Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Experiments in food, pt 2
where we left off.. Mouse got a mixed review from The Crew. The fosters ate it up but then they eat pretty much anything (although the half chicken I gave her ended up going outside to the fox.. not sure why that was just wrong but the legs I give her are awesome)
I had also bought goat and llama.
Goat got the exact same reaction as the mouse. Llama got a better reception. Muffin was still not having ANY of it. That cat.. not just a diva, not just a Diva, she's a DIVA!!!!! (but I so love her)
Skippy was very unsure of llama but at least it didn't get the foot shake of irritation. I ended up picking a small piece of it and popping it in his mouth (kinda like a pill) and let him taste it. It was growing on him, but being the lowest status kitty of the house, he was reluctant to reach out to try more. He always takes his time when offered something yummy, and if someone else comes along he gives it right up to them... so I ended up putting him on the counter (no kitties on the counter except when Momma puts them there) and held it. I kept saying "I can't believe I'm holding real live dead llama" - to which my husband laughed pretty fiercely.. mostly because he couldn't believe I was holding raw meat in my bare hands (I own boxes of surgical gloves just for this reason) and also because he loved the wording - mostly from Psycho Kitty.
of course all the laughing didn't make it any easier for Skippy to feel comfortable so it kept on and on.. finally he actually did more then sniff at it and he ended up eating some.
So Llama might make it into the rotation if I ever end up ordering from Hare Today again (again with the shipping costs. I like that if I buy in bulk the shipping is dramatically reduced, but their bulk is $1000)
I found a new company that sounds interesting.. Darwin's. It looks really interesting, but it has two major draw backs in my mind. A) they add catnip to the product. Since catnip is something that not every cat is interested in, and those who are interested in it can get 'used' to it and no longer react as strongly. they probably don't add that much and they probably won't stop being affected by it, but it does give me pause. B) they only do direct marketing.. and not in a way I really like. You tell them how many cats you have and they decide what to send you and how often. They have both chicken and turkey and the website said I should take more turkey then chicken.. (they have a really great promotion of 10lbs for $15 including shipping to start, but to get it you are automatically signed up for future shipments - and yes shipping seems prohibitive here too. Yes, I can call and customize my order, but I'm phone phobic and don't like to call - especially now that we have the wonderful world wide web and email and I don't have to.. so I probably won't order from them, but my issues are are my own personal issues. It shouldn't stop you from looking at them if you are interested.
*generalization coming* It just bugs me that companies ship products to stores and sell it at one price, then sell it at the same price online (with out the cost of shipping it to the store) and charge me shipping!!
Yes, raw foods come with additional shipping of ice and what not and in bulk to the store the shipping costs are spread out, but to my logical mathematical brain it still doesn't seem to work out to me. and when shipping is more then the cost of the items in question or $40.. well it is hard for my frugal (OK fine... cheap) self to deal with.. again since there are options local that don't have these additional charges. I just wish there were more choices of raw pet food around me.