Friday, June 29, 2018

The Pet Photo Fail Blog Hop! #PetPhotoFails

Cody and I are happy to be participating in the second Pet Photo Fail Blog Hop!! (COD knows we have a zillion photo fails to choose from!)

The hop is hosted by our dear friends at Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles and we are happy to join in the fun! 

 But, this time around I goofed. I had intended to keep my deleted photos in my phone (which is what I usually use to take photos), but I didn't. I deleted them and haven't begun to take some new photos for some blog posts for next week.

But, THANK COD I have enough crappy photos that actually DID make it to the blog and I am going to post one from 2011.

Dear COD what was I thinking? I started this blog in October of 2009 and I think that was the first photo I had ever taken. There is ZERO focus, the exposure is is horrific and I am embarrassed to say I think I used it more than once.

Speaking of photos, I read (and many of our friends did too), a fabulous photo tip post that our friend Summer posted a few days ago. In case you missed it, you should check it out, then photos like that one wouldn't happen! But wait, if you do check it out, then maybe there wouldn't be a Photo Fail Blog Hop? Of course there would because I will still have plenty to post! 

Thanks Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles for this fun blog hop! 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cat Book Winner: Cat Book: "Age Happens GARFIELD Hits The Big 4-0" By Jim Davis

Thanks to all who entered our give-away for:

Now this makes me happy! I don't think the kitties at Lone Star Cats have EVER won one of our give-aways!! I entered the comments into and the first one selected was "Number 1" and they were the FIRST comment!!!! If they see this, please email me at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com with your complete mailing address. You are going to LOVE this book!!! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Adopt A Cat! Michigan Humane Society makes pets free for veterans, active soldiers

How great THIS is with June being Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! Veterans and members of the armed forces can now adopt pets for free from the Michigan Humane Society. This “standing order” includes more than 150 animals at eight locations in three counties.

Former Army Staff Sgt. Juan Elizondo - Photo Courtesy of  M-1 Studios
The state’s largest pet rescue launched the MHS for Military program, presented by Sellers Subaru, on Flag Day, or June 14. That is when veterans filled its Hofley Pet Education Center in Detroit. It also comes six months after WalletHub ranked Detroit as the worst city for veterans to live.
“Soldiers deserve to return home to a grateful country and loving companions. We are happy to give back in this small way,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of MHS. “It’s the least we can do given the freedom they provide us and the support we enjoy from our community.”

Former Army Staff Sgt. Juan Elizondo - Photo Courtesy of  M-1 Studios 
MHS believes its new program may be the first of its kind in the nation. This is because it has no exclusions according to Andrew Seltz, vice president of community engagement and field services.
“Those who qualify are not limited to cats, pets of a certain age, or those with disabilities,” explained Seltz, an Army veteran. “Thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Sellers Subaru, MHS for Military gives adopters the freedom to take any animal they want — for free.”
MHS also partners with Pets for Patriots. This charity helps veterans adopt discounted pets nationwide.

Former Army Staff Sgt. Juan Elizondo - Photo Courtesy of  M-1 Studios 

Proof of honorable military service is required for the MHS for Military program. More info is available at Callers can also inquire by dialing 866-MHUMANE.

About the Michigan Humane Society
The Michigan Humane Society, founded in 1877, is the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state. Each year, MHS achieves 100 percent placement of more than 10,000 healthy and treatable animals through compassionate care, community engagement, and advocacy for humane treatment. The MHS operates three shelter and veterinary centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills, and Westland; five adoption partnerships with Premier Pet Supply, Petco, and PetSmart; and both a Cruelty Investigation Department and a Statewide Animal Response Team. Learn more at

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cat World Domination Day and My Pawrents Anniversary!

Hi every furry it's Cody!! Today is a most impawtant day, today is:
Click to visit the blogthere is a give-away there!
Cat World Domination Day was started by my beautiful and brilliant furiend, Sparkle Cat, it began, I think, SIX years ago on what was then her 10th birthday. Sadly, Sparkle is no longer with us, but her wisdom lives on!! The gorgeous "Summer" is now handling all of the festivities, and while she had some major paws to fill, she has been doing a stellar job!

