Friday, June 23, 2017

A summer solstice party with Evo

EVO cat food is a definite winner and is a favorite of the breeder of my Tonkinese cats, Great Pine Farm ...they were raised on it. The wet food contains no grains, gluten or potato.  Evo is 95% protein. This tasty food is rounded out with the addition of ingredients like apples, carrots, cranberries, tomatoes, vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids.  I tried out the Evo 95 grain free chicken and turkey food from chewy.com that comes in a case of 24 5.5 oz cans.


Just the Facts



  • Packed with 95% chicken and  turkey this is a highly nutritious cat food  helps maintain a cat's healthy skin, luxurious coat, bright eyes and, it even increases their energy.  
  • It is good for cats with diabetes and cats with skin and digestive issues.
  • This formula is based on what a cat would eat in the wild because it is high in protein and has added fruit and veggies in it. 
  • Because Evo is grain free it helps to  eliminate digestive problems caused by grains and starches in cats.  
  • You can serve the pate style wet food as a topper for dry food, or it can be served on its own.  My cats like it both ways. 
  • Evo is good for cats in all stages of life. Note how they are "shoveling" it in!!


Who Makes Evo


The company that makes Evo is called Natura Pet Products that was founded in 1989 in Santa Clara California.  In 2010, the company was bought out by Procter and Gamble. Natura Pet Products also owns California Natural, Karma and Innova.


Where to Buy

Chewy.com is offering 20% off on Evo plus an additional 5% savings if you sign up for auto shipping.  Orders over $49 ship free and arrive in two days.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nature's Variety and Healthy Cravings

Simply put, cats are meat eaters, they crave meat and need it to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Nature Variety's Natural Instinct Healthy Cravings serves up a protein rich cat food that provides a wholesome and healthy dining experience for your cat...after all, why should your cat eat when he or she can dine!

The Recipe

Chewy.com is offering Nature Variety's Natural Instinct Healthy Cravings Tender Chicken recipe in a delicious gravy this month at 20% off, they sent me some to try out on the gang of five; I had four takers!  

  • Chicken Broth
  • Chicken Liver
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Pea Flour- excellent source of carbs, fibre and protein
  • Natural Flavor
  • Sodium Phosphate- common thickening agent
  • Guar Gum- common emulsifier
  • Salt
  • DL-Methionine - one of 10 plus essential amino acids required by  cats and dog

How to Serve 

Add the Natural Instinct Healthy Cravings, that consists of cuts of cage free chicken in savory gravy to complement your cat's meal whether serving wet or dry food.
  • Use as these tasty chunks  as a topper for  pate style wet food to add to the variety of your cat's diet
  • Use  these grain free chunks as an added treat to dry food to improve water intake and for a treat
  • Use the pouch as a treat and a break from  pate style cat food.

About Nature's Variety

I like companies that are local in the sense that they are located in the United States and that they use ingredients from trusted sources. This company got its start in Lincoln Nebraska and is a leader in producing  grain free high protein food for  dogs and cats.   And after all this...  it is time to unwind -- the cat zen nap!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Good Vibrations and Blue Buffalo

It is a rather gloomy day in Connecticut as we honor all our fallen heros on this sombre Memorial Day.  For some of us lucky folks...and cat lovers, a purring cat seems to have an uncanny ability to brighten our days (even rainy ones)...and if they are purring all the better!  These adorable little rumbling vibrations indicate that a cat is content, but there is much more to it than that.  When a cat purrs, humans benefit too--including everything from heart health to blood pressure and, bone, yes bone growth benefits! I was especially interested in the connection between bone growth and the vibrations of purring.


The vibrations of purring cats have been studied and are believed to  have healing properties.  It is thought that  one reason why cats purr in the first place is related to their own internal health benefits. However, it has been found that the soothing vibrations of purring help their pet friends as well with everything from swelling and sore joints to broken bones!  Studies have shown that a cat's purr can build up bone strength, making it easier for bones to heal after a break or fracture. It has been found that the best frequencies for promoting bone strength is around 25-50 Hz, and since most cats purr at close to or above 20 Hz, these cuddly rumbles promote bone health!


