Product Review – Sleepypod Pet Bed and Carrier

Happy Sunday everyone. Today is Henry’s and my first anniversary. I can’t believe a year went by so fast! Happy anniversary to the best husbandcat in the whole world!

I’ve got another long overdue review for you today. Mom met someone from Sleepypod at Blogpaws. They had a long talk about carriers, how we act when in a carrier, but mostly about EK. About how much EK hates being confined, how much he cries in the car, and how scared he is going to the vet. The rep suggested we try out a Sleepypod Pet Bed and Carrier for EK to see if it would help. They sent us one for free for us to try out. This review is a little long, but there’s lots to say about this carrier so I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

20140524_204038This is the carrier we got. It has a domed cover that can open in the middle to put us in. The dome also zips off completely to become a nice comfy bed. The bed has a fuzzy lining that zips out to clean or to make the bed cooler in the warm weather. These carriers (and all other Sleepypod products) have actually been crash tested for pet safety. That’s impressive. They also have other styles, including a carrier that can be used on an airplane.

20140524_20460920140608_114410Here I am trying out the carrier. We all three love it as a bed – we take turns sleeping in it. I was the first one to try it in the car. It has a strap so you can seat belt it into the car. Mom also slipped the carry strap over the head rest to make it extra secure. I don’t know how well you can see me in the carrier, but I’m lying down. Being domed instead of rectangular, The only tall point is right in the center, so it’s not tall enough for me to stand up in, and I like to look out the windows. It’s also not wide enough for me to stretch out in even lying down. I had to curl up.

See the strap that velcros across the zipper? That’s a carry strap. As a strap it’s convenient, but Mom found it kind of annoying to have to undo it to open the carrier to put me in. So for me, my carrier that lets me stand up, stretch out, and move around is much better. But this carrier wasn’t really meant for me, it was meant for EK. So let’s get to how it worked for him.

20140919_150940We don’t know what happened to EK before he was rescued, but he has some quirks. He’s terrified of being confined in any way, shape, or form. He even panicked in a kritterkondo, and you know how big those things are! He’s fine as long as he can get out, but as soon as he realizes he can’t, he goes crazy. Vet visits are extremely traumatic for him. The Sleepypod rep said that people have been taking their pets to the vet and leaving the pet in the pod for the whole exam. She suggested EK might be calmer in the pod. EK’s checkup time finally rolled around, so off to the vet he went – in the pod. Here’s EK when mom first put him in it:
As you can hear, he’s pretty upset and very loud. Thank cat the vet is only 5 minutes away. He usually keeps that up every second he’s in a carrier. EK was actually a little quieter in the car this time. Hmmm.

Mom left EK in the pod for his whole vet visit (except for getting weighed). He even got his shots in the carrier! Normally, EK tries to climb Mom, hide in her purse, hide in his old carrier, hide anywhere he can when he’s not being held on table. This time he just stayed in the pod! Mom went and sat down to see if he’d leave the pod and come climb on her like normal and he didn’t. He was still nervous and he shed a lot, but he didn’t panic and try to hide. That’s a huge improvement, and Mom was really happy. Here are some pics of EK’s vet visit. Click on the pictures if you want to biggify them.

So in a nutshell, we all love to sleep in the pod. Mom found it to be a little awkward to deal with. I didn’t like it at all. But most important, it really did work to keep EK calmer at the vet, and that was the most important thing for Mom.

We now have two different styles of carriers, both very different from each other. (You can read the review of my other carrier here: A New Carrier.) They serve different purposes and make different cats happy. Like everything else for cats, one size (or style) does NOT fit all, and you have to know your cat to get the right carrier. I’m glad we found the right carrier for EK!

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

Orijen Cat Treats Update

Happy Sunday everyone! We’re enjoying the warm the last few days, but more snow is due tonight. Glad I don’t have to shovel it! MOL!

I did a review a few weeks ago of Orijen cat treats (Product Review – Orijen Original Cat Treats). I wanted to do an update because there’s now a link to the treats at Chewy.com, and we got to taste test another flavor – Regional Red.

We were thrilled to get to try another flavor. Candy and I loved the last flavor we got to try, but EK wouldn’t eat it. Well guess what – he ate the Regional Red! If you don’t believe me, I have proof. Just look!20140121_203508We’ve tried so many different treats – at least two dozen different kinds – and EK wouldn’t eat any of them. This is the first treat we’ve had that EK will consistently eat.

So that’s our update. Mom’s added the treats to our autoship order, so we get to have them all the time. Woo hoo!

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

Disclaimer – We got the treats to test for free from Chewy.com. We were not compensated in any way for this review. Our opinion, as always, is our own.

Product Review – Orijen Original Cat Treats

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays.

This is the time of year when the blue shorts people bring lots of packages. One of the packages I got was from Chewy.com !20131211_191554

Of course, EK and I had to investigate the contents right away. 20131211_191654This is what was in it: A brand new product from ORIJEN – ORIJEN Cat Treats!20131211_191626

These treats are freeze-dried and come in 5 different flavours:

  • Original (contains chicken, turkey, and flounder)
  • Tundra (contains elk, venison, quail, and trout)
  • Regional Red (contains boar, lamb, and beef)
  • Alberta Lamb
  • Wild Boar

An information sheet came with the treats. Here’s some of what it said –

“A few important details about our new ORIJEN Cat Treats:

  • 100% Meat: Cats are carnivores, so ORIJEN Cat Treats are loaded with 100% meat in Whole Prey™  ratios.
  • 100% Fresh Ingredients: ORIJEN Cat Treats are brimming with up to 100% meats – al delivered fresh from our region daily.
  • Freeze-Dried: To preserve the taste and goodness of our fresh, regional ingredients, ORIJEN cat treats are freeze-dried. freeze-drying removes only water, ao all nutrients stay in the food, exactly where they should be.
  • Amazing Palatability: Loaded with fresh meats, tripe, and liver, ORIJEN Original Treats are a nutritious and delicious reward for your cat or kitten.
  • 5 Great Flavours: With three flavours matched to our award-winning dry foods and two unique single-source flavours, these treats will each be available in 25G packages containing over 100 cat treats.”

Looks pretty nutritious and doesn’t have any weird stuff in it. That sounded good to Mom. Sounded good to me, too! Tasted good too, at least to Candy and me. EK won’t eat them. That’s ok – more for us!20131211_191758 20131211_191751We really liked these treats and can’t wait to taste the other flavors. We’re gonna have to wait a while though. These aren’t for sale yet! They’re supposed to be available in a couple of months, so keep an eye out for them. I know we will be!

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

Disclaimer: We received the treats for free from chewy.com to taste test. We received no compensation for writing this review, and as always, our opinions are our own.