Weruva Stick a Spork in It Stews! Duck with Salmon Dinner in Gravy

We were introduced to Weruva around 2017, and it keeps impressing my cats.
Weruva provided us this new flavor for an honest review. There is no compensation and I can’t afford paid actors; these were real cats.

My girls have lots of success with Cats in the Kitchen, but today the Stew! went to our boys. Hydration and Omega 3s are very important to them in particular, because of the backstory. Tommy is a FLUTD cat. He’ll get unspecified inflammation, and we took Tom and Stewart off kibble when Tommy started having urinary blockages. He’ll be eating wet food for the rest of his life, and the only treats he gets are freeze dried. Omega 3s are a natural anti-inflammatory and support a healthy heart.

Weruva Stews! are carrageenan, gluten, and grain free. Pleasantly surprised that the first three ingredients in this flavor are Duck Broth, Duck, and Salmon. It’s not just “water sufficient for processing”. Neat.

Here is a tip: Any of these small slider chip clips may work for the pouches, but we prefer GripStic. It creates an excellent seal and they make a size that are perfect for these pouches.

I would also like you to know you can recycle the empty pouches with TerraCycle. More information on the program here.

Yes, Stewart got to have some, too!


No Means No – The Video Tutorial

Mating season and Parrot trouble

Idris turned 7 and decided to be the nastiest bird to our middle fid, Koi Monkey. Koi has a wife named Jak. Idris doesn’t have a wife, and decided this year would be hers.


They had to be separated. Idris has been in the poquito hotel for about two weeks, but I couldn’t be sure. I split her up from the flock somewhere between taking Murphy to the vet, coming down with a head cold, taking Murphy back to the vet, getting over the head cold, keeping all appointments this week, grocery shopping…

But today there is a sleepover for Dismal’s youngest child. I came home with Child #2 from doing a run to fill a cardboard box with sushi rolls from $5 Friday, and also came back with the turkey thighs I need to make my males’ cat food next week…


“Where’s Idris’ cage?”

He’d put it away and put all the birds back together. I was horrified. Today is not the day to test me.

I now realize why at 9:33pm ET my back is hurting again. As soon as I saw the birds, I was doing all kinds of contortions rearranging their cage. I moved everything, and I was prepared for this day to come. JUST. NOT. TODAY.

The girls have always slept together in a medium Happy Hut. It’s gone into storage. I ordered Kings Cozy Hideout Large from Kathie with MySafeBirdStore two weeks ago. I also put a new seagrass play mat on the opposite wall from where I normally hang them. Tonight, I went couponing and got one of these to hang from their java stand. They even got a new boing last month.

Jak was the first to go enjoy the Kings Cozy. She was so excited. Eventually everyone checked things out and were chirping about it all.
Idris hasn’t attacked Koi, and Koi isn’t running away from her in a panic, asking for human intervention.

This was four days ago when I had to play birb for Idris again during her time out.


#chewyinfluencer all about kitties this month: Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Goldie Lox and the 3 Fares Variety Pack

And you know what I did? I didn’t display all 4 flavors.

This a 4 flavor variety pack. See: 1, 2, 3…. ah man.

Chewy let us pick this heavy variety pack of chicken blends to try with the girls for free, so long as the ladies remain brutally honest with their feelings.

Goldie Lox and the 3 Fares went great. Here’s where you order yours: click

By the time I noticed I didn’t snap all four cans, it snowed, the guinea pig got sick, I got sick, the guinea pig got sick again, one of my parrots is now a homewrecker after trying to steal someone’s wife, both cars went to the shop, and I was an irresponsible photographer. 24 6oz cans. It would seem like ton of food if your cat has a waist to manage, but these are very light in calories all around. “Recipe contains no grains, gluten, potatoes, GMO ingredients, MSG or carrageenan, so it’s great for cat with allergies.” They didn’t stuff it with carbs and vegetables. Yay!

