Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Be Mine...Feline Every Day is Valentine's Day --- And Tiger Update!!

According to a recent survey, twenty percent of Americans are spending millions on Valentine Day gifts for their pets!  After all, Valentine's Day is a holiday to share your love and affection with those that you love.  Last year American shoppers spent about $18.2 billion on Valentine's Day gifts.  And, about 20% of US consumers are going to give their pet or pets a Valentine's Day gift -- or gifts this year.  And, yes, did I get some great inspirational ideas from chewy.com for Valentine's Day and every day and one great item I had to try is Wishes Filets by Honest Kitchen.



Even though I consider every day Valentine's Day because it is always important to show appreciation to our four-footed (and two-footed friends) -- each and every day...  I am really excited to share a very special treat from chewy -- they really find such great things at such great discounts.  So, this Valentine's Day, I wanted to show the gang of five just how "pawsome" they are and  Wishes Filets is a "Fishtastic Treat"!  Once opening the package, my gang of five wanted to dive right into it -pity I could not get a photo of that chaos!

Human Grade

What impressed me most is that Wishes Filets by The Honest Kitchen is 100% human grade which means that the entire supply chain and production process has been reviewed by the FDA on two separate occasions, earning the Honest Kitchen and Wishes Filets human grade status.  The long and short of it is that wishes filets are fit for human consumption and my Tonkinese thinks it is scrumptious!   I also like the fact that Honest Kitchen is a family-owned company out of California that makes food for dogs and cats from minimally processed human grade ingredients that provide pet parents with a more natural option.



The Snap Perfect for Multi-Pet Households!

I love the snap and crackle of Wish Filets that are light, crispy and easy to break apart so you can use tiny morsels of this deliciousness for a cat's smaller mouth...dogs love these treats as well and gobble them up too.




Wishes Filets are made of dehydrated white fish that is rich in protein and Omega-3s that is so important to improve the overall health of your cat or dog.  Interestingly this dehydrated treat also includes skins.   This treat is made from a variety of sustainable wild caught white fish so the company, Honest Kitchen can help maintain a healthy ecosystem in our oceans.  I really like this philosophy, so it is a win-win in my mind when purchasing this treat and watching the Tonks dive into them!


  • Omega -3 fatty acids acts as an anti-inflammatory and will help with arthritis.
  • Omega-3 will help to ease inflammation due to allergies and reduce itchy skin and dandruff.
  • Like other fat supplements, it promotes a shiny healthy coat and reduces shedding. For cats, this also may mean fewer hairballs.
  • Omega-3 is important in brain and eye development in puppies and kittens. Feeding a nursing mother can also benefit babies once they are born.

STAR Quality

Looking at www.chewy.com  reviews this high protein snack got  89% of those that bought this product recommending it!  The only complaint was that this treat has a strong fish smell... I can assure you... that smell didn't bother my Tonkinese... they loved it!  And, truth be told, the smell of these treats is no stronger than any of the other dehydrated treats that we have reviewed.

Connecticut Beardsley Zoo Tiger Update


The two rare Amur or Siberian tiger cubs were born in November at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport have received worldwide attention. Unfortunately, the Tiger cubs, Reka and Zaya are too young to be viewed by the public, however, a Connecticut Company, Blue Buffalo has sponsored a live streaming webcam in their nursery and chewy.com sent these two stripped sweethearts Valentine's Day treat!  


The webcam offers animal lovers a close-up view of these two stripped sweethearts at play from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Watching the live feed also gives the public a chance to see how hard the zoo staff is working to care for these little ladies that are genetically so important to sustaining their breed. The Beardsley Zoo is an accredited zoo that does much more than just display animals. Accredited Zoos play an important role in conservation, saving animals and breeding them that are on the verge of extinction in the wild, like Amur Tigers. In late spring, the Beardsley Zoo will move the tiger cubs to a new tiger exhibit where the public can actually watch them frolic... but for now get ready to ohhhhhh and awwwww when watching the webcam!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Living it Up -- Kitty Style With Liv A Little Treats by Halo

My gang of five likes treats... they all run into the kitchen every time I walk into it looking for goodies.  This month I could not resist trying Liv A Littles Whole Chicken Breast treats...from chewy.com and, I am glad I choose these high protein treats to review, so is my gang of five...they love them!

