The Honest Kitchen Wishes Dehydrated White Fish Filets Dog & Cat Treats #chewyinfluencer

Chewy let me choose Honest Kitchen Wishes to review for free on my male cats this month. I did not choose my finicky girls to try them because they don’t like fish. Too bad. We did have experience using Honest Kitchen Nice Mussels in the past, and the boys loved those so…

Here we go

Available in a three ounce bag, and made in the USA using human grade quality, wild-caught white fish.
And with a single ingredient of wild-caught fish, they’re loaded with protein and good-for-them omega-3 fatty acids. Finally, dogs and cats have something to agree on—so everyone’s wish has been granted!
They smell so fishy. If you’re sensitive to smells, this may be a little overwhelming, but my cats love them.

average filet is 1/2 oz

But, I’m finding conflicting information on calorie content and serving averages. This is discouraging for me because my boys have a weight problem. Yes, collectively. Tommy and Stewart are both on supervised diets. The back of the bag says “28kcal per average filet” but my kitchen scale says my filet was a half ounce, and the Chewy website says under Nutritional Info “28 kcal/half filet”.
I’m going to have to math to get a better answer, aren’t I?
Honest Kitchen Wishes bag also states “3,700 kcal per kg”.
104.9 calories per ounce? I have this feeling either my math is failing me (I took Introductory Algebra in college), my kitchen scale is in dire need of calibration, or that this is not a treat I can feed my boys on the regular.

I did check the Q&A submitted by pet parents to Chewy, but this is not already listed, and I’m not sure they can address it in black and white because product sizes vary by package. Maybe it turns out that I had a very dense fish filet.

Moving on – These are fairly easy to break into smaller pieces, but it was fun to give an entire filet to each of my boys despite the calorie concern. They had to work on their piece for 5-10 minutes before they could get it to break, and sometimes I would just take the slobber covered Wishes from them and crack them into 3 pieces. WE ARE TESTING FOR POSTERITY, AFTER ALL.

He doesn’t disagree with my methods

These are also available with the Autoship and Save discount of 5% on a regularly scheduled order
Honest Kitchen Wishes for dogs and cats CLICK HERE

All orders ship free at $49 and arrive in 1-2 days

Feed and Go automatic feeder – BUST

I’ve been thinking about writing this for awhile. Around the beginning of August, the CEO and his wife stopped answering requests for support. A few months earlier, they were dropping stock on Amazon for $99 a unit, down from the suggested $249. In August, they also removed their telephone number from their website. By the end of August, the product was no longer available on Amazon. By the end of August, my lovely mate Dismal decided to message the CEO on his LinkedIn account. Then Dismal was blocked.
There are a number of users that felt this was exactly the feeder they needed, and everyone is left high and dry. Some still had units in warranty, some have already had warranty claims over their time with the unit.
In a way, I got screwed. Dismal spent $500 purchasing two of these units in 2016. We had to replace the gear box on Tommy’s feeder in warranty. Stewart’s feeder never had 1 problem. In the last twelve months, Tom’s feeder kept going offline, so then I purchased one in April for $99. That unit was defective and when you would do the user request to advance by one feeding manually at the unit, the compartments would spin indefinitely, backwards. Huh. So I bought another one for $99 and returned the most recently purchased one.
Now Tommy’s feeder works fine, for being the third one he’s had, and yesterday morning…(sigh)… Stewart’s feeder required an exorcism and it just kept spinning and spinning compartments all on it’s own and wouldn’t stop until it was unplugged.
I waited a few minutes and plugged it back in. Holy mother it just kept spinning indefinitely. Unplug. Walk away. Call for help.
Who do you call for help when the manufacturer has ghosted everyone?
Dismal. My partner.

Hoping we could do a kludge, Tommy’s first defective unit was pulled out of storage and taken apart, as well as Stewart’s being taken apart, and we find that both boards are corroded in the exact same areas. The units weren’t sealed properly in manufacturing. This was the way they were designed.

