Thursday, September 1, 2016

I and Love and You... and... It is excellent!

Chewy.com shipped me a new petfood brand to check out... "I and love and you"; a self admitted unconventional name from a company that hails from Boulder Colorado.  They feel the name symbolizes the incredible bond between a human and a pet... judging from the names of their other offerings... I think they have a wonderful sense of humor and looking at their ingredients, I think they are very serious about providing healthy food for our pets.   Pets give us undying and unconditional affection with lots of purrs in between.  It is hard to believe that Zoey and Zivah are turning one and that TheMaxx is turning eight; so why not have a birthday party for them trying out a new brand of cat food by I and love and you!  I even decided to serve them using my favorite dishes by Portmerion - Botanic Garden!


I was shipped the I and Love and You Variety Pack wet cat food that chewy.com is offering at 46% savings!  The playful names don't stop with the company name- the variety pack comes with four cans  of: "oh my cod", "purrky turkey" and "chicken me out" recipes!  This cat food has been created under the supervision of a holistic vet; it is high in protein and includes deboned real meat,  an excellent selection of vegetables, fruits, and minerals; it is also grain free (no corn, wheat, rice, or soy fillers) and best of all my cats devoured it.

I liked the fact that this is a nice soft pate that comes out of the can easily, so easily that it allowed me to put the food in a pretty as pink cupcake holder for a festive birthday treat for Ziva, Zoey and TheMaxx.  Another plus is that the food does not have a strong smell... it actually smells pretty good... these factors, plus the most important fact, my cats liked it, makes this brand a new alternative for my gang of five!   They loved all the flavors, although purrky turkey seemed to go the quickest!


I also admire what this company is about. I and Love and You are founding members of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition, where they collaborate to implement best practices and tools and resources for continual improvement for the benefit of our environment, communities and businesses.  It is also a company that has donated 47,000 meals to dogs and cats waiting for adoption at shelters and rescues across the country; that is the kind of company that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when purchasing their products.


Zoey is grooming after a delicious birthday meal by I and Love and You... and the two Tonks are eating their fill -- Tonks are never ever left out of any celebration!   You can order the variety pack at www.chewy.com and treat your cats to a feast!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Is pumpkin good for cats- Tiki Cat Food has the answer!

Research has shown that cats (and dogs) like canned pumpkin and that it is good for them.   I wondered what the benefits of pumpkin could actually be and if my cats would like this colorful member of the squash family.


There are actually four important benefits to adding canned pumpkin to the diet of your cat. Pumpkin is 90% water and high in fiber making it a good source of soluble fiber content making it particularly good for preventing hairballs -- as an owner of three Himalayans this is good news.  Zoey is checking it out!

Another benefit of pumpkin is that the fiber in pumpkin can act as a binding solution through your cat's digestive tract, absorbing excess water that helps pets with diarrhea. Pumpkin is also a good way to control the weight of your cat because the fiber in the pumpkin promotes a feeling of fullness.  Pumpkin also has a high nutrient content that includes: Vitamin A, C, and E.  It also has  alpha carotene that is an antioxidant, calcium, iron and lutein that supports eye, skin and coat health.

The amount of canned pumpkin you should feed your cat can be a tricky business depending on size and eating habits of your cat, but the new cat food by Tiki Cat called Aloha Friends that includes pumpkin makes the addition of pumpkin to your cat's diet easy as pie!  And, the flavors of this new food are not only healthy because they are grain free but also cat gourmet fare -- just ask Sabu ! He inhaled the entire pouch of Tuna, Shrimp and Pumpkin in record time barely looking up from the dish while eating it!



The case of Aloha Friends by Tiki Cat is  available at www.chewy.com  and is 20% off this month.  The case includes four  3 oz pouches of: Tuna with Tilapia & Pumpkin, Tuna with Ocean White Fish and Pumpkin,  Tuna with Shrimp and Pumpkin and, my cat's favorite and most unusual, Tuna with Calamari and Pumpkin.

This food is grain and gluten free and is made with big chunks of  flaked tuna.  The tuna and shrimp pouch actually has baby shrimp in it !  All the pouches have small pieces of pumpkin in a moisture packed broth that my cats really seem to enjoy. Sabu is now satiated (note the fleck of pumpkin on his face!) and will spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning himself and cat napping...and dreaming of another pouch of Tiki Tuna and Shrimp with pumpkin or for total decadence Tuna with calamari!


