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!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rachael Ray's New Cat Food --- Purrfection It's Nutrish! & How to store dry cat food

Rachael Ray of Food Network fame has developed a new line of cat food (dog food too) called "Nutrish" -- what a cute name, can't you hear her say it!  Anyway Rachael  used her basic cooking philosophy "simple recipes" to craft her brand of pet food.  She worked with cat nutritionists to develop Nutrish. The Indoor Complete  Chicken with Lentils and Salmon  recipes  #1 ingredient is  chicken that is combined with a "superfood blend" to make sure indoor cats are happy and healthy.  This is the first blog where fussy "TheMaxx" is eating --  he is beyond fussy but he loves this  food, so does Zoey!  TheMaxx is on the right of your  screen and distinguished as always!

So what is in this superblend of Nutrish ... well...  lentils, pumpkin, dandelion greens (this must be it!) cranberries and blueberries.  So what does this superblend mean exactly?   Lentils are naturally rich in fiber and protein; they are low in fat; basically supporting a healthy way for an indoor cat to live while maintaining  optimal weight -- and yes, we all need to  maintain a healthy weight!  Pumpkin is fiber rich and good for digestion,  cranberries and blueberries are rich in  antioxidants and good sources of minerals  like vitamin C that helps cat maintain a good immune system.

Leafy dandelion greens are high in fiber that has natural prebiotics your cat will benefit from. Another thing I really like about  Nutrish , especially for Himalayan cats with their small mouths is the size of this food...another reason why TheMaxx is purring when eating it!  He really is... because it is easy for him to eat.   I have never heard him purr and eat, honest!   Thank you,  Rachael Ray for crafting this new kibble piece with  it's  unique shape and taste.  It  has a certain crunch to it... and is not too big and not too small.  It is  purrfect for  a cat to  chew and swallow.  The Tonks however are never to be left out... they like Nutrish  a lot too...

This month I am so glad I asked www.chewy.com to send this to me for a  review -- it  is 36% off, and honestly, my  cats, all five love it!  My next thought is how Rachael Ray would suggest  to store the food.. I am not sure what suggestions Rachael would have and I am sure  she has many tips she would want to add... but -  here are a few basics that I follow....

1. Store food in a cool, dry location to keep it fresh... try a bag or a plastic container that seals tight. Never let moisture in the food 

2. I never put "fresh" dry food into  a container with "older" dry food.  I finish it up, wash the container and then put in the new food. 

3. I usually never have to check the sell by date, but yes, cat food now has that... so -- make sure you keep that in mind.  If you are really ambitious you can cut out the production code and best before date and tape it to the  container... thankfully, I never have to do this with all the hungry cats I have to feed!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time for a St. Patrick's Day Party w/ Taste of the Wild!

St Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. True, he was not  born Irish, but he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage since the 5th century. Today St. Patrick's Day has become a more secular holiday and is commonly thought of as a celebration of the Irish and Irish culture on March 17. The leprechaun, a Celtic fairy, is a chief symbol of this holiday, along with the shamrock, an ancient symbol for the triple goddess Brigit. It is fitting that this holiday should fall at the time of the year when the return of spring begins to seem at hand; or so we thought until yesterday when Connecticut got blasted with six inches of snow and more is expected this coming week !  To get in a holiday mood, we have decided to try the new catfood sent to us by www.chewy.com called "Taste of the Wild" Rocky Mountain flavor which you can get from chewy at a 14% discount.

I decided Taste of the Wild  Rocky Mountain flavor with real salmon, chicken liver and roasted venison in gravy would be the purrfect food for my frisky felines to try in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  I am hoping it will bring a little variety to their diet and encourage their inner tiger to come out for a prowl! Sabu and Zoey seem to love it!

I was impressed that this food actually contains smoked salmon which I know my Tonkinese love.  The bite size chunks are full of protein that is so important for overall cat health. Venison is a highly digestible lean protein source that adds a bit of variety to your cat's diet and also provides nutrients that support strong bones and muscles. Sabu really likes the gravy which also helps him get the water he needs. 

