I took the time to think some ideas through lately, because I really wanted to do something more than only beauty related reviews. I’ve really been getting into learning more about all kinds of subjects to try and be able to only get the best things for Onyx. Onyx is turning 7 this May which makes him a senior. Time flies by so quickly!
Nick and I moved into our current apartment around September 2016 and we’ve had so many cats around us for the past few years that I couldn’t bare with the silence around me. At the time I only worked 3 full days of the week. Nick wanted to wait a little bit longer until we’ve had really settled into our apartment, but I really missed having cats around me. My partner and I really wanted to adopt an older cat to give it another chance and loving home instead of a young kitten. We’d been looking around at shelters and a Dutch website called Marketplace.
We got Onyx in the beginning of October 2016 and he was in such bad health at the time. His skin was really dry (and flaky) and his fur very dull. He must have been underweight because you could literally count his ribs and he’s always been really social but frightened at the same time. His previous owner could not take care of him anymore and he’s been fed dog food and treats most of the time, because they had a dog as well and it was cheaper to feed them both the same stuff. Onyx had been online for over a year and nobody wanted him because he only has three legs. His previous owner told us that her children found Onyx in the bushes when they were playing outside. They called the animal ambulance and wanted to be informed about Onyx’s health. Onyx was only a six-month old kitten at the time and probably had been living on the streets since he was born. There was no trace of any other kittens or his parents so there is a possibility that he might’ve been put on the streets or had lost his family. He was in really bad health and one of his back legs had to be amputated entirely because it was shattered all the way up. They decided they wanted to adopt Onyx and they first named him Speedy, later on they changed his name to Onyx. Sometimes I use both names, because he still seems to be responding to the name Speedy and somehow he gets very playful and cheeky when I call him that. I fell in love as soon as I met him and seeing the state he was in I decided he was coming home with me no matter what. He was so social straight away and wanted to be lifted up and being cuddled. Our friend that works with animals was with us as well and we were blown away by the stories they told us. They lived on the third floor of a flat and found it perfectly normal for Onyx to jump off of the balcony to go for a wander. They told us he loved dog snacks and never got fed any cat wet food, because he didn’t like it.
This was Onyx on the first few days he was with us.
And this is Onyx nowadays.
I had grown up with the idea that there was only Whiskas, Felix and other supermarket dry and wet food for cats and that it was good for them. I was so wrong! Our friend who came with us when we picked Onyx up actually told me that supermarket food is the worst thing you can feed your feline friend. You can compare it to eating junkfood as a human being on a daily basis and thus not getting anything good or filling into your body at all. I wish everyone would know that, and when they do, do something with it. Sadly, a lot of people don’t care and keep feeding their feline friends the bad stuff because ‘otherwise they wouldn’t sell it in the stores’. A ton of people think better food for cats are extremely expensive, but to be honest, it doesn’t always have to be extremely expensive.
Onyx actually did seem to like wet food, unlike his previous owners have told us. Just after Christmas Onyx got sick and we couldn’t find out why. On the day of New Years Eve I took him to the vet and they were surprised by the fact that Onyx didn’t look or behaved sickly at all. His fur was really shiny and he was quite active as well. They gave him an injection and medicine, because they thought his stomach might have been infected or irritated and told me to try grain-free and high quality cat food instead of Whiskas for example. I only gave him cooked chicken and fish with rice for a couple of weeks, until he had finished the medication we got to take home with us. Onyx not only started feeling better, but also started getting A LOT less aggressive. We’ve had Onyx for a couple of months and he usually was alright with Nick but he didn’t seem to like me very much (unless I fed him). It came to a point where I was actually frightened of my own cat (and I’m not frightened of animals very easily). Whatever I did, or rather didn’t do, he kept attacking me. For example; sometimes I keep my arms on the side of the couch (hanging you could say) and he would just run up to me and scratching and biting my face until I pulled away. Then he would usually still jump at me and continue biting and scratching me anywhere he could reach me. Believe me, I bled a lot. I got frightened that he might attack me while I was sleeping and scratch my eyeball out or something and sometimes he did attack me while I was asleep. We just couldn’t find out what the reason was and if Onyx would have continued attacking me like that, we would have make a decision if it was wise to find him another home.
