Product Review: Purina Muse Natural Chicken Grain-Free Pate for Cats

My dog says we have a product review for you today that might surprise you!

It's been awhile since we've had a cat in the house, and we've learned a lot about pet foods since then. We used to buy supermarket brands of food for our companion animals, but finally started to educate ourselves more and we turned into active label readers. Once we read what was in the food we were feeding our furry family members, that's all it took for us to upgrade to premium foods---and we've never looked back.

That said, when we were given the chance to review a Purina product I was skeptical. However, after I looked into it, I was delightfully surprised to see that Purina was making a grain-free, premium product for cats! So, let me tell you more about Purina Muse Natural Chicken Pate Grain-Free Canned Food for Cats.


Ingredients:

Although we read everything on the ingredient label, we always pay special attention to the first three ingredients (after all, ingredients are listed in order of quantity so the there's more of the first ingredient, than the second, and so on). We were pleased to see that first three ingredients in the Muse are chicken, chicken broth, and ocean whitefish.


The next few are liver, spinach, sweet potatoes, and blueberry pomace. There are no by-products or "meals" in this food and we couldn't have been happier about that.

Usability:

The pate was nice and soft. Not mushy or gloppy, though. Just the right consistency, actually. KitCat took to it immediately and ate it all.

Origin:

Purina Muse is made in the United States.

Cost:

Muse comes in the three ounce cans (the size you typically see kitten food in) and a 24-can case sells for $22.98 from Chewy.com.


Rating:

The Purina Muse was a great food, which KitCat really enjoyed. And it's great to see a company like Purina putting out a grain-free product with a superior ingredient list! Our initial skepticism is gone and we'll be adding the Purina Muse into our regular rotation of foods.

On a scale of one to four paws we give the Muse a four on taste and a three on value (just because the cans are three ounce and not the larger 5.5. ounce size). Hopefully, Purina will be offering the food in the larger cans soon.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could test it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 




Product Review: Merrick's Thanksgiving Day Dinner Canned Cat Food

My dog says the one thing most of us can agree on is that on Thanksgiving day we all enjoy the BEST dinner of the year! Yep, it's yummy and comforting and always calls us to come back for seconds. That's why we were excited to try Merrick's Purrfect Bistro Thanksgiving Day Dinner (for cats) from Chewy.com. KitCat was eager to initiate his taste testing and get to eatin'!


Ingredients:

Each can is packed solid with minced turkey, duck, chicken liver and includes just the perfect amount of gravy to keep the chunks moist. It's worthwhile to note the chunks of meat are nice and small so your cat or kitten won't struggle to chew them up. This is also a grain-free food, which we love, and in addition to the quality meat it includes peas, eggs, potato, carrots, sweet potato, cranberries, and organic alfalfa. The first ingredient is deboned turkey, so this is a nutritionally-sound meal.


Usability:

Since this canned food comes minced in gravy, I initially thought that might be a problem. KitCat, now 7 months old, has grown up on pate and generally my animals haven't been fond of foods in gravy. (Based on past experience, pet foods in gravy are frequently light on meat and heavy on gravy; that isn't the case with Thanksgiving Dinner. Each can is packed solid with lots of turkey and duck.)



Since KitCat is used to pate, when he first ate the minced food he kept taking out a chunk and setting it down outside his bowl. But, that said, he ate every piece he set down. After a few days, he got used to the chunks and now he just eats it just like he would any other canned food. 


Origin:

All Merrick recipes are cooked in the United States and never contain ingredients from China.

Cost:

Cases are available from Chewy.com in either a 3 ounce size or a 5.5 ounce, and currently cost $25.88 and $33.08 respectively.



Rating:

KitCat is still on kitten kibble and canned kitten food since he needs to adhere to a kitten formula for a few more months, so we've been using the Thanksgiving Dinner as a supplement. When he reaches a year, we'll certainly be making Thanksgiving Dinner a regular part of his meal plan. We look forward to trying some of the other Merrick Purrfect Bistro canned foods, as well.

