Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tiki Time - A Luau for Cats!

Tiki, the very word conjures up  Luaus and  Hula dancers along with other romantic images of the South Pacific Islands.  A Luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast called an ahaaina meaning a gathering meal where delicious Poi, a pounded taro root that acts like the Hawaiian baked potato, and Kalua pig that is prepared in an imu, or underground oven is served amid many other delicacies.



According to their website, Tiki Cat was the first true gourmet cat food to hit the market that featured whole human grade shredded or sliced meat and chunks of seafood. When I got the new specialty box of Tiki Cat Aloha Friends Variety Pack  from chewy.com I immediately decided it was high time for a kitty luau of sorts!  My cats, especially Sabu really enjoys Tiki Cat food that is distributed out of Charleston, Illinois.  Tiki products are made in Thailand with dedicated human grade canning lines so I have no problem serving this to my cats, and they love it!

About Tiki Cat Food

Tiki specializes in making high-quality wet cat food that provides moisture that helps cats digest meat or fish while maintaining a healthy kidney, digestive and urinary tract, and, a healthy liver. Most cats don't drink enough water so feeding them Tiki wet food helps them remain hydrated which is especially important during the hot months of summer.



All my furry felines said "Aloha" with enthusiasm to the fabulous Variety Pack by Tiki that comes in a box of 12 easy to use and dispose of  3 oz pouches.  The flavors include three packs each of  Tuna with Shrimp and Pala'ai, Hawaain for pumpkin, Tuna with Calamari and Pumpkin, Tuna with Ocean Whitefish and Pumpkin and Tuna with Tilapia and Pumpkin.  The food pours out of the pouches easily and consists of big chunks of fish swimming in broth, and it actually smells good.  I was impressed that I could see whole salad size shrimp and rings of calamari!

Key Benefits

These packets will provide your cat with a healthy and delicious "Luau" of Flavor!  This product is grain free and is made with wild caught dolphin (not Flipper) safe flaked tuna, tilapia, shrimp, ocean whitefish and pumpkin that is simmered in a rich and tasty broth. Each packet contains a dash of sunflower oil that is rich in omegas and good for the skin and coat as well as pumpkin that adds a boost of fiber and antioxidants to promote healthy digestion.


This food is made with real broth and provides cats with moisture which is essential to hydration; and is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, omegas, and taurine and contains zero grains, gluten or GMOs. This food is also low in carbs with less than 2%.

Another plus is that this is a variety pack that offers different flavors for picky eaters, not that I would know anything about that!

Customer Reviews

People consistently give this catfood high ratings. On the chewy.com website, 56% out of 147 reviewers give this pet food five stars.  Most reviewers have cats that love the product and think it is a high quality cat food at a great price.  

One sticking point was those customers that preferred the canned version of Tiki Food as opposed to the pouch; personally, I like the pouch.  Many customers loved this food because it is grain free and because it looks like real food.  The only other problem was that some cats did not like the chunky texture, so keep that in mind when you purchase this product.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kitty on the Go - Summer Vacations


It is getting to be summer vacation time, and, a tradition in the Northeast for many families is to rent a house by the water and enjoy the gorgeous New England summer, which is usually too short!  Families leave their passports (and hopefully cares) behind; and in some cases, bring their pets with them. 

My cats have traveled in the car since "kittenhood" and seem to enjoy a car ride, so I always take them to our family's summer house on the water.  Thanks to www.chewy.com, I found the most convenient direct disposable litter box made by Tidy Cat that will save me the time and aggravation of lugging extra "cat" things on my summer sojourn.

Key Benefits
There are so many things I love about the convenience of the Tidy Cat Direct Disposable Litter Box in addition to the fact that chewy will ship it directly to any address I select -- so, there is no need to spend time off the beach looking for pet supplies!



