A Surprise and a Product Review

Happy Sunday everyone! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in two whole months. We’ve been having a lazy winter. But we got a surprise in the mail yesterday, and that reminded me I owed a review to someplace. So first, the review.

20141218_182028As you know, I test products regularly for chewy.com. This latest product they sent us to test was Wellness Divine Duos with Chicken Pate & Diced Duck Wet Cat Food. Here’s what the chewy.com website says about it:

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Key Benefits

  • Grain-free recipe
  • Quality meats and wholesome vegetables
  • No wheat, corn, soy or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Convenient, clean, easy-open container”

That sounded good to mom, so she said I could test it. Here’s what we have to say about it:20141218_182435

We chowed right down on it, chunks and all. Eventually, EK came over and tasted it too, but he didn’t like it as much as Candy and I did. Since only 2 of us will eat it, that makes it a no in our house. But Candy and I still gave it paws up!

Now for the surprise. Look at the pawsome present we got from chewy.com! It’s not signed, so I don’t know who painted it, but it’s a pretty pawsome picture. Mom couldn’t believe her eyes when we opened the package. And mom’s birthday was last week, so how’s this for a birthday surprise?20150125_113500It’s a little grey, but for some reason, I look kind of grey in pictures, so that’s how I would have looked to the artist. What’s funny is one of the cats that came before me looked very much like that, so now mom has a gorgeous reminder of not just me, but also one of the kitties that came before me. Mom and I are just tickled pink about our surprise.

So that’s it for this Sunday. It’s a beautiful, sunny day so I’m gonna go lie in a sunpuddle. Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer: We received the food free for review, but it being free couldn’t make us eat it. All opinions are our own.

Brrrrr!

Candy & pumpkin toasting marshmallowsHappy Sunday everyone! We’re in the middle of an Arctic blast! It’s been cold cold cold. Below 0 even. And that’s Farenheit.

That means no outings for me. I did get a stroller ride just before the weather turned. It’s probably going to be the last one for a long time. Winter is definitely on its way.

Mom’s taking advantage of the icky weather to stay in and give the house a good cleaning. One of her sisters is coming to visit. It’ll be the first time either of her sisters has been to visit since we kitties came to live with mom. I’m looking forward to meeting her (and getting a little extra spoiling). I hope she’s a cat person. I know she has a dog at home, so at least she’s a pet person for sure!

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone! And if you’re in a deep freeze like we are, stay warm.

Product review – ökocat litter

Happy Sunday everyone! OMC, I can’t believe how pawsome the weather has been. In all my 5 years I haven’t seen a fall this fantastic. Mom said fall used to be like this all the time, but I’ve never seen it before. Warm during the day, cool and crispy at night, the way fall should be. Anyway, enough about fall.

20141011_180416The folks at chewy.com asked us to test out a new litter they’re carrying. It’s called ökocat litter. We tried out the Long Hair Breeds Clumping variety. There are three other varieties, too. The litter has lots of pros. From the chewy.com website:

“Okocat Natural Wood Long Hair Breeds Cat Litter contains specifically formulated pellets designed to keep litter in the box out and of your cat’s fur. Okocat litter is an eco friendly way to take care of your cat’s litter needs. It absorbs 500% its weight in moisture. It also clumps very well for easy scooping and disposing. Biodegradable for flushable disposal. Unlike powdery clay dust that can have chemicals, additives, and synthetic scents that are harmful to cats, Okocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter is free of additives and chemicals. With little-to-no dust, those with allergies in your home will breathe easy.

The natural plant fibers in Okocat bind and trap liquids and odors so they can’t escape. This litter is naturally antibacterial and biodegradable. Lightweight box with handle and pour spout are easy to carry and store.

Key Benefits

  • Controls odors for 7 days
  • Natural pine litter absorbs 500% its weight in moisture
  • Coniferous wood fights bacterial growth
  • Free of harmful chemicals & synthetic scents
  • Offers little to no airborne dust to bother allergies
  • Comes in compostable box”

Mom liked that the litter isn’t harmful to us. It really does control odor. We had the 8.4 lb. box. I can’t really judge how long the litter would last for the 3 of us because we have 2 other litter boxes with our regular litter, and all 3 boxes were used, but so far we got a month out of the box and what’s left would probably last us another 2 or 3 weeks. It really is lightweight, flushable, and really didn’t stick to my long furs. So it does live up to all its claims (except one).  Those are the pros, and they’re some pretty pawsome pros.

Now for the cons. The litter pellets won’t go through the slots in a standard litter scoop. That was first feedback we gave to chewy.com via an email. We suggested they send a scoop with it to the next testor. They were nice enough to send us a scoop that the pellets fit through, but it was very small. I’ve seen reviews of this scoop and they all complain about the same thing – the scoop is just too small and the handle is too short. I haven’t been able to find any other scoop that can handle pellet litter, so that’s something to consider if you’re thinking about changing to any pellet litter. The clumps don’t stay together very well, and because the scoop is so small, the clumps sometimes fall apart when you’re trying to scoop them out of the box. Also, the pellets do fall apart some making a lot of dust in the bottom of the box so I don’t know why they say it doesn’t have dust. It does!

20141011_18061220141102_114318Another con – look at the mess! As you can see from the two pictures, we started with the litter in a low sided box. We made a huge mess with it so mom switched it to a high sided box. We still made a huge mess! It tracks something terrible. This litter box is downstairs and mom’s found some of the litter upstairs! Mom thought being pellets (and being big and heavy compared to other litter pieces) they’d stay in the box. MOL!

Con number three – only EK used that new litter regularly. I used both litters, and Candy only used the old litter. Since Candy won’t use the new litter we couldn’t switch even if we wanted to. And frankly, that’s usually the decision maker when it comes to choosing litter – will we use it. That Candy won’t use it is a big enough con to outweigh all the pros, so we’re sticking with our old litter.

Even though Candy won’t use it, this litter really did have a lot of pros. More pros then most other litters we’ve tested in our search to find something better for us than crystal litter. I would strongly recommend testing this litter if you’re looking for a natural litter to try out. So far this has been the best of all the natural litters we’ve tested.

Lippe Jr at the Broncos game 10/23/14.

Lippe Jr at the Broncos game 10/23/14.

That’s it for today! Gotta go watch football. #GoBroncos! Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer: We got this litter and the scoop free from chewy.com. We received no compensation and our opinions, as always, are our own. You can’t make a kitty use a litter if she doesn’t want to use it!