Not one to be completely defeated, we have back up… sorta. We have two $60 Petsafe multi compartment auto feeders. The issue with these is that they run on D batteries. If you sync them at the beginning of the day, by the third feeding one of the feeders will slip, and go off on a delay that is just enough to create chaos with our two boys. Dismal has ordered the proper wiring to be delivered soon so that both units will run off 1 power supply and timer, instead of each unit independently, so the schedule will trigger at the exact same time.
That is if we don’t over stress the system by running two feeders to one power supply and they burn out.

Yesterday I had to start writing. I wrote the most eloquent letter I could to a major feline friendly company, asking were R&D were working on anything that I might be able to help with, that would fit this need. There is a proven niche by what happened with Feed and Go that cat Guardians like us exist, and will pay to have our needs met for our felines. They replied by the end of day about great ideas/suggestions, that nothing was in beta, but would forward it to the appropriate teams and then gave me a few products that they knew about that are already on the market, that have been working well for other Guardians around the company at their local office.

Still not exactly what I’m looking for. The product suggestions were a step above and beyond, and great customer service, but my boys get fed five times a day on a schedule, in sync, on a wet diet.

Then I was writing with another company that is actually a half hour from me, who has been working on a prototype, and we’ve been tossing around ideas and I’ve been getting more information on their feeder, trying to figure out if I can make it work for what we need.

I have checked Kickstarter again, and I need to scour through IndieGoGo. I spend about an hour a day on TheCatSite forums, either looking for more information or answering questions as I can. So many pet parents upset about the Feed and Go decline. If your feeder randomly goes offline, you don’t know that your pet didn’t get fed until you get back home. They had a system to notify you that the feeder had spun via text message or email, but that went down in July. Cats are missing their feedings for kidney food or medications, or parents were leaving home for the day to come back the next morning to very upset kitties.

I used to be just as thrilled as others when this was released and worked religiously. We were able to go to New York City for a day and see a Broadway show and get back at 4 in the morning and know the boys had been fed.

Right now I am feeding them 5 times a day in quiche dishes.

Feed and Go is NOT a member of the BBB, and all complaints are closed after company’s lack of response.

Making a list. Checking it twice.

It’s coming in just a few short months:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales

I need to stock up on my cat supplies like crazy. I’m already on the Dr. Elsey’s email list from their website, which tells me when either they are having a sale or when Chewy.com is having a sale. I hopexhopexhopex they run a special like they did last year where you can save 35%+ percent on cleanprotein. Now that the girls have tried a bunch more wet foods through trial and error, and through the Chewy Influencer program, I might be able to see what wet stuff I can stock them up on as well. If Petsmart runs a deal on Exquisicat litter, I will be set.

I also know for your small animals, there are always sales for Carefresh paper bedding. Keep an eye out for Petsmart, Petco, and DrsFosterSmith.com . The large bags of bedding are almost always half off. With 3 of my guinea pigs passing in the short time we’ve lived on the East Coast, I am still stocked up on CareFresh bedding. I’m managing my supply of hay and pellets well, but the girls decided they like to get cookies: Oxbow Vitamin C timothy hay tablets from their Natural Science line. Mom’s gotta watch for cookies this year.

I’m also going to be looking at bird litter, seagrass items, Zilla fruit and veggie dehydrated mix, Nutriberries.

Shopping for humans for the holidays is boring. My boyfriend is terrible at tracking a laser pointer, anyway.

My cat breaks into every microchip feeder we’ve tried

Tommy Gargoyle makes me nuts. I love him, but nothing is ever easy.

“oh… you need to feed separate diets? You should get a microchip feeder!”

Even I will say this to people on the cat forums as if it were a cure-all for the dilemma, but I will also weave them this brief tale of the Anomaly:

My bubba can break into any feeder. The audience is astounded. The vets are astounded. Apparently, this isn’t a widely seen issue?

We started with the GateFeeder in 2013. I would link you to the website, but it may be down permanently.