  • The box comes with easy to use instructions that are printed on the side and the litter box takes only a minute to set -up.  There is a top that you fold under the box that comes in handy when you are disposing of it.
  • There is no lugging a separate litter box and a separate bag of litter along with all the other items you bring with you on vacation.  This litterbox is all in one!
  • The Tidy Cat Direct Disposable Litter box is prefilled with scoopable Tidy Cat lightweight clumping litter that is half the weight of regular litter and is 99% dust free.
  • The box contains an anti-leak coating inside that works as a liner that helps to contain messes.
  • The litter in the box provides around the clock control with tight clumps that deodorize and absorb.
  • Each box contains enough litter to last up to a month for one cat and up to two weeks or so for multi-cat households.
  • Best of all, this litter box is a vacation in itself, because you don't have to clean the box every time you change the litter -- you simply toss the entire thing out!

High Reviews

This product has an 80% Five Star Rating on www.chewy.com. All reviewers loved the fact that you can toss the box and start "fresh" every month.   


Vacationing with your Cat



If your cat is used to traveling since kittenhood and not stressed out by exploring a new house, then by all means, take them along, especially if you are staying in the same place for the duration of your vacation, and that it is ok with the owners of the property for you to bring your pet along. 

Before you go, make sure that your cat is up to date on all his or her shots and make sure they have a collar and tag, or microchip with all their contact information.

Make sure that you bring a carrier with you and that your cat is comfortable in it.  The size of the carrier is important, make sure they are large enough for your cat to turn around in.

It is best to bring the carrier into the "new" house and let your cat explore at his or her own pace.  Bring along a familiar toy or pillow to ease the transition.

Be sure to pack enough food and water for your trip and keep your cats hydrated.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018

I and Love and You! Happy Memorial Day!

There aren't really enough words to pay tribute to the men and women that serve our country in the military. This Memorial Day many of us will show our gratitude in many different ways from parades and picnics to attending a memorial service, hanging flags,  paying our respects @ 3 pm on the 30th during the National Moment of Remembrance, and visiting memorials. 



After our remembrance moment, one way that we will be celebrating is by trying a new cat food sent to us by chewy.com made by I and Love And You.  We received the Variety Pack Wholly Cow that contains twelve cans of three different types of food- Purrky Turkey, Beef, Right Meow and Savory Salmon...and, it was LOVE @ first bite!



Healthy Highlights

I and Love and You began as a small pet food store in Boulder Colorado creating raw food for pets knowing that pet parents everywhere wanted better food with real meat and real ingredients for their pawsome friends.  They remain an independent pet food manufacturer that wants our pets to have happier, healthier lives, and, they are just living up to their name, "I and love and you"...it's not crazy its just love! Here are the benefits...




  • This pate style food is grain free and carrageenan free.  Carrageenan is sourced from seaweed and is very controversial pet food additive used to thicken many pet foods.  Animal studies have shown it causes gastrointestinal inflammation and can trigger an immune response in the body that leads to inflammation.
  • The first ingredient in I Love and You wet cat food is real protein - an ingredient that cats thrive on and need. 
  • There are no fillers like wheat or corn, there is zero gluten, no artificial colors and better yet, no by-product meals.
  • This food is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as well as  Omega 3 and  Omega 6  that help maintain a shiny coat and is beneficial for bones and joints.


It's Just Yummy!



I and Love and You Variety Pack Wholly Cow is made for cats of all ages which is good for my multi-cat household that has cats that range from nine to two.  I am not the only one to give this food high marks, on the chewy.com website this food is 100% recommended, and to me, that and the way my gang of five gobble it up says it all.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chicken Soup for the Soul- 101 Cat Tales!

If you are looking for some light summer beach reading get a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul...My Very Good, Very Bad Cat by Amy Newmark with a forward by Robin Ganzert, the President, and CEO of the American Humane Association.  I got my copy from www.chewy.com who is selling it at a 16% discount making their price for this book lower than the online price for Barnes and Noble.  Combine the cost of this book with your other pet needs and get free shipping on orders that are $49 or more.  Best of all, your purchase will help the great work of the American Humane Association.




