Wildlife Wednesday

 We captured a butterfly for your enjoyment this week.

 I am being silly and running around in the rain (it was sprinkling) and wind.

I wanted to make sure Mommy saw the Butterfly. ~Scylla reporting for ATCAD

Tuiren Tuesday

 We always say we are going to take part in Blog the Change for Animals, and then we always miss it. But really shouldn't it be an everyday thing.  I guesses I could wait for the next Blog the Change, October 15th to write this post but I am not.

Most of you know that I am a Heartworm Disease Survivor, so this is an issue very dear to my heart and it affects dogs and cats.

The American Heartworm Society has information ever pet guardian should be aware of.

Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. The map shows particularly endemic areas based on the number of cases reported by clinics. I live in one of the areas with the most cases of heartworm disease reported.

What Are the Signs of Heartworm Disease?

For both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as the number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years and after repeated mosquito bites.

Recently infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease, while heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs, including a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss.
When I found Mommy I was already showing clinical signs, I had a mild persistent cough and I seemed very tired (Mommy thought I was a really OLD dog).

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very non-specific, mimicking many other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. Signs associated with the first stage of heartworm disease, when the heartworms enter a blood vessel and are carried to the pulmonary arteries, are often mistaken for feline asthma or allergic bronchitis, when in fact they are actually due to a syndrome newly defined as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).
 I was lucky in that they have a treatment for doggies, currently there is no treatment for cats.

Currently, there are no products in the United States approved for the treatment of heartworm infection in cats. Cats have proven to be more resistant hosts to heartworm than dogs, and often appear to be able to rid themselves of infection spontaneously. Unfortunately, many cats tend to react severely to the dead worms as they are being cleared by the body, and this can result in a shock reaction, a life-threatening situation. Veterinarians will often attempt to treat an infected cat with supportive therapy measures to minimize this reaction; however it is always best to prevent the disease.

There are heartworm preventives for both doggies and cats and I sincerely hope that you give your dog or cat one every month.

If you want to read about my fight with Heartworm Disease you can read
Scylla Sunday (My first Heartworm Treatment)
Tuiren Day (My Second Heartworm Treatment)
Tuiren Tuesday - Heartworm Treatment (The Final Treatment)

~Tuiren reporting for ATCAD

Mancat Monday

It was raining cats and dogs (why do humans say that to mean it is raining a lot?), so I was stuck inside and very bored. I remember my inside friends mentioning Bird TV, so I asked Daddy about it.

He found a channel and we watched it together.

I thinks Daddy enjoyed it as much as I did.

Although I really do not see how they got the birds inside the screen.

It sure is thin, how on earth did they cram them in there?

Where did they go!!!!!!!

Why does my sitting on this make them disappear?

Whew Daddy was able to get them to come back. They sure are entertaining to watch. ~Socks reporting for ATCAD

Scylla Sunday

Do you see my phone. OK, it is really Mommy's phone but I can use it.

When Daddy was in Japan he Skyped ME and Fenris. I MEOWED at him to let him know I missed him and that Mommy was not performing her chores to my satisfaction. Fenris was so FUNNY he got mad at the phone and growled at it. He thought Mommy had shrunk Daddy and stuck him in there somehow. We all got a good laugh from his antics. He was very annoyed that he could hear Daddy but not smell or see him, silly doggie. Fenris is much happier now that Daddy is home and he can hear, see and smell him. They even play fetch.  ~Scylla reporting for ATCAD

Saturday Cat Art

Mommy did all sorts of weird things to my picture.

This was probably the weirdest, it is called plastic wrap.

~Scylla, reporting for ATCAD

Movie night

Come join the fun at the Tabby Cat Club.

Fenris Friday

I likes my water bowl but Mommy doesn't. Algae grows in it constantly, and Mommy says it is hard to clean. So we thoughts we would ask you for water bowl recommendations. I share a nice ceramic one in the house with the cats and Tuiren, but we don't want to put ceramic or glass on the patio. Mommy would like something large as we go through a lot of water when it is hot. ~Fenris, asking questions for ATCAD

Thursday in Various Gardens

These tree is growing in Old Town. Mommy really liked it but she has no clue what it is. Thanks to Fozziemum, we now know it is a Jacaranda. The Mom so wants one.

The flowers were an incredible purple color.

Mommy thought the yard art is this yard was cute.

And this interesting plant was outside a store in Old Town.

This is the hotel (Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town) Mommy and Daddy stayed at. They have lots of well tended flowers there.

Mommy really like this one but she doesn't know it's name.

Mommy and Daddy went to Temecula Valley Wine Country and visited the vineyards. Their favorite was Cougar Vineyard & Winery.

Mommy said she had lots of fun and that she liked all the different wines they tried especially the Port with Chocolate Truffles. ~ATCAD