Good morning! I'm living in the midst of some happy cats (well, four out of five are happy), and I want to share their story. I've been a member of the Klout social media page for a long time, but I've never paid too much attention to it. The "perks" they offer from time to time struck me as being just another way to advertise. Mostly I ignored them. But a few weeks ago, I was "perked" when my Klout score went up, and the offer was for cat food. Now, anybody who has five cats needs all the food she can get, right? So I sent them my name and address and promptly forgot about it.
Yesterday we came home to find a box waiting on the front porch. My husband was grumbling as he came back inside: "What have you ordered now? This thing is heavy!" The thought that it might be my perk crossed my mind, but I was expecting a cat food sample, not something heavy. But sure enough! When we opened the box, it said "You've been perked."
Inside we found a variety of items. First came a package of cat treats-- about the size of the sample I had been expecting. Next there was a box with a laser pointer in it (and it even came with batteries included!) Everybody in the cat family loves to chase red dots, especially the kitten, so that was great.
Then there was a cardboard picture of the flag, with instructions to teach our cat some Olympic-style tricks and take a picture posed in front of the flag. Among the suggestions was "figure skating" by riding on a roomba (Not going to happen!) or "curling," which is easier since it just involves the cat curling up and going to sleep. They all do that well.
Finally, at the bottom of the box was a 12-pound bag of Hill's Science Diet Cat Food -- their newest "grain-free" variety. (And yes, that's a commercial plug!) Now, I don't know that any of our cats are gluten-intolerant, but they'll eat anything, so chances are, they are going to like this new stuff just fine. And who knows? I was reminded that we have a vet appointment today to take our formerly-fluffy 12-year-old tabby to find out why her stomach and hindquarters are now going bald. Maybe the grain-free food will be just what she needs.
At any rate, I am impressed. Good going, Klout! Your perk was better than you promised. It came with no extra advertising -- just a very nice gift. I'm pleased to have found something that is not a rip-off.