Best of all, A Taste of the Wild is supplemented with antioxidants from fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, blueberries and raspberries that are also good sources of  fiber and vitamin C and A . In addition, Wild Rocky Mountain is grain free and loaded with vitamins including taurine a type of amino acid that is critical for your cat's vision, digestion and heart muscle function. And, who can resist the bright eyes of a cat... my little friend Lars calls Mocha lemonade eyes!

The brand, Taste of the Wild is based on the philosophy that our cats (and dogs too) crave a taste of the wild and their formulas are based on a grain free diet that relies on quality meat and fish plus probiotics that will maximize the nutritional health benefits for your pet, as nature intended. The company has five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. including north and central California, Missouri, South Carolina and Arkansas.

As far as storing canned food it is important to remember that you shouldn't leave an open can of Taste of the Wild out for more than thirty minutes.  It is important to store partially eaten cans properly by covering them or by putting them in an airtight container in the fridge. Cans stored this way should be kept no longer than three days after opening.

When I think of St. Patrick's day, I also think of  Limerick's that gained popularity in the pubs of Ireland where Irish poets composed limericks during their drinking sessions, including some say, a pub in Limerick that was already noted for its pub crawl chorus, "Will you please come up to Limerick ?"

We have a cat named Sabu
 So very bad he is Taboo
I am elegant and must hunt
Not get sent to the front
But without chewy I would bid you adieu

Maxx is the master of staring
He is not disturbed when the music is blaring
At the top of the stairs he looks down
With bright lemonade eyes like a clown
Meowing for chewy for  sharing

Orders of $49 or more ship free in two days from www.chewy.com with an additional savings of  5% with automatic shipment. Review of product shipped by chewy

Monday, February 27, 2017

Goat's Milk Purrfect Pairing... for the gang of Five is Solid Gold

Pasteurized and homogenized cow's milk is the most common form of milk consumption in most of the western world; in some parts of the world however, goat's milk is the drink of choice and interestingly enough, goat's milk is digested in 20 minutes whereas cow's milk takes 24-hours.   As I dug a little deeper I saw that the  American Journal of Medicine stated... "goat's milk is the most complete food known" - wow that is a lofty statement that left me stunned as I always thought cow's milk was the most healthy type of all!

This month  www.chewy.com sent me six containers of  Purrfect Pairings Chicken Mousse cat food with Goat Milk by Solid Gold  -- and, I couldn't wait for  my cats to try it especially considering all the health benefits of goat's milk.  Just what are those benefits for cats (and humans alike)... well they are pretty extensive - goat's milk contains vitamins, minerals, trace elements, electrolytes, enzymes, proteins, and fatty acids that are easy for to absorb.  As for the  food from Solid Gold--  I really liked the smell and consistency of this  creamy light and airy grain and gluten free chicken mousse and so did Zivah and Zoey... it was a feeding  delight for the girls!

The added goat milk to this nutrient rich chicken mousse contains essential vitamins including taurine that is the essential amino acid in cats for normal vision, digestion and heart function. For this cat owner, best of all it comes in an easy to serve plastic cup that serves a perfect portion and is easily disposable.  Goat's milk is easily absorbed; the fatty acids in this milk increases digestibility which is especially good for those poor kitty's with sensitive stomachs.  Let's not forget all the vitamins and minerals and naturally occurring probiotics that goat milk contains. In a nutshell goat's milk is easy to digest and causes less allergic reactions because it doesn't contain complex proteins, it has a buffering element  and alkalinizes the digestive system because it is it has high concentrations of amino acid L-glutamine.  And, the Tonks are not going to be left out of all this goodness!

It is hard to believe February is almost over and that spring is around the corner.  This is the time of year the gang of five starts to get restless in anticipation of long walks in the yard and grass.  This is the look of anticipation and  a cat well fed with Solid Gold Purrfect Pairing... chicken and goat milk! So check out www.chewy.com where every order over $49 ships free in two days!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brush Up February -- National Pet Dental Month & Black History Month!

