A Great Value for All Natural Cat Treats – Review of Dr. Tim’s Natural Beef Chips

Our friends over at Chewy.com were kind enough to send Furball a container of Dr. Tim’s premium Natural Beef Chips. Being the foodie (aka “eat all food-foodie”) that he is, Furball graciously volunteered to sample the treats and gave me his honest opinion (as if cats could do otherwise!)

Dr. Tim's natural all beef freeze-dried cat treats

This is a two-paws up product! Err, perhaps it’s a better description to say this is a one-gulp-down treat.

Made from 100% USDA inspected beef hearts, these Natural Beef Chips are minimally processed. They’re basically freeze-dried beef hearts broken up into large bite-sized pieces.

I added a couple to Furball’s dinner and he knew there was good stuff in his bowl. Within a couple of seconds, he discovered the surprise treats in his bowl and gobbled them up in an instant.

The heart pieces are a bit on the large size compared to other cat kibble and treats. However, that’s what makes these such a good value. A 4-oz container is about 2 cups worth of dried pieces and for a cat, one or two pieces is enough. Dr. Tim’s recommends 1 to 2 treats per 10 lbs of body weight daily as a reward.

Unlike other cat treats made up of filler and flavourings, these beef hearts contain a high concentration of Coenzyme Q-10 and also high levels of taurine and L-carnitine.

The treats can be fed straight from the package or soaked in water to make them moist and tender. The only slight inconvenience is that because these are freeze-dried RAW beef hearts, you have to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after handling as well as any surfaces that may have come into contact with the treats.

By the way, Dr. Tim’s Natural Beef Chips also made for dogs too! You’ll find them for about $15 at Chewy.com.

The Hemp Toy That Cats Are Going Crazy For!

“The cats went crazy for it.” – Amazon reviewer

Chase the Hemp Cat Tail from From The Field (no, that’s not a typo there, “From the Field” is the name of the company) is a foot long cat toy stuffed with organic catnip, valerian root and buckwheat hulls. This makes for a fun-filled catnip toy that cats will love to attack and wrestle with.

hemp organic cat toy

The Cat Tail is made from all natural hemp fabric which is excellent for strength and durability. It’s also biodegradable so when it gets fully “yuck-ified” from cat drool and tattered to pieces after hours and hours of play, you can compost it for your flowers and plants.

Washington-based From the Field, makes Chase the Hemp Cat Tail and a full line of hemp cat toys. All of their toys are made in the USA with an eye on sustainability and a commitment to providing high quality natural toys for your cats.

You’ll find Chase the Hemp Cat Tail along with a full selection of organic hemp cat toys and natural pet products at From the Field.

Good News for the Environment: Big Cat Success, From the President, and a Windy Amazon

Sometimes it seems like all the news about the environment is BAD news. When I worked at World Wildlife Fund, I was amazed at how much good news there was, but it just didn’t get picked up by mainstream media.

Here’s the latest round-up of good stuff happening for our planet:

1) Tiger Populations Are on the Rise in India

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WWF International reported some great news for big cats. Seeing as this is a blog for cat lovers, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that tiger populations in Indian have dramatically increased by over 50% from 2006 to 2014.

As reported by WWF-International:

India’s tiger population has significantly increased according to the 2014-15 India tiger estimation report released today. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in numbers– from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,226 in 2014.

The increase in the tiger population can be largely attributed to better management and improved protection within tiger reserves and other tiger bearing protected areas. Poaching remains the greatest threat to wild tigers today with tiger parts in high demand throughout Asia.

Discover what’s helping India’s tiger population bounce back >>

2) President Vows to Take Action on Climate Change

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he stated:

“No challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

This was reported hot off the press on the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) staff blog:

President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to a brighter tomorrow leads straight through climate action.

Find out what the President plans to do to tackle climate change >>

3) Amazon’s Powering Up with Wind Farms

As consumers, we’re often looking at how we can reduce our power consumption by purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. However, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to how much energy is used to power the data centers that are the backbone of the Internet.

Amazon with its cloud services and web services is one of the biggest online players. It’s been a bit slow to switching to sustainable energy, but recently made a commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for their global infrastructure footprint. Their plans include building a 150-megawatt wind farm that will generate approximately 500,000 MWh of energy each year. That’s equivalent to what’s used by 46,000 homes!

Learn which are the most and least eco-friendly Internet companies >>

Recent Study Raises Serious Concerns About Bacteria in Pet Food

What's in your cat's food?

What’s in your cat’s food?

Here’s some disturbing news that should come as no surprise to Green Little Cat readers. It came to my attention from our friends over at The Conscious Cat:

“The Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF), an advocacy group established by Susan Thixton, the publisher and founder of The Truth About Pet Food, recently published the results of an unprecedented pet food testing project conducted by U.S. labs late last year. The results reveal serious concerns for pets and for the human families that purchase and handle the pet food.

Testing results show that some of the most widely-purchased brands in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of dangerous mycotoxins, problematic nutrient concerns and/or numerous bacterial contamination risks, including antibiotic resistant bacteria the FDA terms as “qualifying pathogens”. Funding for the project came solely from consumers, who raised nearly $16,000 via an Indiegogo donation campaign.”

