to engage on social media but sometimes I just can't help myself.

4. The last time I attended a concert was when Toby Keith came to our fair in 2013. It was just a week after I had adopted Truffles and I didn't want to leave her alone so my mom stayed with her. She said my poor baby was a basket case the whole time I was gone, searching the house for me and crying. That shows how quickly she had become attached!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Feline Friday Funnies

Meows from Mudpie!

It's been kind of a serious week so today we thought we'd have a little fun and post some memes that made us laugh. 

I'm sure this first one holds true for lots of kitties, but I must admit it doesn't fit me at all. I took over complete ownership of my house from the second I walked in!




Admittedly this last one has nothing to do with cats but Halloween is right around the corner and it really made Mommy crack up. My grandma is a doll collector too so she really loved it!

We hope these gave you a chuckle today. Cod knows we all need one right about now! Let us know if you have a favorite.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Heartbreak of a Saddle Thrombus Blood Clot

Over the past couple months many people have asked that I republish my Muse Medallion winning article here on our blog since the majority of Canidae's content was removed when their blog shut down. Here it is, in its entirety. 


The July 4th weekend in 2015 was much like any other – way too hot for my liking – and I was looking forward to spending some lazy days in the air conditioning with my tortie Truffles. Starting to weigh on my mind was the fact that Truffles’ breathing was noticeably heavier than usual. Having lost a cat two years earlier to congestive heart failure I had become somewhat paranoid about watching my cats breathe, but she was otherwise acting perfectly normal, it had been very hot, and she had been trying to bring up a hairball. At only four years old there had to be an innocent explanation. Trying not to let myself get overly worked up, I was glad I had the long weekend to monitor her. Something in my gut told me a vet visit would be in order that coming week. 

Returning home from work Monday afternoon I found her enjoying a long nap in the screened-in bathroom window. After dinner I curled up on the couch to watch TV and Truffles came out to see me. Suddenly she became very uncomfortable, moving from spot to spot on the rug. Then she got up and ran for the bathroom crying, typical behavior when she felt a hairball coming, so I was relieved that it might be coming out. Instead she just laid down again and then headed for the kitchen floor.

That's when it got really bad. She started writhing all over and opening her mouth to gasp for breath. Then she started screaming, getting up to head for another room but her back legs went out from under her and she couldn't walk.

We headed straight to the emergency vet, which we found packed with patients. As soon as I yelled that my cat couldn’t breathe a vet standing there grabbed the carrier and ran out back with her. After filling out some paperwork I was brought to a room where I could still hear her screaming.

After what seemed like an eternity the vet came in and asked what my cat’s name was. She explained that Truffles' back legs were cold, and a test of her blood sugar showed a big difference between her front and back legs. This told her that she had a blood clot that broke off and cut off the blood supply to her back legs - a saddle thrombus. She said Truffles was in extreme pain and the kindest thing would be to let her go, because even if she survived the chances were very high that it would happen again.

Knowing I would never be able to live with myself if she had even the slightest chance, the choice was made to put Truffles on powerful pain medication, blood thinners, and time in the oxygen cage. If she was stable in the morning an echocardiogram and further testing would be done. I was allowed to visit her in the back room where the oxygen cage was located in order to say good night, then I reluctantly went home.

I hadn't been home for a half hour when the vet called saying the pain meds had already worn off and she was screaming again, gasping for breath. She didn't even dare take Truffles out of the oxygen cage to evaluate her. I knew I had no choice but to end her suffering. I told the vet I would be there as fast as I could so I could comfort her one last time, but by the time I got there my baby was already gone. It still kills me to think she died surrounded by strangers, likely wondering where her Mommy was. I was assured nothing could’ve been done to save her, that as incomprehensible as it was, it was just “her time”.

There’s no overstating the cruelty of a saddle thrombus blood clot. I think it’s safe to say it’s something most cat owners have never even heard of until they find themselves facing it, yet it’s a frighteningly common occurrence and devastating diagnosis.

What is a Saddle Thrombus?

Feline aortic thromboembolism (FATE), also known as a saddle thrombus, occurs in cats with heart disease and affects as many as 25 percent of cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common feline heart condition. FATE usually occurs without warning and can be the first and only sign of heart disease in some cats. Ninety percent of cats with FATE have a pre-existing heart problem.

An aortic thromboembolism is a blood clot that forms in the left atrium of the heart. Part of the clot dislodges and travels through the aorta, the largest artery in the body which runs down the entire length of the back. The aorta splits into two arteries (the left and right iliac arteries) to supply the back legs. That split is called the saddle. The dislodged blood clot often gets stuck in the wedge at the top of the saddle, preventing blood flow to the back legs.

Symptoms:

Usually the signs of saddle thrombus will come on incredibly quickly, and include:
  • Paralysis or weakness of the back legs
  • Restlessness initially, presumably due to pins and needles type feelings in the leg(s) as blood supply diminishes.
  • Crying or screaming
  • Panting or open-mouthed breathing
Your vet will look for:
  • Loss of pulse in the affected limb(s)
  • Rear legs that are cool to the touch
  • Leg muscles that are hard and extremely painful
  • Paw pads and nail beds that appear blue-tinged
  • If clipped beyond the quick, claws on the affected limb fail to bleed
  • Reduced glucose level in the affected limbs
  • Abnormal cardiac sounds

Diagnosis:

A saddle thrombus is typically diagnosed based on its distinctive clinical presentation. Additional testing may be needed, such as a complete blood count and biochemistry profile, chest x-rays and/or echocardiogram (ultrasound) to evaluate the size and shape of the heart, and doppler test to confirm the absence of blood flow in the legs.

Treatment:

Because of the excruciating pain a cat with a blood clot is experiencing, the administration of strong morphine-derived pain killers is the first course of action. Medication will be given to dissolve the clot, as well as anticoagulants such as aspirin or Plavix to thin the blood and help stop additional blood clots forming. (The cat I had prior to Truffles with heart disease was on Plavix for a couple years as a preventive measure.) Cats in concurrent heart failure will receive diuretics to remove fluid build-up and oxygen therapy.

Cats with acute FATE require intensive care in a hospital setting for the first 48 hours or more. Strict cage rest is required at home and may last several days to weeks. Around the clock care will be necessary to keep the paralyzed cat clean and comfortable while the hind legs slowly heal and regain function.

Prognosis:

Due to the devastating nature of the condition, extreme pain, and subsequent long term management of the underlying heart disease, at least a quarter of pet parents choose euthanasia over any form of treatment. Even if the cat recovers from the initial event, the risk of another clot forming is extremely high. There is a slightly better prognosis for cats with milder blockages that affect only one leg or don't cause complete paralysis of the legs. These cats may eventually recover full function and do relatively well. Incredibly, medicinal leeching is being studied as an alternative treatment, with an Israeli veterinarian claiming to have a 90% success rate in returning cats to a normal life using leech therapy.

I can easily say without a moment’s hesitation that watching what Truffles endured that night is the most heartbreaking thing I have ever experienced. A saddle thrombus is truly every cat parent’s worst nightmare. My heart soars when I learn about a cat who beats the odds and recovers, and my greatest hope is that ongoing medical research will one day discover new treatment options to offer a glimmer of hope to an otherwise incredibly grim diagnosis.