3 times the Fun

Hey everyone! Bater here, you might know me better as icky kitty. I’ve been stuck with that name since that dog showed up on my turf. My brofurs and I have been enjoying the holidays. We love all that wrapping paper to rip up and flick around.  That is what the holidays are about right?

Earlier this month, Lily told you all about some fantastic jerky that was amazing! I wouldn’t know, she would not share with me. She mentioned that the kitties were working hard on a blog post of our own. It just took us some extra time to make sure it was perfect.

We were honored when Chewy asked if we would like to test out this pretty cool looking cat scratcher. Sam kitty was there for emotional support. He does not have front claws. His previous owners declawed him. That was not very cool of them. Scratching stuff is the best. I scratch on everything. Doors, trees, chairs, sofas, and other stuff. It is mostly stuff I am not supposed to scratch.

Baby is pretty camera shy, so I am the face of this blog post. He gave me his input and I am here to look pretty and let you know the 411 on the cat scratcher.

It is made by a company called Pet Fusion. They make beds, food bowls, food stands, scratching posts and other cat scratchers, litter boxes, and litter box accessories. So many different things for both cats and dogs.

The cat scratcher we tried out is called the PetFusion 3 sided Vertical Cat Scratcher. It is pretty nifty and stylish looking. It is covered in cardboard and attached with a glue that is safe for us felines. The cardboard is eco friendly and recycled. YAY for being friendly to the environment.

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It is three sided, so once one side has been scratched up pretty good, you can flip it and bam! You have a whole new side to scratch up.

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As you can see, this is a decent sized cat scratcher. It comes in two sizes, standard and large. The dimensions for the standard are 18 x 10.5 x 16 inches and the large is 24 x 10.5 x 21.2 inches.

It comes with a little pouch of catnip. You can sprinkle the catnip on one of the sides to entice your kitty to scratch at it. I only like a particular type of nip, so mom placed my favorite toy on there to entice me to scratch at it. Once my hair tie was on there, I was a wild kitty. (my hair tie play is always supervised, she is always careful that I do not try to eat them)

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As you can see, we have done a pretty good job of getting the one side pretty scratched up. To keep it looking fresh, you can use a comb to pull up and catch loose shreds of cardboard.

The scratcher stays in place when placed on a rug or carpet. No carpet in your domicile? No problem! It comes with silicon floor grippers to keep it in place.

You can tell that I was having lots of fun. What about our other clawed feline resident? Baby likes playing with it at bedtime. Everyone can hear him scratching away while mom and dad are trying to get to sleep. He is camera shy, so no pictures of him having fun. He was the first one to test it out. Out of the three of us, he is the one that is most interested in any type of cat scratcher or post. He is a ninja scratcher. You hear him and then try to catch him in the act and BAM! He is nowhere to be seen.

What about when a kitty isn’t scratching away? If you tried your kitties favorite toy and that did not work, try some treats! A little persuasion cannot hurt. If they still aren’t scratching, you might need to show them how to scratch it. It is a learning process. They just need to know what a fun thing it is. Don’t force it on us though. We are independent kitties and will play when the time is right.

So to summarize, This cat scratcher has three sides that can be turned to prolong the scratching fun. You can apply grips to the scratcher to keep it in place when it is on a non carpeted surface. It comes with catnip to drive us crazy and entice us use those paws on the scratcher instead of the couch. Finally, it is a super pawsome cat scratcher!

So in closing. Baby and I give this cat scratcher 4 paws up or is that 8 paws up? hmm We will go with 8 paws since there are two of us. We highly recommend this scratcher. When it comes to cat scratchers, we prefer ones that have cardboard over ones that are carpeted. So this scratcher is perfect for us.

If you want to learn more about this product or the other products that PetFusion has then click here.

Don’t forget to look at all the other things you can get from Chewy.com. Remember, you might need some treats to get those kitties scratching. Chewy has plenty of cat treats and just about everything else you would need for your pet.

**********************this product was provided to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and Baby’s (more mine then his)******************

 

 

 

 

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Pork! A singular sensation.

WOW! Where has the year gone? It is almost time for Santa  Paws and then BAM! The new year will be here before you know it. I think it has been a pretty good year. I cannot wait to see what next year brings us. Hopefully more treats, toys, and fun times with my humans.

The kitties are furiously working on their post about a scratching post. When there are three of them, it takes time to decide on what to say and who is going to write what. At this rate, it might be done in 5 years, Sheesh.

No surprise that I love treats. So this month, I picked out a treat that is made with a single ingredient. Yep you read that right, one ingredient.