Speaking of health, I like to feed my cats healthy treats and www.chewy.com sent me Blue Buffalo's delightful "Kitty Yums" Savory Salmon Recipe.  These soft little nuggets of goodness are made with real deboned salmon, wholesome brown rice, oatmeal and fish oil. These treats don't contain chicken or poultry by product meals, corn, wheat or soy.   They are a purrfect treat  for cats that help promote healthy skin and joints that all cats need to be active...just look at sleek Sabu performing on the bannister railing!
Salmon is a nutritional superstar because it has so many vitamins, minerals proteins and essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 that help lubricate joints. With well lubricated joints, your cat can pounce, jump, run and stand on their hind legs well into their senior years! Kitty Yums are only 2 calories per treat and are full of nutritional goodness that you will love feeding to your four legged purring friends. Chewy.com offers Blue Buffalo Kitty Yums @ a 20% discount!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Power of Purr

Some cats are fluffy little butterballs and others are sleek and sinuous, independent and loving, playful and sedate,  cats have a long history of domestication and their friendship is endearing.  Best of all,  scientific studies have shown  that there is power in purring and that owning a cat has many health benefits.  I keep my cat healthy by ordering  and reviewing a multitude of healthy and hard to find items for cats from www.chewy.com.  The gang is always excited when a box from www.chewy arrives!

Cat owners are onto something. When your cat purrs within the range of 20-140 Hertz, pet parents that are nearby are therapeutically benefiting from these vibrations.  Petting a purring cat for example has been linked to lowering blood pressure and stress.  It has also been linked to decreasing symptoms of  troubled breathing or  dyspnoea, in both cats and pet parents.  Purring is good news for heart patients too; a recent study has shown that cat owners have a 40% less risk of heart attack.

To keep my cats purring, I decided to try Merrick's Backcountry Freeze Dried Raw Chicken Treats from chewy.com. This delicious grain free treat is made with real deboned chicken, chicken and turkey broth, chicken liver and deboned turkey for cats that crave a meaty treat as nature intended.  Backcountry uses  protein rich all natural ingredients that would have been part of the ultimate feline ancestral diet.



Merrick's Backcountry Freeze Dried Chicken Treats come in a resealable heavy plastic pouch and are on the firm side so they don't crumble in the bag as some other brands do, these treats hold their shape.  I like to mix in these pieces of raw freeze dried chicken in my cat's dry cat food as an added nutritional treat. Being freeze dried these treats are full of natural goodness and nutrients that are easily digestible. 



I also like the fact that the Merrick Company has been a family affair  since 1988.  They are located in Hereford, Texas just outside Amarillo.  The goal of the company is to craft wholesome, nutritious recipes that pets deserve. All their food is made in their kitchens in Texas with  no ingredients from China. This month at www.chewy.com Merrick's Backcountry Dried Chicken Treats are on sale and marked down from $3.29 to $2.72 and if you use autoship the prices goes down to $2.58.  This is a very reasonable price for a high end freeze dried treat. 




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fancy Feast is for all kinds of cats...

Fancy  Feast by Purina has been around for 25 years...  I hope I am not dating myself... ! Purina is committed to preparing yummy  culinary "purrfect" goodness for our cats along with a balanced  nutritionally rich diet... and, really, this is a fav food for my gang of five!   Best of all  Fancy Feast Poultry and Beef Classic Pate is 33% off at chewy.com!

One thing I really like about  www.chewy.com is that you can  get just about anything shipped to your door within  two days --  even Fancy Feast and at a discounted price, if you order $49 or more then shipping is free... of not shipping is only $4.95.   Purina is an iconic  pet food company, growing up, all of my dogs and cats and horses were  raised on Purina.  Needless to say Purina has years of experience in making what pets like...and, with a name like "fancy" feast... it is purrfectly yum for my cats -- they think they are "fancy" -- what I like is that Fancy Feast is made in the USA.