My Tonkinese cats are sniffers and they seem to know when something good has shown up at the door... and Liv a Little didn't disappoint.  The first thing I noticed about these treats is that they smelled really good and looked even better, this is because they are freeze dried and not dehydrated.  The freeze drying process helps them to retain a good wholesome color, great smell, and texture.


The second thing I noticed was their size, the container was packed full of large chunks of white chicken breast meat.  There isn't anything wrong with small treats but, it seems that half the fun of having Love A Little treats for Sabu is trying to fish them out with his paw adding an element of fun to deliciousness!


Benefits of Freeze Drying

Liv A Littles Whole Chicken Breast are made by  US company, Halo, Purely for Pets whose goal is to be transparent about what is in the pet food they make and where the ingredients come from.  I like the fact that this treat is freeze-dried as opposed to dehydrated because it helps to lock in the whole chicken nutrition, aroma, and taste. 

The process of freeze-drying uses a vacuum to remove moisture from frozen meat without thawing it, similar to the process for preparing raw food. The protein doesn't shrink or toughen during the freeze, which makes it enjoyable to eat. Plus, it doesn't contain additives that dehydrated food does, and it retains its original nutrients, while dehydrated food loses up to 50%.




Healthy Highlights

For over 30 years, Halo has insisted on creating only holistic pet foods that rely on whole meat, poultry or fish and never any rendered meat meal. This is the fundamental difference that sets them apart as a premium pet food brand.There are several key reasons why to try Liv A Little Chicken treats for your dog or cat and chewy.com makes ordering them easy.

  • Pieces of freeze-dried white meat chicken breast made in the US.  
  • No meat meal of any kind is used in this product.
  • Grain-free perfect for pets with a sensitive stomach
  • All natural, single protein treat that is low in calories, a real plus for indoor felines. 
  • Simple wholesome ingredients: chicken, water, sodium phosphate, salt, and carrageenan.
  • Serve as a high-quality special treat or crumbled them in food at mealtime for added incentive.
  • Packaged in an easily stored 2.2-ounce  hard plastic container that keeps the product fresh. 
  • Best of all my cats love them and I think they would eat the entire container at one sitting if left to their own devices!
  • Good to the last drop, with the small amount of chicken "dust"  at the bottom of the container I sprinkled it on their wet food for a special treat and they went wild!

It's Just Yummy!

My gang of five and I are not the only ones that think that Halo's Liv A Littles Chicken Breast Treats are good, out of 478 reviews on chewy.com this product had 4.5 out of five stars with 78% of reviewers giving it 5 stars, 9% giving it four stars and 4% giving it three. Best of all, this is one of the few products that is suitable for cats as well as dogs.






Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting in Shape with Slimcat! & #TigerTwins @ Beardsley Zoo!

One of the most popular resolutions of New Year is to get back on or go on a diet!  So many of us indulge during the holiday season -- even our cats get extra treats!   With  this resolution in mind,  I was intrigued when I saw a gadget called Slimcat  available at www.chewy.com.   This clever device is an interactive cat feeder by Petsafe, and, better yet,  available @www.chewy.com at a 56% discount!  It seems every time I head into the kitchen, so does my gang of five for their treats  !  The trouble is  I don't want them to gain weight... and with Slimcat they have to "work" for their treats...at least some of the time!

The cool thing about this treat dispensing gadget is that you can load up the treats and then adjust the number of treats that it dispenses depending on the size of the treat and the size of the opening which is adjustable.  It is a great new and healthy toy that my cats, especially the Tonkinese enjoy.

It is fun watching them bat this ball around that rolls easily on the floor as well as on a carpet dispensing treats along the way!   It keeps them all occupied on these cold winter days as well as helping them maintain their weight. I have tried this with several brands of treats from chewy.com including Greenies, Temptations and Party Mix.

To really get the attention of my Tonkinese I  broke up a few pieces of Halo Chicken one of their favorite freeze dried treats and, once they understood that food came out when they played with it, they really enjoyed this interactive cat feeder by PetSafe.


Slimcat is made of  BPA- free plastic and can be  taken apart and washed by hand or in the dishwasher.  It holds 2/3 cup of  dry food or treats and is compatible with most because the  holes in the sides are adjustable.  Slimcat comes in a variety of colors and seems to really brighten up these short winter days...it even woke theMaxx up from his snooze!


