Sometimes I think that, if I was smart about it, I’d just tell folks that asked the names of my cats and see if they got the reference without me having to explain it: a test to see if they were, you know, “our” people. Of course I reckoned without the wee dude’s heart condition, and the first time I’d stand in the middle of Boots waiting for the pharmacist to shout out prescription for Big Man! with not a little glee.
(They still ask after him, you know, whenever I pop in for my own prescriptions. “How’s Mad Dog getting on?” I was asked once – realising, and not for the first time, that I’d missed a trick.)
So I wasn’t bothered by the face that they pulled at the DPD depot when I went in to pick up a large box addressed to “Lisa-Marie and Biggie”.
There’s a lot to be said for online pet food as a concept, particularly when you share your home with two of the little darlings (and don’t have a car). We tend to buy cheaper wet food – and the obligatory three bags of frozen prawns – with our monthly supermarket shop and then splurge on really good dry food. We buy that in bulk, but it always seems to run out a week before payday.
That’s a problem that PetShop.co.uk was determined to solve. The site’s Bottomless Bowl service is a subscription with a difference: pick your products, pick your frequency and never run out of your pets’ favourites again. There’s no minimum commitment, no hidden fees and if a product increases in price you’ll get notified before any additional charges are taken. Of course, the site also sells the full range of toys, treats, accessories and grooming products for dogs, cats, birds, fish and small animals at extremely competitive prices, making it a must-bookmark for any pet owner.
I’m sure you’re all wondering whether Scooter and the Big Man have settled into their new home, and the good news is that they have – and are loving the extra space! It must have taken all of two days before Biggie, who you may remember has a heart murmur and so has to take a tablet every morning, figured out where his prawns were. Now I get up every morning to find him waiting patiently at the top of the stairs, ready to race me down to the kitchen with his tail in the air like a ginger-and-little-pink-butthole exclamation point as soon as I am dressed.
But they’re fussy wee buggers, like most cats (unless you are offering a tin of tuna), so it was anybody’s guess how they would get on with the treats PetShop.co.uk picked out for them to try. Our parcel contained two brands that were new to us – premium brand Hills Science Plan cat food*, and a couple of pouches of Almo Nature cat food* – as well as a bag of Dreamies cat treats*. Those weren’t new to us. Those things are kitty crack.
The Hills was a big hit – I’ve never seen the pair of them wolf down dry food quite so quickly, and I’m seriously considering switching from our regular brand (although both are equally available on the site). It looked as though they were turning their noses up at the Almo though, despite its being made with fresh chicken and their favourite prawns – until I came downstairs the next morning.
So big purrs and nose-kisses to PetShop.co.uk – we couldn’t have chosen better ourselves!
Are you a pet owner? What are the brands your wee fur-pals can’t live without?
And remember to make sure that fresh water is always available…
DISCLAIMER: PetShop.co.uk sent us a selection of products for the purposes of a review. All opinions are 100% mine, apart from those I inferred from my cats.