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It is called Tylee’s Human Grade Pork Jerky. It is made with pork sirloin. That is it folks. No preservative, no seasonings, no added anything. Just pork sirloin. Some of you may be thinking, but I like a little rosemary with my meat. Guess what, you will not miss it at all. Limited ingredient treats are pretty darn tasty. I love lots of those kinds of treats, but this single ingredient treat is AMAZING! I kept asking for more and more.

The jerky is made from the same pork that mom or dad would buy and  make for themselves. Even though it is human grade, only pups should be snacking on this tasty treat. Find your own salt filled jerky okay? I prefer mine all natural.

Tylee’s uses a natural drying process so that they don’t have to add anything to it to preserve it like some other jerky’s. They are dehydrated and thinly sliced, so they are perfect for anywhere. Plus since they are thinly sliced you can break them into small pieces and cut down on the calories for those of you watching your weight or trying to maintain your current weight.

Take a look at the size of this jerky! I only got big pieces for the review. All other pieces have been torn into smaller pieces to cut down on calorie intake and to make the bag last longer.

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I know you are jealous of the tasty business that I got to have.

I thought these treats were pawsome. They were chewy and delicious. Mom really likes the idea of being able to make them smaller to cut down on calorie intake. I would really prefer the whole piece!

Tylee’s is made right in the United States, which is pretty important for pet parents when looking for healthy treats to feed their pups. The pork version is about 33 calories per piece, but can very due to size. They also come in  Turkey and Chicken. So you have three different proteins to choose from. I bet the Chicken and Turkey are delicious too!

I think that these are worthy of four paws up!  They are tasty, have zero added ingredients, and are made here in the USA!

Tylee’s also makes food for us pups too! You can check out their products here.

Don’t forget to look at everything else that Chewy.com has to offer.

Watch me in action on my instagram page!

************We received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone***************

 

A Trio of Tastiness

Halloween has come and gone, time to get ready for the yummy holiday! So many tasty things to eat, but half of them are bad for us. I think they keep adding things to the list, so they don’t have to share. I only get a small amount of turkey and potatoes. I sure would like some stuffing, but nope it has onions and seasonings that are toxic to us. Guess that means  I should get extra treats to make up for everything I cannot have.

This month we had a pretty big selection of stuff to use from. The kitties are taking a break this month. So just me with your news of what is tasty and what is not.  I decided to try out some treats from a company called I and love and you.

We have not heard of that company, so of course my human needed to do some researching. Anything that goes into my tummy must be human approved. She looked up their website and read through it. Wow, they are a pretty amazing company. They make sure they provide us with best food and treats possible by using no grains or anything artificial and they use real meat as the first ingredient. If you thought that was pawsome, they also are pretty cool humans that are doing their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. Their corporate HQ is powered by WIND! That is so cool.  Caring that much about people, the plant, and us, show us that they are a company we can trust.

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The treats we got to test from I and love and you, were a three pack! I got three different types of jerky bites to try out. WOW! Lots of variety to choose from. The three flavors were Beef and Lamb, Chicken and Duck, and Chicken and Salmon. Lots of different proteins to nom on.

They are small in size, but high in protein, Prefect to use as a training treat and perfect for dogs of all sizes. The beef is American Beef, the duck is form France (oo la la!), and the lamb is from New Zealand (we have had New Zealand lamb before and it is delicious!) The treats are made right here in the USA, which makes my human very happy.

They are limited ingredient treats. Only 7 ingredients in each flavor!

Chicken + Salmon: Chicken, Salmon, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Mesquite Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Chicken + Duck: Chicken, Duck, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Maple Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Beef + Lamb: Beef, Lamb, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Meat as the first ingredient is the stuff we like to see in treats and food. My ancestors did not chomp on carrots all day long and I don’t want to either.

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They are look the same, but had different levels of tastiness. I really like the Beef and Lamb and the Chicken and Duck the best. The Chicken and Salmon was stinky according to mom, but I am not much of a seafood person, so I preferred the other two flavors more. They are super easy to eat, a couple bites and it is gone. They did not have a calorie per piece on the bag, but did indicate that there are 104 to 114 kcal per ounce in each bag. The bags each contain 4 ounces of treats.

I really liked these treats. Having three different flavors to choose from can make training sessions fun. Sometimes a gal can get bored of one particular treat and having three different ones to choose is a little more fun when it comes time to practice my skills.

If you are looking for a bite sized treat, that is grain free and has a lot of variety, then check out the treats from I and love and you. They get four paws up from me!

