When the mom was searching for treats Oui Oui could eat that were similar to the ones to help Mica Minnie Moo calm down, the mom was surprised to find there were several treats on the market with almost the same composition as the Pet Naturals calming ones. So in the interest of saving kitties those green paper thingies peeps gripe about, here goes:
Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats
This is what we bought. The active ingredients are:
Thiamine 31.25 mg
L-Theanine 10.56 mg
Colostrum Calming Complex 5.28 mg
There were 21 in the bag
Amazon has them for $5.02, and if you buy enough you can get super shipping. You can also do a monthly plan and save 15% and shipping. But if you look closely, they are as cheap as $2.69 + $2.25 shipping, which means you can save if you are buying multiple packs. There are also 3 packs for $6.95.
Pawalla.com may have a case of six 21 chew bags for $5.99. (I'd call first to make sure, but that is how it looks like it is written.)
Click where the red arrow is for pricing other than Amazon's
(biggify if necessary)
The amazing thing is, the calming treats for small dogs is exactly the same as the cat treats, only shaped like a bone (the same price too). The medium & large dog size has the exact same composition, but more of the active ingredients, so if you are giving your cat a couple a day, you might want to consider buying those and cutting them down. They are:
Thiamine 134 mg
L-Theanine 22 mg
Colostrum 21 mg
The price is 60 chews (equal to 240 Pet Naturals) for $10.99
Vetri-Science Composure Feline
This has exactly the same inert ingredients in the same order as Pet Naturals, but more of the active ingredients:
Thiamine 67 mg
L-Theanine 10.5 mg
Colostrum 11 mg
Interestingly, this is half of what is in the medium/large dog chews and twice what is in the Pet Naturals (except for the L-Theanine), So if you are giving your cat 2 of the Pet Naturals a day, you can give them half of one of these twice a day.
The price is 30 (equal to 60 Pet Naturals) for $5.43
What is best for you? It depends on how much you use a day and how comfortable you are cutting chews down. A pill cutter may help, if they aren't too big, but the chews are pretty soft and a knife should work just fine.
Also, it looks like Petco (PetSmart too I bet) carries these as well, so you might want to poke in the dog and cat aisles to see what is available, but they may sell them only online. I didn't want to overwhelm peeps with even more numbers!
One last thought. There are a couple other formulations as well. Quiet Moments Calming Aid + Ginger has L-Tryptophan, Chamomile, Thiamine & Ginger. Nu Cat (made by Vetri-Science) has one with digestive enzymes.
So, next time the kitties need calming, sharpen those pencils and get ready to do a little math!
We are going to digress to show you what fun we had with some toys we got for supporting Winnie's Wish. We heard about them from the Celestial Kitties. They can tell you all about the good work Winnie's Wish does and how they do so much on a shoestring budget, we are a little nipped out from the toys.
Before we go any further, we do want to say, what we found out about the calming treats was nothing bad, but just about the ingredients. We'll tell you about it tomorrow cause we are so tired from playing with all the new toys.
We were excited when the toys came cause we could tell it was an excellent package before the mom even opened it. When she tried to get a picture of all the toys, Miss Oui was right there, photobombing the toys.
Uh, no! You are not going to get that shot!
Oui Oui felt all the toys were hers, and no one else need bother.
I can play with two toys at once.
What, a third?
You aren't needed here Mica Moo.
What! Are you here too, Carl?
Ok, I'll tolerate you this once and not growl at you.
I can't decide what to play with . . .
But I think Leo is right, the string is the best!
If you say so!
I'm beat, time for a nap.
Hmmph! I'm just getting started.
If you think I'm a little hunched up looking,
its cause I'm on one of the mom's feet.
Playtime just doesn't get any better than that!
(If you look closely you can see part of her foot & flip flop under my rear legs.)
So, we give the toys a big thumbs up!
For $15 you get five toys,
and we can attest to how well made they are
and how much fun!
The FUNdraiser runs through the end of September.
No one made us say anything, these are our own thoughts, and we didn't get anything in return for this.
They didn't even ask us to do this.
Julie and MMM aren't allowed to look at each other anymore, so Julie has to wait til we're done and play with soggy toys.
I started removing my eyebrows (and some butt furs too) earlier this year. Being part meezer, I'm a little high strung and haven't really gotten over being feral. Things bother me. Like Carl and Julie. I can't relax, and am always on my guard. Last winter my eyebrows started to grow back after getting a shot and some meds, but this time around it didn't work.
Moo with eyebrows removed.
