One of the benefits of blogging about items from Chewy.com is all of the great stuff we get. Recently we were contacted about Orijen Cat Treats, which of course I jumped right on. The items were sent to me for free to try out and to give my opinion on.
I really like the Orijen company and their mission statement and the ideals behind the foods they produce. I am not on board with their dry cat food (I so wish they would consider making canned cat food) as I am not a fan of dry food for a cat no matter how 'good' it is on paper, or how 'grain free' it is. Even if they remove all plant based ingredients, it is still dry, and cats as desert creatures have a very low thirst drive and do better if they consume their hydration through their prey. But alas, that isn't what I am here to blog about is it??
Cat Treats! YAY!
I have been getting - and once again was offered - their dog treats in Chewy's monthly blogger outreach program. Most of their dog treats are single source proteins, generally consisting of the liver and then the meat of the animal in question.. (this means the product is more liver than meat - but this is a treat, not food so that is OK to me)
In the case of the Free Range Bison treats the ingredients also include bison tripe.
Single source, local ingredients, in this case free range - which hopefully means they are getting out into the sunshine and eating grass..
So when I was offered both (in two different emails) I thought what fun it would be to compare the two.
|Dog vs Cat|
|We really don't care, we'll eat them both, really!!|
|Size of the treats, cat vs dog|
|Skippy the cat burglar.|
|a missing dog treat|
|an about to be missing cat treat|
The cat treats are more uniform in shape, smaller in size and being freeze dried are pretty light in weight. I offered some to the kittens and they played with them for quite some time. One nit-picky thing about the treats we were sent was the fact that there were several different sources of protein in them. This is not necessarily a bad thing if your kitty does not have digestive issues and if you trust the company. It does look like from the brochure I was sent that they will also have single animal source treats as well, and if this is true then I can't think of a single negative thing to say. I can make things up like I hope they will be comparable in price and not more expensive simply because they are for cats. Or that the packaging might be too small to be economical for a multi cat household, but I simply do not know that. Orijen cat treats have yet to be released for the public and as such there is no information out there on size of packaging and price per ounce.
Personally I like the larger size treats because it keeps my eat-first-and-ask-questions-later kitties busy while my not so food hogging kitties wrap their mouths around their own treat, but the smaller size might be just the thing other kitty owners are looking for.
Thank you Chewy.com for this opportunity, you have made ten kitties very happy..