This is a post I do not want to write, because I don’t want it to be true. But, I want to let other people out there suffering the pain from losing their beloved cat that they are not alone.
On Mother’s Day of 2015, I woke up alone. Sometimes Henry spent the night around the house, sleeping on different windowsills or maybe the back of the couch.
But that morning turned out to be very different than my previous mornings without him. We noticed our dog behaving strangely out in the woods of the 10 acre property we moved to recently. A quick check revealed Henry’s bow-tie collar, fur…and blood.
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Back when I first started this site, I did one really smart thing. I went to a local pet store. This wasn’t a chain, a corporation, or a franchise, but one small, local, independently owned pet store.
I’d just adopted Henry, and I had no idea what to do. It was hard enough to decide what to feed myself – let alone this furry ball of hunger. Do I choose grain-free? Holistic? Organic? Raw?
Do I feed wet food, make my own mix, or is that cheap stuff on the grocery store shelf okay?
Ugggh. You know the feeling. Buying (and wasting money on) cat food your cat may or may not like is not a fun task.
Think about it – the only way you’ll really know if it’s a good fit for you and your cat is by trying it out. That’s why I advocate buying sample cat food online before delving into a larger package.
But here’s something even better…
Recently, I went cat food hunting for fat butt Henry. I’m at a low-income point in my life, so I visited my local Grocery Outlet to see their wares.
I feared I’d have to leave with some measly Cat Chow or something, but I then noticed a golden little bag sticking out next to some canned Friskies.
The packaging said grain-free, 2 pounds, and only $1.99.
Let’s face it – the prospect of traveling with a cat is not exactly a fun one. From the yowling to scratching and occasional peeing, even the most even-keeled cats can have a freak out.
Add in a scaredy cat like Henry-etta, and you’re lucky to make it to your destination alive – let alone sane.
As a lifelong wanderer (aka military brat), I move a lot. I travel even more. In the past 2.5 years since I adopted Henry and he relented because I have catnip and food, we’ve driven across the country 4 times.
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Both here and elsewhere in the big bad cat food world, I’ve heard people asking why there’s such a deficit of smaller-sized cat food samples. I mean, our cats are picky, finicky eaters; what suits one disgusts another. Why not buy smaller bags, test them out, and then dole out wads of cash for that premium bag of noms?
Does “Pine Litter” sound like the name of some small, mountain town? I think so, and we’ll go with that imagery.
Life in Pine Litter was kind, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. We used a natural product to cover bad smells, and could buy 40 lbs of the generic Petco stuff for $14.
Not even that crazy bargain could keep the passion burning on this end. Why?
Like children, cats often delight in the most simplistic, unexpected objects.
Henry, my orange fella, finds any yarn, boxes, or even walls absolutely fascinating. Fancy, super expensive cat toys?
…Not so much.
I’ve learned a few essentials to the cat entertainment circuit, and below are the 3 things I always have around.
Henry, the cute guy above, is a nervous boy. I’m sad to admit that fact, but he really, really is.
New chair? Freak out. Road trip? Freak out. Vet clinic? Mega freak.
Eventually, he comes around, but it is such a help to have something I know with total confidence that can soothe his sorrowful spirits.
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If you’re a cat parent like me, you want to provide little Fluffy with the best cat food you can. It can be difficult to tell the labels apart enough to decide which one is actually superior. What if the $30 bag is only as good as the $10?
What if the cat doesn’t even like this stuff and you’ve tossed wads of cash down the drain? Isn’t there something about the specific words used that legally indicate just how good this food really is?
As a proud cat mama of the orange fella above, I’m happy to share my experiences and insights into the many cat foods out there on the market. It can be hard to make a decision when you’re standing in the aisle. Do you go for the great price? What about the shiniest packaging (there’s one out there that shimmers)? Are the expensive ones really better than the cheaper ones? Does your cat need grains?
The questions go on and on to the point where you start to feel embarrassed for how much time and effort you’re putting into something as simple as cat food!
Add a pushy salesperson and you’ll go red in the face, grab the nearest bag, and dart out of the store. Maybe you’ve tried to do some research online, but felt bogged down by all of the great reviews tempered by terrible, awful stories. If you want to find the best foods for the best values, you’re finally here.
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