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9 Savings Tricks to Care for Your Canine

 

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Proud pet parents across the country will agree that owning a dog is priceless. However, there are lots of expenses that come with caring for your favorite canine: The American Kennel Club (AKC) estimates dog owners dish out an average of $2,500 per year on food, veterinary expenses, grooming, pet sitting and more. Additionally, more than one-quarter of dog owners surveyed by the AKC said annual costs “exceeded their expectations.”

To keep your four-legged friend from licking your budget dry, follow these 9 savings tricks!

Sign up for loyalty programs.
Take advantage of rewards programs offered through your favorite pet stores for freebies, special promos and dollars-off future purchases. Petco’s Pals Rewards program gives members $5 for every $100 in purchases, for example, plus special pricing on products throughout the store. Your local pet store might offer a loyalty program or points as well, so inquire about your options.

Double the discount with gift cards.
Sites like GiftCardGranny.com sell pet store gift cards at a big discount – you’re looking at saving up to 25% off Petco gift cards and over 19% off gift cards to PetSmart. Use these discount gift cards as currency and try to pair them with sale items, coupon codes and/or reward bucks to keep your dog care items really cheap!

Look for low-cost clinics.
Routine check ups, vaccinations and emergency care for your four-legged friend can get expensive. However, you may qualify for discount care available at low-cost clinics. Search for a nearby accredited veterinary school through the American Veterinary Medical Association to find out about free care to pet owners in need, or sliding-scale services. You can also find free or low-cost neuter or spay programs using the ASPCA website locator tool. Finally, vaccination clinics are held by select veterinary practices and Petco stores regularly, saving you money on office fees.

Ask for generic meds and buy online.
Don’t assume you have to fill your dog’s prescription at the vet, as prices on pet meds can have markups of over 100 percent in some cases. If your dog doesn’t need treatment immediately, compare med prices online. Sites like 1800PetMeds and PetCareRX offer both generic and brand-name meds for less, plus you can find coupons for extra savings. Search for coupon codes using Coupon Sherpa for such savings as 15% off your qualifying purchase from PetCareRX, or 10% off plus free shipping on $49 orders from 1800PetMeds.

Buy treats and chews in bulk.
Treats and chews represent healthy ways to reward your dog, but they can be pricey! Shop for both these items in bulk to cut costs. You can buy rawhides and dental chews from Costco and Sam’s Club for over 40% less compared to pet stores. Same goes with treats: a 25oz container of Milk-Bone Soft & Chewy Treats is priced at $12.99 on PetSmart’s website, while Sam’s Club offers a 37oz container of the same treats for just $8.38.

Order food online.
Buying dog food in bulk will get you the best bang for your buck, but there’s nothing fun about hauling those oversized bags to and from your car. Not only is ordering food online easier, but it can be cheaper, too! Many pet-specific sites offer a discount to those who set up repeat delivery plus free delivery. For example, Petco offers 15% off when you use their repeat auto delivery program.

Set up a dog-emergency fund.
With average annual medical expenses for dogs costing $786, it’s important to set aside money for their care. Be sure to include extra funds for emergencies, as unplanned visits to emergency clinics and overnight stays can add up fast. A pet-specific emergency fund will alleviate any financial pressure should your pet be facing an expensive surgery or medication to treat a serious illness.

Use daily deals for grooming.
In addition to using coupons, daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are great places to snag discount vouchers for grooming services. For instance, you can save up to 54% at Furry Tails in New York City or pay just $8 for a doggie bath ($15 value) at Bark Williams near Los Angeles via Groupon.

Think outside the kennel.
Kenneling isn’t the only option when you leave for vacation. Check out Rover.com to find a local pet sitter who will care for your dog in their home. You can easily find reviews for each person and rest easy knowing your dog is getting one-on-one attention. If you want your dog to accompany you on your travels, check Motel 6 availability at your destination (the “original pet-friendly motel,” according to their website), or filter VRBO results by “pet-friendly” properties.