I liked them so much, I even stole the bag from the counter and helped myself. I was caught in the act though. Usually I blame the cats for any treats that end up on the floor with the bag ripped open. They have those tiny daggers.

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Be sure to look at all the other great dog and cat products that I and love and you has to offer. If you want to learn more about these treats and have your human order some, then click here.

While you are on the website, take a look around, Chewy.com has just about anything you need for your favorite pup or kitty.

 

***********************We received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone********************************

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Halloween is one of moms favorite holidays next to Thanksgiving. She loves being able to create costumes and have fun scaring people. Long ago mom and her brother got super scary masks and black cloaks.  They slouched over in chairs on their moms porch and waited. Spooky music played and spider webs adorned the doorway. They waited as the first victims errrr I mean kids walked up the steps to the door. As soon as they were close enough, mom and her brother sprang from the chairs and growled at the tiny humans. The kids got super scared and ran back to their parents.  Some of the parents had to come up and get the candy because the kids were too scared to come back up. They had lots of fun scaring kids most of the night.

Mom and dad do not have any human kids, so the only thing she can dress up on Halloween is either me or my brofurs. Icky kitty aka Bater tolerates it enough to snap a picture or two. I just like attention. I may look super serious in my pictures, but once someone starts petting me or telling me how cute I am, then the smiles are there.

2014 Halloween I was a Land shark, I had my very own Candygram that mom made and attached on to me. That year I did not place at all in the Petco costume contest. I was pretty bummed, but that just meant we had to work harder the next year.

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The next year, it was decided that mom would just make my costume. After lots of thinking, it was finally decided that I would be Harry err Lily Potter. I have issues with things touching my face. So no glasses or scar for me. I was actually named for Harry’s mum, so Lily Potter worked perfect. Mom did some thrift store, Etsy, and, fabric store, and Amazon shopping to get all the materials she needed. She found a grey sweater at the thrift store and then used felt from the fabric store to make that perfect Gryffindor sweater and scarf.  She was able to find an iron on patch for the crest on the school robes.

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We also had to create a scene for an Instagram contest. We created Kings Cross Station. I had my very own owl and luggage. I had everything I needed to board Hogwarts Express!

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We really liked this costume. Dad said it was spot on. We got 2nd place at the in-store contest. At least we placed that time! We did not win the instagram contest. That is okay. I looked darn good and that is the important thing.

2016 was a tough one again. Mom kept wanting to make me be a cop or prison guard and the kitties be the inmates. Getting three kitties to behave is almost impossible! It was finally decided that I would be Batman. I did not even need a mask. My ears are its own mask. The Instagram contest had a rule that your human had to be in the picture too. Mom was like AHHHHHHHH. I was going to be 1960’s Batman, and icky kitty was going to be Robin. That left mom with the Penguin, The Riddler, or Catwoman. Mom said heck to the no for spandex. It was decided that she would be the Penguin. Amazon, thrift stores, Etsy and the fabric store proved to be helpful in creating the costumes. Icky kitty was made of felt, a onesie, and some fabric. Moms was created from thrift store finds, fabric, and a little spray paint. Mine was from a dog shirt, some fabric, and an iron on patch.

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Then it all came together to form our non winning, but still pawsome group picture.  I did win first place in the in store contest!

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This year was the hardest to come up with. We thought and thought and thought. It was so hard to figure out what I should be. Then suddenly it just popped inside her head. She was like you can be a ninja turtle! I had my twitter pals vote for which one. Michelangelo won with 49% of the vote.

This was also the hardest to make. She used a doggy hoodie, some items from the hardware store, and the fabric store. I think I am the only doggy on the whole planet with a working set of wooden nunchucks! Dad helped mom make those. He is much better at power tools.

Mom made the shell and then used ribbon to make the hexagon design. She used stuffing in both the shell and the chest plate and then lots of sewing to put it all together. She tried using some velcro to keep the shell on the body, but it did not behave. She was able to use some snaps to keep the shell attached to the body. Snaps are your friend. The belt was snapped on as well.

I do not have a super cool mask, because of the whole touching my face thing. People could still totally tell that I was Michelangelo. I had my orange elbow bands, the M on my belt, and of course the nunchucks.

This year Mom did not have to be in the Instagram entry, but wanted to make a super fantastic scene, so she went as April O’Neil. Some trips to Target, the thrift store, and fabric store for some dye and poof! Her costume was done.

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We think this is out best entry yet. Plus I won first place in one in store contest and second in another.

Looking back, we love all of the costumes, but Lily Potter holds a special place in our heart since it was the first one that mom made.

We hope you enjoyed the Lily costumes of years past.