The concept is that the door on the front is held stationary by a little plastic post at the bottom that stays up to lock it, and when the microchip comes near, the post drops to open the door and allow access to the food dish inside. It’s even built to be able to keep wet food out more safely by having space underneath the metal dish for ice packs. The retail was $249.

What does my bubba do?

Tommy Gargoyle

He walks up next to a girl that is eating, and she slowly closes the door that was resting on her head while she ate. It doesn’t meet the latch. The girl didn’t finish her meal intentionally, but instead is confused why he’s in her personal space. IT DOESN’T LATCH UNLESS THEY PULL THEIR HEAD OUT QUICKLY ENOUGH.

Bubba…

Then a few years later, SureFlap launched a feeder. The SureFeed debuted at $149.99. My prayers have been answered.

Available on Chewy with RAVE reviews


Guess what?
Tom can eat out of this, too. It’s unreal:

He walks up on a girl eating, shoulder to shoulder, moves her out of the way, HOLDS THE FLAP OPEN WITH HIS HEAD AS IT’S CLOSING, and stuffs his face.

What?

What?

You are the most adorable bane I have ever met.

To fix this problem, we put up a gate. We installed a SureFlap on the gate. The girls have to walk through the gate, which locks immediately, then walk over to their SureFeed and eat while the boys are the previous room.
However, we just moved to a new house where it’s impossible to install a gate on the entrance to the kitchen.

Alright alright alright. I should have listened to Stacy. I just didn’t have the room! Stacy has PetsWeekly.com, and the product she had posted about years ago was the MeowSpace.

MeowSpace website
For the life of me, up until now, I had no room for an enclosure. Now, I do. So here I am, five years later, emailing the team at MeowSpace, because I already have a SureFlap door. Can they pre-cut the enclosure to my door? YES THEY CAN.

My original SureFlap. The one that keeps the Tom out.

Putting the house together after the move. Tucked it by the entertainment center.

Again, I cannot stress that this is not a solution for all cats. The original is kind of a tight squeeze. Princess Yue Pants doesn’t always pull her tail all the way, but if Tommy touches it, she pulls it right in and the SureFlap locks immediately. My girls are both around 10 lbs, so I can’t complain. Any larger, and I would say it’s too big for my lifestyle.

Amalie and Princess Yue Pants

But, if you have 13 lbs bubs that need to use the system, they have one for that too.
The dimensions are 38″L x 22″W x 20″H Custom Oversized Enclosure, where the original is 32.00 x 18.00 x 17.00 in.
We do keep our 5 lb pet scale on top of the enclosure or else Tommy will open the lid and climb inside.

Randemfy Adjustable Pet Safety Lead for your Harness and Car/Vehicle Seat Belt DOGS AND CATS

I’ve really been wanting to try one of these, and Randemfy provided me a set to check out for free. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D7N5PV3

Some pets don’t do well to be crated. Some pets are larger, and it’s a bit ridiculous to try to hoist them with their crate into the car. Tommy Gargoyle gets car sick much easier when he’s crated, but I don’t like him walking around the car while I’m driving. This is a great idea. He’s already got a harness and leash, and with this lead, you can attach the harness to the seat belt. One end grabs your ring on the harness while the other end clicks directly into a standard seat belt buckle. It’s adjustable from 20.5 inches to 33 inches, so I don’t -quite- think it will work to allow Tommy to stay in his favorite place in the car… the floorboard. But, it’s a TWIN PACK, and you can take a pair of your furry kids on a car ride together!

I decided that since it was in the 90s this week with high humidity, we would use Caticorn with Princess Yue’s Pant’s colorful harness. It’s an “H” style with the ring located a mid-body. Caticorn was placed in the back seat with the lead completely adjusted to the longest length possible, and in the front seat with the lead adjusted much shorter.