A. Woroch

Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

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Wellness TruFood Baked Blends – See the difference

 

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Our pets mean the world to us. They are very much a part of our family. We care about their health, happiness and well being.

Growing up I always had pets. My family had dogs, cats, fish, birds, hamsters and even a horse. I cannot imagine a life without pets.

I never gave much thought to the food my parents fed our dogs and cats. As far as I was concerned pet food was pet food – there wasn’t much of a difference.

Fast forward a few decades. My family and I have five cats, a dog and a Goldfish.

I’ll admit that I never gave pet food much of a thought. I would buy what was on sale or whatever was the cheapest. I never gave the nutritional value of the food a thought. Looking back I feel like a horrible pet parent for saying that. Sadly, it was true.

It wasn’t until our youngest cat was diagnosed with asthma that I really took the nutritional value of pet food to heart.

I was on a desperate search to figure out what triggered our cat’s asthma. Was it her food? The litter? Dust? Pollen? Something I was cleaning the house with? I was banging my head on the wall trying to figure it all out. We played around with different litters, I stopped using cleaning products that were not “Earth friendly,” I limited air freshners and perfumes and I try and keep my home as clean as possible.

When it came to her food I tried different kinds to see if there was a common ingredient. That is when I realized that not all pet foods were a like. In fact, some of them shouldn’t even be classified as food – it’s nothing but artificial this and that and by-products. What in the world was I feeding my beloved pets?

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These days I am very conscientious about the foods I feed my pets. Not more “fake gunk.”

Have you ever tried Wellness TruFood Baked Blends? I was sent some of their food to try out with both our cats and our dog. Wellness TruFood Baked Blends take fresh, whole foods  and slow-bake them to lock in the nutrients nad raw protein.

According to the Wellness brand;

Fresh, whole foods are a staple of any healthy diet and Wellness understands that pet parents want to feed their pets that same wholesome goodness. The all-new line of Wellness TruFood Baked Blends dry food for cats and dogs brings the nutrient-packed freshness of whole foods to your pet in tasty meals they’ll love!

These slow-baked nuggets are prepared in small batches to deliver optimal nutrition. Made with 70% more raw protein ingredients than other pet foods and antioxidant-rich ingredients like coconut oil, chia seeds and beets, Wellness TruFood Baked Blends are packed with nutrition you can see.

Wellness TruFood Baked Blends come in a variety of tongue wagging flavors pets love.

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  • Chicken, Chicken Liver & Lentils (Adult)
  • Salmon, Lentils & Turkey Liver (Adult)
  • Chicken, Chickpeas & Chicken Liver (Indoor)
  • Chicken, Lentils & Chicken Liver (Kitten)

The food ranges in price from $14.90 (2 pound bag) to $48.99 (10 pound bag).

Our cat Bella can be seen in the background eating.

Our cat Bella can be seen in the background eating.

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  • Chicken, Chicken Liver & Flaxseed (Adult)
  • Salmon, Turkey Liver & Flaxseed (Adult)
  • Lamb, Chickpeas & Turkey Liver (Adult)
  • Chicken, Chicken Liver & Flaxseed (Puppy)
  • Chicken, Chickpeas, & Chicken Liver (Small Breed)

The dog food ranges in price from $18.99 (3 pound bag) to upwards of $74.99 (18 pound bag).

Both the cat and dog food varieties are all grain, potato and wheat-free recipes made with raw protein from whole-prey sources. They are naturally colored from herbs and whole foods. The food is made is Canada.

You can really see the difference in this pet food. The bags even contain little see-through windows so you can see for yourself before making a purchase.

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The difference can also be seen when you pour out a bowl of the Wellness TruFood Baked Blends.

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If you look at the dog food photo (above) you can see the dried green veggies.

