We’ve been playing a good bit of Mario lately. It has captured someone else’s attention, too…
I can just imagine all the possible outcomes of this situation…
Newt and I have a tenuous relationship. I’m the lady who brought the beasts when she was John’s dear little princess, so I don’t blame the girl at all.
We’ve made great strides in improving our relationship. On Halloween night, after the trick-or-treating was over, snow was falling (boo.), and we were watching The Shining. Newt climbed up the couch and – instead of going to John’s lap – she curled up on my legs! And I got PROOF! (I seriously tried to stay completely still so that she would stay forever! Of course, she left shortly thereafter, but those few minutes were pretty fab.)
Anyway, one of the things that has really helped is that I’ve been giving her yummy treats throughout the day, sometimes spontaneously, sometimes if I call her and she actually comes.
Her new favorites? Smittens from The Honest Kitchen.
Newt LOVES them. I can totally see why – when you crack open the bag you can really smell the haddock! The only ingredient in the super cute heart-shaped treats is dehydrated haddock. I love having just the single ingredient and no extra anything. I feel like some cat treats are way too hard and crunch. These aren’t soft like training treats but are definitely not crunchy either – something in between. Newt loves to snatch one up and shake it.
This is one of those things that Newt has learned without being taught: The second that box comes out of the pantry, she comes flying! It made snapping the picture above quite difficult. See?
At her annual last week, we discovered that Newt has gained a little over a pound! On her tiny frame, that’s a lot. The Smittens only have 1.1 calories per piece, and I’ve actually been breaking them in half when treating Newt. Since they’re a softer texture, it’s easy to do, and the other half goes back in the jar. Well, okay. Sometimes the other half goes to her, too!
We’ve been super happy with these, and with me giving her the treats she’s OBSESSED, it’s helped her like me better!
And now, thanks to the generosity of The Honest Kitchen, one of you lucky cats can win some Smittens!
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A big, huge THANK YOU to The Honest Kitchen for sending Newt a sample of these treats (and getting her HOOKED!) and for so generously offering a giveaway. Newt says your cat is going to love them, for sure!
A solid 100% of the times that I pick Newt up, she bites me.
When she sits on my desk – and I dare to type – she bites me.
If she’s on the kitchen counter or on the table and I reach out to, say, answer my phone, she bites me.
She does not bite John. He contends that all this biting is her trying to entice me to play.
Every morning when I wake up, I open my eyes, and I’m greeted with this:
Despite all the biting, Newt chooses to cuddle up with me every night. She sleeps on my stomach or nestled in the crook of my knees, dozing peacefully. Well, until I reach over, turn on my phone, and snap her pic…
Then, back to evil glares.
She loves me.
She loves me not.
So, September is Happy Cat Month.
Is Newt happy? I’d like to think so. And I do think she is… most of the time. She’s playful and hilarious. And clumsy! I always thought cats were supposed to be graceful, but this little lady crashes into things, falls off furniture, and slips and slides as she runs around. She does not like being picked up or petted at all by anyone except John. She and Cooper are besties, but she’s unsure about some dog things (like, she HATES barking… she flees under the bed when they start up). But, miraculously, she only recently drew blood from one of them – Lucas – but we didn’t see what happened. She sleeps on my stomach, which I adore, even though she doesn’t like me to pet her.
Anyway, one of the things that I focus on to keep her happy is to ensure she’s healthy! She eats a high-quality wet food twice a day and gets a fancy-pants kibble in her Kong puzzle once a day (away from the boys so they can’t steal her bites). We also give her a kitty vitamin when she gets her wet food.
If you saw the review of Vivamune on yesterday’s post, that supplement – the large dog version – has been working well for Coop. They also sent us the Healthy Chews for Cats for Newt to try. It’s all about fortifying her immune system. Previously, we had her on a cat vitamin that was a small, hard tab. More often than not, she left it in her bowl. These soft chews work so much better. Newt isn’t picky about flavor, so I think it’s the texture that’s working for her.
My big thing with giving her a cat vitamin is all about her coat. Newt will. not. let us brush her. It’s not happening. We’ve tried several types of brushes and even the gloves, but she FLIPS OUT. It just can’t happen. In the early days with Newt, we found hacked up hairballs. Now that she’s on a vitamin, she’s not barfing hairballs because, I think, it’s keeping her coat in better shape. Which I appreciate. Because I don’t think I can ever try brushing her again. Too traumatic for all of us. Supplements are a much easier solution – just what we need for Happy Cat Month!
And, thanks to the incredible generosity of the folks at Vivamune, one of you has the chance to win a bag of the Healthy Chews for Cats for your happy cat!
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Plus, don’t forget you can try the supplements for free: All you have to do (US fans) is click this link and sign up to receive a free bag of the Vivamune Chews. You just need to pay shipping. The promotion runs until October 15, so you have about a month to place the order!
We’re so grateful to Vivamune for giving us this opportunity to test a supplement with Newt – and for letting us give some away to one of you guys! Hope everyone’s having a great “Caturday” today!