Rare Amur Tiger Cubs Born @ Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

On November 25, two rare Amur tigers were born at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, which is home to their parents, a male, Petya and a female, Changbai. They are  part of the Species Survival Plan that is administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. When born these girls weighed 1.7 pounds and seven weeks later they weigh 10 pounds and will weigh over 100 within six months.


 Rejected by their mother at birth,  Zoo staff has been hand feeding the cubs every five hours; and happily the cubs are  thriving. They will not interact with their mother because at this point she would see them either as a toy or as prey, not as her cubs.  As they grow and are weaned physical interaction will end.  Zoo staff  will raise these girls as "tigers" and time will tell if they will be kept together although the hope is they will be together for at least two years.  Genetically, they are very important to this rare species.


The girls have been named Reka and Zeya in honor of their Russian heritage. Zeya is a river that runs through the Amur area of Russia and Reka is a city in that area.  To watch the tiger girls grow, check out the zoo's Facebook Page.  The cubs parents are considered to be in the top ten in regard to tigers by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums because of their genetic diversity.


The Amur or Siberian tiger is a rare subspecies of tiger and the largest cat in the world. There are only 500 Amur tigers left in the wild and genetic diversity is a concern.  Male tigers can weigh up to 675 pounds and females can weigh up to 350 pounds. Another difference is that the stripes of Amur tigers are fewer and paler and they have a mane that helps to keep them warm.  The public will be able to visit the tigers this spring.  The Zoo is raising money to build a special viewing area for the girls.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Food Tips for Cats

 For those of us that cook up a storm, it is tempting to give our cats an extra holiday treat, this is ok to do in moderation, but it is best not to feed your feline friend rich fatty foods, pan drippings and gravy.   As many cats are actually lactose intolerant don't feed your cat ice cream, whipped cream or other dairy products that can cause diarrhea.  Most cats are not interested eating toxic foods like chocolate, onions or avocados, but they may like a dish that contains these food items, these ingredients will make your cat sick, so it is best to steer  clear from foods that have those ingredients .  I have a solution to holiday human food for cats with a new delectable treat from chewy.com from Stella and Chewy.




If you think your cat has consumed a poisonous food contact your  vet or the Pet Poison Hotline (800) 213-6680.

 

Holiday Cat Food  A Solution - Stella & Chewy

To avoid giving my cats holiday human food, I am giving my gang of five a new, fabulously healthy pure protein freeze dried product made exclusively for cats that www.chewy.com sent me called  "Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels by Stella & Chewy.

This raw diet pet food was developed in 2003 when Marie met a puppy called Chewy and adopted him only to find out he had distemper.  Marie began to prepare and feed him a raw diet and nursed him back to health.  Marie decided to bring raw diet options to dog and cat pet parents and the brand, Stella & Chewy was born.  




Why to Buy

Each Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried raw dinner morsel is formulated to mirror a cat's ancestral diet that will keep your cat happy, healthy and give him or her the protein that they require to thrive. This cat food will help aid in healthy digestion, a vibrant skin and coat, and healthy teeth and gums.

The high  pressure process used to  create  Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels has been   recognized by the FDA and USDA that gets rid of  harmful bacteria unable to survive under high  pressure.

Slow freeze drying locks in  nutrition.  You can feed cats this food in it's freeze dried form or rehydrate it by adding a half cup of water to every cup of food. Feeding instructions are included in the packaging making this easy to prepare.





  • Freeze Dried to lock in nutrition and provide cats with a healthy balanced diet

  • All Natural with no grains, gluten, fillers, artificial  preservatives or color.

  • Cage -free and farm raised in USA that is  98% meat, organs and bones

  • Rich in  taurine and enhanced with  probiotics and antioxidants

  • Great for coat, eyes, skin  gum health

  • Added Vitamins and Minerals 

  • Serve as is or add water and serve

Other Holiday No-No's

Holiday Plants
Holiday Plants and flowers make our homes look festive, they also attract curious felines. Poinsettias are known for their toxicity to cats; holly and mistletoe are much more dangerous if ingested. Flowers such as lilies and amaryllis are also very dangerous.  In my opinion, it is best to keep toxic plants out of the home entirely.

