Monday, August 15, 2016

5th Blogoversary Chewy Review and Giveaway



Disclosure:  As members of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program, we received some cat items and treats in exchange for our fair and honest review and as part of our 5th blogoversary celebration.  Chewy.com is not responsible for the contents of this post.  Sweet Purrfections only shares products and information we feel will be of interest to our readers.

We have something really special for our readers today!  We began participating in the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Program in May 2013 and always look forward to receiving a special Chewy box with treats, food, or cat supplies to review.  Of course, every kitty knows the Chewy box is special, too!  Chewy has been a part of our lives every month since 2013 and they've graciously agreed to let us feature some of our favorite treats and some new products (to us) and host a special giveaway as part of our 5th Blogoversary month-long celebration. 


Treats

Mom Paula didn't let us have any treats until we were a year old.  Unfortunately, many of the special treats she used to give Sweet Praline were discontinued or not available in the United States.  She began searching for special treats that were healthy and tasted great. The five treats below are some of our favorites we wanted to share.  We've provided a link to our original review in the subheadings for each treat.


Whole Life Freeze-Dried Treats - December 2012


We had our first taste of Whole Life Freeze-Dried cat treats from Sparkle as part of  the 2012 Secret Paws exchange.  Our favorite flavor is the chicken and the only ingredient is 100% chicken.  The Whole Life treats are available in five flavors:  chicken, salmon, turkey, cod, salmon, and beef liver. Each of the treats provide 100% protein without any fillers, chemicals, additives, or preservatives. Some of the flavors are also available in larger containers and state they are good for dogs, too.  From what we can tell, there is no difference in the ingredients.  Some of the pieces are large in size, so Mom Paula breaks them into smaller pieces for us to eat.  Mom Paula keeps these treats on the table beside her chair in the living room.  If we are hiding from her, all she has to do is shake the bag and we come running.


Instinct Raw Boost Minis - July 19, 2013


We received our first box of Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis back in 2013 from Chewy.com.  These treats are 100% freeze-dried raw ingredients, which include the protein of chicken or duck with turkey, carrots, and apples.  They are grain-free and gluten-free and contain no corn, wheat, soy, or fillers.  The cat treats are available in duck or chicken formula.  Mom Paula keeps a bag of these treats in her night stand beside the bed and it's the first thing we get in the morning when she wakes up.



Orijen - January 28, 2014



We were lucky to receive our first tast of Orijen Freeze-Dried Cat Treats back in January 2014. These treats are made in Canada and boast being Biologically Appropriate single-source treats.  They are freeze-dried to lock in the flavor and nutrition.  There are five varieties:  Original (chicken, turkey, flounder), Alberta Wild Boar, Tundra (elk, quail, trout), Regional Red (bison, wild boar, lamb), and Ranch Raised Lamb.  We like these treats because of the variety of protein available.  They are small in size and easy to eat.  Mom Paula also keeps these in her night stand and in the home office.  She thinks she has us trained, but we know we have her trained to have treats in every part of the house.



Halo Liv-a-Littles® - March 31, 2015



We've received samples of the Halo Liv-a-Littles® a couple of times in the past. This is another freeze-dried treat we love to eat.  Mom Paula likes that they come in a plastic container because it keeps us from chewing into the bag to eat the treats.  These treats are suitable for both cats and dogs. There are five flavors:  chicken breast, wild salmon, beef, farm-raised rabbit, and New Zealand lamb liver.  We've only tried the chicken breast so far, but we're intrigued with the other flavors. Our only concern about the treats is that the chicken breast flavor contains carrageenan.  The other flavors do not contain this ingredient, so many of you may prefer eating them.  Mom Paula likes to keep the "dusty crumbs" that collect in the container to sprinkle over our wet food, especially for Brulee, to encourage us to eat. 


Can-Man-Doo Life Essentials - August 2016


We think you're seeing a pattern in the types of treats we enjoy eating.  Most of our treats are freeze-dried treats.  Mom Paula thinks this process helps to preserve the nutrition of the proteins and the flavor.  Since we've tried other freeze-dried chicken breast treats with success, we wanted to try the Cat-Man-Doo Freeze-Dried Treats.  We'd heard of the Cat-Man-Do Bonito Flakes (we're reviewing them later this month), but didn't realize they also had the freeze-dried protein treats.  There are two flavors available:  chicken and wild Alaskan salmon.  Both flavors are single-ingredients with no additives or preservatives.  The Life Essentials Freeze-Dried Chicken can be crumbled over food as an appetite enhancer (Mom Paula does this), rehydrated with warm water for a soft and delicious snack, or given as an everyday treat.  The freeze-dried pieces tend to be a little large for our small mouths, so Mom Paula breaks them apart when giving them to us.  