Since I have five cats it’s not always easy to please all of them at the same time. Three of my five cats took to the new Wellness TruFood cat food right away. The other two took a bit longer but they eventually came around to enjoying it.

I have to laugh when I think about the first time I introduced the food to them. I took a handful and put it on the floor for each of them to sample it. Three of them gobbled the food up as if it was treats – not food. They even meowed for more. Even to this day if they are looking for treats all I have to do is give them some of the Wellness TruFood and they think it’s a treat. That works for me.

Our dog ate up the Wellness TruFood dry food just as quickly as our cats did.

When it comes to our dog I have to ease him into new foods. He has a sensitive stomach and often introducing new foods to him too quickly will cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. Thankfully he didn’t experience any of that with the Wellenss TruFood dry dog food. It didn’t bother his stomach at all. That was a huge relief.

Another thing we noticed about this food – it fills him up and it’s been helping him to gain weight (in a healthy way).

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Espn at his vet visit

For a while our dog would eat the “waste” from the kitty litter box. We were feeding him twice a day – every day – so we couldn’t understand why he was doing that. We took him to the vet and were shocked to find that he was 7 pounds lighter than the last time he went. He’s a little dog so 7 pounds is a lot.

The vet looked him over, checked him out and couldn’t find anything wrong with him. She told us to give him more food and see what happens. Up until that point we were giving him canned food in the AM and again in the PM and some dry food in the afternoon.

We mixed in dry food with the canned food, which seemed to help. It wasn’t until we started to feed him the Wellness TruFood that we noticed a difference. His weight increases, he seemed to have more “bounce” in him and he stopped eating the cat waste.

I read that dogs might do that sometimes if they are lacking vitamins and nutrients in their food. I think the food we were feeding him prior to Wellness was just “gunk.” It had no nutritional value whatsoever.

Lesson learned! Know what you are feeding your pet!

If you would like to learn more about Wellness pet foods please visit www.WellnessPetFood.com. You can also find the brand on social media (all the links are found on the top right of their website).

Have you tried Wellness pet foods with your pet? What do you think about the Wellness TruFood Baked Blends? Do you think your dog or cat would enjoy them? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with the Wellness brand. I received free products in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer fun and safety with your new pet

 

Our son (who is almost 16 now) with our eldest cat as a kitten, Velcro.

Our son (who is almost 16 now) with our eldest cat as a kitten, Velcro.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you are more than familiar with our “mini zoo,” with could consist of our five cats, dog and Goldfish.

I love our pets. They are very much a part of our family. I cannot imagine a life without them.

The last new family member we adopted was our foster kitten Bella. She’s the one with a variety of health issues. To this day I feel in my heart she was meant to be with us. Had someone else adopted her she might have been put down due to her health issues, or end up living out her life in a cage because she would be considered “un-adoptable” due to her health issues.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see plenty of pictures of Bella (she’s the black and white cat). Needless to say I think she has a wonderful life with us. Sure, her vet visits and medications are astronomical, but we love her (and all our pets) and will do anything we can to keep them all happy and healthy.

It’s always exciting to add a new member to your family whether it’s a furry friend like a dog or a cat, or one not so fluffy like a fish or reptile. I adore my fish and care about him but it’s not the same as having a dog or cat (puppy or kitten) who will cuddle up with you, play with you and provide you with many hours of “fuzz therapy.” Fuzz Therapy is how stroking a pet or playing with a pet can make any bad day a lot better. It’s hard to be in a grumpy or sad mood when you are interacting with a pet.

Summertime is a great time to introduce a new pet to your family. Children are home from school which means they can be more “hands on” when it comes to training a pet and acclimating a pet to a new home. Parents are also able to take vacation time to help get a pet adjusted too.

Our now 4 year old cat Bella when she was 1 month old (we had her since she was 1 day old).

Our now 4 year old cat Bella when she was 1 month old (we had her since she was 1 day old).