The nice lady Marg suggested calming treats to our mom saying they worked for one of her cats. Yay! Treats AND no trips to the VET, it s win-win solution. Almost.
The mom ordered 2 bags and started giving me a treat twice a day, or so she thought. I sniffed and licked them. The mom walked away, then Oui Oui ran in and ate the treats! The mom didn't get suspicious when she saw Oui Oui licking her little whisker humps cause she is such a fussy eater. Or at least, not for a couple days.
The irony is just sickening! Moo eats EVERYTHING! Everything except calming treats, apparently. Oui Oui refuses to eat just about everything. Everything except calming treats, apparently. The treats are chicken liver and brewer's yeast favored. Favors she would never eat in canned food.
Here's a partial list of what Oui Oui won't eat: Anything with bits, shreds or gravy. Pate only, please. Chicken, beef, liver, lamb, ham, turkey, cheese, "white" fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout and sardines. So what will she eat? Little Friskies Mariner's Catch and Sea Captain's Choice, Fancy Feast Sole & Shrimp and 9 Lives Seafood Platter.)
Now I am getting a small appetizer before breakfast and bedtime with the treats mixed in. I eat them separately in my safe room so Oui Oui doesn't eat it. When Oui Oui tried to steal the bag out of the mom's hands and chew it open right in front of her, the mom decided to see if she could find some less expensive treats with the same taste online for her.
Next: What the mom learned about calming treats while researching treats for Oui Oui.
We girls are snickering up our paws cause we pulled a fast one on the mom! We got away with it for a couple days before she caught on. Can you guess what it was? It has to do with MMM's missing eyebrows and the empty bowl.
BTW, do you like Oui Oui's handy work? It took a lot of work to get those little pieces of cardboard all over the rug.
Mica Minnie Moo here! I want to urge everyone to consider adopting a less adoptable pet next time there's an opening in your home.
Our mom can attest to how wonderful these animals can be. She's a little slow, so she didn't realize some of her animals were undesirable. Can you believe that? Here's a run down:
CRIME: Its obvious! He's black. When he was adopted the mom just thought she would have to be careful at Howl-o-ween. After she started blogging she learned black animals were real problems. How could she be so ignorant?
FACT: He's a laid back, mellow dude with a sweet purr who loves to sing. In his 15 years, no one has been jinxed, hexed or died because of contact with him.
CRIME: Old, abused and strange. He certainly had his quirks, but considering his history, they made sense. He freaked out when picked up, but anyone thrown from a speeding car might do that. He was easily over stimulated when petted. The mom adopted him when he was 10 years old.
FACT: Another sweet, loving boy who didn't hold a grudge against people for their treatment of him. Despite being 10, the mom had him for 8 years before she had to help him cross the bridge because of kidney disease and cancer. It took a lot to bring him down.
CRIME: Medical issues. Born with a congenital heart defect, his heart muscles on one side were three times thicker than they should have been.
FACT: Although the EKGs and meds were expensive, his time on earth was too short. We knew he wouldn't live a normal lifespan and this little darling passed away suddenly at age 3.
(Sorry, no photo available. Yet.)
CRIME: FeLV+. He adopted the mom when he was about 1 year old, and never spoke of his past. She never thought to get him tested.
FACT: He lived with her other cats for 6 years before symptoms appeared. He died within the week. The other cats never developed the disease or symptoms. Again, another happy, playful sweetheart who's time was too short.
MICA MINNIE MOO
CRIME: Formerly Feral, shy, skittish and "defensively aggressive". Although I had enough contact with peeps to live with them, I didn't make it at a regular shelter. Too wild. Fortunately, a shelter that specializes in "difficult" to place kitties took me in.
FACT: I am a work of art in process. It breaks the mom's heart to see what a great kitty I would have been if my beginnings where more fortuitous. I know she hopes one day to get me to that point. I was between 2 and 3 years old when rescued, so some habits may be hard to break.
All the kitties here were loved and cherished. Knowing what she knows now, the mom would do it all again without changing a thing - unless it were to make some of their stories happier. Lumpy and Robbie were her special favorites. Although they have both been gone many years, they are still greatly missed. In fact, Lumpy's Bridge date is in a couple days, perhaps the mom will do a post about him.
I follow you everywhere, getting under foot.
I wake you every morning so you are ready to face the day.
I purr beside you at night and when you aren't feeling well.
I race you up and down the stairs.
I leave little reminders around the house, so you think of me.
I greet you when you come home from work.
I make your day exciting, in so many ways.
I bring a smile to your face.
I'm just a kitty, and I can't count that high, but a lot of the things I do, I do for you.