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 Kayla Nicole McIntyre. She has five cats in her permanent collection and was fostering a year-old rescued calico named Penny who has since been adopted. She is currently fostering four senior cats whose owner unexpectedly died, leaving them without anyone to care for them. Thanks, Kayla!
My foster kitty Penny’s favorite was the Chicken with Duck and Beef & Liver. She would be meowing after playtime to get her Tiki cat. This food, made with whole meats, gave her the energy she needed to recoup after our rigorous 30+ minutes of playtime which helped her open up and bond with me. Tiki Cat Carnivore canned food was great for her natural prey instinct; which makes it an even greater food to feed after playtime. She gets to play (hunt) and then I gave her Tiki cat for her treat/meal (eat her prey.)
I was also happy to feed this food because is great for all life stages because it meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO. So if I had foster kitties from kittens to senior, Tiki cat would meet the needs for all of them, which is fantastic. Chewy has excellent customer service and the package arrived quickly- in just a couple days. I would recommend this product and Chewy.com to anyone.
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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