What’s interesting to note is that 75% of the foods tested positive for bacteria that has been linked to rotten meat. What’s even more interesting to note is that the study results are being questioned, so it’s turning a bit into a “he-said, she-said, they-said” type of debate.

You can read more about the study and the ensuing questions at The Conscious Cat.

So, as a concerned cat lover, what can you do to keep your cat safe?

  1. If your cat is eating any of the foods listed in the study, the first thing you can do is call the manufacturer. There’s usually a 1-800 number on the package or you can visit their website to find contact info. Ask them directly about the study results and voice your concerns. Manufacturers want to provide safe food for your pet as much as you do because of huge liability issues and lost sales if there’s a problem with the food.
  2. Consider switching to locally made pet food from family-run businesses. I’ve written tons of articles reviewing different brands of foods and even reported on changes in ownership of companies too. You’ll find reviews in the Food category of this website.
  3. Consider switching to an organic cat food. While it certainly costs more, there are higher accountability standards for organic meat and produce vs. the conventional variety. The way I see it, I can fork out $50 for cat food every month or THOUSANDS of dollars in vet bills in a few years because poor quality food leads to more health problems. You just have to look at a human diet to see that people don’t thrive eating fast food alone. Which would you prefer? Pay a little more each month or shell out a huge amount in a few years? What’s best for your cat?
  4. Make your own food. This is a big commitment, but it depends on your lifestyle and how much you value your cat’s health. You also have to value your mental health too!

100% Recycled Rubber Cat Placemat

Keep your kitty’s eating area clean with this adorable cat face placemat from Oré Originals. Shaped like an oversized cartoon cat head, this cheeky mat is not only fun, it’s also functional and eco-friendly too.

It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled rubber which makes it both durable and practical. The rubber surface holds the mat in place on the floor and also keeps cat bowls and dishes from sliding around. If your cat is like Furball who likes to drag his bowl across the floor, this mat will help ensure the bowls don’t go wandering too far.
recycled rubber cat placemat ore pet
The placemat’s surface is just the right size for cats. It’ll help keep the floor protected from spills, kibble bits and that wet cat food that drops out of your cat’s mouth when she turns suddenly mid-chew because she heard a loud noise.

You can find the Oré Pet Black Cat Face Placemat for about $15 at Amazon.com. And if you’ve got dog, there’s a super cute recycled rubber dog bone shaped placemats too!

How to Make a Cat Treat Dispensing Toy from a Toilet Paper Roll

Here’s how to make a cat treat dispenser in three easy steps. Rather than spend $20 on a plastic contraption that your cat will outsmart in a few minutes, make your own eco-friendly cat toy using toilet paper rolls by following these simple instructions. It’s lots of fun, easy to do, each puzzle is unique, the cost is free and you can customize the difficulty level depending on your cat.

What’ You’ll Need:

  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Small cat treat

Step 1

Cut one of the toilet paper rolls into rings about 1/4″ to 1/3″ in width.

instructions: how to make cat toy from toilet paper roll

Step 2

Place the cat treat inside the other toilet paper roll.

homemade cat treat dispenser instructions

Step 3

Stuff a few of the toilet paper rings into one end of the toilet paper roll so that the treat can’t easily fall out. Turn the roll around and stuff the remaining rings into the other end.

toilet paper roll cat toy and treat dispenser

Now you’re ready to give this treat-dispensing cat toy to your cat. The more rings you put in, the trickier it is for your cat to get the treat to come out. The fewer rings, the easier it is.

Here’s a video of Furball interacting with his toilet paper roll cat toy. He loves treats, so he’s quite persistent in getting the treat out of this homemade dispenser for cat treats. The laughter in the background is my preschooler.

Natural Cat Urns and Cat Caskets: A Greener Way to Say Good Bye

When it’s time to say goodbye to your cat, what do you do when you want to honour her life, but keep it simple and eco-friendly? These natural cat urns, caskets and keepsake boxes from Farewell Products may be the answer.

Eco-friendly cat urn

Eco-friendly cat urn

Farewell products recently introduced the first-ever complete Pet Funeral Kits. The kits are eco-friendlier than many of the over-the-top gaudy memorials available. And, they’re designed so that the whole family can participate in saying farewell to your cherished pet.

The kits include a bio-degradable keepsake box, urn or casket, as well as a non-denominational funeral service and guidebook designed to help families through the grieving process, a workbook for children, and a paint and brush set to personalize your cat urn, cat casket or keepsake box.

All of the kits including the cat urns, cat caskets and keepsake boxes are made from birch and are delivered in flat packages made from recycled cardboard. The keepsake boxes, caskets and urns for cats are also biodegradable.

Kits are available to fit pets of all sizes, from hamsters to cats and the biggest dogs. They’re easy to assemble as you don’t need any special tools or materials—everything you need is included in the kit.

Natural cat casket

Natural cat casket

1) Farewell Cat Urn Kit

The Farewell Urn kit is about 8” x 5½” x 4” and can hold ashes for pets up to 100 pounds so it’s definitely big enough for even the largest feline. It comes with a guidebook, workbook, paint and brush set, and plaque for your cat’s name.