If you have ever potty trained a puppy you know that they have to go out at all hours of the day and night. I still remember taking our dog Espn out at 2 or 3 in the morning to do his business while he was learning to do his business outside. We did it during the winter months and let me tell you it was cold! In hinesight the spring/summer months would have been better. We were not planning on adopting a puppy when we did. It just happened.

Another great reason to adopt a pet in the summer months is that you can spend plenty of time outside playing with you pet. You don’t have to worry about your little furry friend getting cold.

On the flip side there can be some dangers during the summer months which you would need to teach you pet about. Take for example the swimming pool. Don’t assume your pet will know how to swim should they accidentally fall into the pool. A puppy might be able to doggie paddle but they might not be able to figure out how to get out of the pool. You’ll need to teach your pup how to get out of the pool.

Another concern would be poisonous plants. Make sure your yard is free from plants and flowers that could be poisonous to a cat or dog if ingested. Lilies, Tulips, Azaleas, Oleander, Chrysanthemum and English Ivy are just a few plants/flowers you might have in your yard that can be toxic (and deadly) to your pet if ingested. As a pet parent you need to be diligent to make sure your pet doesn’t have access to these plants/flowers and/or teach them not to chew on them or eat them.

Our dog Espn as a puppy (3 months old) dressed in a Build-a-Bear costume for Halloween.

Our dog Espn as a puppy (3 months old) dressed in a Build-a-Bear costume for Halloween.

These are just a few tips for new pet parents. You can find additional tips and resources on a special page PetSmart has on their website. You can find those tips and resources HERE.

For more information about PetSmart or to find a location near you visit PetSmart.com. You can also find the brand on social media (all the links are found on their website).

To see what others have to say, or if you would like to share your tips and experiences, use the hashtag #NewPetPartner.

Having a pet is a wonderful experience. I truly believe that pets can add more value to our lives. For me they are also a source of happiness and love.

Do you remember when you adopted you pet/pets?

Are you considering adopting a pet?

What other tips would you like to share with readers?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with PetSmart to bring you this information. Although compensated (gift card, goodies), the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Versatile Pet Bed for Cats and Dogs from Pet P.L.A.Y

 

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I love my pets. They happiness and health is a top priority for me.

With five cats and a dog it goes without saying that we have several pet beds. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some funny pictures I posted the other day about our cat Bella and how out of all the cozy places to sleep (pet beds, cat tree, love seat…) she opted to sleep on my daughter’s dresser. Crazy kitty! One photo is seen above and the other below.

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We even have one bed that is so big I think all five cats and our dog can sleep on it. LOL!

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A while back I was sent information on a really classy looking pet bed – one that I think would add to a home’s decor. It’s by a company called Pet P.L.A.Y (Pet Lifestyle And You). The pet bed is made out of a reclaimed wine barrel.

Check out the beautiful Wine Barrel Dog & Pet Bed on the Pet P.L.A.Y site.

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How beautiful is that bed? I would so love to have a bed like that for my pets.

Pet P.L.A.Y was kind enough to send me one of their other pet beds to review with my pets – their convertible Snuggle Bed.

Sewn with dirt-resistant canvas on one side and luxurious faux fur on the other, this convertible dog bed can be molded into a variety of shapes and uses, conforming to you and your pet’s lifestyle, and offering your pup or kitty a heavenly retreat.

What makes this pet bed different than other pet beds is that it can be used in different ways.

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Snuggle Bed

I love the idea of making the bed into different styles.

The bed is reversible too. One side is super soft and plush (I would sleep on it!). The other side is a bit cooler for hotter days. You an reverse the bed and make it into any of the above mentioned shapes.

Our cats LOVE to hide in things. I love how the Snuggle Bed can be turned into a tunnel for our cats to sleep in. We just have to make sure we know a cat is in there so we don’t accidentally step on them. Our dog actually lied down on the Snuggle Bed when it was a tunnel and ended up sleeping on top of our cat Bella.