This book is the perfect way to celebrate the special bond that we share with our pawsome feline friends because it tells so many tales of how cats have changed peoples lives.  There are 101 amazing short stories about the antics and adventures of interesting felines from across the country.  The book is divided into ten sections that range from My Ornery Cat to My Healer Cat.  I enjoyed reading it in bits and pieces skipping from section to section according to my mood...and, the antics of my gang of five!  Some stories are humorous, others are amazing... and most will make you laugh or even bring a tear to your eye.  There are also heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing, and learning.

In the introduction, Robin Ganzert correctly points out that although cats seem independent,  cats are actually dependant on us humans for their needs including food, shelter, water and medical treatment and for our companionship.  The reward, of course, is the unconditional love that our furry friends give us.

Each chapter begins with a photo of an adorable cat that was rescued from the street or from a shelter. Every story begins with interesting fun facts such as, "Did you know that cats can make more than a hundred different sounds; and that dogs can only make about ten sounds?    Or, that most cats like their food at room temperature and won't eat it if it is too hot or too cold?."




Hilarious stories include Phantom and the Thanksgiving Turkey and Uther Pendragon, the klepto cat, the terror of the neighborhood!   The section called My Therapist Cat will prove that somehow our feline friends know just what we need, sometimes even before we do.  In the section called My Heroic Cat,  you will read about Spencer, who helped a recovering drug addict and Tiger that foiled a break-in. One of my favorites is found in My Nanny Cat that tells the story of Elvis the Cat... get the book to see why!





About the Author
Amy Newmark is the best selling author, editor in chief and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series since 2008.  Newmark has published 133 books, most have been best sellers in the U.S. and Canada.


Did you know...
A recent study published in a medical journal found that chicken soup, that motherly remedy for a cold does have some anti-inflammatory effects, that can ease some of the symptoms of a cold!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cats in the Kitchen... Weruva

There is a lot of truth to cats in the kitchen... whenever I go in mine I am followed by the Tonkinese who are always curious about what is going on in there, in addition to the fact that I keep the treats on the counter in a nifty little cannister from chewy.com.  This week, I couldn't resist trying Weruva's Cats in the Kitchen Variety Pack... it was a big hit with Sabu and Zoey.



There are twelve  three ounce pouches that come in six flavors including
1. One if by land, Two if by Sea - Tuna, Beef, and Salmon in Gravy
2. Pumpkin Lickin'Chicken- Chicken in a Pumpkin Soup
3. Love Me Tender - Chicken and Duck in Gravy
4. Chick Magnet - Chicken in Mackerel in Gravy
5. Pumpkin Jack Splash - Tuna in Pumpkin Soup
6. Mac, Jack, and Sam - Salmon, Mackeral and Skip Jack Tuna in Gravy



I like the fact that all products made by Weruva are made in a human food facility using many ingredients and processes that are used in food products made for people.  The company's motto is "people food for pets"-- I like that idea!  Here are the basic plus's of these pouches besides the fact that they were a big hit with my gang of five, especially, Sabu.


  • This food is high in protein and is made with boneless skinless white chicken breast meat, beef or wild caught fish - salmon, mackerel, and tuna or an interesting combination of these proteins.  
  • The soup formula is lapped up right away and also hydrates my cats.  As a rule, cats don't drink enough water (and, as we know, some of us should drink more too!) so this is a good way to hydrate them.
  • Pumpkin is so good for cats. It supports healthy gut motility and is high in fiber.
  • The recipe contains taurine that is good for your cat's heart and also has added vitamins and minerals.
  • The recipe contains no grains, gluten, GMO ingredients, MSG or carrageenan, so it's a good alternative if your cat has allergies.
  • I like the convenience of the easy open and disposable pouches and the fact that this variety cat has something for everyone even my most finicky eater. 

 Best of all, I like the way this food is devoured by my gang of five!  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring into Action with Frolicat Flik!

