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The importance of regular vet visits

 

Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

We have five cats, a dog and two fish that we love. We try to provide for them healthy food, clean water, plenty of exercise, a lot of love and a warm and comfy bed to sleep in at night. People who know us personally know how much we love and care about our pets.

Sadly… I’ve been a bad pet mother.

We took our do Espn (pronounced Es-pin) to Banfield Animal Hospital this morning. We have their  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® . The plan provides pet owners with the following benefits;

  • Unlimited free office visits
  • Routinely recommended vaccines
  • Comprehensive physical exams
  • Early screening for serious illnesses
  • Discounts on most Banfield products & services
  • Predictable, reasonable monthly payments
  • Convenient drop-offs, evening & weekend hours
  • Online access to your pet’s health records

We took Espn in this morning for a check up, his routine vaccinations and to get  ProHeart® 6 which is a heartworm preventative.

I wrote a post about heartworm disease several weeks ago. If you haven’t read it yet, and you have a dog or cat, I would recommend that you read it and learn more about this deadly and costly disease that all dogs and cats are susceptible to. You can find the post here – Protect your pets health with Banfield Pet Hospital and ProHeart® 6.

It was important to use to have Espn not only get the  ProHeart® 6 injection, but also to be tested for heartworms too.

We arrived at our appointment on time and we were quickly whisked into an examining room. This is the first time I have ever gone into a waiting room upon checking in. Normally when I take our pets to other vets we have to sit in the waiting room for a while.

I was glad to go into the room right away. Our dog is very nervous about being at PetSmart because when he goes there he gets groomed and he must have thought he was getting groomed because he was very anxious.

Our dog was seen by the vet tech assistant right way who briefly examined Espn. Then he went to get the doctor.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

The doctor went over all her recommendations for the various vaccinations she felt that Espn needed. Like a dork I neglected to bring in his records from his other vet. The Banfield Pet Hosptial vet told us up front which vaccinations she wanted to give our dog as well as what tests they wanted to do on him such as a fecal test and blood tests.

The vet was clear and concise on what vaccinations and blood tests she wanted to perform on our dog and she was happy to answer any questions and concerns we might have.

We were concerned about our dog’s weight. He was around 22 pounds at one point now he’s down to around 16 pounds. She said he was a healthy weight. I guess he was overweight before. I’m relieve to know his weight is OK.

What made me feel horrible is that our dog has a really bad issue with tarter on his teeth. It’s really bad.

We take him to get groomed every 2-3 months. When he gets groomed I have them brush his teeth too. I thought that was enough. The vet said to me “Would you only brush your teeth when you got a haircut?”. When she put it that way it made me feel bad that we haven’t been taking better care of his teeth.

The procedure they would need to do to fix his teeth costs $250+, however if we upgrade to a different Wellness plan it would be covered. Needless to say my husband and I are going to save up so we can upgrade our plan so we can save his teeth before it’s too late.

I feel like a bad “mom” now. :-( I always nag my kids about brushing and flossing twice a day, yet I don’t think about our dog and cat’s teeth.

There was a lot done with today’s visit and it’s all part of their Wellness Plan. Everything combined came to almost $550 but it didn’t cost a dime because we have the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® .

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Banfield Pet Hospital offers different plans based on the type of pet (dog or cat) and their age. Other factors are taken into consideration too such as your location and if the pet is spayed or neutered. There are also different options depending on the types of services you want/need. Therefore the price varies too much so I can’t give you an exact quote. If you can visit Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to get a quote on how much it will cost. The plans are monthly. I played around with the different plans for our dog Espn (just for the fun of it) and they are much less expensive then a regular office visit. We are a family that lives on a tight budget and I feel like the plans are very “doable”, even for us.

I was surprised the vet checked on our dog’s dental health. None of the other vets we’ve ever used did that before. I’m glad they did. Now we know there is something we can do to help save our dog’s teeth. If we didn’t take him for regular visits his teeth could have got worse.

Seeing how much we had done in today’s visit and how much money we saved being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® member it’s clear to me that this is the best option for almost all of our pets. One of our cats needs specialists, so she has to go to an animal hospital in New Jersey. I would have to see about a Wellness Plan for one of our other cats who is old and has a pre-existing condition (Diabetes).

