Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Stinky has planned a nice quiet adventure for today and is looking forward to Periwinkle’s arrival. When he hears the familiar whoosh from the tunnel, he sprints to its opening and is ready to catch Periwinkle when she comes tumbling out. They spend several minutes whisker kissing, paw hugging and catching up on the occurrences of the past week.

Stinky is ready when Periwinkle asks what the plan is for the day, but he doesn’t tell her immediately. First he tells her that they have a PSA. “Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Actually Misty May is going to the vet today, as she has some kind of growth on her left eye. Mom says that she’ll keep everyone posted after she is seen,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“I am so sorry to hear about Misty May,” Periwinkle says.

“Thanks, Periwinkle. I am certain not every cat will be going to the vet today, but it is a good reminder for people with cats needing check-ups to call and get an appointment. You and I are definitely lucky that we never have to see a vet.”

Be An Angel Day 

Stinky continues, “It is also Be an Angel Day. My mom thought we could have an adventure where you and I shared all the angels from both our homes with our readers. I thought that was a great idea, but with the huge gathering of cats we had two weeks ago, I thought that would just be too much. So I planned something for just the two of us.”

“Stinky, I like the way you think! So, what’s the plan?”

“Let’s hop back into the teleportation tunnel. We are not going too far, so it will be a quick trip, and you can see what I have planned.” The tabbies do just that, and moments later arrive at their destination.

Beaver Dam Farm – Buchanan, VA


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: field of sunflowers


When Periwinkle sees what is stretching out in front of them, she is unable to speak, which rarely happens. She finally regains her voice and says, “Stinky, I have never seen so many sunflowers. This is beautiful! Where are we?”

“This is Beaver Dam Farm in Buchanan, Virginia. Every year they have a Sunflower Festival. It was started in 2016 to help diversify the Beaver Dam Farm dairy income. This year’s festival is from September 8 to 18. I asked if we could come early, so we wouldn’t be trampled on by all the people who come to the festival every year.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: field of sunflowers with two cartoon tabby cats


“It’s really cloudy, Stinky. Do you think it’s going to rain?” asks Periwinkle.

“No, it’s supposed to clear up,” Stinky tells her. “I see you have found a sunflower for your furs. You look lovely. ”

“Thanks,” says Periwinkle and gives Stinky a kiss on the cheek.

Stinky takes her paw and leads her into the flower field.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: A large sunflower in the foreground of aa field of sunflowers.


“Stinky, look, they have corn planted among the sunflowers. I wonder why they do that?”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Sunflower and a corn stalk with two ears of corn


Planting Corn and Sunflowers Together

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I noticed that in some of the photos my dad has taken here in past years, and looked up the reason: Sunflowers attract ladybugs, which eat aphids, fruit flies, mites and other insects that plague corn. Both the corn and sunflowers produce chemicals that increase corn production and enhance the taste. In addition, the roots of the corn plants can go after and utilize nutrients and water deeper in the soil than any other crop. The sunflowers take advantage of these root channels and follow them to extend further into the soil to find even more nutrients and water.”

“Thanks, Stinky, that is very interesting, and I can always depend on you to do the research for our adventures,” Periwinkle tells him.

Getting Up Close

“Look, Periwinkle, I’m almost as tall as this sunflower.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Field of sunflowers with male cartoon tabby. cat in the foreground


“Stinky, you climbed the stalk didn’t you? You better be careful. I am not certain that stalk can support you.” Stinky jumps down before the sunflower bends over and dumps him on the ground.

“Stinky will you boost me up so I can get close to the flowers like you did?” Stinky helps periwinkle climb up on his shoulders.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers; Field of sunflowers with female cartoon tabby cat standing on the shoulders of male cartoon tabby cat.


“Thank you, Stinky. My head is almost as big as this sunflower.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Closeup of a sunflower with head of female cartoon tabby cat


“Stinky, this really is wonderful to get to enjoy these happy flowers out in the fields and fresh air.”

“I totally agree, Periwinkle. We always have sunflowers in our yard every summer, as the birds drop the seeds everywhere. Unfortunately, unless they are in the window box or the containers where Dad grows herbs and his peppers, the groundhogs eat them.”

“That is too bad, Stinky.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: large sunflower in foreground with field of sunflowers behind.


“Stinky, it sure would be nice if we could each take a flower home to our moms.”

“We can, Periwinkle. The owners of the farm have one for each of us.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Two cartoon tabby cats in front of a field of sunflowers and each holding a sunflower


“It looks as if the fog and clouds are returning, so I guess it is time to return to my house, Periwinkle. I don’t know about you, but I could use a snack.”

“Me too, Stinky!” Periwinkle and Stinky reenter their tunnel for the trip to Stinky’s house.

At Home

When they return to Stinky’s house, he gives his mom the sunflower, and she fixes a snack for the two tabbies. When they finish, they go out to the catio to visit with Stinky’s fursibs. While on the catio, Periwinkle notices not only a sunflower in the yard but also a bunny. Can we visit with the bunny?” Periwinkle asks.

Stinky tells her, “of course,” and leads Periwinkle to the yard. The two cats spend a few minutes visiting with the bunny.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Two cartoon tabby cats, a live bunny and a live sunflower.


Then it is time for Periwinkle to head home with her sunflower for Mom Sharon. Stinky leads her to the tunnel. They share whisker kisses and paw hugs, and with a wave and a blown kiss, Periwinkle is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky returns to the catio for a nap with the other Kitties Blue as well as dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

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