Monday, May 2, 2016

April 2016 Expenses

How is May already?!?  Seriously.  Where have the last four months went?

Anyways, I calculated my (modest) April expenses.  As usual the bulk (and just about only this month) of my expenses were on food, and even that wasn't much.  April was an inexpensive month, indeed.

April 2016 Expenses

Food-$176.49
Health-$24.77

Total-$191.26

Yay!  Food this month included some chicken leg quarters and hearts/gizzards from the grocery store, an order of turkey hearts and green tripe from My Pet Carnivore, and some ground raw food from a local butcher.  I'm running low on food currently, so I predict more in food costs for the month of May.  Health expenses was just the cost of Bruce's prescription.  It went up 50% this month, but is still very reasonable, and so, so worth it.

I budget $300 a month for dog food.  On occasion I go over this amount, but more often than not I fall under it.  Expenses go up slightly during warm months, as it costs me approximately $60 per month for heartworm and flea preventatives.  Neeko and Faolan will both need their annual heartworm tests soon, so I anticipate May and/or June being pricier months.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Black & White Sunday


This girl.  She's always up for an adventure, and cannot get enough of the water.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Rotten Cats: Wellness Morsels Review #ChewyInfluencer

I am a huge proponent of wet food in a cat's diet, because cats lack a strong natural thirst mechanism.  They are meant to consume moisture in their food.  My girls refuse to eat most of the raw I offer them, so I make a point of feeding them wet food every evening.

The lovely folks at chewy.com sent them some Wellness Morsels to try out.



Juice and Noelle are wet food connoisseurs. Noelle has on more than one occasion turned her nose up at wet foods, and some (unfortunately) make Juice puke.  So I am choosy about what wet foods I will offer them. Grain-free is a must, as are quality protein sources.

The Wellness Morsels they were sent have chicken, turkey, and duck as the first ingredients after the moisture sources.  I find this impressive.  Three named protein sources!


These can be fed alone, as they are a complete diet.  Or, if you are like me, you can feed them in addition to dry food and raw, to save a little cash while still offering your cats a good source of moisture in their diet.

My girls are loving these! 

Watching my cats eat cracks me up.  They half purr, half growl, and breathe heavy while devouring them.  I interpret this as enjoyment.  After three weeks of enjoying Wellness Morsels each evening, there has been no puking, and no stinky litterbox issues.


These get 8 paws up from Juice and Noelle.

I was provided with complimentary product.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy Gotcha Day Bruce!!

Today marks five years since I adopted Bruce.  On April 26, 2011, he was officially adopted from a local rescue group.  He was about 1.5 years old at the time.

The above is the first photo ever taken of Bruce and I.  This was at the meet and greet.  Neeko came too, and she and Bruce hit it off.  He was somewhat standoffish, but didn't demonstrate his truly bad behavior...yet.

This terrible photo was taken the night of his adoption.  His physical appearance has changed greatly.  His face is much lighter now.  His ears are full of fur, and his coat is thick and shiny.

Some things never change.  Bruce and I a couple of weeks ago.  There are subtle differences.  He is loose, not stiff, in this photo.  His ears are back, not upright.  He is being outwardly affectionate, not tentative.

The big boy earlier this week.  Happy fifth Gotcha Day, Bruce.  Thank you for all the lessons you have taught me, which I have hashed out many times before.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Recent Raw Meals

I'm terrible at this blogging thing recently.  But I do have photos of some of my dogs' meals from the last month or so!

My dogs eat a mostly prey model raw diet, consisting of meat, bones, and organs.  Each dog eats approximately two pounds total per day, split over two meals.  Fortunately, my dogs eat the same meals as each other, which makes things easier for me.

Pictures of raw meals for dogs after the break!