When we first received the Snuggle Bed to review Bella wouldn’t even get off of it. She was lying in the dining room and I placed the bed next to her to see what she would do. Right away she lied down on top of it and spent HOURS on it. She loves it.

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I have made the bed into different shapes. The cats prefer the tunnel / flat version. Our dog prefers it more so as a bed but he enjoys it flat too. Since the cats out number the dog, for now, I keep the Snuggle Bed in the tunnel / flat style.

You can see in the photos below the opened end where that cats like to crawl in and hide/sleep. You an also see why we have to watch that our dog Espn doesn’t sleep on top of one. LOL!

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In the above photo Espn is a bit fuzzy. That is because he was rolling around on the Snuggle Bed. He likes to lie on it, roll around on it and push it around.

I like that this bed converts to different styles. It not only offers your pet/pets more but it helps to keep them bored from sleeping in the same old bed too.

The Snuggle Bed is available in three colors – Charcoal Gray, Husky Gray or Truffle Brown. The one we have is Husky Gray. The bed is also available in three different sizes.

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We have the large one so you can tell how big it is against our dog and cat. Espn is a medium size dog (about 20 pounds) and Bella is an average size cat (around 10 pounds).

The bed is available on the Pet P.L.A.Y website and retails for $55 – $109 depending on the size you get. That might seem a bit pricey but considering the quality of the bed, the fact that it’s reversible and that it converts into different types of beds to please any dog or cat, it’s not that bad of a price.

If you are interested in the Snuggle Bed or any other product on the Pet P.L.A.Y site you can get 20% off your purchase using the discount code SHESCRIBES. This discount code expires the end of this year (December 31, 2015).

Pet P.L.A.Y has other pet beds as well as toys, pillows, tunnels, covers and more.

If you would like more information or to check out the other wonderful products available, visit www.PetPLAY.com.

Pet P.L.A.Y has been featured on the Today Show, CBS, Women’s Day, People, Hallmark Channel and Coastal Living. You can also find the brand on social media. All the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the Snuggle Bed? Do you think your dog or cat would enjoy something like this?

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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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New from PetSmart and Purina – Muse

 

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As a “mom” to five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a fish who fears the cats (LOL), their health and happiness is a priority to me. I do what ever I can to meet their needs as well as provide them with a loving, care home filled with a lot of snuggles, hugs and playtime.

Having five cats is not always easy. Each cat has an entirely different personality. They are like five mini-people covered in fur with whiskers. They do have some common cat traits (sleeping a lot, loves to get into mischief…), each one is totally different than the other.

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Velcro – He’s our oldest (and diabetic). He’s afraid of his own shadow and hides most of the day but when he’s hungry – oh boy! – you’ll know it. He’ll meow so loud I think the roof shakes. Even though he’s old he still have a bit of playfulness to him, like chasing after me in the dark on my way to the kitchen, grabbing my ankles and biting them. LOL!

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Kitty – She’s quirky. She likes to “taste” everything. She’s always liking odd things like the television stand, window, the side of the bathtub, my computer… She also LOVES to eat tape (regular tape). We have to hide it from her. She also enjoys grabbing the stuffed animals out of the kids room (even if they are bigger than her) and drag them out into the living room as if she’s a noble hunter and that was her catch.

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Padmé – Paddy is the mommy of the group. She wants to kiss and clean off all the other cats. She’s very loving and caring. She LOVES to snuggle and lie next to you in bed or on the couch. She’s the only one of the cats who’ll put our dog Espn in his place when he chases after them. She will swat him in the face and he’ll roll over and give in to her. He favorite thing to do is play with those scrunchy balls (the ones that make crinkly noises).

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Anakin – He’s the trouble maker, always chasing after the girls. He’s also VERY vocal and will have an entire conversation with you (no kidding). He’s a bit of a comedian and always doing things to make us laugh. He LOVES boxes. It doesn’t matter how tiny the box is – if it’s a box Anakin will fit his 20 pound self inside of it.