If you have a dog or cat I would strongly recommend you check out all the benefits of being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® owner. During the cost of  year the plan more than pays for it’s self. In fact just today’s visit alone saved us almost $550!

Our dog has to go back in three weeks for a booster shot and again in six months for another check up and more vaccinations. They even gave us paperwork on all the tests that were performed and why so we knew exactly what was done with our dog today (another words we have complete records of everything that was done).

I’m glad he had his ProHeart® 6 heartworm injection too. After writing my other post about heartworm I am more determined than ever to make sure all our pets are protected. Heartworm is a horrible, painful, costly and even fatal disease.

If you would like to make an appointment at your local Banfield Pet Hospital you can make an appointment online at this link – Banfield Pet Hospital Online Appointment.

Banfield Pet Hospital can also be found on Twitter (@Banfield) and on Facebook.

Do you take your pet on regular vet visits?

Has your pet been tested and/or received preventative medication for Heartworm?

What do you think about Banfield Pet Hosptial and their Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® ? Do you think it’s something you are going to look into for your pet?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers.

Optimum-Wellness

Kimberly

*I received a free membership in the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Book Review: Unlikely Heroes by New York Times bestseller Jennifer Holland

 

Unlikely Heroes

I am a huge animal lover. I love all kids of animals. I would own a zoo and a farm if at all possible. For now I’m happy with our “mini-zoo” which consists of five cats, a dog and two fish. We also feed a wild bunny that lives in our condo complex.

I have always had animals in my life – both big and small. I grew up with several dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even a horse. I can never imagine a life without pets. They mean the world to me.

Most pet owners will agree that our pets provide us with unconditional love. They don’t expect much in return except for a warm place to sleep, fresh food, clean water and your love.

Pets prove themselves time and time again. There are so many stories about pets who rescue their owners from dangers and uncertain death. Even animals that are not pets have turned into heroes.

A new book by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Holland highlights 37 incredible stories about how animals became heroes.

Jennifer Holland has shown us animal friendships and love with her New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves. Packed with beautiful full-color photos Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom (Workman Press, October 2014) uncovers and celebrates a side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism—and shares heartwarming stories that can only be described as remarkable.

A pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark. A cat who provided comfort to soldiers in Afghanistan. A llama who shines his very special light of love on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. A paralyzed bunny who brings joy to paralyzed children. An abandoned puppy who lost all four paws to frostbite—that’s him, smiling on the cover of the book—who learned to walk on prosthetics and inspires others with disabilities.

I have another book from Jennifer Holland (Unlikely Friendships). You can read my review here – Unlikely Friendships book review.

When I was offered this book to review I knew I wanted to read it. I does break my heart to hear about animals such as Alyna the paralyzed bunny and Naki’o (pictured on the cover of the book) the abandoned puppy who lost all for paws – but at least their stories have happy endings. Sadly many other animals in the same situation don’t.

These incredible TRUE stories show how ordinary animals go above and beyond without any thought to risk to themselves to save others or to make a difference in someone’s life.

You hear stories every day about dogs and cats who are heroes, but what about a sea lion, otter, camel, horse and a cow? There are animals featured in this book that you would never expect to have the metal capacity to protect others – especially humans. These stories only prove just how intelligent animals really are.

The book has over 200+ pages. You could easily read it in one day if you’d like. I personally enjoy that it’s broken up into individual stories so you can read a few at a time or what ever “free time” allows you to read. I often don’t have time to read so it worked well for someone like me. I actually took the book to work with me and read a story or two whenever we had “down time”.

You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book. It’s a great read even if it was human’s in place of the animal heroes.

I found this book to be inspiring. I am in awe of these amazing animals. They did things even humans wouldn’t do. Often they were heroes for complete strangers too without a thought for their own safety.

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom is published by Workman and is available where most books are sold.

This book would make a great gift for an animal lover. Even children could appreciate the stories in this book. Plus there are plenty of pictures to go along with the stories too.