Check out www.chewy.com for all your pet needs. The auto ship is easy to use and you can change it up to two days before your product ships. When you purchase more than $40 the shipping is free!  Another bonus when scheduling autoship with www.chewy.com besides not having to run to the store  is that you save an extra 5% -- and for first time users of autoship, you save 20% !

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Six Best things about Cat-Man- Do & Travel Tip about Beardsley Zoo

CatManDo  according to the "urban dictionary" refers to something that only a cat can do.  For example, when a person attempts to do the same thing, such as falling on their back and landing on their feet the outcome is a "catmando"...and, too bad he broke both his legs on that fall!"  The most famous "catmando or catmandu" hails from the United Kingdom.  Catmando   a ginger colored tabby  served as joint leader of Britain's Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP) from 1995-2002 along with his owner, Howling Laud Hope.  He was the only cat ever to have led a political party, I am sure Henri le Chat Noir would be proud of him.  My guess is that Catmando would go "loony" over the Dried Bonito Flakes offered by Cat-Man-Doo  and easily available at www.chewy.com.

When I saw the brand of  Cat-Man-Doo and particularly the Extra Large Dried Bonito Flakes, offered at 20% off by www.chewy.com I just had to try them.  Bonito is a fish whose home is in the waters of the Western Pacific Ocean. It is a schooling fish that is part of the "tuna" family. Unlike a tuna, a bonito is a bony fish that is rarely eaten for its meat; rather this dark oily fish is dried and shaved into very fine, intensely flavored flakes; the Japanese use these flakes in a savory broth.  As for cats, well, my cats beg for them everytime they see the package or hear me take it out of the cabinet... they will do almost anything to get one of these treats... usually I hear a chorus of meows until they get one!

The package says these flakes are extra large -- and they really are.  They are a beautiful pinkish tan color and shaved to perfection.  The company has developed technology that extracts the oxygen from the packaging ensuring that the flakes stay fresh.  When I opened the package, the fresh wholesome fishy fragrance was amazing and I felt like they had just come out of the drying process.  Not only are the flakes large, after a month of opening and closing the package, the flakes have not shrunk or become brittle and they have amazingly retained their color and fragrance.
The  Six best things about Cat-Man-Doo  Dried Bonito Flakes are: 
1. They are all natural  and made with one single  quality ingredient, 
2. There are no preservatives
3.  They are high in protein and low in fat
4. The natural fish oil is great for keeping your cat (or dog's) fur shiny and beautiful
5. www.chewy.com offers them at a discount .... 
6. And most importantly... my four footed furry cats Love them!

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Travel Tip



Coral reefs are widely appreciated for their beauty and spectacular biodiversity, which rivals that of tropical rainforests. Unfortunately, coral reefs are in decline worldwide due to both natural and human impacts. On Aug. 17 at 7 pm  the Beardsley Zoo  located on 1875 Noble Ave. in Bridgeport  is hosting  Dr. Joshua Idjadi from Eastern Connecticut State University to discuss the community ecology of coral reefs in Jamaica and French Polynesia. A $10 donation is suggested. There will be Refreshments.  This program will be held in the  Zoo’s  Hanson Exploration Station.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Paw Lickin Good new cat treats by Weruva

Two years ago, I never heard of freeze dried cat treats. Thanks to  www.chewy.com, my cats are becoming  connoisseurs of natural gluten free cat food, and now, freeze dried treats!  Freeze dried treats seem to be favorites of my Tonkinese.  As a matter of fact, I didn't  really know very much about "natural" pet food until Great Pines Cattery, that specializes breeding Tonkinese and Siamese cats (some imported from Thailand) turned me on to it.   I like  the thought of wholesome healthy food and treats for my cats and was excited to  try a new treat ordered from  www.chewy.com called  Paw Lickin Chicken Freeze Dried Treats by Weruva.   As you can see from the photo below... it is a game of who gets it first!



The  process of freeze drying locks in freshness and flavor with the added bonus of being high in protein, nutrients and enzymes.  The new favorite in my household is Paw Lickin Chicken Freeze Dried Treats by Weruva.   I love the fact that there is just one ingredient  --- white boneless chicken and no mystery ingredients --- the Tonks, Mocha and Sabu like that idea too! My Himalayan kittens.. like this broken into smaller pieces.  At www.chewy.com you get a 10% discount on this fabulous treat and if your order is more than $49 shipping is free... if you schedule auto ship take off another 5%.  The great thing about auto ship is that you get an email before your items ship so if you need to  adjust shipping dates you can.