As anyone with half a brain knows, even in "bi-petual" households it's CATS who RULE!! We may not overtly appear to be ruling, but trust me, we ARE!

What is my favorite way to rule those around me?
Well, let me dust off this baby from my archives
and you will see!

Any Questions?
No? Good!
smart move!

Leave a comment
and tell me how

Today is also ANOTHER


I also would like to wish my pawrents a most HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!! Little did they know when they got married on June 24, 2006 that they would end up sharing their day with CAT WORLD DOMINATION DAY! I say it's as it SHOULD be, don't you agree?

Love you Mom and Dad!
 Happy Anniversary!!
(those photos above are OLD!)
Being married has caused Mom's hair
to be totally white now! MOL!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Day Purrfect for Catnip! #NationalSelfieDay #SummerSolstice #TakeYourCatToWorkDay

Hi Kitties! It's Cody and OMC there are so many things going on today that my head is SPINNING (and I am not even nipped-out yet!).  I am going to have to indulge in some MAJOR nip just to deal with all that is going on today!

First, the Summer solstice begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:07 am (EST). Mom and I aren't huge fans of summer, but we know many of you are! You might just want to read my tribute to summer that has appeared on the blog a  number of times!

Today is also National Selfie Day  .  I think that doesn't require ANY explanation.  National Selfie Day, a day for the duck faces and the self absorbed to do what they do EVERY DAY,  saturate social media with their narcissistic selves. Well, I don't make "duck faces", but I am self-absorbed and narcissistic (what CAT ISN'T?), I am  completely enamored with MYSELF so I just had to take this opportunity to share some super cute photos of ME in all of my nipped out glory!!

Recently, the "catnip fairy" sent some of this AMAZING catnip to Casa de Cody!  Let me say that while this is NOT a product review, I  told the "catnip fairy" that I would definitely share some photos of yours truly and this pawesome stuff! After all, I always want to let my kitty furiends know when there is some good "stuff" around to help us cope with the daily stress that we often experience with our humans.

"What daily stress?" you ask? Well, today happens to also be "Take Your Cat to Work Day" and if you live with a blogging human, who "works" from home as I do, you spend MUCH of your time AVOIDING the camera (which can make taking selfies for National Selfie Day kinda hard, MOL). I DO have to chuckle. Since my human plants her ample behind on a chair every day to help me with my posts I am kinda STUCK being at "work" all of the time. Well, not ALL of the time. ( I watch my Mom and often wonder: "How can one call playing Words With Friends and SongPop, OBSESSIVELY ALL...DAY...LONG....actually WORKING? Could that be the REAL reason why she is ALWAYS behind on reading and writing blogs, reading email, etc.?") That's a rhetorical question kitties, it's best that we don't answer that right now. I think what you need to see is my oh-so-handsome self all stoned on my nip.

 "I say, let the DOGS do the work and leave us kitties ALONE and let us do what we do best...SLEEP!!! If I wanted to go to "work" I would get a job on my own. Put THAT in your treat ball and CRUNCH it, oh Days of the Year!! I don't need ANY National Day of ANYTHING that INVOLVES WORK! GOT IT!?"

Some of you have humans who actually WORK and who aspire to blogging greatness...I say "Pffft..." Mom and I would rather be the lazy louts that we are. It works for US and we wear our laziness with PRIDE!! How do you think that Mom and I keep our fit and trim bodies? Get real. It's all about priorities and OUR priority is FOOD...and for me...FOOD AND NAPS....and for Mom...MORE don't be looking for any blogging greatness around here, ok?

In case you were wondering, the Cosmic Catnip in the photos is 2-3 times more potent than normal catnip, it's made into "nuggets" to help keep it fresh and less messy, and it is grown in the USA from non-GMO seeds. (Since this is NOT a review, that's all I have for ya!! Go buy some and see for yourself!) 