On a scale of one to four paws, we give the Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner an enthusiastic four. The ingredients are excellent and KitCat licks his dish clean every time the food is served.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could test it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 


Product Review: Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher

My dog says today we're here to review the Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher which we got from Chewy.com. KitCat, our resident feline tester, had a busy month trying this out along with a new litter (which we also reviewed here). Was the scratcher from Kong a hero or a zero? Let's find out.

The Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher measures
19 x 10 and is 10 inches at the highest part of the incline

Product Overview:

The Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher is made of the usual corrugated cardboard, but this product is anything but usual. Unlike the ordinary scratchers that you just set flat on the floor, this particular scratcher is at an incline (and it's wider than a traditional, cardboard scratcher, too). The scratcher comes set into a sturdy frame that allows it to be cradled at an angle. This means your cat can reach and claw in a more natural scratching position.

When I put down the scratcher, KitCat didn't pay it any mind. So, I picked him up and put him on it; that is all it took for him to fall in love. He started scratching it within one second, literally one second!

KitCat immediately went to work clawing the scratcher.
In addition to the incline, the Kong scratcher has another fun feature: three cubby holes that open into the area beneath the scratcher. And, bonus...there's a hanging toy inside!

The shiny toy is accessible through three cubby
holes in the back of the scratcher.

If you have a young kitten, no doubt he will have a kick crawling in and out of the cubby holes and batting at the toy close up. However, KitCat has grown super fast and although he's only six months old he's almost the size of a full-grown adult. In other words, no cubby hiding for my kitty.

But...

That said, KitCat discovered the holes and toy on his own, within just a few minutes. He went wild pulling at the toy and jumping from side to side (and to the back) to try to get the toy out through one of the holes. His head fit comfortably into each hole so he could look in as he devised his murder plot against the toy. Bottom line: cubby holes and toy equals a huge thumbs up. KitCat had a blast.

Shiny toy, you must die!

Another nice feature of the Kong cat scratcher is that it's double-sided. Once your cat has done some serious damage, you can just take out the scratcher and flip it over. Then, after it is ripped to shreds, the incline can be refilled with a new scratcher (just be sure to buy the double wide scratcher which serves as a handy refill). The cardboard incline frame can be reused again and again (and, honestly, even if the frame does get scratched up a little it should still work for quite a long time).

Lastly, a small bag of North American, mountain-grown catnip is included with the scratcher. If your cat needs a little extra enticement to explore his new toy, this will fit the bill for sure. I didn't apply the catnip, but KitCat knew where it had been taped (it was attached to the scratcher, under the label on the top). It didn't take long for him to start rubbing his head and body where there was undoubtedly some residual catnip smell.

Even without sprinking the catnip, the cardboard
still retains some of the smell. 

Cost:

The current cost for the scratcher is only $5.55 on Chewy (an incredible price for sure!). That's a steal as the going rate for the small, flat scratcher is easily twice that at a retail store. The double wide refill is only $6.99 on Chewy as of this writing.

Origin:

Made in America

Rating:

Hands down, this scratcher is worth every penny--and more. Everything about it is unique and way better than the average cardboard scratcher.

KitCat approves.

From the extra width, to the incline, to the cubby holes, to the toy, KitCat had a great time scratchng and playing until he passed out on it. Four paws out of four for the Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher. KitCat says this one is a HERO!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could test it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Frisco Scoopable Cat Litter

My dog says we're excited to bring you a product review today for all the cat families out there. Let's get started.

With a new kitty in the home, we are always eager to try different feline products to see what KitCat likes best. For the last four months (KitCat is six months now), we've been using a corn-based litter and were curious to see if clay clumped better or retained odors more effectively. Also, quite honestly, we've caught the dogs eating the corn litter on a few occasions and that's another reason for us to experiment with litter options. So, we tried out Frisco Scoopable Cat Litter from Chewy.


