Thursday, November 15, 2018

Petco is "Turning Our Back On Artificial Food"

No, I am not being paid to share this, and I am hoping I am not going to be in trouble for sharing verbatim what Petco posted on their site. Petco has always been our "go to" Pet store because Cody was adopted at an adoption drive there in 2007, now we have another reason to love them!

November 13, 2018:
Since joining Petco as CEO earlier this year, I've seen first-hand just how special the bond between people and pets can be.
Here at Petco, pets are unquestionably part of our families. If you're reading this letter, chances are you agree. My 10-year-old lab, Yummy, is 75 pounds of pure love and I would do just about anything to keep him healthy, happy and by my side, tail wagging, for as long as possible.
I'm proud to lead a company that's been putting pets first for more than 50 years. And when you love pets as much as we do, you always want to do more. To be better.
That's why we're introducing new standards for nutrition at Petco.
Today, we're making a commitment to not sell dog or cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives – making us the first and only major retailer of pet food to take a stand against such ingredients. We'll start removing products that don't meet our new standards in January 2019, and complete the process by May.
We're raising the bar and stepping out ahead of the industry. Not because it's an easy thing to do, but because we believe it's the right thing to do.
Our goal is better health and wellness for the pets we all love. And setting new standards for nutrition is just the beginning.
Because at the end of the day, we believe if it's good for pets, it's good for us.
Learn more at And thank you for joining us on this journey.

Ron Coughlin, CEO of Petco

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bat-A-Rat:Our FAVORITE Pet Feeding, Foraging and Exercise Toy for Cats and Small Dogs

Hi furiends!!! The first time we featured Cody's FAVORITE "pet feeding, foraging and exercise toy" (for cats and even small dogs!), Bat-A-Rat, it was way back on January 20, 2011.

Cody used that toy virtually EVERY SINGLE DAY until a few months ago when either his Dad or myself dropped it one too many times (and trust me, we dropped it A LOT) and it finally broke. That means that Cody used it EVERY SINGLE DAY for SEVEN YEARS!!! In our opinion, that ALONE is the BEST testimonial about this toy that could EVER be given!

I tried a few things in-between and NONE of them compared to Bat-A-Rat. My husband and I knew we needed another one and since I am cheap, the creator, Brian Dotterer is from Michigan and I was lucky enough to meet he and his delightful wife, Michele when I first reviewed it,  I decided to reach out and ask if Cody could have another, and offered to feature this fabulous toy on our blog again. He said YES!! We couldn't be more grateful!!

What Is "Bat-A-Rat?"

"Bat-A-Rat™ is an innovative pet feeding toy that provides hours of stimulation while controlling the amount of food being dispensed. Designed with a cat or small dog in mind, this feeder specifically helps those pets that tend to eat too much or too fast resulting in unhealthy and unwanted consequences.

In addition to controlling how much and how fast your pet eats, food dispensing toys like Bat-A-Rat™ (also known as foraging toys) give your indoor cat something to stalk and hunt, providing a much needed outlet for their prey drive and hunting instincts."

Why "Bat-A-Rat?"

  • Designed for cats and small dogs
  • Non-toxic, eco-friendly, food grade plastic
  • Self-propelled; no batteries required
  • Provides hours of stimulation for your pet!

How it Works

"The innovative design wobbles and moves about the floor, forcing your pet to move and interact with the toy in order to eat. The unique food dispensing hole adjusts by rotating the two ends; allowing for different sized dry food and dispensing rates. Holes at the bottom allow trapped bits to escape. The two ends come apart for easy filling and cleaning."

See for yourself in our video below!

With the holidays rapidly approaching this would make a GREAT gift for your kitties and small dogs, you can purchase Bat-A-Rat here, also YOU CAN FOLLOW  AND PURCHASE Bat-A-Rat on Facebook  you can purchase it there  AT A DISCOUNTED RATE!!! (Be sure to tell them Caren and Cody sent you!!)

FTC DISCLOSURE: we were not compensated financially for sharing about this product. We SINCERELY ADORE IT and have used it since 2011 as mentioned above. We received a new Bat-A-Rat when we asked for one and said we would feature it on our blog again. We only feature products that we have used or that we WOULD use and that we feel would be of interest to our readers.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day (The REAL One)

I am not a fan of holidays being moved to a Monday to recognize them...the REAL Veterans Day is TODAY....not tomorrow (even though it is being observed November 12th. The holiday is REALLY November 11th)

If Only Humans Had Nine Lives

I was in shock when I read on Facebook Friday night that one of our sweetest blogging friends left us much, much too soon. Known to the cat blogging world as "Roby Sweet" or "old SoLT", as SHE liked to call herself which stood for  "She of Little Talent", which couldn't be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. SHE WAS BEYOND TALENTED!  She was the author of Miss C's cozy mysteries and wrote her blog,  The CuddlywumpsChronicles.  When I saw that Sarah Andrews had passed, at first I had no idea who that was. I only knew her as "Roby Sweet". "Sweet" is purrfect to describe her, to Cody and I and to the entire cat blogging community, she was sweet, funny, kind, oh so intelligent, thoughtful.....and so much more.

To read Sarah's Obituary
and sign her guestbook


I am just heartbroken. I barely have the words to convey how sad this is.

Last year, after having taken a year or so break from participating in Secret Paws, Cody and I had missed participating so much that we decided to return. Ironically, our Secret Paws was Roby and her kitties. I remember being totally over-the-moon with her generosity to Cody as well as her thoughtfulness, (we are Jewish and Roby made sure to include Chanukah wishes in our card, which was so thoughtful.) I think what I would like to do, and please indulge me, is copy/paste some excerpts from that blog post because her gifts were so carefully and thoughtfully selected for Cody, that we will never forget it. I am just posting certain excerpts from it.  Please enjoy.

Everything was so nicely wrapped! I didn't know what to go to first but Mom said it was impawtant to read my card first. She said that is the polite thing to do, that one should ALWAYS read the card first. Mom said how in the world would I know who everything was from if I didn't read the card first? (Mom is actually not that bright cause I could have opened everything and THEN read the card, I still would have known who sent everything...but I digress).

Mom got all teary-eyed because the card I received was personal and they also included Chanukah on the card which Mom thought was extremely thoughtful.
If you look closely you can see who my presents were from, can you see? Wait! I will make sure that you can see!!!
Now you can see it for sure!!!! It was from Real Cats Paisley & Webster from The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles!!!  I was sooo excited and so happy! I love Paisley & Webster !!

See the red blanket that everything is on? That is a really cozy blanket/mat with a pouch to put catnip in! Mom immediately put it on the armrest of the couch where I like to sit when I watch TV with Mom (UPDATE NOVEMBER 10TH 2018: Cody uses that red mat EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is either on the arm rest or on another chair that he loves)

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Real Cats Paisley and Webster and to their Mom for helping them select these most pawesome prezzies!! Mom and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! You made us both so happy! We love you and we hope the prezzies you get from your Secret Paws are as pawtastic as the ones you got me!

Love, Cody

Roby, (Sarah), we will miss you.........thank you for the many, many kind comments you left on our blog and for your friendship, kindess and the many, many laughs you brought to us. It seems so unfair that you were taken so young. I guess Heaven needed a new Angel..........we sure hope you can see us from Heaven.

If only humans had nine lives........

with much love today and always,
and with broken hearts,
but with hearts that are grateful to have known you,

Caren and Cody

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