Now, if you will excuse me I would appreciate being left alone to savor some private moments with my nip........if your humans take YOU to "work" today, I feel sorry for you. Remind your humans that YOU ARE A CAT and WORK IS NOT IN YOUR VOCABULARY.  Tell your humans to talk to ME and I will set them straight!

"Ohhhh I LOVE YOU Cosmic Gold!! Thank you Catnip Fairy!!"

Love, Cody

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Lordy, Lordy, Look Who is 40!!" Cat Book: "Age Happens GARFIELD Hits The Big 4-0" By Jim Davis (And Give-Away!)

Yep it's true I have been cutting down the number of book reviews I am doing on the blog, but when I was contacted last week asking if I would feature "Age Happens: Garfield Hits The Big 4-0" by Jim Davis, there isn't a CHANCE I would pass that up, not for all of the lasagna in the world!!!
Courtesy of Penguinrandomhouse

Growing up as the daughter of a cartoonist, I probably read all sorts of comics at a much younger age than most. I remember reading Peanuts first, and then, when I was older, I fell in love with Garfield.

"The GARFIELD comic strip was born on June 19, 1978, syndicated in

forty-one U.S. newspapers. Today it’s syndicated in more than 2,100
newspapers worldwide with more than 200 million readers,
leading Guinness World Records to name GARFIELD The Most Widely
Syndicated Comic Strip in the World."

I was surprised to learn that the strip started in 1978 because I had thought it was much earlier than that! Back in 1978 (for you youngsters that was the stone-age), I was in my last year of college (I was on the 5 year plan), I had yet to have a cat of my own, but  was completely OBSESSED with cats after finding a calico kitten in our backyard. I also  became OBSESSED with Garfield from the moment I first met him.  I fell in love with Garfield's snarky, crotchety, curmudgeonly personality and felt he was an extension of myself! (I have always said that Garfield was the ORIGINAL "Grumpy Cat" and I have ALWAYS preferred him!).

Lin-Manuel Miranda summed up Garfield purrfectly in his foreward: "Then there's the character of Garfield himself, an ironic, detached cat who is mean to everyone and somehow all the more lovable for it. Able to poke fun at everyone around him, the coolest person in the room at all times, yet just as often be the butt of the joke, the victim of the universe. There was no question that he ran Jon Arbuckle's household in that way real cats do." 

Garfield could say and do whatever he wanted and get away with it! It is also ironic that some of my favorite Garfield cartoons featured Garfield and Odie (the dufus, tongue-hanging out dog that allowed Garfield to completely rule him), never did I dream that I would have a cat and a dog one day myself. (Hmmmm, could my love of Garfield be the reason I LOVE Tabby cats? Could be!) Like millions of others I had a stuffed Garfield in my car that I drove with for many, many years!


The big year is finally here!
 Garfield, the original party animal, is aging disgracefully and celebrating wildly! Hey, what do you expect from the mischievous fat cat who is so good at being bad?
Courtesy of Randomhouse Books

Celebrate forty years!
 of Garfield with this lavish, full-color collection featuring classic strips, guest cartoonists, fan art, and a foreword by lifelong Garfield lover Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton!

Join the party!
 as celebrity cartoonists, (such as Dean Young, "Blondie", John Rose, "Snuffy Smith", Mort Walker, "Beetle Bailey",  Mason Mastroianni from John Hart Studios creators of "B.C.",  Scott Ketchum (son of Hank Ketchum the creator of "Dennis the Menace"),  and fans alike , as they pay homage to the famous feline. The fan art is some of the best I have ever seen. The contributors range in ages from children to adults! 

Courtesy of Penguinrandomhouse

"This commemorative collection of birthday comic strips—plus a ton of other festive fun—is a gift for Garfield fans of all ages!" This is a book that you will want to PROUDLY display on your coffee table!

Did you know?

Garfield has 17 million
Facebook fans!
• Garfield holds the Guinness
World Record as the most
widely syndicated comic strip
in the world!