My teenage daughter is currently reading this book. :-)

Jennifer Holland PHOTO SOURCE: Workman

Jennifer Holland
PHOTO SOURCE: Workman

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter – Same Great Litter Only 30% Lighter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love my cats. We have five cats and we love (and spoil!) each and every one of them, as well as our dog and our fish. They are not lacking in anything. They have plenty of toys (they even have their own toy box!), food, fresh water, exercise, a huge cat tree, bedding and we even gave our love seat to the cats to keep them off our couch and my husband’s chair.

I love snuggling with our cats and playing with them. After a bad day there is nothing that melts my heart more then having one of our cats hop up on my lap and purr. I call it “fuzz therapy”. LOL!

As much as I love my cats there are some things I dislike about being a cat owner – hairballs, hair everywhere and the litter box. I loathe the litter box. I hate cleaning it but we have no choice.

Due to lack of space we have one massive litter box that we clean out all day long. As soon as one of the cats does it’s “business” someone is there to clean it out immediately. If we didn’t our home would smell and there would be a huge mess to clean out of the box.

We live on the top floor condo. We have three flights of stairs outside and three inside (no elevator). Lugging huge boxes of kitty litter up all those stairs is a nightmare. I usually have to leave it in the car for my husband to help me carry it up.

Due to the number of cats and the fact that we clean the box out several times a day we need big boxes of litter. Sometimes we go through two large boxes a week.

Fresh Step® is our litter of choice. We have tried other brands but we always go back to Fresh Step®. We like how it absorbs, how it smells and that our cats track less of it through our home then other brand (I hate litter in my carpet!). A few weeks ago I wrote about a recent trip to Target and how I picked up a box of Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme cat litter.

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We’ve used the Extreme litter in the past, as well as regular litter and multi-cat (I tend to pick up the scented multi-cat variety).

Trust me, having to lug kitty litter up so many flights of steps on a regular basis I welcome anything lighter. And since we’re already regular Fresh Step® users we don’t have to worry about switching brands. It’s the same brand – only lighter.

The new litter is 30% lighter making it much easier to lift, carry and pour.

I noticed a difference in the scent. Not the clean litter but the wet litter (after a cat went #1). The scent was different then the other Fresh Step® litter we use, or at least it was to me. My husband said he didn’t notice a difference in the scent at all, so maybe it’s just me. My kids would never take notice of something like that since they try to avoid cleaning the litter box at all costs.

As far as absorbency and clumping go it’s the same as the other Fresh Step® varieties, so that didn’t change (thankfully).

For more information visit www.FreshStep.com. You can also find the brand on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme is available at Target.

I had accidentally ripped the box open too much.

Kimberly

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Protect your pets health with Banfield Pet Hospital and ProHeart® 6

 

Heartworm Disease and Prevetion

If you read my blog regularly you know that I have a mini-zoo at home. We have five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and two fish. We can also include a wild bunny that we’ve been feeding since he was a baby too. :-)

I love our pets. They are not just pets but family members. We want them to be happy, healthy and protected just like the two legged members of our family.

It’s important to take your pet on regular vet visits. As you can imagine having six pets that need to see the vet it can be costly, but knowing they are well taken care of and healthy is important to us so we always find a way.

Two of our pets have medical issues. One cat is diabetic and our other cat has severe asthma and three leaky valves in her heart. Thankfully our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) and other cats are healthy.

Just like humans, pets need to have regular vaccinations too. One vaccination you should not skimp on is for Heartworm. Heartworm is serious and potentially fatal if a dog contracts it. They get it from a simple mosquito bite. If your dog spends any amount of time outside they are risk for mosquito bites.

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Banfield Pet Hospital recommends that you have your pet tested and receive preventive medication annually. I agree with that. Preventative care is essential for everyone – humans and pets alike – to reduce the risks of developing expensive and potentially life threatening diseases, such as Heartworm.

Check out these other facts about Heartworm Disease.

  • Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract Heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito.
  • Treatment of Heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved Heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today.
  • Check out the Heartworm relevance in your state using this interactive map from Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report.
  • Heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from Heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual Heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

I didn’t know that treatment for Heartworm was PAINFUL for dogs. Oh my! I would never, ever want to put my dog through something like that. It also scares me that there is no approved treatment for Heartworm in cats. I hope they develop something to protect them too.

Here’s another gross fact – dogs can have up to 250 Hearworms which live several years and can grow to be up to a foot in length. Ewwwww!!!!!!

