Victor Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy Canned Cat Food #chewyinfluencer

July brought us an opportunity to try Victor Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy for our picky girls, at no cost, as long as I could provide you with an honest review. I hadn’t heard of Victor, and neither had Yue or Amalie, so we started with a clean slate.

Victor Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy Canned Cat Food brings a delicious dose of flavor to your cat’s mealtime. This tasty, natural cat food has added vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients to keep your four-legged friend in peak health. And it packs a wholesome blend of ingredients, with an impressive first three—chicken, chicken broth and chicken liver. Best of all, it’s an easy way to incorporate extra moisture into your cat’s diet, important for keeping your cat healthy and avoiding potential health issues like urinary blockages. Spoil your cat at every mealtime with Victor Victor Shredded Chicken Dinner in Gravy Canned Cat Food.

It says “shredded”…
When I opened the can…

Yep. It’s long chunks, or perhaps “shredded” pate? If your cat only prefers shredded food textures, this is your warning. However, I’ve given my girls all textures except mousse, so lets see how it tastes!

I left it out for the evening, and came back to an empty bowl. I put more out, started making lunch, and after a bit I heard crunching. I turned around to find Princess Yue Pants stuffing her face on kibble. Yue has always liked wet food more than Amalie. My shtick here is to first pass the Yue Test, and then see if Amalie agrees that it is food as well. Yue eats primarily wet, while Amalie is primarily dry. Sometimes we end up with wet foods that neither of them like. Hmm. We found a food that Amalie eats, but not my Princess?

This has never happened. I can’t make heads or tails of it.

I apologized to Yue and gave her some wet that I knew she’d eat.

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

141 kcal/can and the first four ingredients are Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg White.
I thought this was going to be a routine trial.

This also comes as a Turkey and Salmon dinner, but the girls won’t eat salmon.

I am at such a loss for words.

If you’d like to give it a try they sell in a case of 24 5.5 oz cans, and any order at $49 or above ships free with Chewy in 1-2 days.

Washing fleece bedding – Guinea pig laundry – The gross of it

The D.C. area has been getting rained on for weeks. Flash flood warning every few days.
We just moved into a new house and our stuff is everywhere. What did I do with the guinea pig laundry I needed to do?
Good question.

It went out back on the deck. Dismal tried to put a cover over it, but it kept getting blown off. I brought it over last Sunday or Monday.
That’s a lot of rain. I finally got to do their laundry today.

I picked up the laundry basket. Golden liquid spilled out everywhere on my jeans and shoes.
Aww frick it’s piggy sewage!
I kept tipping the basket and golden water would pour out. I made it to the driveway with the wet mess, and I tipped the basket on it’s side in the drive, where this torrent of fluids kept pouring out down to the curb like I’d left the hose on, except that water isn’t PIGGY SEWAGE.
Eventually the water stopped pouring out, and I hoisted it into the back seat of my car, where the rear seats were down and there was already a folded dog crate in the back from the move. I left the basket over the crate if there were more dripping; the crate has a tray.

I got it done. Brought the clean laundry home from the old laundromat, and left the basket full in the dining room floor. Stewart proceeded to nap in it.

I stripped down and took a shower. With soap. Lots of soap.
So glad I don’t have O.C.D.
Would never feel clean from that.

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Hurricane Katrina Rescue Dog passes away at age 14

I knew Roxie. My parents were still living in Texas, while I was off in Los Angeles for the year. My mother, Kandy, got Roxie from a rescue after the hurricane had done it’s damage, and left so many of their people and pets displaced and looking to put their lives back together.
This angel had PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and mom thought she could help her by giving her a safe, loving home with new security.

I met Roxie on a visit that year. She would spend her days behind the recliner in the far corner of the living room. I thought to myself, “what in the world is Mom going to do with this girl?”. I’d dealt with dogs with social issues, but this little girl was lost in her environment.

When I visited my parents last year, she would come over for a biscuit. You could pet her and tell baby Freckles that she was a sweet girl, but socializing with people who didn’t live with her would wear her out, and she would go recoup under the love seat once you were done showing affection. She never truly got over the hump.

I last saw her in April. She was still healthy and happy.

But I got a call before dawn on Thursday morning, and she had died of heart failure during the night. There were not enough words to console my parents. I want to be stunned that she passed, but she was the oldest dog my parents ever had. What I didn’t want is the grief my parents have had, and the awkwardness in the home from the hole that she left around her two adopted brothers. Everyone lost my Lila dog last year around age 11, and now they are buried next to each other in a nice space on the property.

All dogs go to heaven.

We will return to your regular scheduled programming

We moved.
The cats are mostly good.
The other girls are still in travel cages.
My body does not belong to me anymore when I try to use it.
I lost my laptop charger.

Dismal is charging my laptop with one of his Chromebook chargers, so I should be back up and running, but it’s going to take the week to bring this household back up to functional code.

The kitchen is open, and I have no idea how I’m going to make a batch of cat food on the next go.

