Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. As members of the Blogger Outreach Program we received one free, 6 oz. package of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers in exchange for our fair and honest review. We received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed are those of Kitties Blue and The Cat on My Head blog.

We eagerly await mealtimes with all attention on Mom or Dad as they dish up our food. We had no idea on this particular evening that she was adding an extra treat for us: Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers in nommy chicken flavor. These are little nuggets of all-natural, grain-free, freeze-dried, raw yumminess.

Though the packaging suggests topping kibble with these, Mom added the mixers to our stinky goodness for individual taste testing. She’s also sprinkled them atop kibble and used them as treats. We like them no matter how she serves them!


Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost MixersAstrid and Lily try Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers


Key Benefits

Nature’s Variety lists the following as benefits of the Instincts Raw Boost Mixers:

  • Great topper for kibble
  • High quality, raw nutrition in a convenient and easy-to-serve form
  • Pure protein for lean muscles and strong bones
  • Natural ingredients for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Nutritious oils for healthy skin and coat
  • Freeze dried and all-natural for an irresistible taste
  • Grain-free and gluten-free
  • No artificial colors or preservatives


Listed Ingredients

Chicken (including ground chicken bone), turkey, turkey liver, turkey heart, pumpkin seeds, carrots, apples, butternut squash, ground flaxseed, montmorillonite clay, dried kelp, broccoli, apple cider vinegar, salmon oil, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, blueberries, dried chicory root

Nature’s Variety states: Instinct Raw Boost provides pure animal protein for lean muscles and strong bones, natural ingredients for optimal nutrient absorption, and nutritious oils for healthy skin and coat – all in a convenient, safe and delicious form your cat will love.

Mom wasn’t too sure about the ingredient montmorillonite clay. She Googled it and found this on Wikipedia: Montmorillonite clay is added to some dog and cat foods as an anti-caking agent and because it may provide some resistance to environmental toxins, though research on the subject is not yet conclusive. The same Wikipedia article stated: Sodium montmorillonite is also used as the base of some cat litter products, due to its absorbent and clumping properties. She suspects that this is what is used for the “optimal nutrient absorption.” Regardless, she is not sure about this one ingredient. She is going to check with our vet, Dr. Neel, about it prior to giving us any additional mixers.

Most of us found these to be delicious, and Mom knows would not send us products that are bad for us. She just wants to be extra careful, especially with Fiona due to her CKD.

These Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers are available for $11.99 from, which offers free shipping on all orders over $49.

Finally, we want to thank and Sydney from the Blogger Outreach Program for the opportunity to try new products and report our findings to our readers.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth ad Calista Jo

cats on the jobp.s. If you haven’t entered our giveaway for a copy of Lisa Rogak’s book, Cats on the Job, click here to read Mom’s review and leave a comment. You have until Sunday, February 28, at 5 p.m. ET to do so.









Primal Beef Liver Munchies

We finally nagged and whined at Mom enough to get her to select something good from for this month’s product testing. We kept seeing all our friends try out food and treats and lounger/scratchers and other good stuff. But our mom kept selecting litter and cleaning products to try. Pffft! And we heard she was going to try litter again this month until she read reviews that said it was super dusty.

So we finally scored some noms. Mom selected Primal Treats for our taste test. These treats are for both woofies and kitties. They are freeze-dired treats, which we usually love. The ones we received were Beef Liver Munchies made from antibiotic-free beef raised without added hormones. The treats have no added salt or sugar, no preservatives and are grain and gluten free. The Munchies are quite obviously healthy treats.

When Mom said treats, we all came running and were gathered around the kitchen as she opened the Chewy box. Dad sat ready with the camera as she doled out these rather large treats. Both Lisbeth and Astrid licked at a couple and picked them up in their mouths but didn’t try to eat them. Fiona and Giulietta (the finicky girls), sniffed and walked away. Lily and Mauricio didn’t seem to mind the large size. Lily ate one and Mauricio ate two but neither wanted more. Calista Jo licked at a couple and after Mom cut them into much smaller pieces, she ate about one and a half and walked away. Misty May was upstairs and didn’t try any.




After the official testing, Astrid started pawing at and trying to get into the bag. Mom took out another one of the Munchies and cut it up into small pieces. Astrid watched attentively but only pawed at the pieces when Mom put them in front of her. She did not eat any.

Mom thinks our problem with the treats was 1) size (they really are more a size for the woofies), and 2) we don’t eat a lot of beef. We prefer chicken and tuna. Primal makes a variety of treats, and the Munchies also come in turkey liver which we may have liked better.

In conclusion, three of the seven who tried these found them yummy. The others not so much.


Disclaimer: We’d like to thank for the opportunity to taste test the Primal Treats Beef Liver Munchies as part of their Blogger Outreach Program. We received the treats for free in return for our honest review. The opinions expressed are strictly those of Kitties Blue.

My Pet Human Giveaway

mypethumanIf you have not entered our giveaway for the adorable book, My Pet Human, written and illustrated by Yasmine Surovec, it’s not too late. To read the review and leave a comment for the opportunity to receive a copy, click here. Comments must be received by Friday, October 16, at 5 p.m. EDT.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo



Disclaimer: We received a 40-pound box of Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance litter free of charge from for our fair and honest review as part of their Blogger Outreach Program.We received no monetary compensation and the views expressed are exclusively ours.

litterIf you follow our blog regularly, you know that we have been testing litters to find one that actually performs as advertised and that all the cats like and will use. Thanks to we believe we’ve found it. As part of their Blogger Outreach Program, I selected the Purina Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance clumping litter for multiple cats to test during the month of July.

We received this Tidy Cats formula in a recyclable cardboard box.  At 40 pounds, this is not a lightweight litter.

It claims to be formulated specifically to neutralize odors. It maintains that the litter forms tight clumps that lock in moisture and provide triple odor protection for urine, feces and ammonia.  And it does just that! Even the urine forms clumps that do not break apart when being scooped. And I was not assaulted by that pungent ammonia odor when scooping.

It also claims to be 99.6 percent dust free. And it is!

Tidy Cats makes a variety of litters and we have tried many different ones throughout the years. Prior to trying the 24/7 Performance variety, we were using the Tidy Cats Scoop Glade Tough Odor Solutions Cat Litter in our three upstairs litter boxes. The listed benefits for this litter are:

  • Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clear Springs scent
  • Strong clumps; easy clean-up
  • Locks in moisture; powerful odor control
  • 99.6% dust-free

It does none of those things. Urine does not clump at all. Clouds of dust engulf you when scooping and cover everything in the room. And the ammonia odor will stop you in your tracks when entering the room with the litter box. With this failure in meeting promises and expectations, I wasn’t sure what I would get with this newer Tidy Cats. What I got was 100 percent satisfaction. And the best part…the cats use it!

Finally I have found a litter that both the cats and the humans are happy to use. Thank you Tidy Cats and This litter will now go into all six of our litter boxes.

Don’t forget to check for all your pet needs. All orders of at least $49. are shipped free.