Thursday, December 31, 2015 Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Cuts Chicken Cat Food Topper

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Hi Everyone!

Happy **late** Christmas or whatever you celebrate! I am so sorry for the neglectfulness of Life with Ragdolls. I've been so busy! Angel got sick, I got a new dog (more about her next Tuesday), holidays happened, I had to rehome Zayd and Baloo (more about this next Thursday), etc. Woah! Now on to this review....

I got my monthly December test product from to review, it is the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Cuts Chicken Cat Food Topper (that was quite a mouth full....that's what she said ;)
The link can be found here. It is on sale now (as of December 30th, 2015 which is the time I wrote it) for $28.60 (originally $46. 36) with free shipping on orders over $49 dollars. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Cuts Chicken Cat Food Topper is a grain free product with limited ingredients, but it went below my standard, it contains potato starch, lots of salt, and guar gum. And, surprisingly none of my cats liked this food topper, I first found out about this product a few months ago while shopping at petsmart, I bought one (there is four flavors, and I think I bought duck or salmon. Can't recall) for Star and she devoured it like she hadn't been fed in weeks, so it was a big shocker to experience her and my other cats' dislike of this food. Angel licked all of the gravy off of the food and then ate a few small pieces of this food, Saphira ate all the gravy off of it and left the chunks (all of my cats prefer pate canned food over chunky food, maybe that's why), Anya sampled a bit of everything but spat out it after she got a taste of it, and Star? who's my best eater of all, well, she wouldn't touch it.

I love how this food does not contain carragreenan (a substance (chemical) extracted from red and purple seaweed that has been known to cause digestive problems in both cats and humans), this is now my new suspicion of Star's allergies since a grain free diet of no corn, soy, or wheat is no longer a problem. Anya gets horrible stomach upset when she eats canned food containing carragreenan, I try to avoid this chemical at all times. Sadly, it is becoming nearly impossible to find a canned cat food not containing carragreenan. I was very excited to learn that this food does not contain carragreenan. Even though Anya barely ate this food, I must admit that she suffered no digestion upset.


* Grain free.

* No carragreenan (rare!).

* Very simple ingredients.

* Fast Shipping.

* Friendly customer service.

* My cats generally like Blue Buffalo products.

* My dog loves this food....unfortunately she ate it out of Star's bowl when I wasn't paying attention. Star says: "prepare to die, mutt!" Kidding...sort of.

* Comes in four flavors to choose from; chicken (the one I reviewed), duck, salmon, and beef. All in a 3 0z 24 pack. I've tried every flavor for my cats but beef, I have yet to find beef....must be a new flavor.


* Made with potato starch.

* Way too much salt (known to cause urinary problems).

* None of my cats really liked this food.

* Blue Buffalo is now primarily using chicken from China in most of their products, to me this is a concern.

* Expensive. A 24 pack of this flavor is $46.36 But now it is on sale which is nice.

Note: Some flavors are cheaper than others, at least on

Ragdoll Mommy~

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Are You Happy with Your Breed Choice?

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Hey Everyone,

Awhile back I saw this question on a book cover in the bookstore. It struck my interests for a blog post, let me first say flat out that the question is not "are you happy with your individual pet?", because I am. While I love Star and Saphira beyond measure, they're not purebreds, so I won't included them much in this post.

What breeds are my cats?

Anya is a Ragdoll cat and I've had Ragdolls since 2004, they're my favorite cat breed and are near damn perfect for me. I love their bunny soft, non-matting coats which are easy to care for, sapphire blue eyes, large size, and sweet temperaments. They go limp when you pick them up and they typically love following you from room to room. Ragdolls are the very first cat breed I had experience with and I couldn't be happier. They're fun, sweet, dog-like, playful, and just all around jolly with life.

Angel is a Persian cat and she is my first Persian. I never expected to have a Persian join my life, but hey, shit happens. Persians are quiet, peaceful, cats. They love their people, but are high strung and a bit aloof, but tolerant. I love their brachiocephalic (flat) faces, expressive eyes, and their luxurious coats (although they're a pain to brush).

Would you get the same breeds you own now again? 

The short answer to that is yes and no.

The long answer is I won't be getting a Persian again, I will probably be getting another Ragdoll after Anya passes away, which will (hopefully) be a loooong way away because she's healthy and only 7 years old. Angel is old and her health is slightly declining, she'll be 13 years old on 2-22-2016, I hope I'll have a few more years with her, she's such a nice cat, she set the standard too high for other Persians, which is why I probably won't be getting another one.



Ragdoll Mommy~

Friday, December 11, 2015

Angel's Health Scare\Vet Appointment

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Hey Everyone!

I've been so busy lately. No time to post! I can't believe its already December. Where did this year go?

Angel had a serious health scare last week where she was no eating, drinking lots of water, and urinating on the floor. I wasn't able to get her to a vet immediately because of work, but a few days later I got her in. My vet is only 15 or so minutes away from our house and we use Banfield, I saw the same vet that put Nico to sleep and cared for him in his last days of life, she is an amazing vet, very kind and compassionate, also knowledgeable about animals in general. Angel saw her too, and I don't think Angel would of made it without her, I was afraid Angel was on death's door. Not eating, moving, and trouble breathing, on top of that, she's a older cat (12 years old). I wasn't sure that she was going to make it. I suspected either a urinary track infection, kidney failure (Persians can be prone to it), or diabetes.

Angel received a internal organ screen of her kidneys, a blood cell count, an exam, and a shot of clavamox twice a day with a syringe every 12 hours, some recovery canned food, and some high calorie paste to eat ( I was trying to get Angel to loose some weight, she was nearing 13lbs and Persians are a small breed weighing 7 - 10lbs, Angel stopped eating on her own and dropped to 8lbs). She was so severely dehydrated that her vet could not preform a UA (urinalysis), so they weren't able to find out what went wrong with her, her blood sugar was also really low. Her kidneys were in a okay state for a senior cat on dry food (working on switching her to canned food) but they were strained from not processing any fluids out of the body.

Angel is back to normal except for 2 accidents on the floor, so we're seeing the vet again soon, she also needs her annual rabies vaccine too.

This was taken when she was ill with some nasal discharge (that's such a gross word) too.

Ignore the facial expression...she was purring. ;) She is a lot better now. And, I am so glad. I love this girl!

"That girl of mine is a nut..."

Ragdoll Mommy~