Candles
I love burning scented candles this time of year, there are so many wonderful scented brands to choose from. If you do burn candles, make sure that you keep them well away from your four pawed friends.  Cats are attracted to heat and could singe their whiskers and worse, your cat could knock over a candle and cause a fire! Always keep candles out of your cat's reach and never leave a candle burning unsupervised.

The Christmas Tree
Cats by nature are curious and ornaments look like cat toys. Chewing on artificial or real trees can cause GI problems.  Tree water may contain pesticides, fertilizer or other chemicals -- cats  should never  drink this water. Cover the tree water with aluminum foil to keep cats from drinking it. If your cat is a climber, put the tree in a corner so your cat doesn't bring the tree down.

Ribbons, Tinsel and Lights
Cats love to play with shiny string like materials and find tinsel garland and ribbons hard to resist. If swallowed these items can cause obstructions that could require surgery. Avoid hanging strings of tinsel that are within the reach of your cat and use a garland made of cloth ribbons.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tips on how to Save your Christmas Tree From... Cat-astrophe!

Something new is in the house... it has  hanging things that dangle...  sparkling things that  seem to invite a four pawed feline attack!   And, if you have a real tree, it seems as though the outside has been brought inside...making the tree even more interesting!   Here are a few  tips that might help your household avoid a "cat-astrophe including a new modern cat scratcher from Fusion Pets from chewy.com that is amazing! A great gift and 11% OFF! The first of several tips....diversion!




Diversion - Pet Fusion Scratching Post

I am featuring a fabulous diversion that www.chewy.com sent me that amuses my cats that are now use to the tree.   Rather than set up a barricade, I set up a fabulous cat scratching post by Pet Fusion-- their designs are so contemporary -- this cat scratcher is almost like a piece of mid.-century architectural design.   It is purrfect for my home and is sure to impress my holiday guests -- and yours too... it also makes a fantastic gift for the cat lover in your life!


Features of Pet Fusion 


  • A Win- Win  Chewy.com is offering an 11%  discount on this  fab cat scratcher by  Pet Fusion and your cats will love it... also makes a great gift!
  • Two In One - This is a scratcher and play area all in one that comes with natural catnip and a multitude of surfaces to claw that keeps cats occupied, stress free and tree free!
  • Flows with  Decor -No assembly  required and oh so  stylish !  All materials used are tested by International  safety standards.
  • Eco Design - This is made of recycled cardboard that is put together with a non-toxic corn starch glue and is oh so sturdy.
  • So Many Angles - This has a cubby hole for  scratching and relaxing as well as vertical surfaces it's the cat's meow!
  • Design - Modern- Thoughtful, eco friends and best of all is not an eyesore... plus it does not take up too much space.
  • Award Winner -  This product uses superior cardboard and was voted by Cat Fancy Magazine as the 2014 Editors Choice for the Best New Product.  It is also recommended by Hauspanther, a  recognized leader in cat products.
  • Integrity - This cat scratcher comes with a SIX month warranty for any manufacturing defect, or if you are not completely satisfied.


Wait a Day or Two Before Decorating  

Waiting before decorating gives my cats a bit of time to get use to the tree and all the furniture re-arrangement that goes into putting the tree up.  This  gives my gang of five time to sniff around the undecorated tree safely without me being worried about them pawing expensive  ornaments or biting on lights.  It also gives me time to figure out just how interested they are in the tree.


Place Your Tree in a Corner  

I always place my tree in a corner, away from furniture so they can't jump onto the tree from a cabinet or  the back of a couch...my Tonkinese are prolific climbers and jump down from  six feet without so much as a thought!


Unplug the Lights and  Lose the Tinsel and Garland 


Cats love anything that has a long string it seems and lights and tinsel garland are cat calling cards to play and pull it down.  Many times I have found garland pulled across the floor... about six years ago, I stopped with the cascading garland (and I like the look of the tree better without it) because it became such a mess to  put back up and... more to the point, I was worried about the gang of five's safety... cats can choke on it!   In addition, I always unplug the lights when I am not in the room to protect my  gang from electric shock... and, worse,  a  tree with lights on when not home is a fire hazard.

