Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Complications of Feeding Cats (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Failed (Sammy’s Poetry Day), and Getting Ready (Brian’s Thankful Thursday


The other day, our dear friend Ms. Ellen from 15andMeowing left a comment about my cats having possible thyroid trouble, and since i am familiar with thyroid therapy and i did want to answer her but not hijack her blog comments, i thought i would address it here.

Sweetie has trained our cats to expect every pet food bowl in the house to have plenty in it at all times; Mikey, when he was alive, set it in stone by peeing on the kitchen stove if the bowls were’t topped off to his liking.

Three cats, the elderly ones that have lost weight, live upstairs and don’t come down because Enigma SissyCat attacks them; Enigma SissyCat and Dansig live downstairs, and Link, the spoiled baby of the family, gets to go in and out of upstairs and downstairs at will because Sweetie won’t tell him no.

The problem is we have Dansig, who needs a special food so he doesn’t get bladder crystals again, and then Link and especially Dansig need to lose weight, while Enigma SissyCat gets a huge tummy pooch on regular food, so the food in all of the bowls is designed to help with those issues, and we can’t just put regular food in the upstairs bowls because, again, Link goes in there and he certainly doesn’t need it.

The cats that don’t need to lose weight, the three elder cats, were losing weight (and Dansig is not, drat it, he just eats more!) so the vet suggested that before we look into thyroid trouble, we just give the elders some canned food every day, see if that puts a bit more meat on their bones.

If it doesn’t help, then we will be looking into whether it’s a thyroid problem with any of them, but right now i am betting it’s just the low cal food that they really didn’t need; they are being monitored, and thanks again Ms. Ellen for looking out not only for your sweet pets, but mine, too.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Therapy.             


Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     

Another white picket, this time built to surround the very tiny yard at an apartment complex for seniors:


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    

Something odd is happening here,
Let’s see if I can make it clear.
On vacation I took this photo op,
Then tried and failed at Photoshop!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

This week, we are thankful that everything is getting done that needs to get done so we can go on vacation, slowly but surely.


Today is:

Arrephoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (ceremony for the two girls chosen to weave the new robe for Athena's Statue and care for her sacred olive tree during the next year; date approximate)

Corn on the Cob Day

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Fandens Fodselsdag(The Devil's Birthday) -- Denmark (traditional date when contracts between masters and servants expired, making them free to renew or renegotiate or sever ties; it was also considered The Devil's Birthday because taxes and rents came due!)

Holiday of the Happy Gnomes -- Fairy Calendar (grumpy Gnomes are not allowed to attend this holiday!)

Hug Holiday -- some internet sites have this one, and since hugs are good for mental health, indulge!

King Kamehameha Day -- Hawaii, US

National German Chocolate Cake Day

Rites of Matralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring of Mater Matua, goddess of dawn and childbirth, by women who had been married once) related observance:
    Day Sacred to Fortuna Virgo (Fortune the Virgin, the day marriage robes of girls were dedicated to this goddess)

St. Barnabas the Apostle's Day (Patron of Antioch; Cyprus; Marbelia, Costa del Sol, Spain; Marino, Italy; invoked as a peacemaker; against hailstorms) a/k/a Barnaby Bright Day or Long Barnaby*

*Under the Julian calendar, June 11, St. Barnabas' Day, was the longest day of the year --
Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright,
The longest day
And the shortest night

Anniversaries Today:

Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon, 1509

Birthdays Today:

Shia LeBeouf, 1986
Joshua Jackson, 1978
Caroline Quentin, 1961
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 1960
Hugh Laurie, 1959
Joe Montana, 1956
Peter Bergman, 1953
Adrienne Barbeau, 1945
Jackie Stewart, 1939
Chad Everett, 1936
Prince Henrik of Denmark, 1934
Gene Wilder, 1933
William Clark Styron, Jr., 1925
Vince Lombardi, 1913
Jacques Cousteau, 1910
Jeannette Pickering Rankin, 1880
Richard Georg Strauss, 1864
John Constable, 1776
Ben Jonson, 1572

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Toy Story 4(Film), 2019
"American Idol"(TV), 2002
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(Film), 1982
"Main Street Electrical Parade"(Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida), 1977
"Rock 'n' Roll Music"(Beatles' UK album release), 1976
A Day at the Races(Marx Brothers film), 1937