Heartworms Cause

If your pet has not been tested for Heartworm lately please take that into consideration and get them tested ASAP. Heartworm testing can be done at any routine office visit. You don’t have to make a special visit to have it done. In fact, office visits are always free with Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®. Many other plans include the annual heartworm tests too.

I have been looking into Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan for a while now. Having two pets with medical issues can be VERY expensive (my cat’s insulin cost me $243 recently and my other cat’s two inhalers cost me over $300+). That is why its imperative that our dog and other cats get regular checkups and preventative care so that we are not spending a small fortune on another health issue.

You can customize your Banfield Optimum Wellness plan based on the needs of your pet. You can combine physical exams with routine vaccinations and health screenings. You even get discounts on other services and best of all FREE UNLIMITED office visits. I really like that option – A LOT!

My pets go to different vets (we actually have three different ones – our cat with heart issues has to see specialists in NJ). Just to walk in the door for an office visit and nothing more costs us between $70 – $120 each and every time we bring one of our pets. That is BEFORE vaccinations, medications and so forth. We’re far from being rich too, so it’s a big hit to our budget every time we take one of our pets to the vet, which is often with six pets.

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Banfield Pet Hospital offers different plans based on the type of pet (dog or cat) and their age. Other factors are taken into consideration too such as your location and if the pet is spayed or neutered. There are also different options depending on the types of services you want/need. Therefore the price varies too much so I can’t give you an exact quote. If you can visit Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to get a quote on how much it will cost. The plans are monthly. I played around with the different plans for our dog Espn (just for the fun of it) and they are much less expensive then a regular office visit. We are a family that lives on a tight budget and I feel like the plans are very “doable”, even for us.

I was given a complimentary Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® membership to try out with our dog. Sadly I have not been able to get my first office visit yet. I called but our local hospital was booked up. Since I work during the day now I can only do evenings or weekends, which naturally are the harder appointments to come by since most people who work need those appointments. We have an appointment for an office visit for Espn in another two weeks on a Sunday morning. Thankfully Banfield Pet Hospital has weekend appointments. Once I take Espn I’ll share my experiences in another blog post. Please keep an eye out for that.

While we are there was are going to get Espn the ProHeart® 6 is an injectable Heartworm preventive medication which provides up to six months of Heartworm prevention. It’s done in a single dose too so you don’t have to worry about multiple office visits or putting your pet through unnecessary stress. I know our dog Espn freaks out at the vet, so the less we have to take him the better.

Before your pet can get the ProHeart® 6 injection they need to have a simple blood test to make sure their heart is free from adult Heartworms. If everything checks out OK your pet can have the injection and you can have peace of mind knowing that your pet is protected because the injection prevents immature worms from maturing which poses a risk to your pet’s heart.

Check out this very informative video that shows you how to prevent your pet from getting Heartworm disease. If you have a moment I would strongly recommend watching this brief video. I found it very interesting (and scary to think mosquitoes can be so deadly!).

 

If you are interested in getting the injection for your pet here is a link to a coupon for $10 off a 6-month injection of ProHeart® 6. Our dog Espn will be getting that too. When I do my follow up post I’ll let you know how well he handled the injection.

If you would like to make an appointment at your local Banfield Pet Hospital you can make an appointment online at this link – Banfield Pet Hospital Online Appointment.

Banfield Pet Hospital can also be found on Twitter (@Banfield) and on Facebook.

Do you take your pet on regular vet visits?

Has your pet been tested and/or received preventative medication for Heartworm?

What do you think about Banfield Pet Hosptial and their Optimum Wellness Plans? Do you think it’s something you are going to look into for your pet?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers.

Optimum Wellness

Kimberly

*I received a free membership in the Banfield Hospital Optimum Wellness Plan to do a review – coming soon! There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Litter now available at Target

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kimberly Vetrano - She Scribes

I love my five cats. They are very much a part of our family, as well as our dog and fish. They bring so much love and joy to our lives. I love that they each have their own personalities and quirks.

Velcro (our oldest) is afraid of his own shadow and hides a lot. He will make it known – loudly – if the water in the water dish is not cold enough. He also suffers from Diabetes.

