Friday, September 30, 2016

I like to sit by Mom, too

This is Benny. Mom shares a lot of photos of me sitting by my Dad. I thought you should know that I like to sit by Mom too. Here I am next to her on the couch.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bubble wrap makes a good bed

Benny thinks that bubble wrap makes an awesome cat bed. Who knew?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Special memorial brick

My maternal grandmother died in June of 2015 at age 93. Regular visitors might remember that I was close to her and spent many summers on her farm as a child. Grandma loved animals, especially cats and dogs, and always had pets on the farm.

After she died, I asked my mom what charity I could donate to in her memory. My mom was too distraught to make a suggestion, so I pondered it for a while.

The answer came to me a few weeks later--I purchased a brick for the walkway at Elmbrook Humane Society. They are a no-kill shelter, and where we adopted Ringo from.

The brick is finally installed. It is a comfort to know it is there, and that the funds helped an animal.

The memorial walkway.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Benny loves recliners

Benny takes full advantage of the recliner on the couch by resting on the foot part.

Monday, September 26, 2016 review: Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried food

This month's review item is Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried food, in Yummy Lickin' Salmon & Chicken flavor.

We love Stella & Chewy's raw food and feed it as part of our regular rotation. We've only dabbled in feeding freeze-dried food.

Pros: Grain free, has benefits of feeding raw food, convenient if you don't have much freezer space to store raw food

Cons: You must let it sit for a bit of rehydrate the food, contains pumpkin seed (?)

When using freeze-dried food, you must add water and wait a bit before serving to rehydrate the food. The bag suggests waiting one minute. I waited about five minutes, and the food was about 75% soft. This is much faster than some other brands of freeze-dried I've sampled. Some are difficult to rehydrate, but this was not. Perhaps it's because of the smaller sized nuggets?

This is the food after about five minutes adding water.

I was dismayed when reading some of the reviews on Chewy's website. Some people feed this food dry. This is not how it was meant to be fed, and cats need the extra moisture! Please rehydrate it before use.

What did the cats think?

Sadie absolutely loved it!

Ringo gave it a sniff and walked away. I was disappointed in that, and will try again with him. Honestly, I did not even try with Benny. He probably would have eaten it dry, but again, it's not meant to be fed dry.

Overall, I am pleased with this food. While I likely will continue to feed raw food, it's a nice option to have in the cabinet.

Another thing I liked was how easy the bag was to open and close. The "ziplock" strip is about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the bag.

Disclaimer: We were given one bag of food in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are are own.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kitties, don't fall for this trick!

Mom put out my carrier a number of days ago. Sometimes I like to rest in it, so I did.

My mom thought that was great, and took these photos.

What I didn't know was that it was a trick!

On Wednesday morning, she scooped me up and shut me inside my carrier! The nerve!

I had to spend the morning at the vet's!* Kitties, don't let this happen to you! Watch out for open carriers that are left out!

* Benny went for a recheck of his thyroid blood work. We're happy to say that his level is much improved on the medication. He gets a full blood panel done in December, to check his liver and other values.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two days later. . .

Two days after making a new cat bed, Ringo finally decides it's ok to give it a try.

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