Usability:

Overall, we were very pleased with the clumping power of Frisco. What we scooped out was hard within a minute; no crumbling at all. Just be sure to pour four inches of litter into the pan so you can scoop out nicely formed clumps and don't have to scrape the bottom of the box.

The Frisco litter clumped very well. 
KitCat approves of his clump.

There was a small amount of litter tracking, but not much. Interestingly, the size of each pebble of litter is larger than ordinary sand litter, but smaller than traditional clay litter. I'm not sure if that's a factor in the good clumping ability, but it's something I immediately noticed.

The pebbles of litter are larger than clay,
but smaller than sand.
We were quite happy with the odor control of the Frisco, as well, and liked that the litter was void of perfumes or other fragrances (we prefer things as natural as possible). It was also low dust and we were glad that we weren't breathing in a big, white cloud when we poured the litter into the box.

Are you seriously taking my photo while I'm using the box?
The Frisco litter is only sold in a 40-pound bag. The plus is that you get a super good deal on a LOT of litter. The minus is 40 pounds is a whole lot of weight. In other words, if you're not the strongest person, you might need some assistance getting that big bag from the front porch into your home.

On a related note, due to the weight, it would serve you well to have a set-up for your cat that allowed you to have room for this big bag right next to the litter box. If you have to haul it in and out of a cupboard or pantry, that might be a bit of a struggle due to the weight. So, plan accordingly.

Origin:

Made in Canada

Cost:

The 40-pound bag of litter currently goes for $13.15 on Chewy (less if you sign up for autoship); a real bargain.

Rating:

On a scale of one to four paws, we give the Frisco Scoopable Cat Litter a four. It clumped well, kept odors in check, and KitCat took to it immediately. It's a good value and we were quite pleased with it.



Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Wellness Core Grain-Free Canned Dog Food

My dog says we're excited to bring you a new product review today as the pups here sample Wellness Core Grain-Free Turkey Lover's Variety Pack canned dog food. Here's the human mama to give you the details.


Human mama here...

The Wellness Core Grain-Free Turkey Lover's Variety Pack comes from Chewy in an 18-can case, which includes nine cans of Turkey, Chicken Liver, and Turkey Liver formula and nine cans of Turkey, Pork Liver and Duck formula, all in the 12.5 ounce size. I have never tried a canned food with duck before so I wasn't sure how that would go over, but the dogs scarfed up both flavors like I devour See's chocolate (so, yeah, they licked their bowls clean!).  

Going forward, we've opted to use the turkey/chicken flavor for breakfast and the turkey/pork/duck as a topper for the dogs' evening kibble.

We tried the food on its own first.
Later we mixed the Wellness Core with kibble.

Ingredients:

We love using grain-free foods and the ingredient list on this product was very good. Not only is it grain-free, it's also gluten-free. 

The first three ingredients (which we always pay close attention to) are meat in the turkey and chicken variety and the first two ingredients are meat in the duck formula (with the third ingredient being turkey broth and then duck as the fourth ingredient). There are also a nice variety of vegetables in each flavor, including broccoli, kale, spinach, apples, blueberries, parsley, sweet potato, and carrots.

There are no meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives in either formula. Furthermore, the Wellness Core food earns five stars from Dog Food Advisor (its highest rating) for its quality. 

Usability:

We were pleased with the moisture content and softness of this food. It was easy to scoop out of the can and mash up with the dogs' kibble. I liked that there weren't any big chunks in it, as well.

Wellness Core was a nice consistency and texture. Easy to eat on its own or mixed with kibble.

Origin:

Made in the U.S.A. 

Cost:

When purchased as a case, the per can cost is $2.69. A competitive price for a high quality, grain-free food.

Alexander licked his dish clean. The Wellness Core was a huge hit!

Rating:

On a scale of one to four paws, we give the Wellness Core Grain-Free Turkey Lovers Variety Pack four enthusiastic paws up! We will definitely be adding this food to our regular rotation of canned dog foods.


Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this food for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

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Check out this thought provoking video. Dogs are NOT toys!
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