My Favorite Quotes from the book:
"I'm not old. I've just been young a long time."
"I'm not getting old. I'm just naturally crotchety."
"I'm too old to grow up"
"life is uncertain, eat dessert first!"

I didn't know:
that Garfield's "look" or the way he was drawn by Jim Davis evolved through the years!? Being artistic, I was embarrassed that I had never noticed that Jim Davis changed the look of Garfield from a fatter cat with teeny eyes to the Garfield that we know and love today. It's all shown in the book!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:In support of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work with literacy and Penguin Random House’s own commitment to social responsibility, Random House will donate 1600 copies of Age Happens in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name to PRIME TIME, a non-profit founded by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities that supports children and families in inter-generational family reading and discussion. These books will be distributed, in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance, to families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Washington, and Louisiana, at more than 80 PRIME TIME family programs throughout Fall 2018.

Courtesy of Penguinrandomhouse

"Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945, in Marion, Indiana. He later
attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he
distinguished himself by earning one of the lowest
cumulative grade point averages in the history of the university.  Davis has had many
successes with Garfield, including four Emmy Awards for
Outstanding Animated Program and induction into the
Licensing Hall of Fame (1998), but his most prized awards are
from his peers in the National Cartoonist Society: Best Humor
Strip (1981 and 1985), the Elzie Segar Award (1990), and the
coveted Reuben Award (1990) for overall excellence in cartooning.
©Paws. All Rights Reserved." FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Jim was born under the sign of Leo so no wonder he created a cartoon cat LOADED WITH STAR POWER!!!

for creating Garfield, the coolest, most crotchety, lovable, and cherished cat on the planet! (In our humble opinion! Any kitty that thinks that "Hello Kitty" isn't his type, is ok in our book!!!)


Thanks for making me laugh and smile for 40 years!!! I made a lasagna in your honor!!!  (It is actually ravioli lasagna and I got the recipe from my dear friend  Monika at Tails Around the Ranch, but it's still lasagna and I made it for YOU!!)

AGE HAPPENS: GARFIELD HITS THE BIG 4-0 by Jim Davis; Foreword by Lin-Manuel Miranda A Ballantine Hardcover | ISBN: 9780345526090 | eISBN: 9780525618782 | $28.00 | p. 160

If you love Garfield as much as I do, you MUST HAVE this collector's item that is chock full of cartoons from previous birthdays and sooooo much more! We give it 4 PAWS UP! Hurry and buy a copy and enter our:

Our friends at Randomhouse Publishing are kindly offering ONE of our readers who is 18 and over and WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. a copy of "Age Happens: Garfield Hits The Big 4-0" of their own! (a $28 value)........entering is easy, just leave a comment below that:
1) Wishes Garfield a Happy 40th
2) States that you wish to enter the give-away
If you do not do BOTH tasks, you will not be entered!!!

The comments that complete the above requirements will be entered at who will select the winner. The winner  will be announced on or around June 28, 2018.

FTC DISCLOSURE:  I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of "Age Happens: Garfield Hits The Big 4-0" by Jim Davis, in exchange for my always honest review.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Veterinarian Appreciation Day 2018

Today is the day to give your Vet a GIANT THANK YOU for all that they do and to let them know you appreciate them!  You know, a juicy hair-ball COULD be considered a thank you!

In all seriousness,  I DO love my Vet and we are beyond blessed to have him. Mom took my Grandpa Bobo to him many times before we were born, so Mom has been going to him maybe 15 years or so? Our Vet always goes above and beyond for us and he deserves a medal for dealing with my hyper mother. I don't know how he can handle her!

Ironically, Veterinarian Appreciation Day was created by Trupanion back in 2015, (only took us 3 years to realize that) and that is who we have our pet insurance with (this is NOT a sponsored post)! All we want to do is thank our Veterinarian for ALL THAT HE DOES FOR US!!! He is THE BEST!

We hope you love your Vet as much as we do!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

I Love My Cat Daddy!!!

Hi all!!! Today is a most special day! It's Father's Day!!!