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Bella – She’s the baby. She’s the one with severe asthma and heart problems. She’s also sweet as sweet can be. My husband refers to her as “princess.” He lets her get away with more than the other cats. She loves to play (especially anything with strings) and her favorite thing is that paper used in shipping packages. She could play with it for hours. Sometimes my husband brings some home from work for her to play with. She even misses me when I go away and seems lost without me.

As you can see, they are all different. They have different personalities, likes and dislikes. Finding foods that they all like is not that easy. We end up buying different foods for them.

Bella is the most picky of them all. She likes something for a while then she won’t eat it anymore. It’s as if she gets bored with it. Therefore we are always giving her new foods. Kitty and Velcro love to try new foods too. Anakin will eat whatever is put in front of him. Padmé is the most pickiest and doesn’t like it when we change foods.

Their health means a lot to me so I prefer to feed them foods that are made with real ingredients – real ingredients I can see too like real pieces of meat and vegetables.

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Not too long ago I was sent some samples of a new food from Purina that is sold exclusviely at PetSmart. It’s called Muse.

Just like us, every cat has their own personality and, yes, at times can strut a little cat-itude. More importantly, our cats fascinate and inspire us. That’s why Purina has created Muse, a full mmmmenu of tasty food that is completely cat-centric.

Every Muse recipe is made with natural ingredients and essential nutrients providing your furry friend with the nutrition they need and the great tastes the crave.

The cat friendly flavors Muse offers was inspired by cats. Cats, as you know, are not ordinary (as the case with my cats). Cats are unique and different. Cats are not always easy to please. They will let you know if they like something or not. That is a trait that Muse likes about cats.

I like that the brand let cats inspire the foods that they made. My cats inspire me too. They inspire me to have fun and enjoy the little things in life. You don’t need something spectacular to enjoy life like a big house, exotic vacation or fancy car. My cats prove that when they have a great time with a simple thing like a box and/or a piece of shipping paper. It’s the little thing that make them the happiest. I think people can learn a lot by that.

My cats also inspire me by proving that having some quirks is OK. Being a bit different is not a bad thing (except for when Kitty eats the tape – LOL).

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We received some Muse samples and other cat goodies for my cats to try. They have different types of food textures, as well as flavors including pates, foods in broths, chowders and more.

Muse comes in flavors that cats will love including;

  • Grain Free Natural Tuna, Tilapia & Baby Clam Topper Adult Cat Food
  • Grain Free Natural Mackerel & Carrot Adult Cat Food
  • Adult Cat Food – Essential Nutrients, Natural Chicken, Tomato & Carrot, In Gravy
  • Adult Cat Food -Grain Free, Essential Nutrients, Natural Chicken & Tuna, In Broth

There are plenty of great recipes available.

I tried out the Muse food with my cats and they LOVED them. They gobbled them all up as if they haven’t eaten in weeks (they actually graze all day long so they are never really hungry). As a pet mom I enjoyed seeing the real ingredients in their food too.

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My cats are enjoying Muse. So much so the last time I went to PetSmart to get some supplies for our fish I picked up more for them. I wish PetSmart was closer so I could offer it to them all the time. It’s OK though since I’m at PetSmart about once a month.

To learn more about Muse please visit www.MuseCatFood.com.

To find a PetSmart location near you visit PetSmart.com. You can also purchase Muse online.

Do you have cats? How does your cat (or cats) inspire you? I would very much love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples and other goodies 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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Advice from Morris the Cat to “Live Well & Prospurr”

 

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Morris the Cat is known throughout the world as the star of over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He gained even greater notoriety when he became an advo-cat for kitty adoptions with his “Million Cat Rescue” initiative, and just this year, he took a trip to South by Southwest as a feline technology correspondent.

