Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday Taste Test (#ChewyInfluencer)

Last week, pup Astrid got to try out some new goodies as part of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program. Now, today, it's the kitties' turn! So, what did the kitties try out this month?

The kitties around here tried out Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain FelineⓇ canned cat food, with salmon and roasted venison in gravy. Real salmon is the first ingredient, and offers omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to support healthy skin and coat. This is also a grain-free food, and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

I won't lie, I took a bit of a risk in having my kitties try out this food. The main reason is that my cats (or at least the adult kitties) much prefer food of the paté variety. Around here, chunky food is most often deemed some sort of sacrilege. Then again, though, that's not the case 100% of the time. So, I thought we'd give something new a shot.

Don't worry, though. I knew that if this food was not received well in my house, it would be put to good use by the neighbor cat, strays, and ferals that I feed outdoors. Those kitties are not the picky sort.

That all being said, what did my kitties think of the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain FelineⓇ canned cat food?

Evan, quite blurrily, sniffed the food and walked away. Oh, and Thimble did the exact same thing.

Toby, though, he actually really enjoyed the gravy in this food. He never once even thought of putting one of those chunks of actual food in his mouth, but he licked that gravy right on up.

The last of the big kid kitties, Eddy, simply refuses to eat moist food. So, we'll leave her vote out of this. But, that's not the end of the voting just yet.

Little calico kitten Tonks, the resident food fiend, quite enjoyed eating more than her share of this food. So did her sister Winky.

Oh, but someone else wanted sneak into this review, too.

Believe it or not, Astrid refused to steal this cat food. She is one picky pup, and her pickiness extends to cat food as well. But, though pup Astrid and all the adult cats around here refused to make a true meal out of the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain FelineⓇ canned cat food, the kitties whom we feed outdoors are getting their fill of it. Just like kittens Tonks and Winky, our strays and ferals quite enjoy it.

(Disclaimer: As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain FelineⓇ canned cat food in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

We hope you all have a terrifically tasty Tuesday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

I'm pretty sure I've drawn dozens of versions of this exact doodle. I hope you all don't mind the repetition. I just really have a thing for kitties and books.

Our Tip of the Day:

Today's tip in our litter box series is all about cleaning that litter box. A clean litter box is very important for keeping your cat healthy and happy. Cats are very clean and particular creatures, and so a dirty box might drive them away from using it. That is why an unclean litter box is one of the primary reasons why some cats begin urinating or defecating outside of the box.

So, as you all certainly know, be sure to scoop the litter box, or boxes, regularly. Scooping once a day is recommended, but more often, if possible, is of course even better. Twice or three times a day helps keep the litter box odors at a minimum, and of course helps your kitty stay healthy, happy, and with somewhere clean to use the restroom. You may also need to alter the number of times per day you scoop based on the bathroom habits of your particular cat, or cats. Some cats only go once a day, and so once a day scooping would likely suffice. For cats who go more frequently, though, more frequent scooping is of course a better option.

Cleaning a litter box doesn't just stop at scooping it, though. Doing a full clean of the box, which involves disposing of the old, dirty litter and scrubbing the box down, is also recommended on a regular basis. The frequency of a full litter box clean might vary, depending on your particular cat's bathroom habits, and even depending on which professional you might ask about this topic. If possible, try doing a full clean of the litter box once a week, to keep the box squeaky clean and your kitty healthy and happy. If that's not possible, perhaps at least try for once a month. After disposing of the old litter in the box, you can scrub it down with a safe cleaner. This might be warm water with dish soap, vinegar and water, baking soda and water, or another pet-friendly cleaner that you are certain will not leave behind any harsh or hazardous chemicals. Once the litter box is dried, you can add fresh litter, and even a bit of baking soda or other pet-safe deodorizer.

Litter box cleaning may not be a desirable chore, but it's a crucial one. To prevent your kitty from avoiding the litter box, or from simply having to suffer the discomfort of using a smelly bathroom, be sure to keep the box nice and clean. So, do at least daily scooping, and roughly weekly scrubbing, and your kitty will likely be very happy with you.


Pam and Teddy said...

Yep - same here - Teddy won't eat wet food especially chunks - pate he will have a bit of though. He's a dry food guy. One thing I did discover with chunky food is if you mash it with a fork, add warm water to make it soupy, SOME kitties will eat it (or slurp it). Teddy actually has done that a couple of times. Go figure. Finicky? Oh yeah!

Hugs, Pam

Marg said...

The cats here don't like food with chunks either. It does sound like good food though. Great review. Have a wonderful day.

The Island Cats said...

We're not fans of the chunk food either. Maybe if you mashed it up that would work? (But it usually doesn't for us.)

Eastside Cats said...

Something tells me that Manny and Chili Bruce would eat this in a second, while Angel would not even think of it as food! The 'O' Cats would eat it, for sure. Thanks for the review!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

We're chunks fans and this brand didn't do so well around here (it has VEGETABLES!). I also didn't like that you get so many cans of one flavor. If I don't donate them ... we'll be eating the supply down for years!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Mudpie would fit in purrfectly with your crew! I love that the babies enjoyed it though :)

messymimi said...

We have some picky but mostly not picky cats here, someone in this house will eat almost anything.

pilch92 said...

I knew the kittens would love it :) Very cute drawing. And excellent tips too. my hubby and I are both always scooping.

Holly said...

My cats always enjoyed taste of the wild, they prefer a finer ground though. I love your kittens' names (potterheads unite)