First, I would like to share a photo with you that portrays an event that takes place EVERY night at "Casa de Cody." At approximately 5pm (or a little earlier, depending on how long, how loudly and how much I whine), my Dad performs a ritual.

Dad calls Dakota and I into the living room like this: "Gentleman! Come in for the announcement!" As you can see by the photo below we are on high alert! My tail is even raised with glee!

Then, once Dad has our full attention, he will say "Dakota, do YOU want dinner? Cody join us in the dining room!!" Ok, yeah, I know he asks Dakota, but that is the routine and it DOES mean that I get fed too! Then I jump over the baby gate into the kitchen at full speed! I love my Dad for many reasons but mostly because even when I jump on his head and face beginning at approximately 3am, he NEVER gets upset. My Dad feeds me every morning, he makes the announcement at night, he gives me a "pre-snack" at 10:15pm, and then the REAL snack at 11pm, I can count on my Dad to hand over treats WHENEVER I start whining!  My Dad also pets me and cuddles me. I LOVE to watch baseball and basketball games with my Dad too! My Dad is the BEST ever and I am grateful to have him!

The photo I am sharing below is one of my all time faves. I was a tiny little kitten, so young that my eyes were amber and hadn't changed to the glorious green that they are today. I just love this photo though because it shows how my love affair with Dad started right from the time I was first adopted!

Happy Father's Day to the BEST DAD EVER!!!! Now, gimme some food!!

Love, Cody

I think I found the above
on Pinterest some time ago

We also would like to wish all Kitty Dads, Doggy Dads, Uncles, Brothers, Grandfathers, anyone who has taken on the role of "Dad" (even WOMEN who have to take on the role of "Dad" !) a Happy Happy Father's Day!!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Fun! OurPets Twirl & Whirl Electronic Spinning Interactive Cat Toy !

Hi my kitty furiends!! It's Cody, and today I am taking over the blog because instead of having Mom present the OurPets Twirl & Whirl Electronic Spinning Interactive Cat Toy, I think it is ME who should be featuring it. Why? Because  I think this toy would be EXTRA fun for  younger kitties and I wanted to tell them all about it myself!
Now, here is the story, the OurPets Twirl & Whirl is a scratching post or cat tree attachment that was created to bring out our hunter instinct! One important point is it was primarily created to be used on a SISAL scratching post.  Why Sisal? Because for kitties who like to scratch it gives them a place to scratch where they are ALLOWED to scratch,   (rather than scratching chairs, sofas, etc.). Your favorite scratching spot becomes action packed play! You can scratch, bat and claw to your heart's content without hearing "NO!!!" Sisal is super "scratchable". Mom prefers it rather than a carpeted cat tree because carpet on a tree (in her opinion) can lead to scratching the regular carpet. (Once again, that is just Mom's opinion.)

Now, remember when I mentioned sisal above? Well, I no longer have a sisal scratching post because even though I have claws, I'm not really a scratchin' kind of a guy. So Mom first tried this on my normal cat tree. and......after not using a Sisal post she did another wrong thing, she installed it UPSIDE DOWN!

MOM: "Actually no Cody. I thought so at first too, but then when I read the instructions (which is the HELPFUL thing to do) I read that it can be installed with the feather pointing either UP or DOWN, which is what I did. So there! You were intrigued by it BOTH WAYS Mr. Smarty Fur!"

In the top photo on the left it shows that when you press the little button (the toy requires 2 AAA batteries which are not included) the feather moves in an unpredictable way. It spins, and entices, just what kitties like! It's like their prey!

Ok kitties, then, Mom decided to attach the OurPets Twirl & Whirl Electronic Spinning Interactive Cat Toy on my other cat tree which is located in Mom and Dad's bedroom. This time, she attached it CORRECTLY (there is one Sisal Post on that cat tree and Mom tried it on one with Sisal and one without)

CODY: "Mom!! Take a look at these photos! These don't show the sisal post!"

MOM: "Relax Cody, the sisal post is in the back of the tree so it was harder for you to access, that is why I did it this way. Truth be told, you actually seemed to have preferred it on your other tree, facing in the opposite direction, so...the box was right! You can use it BOTH WAYS!!