What are you planning on being this year? Let me know!

 

A Purrfect meal of Chicken with a side of Quail Egg.

Hi everyone! Bater aka Icky Kitty here.  Lily told you all about that pretty cool seat cover that she got to try out, but now it is my turn. I was not going to let her have all the fun with product testing month this month since it has been a while since my brofurs and I got any love on this blog. So after investigating the options, we decided we wanted to try out some canned food from Tiki Cat.

We have tried some Tiki Cat out before. Last time we tried it out, it was lots of seafood. This month is all about poultry! We love chicken. Whenever mom is making a dish that involves chicken, you can bet that the three of us well four if you count that dog, are circling mom for some tasty bites.

This months selection is called Tiki Cat After Dark.

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I know, I know, I am a very handsome spokeskitty. It is a tough life being such a good looking kitty.

This variety pack contains six different flavors.

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The flavors in each pack are Chicken, Chicken & Beef, Chicken & Lamb, Chicken & Pork,  Chicken & Quail Egg, and Chicken & Duck. That is a whole lot of chicken!! As I told you above, we are huge chicken fans, so this variety pack was right up our alley.

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The first flavor we picked out to try was Chicken and Quail Egg. Mom put it in the dish and that Sam kitty turned into a crazy kitty. He wouldn’t let anyone else near the dish. If Baby or I came up to him, he would block us from coming near him. He ate every single bite of that can. He gobbled up that quail egg! Mom was totally intrigued by the quail egg. It was a hard boiled quail egg in the can of food. We do not see too many hard boiled eggs in kitty food, so it was pretty interesting.

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It almost looks like some fancy dish you would find in a human restaurant. Pretty easy to pick out the egg and all that tasty shredded chicken.

I am a huge fan of broth and Tiki Cat has a lot of broth in their cans. I licked up all the broth first before I started to eat the yummy chicken part. Cats need to stay hydrated. So all that broth is giving us the fluid we need. Some kitties don’t always drink enough water, so having the extra moisture is helpful.

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Next up was Chicken and Duck.  You cannot tell from the picture, but my tongue was working overtime to lap up all that brothy goodness. I am a really picky kitty. Wet food never really interested me. I might lick a bit of the juices, but never was interested in the meat portion. I love Tiki Cat though. I will drink the broth and eat the meat. I kept eating until Sam pushed me out of the way

My usual food is dry food, which I totally love. Remember earlier when I talked about some cats not getting enough fluid? Well that does not apply to me. I drink water throughout the day and I even have a favorite dish that I drink out of.  Having Tiki Cat just means I am still getting hydrated, but in a super tasty way!

If you look at the first six ingredients on a can of Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail Egg, you will see Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, quail egg. I don’t see grains or added carbs listed. Why? Cats are carnivores! When is the last time you saw a lion grab a baguette to have with its antelope? The remaining ingredients are vitamins and minerals. This ensures that we have a well balanced meal. Each of the other recipes are similar. They contain all the same chicken parts, but with the additional protein.

Tiki Cat recipes help boost energy, support the immune system and support overall health. Their recipes help mimic the natural prey of cats. Members of the cat family don’t just eat a chicken breast and move on, we eat everything.

The three of us loved Tiki Cat After Dark. 12 paws up!  It had everything we wanted in a food and even something we didn’t even know we wanted. Yeah, I am talking about that quail egg. I loved the broth, Sam kitty loved the shredded chicken, and Baby cat just loved it all.

Mom likes that they gear their food towards the carnivore that cats are. She also liked that it is protein and moisture rich. Sometimes she does not see Baby drink enough water and this food makes sure that he stays hydrated. We are old and Tiki Cat food is good for all life stages. I am the youngest at 14!

If you want to learn more about Tiki Cat After Dark, then click here.

Don’t forget to look at everything else Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and great customer service!

Remember to check out my Instagram to see how much Sam kitty loved this food!

 

*************************We received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are that of mine and my brofurs Sam and Baby*********************

 

 

 

 

 

Riding in Style

This month has been crazy. Mom was very busy making our Halloween costumes. She prefers to make mine since I am weirdly shaped as she likes to call it. I am not a very long or tall dog, but barrel shaped. Costumes don’t always fit me properly. Two years ago I was Lily Potter (Harry’s Mum) and last year I was Batman. This year mom was having trouble thinking of a good costume. She finally decided on a Ninja Turtle. My Twitter pals voted on which one I should be. They decided on Michelangelo. It is a pretty pawsome costume. Mom even dressed up as the reporter April O’Neil!

How do I look?