Caloric Content
Chicken Frick A Zee: 147 kcal/can

Funk in the Trunk: 95 kcal/can

Goldie Lox: 101 kcal/can

The Double Dip: 124 kcal/can

Let’s talk about Goldie Lox. These ladies of mine do not eat fish. Shellfish, yes. Fishy fish? No. But all these are poultry blends from
(I’m going to go layman here): chicken chicken, chicken pumpkin, chicken beef, and chicken fishy. Any option may come suspended in an au jus, or a consomme, but they all need a good stir w a fork and to me seem like they are in a gelee.

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

And lastly, the first thing I noticed *I should be a filmmaker* is that these larger cases of canned food are now being protected by a heavy cardboard shell over the top of the cans.

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#Chewyinfluencer is for Kitties this month: Tiny Tiger Chunks in EXTRA Gravy Beef & Poultry Recipes Variety Pack



Alright I will stop shouting praises and tell you about it.
These are high in protein, with never any grains, corn, wheat, soy or carrageenan.


All Tiny Tiger cat formulas can be found here on Chewy.com
For purpose of review, we are focusing on the beef and poultry pack with extra gravy, but they have pates, reasonable amount of gravy with chunks, and even fish formulas.


And so much gravy a fly could drown. Serves the fly that dare steal my ladies’ gravy.

I assure you one day I will get a lighting rig. Incandescent, LED, fluorescent, daylight, stove light, cloudy day…

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

We started out with the turkey, and they ate all the gravy and left the turkey. We next tried the chicken, and they ate all the gravy and left part of the chicken. We introduced beef, and they ate all the gravy and all the beef. As we kept up rotating flavors, they kept eating more of the chunks. It worked out pretty well.

If you would like to pick up your very first order of Tiny Tiger, you should be eligible for 50% the first single case, whatever the formula. This item is also eligible for Autoship&Save.

And all Chewy orders qualify for free 1-2 day shipping at $49 and above.

Happy Birthday – Now, go to the vet!

This is Murphy’s baby pigture, seated to the right of her sister Ruby

My nugget, Murphy, turned 4 years old on February 11th.

I noticed very tiny behavioral changes on Tuesday, so I decided to weigh her. She is 914 grams. In October, she was 980-990 grams.

Murphy’s teeth are still good after her dental. Her heart is not as strong as they would like it to be. Her lymph nodes are either fatty, or enlarged. She has ovarian cysts.

The cysts are small, so we’re doing Lupron injections. Her blood sample was taken for CBC, and while it was spun in office, there is a very small layer of white cells. This was not enough to diagnose the lymphoma or do a smear with the microscope. If a precise needle aspiration could be performed – BAM – 100 percent certainty. If only. There’s also a huge chance your specimen is too clouded by fat cells. I should hear from them about the labs tomorrow.

Lymphoma is aggressive. Either she’s getting a follow up Lupron injection in 1 month, or she’s going to be wasting. The cancer would be treated with prednisolone and pain to be managed, accompanied by hand feeding to keep the gut moving. There is nothing really you can do to slow it, and the average expectancy is 1 month.

Right now we’re doing a short course of cisapride and meloxicam, simethicone, and Oxbow Critical Care formula, as well as upping her vitamin C with a liquid supplement.

4 1/2 months old

Drs Foster Smith is heading to Petco

I am affected by this change, because I sing praises to their line of cat furniture all the time. Some people thought it was weird that I would buy such costly pieces when cats are built to destroy things, but that’s the thing: TOMMY COULDN’T
Tommy is a large, slender guy, who does parkour. His first piece of cat furniture was $299. We gave it away when we moved apartments one year, but then we when got into a house, I bought it again. $199. That was over 5 years ago. We still have it.
A year or two ago I spent $169 on a new piece, because the one I bought from Unnamed Pet Supermarket was $75 and didn’t even last a year.

It’s like a constant struggle with a 4 year old child

What new thing can Tommy do today?

He’s 10 years old this year, but he is a cat, so these things happen – I understand.
What I don’t understand is how he comes up with these new scenarios in his imagination and athleticism months or even years after we have moved into a new rental home.

A year and a half into living at the last house, he started jumping on top of the curtain rod.
Living at the current home for now eight months, he’s been jumping on top of the entertainment center.
We keep collectibles on it for over 2 years now, as well as a flat screen television that’s mounted to it.