Kitty is a pretty calico. She loves to chew on odd things like tape and cardboard. She also has a thing for small stuffed animals and will drag them out of the room and around our home. She can be very chatty when she wants to be.

Padmé is very much the “mom” of the group. She goes out of her way to groom our other cats, which explains why she always gets hairballs. When she was younger she used to sit on my shoulder when I worked at my desk and sleep on my feet at night.

Anakin is is the trouble maker. He loves to annoy the girls. He will also hold entire conversations with you. He’s also a comedian. He always makes us laugh.

Bella is our baby, aka “Princess Bella”. She gets away with a bit more then the others do. She’s very lovey dovey and loves to snuggle. She also has a heart condition and severe asthma which requires a daily inhaler (and an emergency inhaler when she has asthma attacks).

I love our cats, but I don’t love the litter box. I hate the litter box!

Our home is not big enough for multiple boxes so we have one monstrous litter box that we clean out several times a day. Whenever anyone “goes” we instantly go to the litter box and clean it out. We have to or else the mess would get out of control.

When I get home from work the first thing I do is clean out the litter box and replace the litter if needed.

I pride myself on keeping our home clean and fresh smelling. Even though we have five cats we’ve been told by multiple people, including real estate agents, that you cannot tell that we have cats aside from seeing the cat tree, toys and litter box.

We live on the top floor condo which means three flights of steps outside and three flights of steps inside. That doesn’t sound like much, but it is, especially when you have to lug super heavy cat litter boxes up all those stairs. Normally I leave the litter in my car and let my husband carry it up since it’s way too heavy for little old me.

The other day we were in Target and saw the display for Fresh Step®’s new Lightweight Extreme Litter called Fresh Step® Fast Lightweight Extreme. It’s 30% lighter then other Fresh Step® litters. Fresh Step® is the litter we always use so we are very familiar with the brand.

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I like the display we saw at Target. It shows regular Fresh Step® vs. Fresh Step® Fast Lightweight Extreme on a scale showing you the difference in weight.

Target had the litter on sale too AND I had a $2.00 off coupon so it was a win-win situation since we always need litter (we buy litter all the time).

Even though the litter is made to be lighter it still has the same clumping performance and odor control that we have come to expect from Fresh Step® litter. In fact it has the strongest odor control by a lightweight litter.

The same great performance at a lighter weight – that works for me!

Fresh Step® Fast Lightweight Extreme is available at Target

Have you tried the new litter yet? If so, what did you think? Feel free to share your thoughts.

I’ll share my thoughts in anohter post. 

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Kimberly

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Rachael Ray ™Nutrish™ for Cats Review & Giveaway (ends 8/18/14)

 

Nutrish

Our pets are very much a part of our family. We have five cats, a dog and two fish. They are all treated with love and respect. Some might even say that we spoil them a bit too much, after all our dog has his own toy box as does our cats. They also have plenty of comfy bedding all over our home. We even gave up our love seat for the cats and the ottoman for our dog.

We take our pet’s health into consideration all the time. We make sure they eat well, get plenty of exercise, regular vet visits and plenty of love and snuggles.

I’ll be honest with you. We haven’t always read the labels on the foods we feed our pets. We always assumed the food was good for our pets, especially brand name foods. It wasn’t until our vet referred to the food we regularly fed to our cats as “Skittles” – that is was as healthy for them as feeding them a bowl of Skittles. My heart sank when I heard those words from our vet. How could I be feeding what was essentially “junk food” to our pets?

From that day on I have made sure that I know what my pets are eating. I read the labels and try an avoid things like artificial colors, preservatives and ingredients. The more wholesome and natural the better.

Our dog is not a picky eater. He’ll eat any type of food that I feed him (I make sure to feed him the good stuff). I just have to watch out for his sensitive stomach.

Our cats tend to be a bit picky when it comes to their food. With five cats it’s not always easy to find something that they all enjoy.

We mostly feed the cats dry food but a few of our cats need wet food too (our oldest cat has a hard time with dry food these days and our “baby” doesn’t like dry food).

I was recently sent some cat food from Mom Central from Rachael Ray ™Nutrish™. I received a bag of dry food, a few containers of wet food and other goodies.

