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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.

******************************we were given this product at zero cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone***************************

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating raw part duex

So earlier this month, I tried out some tasty raw treats. Now it is time to talk about raw food toppers. Raw food toppers go on top of our kibble or as a stand alone meal. Before I was put on my diet, my food had freeze dried raw bits included with the dry kibble. It was amazing and tasty. I would pick out all the raw bits first, then move on to the kibble part. Mom likened it to a kid eating the marshmallows out of the cereal first. I missed having that in my food.  They do not have a diet version of that yummy food. When I found out I could test out some freeze dried raw toppers, I said yes please!

The company that makes the topper is called Stella and Chewy’s, it is a company we have heard of, but have not tried. They make meal mixers, super blends, dog food, cat food, and dog treats. They are made right here in the USA. They get their proteins from the North America, New Zealand, and Australia. They make sure that only the best goes into their products. That is something that we like. Being picky about what we eat is not  a bad thing. It is scary how many recalls we read about, so making sure our food comes from a trusted source is a top priority.

I got to test out Grass Fed Beef Recipe Superblend. It has beef of course and a blend of nutrient rich super foods! It contains 90% beef, nutrient rich organs, and bones. Plus has lot of  fruits and veggies (no peas!!). Probiotics, minerals, and vitamins are also added to make sure we have a balanced diet.

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It comes with a scoop so that your human can measure  the right amount to give you. Each scoop is 75 kcal, so make sure the amount of dry kibble is reduced, so we don’t get overfed. If you are going to get this as a stand alone food, 2 tablespoons of  cool or warm water can be added to the freeze dried bits to re-hydrate.  The bits can be fed on their own, if that happens, we need plenty of fresh water available for us. Your human should wash their hands with hot water and soap after handing this product. They should also make sure our bowl get cleaned as well after we are done eating.

Raw food helps with digestion, our skin and coat, stamina and vitality, and helps out our chompers. Why not add some fun and tastiness to our already yummy kibble?

Mom showed me the bag and I sniffed and was very interested. I got to sniff the scoop of raw bits before it was added into my food. I really wanted to eat right out of the scoop!

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Mom added the scoop and I got to eating, I ate all the raw bits, then moved on to the kibble. What can I say, raw bits are really tasty and I want to eat that first.

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I says it is a compliment to the chef! It was very good and I even ate the freeze dried superfoods. Usually I only eat blueberries if they are in a muffin. This is definitely something that I would want added to the rotation.

I got to have this a few days in a row and each time I made sure to eat all the raw bits first before moving on to my regular food.  I really liked this and it comes in different proteins. They also have chicken and duck. For small breeds, they have a chicken version for them. I certainly would like to try duck and chicken. I love those proteins.

You know how earlier I said we are super picky about food? Well Stella and Chewy’s went one step further in earning my humans trust. You can enter in the lot number from the bag and get test results from harmful bacteria they test for. We did exactly that and our food tested negative for all that nasty stuff that so many things get recalled for. No listeria, salmonella,, or e coli was found in my bag of meal mixers. Having a company do that makes us see that they are serious about safety. We do not have to worry that later on something I ate could contain something that could hurt me.

So both mom and I were pleased with the meal mixers. I thought it was super tasty and cannot wait for my next bag to be ordered. Mom is happy that they go above and beyond when it comes to using quality ingredients and their level of food safety.

I give this four paws up! Click here to check out all the Stella and Chewy’s products that they have to offer.

Chewy.com offers a lot of other great products for dogs, cats, and other pets.They also have the best customer service! (trust me, they treat their customers like family)

Watch me in action trying out the meal mixers on Instagram!

 

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Treats that the whole family err fur family can enjoy

I cannot believe it is already March! February just flew on by. It seems like only yesterday, we were talking about keeping our chompers healthy during Pet Dental month and now it is almost St. Patrick’s Day. I already have my bandanna on. Some hoomans like to eat corn beef and cabbage to celebrate the holiday, I just want snacks.

This month there were lots of snacks to choose from. I wanted to go with a very limited ingredient treat this time around. So limited that it actually only has one ingredient! We, meaning I picked out Primal Beef Liver Munchies. (click on the purple link to be taken directly to the Chewy site for these treats) It contains Beef Liver. It contains zero spices or flavorings, preservatives, grains, salt, or sugar. Nothing but beef liver. Sometimes you just want a simple treat and with Primal Beef Liver Munchies, you get exactly that.

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Primal treats are a very good source of protein. The bag indicates a min of  66% protein, that is a lot of protein. There is not a per treat calorie count, but the website indicates 130 calories per ounce and each bag weighs two ounces. There are a lot of treats in the bag. Mom figures under 10 calories per piece.

They are made from beef sourced in the USA, which is a total plus for us.  We prefer to buy stuff made where we live. The beef is free from antibiotics without any added hormones. That is something we really like.