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This month I got to try out this pretty cool seat cover that helps keep your car clean and it works with the harness I tested out a few months ago.

We actually used my hoo aunts’ car to test out this product, because moms’ car got attacked by a tree when a big storm came through. It hurt our house too.  The good thing is that no human or animal got hurt during the storm. My hoo aunts car is pretty similar in size to the Lily mobile, so we figured it would be a good substitute.

If you read our previous blog post about the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness, then you know that Kurgo has videos with products so you wont have to worry about using one of their products together incorrectly. Using a product like a car harness incorrectly can possibly harm us, so we highly recommend watching the videos.

The product we tested this month is a Kurgo Heather Bench Seat Cover in a charcoal color.

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Mom made sure she read through the instructions and watched the video a couple times to make sure that she knew the proper way to put it on the seat. She found it to be super easy. They do a great job of writing written instructions.  She was able to have it up and running in under 5 minutes.

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The two flaps at the bottom are for seat belt access. Remember me mentioning abut my harness a bit ago?  This works with my harness. We can have access to the seat belt so that I can be properly buckled into the car.

There are two sets of clips that go around each of the headrests. There are also two plastic tubes that you push from the front of the seat into the back. This helps the seat cover from sliding off. There is one more additional clip that wraps around the back of the seat. This is optional, but we chose to clip it. There are also two pockets to store stuff, such as a leash, poop bags, or treats!

Feeling the fabric, you can tell that it is very sturdy and will protect your car seat. Moms seat is leather, so this seat cover and help protect it from nails poking holes in the seat. If you  happen to have a cloth seat like my aunts car, then you can prevent something like  dirt or mud from getting on the seat. The seat cover has piped edges,  so that if some dirt got on the cover, it would get caught by that. It is machine washable on the gentle cycle and should be hung to dry.

After she got the seat cover on and took some pictures, it was time for me to hop up in the car and get me buckled in.

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There are two different ways that you can secure your pup in the car. The way mom secured me in is the best way. The other way allows your pup to move a little bit more. I was strapped in nice and tight. I did not like that way. I like to be able to move a bit, but the best practice way is what will protect us best if there was a car crash.

I did like the way the car seat cover felt. It was quite comfy and did not feel scratchy or too rough on my fur. It looks very nice in the car as well.  The cover is 55 inches long, it should fit most vehicles.  It fit my aunts car quite nicely.  She has a Mercury Mariner and mom has a Suzuki Grand Vitara , or did have one.  😦

Mom really likes this seat cover and cannot wait to test it out on the next Lily mobile. She gives it two thumbs up and I give it four paws up. We are really loving products from Kurgo. They seem to know what pups and pup parents want in a product. Having a product that makes mom happy and me comfy is important.

We have a different seat cover that we received in monthly dog product box and found this seat cover to be far more superior in ease of use and sturdiness of the material.

If you want to learn more about this seat cover or other great Kurgo products then click here.

Don’t forget to look at all the great products that Chewy.com  has to offer, including Halloween costumes! Why should the humans have all the fun on Halloween?

 

***************************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and my humans*********************************

 

 

Crunchy and freeze dried? Sign me up!

It is finally September! Cooler days are headed our way. It is about time. It has been a pretty good month. I got to go to the baseball game and coming up is my 13th 5k! Not too shabby for a pup that is only 6 years old. We have not done much else because mom got into some poison ivy (her first time ever!) and being itchy and blotchy is not her idea of fun, so I played nurse instead of having walkies or trips to the park. Snuggles are always a good thing.

Here is me at the game, I was a little unsure of why they kept changing pitchers. I am still a forever and raised royal pup.

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Onward to the important part of this post, the yummy stuff I got to test out. There were so many choices, it was hard to pick one. I decided to settle on some freeze dried treats. I have been on a total freeze dried kick lately. This month we go back to the Stella and Chewy’s brand. A brand we have come to know and trust.

This months selection is called Carnivore Crunch. IMG_3667

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It comes in Duck, Chicken, Beef, and Turkey. As you can see,  I got to try out the Duck recipe. The moment she showed me the bag, I was pretty dang interested.

The duck recipe contains 98% poultry, organs, and ground bone. It of course is grain and gluten free. What about the other 2%? Well that is Pumpkin Seeds and Tocopherols (which acts as a preservative) Our bag does differ from the bag show on Chewy’s website, it looks like the recipe was changed slightly. It now contains Fenugreek seed. We took a look at what that was and it can help us with inflammation, lower blood glucose level, improve digestion, and help with skin and coat problems.