Caru Pet Food Classics Stew for your cats

I was able to try this out from the BlogPaws conference in April. I brought samples home and tried them on my girls, and they loved them. I found out later this spring that they had come to Chewy. Everyone seems to be a little hesitant to try them, as no one had reviewed them. I decided to reach out to Caru and get a few more free samples to post about online. Today we have managed to do Word of Mouth to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can find those accounts on the right side of the page.

I was already familiar with Caru bone broth from my friend Stacy at PetsWeekly. Tommy Gargoyle had gone through his surgery last winter, and we were supplementing his food with bone broth to get added nutrients and glucosamine. A few months ago, it was even included in Chewy’s Grain Free Goody Box.

Now, they do make Stews for your dogs, too. It’s just that I’m a feline home at the moment, so that’s the focus.

Chicken and Crab Stew, Wild Salmon and Turkey Stew, Turkey Stew, and Chicken Stew are available.

Caru Baked Bites were included in our package

Here is some information from about the packaging:

You don’t need scissors to open the Tetra Pak. You tear along the perforated line, pop the corners up, and pour. To close, you just need to flatten the corners and tuck it back closed. No plastic wrap, lids, foil, clips. It’s done. Because of the shape of the package, there is no wasted space when storing your case. Easy to stack, easy to carry around in my hand bag *true story*, and BPA free.

Caru Classic Stews for cats are slow cooked in small batches to look, smell and taste like homemade. Made from 100% human grade, non-GMO ingredients in a USA human food plant.
I am tempted to try it myself, but I just ate a piece of fruit because I was guilty of eating a bag of chips. Balance, people.

Back to those treats…
I haven’t tried them on my girls, because everyone here has learned by now that the girls are the pickiest felines in the house, but the boys LOVE THESE. USDA chicken, no grains, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, or meals, and NON GMO.

Why do I feel like my fids eat better than I do?

You can easily order your Caru from Caru Classics Stew come in 6 oz Tetra Paks in a case of 12.

Why am I late? re: content

Everyone is perfectly fine.
School let out in the middle of June.
My back started screwing up weeks ago and hasn’t mended. I don’t get it.
As school let out, Dismal and his children fly to Phoenix so they get summer with their mother. I am in charge of the house entirely for these few days.
Dismal came back for a few days.
Dismal left for vacation in Florida. I am in charge of the house entirely for 1 week.
Stuff has to be done in prep for a move across town next weekend.
Lots of arrangements with accounts and utilities and uHaul and movers.
Chores, errands, chores, errands.
Making a large batch of raw cat food.

I haven’t set firm deadlines for anything if it hasn’t been related to moving and getting the house together so the kids can come back and transition into a new house in a new school year at a new school without a bunch of tragic teenager bullsnot plaguing them.

I have a bird product I would like to see if we can demo for you that didn’t make it in May because Monkey laid an omelette.

Things should start to calm down around the third week of July. We have three days to move into the new house and clean up the old house. I think I am going to try to move the animals over on day 1, because day 2 we have uHaul and the movers, and day 3 is final clean up at the old residence.

How am I turning 36 this month and don’t have a mortgage? I spent a decade in Phoenix and it never occurred to me that “hey I really think I should buy a house here” and that we spent so much money on the cross country 2 years ago that nothing has accrued to put towards a down payment. Besides- Our property management company makes things pretty easy.

I really need to go back to work after we settle in and get Dismal’s semester schedule from the university. It’ll finally pay off Tommy’s vet bills. I think we’re down to eight thousand. Then Amalie’s dental work. Then the old guinea pig bills from Mu-Xi, Potsticker, and then Lily’s spay.

I’ve gotten better with cooking great recipes around sales and couponing, instead of meal planning and THEN shopping. Sweet jeebs, I can save up to $200 a month for a family of 13. FOUR. FAMILY OF FOUR.


June #chewyinfluencer Nature’s Variety Instinct Minced Recipe Cups

For your felines in four flavors available here on Chewy

In June, everything around the house seems to have hit the fan, so I’m a bit behind – But let me tell you how the girls did with this item we chose at no charge from

The ladies are fussy. I will tell you that any food I’ve tried through Chewy always ends up being signed off on by my oldest male, Tommy Gargoyle. It’s the ladies that we want to pass the test.

It’s a hit. We got the Minced Recipe in chicken, and the gravy gets licked off first, but they finish it with no fuss. I have to admit that we are very familiar with Nature’s Variety Instinct in this house. We’ve done kibble with Raw Boost, Healthy Weight kibble, raw frozen medallions, and pate cans. I truly hope you will find something that works for your family.