It finally feels like spring and my gang of five are more active than ever!  Since they are indoor cats, for the most part, I checked out www.chewy.com this month and found the coolest new toy for them to play with called Frolicat Flik Interactive Teaser by PetSafe!  



From the moment this new toy arrived the Tonkinese were curious and waiting impatiently to play with it, somehow, they sensed it was for them!  It is easy to set up and just takes three AA batteries (not included) that make it work.  Best of all chewy is offering this toy at a 20% discount!



Stalking is part of a cat's predatory nature and the Frolicat Flik toy lets their hunting skills shine!  The string pops out and goes back and forth and then hides inside the device making it an irresistible challenge for cats!  My cats went on the hunt for the string just like a wild cat would that is stalking prey.  The toy runs automatically for 15 minutes and each of my cats had a chance to play with it. I like it because it provides great entertainment for all of them - and for me too!


By playing with Frolicat Flik my cats learn to adjust their speed and how to gauge the distance of the string that flicks out from the toy.  Frolicat Flik is a very clever design that will provide hours of fun. If the string gets tangled, four screws on the bottom of the device allow you to access the string to untangle it.  I have used it for almost a month and the string has not tangled up, although a few reviews indicate that this can happen. It is good to know there is a quick fix.


Key Benefits

This interactive toy helps to vent your cat's pent-up energy.

An exercised cat is a content cat and one that is less likely to go into a wild frenzy of activity in the middle of the night.

Cats love to run, jump and pounce and the automatic Frolicat Flik tease is a perfect toy that hones their hunting skills, lets indoor cats get some excercise and have a little fun!

The Automatic teaser allows you to sit back and enjoy watching your cat have fun as it entices your cat to play.


It doesn't take up a lot of space and is a perfect toy when placed on a hardwood floor or table.  It also works on a rug but doesn't Flik out as quickly and makes it easier for your cat to catch.

You never have to worry about it shutting it off because this toy shuts off automatically. 


Friday, March 30, 2018

A Purrfect Treat... Purely Fancy Feast Wild Salmon Filets

When I opened the box of goodies from www.chewy.com, I couldn't believe my eyes!  A new product, Purely Fancy Feast Filets by Purina contained a gorgeous hand selected perfectly proportioned cut of natural wild Alaskan Salmon!  It was a love feast at first sight! I couldn't wait to give this gorgeous looking piece of salmon to my cats and to flake it as a topper on their food.



About Salmon and Cats

Salmon is one of the species of fish in the family that also includes char, trout, whitefish, and grayling. Salmon is found in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Eastern Canada,  Alaska and parts of the Pacific Northwest.  It is a freshwater fish that migrates to the ocean but returns to fresh water to reproduce.  Folklore tales passed down through generations tell us that salmon return to the exact spot where they hatched to spawn; recent tracking studies have found this, for the most part, to be true!




Salmon offers the same health benefits to cats as it does to people.  This fish is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 and these fatty acids will improve the skin and coat of your cat. The anti-inflammatory aspects of salmon are good for the joints of your cat. Better yet, the fat found in salmon will not clog arteries and will also improve the brain health of cats.  Salmon is also an excellent source of Vitamin B-12, B-6, and protein.  

Purely Fancy Feast Filets

The first thing I liked about this product is that it packaged in a case of ten packets is that it is made from 100% all natural wild Alaskan salmon.  This meaty filet is packed in a lightly salted salmon broth without any fillers.  The filets are rich and moist, they smelled fresh and clean and, looked so good that I was sorry I couldn't try them myself!




I also liked the fact that Purely Fancy Feast natural wild Alaskan Salmon comes in a convenient pre-packaged size that makes it easy to "dish" out as a treat or as a topper. My cats prefer it as treat and come running when they hear me open a package!  





As a new product, Purely Fancy Feast Filets only have a few reviews on www.chewy.com, but for those that did review the product, the majority gave it Five Stars...I give it Five Stars as well, because it is all natural with no fillers and, my cats love it!