But, if it will make you happy, let's share a video from OurPets that shows grateful, FUN kitties that are enjoying this clever toy!"

MOM: "Um, Cody, did you notice in the video that the cat tree does NOT  have a Sisal scratching post? AND...those kitties are REALLY enjoying themselves! I will have to agree with you though, that they seem like younger kitties and not an 11 year old lazy you-know-what.  I think those kitties appreciate the toys they have. See Cody, you DID need my help with this review after all! "

CODY:  "Chill Mom, isn't there a dog that lives here that you have to go and bug instead of me? I have to tell my furiends something special!!"

There is A Special Rebate
 for our Readers!!

Purchase an OurPets electronic cat toy from a PetSmart retail store, (offer is not valid for online purchases), click on the link below to fill out the form, and receive a $5 rebate gift card to PetSmart. The rebate will apply for ALL of the OurPets toys that we feature on our blog!! Here are the links to the toys that we have featured so far:

Mouse In A Pouch
Bird In A Cage

About OurPets® 
The OurPets® Brand offers product lines that feature a variety of premium and innovative toys, accessories, feeding solutions, and waste management solutions specially designed to awaken a pet’s natural instincts. Available exclusively at pet specialty retailers, no other brand offers products specifically designed to foster a healthy relationship between pets and their parents.

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 This post is sponsored by OurPets® . I received the OurPets Twirl & Whirl Electronic Spinning Interactive Cat Toy, batteries,  as well as compensation for featuring this content , but Cody and I only share information we feel is of interest to our readers. I do NOT receive any sort of commission by you, my readers using the rebate link, that is a treat for all of YOU!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Flag Day

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Happy Flag Day! Hope you enjoy this "throwback" from 2016!


I found this video on YouTube, the little girl can't carry much of a tune, but I got the BIGGEST kick out of watching her. I think she is just too adorable, BE SURE TO WATCH IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH...she is just too precious!!! She says "cut" a number of times, but the video isn't finished when she says that. If I had a little girl, I would want her to be just like this cutie!!! Oh and check out her KITTY shirt!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Best Friends Day 2018

Today is National Best Friends Day    It is a day to celebrate your best friend(s) and let them know what they mean to you.

I think the last time I used the term "best friend" was when I was in college. Now, I am blessed to have people in my life that I refer to as "close" friends instead of "best friends." My "best" friends are my "close" friends.

Whether I have known them for decades or days, they all add something to my life that if they were not here, they would be sorely missed.  My "close" friends are small in number, in my opinion, that is as it should be. I don't try to amass close friendships the way people are seeking "likes" on Facebook. True friendships take more time to evolve and grow than Facebook would like us to believe.   I have many "acquaintances", but few who I would consider to be "close friends."

My close friends don't pick my brain and then turn a knife in my back for their own benefit. They don't feign liking me one day, and then have nothing to do with me the next. My close friends aren't "yes" people to me or to anyone else. They care enough to not just tell me what I WANT to hear, but often will tell me what I need to hear, even if it is sometimes painful, as I do for them.

My close friends are friends whose motives I never question, I never question my trust for them. My close friendships just ARE. My communication with them is easy, natural, genuine, Those close friendships are sometimes painfully REAL. I am grateful for those friendships.

If I were to be asked  to pinpoint when those close friendships evolved, in many instances I wouldn't be able to. Many of my closest friendships were unexpected, oftentimes on the surface they would appear to be "unlikely". To me those are some of my favorite and most cherished friendships.

"Unexpected friendships are the BEST ones."

I am grateful for my close friends, and I deeply love each and every one of them.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

"CATTITUDE" Day! (National Attitude Day)

Hi all it's Cody! Mom and I heard that today is National Attitude Day. Well, we could NOT be happier about that! In our house EVERY DAY is "National Attitude Day and since I am a CAT, I much prefer that they name it "National CATTITUDE DAY!"