Each treat is about 2.3 kcals, So it is perfect for those pups keeping the weight down or it can be used as a training treat. They are also the perfect size. Sometimes all you need is a one bite treat. (mainly because it means I can get multiple treats at in one sitting)

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Look at those yummy nuggets! I thought they were super tasty. I got to have five or six of them! The back of the package said that cats love them too. Mom offered a treat to Baby and Sam. They sniffed at it and then gobbled it up. Baby looked around for seconds. I am pretty sure that means he liked it. Mom even saw him trying to bust into the bag. That says a lot.

One thing that we really love about this company is their commitment to quality. Each batch is tested and those results can be found on their website. Recalls can be pretty scary when it comes to food or treats for dogs or cats. We can rest easy knowing that because the batch was tested, we do not have to worry about e coli or salmonella.  We were able to see that the batch tested negative for those bacteria’s.

So after testing this out and having to do all kinds of tricks to get them, I declare this to be worthy of 4 paws up. The kitties give four paws up as well.

We love the ingredients. Any treat that is mostly protein is always a plus in this house. We like that it is free of grains, fillers, gluten, artificial preservatives, or colorings. The size of the treat is perfect for all almost all sizes of pups and kitties. The low calorie amount makes it a great way to do training and not have to worry about over feeding of treats.

If you would like to look at all the other varieties of Carnivore Crunch, then click here.

Remember to look at all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. Super fast shipping and great customer service are a couple of the things that makes Chewy a great site to shop from.

Check out my instagram post here!

***********************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are mine and mine alone*****************************

 

Mixer or Meal? Why not both?

It is August which means, summer is winding down. HOOORAY!  It also means that I have a birthday! I turned six this year.  I had a fabulous party. I got my very own steak and my own birthday cake from  Three Dog Bakery. I would highly recommend their cakes. Mine was peanut butter flavor. I had lots of reasons to celebrate, one of them being my weight. When mom took me to get a bath, they had me hop on the scale, it read 46.8! Goal achieved!

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They say lime green is the new black. I make this color look darn good.

Anyhoo, back to the important stuff. What I got to try out this month. So many different choices. I went with my favorite brand of food/treats. Merrick Pet Care. You have seen me talk about their stuff before. It really is a brand we trust.  They have continued to come up with new recipes, ideas, and products for the best dog ever. (which is me in case you are confused)

I got to test out Merricks Backcountry Freeze Dried Raw. It comes in Chicken, Beef, and Salmon. I got to try out the Chicken recipe. Chicken is my absolute favorite. This can be used as a meal mixer or as a complete meal. It can also be used as a treat.

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As my loyal readers know, I’ve been on this dang diet forever. I was unable to have my favorite food, Backcountry Game Bird recipe because I needed a lower fat content food. This food mixer helps me get the raw bits I love with my crunchy food. You know those kids who eat the marshmallows first out of their cereal? Yeah, I am one of those kids, except the raw bits are my tasty marshmallows. I eat all of those first, then eat the kibble.

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Look at those big pieces of yumminess! Mom just tosses them on top of my food, because she knows I will just sniff and pick out the raw bits anyways.

What exactly is inside these meal mixers? The first five ingredients are deboned chicken, chicken liver, dried potatoes, potato protein, and chicken broth. It also contains fruits, veggies, vitamins, and minerals. When I was fed Backcountry kibble plus raw in my pre diet days, the yummy  bits were pieces of  raw poultry that had been freeze dried. The meal mixers contain other ingredients because it can be fed as a meal. They want to make sure we get all the nutrients we need on a daily basis.

If you do choose to feed this as a meal, make sure you add 1/4 cup of water to each cup of the raw bits.  After your human handles the meal mixers they need to wash their hands thoroughly since it does contain raw meat.

This is an excellent alternative to my Game Bird Backcountry recipe. It is very tasty and is nice to have something a little special in my bowl at meal times. We only used this as a meal mixer instead of a complete meal.

Mom likes that it is grain free and does not contain any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.

If you are thinking about going to a raw diet for your pup, this is a good way to start. It allows you to see what they think of a raw diet, before changing over.

I give this four paws up. I am pretty darn excited that I get to have raw bits again. I was pretty sad when I got switched to a food for chubby pups. I am also holding out hope that Merrick will create a chubby pup Backcountry kibble. That way I can keep my weight down and get that raw meat I love.

If you would like to read about the other meal mixers then click here

Want to see what else Chewy.com has to offer? Check out their website. They have just about whatever your pet needs.

Check out my instagram post to see me in action. It really  just confirms that I eat all the raw bits first.