It seems America’s favorite ‘charmingly choosy’ feline is always on the go, but I recently had the chance to catch up with him to talk show biz, naps, and how he’s giving back through his new effort called ‘Live Well & Prospurr.’ 

You’ve been a TV star since the 1970s and yet you look as vivacious as ever. How do you keep your youthful glow?

People ask me all the time if I’ve had work done. But in fact, my whiskers stay perky thanks to a disciplined regimen of napping, sleeping, napping some more, eating (9Lives, of course), and just generally hanging out. I want to emphasize this last one because even though it’s categorically important for our health and happiness, it’s also the easiest to forget as we go about our busy lives. That’s why I developed my Official Guide to Relaxing, Chillin’, Unwinding & More. (I had to take some time away from hanging out to write it, but I hope you’ll agree it was well worth it).

Are humans allowed to know what’s in this guide or is it for felines only? 

Oh no, the guide was written for all species, both two- and four-legged. And let’s face it, cats are pretty good at hanging out already. I know relaxing can be daunting—what with work, kids, errands, and chores—but that’s why I created the 5 levels of hanging out. Even the most stressed out person can master Level 1: Kicking Back. Then, as people get more comfortable with the idea of just relaxing, they can move on to the higher levels and ultimately achieve what I like to call Prospurr.

How does someone know when they’ve achieved Prospurr? 

Excellent question, Kimberly. Prospurr is the Holy Grail of hanging out. It’s not so much an action as a state of mind, but purr-haps I could describe it best like this: It’s like the moment you flop onto the couch after a hard day, mixed with the tingling sensation of getting scratched behind the ears, rolled into the drool-inducing taste of a bowl of 9Lives. You humans out there probably haven’t tried 9Lives, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. For more tips on hanging out, go to this website that I built with my own four paws: prospurr.9lives.com.

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I know working in show biz can mean very long hours. How do you keep to your hangout regimen while you’re on set? 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Just like Brad Pitt or Liam Hemsworth, I have a stand-in who sets up all my shots for me. That way I can rest in my trailer—ahem, carrying case—until the cameras start rolling. My stand-in is polyester and has a tag that says “Made in the USA,” but he does the trick. All I have to do is show up and look handsome… which is easy since I’ve spent the whole day getting my beauty rest. 

Certainly the entertainment industry, and the world in general, has changed a lot since the 1970s. How do you keep up with the times? 

I chase the times like a red-laser dot, and I’m always on the lookout for cool new tech gadgets that help cats and humans live well. One of my new favorites is the Apple Watch—it lets me track how much time I spend ‘napping’ versus the time I spend ‘sleeping.’ AND, today it told me that I took 19 steps going from my bed to my food dish—nothing like working up a sweat before a big meal.

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What is the best advice you could give to someone who wants to live a better life? 

Watch cat videos! A recent study conducted by some really smart people at Indiana University found that after watching a clip of Lil Bub, Nora the Piano Cat or of course, yours truly, participants felt increased levels of joy and energy. Science doesn’t lie, people! Bonus points if you watch said cat videos curled up in bed or on a fluffy couch.

If a cat watches cat videos, does it have the same effect? 

Yes—in fact, the effect is multiplied. It’s like topping 9Lives Super Supper with even more 9Lives Super Supper. Some days I’ll watch cat videos the entire four hours I’m awake.

It seems like you’ve got a pretty nice life, Morris. 

I’m very lucky, but to me, being a celebricat isn’t about paw-ty hopping or head-booping Hollywood royalty. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that let me live well—and helping others to do the same. You may not know this but I was actually a rescue cat in Chicago before I was ‘discovered.’ This year, with your support, I’m donating a million meals to the ASPCA. Every time you tweet using #MorrisFeeds I’ll donate a bowl of 9Lives to a kitty in need. And I haven’t forgotten about my human fans: Go to prospurr.9lives.com for a chance to win $300 towards a relaxing getaway… You deserve it!

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