Nutrish™ is natural food for cats from Rachael Ray ™. It’s #1 ingredient is real meat like fish or chicken (which cats love). Nutrish™ is free from “junk”  like artificial flavors or preservatives.

Nutrish™ foods are made from wholesome recipes your furry friend is sure to love in both wet and dry varieties.

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Some flavor varieties include;

  • Chicken Purrcata
  • Ocean Fish-alicious
  • Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel
  • Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore
  • Tuna Purrfection

I love the fun names they gave each flavor.

I like that they are made with real meat. After all, in the wild cats don’t eat overly processed or fake meats. No way! They want the real deal. They want health cat food. I’m pretty sure the King of the Jungle would rather enjoy real, fresh meat then fake meat.

I’ve checked the ingredients of other cat foods we had in the pantry. Keeping in mind that I am a label reader even when it comes to pet foods. I’m impressed by the ingredients. I also like that Nutrish™ products tend to be a lot more affordable then other brands.

I also like the variety of flavors. One brand I’ve used in the past only had a few flavors. Not only that when you put the other brands wet food on the cat dish it looked like a chunk of liverwurst. With Nutrish™ wet food you can actually see the bits and pieces of meat.

I let all of our cats try the dry food. They all seemed to enjoy it except one. She’s very picky about her food. Statistically speaking if 4 our of 5 of our cats liked the food I’d say it was a hit with my cats.

Fun package I received in order to do this review.

Fun package I received in order to do this review.

I like that the dry food had natural looking colors and piece. I don’t like to see a bowl full of different colored shapes. I’m pretty sure my cats don’t care if they are eating a yellow bone or a red heart. The shapes and colors are more for humans than animals.

Even our youngest cat who is not a fan of dry food nibbled on the Nutrish™ dry food.

Since we only had three containers of wet food to try out – and five cats – we opted to give our youngest cat, Bella, the Nutrish™ wet food. That doesn’t mean that our other cats didn’t want to enjoy it too. Every time I opened the container they all came running – literally!

I made a video and shared it on Instagram of Bella patiently waiting for me to serve her the wet food. Towards the of the video where she stops and looks over it’s because our other cat, Anakin, was making his way towards the food.

You can even see her smelling to food in the video as she patiently sat on the floor in front of the dishwasher while I put food on her dish.

You can see the video here – She Scribes Instagram – Bella & Nutrish video.

Bella didn’t seem to have a favorite. She loved all three varieties and gobbled them all up.

Some of our cats enjoying the brown paper bag that came with our review package.

Some of our cats enjoying the brown paper bag that came with our review package.

In addition to the cat foods I also received some recipe cards to make a  human and cat friendly recipe. I opted to create my own. I made chicken balls (instead of meatballs). I just “tweaked” the recipe for the cat version. I didn’t want to include anything that could be harmful for cats (like garlic).

Here is the recipe I made.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pounds of ground chicken breast (I had to ask the butcher to make me some – I couldn’t find it on the shelf)
  • 3/4 of a cup of breadcrumbs (plain – nothing in them)
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the chicken, egg and breadcrumbs into a large bowl and mix well together (I used my hands just like I do when I make meatloaf).
  3. Take out of chunk of the mixture and put aside.
  4. Put the remaining ingredients in the bowl and mix everything together well.
  5. Using your hands shape the mixture into small meatballs and place them on a pan. I used non-stick foil on the pan.
  6. With the chunk of meat and breadcrumbs you set aside make itty bitty meatballs out of them and put them on another pan (use non-stick foil if you can).
  7. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and remove the tiny meatballs from the oven. Continue cooking the remaining “people” meatballs for another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Remove the meatballs from the oven and serve. I served ours over some pasta with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella sauce on top. I served the other (tiny) meatballs to the cats.

Normally I make them to add to soup.

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I didn’t want to add any seasoning or cheese to the cat’s meatballs because I don’t want to risk getting them sick or serving them something that is not good for them.

For more information visit Nutrish.RachaelRay.com/Cat.

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Nutrish™ would like to give a lucky reader some samples of Nutrish™ cat foods to try out with your feline friend. 

PLEASE NOTE: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central Consulting.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win the Nutrish™ cat foods prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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