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.





Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sweater Weather & Cats in Sweaters.......

November is sweater time... Indian Summer's  warm days of gold and reds have passed, the leaves have fallen and the weather is brisk and bright. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a few weeks away and that snow can fall at almost any time. This month, chewy.com has sent me a most appropriate gift to talk about...a Calendar!  And, not just any calendar.....

Cats in Sweaters is a darling 16- month cat calendar (of course) from September 2017 through December 2018 that features Cats in Sweaters!  Really, can there be anything more adorable in the world than cats in sweaters?  This calendar is a perfect gift for yourself or a friend that is a cat or craft lover!  Each cat model is introduced with all the savoir faire that is needed to be a cat model from  breeds -- like the Tonkinese Kitten on the cover to our best loved "alley" cats!  Best of all, this calendar is offered at a 32% discount !

From February's "Queen of Hearts, Magnus the merman in July to Mossimo the Huntsman in September and Ivy the Sugar Plum Fairy in December this calendar is sure to brighten your month. Zoey is my "Queen of Hearts"... usually! Just check out the chewy.com website for your calendar and other pet needs... orders over  $49 are shipped within two days Free!



About Icelandic Wool Sweaters
I love sweaters and have ordered handknit sweaters from the Handknitting Association of Iceland for more than twenty-five years. The Association was started in 1977 and is composed of hundreds of Icelanders, mostly women that knit for a hobby and to supplement their income.




 This is one of the few places in Iceland where you can purchase authentically made icelandic wool sweaters.  I have ordered sweaters online and they have always come promptly, beautifully made and have always exceeded my expectations.  This website also sells wool and patterns if you want to knit your own sweater.



From Handknitting Association of Iceland
About Icelandic Wool
The sheep that dot the Icelandic countryside are direct descendants of the sheep brought there by settlers in the 9th century and much like icelandic ponies they are a unique breed. Like their ancient forefathers, Icelandic sheep have fleeces that are divided into two layers, the long and coarse hair of the upper layer that repels water and the lower layer with shorter, softer hair making them perfect for insulation. These two layers, called lopi are combined producing a thread that is light and warm but also tough and water proof.




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tiki After Dark

There is nothing like a halloween tiki party... with the new catfood Tiki Cat After Dark!  I don't know about your cats, but mine seem to sleep all day and come alive at night! The simple reason is that cats are nocturnal by nature. Wild cats hunt during the night and our domestic four pawed friends retain this behavior as "night owls"!  


Another reason is a typical housecat's lack of activity during the day when their pet family is at school or at work. Even cats that develop sleep patterns like ours wake up several times a  night and once awake, they are ready to play leaping with every move you make!





Just Natural Ingredients

Tiki After Dark is a favorite gourmet cat food in our household and my gang of five considers it a real treat when they get it. Best of all Tiki Cat  Food After Dark is grain free and high in moisture providing my cats with a carefully designed diet that mimics a natural prey diet.  The  moisture content is especially important and the first thing that  Sabu does is devour the tasty liquid broth. The Chicken with Quail Egg actually had a half of an egg which was an enormous hit with the gang of five!


Health Perks

  • The Variety Pack provides some interesting and different recipes that keep my gang of five coming back for more - they like it and it is good for them- this of course is the biggest perk of all!
  • The food is grain free and high in protein, each recipe also includes liver, heart and gizzards.
  • Low in carbs, which is especially important if your cat also eats kibble.
  • The added chelated minerals and vitamins support a complete and balanced diet.
  • High-moisture recipes help supplement cats that don't drink enough water and helps maintain good urinary and digestive health.


This 12 pack offered by chewy.com includes: Chicken and Duck, Chicken, Chicken and Beef, Chicken and Quail Egg, and their new favorite Chicken and Pork.  Chewy.com sells this Tiki After Dark at a 10% discount with free two-day shipping for orders over $49.





How To Encourage Your Cat To Sleep At Night

Forget locking the bedroom door unless you want to be serenaded!  The best solution is to increase your cat's daytime activity. To do this you might want to provide things to stimulate your cat to decrease the number of hours she sleeps during the day.

  • Scratching Post to increase daytime activity (see my last blog for details)
  • Get a Bird Feeder - this can hold your cat's attention for hours. 
  • Get a Cat Tree or Install a Window Perch - with a view outside this can be like "cat TV"
  • Increase your Playtime- play with your cat at night before bedtime to tire your cat out!
  • Purchase or adopt another cat for your cat to play with during the day




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why Cats Scratch & A Solution!

The instant that the new cat scratching post arrived from www.chewy.com the gang of five was excited.  It seems they know when the front door opens and a box arrives from chewy that it is for them!  The cat scratcher by Frisco comes beautifully packaged with easy instructions for assembly that took all of about five minutes. 



