Friday, April 1, 2016

Monthly boxes for your Cat(s)!

By now, you've probably all heard of Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Loot Crate, Graze, etc. Those, obviously, are all for people, and this is a blog for Cats, so the closest I've come to that was BarkBox. Well, now there's not one, but two (!) boxes for kitties! I've tried one and not the other (yet) so I will report on the first and leave a link to a site comparing the two.

First up, Meowbox. From their site: meowbox is a cat subscription box full of surprises, delivered to your door every month. Your meowbox is brimming with yummy cat treats and fun cat toys, specially selected for quality and uniqueness, to cater to your cat’s discriminating taste.

I think the thing I liked the most was that they write on the inside of the lid of the box a note with your cats names on it. (If I can find the picture I took, I'll post it at the bottom.) The thing Lilly and Tommy liked the most was the catnip carrot they received. (Lilly woke me up at around 5am this morning rolling around on the floor with it; I could hear the tags on her collar smacking the hardwood...) There were 4 toys (2 individuals ones, like the carrot, and two 2-packs that I haven't given them yet), as well as a box of treats (that I will be giving to a coworker [my kits are finicky treat-eaters]) and a feather that was holding the tissue-paper-type wrapping closed in box (you'll see it in the picture). A one month subscription runs $32.95 (shipping included) and you have to call to cancel (or they just re-bill you every month). You can also select a checkbox to exclude edible items (which I've now done for my next box). Oh, and for the names written in the box, you can input information about your cats (name, sex, breed, birth month/year). Pretty cool. Also, with every box purchase, they donate a can of food to a shelter cat.

See, there's the feather I was talking about.

The second site is KitNipBox. From their site: Our boxes contain high-quality cat toys, all-natural treats, and other fun, healthy cat products. Here's a list of goodies from a recent KitNipBox, as an example.

As I said, I haven't tried them (yet) so I can't comment on the products, but they do have single and multi-cat boxes ($20 vs $30, each with included shipping). They also have the option to exclude treats/food (hooray!). With every purchase of a box, they donate proceeds to welfare organizations.

And, just in case you don't want to take my word for it, here's the comparison site I promised.

To Happy Kitties everywhere!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Does your cat pay attention to your feelings?

One thing you always hear is that a dog will mimic your behavior when you're feeling down. Well, what about cats? There's been a huge amount of research on the canine side of this but not nearly as much on the feline side. Then, I found this article. It's a bit of a read, but quite informative.

I can only speak from my own experience, but my cats definitely exhibit this behavior. But, as the article points out, it's specific to familiar faces (particularly their owners). Reminds me of this video about Crows (also a supremely interesting watch).

Additionally, did you know that the sounds your cat makes toward you are specific to you? They aren't relevant to other cats (even other cats in your household) and someone just meeting your cat won't know a 'give me food' sound from a 'pet me' sound. Very intriguing stuff.


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