Product Review – KONG Active Cat Play Mat

Happy Sunday everyone! I had a pawsome twitter adventure yesterday with my hubby, Henry (@quadpawd). We had a picnic and a helicopter ride over Rocky Mountain National Park. I’d show you pictures, but I forgot to ask him if I could use his pictures in my blog. It was really amazing!

20150707_184837This month, we’re reviewing something different that we got for free from Chewy.com. Usually we get food or treats. This month we got a toy – the Kong Active Play Mat. It’s got sisal on one side for scratching, a soft side for napping, tassels on the corner for chewing on and playing with, and it makes crinkly noises.

20150707_185016I had to check it out right away. The sisal didn’t interest me much though. Eventually, mom turned it over to the soft side and I napped on it, but she couldn’t get a picture of that. I kept getting up every time she tried to take my picture. She hasn’t noticed me playing with it much either. Just napping on it.

20150707_185040Candy checked it out too, but she didn’t seem furry interested in it at all. That was kind of surprising cuz it makes crinkly noises and she loves crinkly brown wrapping paper. Mom thought the crinkles would be a big hit with her.

 

EK never checked it out. Even though he loves sisal, he never even sniffed the mat. So it was a big dud in his world. Just goes to show, you never know what a kitty will or won’t like. So I guess you can say it gets a paws up from me as a napping mat (and you can’t have too many napping places), but paws down from everyone as a toy.

That’s it for today. Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer – we received the play mat for free to review from chewy.com. All opinions are our own.

Review – Greenies Smartbites for Cats

Hi pals. Happy Sunday! It’s been raining almost every day since the middle of April. Can you believe it? It never rains like that here! I’m not talking about afternoon 15 minute rains like we’re supposed to get – I’m talking about raining really hard for hours and hours. Hail, lightening, thunder, you name it. It’s not supposed to rain like that here.

It’s so nice to have mom and Oliver home again. Two weeks is too long for them to be gone all at once. Mom’s almost done sorting pictures and making her picture books. I’ll blog about them and post links to the photobooks when they’re done.

Picture courtesy of chewy.com
Picture courtesy of chewy.com

I got another yummy from chewy.com to taste test – Greenies Smartbites Hairball Control for Cats. We got two flavors – tuna and chicken. They’re made with real protein and help with hairballs. Here’s what the website has to say about them:

Key Benefits

  • Dual-textured treats with a delicious chicken flavor
  • Real chicken protein promotes healthy metabolism
  • Balanced fibers to help minimize hairballs
  • Features a Fiberblend Formula of plant-based fibers
  • Made will only natural, healthy ingredients
  • Made in the USA”

Mom liked the looks of that. Me, I just know they’re Greenies and Greenies are good (and good for me). One big issue though – we normally won’t eat treats more than once or twice before we turn up our noses at them. Well, we ate the Greenies the first time mom put them out and we’re still eating them. Look!

20150510_141928They really do help with the hairballs, too. Only problem is, the hairballs aren’t coming out the way mom would have preferred – in the litter box. Instead, they came up on the carpet.

Uh Oh. I made a mess on the carpet.
Uh Oh. I made a mess. This is what was left after the kitty sitter cleaned up the worst of it.

Mom came home from her trip and saw that and just about had a cow! She had to get out the foamy monster to see if the monster would eat up the stain. It did!

Nice and clean.
Nice and clean.

So, Greenies Smartbites Hairball Control taste good, are good for you, and clean up fairly easily. That sounds like paws up to me!

That’s it for today. I hope the rain moves to somewhere where it’s needed (like California) and leaves us alone for a while. Have a great week everyone!

We got the Greenies for free from chewy.com. Our opinions, as always, are our own.

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!