The Frisco Cat Scratching Post is 33.5" H x 16" L x16" W and the base board dimensions are 16"L and 16"W making it extremely sturdy. The Frisco cat scratching post is available exclusively at chewy.com. The post comes in two color choices, cream and brown and is 26% off the list price of $45.99 making it $33.99, an excellent bargain for the quality of this item.



Key Benefits 

There are a lot of things I like about this cat scratching tower, most of all I like the way my cats, young and senior have responded to it. 


  • The layer of durable woven sisal covers all four sides and entices my cats to dig right into it and so far it seems to have stood up to the test of claws!
  • This post is big enough to allow Mocha to do a full body stretch while digging in bringing out the wild kitty in him!



  • The plush baseboard makes this tower super sturdy.
  • The top makes a perfect place to perch
  • The plush carpet is soft on the paws of my four footed felines.
  • The tower is a conspicuous object that satisfies their natural urge to scratch and mark their territory.
  • Helps to keep their nails healthy and my furniture safe.(luckily, they don't scratch my furniture!).



Why Cats Scratch

It has long been assumed that cats scratch in order to sharpen their front claws, as it turns out, studies have shown this is a secondary reason. Research on cat behavior suggests that the major reason for scratching is communication. By roughing up the bark of a tree (or the leg of your favorite chair or rug) the cat is letting other cats or people know where they are and what they are up to. 



According to Animal Behavior Associates, cats tend to choose a small number of conspicuous objects  in their environment to scratch, such as a tree, fence post, scratching post, the corner of a couch, etc and return to scratch them repeatedly. This scratched surface leaves a highly visible mark that can be easily seen by other cats. The scent glands in the paws of a cat leave scent marks by making the scratching movements.




Although studies have not concluded as to why cats scratch, it is thought that this is a territorial warning or could be a marker that this particular cat lives in this area and is alive and well. They scratch as a form of communication. They also scratch during play or while stretching as a greeting or as a way to relieve frustration.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Halo Cat Food and A Trip to the Beardsley Zoo

This month, I am all about Halo Cat Food thanks to www.chewy.com. There are many things I like about Halo, but one outstanding thing is their sense of ethics.  Halo is very active in giving back to local shelters. As a matter of fact every time you buy Halo, they donate a bowl of cat food or dog food to shelters to help nourish and transform shelter pets to give them their very best chance at a forever home.




 Halo is also a Giving Tuesday partner with the Humane Society and has helped to raise more than $200,000. They also help feed pets rescued from extreme abuse and natural disasters and transports them to high adoption areas.


Halo's Chicken Pate

Since the gang of five enjoyed Halo Holistic Chicken and Chicken Liver Dry Cat Food, I decided to review Halo's Chicken Pate  thanks to www.chewy.com and they loved it. Two things I  liked about it right off was that it smelled really good and it looked appetizing with little flecks of spinach in it.

Just Natural Ingredients

Halo has been producing high quality holistic pet food for thirty plus years. A mantra at Halo is that they use only whole meat, in this case chicken and chicken liver in a chicken broth.  There are no rendered meat meals of any kind used in Chicken Pate making it easy for your cat to digest.


For Indoor Cats

Research shows that indoor cats are not as active as outdoor cats. This particular chicken pate is four paws up because it is grain free and specially formulated for indoor cats. The indoor cat food has essential fatty acids that protect house cats' skin and coat from the effects of HVAC systems and keeps them at a healthy weight. These recipes provide complete nutrition with quality ingredients but with lower fat and fewer calories that will help maintain the weight of your cat.





Ingredients

The Recipe 

Chicken, chicken liver,  chicken broth,  natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, spinach, guar gum, carrageenan, carrots, potassium, chloride, cranberries, sweet potato, calcium carbonate, salt, minerals, choline chloride, vitamins, taurine, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)  magnesium sulfate, and  rosemary extract.



Minerals 

Iron Amino Acid Chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate,  sodium selenite  potassium iodide

Vitamins 

Vitamin E Supplement,  thiamine mononitrate,  niacin supplement  d-calcium pantothenate,  pyridoxine hydrochloride,  riboflavin supplement,  vitamin A supplement, 

biotin,  vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, and folic acid.


Additional Health Perks

  • Highly digestible because no meat meals
  • A good source of additional hydration
  • A great source of fatty acids that support healthy skin and coats
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • BPA free cans
  • Non-GMO Vegetables (veggies sourced from farms that prohibit use of Genetically Modified Seeds)
  • Protein averages from 33% to 30%


Lynx Kittens @ Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

This summer the Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut's only Zoo announced that their new Canada lynx kittens born in April at the Zoo are both girls. The kittens were named by Spencer and Wesley Elkind of Greenwich after winning the opportunity of what to call the kittens. Spencer, age 12, and Wesley, age 11, said the names have special meaning, and added, "We chose Penny and Ruby because they are our favorite cats at our house. We love them so much, and know visitors to the Zoo will love the lynx kittens too." Don't miss a visit to the Zoo this fall to see the girls!