Today in History:

Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, BC1184
Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía, 1594
The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence, 1776
Russian  explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska, 1788
The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick, 1793
The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia, 1892
New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands, 1901
Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown, 1919
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island, 1962
Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first women to receive the rank of general in the U.S. Army, 1970
Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe, 200
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an official apology to Canada's First Nations for residential school abuse that isolated native children from their homes, families, and cultures for a century, 2008
Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume 'Oegyujanggak' books, 2011
Winds in southwestern Western Australia of up to 140km/h batter the area and leave more than 170,000 homes without power, 2012
Japan passes a law that will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, 2017
“The New York Times” reveals that the fire on the back lot of Universal Studios in Los Angels eleven years earlier had destroyed over 500,000 original master recordings, including many by Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, 2019


  1. Another clue to thyroid trouble is if their coats become dull and dry, rough to the touch.
    That failed photo op made my eyes spin! :)

  2. I was trying to make out the picture before I read that its a failed photo op. You have a lot of cats' diet to take care of.

  3. Feeding multiple cats with multiple needs is indeed difficult. Particularly as at least one of them will always find a way to get more than he/she should. Good luck.
    Photoshop is beyond me.

  4. Short and sweet poem. I liked it. And I like white picket fences as well, that's the real fence to me ;)
    The Devil's birthday is celebrated twice a year in Denmark. in June and December. He's the only one allowed two birthdays.

  5. Good photo and good poem. Good fence too. I'll take no offence to that.

    God bless.

  6. Oh my goodness, so many cat issues. We have 2, but they eat twice a day and have for many years now. Cat bro Bert had to have emergency surgery for a urinary issue and has been on special food since then. He is also chubby and would eat all the food we put out, so 2 squares a day works well, and they are totally used to it.

  7. It must be a challenge (at least until you get the right combo for each cat) to get everyone on a good eating schedule. Sounds like you've got the routine down! Loved your poem for this week's Poetic Thursday challenge....we just knew it was going to be an extra FUN one for poetry and it sure is!

    Hugs, Teddy

  8. interesting Six... the work (not begrudged, for sure) must be quite daunting from an organizational perspective if nothing else.
    have a good week

  9. I learned something today. Great job. Also, corn on the cob'd I miss that one!

  10. Multiple cats means lots of weird cat politics, I know - you sound like you are handling it all well! I love white picket fences, and that poem is a fun interpretation of that weird photo. Have a great day.

  11. Oh yea, thyroid problems are tricky and so are the menu selections when there are multiple felines. That was a good poem and a darn good thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  12. I loved the poem and photo Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  13. I know you take good care of your babies. It's good that other see things too.

    Love the poem.

    I'm thankful that you're going to get to go on your vacation this year. I'm going along as I always do.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  14. It must be difficult to care for furbabies with so different needs, but I am sure you will figure it out.
    Hopefully everything goes according to plan and you can have your much deserved holiday!
    Have a great Thankful Thursday.

  15. best fishes with de medical stuffs guyz.....we noe itz knot eazee on any one francis' blessingz two ewe all ~~~~~ ♥♥♥

  16. Your poem sure made me smile :)
    When I worked in a kennel there were a few of the older dogs that had tyroid problems. They were all on a raw dog food diet and we had to give the ones with thyroid problems a pill daily. Hope that all your kitties do well.

  17. Aww..thank you for answering my comment. I should have known you would be right on top of medical care on all your pets. I sure know about keeping cats out of one another's food. That was a cute poem. I am glad you are going to get your vacation, you are most deserving of one. XO

  18. Your caring for and love for your cats is wonderful. They are a very lucky crew. :)

  19. You have your work cut out for you with that bunch, lol.
    The picture and poem make me chuckle. I imagine that picture might be a conversation piece :D
    Yay! Vacation is coming!

  20. great fencle love from Europe

  21. Wow! You are one busy family with the kitties and their diets and personality ~ Bravo to you and hubby ~ Xxx

    Be Safe. Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. I do like the picket fence. Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

  23. Thank you for another interesting post, always very enjoyable :)

  24. Good luck with your cats. I can barely keep up with the demands of one; it sure sounds as if you have your hands full.


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