I don’t understand if it’s that I’m older now, or that he’s in the best health, but he’s making me really nervous about leaving him with friends overnight on Sunday because we have inspection on Monday. I’m afraid he’s going to ruin something, because he’s just Tom being Tom.

He used to be fat. We got over that. He used to spray for about a year. We medicated him for a year, and then took him off, and now he mostly sprays only in the litter box but that’s not 100% thing. He also had issues with struvites, cystitis, and surgery 2 years ago. We got over that, too.

Is leaving Tom with my friends for a short period of time going to create some rift?
I was going to board him, but the vet’s office didn’t want just his rabies current; they wanted him vaccinated for everything all over again as well as a current negative test for FeLv.

That, times 2… Amalie is staying the night as well.
Only I can leave Amalie to chill in the dog crate. Tommy probably wants to play with their doggies.

that guy

When your guinea pig herd shrinks to 1

I never thought all our interactions would be snack-based.

Murphy has been my single piggy for over 3 months. She hates to be handled. She’s always asking for snacks. She’s usually really active.
I wish she’d stop biting me. I had to clip her nails last week, and you’d think she was as mad as having her reindeer costume put on.

Murphy is not a habitual biter, but she really runs out of patience.
She also has 4 different bags of cookies. Limit 2 per day. Hopefully one of them will be her vitamin C cookie.

Next week is her 4th birthday.

4 1/2 months old

I’m sure you’ve noticed it

Things have felt a little different around here since December. I was due for my mental health appointment, and they have been cancelling it and rescheduling me ever since. That month was when things really began to hit me, and I was due for a medication adjustment… it’s sort of a seasonal problem from November-March. But that first month they told me they had to reschedule was the month my friend Ted didn’t make it to his next mental health check. Ted died. We never get to hear from Ted again, except in those awkward Facebook Memories that pop up every day from X amount of ever years ago. His wife has our last photo somewhere, I’m sure, but I haven’t been imposing on her. They were the couple that I stayed with in April in Missouri when I went to the big pet bloggers conference, which in hindsight, seems to be the last BlogPaws event they’ll do.

December was also my first surprise $500 electric bill in this new rental. Compounding financial issues with mental issues with mourning just about makes my head explode. So, I had an appointment in January. Then they rescheduled. And I had my appointment for the end of January. Then they rescheduled. Currently I am to see a different provider in 3 weeks, all the while my very last mental health appointment was completed in September.

That electric bill? Our HVAC was busted and wasn’t replaced until almost 7 weeks since my property manager said that a $500 bill wasn’t normal and he’d have it looked at. Then I got to see that the projected bill was going to be $800 before repairs were completed, as the temperatures were dropping.

I’ve been looking for ways to keep my mind busy, and have been going overkill on shopping ads, sales, couponing, rebating… sort of like an OCD style coping mechanism.

The little things I like are the rewards that show up in my email for my pet supermarket accounts, telling me to take it easy and wish my pet(s) a happy birthday, and go pick them out a treat at the store.

The thing with the couponing is that I saved $6 on the turkey thighs I need for the boys’ next batch of raw food.

I have found a few big clearance items on Nutriberries that the birds enjoy daily, and they don’t expire for months. I still keep them in the freezer because my cat will break into the bags and eat them.

I have also come to realize that my 16 year old veneers over my broken teeth from the car accident in my youth are going to need replaced. This is at the same time the vet’s office wants me to get Amalie’s teeth cleaned again. I did have her senior blood panel ran and made sure she’s healthy because of that nausea last week, and that she and the other three cats need their 3 year rabies renewed.

Hopefully we’ll have a lull in the snow days so I can get some better lighting for new photos. Weruva has some fun new things you should know about, but not in bad lighting; I just can’t do that to you.

My friends also adopted a rescue dog and I have applied to several campaigns to see if we can get some doggy items featured.

We do have an issue going on with the birds right now. Idris has been alienating herself from the flock. She’d had time out quite a few times over on the travel cage 6 feet away. She’s been going to bed with Jak and Koi at night, but Dismal says that we need to not let her have the bed time buddies so she’ll appreciate them in the daylight as well. My suspicions are that this can last up to a year with any behavioral problem. She’s 7 in 11 days.