The treats are bite sized and they are for cats and dogs! So my brothers can partake in some tasty goodness as well. You can see the both of us investigating the treats and seeing if it is something we might want to try. Spoiler alert, we tried and liked them!

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They come in all sorts of sizes, so that the tiny ones can go to the kitties and the bigger pieces can go right into my tummy.

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These treats are  freeze dried, but more importantly they are raw, so after your human gives you one or maybe ten if you are super lucky, make sure they wash their hands with soap and hot water.

Onward to the pros and cons from the three of us.

Mom says she loves that they are a single source of protein and they are good for both cats and dogs. One bag of treats can be given to all of us. She wishes that calorie count per treat was on the bag, but understands that the different sized pieces can make that determination difficult.

Icky kitty ate three of them in a row and would like them to be a little smaller. Even the small ones are a little big for his little mouth. He did not throw them back up like he does with most treats. So we know that he likes them and his sensitive tummy can handle them. (Sam kitty and Baby kitty are not fans of treats at all, so they were not included in the taste test)

I was very happy with these treats. I love raw treats. They are always super tasty. They usually contain just meat, so that is always a plus with me. I was not thrilled that I can share them with my brother. He should get his own treats!

The three of us all give paws and thumbs up. 8 paws for icky kitty and I and 2 thumbs up for mom.

Primal treats are welcome in this house, because they are quality treats and made in the USA. The raw liver munchies also come in turkey and pork. You can try all three and see which one you like best. You can see all Primal items that Chewy carries by clicking here.

Check out my Instagram post here and see me enjoying these tasty tid bits.

After checking out what Primal Products Chewy carries, why not check out everything else they have to offer? Remember you can save money on select items by auto-shipping! You can visit their website here.

*******************we were given these treats at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and icky kittys**********************

 

 

Keeping it raw and tasty.

Christmas has come and gone. It was a pretty good holiday for me this year. I got to spend extra days with my hoomans, eat some table scraps (My diet is still happening. I heard that dogs need the extra padding during the winter, so an extra bite here or there cannot hurt me too much.), got new toys, and sent some cool bandanas that mom made to the shelter I came from. Winter in the Midwest generally means we get to freeze for a few months, before busting out the extra water bowls and start wishing it was winter again.

Speaking of things that are frozen, my favorite food has freeze dried raw pieces of chicken in the bag. Right now, I cannot have that yummy food, because of the diet. Raw freeze dried bits of meat is tasty and a nice snack. Mom likened my love of the raw bits to a kid eating all the marshmallows first from a bowl of cereal. I pick out all the raw bits first, then eat the kibble.

This month we had quite a few options to choose from to test out. One in particular caught my eye! it was a freeze dried raw treat. Choosing that one to test out this month was a no brainer.

This months selection is from a company called Stewart Pro-Treat. They make lots of different freeze dried treats and even treats for ferrets! They are made in the USA, which works for us. There are only a few countries that we trust to get our treats from, the USA of course is one of them.

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They are called Stewart Pro-Treat Raw Naturals Real Beef with Berries and Flaxseed.

The ingredients are  Beef, beef hearts, beef liver, ground beef bone, broccoli, carrots, romaine lettuce, beef kidneys, apples, flaxseed, salmon oil, apple cider vinegar, blueberries, cranberries, inulin, dried kelp meal, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, dried dried ginger, dried parsley, dried garlic, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), rosemary extract, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin D supplement.

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There are more ingredients then we usually like in a treat, but there are lots of good stuff that has been added to make them a healthy treat. The first four ingredients are all beef! They are pretty serious about making sure they have beef inside. They of course have to make sure I get my fruits and veggies. I am happy to see that peas are not listed. (down with peas)

img_1609The ones I tested are perfect size for me. They are not too big or too small. They could work as training treats for dogs my size or bigger. Each treat contains 8 kcals. It is more then my 5 kcal limit, but I am testing them out, so we can bend the rules a bit. I liked these from the moment they passed my cute doggy lips. I ate all three of those treats in seconds.

Stewart Pro-Treat only uses the best human grade ingredients. Just because they use human grade ingredients, does not mean you can have some. These are just for us canines. They freeze dry all the ingredients just at the right time to maximize the nutritional goodness.

I though they were super tasty and was trying to get my nose in the bag to get more. They get 4 paws up. I hope to try more from Stewart Pro-Treat. If all their treats taste this good, then they can certainly be put in the treat rotation. If you want to buy some of these tasty treats, then follow this link.

You can find other Stewart Pro-Treat products and lots of other great products at  Chewy.com

As always, you can watch a video here of me snacking on the yummy goodness.

 

Remember hoomans, treats are exactly that. They should not make up more than 10% of our daily calorie intake and we should always have fresh water around. Also, since these are raw treats, it might be a good idea to wash the hands after handling them.

 

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