 To those who think that National Attitude Day  means you should celebrate the day by having  a GOOD attitude, let me tell ya this............YOU interpret and celebrate YOUR way, Mom and I will celebrate OUR WAY.  I AM A CAT, A CAT WITH CATTITUDE. Mom and I are kindred spirits, we see things the same. ..................there's no Pollyanna stuff goin' on around here. Good or bad we are ALWAYS gonna "keep it real."


Monday, June 4, 2018

NomNomNow Cat (and Dog!) Food: FRESH "Recipes Made With Care" Delivered FRESH to your Door!

The name got you didn't it? C'mon admit it, the name lured you in, just as it did me. I hadn't heard of NomNomNow FRESH cat and dog food until a few weeks ago when a dear cat blogging friend and I were talking and she told me about an email she had received from them.

I went into the NomNomNow website   and was COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY.

Cody (and Dakota) are now 11 years old. For Dakota's entire life he ate one brand of food exclusively, Cody ate the same brand in dry form and another brand for his wet food. One concern of mine for Cody was that he is about one pound too heavy.

While "the boys" and myself loved their former brands of food, I couldn't help but notice that when I would cook an occasional meal for them from scratch, they would literally lose their minds. Dakota would run back to his bowl to see if there was more, and Cody would "cry" to have some more fresh food.

Lightbulb Moment

I was becoming increasingly concerned by the amount of kibble that BOTH boys were eating over the course of their lives and knew that a change would probably be beneficial to them.

While I knew cooking fresh would be a great option, who in the world has the time to do that? Certainly not me. Enter:

Problem Solved

NomNomNow DELIVERS FRESH, INDIVIDUALLY PORTIONED FOOD TO YOUR DOOR (based on your pet's age, activity level  and weight. ***Check the website for places they will deliver to)
The photos above were taken from my box
The meals are individually portioned and  weighed to the gram. They figure out  exactly how many calories your cat and/or dog receives with each meal and can carefully monitor changes over time.

The above photo are the meals I received for both Cody and Dakota
All ingredients are transported and warehoused under USDA, California State, and FDA human food safety regulations.

NomNomNow tests their food and are more vigilant than a lot of commercial food kitchens for humans!

  • All food is human grade, vitamins are all-natural.
  • All recipes meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials)
  • Recipes are made of a handful of ingredients: meat, vegetables, healthy oils, and vitamin and nutrient blend. No additives, no artificial ingredients.

All recipes are formulated by one of the country's leading veterinary nutritionists, Dr. Justin Shmalberg

Signing up online to begin our trial was super easy! You simply enter your cat and/or dog's weight, activity level and age and follow the instructions.

Our delivery arrived bright and early on a Wednesday morning, in a box with contents that ensured that the food stayed COLD!!   I laughed when it arrived because Cody was IMMEDIATELY intrigued.

As with ALL changes in pet food it is recommended that you transition your cat and/or dog over at least a few days to make the switch. I mixed Cody's current wet food with his new food for a few days, (Dakota was transitioned over a period of seven days)

All of the recipes are: 


"Going above and beyond for our pets because it is time to be the pet parents they think we are. Every meal is prepared, delivered, and served fresh, perfectly portioned for your pet's unique calorie needs. One bag. One meal. Rip. Serve. Enjoy."

NomNomNow offers a Care-grade guarantee: if customers don’t see the difference that the fresh NomNomNow diet can make after 30 days of eating,  NomNomNow will buy their next pets next order ($40 limit).

The flavor that Cody received (along with sample packs of some others) is Chicken Chow-Meow (the name alone is just too cute and it is HUMAN GRADE FOOD! It looks DELICIOUS!