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Freeze Dried Fun

Hai! I am Bater, or Icky Kitty which is the silly nickname that the dog gave me. I have taken over the blog today. Lily is off at the vet to get a bath. HAHAHAHA They need to clean themselves like me. I only have have to see the vet to get stabs and teeth cleanings. I got to pick out something to try out this month, because I am always left out. I do not like wet food and the only toys I like are hair ties and my cat nip pouches from Three Dog Bakery.

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I saw that they had some freeze dried food from Stella and Chewy’s. I saw Lily enjoying the food toppers  she got from them and decided I needed to check them out as well. I am a very picky eater. I have been known to go on a food strike if I decide that my current food is no longer up to my standards. I will pretty much demand a new food. I am a cat, it is just what we do. Keeping those humans on their toes.

I got to try out Duck Duck Goose. Can you guess what protein they use? Duck and turkey.  I love turkey and duck. If I get food, I pretty much demand it contains poultry.  They also have Chick Chick Chicken, Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey, Yummy Lickin’ Salmon and Chicken, and Sea-Licious Salmon and Cod. Lots of great flavors to try out!

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Who needs a human when you have sharp teeth? I eventually let go and let mom open up the bag and let me take a sniff or two. I thought it smelled very tasty. I am not sure why it took so long to get the food into my bowl. This is a freeze dried food, so you need to add 1/2 cup of cold or warm (not hot) water to 1 cup of food. Wait one minute and then let us starting digging in. You can feed this to us dry, but make sure there is plenty of water available at meal times. I am a dry food kind of guy, so no water was added. With 3 kitties and one pup, we have lots of water bowls filled at all times. So having water available is never an issue.

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The chunks of food are bigger than I am used to, but I did not have any problems eating them. I did not stop eating until I was full. I really liked this food. It was very tasty and a nice break from my normal food.  I gobbled it up on my next meal time. I did attempt to try it once it had water added to it, but I was not impressed. I prefer my food to be dry and have plenty of water near by. When there was just a tiny bit left, mom just put a few pieces on top of my food.

This is the first time I got to try a freeze dried food, which made the humans a little nervous. I am notorious for hating things, so they were not sure how I would react to a different form of food. I surprised them by taking to freeze dried food like a pro. I have had food that had freeze dried bits added, which is super tasty, but just freeze dried bits is a whole different thing.

Long ago,  my human was uneducated about the quality of cat food. I was fed a food that probably would only get 1 or 2 stars on my pet food quality sites. She then started reading and researching and suddenly I was fed a food that did not contain a vegetable as the first ingredient. I am a cat, do you see a tiger stopping by the produce section first or the meat department? We like our meat, we have sharp teeth for a reason.

Stella and Chewy’s  Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels contain 98% poultry, nutrient rich organs, and bone. They also make sure we get all the vitamins and minerals we need to keep us happy and healthy. It is grain free, filler free, gluten free. They put in all the good stuff and keep out the bad stuff.

How can you be sure they keep out the bad stuff? They test each batch to make sure it does not contain any bacteria that could make us sick. When you go onto Stella and Chewy’s website, look at the top right corner. There is an area to enter in the lot number that is printed on each bag of food. Once the lot number is found, you can open a PDF file that shows the results of the tests.

So what makes freeze dried raw food better than plain ole crunchy food? Well, you see with regular food, there can be heavy processing of ingredients, so we get less of the good stuff we need to stay healthy, but with freeze-dried, you still get all that goodness. That goodness can make us have less allergies, maintain a healthy weight, have less tummy issues, keep our skin and coat looking pretty (you know that cats like looking pretty at all times), and make sure that we have a good appetite.

I am giving this food four paws up! It is a very high quality food that is super tasty.

Thanks for letting me steal Lily’s blog for the day. She isn’t all that bad. She lets me sleep on her bed sometimes in exchange for not ratting her out for getting on the comfy recliner.

You can check out her instagram and see a video of me!

If you want to see what else Stella and Chewy’s has to offer, then you should click here.

Chewy.com ships my food to me every 2 months, which means that I don’t have to worry about ever running out. You should look at their site if you haven’t already. They have lots of stuff and have super fast shipping and great customer service.

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Walking and riding in style

Stepping outside, you can totally tell that it is July. It has been pretty hot here in Kansas City.  We usually have pretty warm to very hot summers. Walkies get limited in hot weather. My black fur does not like this heat. Which is why I like our winters, they are totally unpredictable. We can have days in the 70’s or days that are so cold, I am in a sweater for walkies. Why can’t it be winter? Walkies are so much better in the winter.