Fancy Feast by Purina makes many options -- grilled, gravy, chopped, etc -- but  like me, I guess my cats  are "classic"  they really like the  Fancy Feast  Classic Pate.  I like the easy flip open can and the way my  cats devour the  fancy feast pate! Fancy  Feast contains an average amount of protein and fat; a bit and more fiber than some other  foods and fewer carbs... oh well --to kick it up I add a little moisture  for my cats and supplement them with  dry food.  The point is they just love fancy feast pate...and can it really get any better than that-- it is their go to food.


Is Fancy Feast the most "healthy" cat food... (no it is not  grain  free)  however,  I think it is  a high end cat food because of the quality of the ingredients.  Fancy Feast has real chicken, turkey or beef in its food and has vitamins and minerals.  After all the point is if your cat really enjoys it...  and eats it -- then all is well...  as you see theMaxx is waiting for his  turn...he loves Fancy Feast too. It is also very affordable... and if your cats love it like mine do it is a win win and www.chewy.com has it discounted!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Tail Wagging New Pet Merger

Chewy.com has made a major announcement recently that they are very excited about -- they are now  working with PetSmart, the nation's largest pet supplier retailer that operates more than 1,500 stores in North America. Chewy.com is the nation's top online pet products retailer and one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies with more than $900 million in sales.



Chewy.com will operate as an independent subsidiary of PetSmart.  Both companies feel this is a step in the right direction, as they both share a common goal of providing maximum pet happiness and will be able to supply pet parents with diverse offerings. If you know Chewy, you know that they always have their customers’ and pets’ best interest in mind and that they always do everything they can to ensure each and every pet parent is always 100% satisfied and over the moon with their service.
 
Chewy.com carries about 30,000 products, including such premium pet food brands as Royal Canin, Nutro, Blue Wilderness and Merrick, and offers $4.95 flat rate shipping for orders under $49 and free shipping for orders over $49.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nulo a leading cat food according to Tufts University

It is hard to believe that Easter is around the corner and with that in mind I asked www.chewy.com to send me a new grain free cat and kitten food,  Free style Turkey and Chicken formula by Nulo because it was recently named a top pick by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  As a matter of fact, the study found that Nulo's canned cat food was among the leading contenders in the study and was consumed by all of the test cats and in the greatest quantity proving once again that cats' tummies don't lie! Zoey is definitely interested in trying this food as I dish it out!


When choosing a cat food look for protein as the #1 ingredient and be sure to check the label to verify that the food contains high quality proteins such as poultry or fish and remember that ingredients are listed according to their weight in decreasing order. Now Zoey is ready to jump high (for her not for the Tonkinese) to try Nulo's Free style Chicken and Turkey... so there must be something to this study...and to Nulo -- thanks to www.chewy.com for shipping it to me to review. Best of all www.chewy.com is offering this food at 20% off and free shipping for orders over $40.


I was impressed to learn that Nulo's Free Style canned cat food was  formulated, tested and backed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  Although the AAFCO has no regulatory authority their mission is to safeguard the health of animals and humans, ensure consumer protection and provide a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry. It is a  pate, my cats prefer it and it has a good wholesome smell...and Sabu my Tonkinese was not about to be left out of this "taste test"!


According the study conducted by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Nulo Turkey and Chicken canned cat food meets the  AAFCO standards for  all life stages of cats, this is especially important for multi- cat households...like mine with cats that range from one to nine.


The top ingredients in Nulo's Free style Turkey and Chicken formula include: turkey, turkey broth, chicken, beef liver and tuna; there are no meat by-products. In addition, the formula contains vegetables and fruits to support health and essential vitamins like D2, B12 and vitamin E.  The crude protein is 11%, the fat is 6.5%, crude fiber is 0.75%, moisture is 78% and taurine is 0.1% making this a balanced healthy cat food. It comes in 5.5 oz cans and there are 24 cans to a case.


Nulo is located in Austin Texas and was started when company founders saw an increase in overweight pets and the administration of at-home insulin shots for cats and dogs. The mission the company was founded on was to create a fresh healthy cat food using only the best ingredients in order to get our pets off a "fast food" pet food diet and on a healthy wholesome diet that is created in small batches to ensure that your four legged friends are getting some of the freshest wholesome food on the market...and Zivah likes that!