When choosing  a freeze dried food, I look for a good balance  of protein, fat and fiber and Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken Freeze Dried Treats delivers.  This treat has 78.8% crude protein, 3.78 crude fat, 0.2% crude fiber and 5.2% moisture plus they are grain free and gluten.


 The treats are light and airy and  you can break them up easily... although  for my Tonks... that is out of the question... they savor these tasty morsels!  I like the fact that there is just pure white chicken.  Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken Freeze Dried Treats  treats come in a variety of sizes in a handy cardboard container with a tight lid to keep all that goodness fresh and easy to store.


A recent study from GfK* shows that 34% of all pet food consists of grain free pet food and that 48% is in the "natural" category.   As a relatively new offshoot of the natural grain free trend in pet food, freeze dried pet food/treats saw a 33% growth rate.

*About GfK
GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information that enables its clients to make smarter decisions. GfK’s public affairs division specializes in customized public opinion polling, media and corporate communications research and reputation measurement globally. In addition to delivering a broad range of customized research studies, the division draws from GfK’s syndicated consumer tracking service, GfK Consumer Life, which monitors consumer values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors in around 25 countries each year. The division is also the official polling partner of the Associated Press, conducting the AP-GfK Poll 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two healthy treats for cats

Chewy.com is a large internet petfood company that offers five hundred plus brands, many at discounted prices that offers a range of great choices with the click of the send button.  Another big bonus for doing business with chewy.com is that you can set up an autoship program for the food you need and tweak it if necessary up to a few days before your order ships.  Best of all, if your order totals  $49 or more, two-day shipping is free.  For first time customers there is even a 20% savings on their first auto shipment.



As the owner of five cats, two tonkinese and three himalayans, chewy.com made life convenient; rather than having to run to the petstore to purchase their favorite dry food, Royal Canin for Persian cats.  The kibble of this dry cat food has a special shape making it easy for my cats to eat it as himalayans have small mouths. This food also contains a series of special nutrients to help maintain the gorgeous long coats that this breed is known for.  Best of all, chewy.com offers this food at a 34% discount with an additional 5% discount if you sign up for auto shipping.  For well over a year, the auto ship has worked like a charm and the food has arrived like clockwork, even when I have had to change the shipping dates.



Feeding cats healthy snacks help to give their diet variety keeping them from getting finicky and freeze dried snacks are a source of healthy grain free protein that are easy for cats to digest.
A great find on the chewy.com website  are  freeze dried wild salmon treats by Haro. My cats fell in love with them. These treats, called "Live -A -Littles"  are  all protein, and made of 100%  "wild" salmon. They can be broken into little pieces making it easy to put as a topper over food or just to serve as a treat.



Another great snack alternative is the turkey lover raw freeze dried treats by Sojos. The single ingredient is freeze dried turkey is a high source of omega-3s and amino acids and this treat doesn't have any preservatives or artificial colors or flavors, plus it is high in protein. Chewy.com offers this treat at a 14% discount. This is the second favorite healthy treat that is enjoyed by all my cats.
For more cat food reviews and information about Himalayan and Tonkinese cats visit the adventure and review website

Saturday, June 25, 2016

What are Five things to love about Whole Earth Farms Cat Food

It is not easy to choose the right wet cat food for your four legged furry cat friends. There are so many dietary considerations to think about and so many choices.  I look for five basic things when choosing cat food and I found all five in Whole Earth Farms grain free wet cat food when browsing chewy.com.  Two kittens and a fussy eight year old himalayan --  themaxx (pictured below) ... and two tonkinese always presents a challenge!



1. High quality protein.  The first is thing I look for when reading the list of ingredients is a  high level of quality protein and if it is all natural or holistic that is even better.  With that in mind, I decided to try the duck formula by Whole Earth Farms in order to rotate the types of protein my cats eat on a daily and weekly basis.  I would get bored eating the same thing day in and day out and I think my cats do too!   Experts claim that rotating your cat's diet also prevents your cat from becoming finicky and also helps to decrease the risk of your cat developing a food allergy by eating the same food on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Even themaxx wanted a taste of this!



2. Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals.  The vitamins included in Whole Farms areVitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin,  and Thiamine Mononitrate. The minerals include: Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, and Sodium Selenite. This is an impressive and thoughtful list indeed!


