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. I asked our contact at Chewy.com if they would mind one of our fosters trying out the product and writing the review and I would publish it, and they agreed that would be fine. 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! I will be publishing these monthly, though this month I will publish two to catch up from February.
Today’s review was done by Mary Kay Gentert. She has five cats and one dog in her permanent collection, plus a feral colony she cares for in her neighborhood. She is constantly on the road on behalf of cats who need to leave a shelter for foster or travel from a foster to a clinic, trapping wherever someone needs a hand and socializing frightened kittens in her home. Thanks, Mary Kay!
Being busy with a family and fostering kittens for Pittsburgh C.A.T. it sometimes can be hard to take time to run to the pet store. Having a package quickly delivered to my front door from Chewy.com was so convenient.
It is important to teach kittens and cats communication to help build a strong bond. What a better way than delicious treats! I brought the delivery box from Chewy into show the kittens so they would become interested. My fosters are brothers, Harvey and Giddeon. They could tell by my voice that something inside that box was something good, so I allowed them to help me open it.
I took the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mini’s for Cats and laid them on the floor. They had no idea what was in the package. This was my opportunity to teach them the word “treat”. The package was easy for me to tear open, so I was able to keep their interest. I repeated the word “treat” and took a couple out to show them.
I love the size of the treats because I can hold them in my fingers and there is enough room for the cat to smell the treat and to take it right out of my fingers.
Harvey and Giddeon gobbled them up. And looked directly at the package asking for another!
I like that the Instinct Raw Boost treats are all natural. The listed ingredients were easy to find on the package so I know exactly what I am feeding them. These treats are easy to offer to the kittens and they love them!
A little more about Harvey and Giddeon
Harvey and Giddeon were born outside and found as starving boys and a mess a couple months ago. They’ve been cleaned up, loved, and nurtured into loving, social, affectionate kittens by their doting foster family.
Now, at 8 months old, they are ready to find their true forever homes! Harvey is a loyal kitten that follows you everywhere and loves to be petted. Giddeon is a very sweet lap kitten, just as affectionate as his brother! They are bonded brothers and must be adopted together. They get along with other cats and are not afraid of dogs. They would do best in a more quiet home, as they can still be spooked easily.
These two boys are exceptional kittens and anyone would be very fortunate to adopt these two into their family.
Butters is an awesome mentor for my fosters. He always joins in the fun. I decided to let him try those treats. He started purring as soon as he could smell them!
Butters was trapped as a feral by Mary Kay and was originally fostered until she adopted him—and he is also Bella’s brother!
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.
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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