Cat Supplies


Even though we love the Chewy.com boxes, a kitty needs other things to keep her entertained and pampered in the lifestyle she's grown accustomed to.  Chewy agreed to send us three new items to review as part of our 5th Blogoversary celebration.


SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post


We kitties love to scratch on things, so it's important for the humans to provide us with appropriate furniture and devices.  We also love to stretch when we're scratching.  Imagine our pleasure in receiving the The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post.  It's 32 inches tall and covered in a fibrous woven sisal that won't snag nails like carpet-covered scratching posts. The post in on a sturdy base (16" x 16") and weighs approximately 20.5 pounds, which helps keep it from tipping over when we stretch to our full height when scratching.  Your human will need to put the post together with the two dowel rods and screws that are include in the box, but it's very easy.  Mom Paula likes that the neutral tones of the scratcher blend in with any of the decor in our house.  The texture of the woven sisal is a little different from some of the other sisal scratchers we've used, but it's effective for us.


Aspen Pet Sofa Bed



When Mom Paula comes home in the evenings, if we don't meet her at the door, she can usually find us on one of the beds resting.  She thought we'd like a bed of our own, so Chewy sent us the Aspen Pet Sofa Bed.  This miniature-sized bed is is filled with 100% recycled fiber fill and is machine washable.  It weighs 8.96 ounces, so is very lightweight and the dimensions are 20 x 16 x 9 inches. The beds are available in black, burnished red, espresso, or taupe and Chewy chooses the color for you.  We were lucky to receive the burnished red, which matches our Gamecock colored-theme in the house.  The sleep surface and decorative trim are Sherpa fleece.  There is a non-skid bottom that keeps the bed in place.  The bed is designed for extra small or small breeds.  Mom Paula has placed the sofa bed on the bed in the guest bedroom in the hopes we'll begin using it.  


Jackson Galaxy™ Cat Crawl Cat Toy



We kitties love to play chase and hide & seek and the Jackson Galaxy™ Cat Crawl Cat Toy is perfect for us.  The tunnel is made of nylon and is approximately 3 feet long with a 10 inch diameter.  This tunnel has a zipper on the end that allows it to fit the Jackson Galaxy Base Camp Hub or Base Camp Carrier to allow for more fun for us kitties.  The tunnel comes in green or orange and Chewy chooses the color to send to you.  The tunnel is easy to store because it can be folded back together and tied. This tunnel doesn't crinkle as much as previous tunnels we have, but we love to run through it while playing chase or hide from each other (or Mom Paula).  

We hope you've enjoyed our treasure chest of items available from Chewy.com.  When we first began reviewing and purchasing items from Chewy.com,. we didn't realize they carried more than food, treats, and cat litter.  We were excited to find they also carry furniture and toys.  As always, Chewy.com offers free shipping if the total is $49+.  The customer service is amazing and the empty box is always an added bonus.



Giveaway


The wonderful people at Chewy.com have graciously agreed to provide these products to one of our lucky readers as part of our 5th Blogoversary celebration.  The winner will receive all five treats, the scratcher, the cat sofa bed, and the tunnel.  No purchase necessary.  The giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18+ years old, except where prohibited by law.  The giveaway will run from August 15-22, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.  A single winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book.  Each person is required to leave a comment before accessing additional entries.

42 comments:

  1. Manna and Dexter say that their favorite is the Instinct Raw Boosters. We got some of those to try and they couldn't help, but dig right into the bag. All of these other products from Chewy look great too!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  2. We love Truffle and Brulee. We love the Orijen treats too. Especially the wild boar ones.

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    1. Love your new header too. May I ask if you make them yourself or have someone else do it?

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    2. Ann from Zoolatry designed our header and logo. I can send you her information if you'll email me at sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com

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  3. I'm torn between the tunnel and the scratcher. Bear's never had a tunnel ... but I think he might like a scratcher not attached to a cat tree too. Congratulations on five years!

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  4. Those treats all look so awesome! That is really a killer prize package!

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  5. You girls certainly look like you're enjoying all the wonderful stuff!