 3. Grain Free - The real duck recipe and other protein options by Whole Earth Farms are grain free which means there are no fillers like rice or barley; there are also no by-products such as corn, soy or any other fillers.  Even though these are considered to be healthy in human nutrition, the digestive system of cats have a hard time digesting these unnecessary carbs.



4. Good Moisture Content.  Contrary to what most of us believe, cats just don't drink enough water.  The moisture content in this food is 78% that helps them keep hydrated that is especially important in the summer heat considering their low thirst drive. I like to stick with foods between 70% and 78% moisture and I am not opposed to adding a dash of water to their wet food. As you can see, Zoey loves this food and is my diva!



5.  Made in the USA.  Whole Earth Farms uses all ingredients from and is cooked in America!  And, the most important is that my cats love it; and best of all; chewy.com is offering the duck pate  at a discount -  a case of 24 cans usually sells for $30.96 and currently, it is marked down to $25.88, become a auto ship member and save 5% and orders over $49 don't pay shipping!





Speaking of farms, in Litchfield Hills, there is a great farmers market at  South Farms in Morris Connecticut.  This iconic and historic farm highlights a farmers market every Sunday with the best of the best highlighted. The White Barn  is a perfect venue for parties and events and weddings in a setting of great natural beauty.


South Farms’ vision is to redefine New England agriculture to create a farmland venue that offers a diversity of agricultural products, services, and attractions. By co-locating a portfolio of unique, entrepreneurial, and complementing businesses onto the homestead, South Farms intends to emerge as a great American farmland destination accessible to anyone between New York and Boston. They believe farmland preservation is best accomplished by creating and nurturing sustainable farmland businesses that excel within a blended, value-added agricultural and agri-tourism environment.  Their doors are always open to other farm entrepreneurs who believe they can grow the South Farms’ experience.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 things you might not know about himalayans

This beautiful cat is known for their sparkling blue eyes and unique markings on their luxurious coats. The Himalayan is often regarded for its striking appearance and obvious beauty, but what else do you know about this popular cat? Take a look at  5 things you might not know about the Himalayan cat breed:





1. This is a Hybrid Cat
Although the parent breeds to the Himalayan, the Persian and the Siamese, are naturally occurring, this cat came as a result of human intervention. Breeders desired a cat with the coat of a Persian, but wanted to develop a cat with the blue eyes and markings of a Siamese, thus the Himalayan was born. Fun fact: The Himalayan is often referred to as the “Himmie” by Himalayan cat enthusiasts. While some think of the Himalayan as a distinct breed, others consider it to be a variety of a Persian.


2. Selective with Their Affections
While the Himalayan is by no means standoffish, they reserve their affections for those in the home that they feel most comfortable with. A Himalayan loves to cuddle and be close with those humans that they trust, and isn’t the type of cat to do well in a loud or high foot traffic environment. These are calm cats that strongly prefer relatively quiet and low key surroundings.

3. Soft Coat, Firm Upkeep
To keep a Himalayan looking marvelous, it is highly recommended that they be brushed on a daily basis. From their Persian roots, these cats have a thick coat that easily tangles and matts. To avoid issues daily brushing will prevent the onset of coat problems and can even be a good bonding experience between owner and Himmie. Fun fact: Himalayans come in different “looks”, either the traditional or the extreme.


4. Big Body to Match Their Big Fur
Although the Himalayan has Siamese DNA, they are built much more similar to the Persian. These medium-sized cats are sturdy and muscular with large bones. It’s recommended to bathe your Himmie about once a month, so don’t be surprised if that wet cat doesn’t look so small after all with these big bones showing. Fun fact: The Himalayan is actually the most popular cat in the world, although many think of them as just a variety of Persian–which has long since been the world’s most popular breed.

5. Prone to Health Issues
While these cats are super adorable, they are prone to health issues for a number of reasons. Because of their flat face shape, they are prone to breathing issues and require daily wiping on their faces to keep them clean and healthy. Also, there must be close attention paid towards their grooming rituals, as well as keeping a watchful eye of litter becoming stuck in their furry foot pads. Due to Persian ancestry some Himalayans may also tend to gain weight easily and their food intake should be monitored as a result. If you want a beautiful lap cat that is just as cuddly as they are cute, then look no further than a Himalayan. 
I get all the products I need to keep my Himalayans healthy and happy from www.chewy.com -- check it out for their extensive product list.
Cat Fun Facts from http://iheartcats.com