Month: July 2017

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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