20 May, 2014


I noticed two lumps on Patty O'Malley's throat last week.  Tried multiple times to get a look at what these lumps are, but he's a squirmy cat and prefers nuzzling to examinations.  In addition, he's scratched the fur off of one ear, so I picked up some Die-Bug-Die stuff from the vet's office, and applied it to both Patty and Mama Mia.  The last time Patty had a lump, it turned out to be a big, fat tick!  I left Sammy off the list for now, since he'd had such a nasty reaction to last year's treatment.  

I try homeopathic things too, such as brewer's yeast and diatomaceous earth.  However, if a tick and/or fleas are already eating on them, then I feel I must go the distance.  Fortunately, the low-cost spay and neuter clinic also sells the spot-on treatments, and no appointment is necessary.  I enjoyed a few minutes petting doggies in the waiting area, then was on my way again.  

Patty really doesn't like the oily area on the back of his head, but a little safety may go a long way with that boy.  I included several photos of him, because his fur colors are just like a pint of Guinness stout!  Dark, almost black browns, creamy malty colors, and frothy hues too.  Makes me long for long-ago days, when traveling in Ireland, stopping at pubs and enjoying a rich glass of Guinness...or two.  Ah, yummy!


  1. Yippee for taking care of those bugs. Ick! Boy, that belly sure is tempting! We think kisses are in order! Purrs...

  2. You are so wonderful to take such good care of them. Lovely photos of Guinness kitty :-) I've never been to Ireland, but would love to visit there some day!

  3. We hope those bumps disappear promptly! That is indeed a most tasty looking fluffy belly...how does Patty feel about snorgles?

  4. So happy to have found your blog. Found it when I was reading Stillness At Cherith.....hoping those bumps are nothing serious!!!! Love the name Guinness for a kitty and such a great looking kitty too! www.catchatwithcarenandcody.com

  5. Yup, tick season has started here, too. Haven't had any on me yet but Peep #2 noticed a couple climbin' up a wall or somethin'. MOUSES!


  6. Wow, that is some good belly fur! Hope those bumps turn out to be nothing serious.

  7. Yuck. We don't like bugs on us either. We just like to play with them.


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