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  6. Our favorite treats are the freeze dried ones. So good! How pawsome that Chewy contributed so many fun things to your giveaway. That cat scratcher is amazing. We have 2 of them...and could always use another!

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  7. HAPPY Blogoversary!! We love seeing you girls! Mom has to admit - that scratcher looks interesting...nice and tall and sturdy

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  8. So much fun!!! Enjoy all those nice treats!!! Cool post and very cute pictures.
    Mike

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  9. What a great give away! I want to get Bucky doing chewy reviews like William used to do, but he's not very daring with new foods. He might enjoy the tunnel, where William wasn't at all interested in it. LOL

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  10. Happy Blogoversary, and thank you for planning such a generous celebration.
    It made me smile to read about all the treat locations around your house. I do the same thing;
    a bag of treats and a soft brush by the TV, bed, drawing table, computer, kitchen island....
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  11. Happy Blogoversary month. We had to adjust your tweet a bit there were too many words, but we tweeted. What a pawsum gove away. We almost eat only freeze dried treats. Well me does fur sure. So far Raena too. Mommy says she's not sure she wants to change dat, so this would be purrfect. All of those are among me's favorites too. Dat's a great scratcher and sofa bed. 'Tween da two of us, we'd really give 'em a work out. Anyways, hope you're havin' great fun.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  12. Happy Blogoversary! Your 5th one is certainly something special to celebrate. We're celebrating today too with our blogoversary and so is Mudpie. Wow isn't that really special? But girls we hope you celebrate happily today and we wish you many many more blogoversaries in the future!

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  13. Happy Blogoversary, and concatulations on 5 years of blogging ! What a pawsome giveaway ! Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

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  14. Happy Blogoversary beautiful girls!

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  15. My kitties would love that tunnel!!

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  16. Happy Blogoversary!That is a great giveaway, the scratcher looks like fun.

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  17. You ladies have done the most amazing job with your fifth blogoversary giveaways! You should all be so proud of yourselves. That sofa bed sure looks cozy!

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  18. Hard to pick a favorite, but probably that comfy looking sofa bed. You girls are such good models!

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  19. Wow, what a haul! I think my cats would love the scratcher. Happy Blogoversary!

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  20. Well there is something for everybody Yin says the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post would be her favorite she LOVES cat scratchers. Yang and Chimera are voting for the TREATS, healthy and delicious you can't beat that. Socks says at his age you can never have enough comfy places to nap so he is picking the Aspen Pet Sofa Bed and Scylla is picking the Jackson Galaxy™ Cat Crawl Cat Toy

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  21. Since I just rescued a tiny feral kitten (she was just two weeks old when I found her almost six weeks ago and have been bottle feeding her and now weening her), I'm going to need another cat scratching post. The one in the giveaway is so pretty, too!

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  22. Yeah for Five Years! Chewy has been very generous. Those treats look yummy!
    Makes us sad we are Canadian Felines :)
    Purrs,
    the Kitty Brats

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  23. Happy, Happy 5th Blogoversary to you! We sure do enjoy your blog. This is certainly a terrific giveaway that you are having with so many wonderful things in it! I would love to try some of those treats and then use that cat scratching post!

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William

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  24. Happy 5th Blogoversary, you bootiful girls! The giveaway looks fantastic...

    Be sure ta come ta my 6th Birfday Pawty tomorrow 16th! It may be our best yet...

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  25. Happy blogoversary, Truffle, Brulee and Mom! Big hugs to you all.

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  26. They all look pawsome, but I'd luv to try out dat tunnel.

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  27. Happy blogoversary, My kitties love the Halo freezed dried treats the best.

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  28. We think the pet sofa bed looks very comfy!

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  29. Happy blogoversary! Those look like great prizes!

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  30. Awesome prize pack. Congrats again on your big milestone!
    p.s. add FTC disclaimer and #spons on social sharing.

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  31. We'd love the scratcher! And the bed! :) Concatulations on your blogoversary! Thank you for the opportunity to with this awesome giveaway!

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  32. Our favorite? It's a tossup between the bed and the scratching post.

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  33. The ultimate scratching post and the pet sofa bed but everything looks great!

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  34. I have been ordering cat food from them recently and love their fast service. Would love to try some of the other items they offer.

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  35. I love the Jackson Galaxy toy. I think my kitties would love it.

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  36. The cat crawl toy looks like lots of fun!!!

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  37. How did we miss this? Fabulous prize package and, of course, Happy 5th Blogoversary!

    The Florida Furkids

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