Today’s review was done by Rivky Blumberger. Rivky fosters kittens and adult cats for Pittsburgh C.A.T., and she also has a shih tzu Kelbee who helps to prepare her foster cats for life with a dog so they have more adoptive homes to choose from.
Feeding fosters healthy food and treats is extremely important to me. The food they eat helps nourish their body and restores them to optimal health. I was thrilled when I received Canidae grain free cat treats from Chewy.com. They contain wholesome ingredients like duck, turkey, peas and sweet potatoes. Perfect for my fosters. Besides for being more healthy, the treats are crunchy which helps clean cats teeth. I decided to let Hamilton try the treats out.
Hamilton is allergic to chicken so he doesn’t usually get treats since most contain chicken. You’ll actually find some form of chicken in almost any dry or canned cat food or treats as a source of protein and flavoring even if “chicken” isn’t in the name of the food, so for a cat who has any sensitivity to chicken finding foods and treats they can safely eat is just not easy. However, these treats do not so they are a real treat for him, and for many other cats like Hamilton.
I put the treat bag on the floor and let Hamilton walk over to it.
He started sniffing the bag and pushing it over with his nose.
He opened the bag with his paw and tried sticking his face inside the bag so he could get the treats.
That wasn’t too successful so he discovered that he could put his paw in the bag and push all the treats out. He pushed the treats out onto the floor and started happily eating the treats.
He obviously loved them.
My shih tzu Kelbee heard the noise and came over to investigate the treats. I gave him a couple and he quickly ate them too. Cat and dog approved!
A little more about Hamilton and Rivky
Hamilton is a “foster failure” from Pittsburgh C.A.T.—and that means he was adopted by his foster, Rivky, so Hamilton was really a winner. He was surrendered to the Western PA Humane Society who assessed him as semi-feral and fearful, but WPHS partners with Pittsburgh C.A.T. to help cats like Hamilton who need time to adjust to the trauma of ending up in a shelter and he was pulled for a foster home when Rivky said she could give him a chance. He was her first foster through Pittsburgh C.A.T. “He’s turned out to be a wonderful, sweet, spunky cat,” she said. No wonder she failed to foster him, and adopted him instead!
“I have lost count of how many fosters I have fostered over the years. In the spring during kitten season I can have up to seven fosters at a time. I generally foster kittens and the occasional adult that was dumped or that I find while TNRing a colony,”she added.
About Pittsburgh C.A.T.
PittsburghCAT was founded by many of the same rescuers who TNR to provide a system of foster homes to raise and socialize the friendly kittens and cats taken in during TNR efforts, and these kittens and cats come to us with sometimes challenging physical and emotional needs. We find a number of orphaned litters whose mother is too ill to nurture or who has died or been killed, or simply disappeared and despite all our efforts we can’t find her. Litters up to eight weeks are vetted and taken into foster with their mother unless she is feral and is returned to live with a colony of community cats; sometimes even older kittens who may be able to be socialized are fostered as well. Still other cats were obviously once someone’s pet, ending up trying to survive and often being injured or contracting common upper respiratory infections and other illnesses that need full treatment along with resolution from their trauma before they can be presented for adoption. We also work with several shelters to take the overflow of cats and kittens, especially those considered unadoptable through illness or temperament, and have helped these large open-door shelters achieve a save rate above 90% for the first time in their history. For the past two years that Pittsburgh C.A.T. has been active we have adopted out over 400 cats each year. Visit Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Facebook page to see cats for adoption.
About these reviews
Chewy.com has a blogger outreach program through which they offer bloggers the monthly opportunity to choose from a list of products they sell to try out and review on their blog. I don’t have the inclination to write reviews, but the products are usually food, treats or toys, things our rescue, Pittsburgh C.A.T., uses all the time not just for our fosters to eat and play with, but as an important tool for socialization because most of our cats arrive right from the street, often with no socialization, or from traumatic situations. Food, treats and toys are often the best way to their little hearts. Thanks Chewy.com for this opportunity to provide a little something for our foster cats and kittens and help spread the word about the importance of and techniques for socializing rescued cats using products anyone can purchase!
FTC disclosure: This product was sent to the reviewer at no charge by Chewy.com. No one received any monetary compensation for this review.
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