Dirty Tree Water Solution 

All of them seem to gravitate to the dirty tree water in the tree stand... regardless of how much fresh clean water they have scattered around the house.  If you cannot find a covered tree stand, and I could not for the size tree I have, then cover it with tin foil, cats hate tinfoil and hopefully will keep  curious paws out of it!







Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Purrfect Gift for a Cat (Lover) and Dog too!

Who doesn't like  goodies.... everyone I know likes them... and I bet you do too!  Talking about goodies, chewy.com has curated a new "Goody Box" for your pets (cats and dogs)...  and these Goody Boxes are purrfection !  This new Goody Box Meow You're Talking Box offered by chewy.com is  a great holiday gift for cat lovers ( dog lovers too!)... they are terribly clever and a great value as well... and they ship free.

We all know there are boxes and then, there are boxes and this "Goody Box" for cats doesn't disappoint...it is loaded with all manner of goodies sure to entertain your four pawed feline friend for days!  


These boxes contain five or more hand-picked  snacks, chase toys for the thrill of the hunt and more fun pet items from premium brands including some grain- and gluten-free options.



The Perks!

  • Expect surprise items in every Goody-Box that making it as much fun for pet owners to open as it is for their feline friends. 
  • Five or more full-size goodies from premium brands, including some grain- and gluten-free options.
  • Free Shipping on every Chewy Goody Box order! Woot!
  • Handpicked selection for all breeds of cats 1 year and older.
  • Great savings on everyday prices on this selection of toys and treats.
  • Surprise your own four-legged friend, or give the Chewy Goody Box to friends and family as a thoughtful pet gift box.
  • It’s great for special occasions, new pet adoptions, pet birthdays or a special present for any day of the year.
  • A brochure is enclosed that describes all the products and offers ideas on how to use the box.
  • This is an easy way to try new products that will spoil your cat!


A Great Surprise!
These days, it is not easy to purchase something sight unseen... but don't hesitate... it is packed with very special high end items that your cat will love.  This cute box even comes with a description of each product that is included in the box and even has a suggestion of how to repurpose the box!  You can use it as a litter box, as a feline sleeping box or as a storage box to put all the fabulous toys in... and then, of course watch your cat "fish them out!" 


Reviews

Out of 149 reviews on chewy.com this product got 4.5 out of five stars with 74% giving the Goody Box FIVE STARS -- and with good reason!  And, a great gift... any time of year!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thankful @ Thanksgiving & Instinct, by Nature's Variety

This week families and friends from all across America will come together to celebrate the things in life that they are thankful for and to eat way too much food! In addition to being thankful for having my gang of five, three Himalayans and two Tonkinese, we are also thankful to be part of the www.chewy.com family, a company that has made so many of our lives easier with their fabulous and dependable online shop that offers thousands of items for our pets and throws in free shipping on orders of $49 or more.  



This month, I am reviewing a new cat food called Instinct, by Nature's Variety minced rabbit.




Just Natural Ingredients

Considering that cats are meat eaters, I was interested in trying minced rabbit to  add variety to my cat's regular diet of salmon, chicken, turkey and beef. Instinct by Nature's Variety minced rabbit comes in a handy plastic cup that makes this food easy to serve.  When I opened the cup, I saw that there was nice bite sized farm raised rabbit served in a thick gravy with fruits and vegetables that I could actually see.  And, to my surprise, the food had a mild rather good smell. Rabbit is high in protein and promotes good digestibility, strong muscles, and a healthy coat and skin, so it is definitely a good choice for cats. According to reviews found on www.chewy.com, 93% of people that purchased this product recommended it.





Health Perks



  •  Quality protein ingredients including farm raised rabbit, pork broth and pork liver.
  • Whole food ingredients that you can see like carrots, spinach, and cranberries in a thick broth.
  • The minced texture is bite size and easy for cats to eat.
  • No grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal, artificial colors or preservatives are added.
  • It is made in the U.S.A.


Giving Thanks

I am thankful for many things, and one of them is my cats.  This month, considering the season, I thought I would include five reasons why I am thankful for my cats... I bet you have many more reasons to add to this list. 

1. The cute faces that my cats make are irresistible.




2. My cats make working more entertaining!



3. My cat's curiosity gets me out of the house and makes me want to stay adventurous!



4. It is always so much fun to watch them play.




5. Having one or several cats is a good reason to be thankful everyday because they always bring a smile...and are great at relieving stress.