Please do not attach this to your dog or cat collar directly. Use their appropriate harness or jacket for comfort and safety.
The adjustments you make to the lead’s length are very secure.
Made of high quality nylon fabric to ensure safety, features the solid zinc alloy swivel snap and metal buckles guarantee extra durability. The tab on the seat belt clip is 0.83 inch wide, which is compatible with most vehicles. Please make sure to check your buckle’s size and compatibility before ordering.

Planet Pleasures bird toys are now on Chewy #chewyinfluencer

So far there are 3 different offerings in multiple sizes on Chewy, and we had the chance to try out the Spiked Pinata Natural Bird Toy in Medium (for free) to see how our three green cheek conures would enjoy destroying it.

It took them a little while to warm up to it, but they weren’t afraid of it at all, which is great. On occasion I have given them an item, and they completely freak out. They had it approximately three weeks by the time I took the photos, and here’s what it started out as:

click me to go to the item page

And then our model, Idris:


FAMILY PHOTO:

The remains of the devastation:

Yes. Birds are messy.

Seagrass is usually their favorite, so this still exists in time and space, for the time being. But they really did enjoy it.
Add it to your shopping list, or try it out as a filler item to reach that $49 free 1-2 day shipping. It’s really quite an affordable piece to sacrifice to the feathered ones.

Microchip your cats Happy Endings

We moved to the new house mid-July. There has been a grey tabby hanging around our yard, living under our deck, probably the one that sprayed the car. I’m not into checking every cat for Lost and Found since our boys developed a spraying problem. We used to always take a cat inside, keep it in the crate, take it to the vet to have them scanned for a chip. So, let’s be the crazy neighbors that move in and kidnap a neighborhood cat? Nah. We thought maybe the previous occupant ditched him outside, and this was why he was always here.

Turns out the neighbor 2 doors down is as bad as I am with rescuing animals. We met her last week and she said she’d been feeding him and calling him Mr Grey. She was finally able to capture him this week and get him to the vet for a scan.

HE HAD A CHIP.

NOT ONLY DID HE HAVE A CHIP – HIS PREVIOUS OWNERS DIDN’T DITCH HIM

Galileo got out of his home through a window screen about a month ago. His parents were very happy to hear he was okay and coming home.

He lived about a mile away and got lost.

Chips, people.

Purrfect Cat Box still available on Kickstarter

I backed this. I’m so excited to get my four pack in October. This has been fully funded.
CLICK THE CAT IN THE BOX TO GO TO THE CAMPAIGN

Nature’s Variety Sales on Chewy.com


I’m not even sure how long this lasts, but CHECK OUT THIS PAGE for the deals. It’s for goggies and kitties, and I bought my cases of Instinct chicken cans for less than $1.80 per can.

Frozen, freeze dried, kibble, canned… SO MANY ITEMS AVAILABLE WITH SAVINGS!

I hope you find something you can use. $49+ ships free within with typically 1-2 day delivery.

#BasePaws DNA CatKit Update #7 – Tommy Gargoyle

This guy


Tommy Gargoyle

We are already working to add five new breeds to the database (including Munchkin, Russian Blue, and Norwegian Forest Cat) and will be introducing health markers for PKD, HCM, blood type and others.” – email

Tommy’s profile might still change as the new breeds are added, but this is what we got:

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This is too funny. He got a mixed recognized breed of the exact two cats listed beneath, in similarity. Tonkinese, Burmese, and Siamese.
He’s still a Domestic, but has a much stronger similarity with his top three breeds than his sissie, Princess Yue Pants.

AND WHAT ABOUT HIS NUMBER 4?!

All these cats sound like total characters, as is my bub

5. Ragdoll
6. Oriental Shorthair
7. Napoleon

Napoleon. *snerk*


8. Devon Rex
9. British Shorthair
10.Birman
11.American Shorthair

There ya go. This isn’t like when I took my 2 DNA tests at all. I find Tom’s results entirely amusing, because if he’s carrying traits from all these random breeds, it explains so much on why this guy has always been a nutter. Variety is the Spice of Life, and that is my baby cat. As we get new results, I will keep you updated on both cats we’ve had tested.

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