It seems these days every month connotes something to remember. February, for example is not only Black History month it is also Library Lovers Month, Grapefruit Month, Love the Bus Month among many others.  For the purpose of this blog, February is also Prevent a Litter Month, Responsible Pet Owner's Month and National Pet Dental Month.  So this month I decided to review Purina's Pro-Plan Dental Crunches Cat Snacks. The purpose of these crunchy wonders is to help reduce cat tartar build up or gingivitis on your cat's teeth. 

I have lived with cats almost all of my life but it wasn't until 20 years ago that I started to hear how important regular dental care is for cats, especially Himalayans, Siamese and Tonkinese, breeds that are predisposed to dental problems. A national study has found that not only humans are living longer, so are cats (dogs too) ! Today, the average age of a cat is 12.9 years or roughly 70 human years, this number is up from 12.1 in 2013 and, up from just 11 years in 2012.  One reason cats are living longer is because pet owners are more educated about their pets needs and because pets have more regular checkups with their vets and they are getting better nutrition; just look at all the natural pet food that is available. 

Purina's Pro-Plan Dental Crunches Cat Snacks are formulated with all natural chicken and liver flavors with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Their crunchy texture helps to clean teeth by reducing tartar build up with the added benefit of freshening your cat's breath.

This month www.chewy.com is offering Purina's Pro-Plan Dental Crunches Cat Snacks at 20% off and at just over $3.00 a bag, they were worth the try for this "responsible pet owner"! Unfortunately, my Himalayans didn't take to these at all; it is a pity because this breed is notorious for dental problems; maybe they found them difficult to eat because of their size; their mouths are considerably smaller than those of the Tonks.   My Tonkinese on the other hand seemed to enjoy crunching on them...although there are other treats that they like better...of course!

The "experts" have three basic suggestions for best practices in feline dental care. The first is brushing your cat's teeth with special cat toothpaste.  Do I even have to say it... good luck with that! Another suggestion is to feed your cat dental snacks and incorporate dry food in your cat's diet. Dry food and dental snacks help to keep gums healthy and to remove tartar build up. The third way of course is to schedule annual or bi-annual cleanings with your vet. So, don't forget to check out www.chewy.com for these dental treats and many other items. If you order more than $49, shipping is  free!

Celebrate Black History Month - Marion AndersonStudio, Danbury CT

She was one of the greatest contraltos of the twentieth century, the woman who broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera. She is remembered by many as a courageous role model for her outdoor concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after she was denied a performance at Constitution Hall because of her color, an event that drew 75,000 people. Now Marian Anderson's inspiring story is told to future generations at her Studio in Danbury Connecticut managed by the DanburyMuseum and Historical Society.

The exhibits show the extraordinary accomplishments of a girl born in 1897, who was denied even an audition at a music school because of her color, and who persevered to become a role model for her race and her nation. The Connecticut General Assembly made the farm one of the prime sites on its Freedom Trail commemorating the struggle of African Americans. With a curved ceiling, mini-kitchen, bath and fireplace, the handsome studio was a rehearsal place as well as a private retreat for the singer. It was designed by her architect husband, Orpheus Fisher, when the couple purchased a 48-acre farm in 1943 as a country house in Danbury. Known as Marianna Farm, it became Anderson's full time home from the time she retired from the stage in 1965, remaining even after her husband's death in 1986 until shortly before her death in 1993. 

Marian Anderson was active in the Danbury community and is warmly remembered by residents for her support of local music programs. After Anderson's death, when developers proposed to subdivide the property and build a road going directly through the studio's location, the community was alarmed. In 1996 the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation designated the structure as one of the state's most important threatened historic places. The developers agreed to donate the building to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, and in 1999 it was removed to the Museum campus on Danbury's Main Street. Today, visitors are invited to tour this iconic studio and other attractions such as the Dodd Hat Shop on the Museum's campus.