Even your pickiest feline friends will be purring for more of this protein-rich recipe, which is full of ingredients to keep their eyesight razor sharp for stalking.
Chicken thigh, breast and liver: Tasty source of protein, vitamins, and minerals (iron, copper, vitamin D)
Asparagus: Excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium to keep your cat’s heart healthy
Carrot: Vitamin A - and more - for keeping eyes healthy
Spinach: Superfood that boosts the immune system and strengthens the digestive system
Cantaloupe: Packed with beta carotene, potassium, amino acids, and antioxidants—plus that melon flavor cats can’t resist
NomNomNutrient Mix: Expertly formulated nutrition blend

There are also a variety of recipes for cats and dogs that you can select from and alternate between to provide variety in the amount of nutrients and flavors, while still feeling confident that you are getting the best nutrition for your cat or dog. NomNomNow offers greater convenience than traditional cat and dog foods, and more balanced nutrition than most home-cooked diets-- without all of the guesswork and labor.

What Did I Think?
I love that I can clearly see and RECOGNIZE the chicken (that is not swimming in unhealthy "gravy"). I can see REAL vegetables, REAL egg, etc.

I love the ease of the pre-portioned packets. Each vacuum sealed package is the proper amount to be served for each meal (during the transition period I used half of each serving mixed with their former food).

I love that the food can be stored in the freezer (you just take out the number of packets you will need for a few meals and store them in the fridge where they stay fresh for approximately 8 days, in the freezer they remain fresh for up to 6 months.)

  • All meals are delivered fresh, not frozen.
  • Always free delivery—with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly options available depending on location to all 48 contiguous US states
  • “Better food, better health. The best decision since bringing them home”
  • Auto-delivery as a subscription.
  • All packaging is recyclable.
  • Customers can pause, update, edit, or cancel anytime.

I also LOVE how much my boys LOVE NomNomNow!

Look at that adorable little tongue eating up every bit!
I was also impressed by the lack of hesitation that was exhibited by my contact when I asked a myriad of questions. Each and every question I had about the food was answered promptly in a professional, caring and knowledgeable manner. (Well of course because he happens to be a "Cat Daddy" himself!!!) Cody is simply loving his NomNomNow and we are hoping to continue on with this food for quite some time!

My Only "Con"
Yes, the food is a bit pricey, but it is FRESH food made and SHIPPED FRESH with your pets in mind. You are not sent a "one size fits all" type of a food. Veterinarian bills from the "less pricey" foods are quite "pricey" themselves!

What Did Cody Think?

Just before writing this blog post I went into the kitchen to open another pouch for him, (Cody was in the living room at the time). I didn't call him AT ALL, he had his eyes on me and when he saw what I was doing he came FLYING into the kitchen.

 Once I approached Cody with the bowl, he had to start "LOVING" on it!

Then, it was time to chow down!! Turn your volume up so you can hear all of the "nom-nomming!!"!!

As a devoted pet Mom (which I know all of you are too, ok, men, you are devoted pet Dads or pet humans!), I know you can relate to how happy it makes you feel to know not only that your pets are EXCITED about their meal, but that you are feeding them a product that is excellent for them! Both Cody and Dakota start "spinning" and "crying" now at mealtime, it is completely hilarious!!

Now that I have made you ravenously hungry,  high-tail it over to the NomNomNow website NOW to start your trial of the food. NomNomNow has a special limited time offer of 50% off customer’s first order that includes samples of all the recipes to make sure it is the right fit
You will be as smitten as we are!

About NomNomNow

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, NomNomNow delivers healthy and nutritious cat and dog meals made with the freshest, restaurant-quality ingredients—all with the convenience of home delivery and free shipping. NomNomNow meals are cooked weekly in the company’s local FDA-compliant kitchen, individually proportioned, tailored to meet the specific nutrition needs of each dog, and ready to serve with no preparation. Learn more about NomNomNow on the "team" section of their website.

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In Full Disclosure:

** I received an approximate 14 day supply of food for both Cody and Dakota (we were running out so NomNomNow is being kind enough to send us more), I waived my normal fee for my first two reviews (Cody and Dakota are each doing one review). I received no monetary compensation for this review.

**Both Cody and Dakota have been eating NomNomNow for approximately two weeks, it is too early to accurately assess any changes physically since they have been eating this food. I am hoping to  have them continuing to eat NomNomNow.