Lynx are light brown to gray in color, similar in appearance to a Bobcat but larger with longer legs.  The tip of their tail is black and they have long black ear tufts, giving them their distinctive appearance. Lynx lead a solitary life except during the breeding season and when mothers travel with their young. Lynx kittens learn to actively hunt and as adults they are exceptional stalkers.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello Halo Cat Food

This month I was so impressed with www.chewy.com - even when their headquarters in Florida were affected by the hurricane, our cat food and our products to blog came on time! I have since learned that www.chewy.com is also donating pet food to areas affected by the hurricane in Florida and in Texas - what a wonderful company to look after our unfortunate four legged friends in those states. 

This month, I decided to try Halo Holistic  Chicken and Chicken Liver Dry Cat Food and my gang of five loved it!  Even fussy Maxx likes it!  It is good for them because it is made with real chicken and specially formulated for indoor cats. This food is a great healthy option because of the many key nutritional benefits and a real bonus is that this food is well priced for the high quality of ingredients used in this formula.

No Meat Meals

The most important health benefit is that Halo uses whole meat proteins only, they never use meat meals.  The trouble with meat meals is that they are a rendered  high heat processed and dehydrated combo of non-human edible remnants from slaughterhouses and fish processing factories. Pet food companies use these "meat meals" because they are less expensive than whole meat.  A meat meal is less digestible and is high in ash content due to the heat process. According to AAFCO protocol tests this Halo cat food comes out on top in terms of digestibility. The real test here is that all my cats like it.



The Proof is in the Poop!

Yes! According to the packaging, "the proof is in the poop" and I can't wait to see if this is true!  Halo notes it that because of this cat foods proven digestibility you can expect to pick up after your cat just a little bit less and, in general feed them less. The chain of logic used here is that when you feed your pet a whole meat food that is more digestible your pet utilizes more of it- and, the more nutrition your pet benefits from, the less you pick up as waste.


Dream Coat

This highly palatable and digestible formula also includes a proprietary "DreamCoat" supplement.  This is especially important for long hair cat owners. This formula grooms from the inside out so to speak by adding an essential blend of pure oils that supply essential omega fatty acids that support a full, shiny coat...just like the maxx has !


Additional Health Benefits

  • This product is heavy in protein and includes sustainably-raised, cage free chicken in addition to chicken liver and dried egg product. 
  • Halo is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. The formula includes: non-GMO vegetables, sweet potatoes, blueberries, carrots and cranberries.
  • In addition to no meat meals, this cat food has no hormones, antibiotics, artificial colors or preservatives.

Reviews

In addition to my humble opinion, Halo Holistic  Chicken and Chicken Liver Dry Cat Food  was recommended by 97% of the people that bought this product and reviewed it; 89% gave this product 5 stars -- or should that be 5 paws?  Best of all, www.chewy.com is offering this food for 20% off.

Where Fleas Hide

It is fall already, how summer has flown by.  The coyotes are back, I hear them howling late at night...and it seems that this year the flea and ticks season is worse than usual. My gang of five are banned from going outside (except on their leash) especially with the coyotes in the back woods.  The two pests I do watch out for when we are out are fleas and ticks. I have scoped out a few places where these pesky parasites like to hide and thought I would share them with you.

  • Tall Grass is a favorite place for ticks, it seems they like to climb up and latch onto a passing person or pet. The solution is to keep out of the tall grass and to mow your lawn regularly. No romping in late autumn meadows for us! Interestingly, well irrigated mowed lawns are not a viable habitat for flea survival, they need a moist, humid area that is sheltered from the wind and sun. Fleas can't survive in areas that get a lot of rain, are well irrigated or poorly drained.
  • Piles of Leaves are colorful and yes kids love to run and jump in them... and my cats love to play with piles of leaves, but there is one problem... leaf piles are perfect sanctuaries for fleas.  A colorful pile  of leaves provides darkness and humidity and is a perfect flea haven. It is best to keep your cats and dogs away from piles of leaves and to pick them up after raking and dispose of them.
  • Shrubs and Trees attract fleas because fleas like wet, warm, shady, humid areas and are particularly attracted to trees and shrubs. It important to trim back shrubs and rake out any leaves that are under them.
  • Pet areas that your dog or cat frequent often also attract fleas - they seem to have an uncanny ability to latch onto a dog or cat in their favorite spot.   A dog house, a favorite shady spot under a deck or porch, dense ground cover or a crawl space are all flea hot spots that should be noted and avoided. My cats love to go under the deck to eat the long grass that grows there, I guess that is off the list of things allowed for now!