Meowbox – February 2015

So… I felt kinda bad because I usually spend more time/pay more attention/take more pictures of Basil. I decided to get PC her own Meowbox!

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God – even the handwriting looked nicer. I wonder if there’s a person who does cat names from A-L and then another for M-Z.

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Here is what the box looks like once you open the feather flap.

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1. Greenies – The Original Smart Treat [Link here] – Dental cat treats; has a strong smell but the kids love it – $3.39
2. From the Field – Sammy Saturn [Link here] – Catnip toy; I have not taken it out of the bag because it looks really really messy. I just put it away after PC kept rubbing herself on it. It’s so potent even through the bag. – $11.10
3. Snack21 – Pacific Whiting [Link here] – Natural cat treats made in Canada; I have not opened this bag before but we’ve received other Snack21 goods from Meowbox before and Basil loves them – they’re a little tough to chew for PC – $7.83
4. The Empurrium – Teaser Wand Cat Toy [Link here] – aka the BEST cat toy we’ve received so far – It’s a really simply toy, a stick, an elastic-ey string, a feather and a bell but it’s so effective! Basil has gotten kinda lazy lately but this toy has got him running around like crazy – $ N/A
5. Jerry Kurlz – Road Runner [Link here] – Some straw-like material with a feather; PC played with it once, that’s it. – $1.99
6. Petlinks – Bug Catch Toy [Link here] – A catnip toy that crinkles; PC played with it once – ~$3

TOTAL ~$27 not including the awesome feather wand toy!!

This month’s box was definitely awesome 🙂

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PC reflecting on what she was doing earlier.

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That catnip really got to her.

DIY Cat Treats

As some of you may know, BP and I feed Basil and Princess Caroline home made raw cat food following this recipe. However, our cat treats are still store bought. We try to purchase the freeze dried variety with only one ingredient – chicken or liver but cats get sick of food just like humans so we try to give them variety of other “healthy” cat treats.

BP forgot to take another jar out of our freezer to thaw for tonight so he joked that we should just feed them treats for dinner or even tuna, which gave me a great idea to make my own cat treats. NOTE: We are not actually going to feed our cat purely cat treats today!!

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DIY Cat Treats

Ingredients
1 can of tuna
1 cup of binding agent* (see below)
1 tablespoon of catnip
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 egg

Binding agent – I used half tapioca starch and half potato starch. Okay, maybe a teensy more tapioca starch. I would advise more potato than tapioca.
You could also use other flours but keep in mind that cats can’t really digest them as well. But for treats, I don’t think we can find another solution.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius
2. Throw all ingredients in a bowl and mix well or you could also use your food processor for an even better blend.
3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and place cat treat batter. Feel free to shape it however you like.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes (could be sooner if you use a different binding agent and also depends on your oven)
5. Let cool. Make sure they are properly cooled before serving it to your cats.
6. Keep the rest in a container. Keeps for 7 days.

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While I was making the treats, Basil would keep standing on his hind legs to peek at what I was doing. I guess the smell of tuna is so strong and smells so delicious to cats.

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This is the catnip I used. It came in the Nala themed Meowbox? I think. I just had to take a photo because I love the packaging so much!

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Final product. It was a little too big so I broke it into little pieces and placed it in jars.

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These jars used to hold their raw cat food BUT we’ve recently switched to bigger jars.

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Princess Caroline is so high….

I would definitely try this recipe again and change up the binding agent. I wouldn’t use other canned foods because there’s usually gravy or other additives in there that cats shouldn’t really be having. Perhaps I’ll shred some boiled chicken for them and bake them into treats. Alternatively, you could break apart the tuna flakes and just bake them (without the rest of the ingredients) and serve it as a treat.

Meow Box – January 2015

Due to some delay, I just got my January 2015 MeowBox yesterday.

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Yes, it still says Basil. I sent them a request to get one for Princess Caroline so hopefully they reply soon! I wonder if they have the same person writing the names for all of them or if one person is assigned kitties from A-L then one person for M-Z.

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You can see PC in the back! Haha.

So this month’s box comes with these items:
foufouBRANDS – Pet wipes Great for dogs AND cats to wipe away dirt and odor the easy way. We actually have our own kitty wipes for PC. I mean, we bathe her and day two she already smells like her stinky self so these wipes are great to keep her smelling relatively clean without putting her in a stressful situation. [Website here | Cost: $2.50]

Petmate – Looney Loops – Spring like cat toys are perfect for batting, biting, flipping, etc. according to the card but my cats just ignored them.
[Website here | Cost: $5.14]

Feelgood Treats – Liver Snapz Made in Canada liver treats! We got the bison liver cat treat and theyre a good size. Not too big! [Website here | Cost:~$2.75]

In Clover – Sleek Feline Functional Rewards Apparently these treats help with healthy skin and shiny coat. They look like this other kitty treat we have. Not sure if this actually promotes healthy skin but it doesn’t hurt. [Website here | Cost: $4.99]

Amazing Pet Products – Bouncy Blinking Ball – It’s basically a rubber ball with spikes that light up in different colours when you tap it. PC loves it. This one, unfortunately, doesn’t come with its own website so the price of the item I’m listing is based on the cheapest alternative I could find. [Cost: ~$8]

R2Pet – Grand Glo Mouse – This is basically the best item we received! Basil immediately chased after this chirping mouse with glowing red eyes and feathers for a tail. (Picture below) He even hissed at PC for it. They’ve been taking turns all morning. The drawback is that I can’t imagine replacing the battery on that thing. Oh, BP said the chirping can get annoying.
[Website here | Cost:N/A]

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This month’s box is definitely worth it considering I pay $22.95/month for the 6-month subscription.

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