“ Brand: Hill's / Animals Equipment Type: Cats „
My cats loved this food, it has a strong smell and taste too, I suppose (I haven't tasted it myself!) so I think even cats that don't really like dry food will be tempted by it.
It has good quality ingredients including a high meat content. Perhaps not high enough for cats who are carnivores rather than omnivores but definetly a lot better than the average supermarket brand.
The only complaint I would have about it is while my cats were on it, it didn't help with their runny poos much, which is the only reason I switched them to another food, but I know other cats who are fed on it who are fine so it was probably just my cats.
It is also quite expensive so not very economical to feed if you have a lot of cats. It does last a very long time if you are only feeding one or two cats though. The kitten food also lasts ages and kittens also seem to really like the taste so it's a good introduction to dry food for them.
Like any dry food, it's a good idea to also include some tinned/fresh food in the cats diet, as due to the low moisture content of dry cat foods, a dry-only diet can lead to urinary tract crystals etc. (especially in male cats)
Hill's Science Plan is a special range of cat food, available only from pet shops and vets stores. They sell both dried food, in plastic bags, and wet food in cans and pouches. This is a review of the dried food only.
Alongside standard packets in chicken and fish flavours, Hill's sell specially formulated crunchies for cats of a particular age or condition. There's food for kittens and food for elderly cats. There's a special food for for neutered cats, for sensitive stomachs, for cats with hairballs, joint problems. There is also a range of prescription food for animals that need special diets. One of my cats has Feline Urinary Tract Disease and has to have special non-acidic food called c/d. This is usually available only from the vet with a prescription, but you can now also buy it from online pet stores. Since he's been consuming the food, his condition has decreased noticeably, so it seems to work.
Hill's comes in white packets containing 2kg, 5kg and 10kg of food. Inside are small, pea-sized brown crunchies. These are (surprisingly) slightly wet and rough to the touch, and smell rather more strongly than supermarket catfood of meat, though not enough to make a room smell bad (unlike wet food). My one tip when buying: do check that you are getting the cat food, not the dog food. The two are quite similar to look at, and I've taken the wrong version home before!
Both of my cats have different varieties of the food, and both seem to love it. They go a little bit mental when it's put down, and often start trying to eat it out of the packet. Their coats are lovely and glossy and they seem to be full of beans! I like it too, because the crunchies are convenient. They can be left out for them all day without going bad or smelling. The resealable packaging also saves me from having to transfer them into a container to keep them from going soft: bonus!
However, the massive downside is that Hill's is incredibly expensive at around £12 for 2kg. What is more, it contains only about 50% meat. The rest is filler. Though this compares favourably to foods like Whiskas (only about 4% meat!!), and though Hill's Science Plan also lasts longer than cheaper food, as cats need to eat less to get the same amount of calories, I do think that at the price I'd expect an even higher meat content that this. It would also be much more convenient if you could buy it in the supermarket, rather than having to make a special trip to get it!