Speaking of walkies, this month  I saw a harness that I could test out. This harness is for walking and it also keeps me safe while in the car. It is made by a company called Kurgo. We had never heard of them, but reading a little bit about them, we learned that they are totally in the business of taking care of us canines. They have just about everything a dog could need for being out and about. Leashes, harnesses, car covers, coats, cooling coats, collars, booster seats, and so many other things.

The harness we got to try out is called is the Tru Fit Smart Harness with Enhanced Strength. It serves as a car harness and a walking harness. Keeping me safe while walking and riding in the car.

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My usual harness has a loop for the leash in the front. The Kurgo harness has a ring on the back for your leash as well as the chest area so you can use this as a no pull harness. The latter is the leash option that I am accustomed to, so that is what we used.  It has a padded chest plate for added comfort and protection. All the hardware is metal. no plastic pieces on the harness.

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See those two metal buckles on each side of me? That is what you use to secure the harness onto me. We highly suggest watching the video that is on Chewy and Kurgos website that shows just how easy it is to put the harness on to your dog. We are used to plastic quick snap buckles, so watching the video was a big help.

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Can you tell that I am a very serious model? Just waiting on one of those fashion designers to have me walk their runway show. Once mom got the hang of how to put on and take off the harness we were out the door and off to do some walkies. I was born ready to do walkies.

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The harness fits nicely. It has 5 adjustment points, so you can get a near perfect fit. I am a bit of a barrel shaped pup. So sometimes it is hard to find things that fit properly. Kurgo recommends sizing up if you fall in between two sizes. My chest is right about 28 inches and the medium harness goes up to 28 inches, so we went with a large harness that goes from 24 to 34 inches. If you look on  Chewy’s site or Kurgo’s site, they have a sizing chart to help pick out the perfect size for your pup.

I think it is a very comfy harness and I like the padded chest plate. I also liked that it did not rub under my arm pits like other harnesses did. Walking me was easy as pie according to mom. I only tried to pull once when I saw some people I wanted to say hi to, but was quickly corrected.

We mentioned that this is not just a walking harness, but a car harness as well. It has been crash tested for dogs up to 75 lbs. If you go here, you can read the crash test report on Kurgos website. Don’t worry, no actual dogs were used in the crash testing. When securing us in the car, use the provided carabiner to secure us in. There is a best and a good practice way to secure us in the car. The video I mentioned before also explains how to secure us using your cars seatbelt demonstrating both the best and good practice methods.

It was time take a car ride and test out the car harness feature. I had to get my flu shot, so we decided the short ship to get vaccinated would be perfect to see how it worked. We tried both the good and best practice. I preferred the good practice which allowed me to move a little bit, rather than the best practice which keeps me pretty restrained.  Make sure you do not clip the carabiner onto the leash hook, you have to clip it onto the harness itself.  Due to the high temps, no pictures were taken. Riding in the car with the AC blasting is one thing, but taking pictures while the car is parked is a whole different story.

We have been using this harness for about two weeks now. After using a harness with snap buckles for a very long time, we have found that we prefer the nesting buckle system that this harness uses. The Nesting Buckle System is based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers and linesmen. This makes sure that it is safe as well as strong.

We really like this harness. It is very easy to put on and adjust. Having the ability to hook the leash in two different spots is a big plus. It is a little heavier than other harnesses, but we feel that is because it is made with metal instead of plastic pieces. We have only used this in the car twice, once to get my flu shot and the other for a very short dog park trip. It was very easy to buckle me in both times using the best and good practice methods.

We really like this as a walking harness. In just a few seconds, we can be out the door and walking. Mom thinks I walk differently using this harness. Different in a good way. I don’t zig zag as much. It could be that the old harness was not sitting right under my armpits, so I kept having to adjust how I walked so it would not bother me as much. She feels I have been walking more in a straight line the whole walk rather than part of it.

We have purchased different harnesses that say they are no pull harnesses and very few of them were actually no pull. This harness is one of those few. We feel it ranks very high in terms of no pulling. When she says walking me was a breeze, she really means it. She says it was as if I was not even attached to a leash, I was that easy to walk.

If you are looking for a sturdy harness that can be used for everyday walkies as well as being a great car harness, then look no further than the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness. We highly recommend this product. It has become our new walking harness. Which is saying a lot, because we recommended our old harness to just about anyone that was looking for a good no pull harness.

If you want to learn more about this Harness, then click here.

You should also check out all the other great products that Kurgo has to offer on Chewy here.

If you think all those products are pretty pawsome, you should see all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and seriously the best customer service.

Check out my instagram  post of me walking and doing my thing.

 

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