2) Farewell Keepsake Box or Pet Casket

The pet keepsake boxes are available in six sizes from mini to XX-Large. It comes with all of the same materials as the cat urn kit. The birch box can also be used as a cat casket. It’s a way to send kitty off with some dignity within a budget and without being over-the-top. Prices vary depending on the size of the box.

You can order a Farewell Pet funeral kit at www.farewellpetkit.com. Their full line of products including the cat urns, cat caskets and keepsake boxes are also available online from Amazon.com.

Here are Amazon affiliate links for more information:

Latest Good News for the Planet – Whales and Carbon Emissions

When I worked at World Wildlife Fund, I was amazed at how much good stuff was going on for the environment. Prior to working at WWF, it seemed like there was only BAD news. It made me realize that a lot of the positive work to improve the planet doesn’t get reported by mainstream media. That’s why I’ve decided to start posting articles to share some of the great work that’s going on right now.

Here’s what I learned from the Summer 2014 edition of Nature’s Voice, the member’s newsletter published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

A Whale of a Victory for Whales!

In March 2014, the U.N. International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling program is illegal. Japan got around whaling bans by claiming that their whale hunting activities were for “scientific research” as opposed to the sale and consumption of whale meat.

photo 1(9)Thankfully, Japan is going to abide by the ruling and halt their whaling activities. Yay for whales! Speaking of which, we had the chance opportunity to see whales last weekend. If you look closely in the water, there is a small white blur above the ocean’s surface. That’s a whale blowing spray up in the air. I also spotted many tails and the occasional fin. I estimate there were about a half dozen different whales. Absolutely magnificent!

Bye Bye Dirty Power

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The new plan includes new national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Allowable emissions are to be reduced to 30% below 2005 levels.

These new regulations will help to eliminate dirty power sources that generate a lot of pollution and shift the emphasis to clean and renewable resources such as wind, sun or hydroelectric.

Of course, there’s a lot of protest from the industry and its supporters. That’s why I like to support the NRDC’s work. They focus on getting legislation passed that helps the environment. If you’d like to support them or learn more about what they do, visit their website at www.nrdc.org.

Is This the Most Expensive Natural Cat Treat in the World?

gourmet organic cat treatsShort of feeding your cat kobe beef flown in from Japan, this has got to be one of the most expensive organic cat treats that you could choose to spoil your kitty. Whole Life Pet Single Ingredient Certified Organic Freeze Dried Chicken Breast Treats for Cats cost an eyebrow-raising $21.99 on Amazon.com for a 2.8oz bag.

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That’s TWO POINT EIGHT, not TWENTY-EIGHT ounces. However, when you check out the ingredients, these gourmet natural cat treats might just be worth the indulgent price.

They’re made from 100% human grade, USDA certified, organic, hormone-free, antibiotic-free white meat chicken breast. There are no fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives.

Hmmm, but a pound of organic boneless chicken breast can be purchased for $6.99 at Whole Foods, you say? Well, you need to factor in that these cat treats are also made in small batches in the USA. They’re fully cooked for safety and then freeze dried for maximum flavor and nutrition.

Whole Life Pet describes their treats as the first “Farm to Friend” treats for pets. The fresh ingredients are sourced from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen with no “mystery meats” or middlemen. Whole Life Pet produces and packages all of their freeze-dried cat treats in their own state of the art facility located in the Western Massachusetts.

The organic chicken treats are low in fat, calories and carbohydrates, but high in protein. This makes them suitable for pets with allergies, weight and/or digestive problems. And, it’s also why they’re so expensive. It’s a bit like having a personal chef creating an organic entree for your cat and then cutting the meal into cat-sized bites.

What do you think? Is your kitty worth it? If you’re curious to learn more, check out these organic chicken cat treats on Amazon.

Please note that the links in this article to the organic chicken cat treats are Amazon referral links. If you’d prefer not to click them, you can go directly to Amazon and search for Whole Life Pet cat treats to learn more.

However, if you do click these links and make a purchase within 24-hours, the small referral fee that Amazon pays will go towards offsetting some of the costs of running this blog. As well, I’m a sucker for donating to environmental charities, animal welfare organizations and personal fund-raising campaigns for vet fees. I appreciate your support and will be sure to pay it forward. Thank you.

Save $3 on World’s Best Cat Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter is an eco-friendly lightweight cat litter that’s made from corn. They’re currently running a promotion where you can get a coupon to save $3 off any 6 to 8lb bag of World’s Best. On the manufacturer’s website, they state that a single bag can last a whole month!

worlds-best-cat-litter

World’s Best is available in both clumping and non-clumping formulas and there’s even a version designed especially for multi-cat households. And, if that’s not enough choice, it also comes in two scents, lavendar and “forest”. I guess no one told them that lavendar is used as a natural cat-repellant :).

Snarkiness aside, if you’re using clumping cat litter, maybe now it’s time to make the switch. Save some green by clicking here to get your coupon.


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