|Ivan and Boo, happy and healthy.|
Around that time we were introduced to a company called Petflow. These guys offer a WIDE variety of pet foods (and other products) with FREE SHIPPING! I kid you not! And they carry both Evo (the food we really like (and the cats do, too) but found hard to get) AND our favorite cat litter, World's Best Cat Litter! With free delivery to our home AND all the products we want, we had to give these guys a try. We are happy to report that we are still using them! The beauty of Petflow, in addition to the above, is that it is very easy to change your delivery schedule until you get it just right. We give these guys a THUMBS UP, along with our old favorite food, Evo, available in kibble and canned. We feed Ivan and Boo mostly canned, but they get about 10-15 pieces of kibble at each feeding, after finishing the canned, to aid in cleaning their teeth. Our vet recommended that we cut back on the kibble as they were a little overweight at their last vet visit.
NosyMouse. It was new when we mentioned it, and we had discovered that it did not contain catnip, but the package suggested that we store it with catnip. Frankly, I have no memory of trying this after it was stored in catnip. So we dug it out, presented it to the cats, and they were singularly unimpressed. Some kitties might go for this toy, but ours did not.
Next was the Lazy Pet Products 8 in 1 Kookamunga Catter Up. Again, I swear that I did not make that name up. And I re-affirm that I have no idea what the "8 in 1" refers to. But I can tell you that the toy is still attached to the door next to the Kittywalk Cozy Climber, and I don't believe I've seen the cats playing with it for years (we even moved into a new house since the last blog entry!). There are probably plenty of cats who would be entertained by a fuzzy ball with a feather sticking out of it, hanging from a string, but not ours.
Last was the Toyshoppe Playables Cat Toy (it was negligently not identified in the review!) - a fishing pole type toy with a non-replaceable feather on the end of the line. Ivan still loves it, as long as we put it away for a while. When it is brought out after a hiatus, he definitely goes for it. And you cannot beat the price ($3.99 at PetSmart; in fact, all of the above toys were found at PetSmart), especially as it's not a toy that has a replaceable lure. Boo is not quite as interested in this toy, by the way, probably because Ivan growls like a mad cat when he has the feathers firmly between his teeth.
|Scrap of Ribbon with a Clip Attached at the End toy|
|The game-changing clip|
The moral of the story is: watch your cat for patterns in the kinds of toys he likes. We knew that our boys preferred snakey kinds of toys, mice covered in real fur (sorry), as well as toys with LARGE feathers. Further, they love to grab at things from behind the bannister poles on our staircases, and from under doors. They also like to attack things that are under a rug or piece of fabric. And, finally, they love to chew. We have created a collection of toys and treats that fall into many of these categories. We will share those with you in future blog posts. But we will also be trying new products outside of those categories, and we'll share our reviews of those, as well. Just remember, your own mileage may vary.
Until next time, keep exercising your cats, to keep them mentally AND physically healthy, and to keep you sane!