I’d been doing a lot of research and asking around on cat behaviour forums trying to find a solution to his aggression and it got me a lot of sleepless nights because I was so happy to have given Onyx a lovely home. Not too long after he finished his medication I decided to do something with the tips I had gotten on the cat forums and I started buying him good quality, grainfree food. I think I started with Applaws straight away and he seemed to like that brand more than any other brands. Applaws has at least 60% of meat in their food. I started off with the lamb version and got to the chicken/salmon version a couple of months ago because that’s his favourite one. I think around last summer I started noticing a difference in Onyx’s behaviour and he seemed to be a lot calmer as well. We kept getting him a variety of toys to play with and two big scratching posts as well. Very slowly Onyx started to attack me less and actually came up to me for a cuddle. We were so happy to see the change and nowadays Onyx loves cuddling with me. He still is a daddy’s boy but I can happily tell you that he loves laying and cuddling with me as well.
Onyx also is a very loud cat. He loves talking to us all day long and follows me throughout the entire house. He gets angry and sad when I close a door behind me and I can’t shower with the door closed (which I don’t mind anyway), because Onyx would keep shouting and scratching the door. It’s only recently that I found out Onyx is part Siamese and definitely has most traits of a full Siamese (except that he is black and hasn’t got blue eyes). That seems to explain a lot and gave us more insight of his behaviour and his need of attention from us all the time.
Anyway, not too long ago I decided I wanted to do something with the information I had learned and found out that there isn’t a lot of information out there, unless you specifically google it. There also aren’t a lot of reviews out there, either cat food or toy-wise. So here we are, Onyx and I. I absolutely won’t stop doing what I’ve been doing for years, but I will be adding a few more categories on this blog, hoping to get some more information and reviews out there and helping people making choices a bit easier .
You can always tell a cat is healthy when it has a beautiful, glossy coat of fur. Sanabelle Shiny Hair Snacks are a tasty, easily digested treat for between meals, that can help to support your cat’s skin and coat with essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils.
Many cats cannot digest wheat or gluten, so Sanabelle Shiny Hair Snacks don’t contain any – making them extra easy to digest. The recipe contains linseed, which is particularly rich in unsaturated fatty acids that can support your pet’s digestion. Extra ingredients such as chicory powder and yucca extract have a prebiotic effect and can also have a positive effect on the digestive tract. Dried fruits, such as lingonberries and blueberries, provide valuable vitamins. These balanced, delicious snacks are packed full of healthy nutrients, and come in a handy resealable container.
Sanabelle Shiny Hair Snacks at a glance:
- Tasty treats for adult cats
- For a shiny, smooth coat
- Delicious and easily digested
- Rich in essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and 6 oils, citamins and trace elements
- No wheat
- With linseed: rich in unsaturated fatty acids
- With chicory powder and yucca extract: prebiotic effects on the digestive system
- In a handy resealable container
What are the ingredients?
Poultry meal, maize, barley, animal fat, salmon meal (min. 5%), liver meal, meat hydrolysate, dried greaves, meat meal, cellulose fibres, dried egg, dried beet pulp (desugared), linseed (min. 2%), dried yeast, fish oil (min. 0.6%), potassium chloride, sodium chloride, dried lingonberries, dried blueberries, muscle meat meal, chicory powder, dried marigold, yucca extract.
Vitamin A (25,000 IE/kg), Vitamin D3 (1,500 IE/kg), Vitamin E (600 mg/kg), Vitamin B1 (20 mg/kg), Vitamin B2 (22 mg/kg), Vitamin B6 (20 mg/kg), Vitamin B12 (40 mg/kg), Biotin (400 mg/kg), pantothenic acid (20 mg/kg), niacin (80 mg/kg), folic acid (2 mg/kg), choline chloride (2,450 mg/kg), taurine (2.000 mg/kg), zinc [as zinc oxide] (30 mg/kg), zinc [as amino acid-zinc chelate, hydrate] (75 mg/kg), copper [as copper-(II)-sulphate, pentahydrate] (10 mg/kg), iodine [als calcium iodate, anhydrate] (2 mg/kg), selenium [as sodium selenite] (0.2 mg/kg).
|omega-3 fats||0.69 %|
|omega-6 fats||2.09 %|
How does it look, smell and taste (tasted by Onyx of course)?
The treats are not too big or too hard. They smell rather nice and Onyx couldn’t wait to open the container. He helped himself and it looked like he absolutely loves them.
I bought the container from Zooplus.nl and it cost €1.79 for 150 grams of product (treats usually contain about 30 grams of product so this container contains quite a lot for it’s price). You can also purchase a saver pack, which contains 3 containers for €4.99.
The prices seem to differ from time to time and they might be different on the UK website from Zooplus for example. It’s really affordable and a great snack for your loved one!
This snack is definitely going to be a repeater every month when I do the cat groceries. It’s affordable, grain free and Onyx really loves it. Win-win!
If I have to believe Onyx, it’s definitely worth 5 out of 5 paws.
🐾 🐾 🐾 🐾 🐾️/5!