Take a look

Satisfy your pet’s need for real food with Instinct by Nature’s Variety Grain-Free Minced Recipe with Real Chicken Wet Cat Food Cups. Guided by the belief in raw, this recipe unlocks your cat’s ability to thrive. It’s thoughtfully balanced with wholesome foods, like real chicken plus fruits and vegetables, with a delicious minced texture in a savory gravy. The result is a tasty, high animal protein diet that promotes maximum digestibility, strong muscles, and a healthy coat and skin.
97 kcal/3.5 oz cup

The amount that your cat will need is totally dependent on your cat based on their weight and activity, or if you are doing combination feeding with both wet and dry food.

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

And remember orders $49 an up ship in 1-2 days with FREE SHIPPING

June #chewyinfluencer Oxbow Natural Science Small Animal Supplement

I’m a little behind, but let me share some new items with you. In a separate post, we will be using our cats, but with Oxbow we tested our guinea pigs.

What Chewy gave us (gratis) this month were Vitamin C Tabs, made with compressed hay, and very easy to administer to your guinea pig. While they have an entire line for your small exotics ranging from chinchillas to rabbits for a variety of health topics, it is essential that you make sure your guinea pig receives regular vitamin C, either through a quality pellet *yay, Oxbow*, fresh fruits and veggies, or a supplement – ESPECIALLY IF YOUR GUINEA PIG IS POORLY. These are great for recovering sows and boars after surgery or illness… if your guinea pig is not too clever: I will explain shortly.

Find it here!

Provide essential Vitamin C to support your small pet’s overall health with Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C Small Animal Supplement. Like humans, Guinea Pigs cannot produce Vitamin C on their own and rely on their diet for this essential vitamin. Without it, Guinea Pigs can develop a condition that in humans is known as scurvy. This condition can cause lethargy, weight loss, poor tooth development and nasal discharge. Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C Small Animal Supplement is a hay-based, high-fiber supplement containing the essential stabilized Vitamin C Guinea Pigs need to stay healthy. Other small pets can benefit from this supplement during times of stress, illness or recovery. Along with Vitamin C, it contains timothy grass, barley flour and oat grout flour for fiber and flax seed meal for protein. Feed rabbits, Guinea Pigs and chinchillas 1 tab a day and rats ¼ tab a day.

cherry tomato to scale

I don’t have the original packaging. My famously hungry cat, Tommy Gargoyle, stole the bag from beneath the guinea pig pen, carried it across the house, and started eating it under my bed. So… that happened.

1) cat approved (oh geez)
2) My youngest piggy, Murphy, took these from me right away
3) I tried Murphy’s mom, Lily. “Lady. These are not treats. You said there would be treats.”
3.1) Try Lily the next day “Lady. Why do you insist they are treats? You said there would be treats. I agree: They are not poisonous.”
3.2) Try Lily the next day “Hey Lady. I’ll take it from you, but promise me a treat soon.”
3.3) Try Lily the next day “Hey Lady. Oh! Thank you!”

Everyone approves. If I can continue to convince Lily if she is ever poorly, this is so much easier than handling her when she feels like yuck, than to end up giving her a liquid syringe of vitamin C through her adorable piggy lips.

Even still, a few years ago, I was giving the Urinary Support tabs to guinea pigs Chai and Mu-Xi. Chai had bladder sludge and was 7 or 8 years old.

If your pet refuses to try something, hang in there for a few days if you can. Their reluctance and your persistance together might just turn things around.

All orders $49 and up ship free with Chewy in 1-2 days

Do the best with what you’ve got

I’m having a problem with the timing of my cat food. The rabbit supplier did not have stock to meet last’s weeks cutoff for shipping. I got the restock notification later in the week, so my order is shipping today. It won’t be here until Wednesday, and it’s usually frozen. I am almost sure by my math that I will run out of the boys’ raw cat food by Wednesday. I have a bag of commercial raw in my freezer, just for things like this, but I’m not sure how many days worth are in it. Thawing out the rabbit and the turkey will commence when the rabbit arrives, but it likely will not be ready to make the cat food until Saturday.

I may have to buy another bag from the pet store.

Then there is another item of concern: I move in a little less than three weeks. I’ll be moving with a rather large box of homemade cat food in ice cube trays, plus 27 lbs of frozen rabbit, into a house without a dedicated freezer.

I am aiming for purchasing a large upright frost-free freezer with the sales around the fourth of July, and then request they deliver it the 13th or 14th to the new house, before we vacate this house on the 15th.

It’ll work out. It has to.

In other news, I think my back issues are finally starting to subside after two weeks. Which is great, because I have a bunch of stuff to do. I ordered the largest uHaul truck they have, hoping to not have to disassemble the bird cage or pig pen. I still think I have to hire movers to help because I am not a physical person, and Dismal can’t carry a sofa or dresser by himself, no matter how creative he is.
The big part of this move that has us apprehensive, is that the upstairs of the house is carpeted. Our male cats have this tiny little issue of spraying things (especially Tom) when they are worked up about something. Tommy gets food anxiety, if you can believe that? He eats 6 times a day, and is always convinced it’s never coming again. I’m thinking of getting indoor/outdoor runners to put along the front of closet doors and regular doors around the upstairs. Just a thought.