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Applaws 80% Chicken Dry Cat Food

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Brand: Applaws / Type: Cat food

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      10.05.2011 12:03
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      Recommended by Mew

      I recently read a review here on Dooyoo about Applaws cat food which was written by DutyToReview and not only was it a great review the cat food sounded well worth investigating.

      The food in question is Applaws 80% Chicken Dry Cat Food and I decided to just buy a small bag to begin with to see what Mew thought of it.

      The Packaging

      The dry food comes in a resealable plastic bag with an 'easy pour' facility. It has a white background with the information in shades of brown and gold. There is a lovely tabby cat on his hind legs appearing to look at a butterfly - obviously looking very healthy to show how good this food is supposed to be.

      There is plenty of information on the front, the sides and the back of the bag giving you all you need to make the decision as to whether to buy the product - more about all this later!

      The Price

      Currently the best price that I can find for Applaws is online at www.pet-supermarket.co.uk. The cost of a 400g bag is £2.71, a 2kg bag is £10.20 and a 7.5kg bag is £29.16 so there are clearly economies of scale to be found here too. As delivery is free if you spend more than £29 a large bag would be very good value indeed.

      How Much Would Mew Need?

      Well the recommendation on the packet is that a large cat like Mew should have 60 - 100g of Applaws daily so assuming 100g per day the 7.5kg bag would last 75 days and cost 37p per day - taking into account the fact that I would also get 5% cashback from Quidco.

      I compared this to Mew's current Burgess Supacat food which came out at 26.5p per day but this does contain maize and cereal filler which Applaws doesn't.

      So What Does it Contain Then?

      Well Applaws is marketed as the world's first 80% chicken dry cat food and the remaining 20% is made up of vegetables and natural extracts.

      It also contains or doesn't contain:

      - No additives
      - No grains/cereals
      - No fillers (corn etc.)
      - Natural probiotics, to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
      - Cranberry extract to help maintain a healthy urinary tract - this is particularly helpful if your cat has ever suffered from urinary infections.
      - It is naturally preserved with Vitamin E and Rosemary oil
      - Enriched with Mineral DHA EPA

      What Does it Look Like?

      Well the other dry cat food that Mew has tried has been in the shape of crescent shaped kibbles but this one is more like circular, flattish, brown discs. It doesn't smell too bad as cat food goes but to be fair it is not supposed to smell appetising to me is it? Judging by his reactions it smells just fine to Mew!

      Just a reminder here - you must always make sure that your cat has a supply of fresh water especially when he is eating dry cat food. This will help to keep the cat's digestive system healthy.

      So What Does the Boss Think?

      Well Mew absolutely loves it!

      When I purchased the first bag it stood in the cupboard next to the remains of the previous bag of Supacat. Each time I opened the cupboard door to get some food for Mew he would come over and stare at the bag of Applaws as if to say I hope you are going to give me some of that!

      When the Applaws is put into his bowl, he eats it straight away and stands there licking his lips to get every last scrap! I swear that cat can smile you know!

      The only problem is to remember not to give him too much of this food as the vet weighs him each year and he has been known to get a touch overweight on occasions.

      Since Mew is an outdoor hunting cat it is difficult to tell whether the food has had a direct benefit on his general health but to be honest I can't see that it can have anything other than a positive effect on him given the ingredients.

      Conclusion

      Mew is very impressed with this cat food and is really happy when this is the one that gets put into his bowl.

      I know it is a bit more expensive than some of the other foods but then it does have only natural ingredients - anyone can reduce costs by adding cereal and fillers to their food but then you have to give your cat more of the food for him to get the same level of nutrition.

      I still occasionally give Mew wet food as well for a change and of course he has a few treats here and there too.

      He also tries to help with the cost of his food by catching rabbits! If he catches a small one he eats the whole thing apart from the skin, back legs, intestines and kidney. If it is a large one he just chews the head off! Charming! In the fortnight between visits by the dustbin men his current record is nine rabbits! He still catches the occasional mouse when he just fancies a snack!

      Applaws is definitely one that I would recommend!

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        25.03.2011 12:07
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        One o the best complete cat foods around. Put down that Whiskas!!

        When we first got our cat she was into kitty junk food... the big brands which spend loads of money on advertising and next to nothing on good quality ingredients. So, I went on a hunt for a good quality cat food. After trying out a few, and gradually finding better and better brands I finally settled on feeding Applaws. By this point we had a second cat, so I was getting double the feedback!

        Applaws is a dry, complete pet food. It is available in 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg bags. The packaging is usually a white plastic type bag, with a zip lock opening. I found this to be very handy on the smaller bags, but when it came to the 7.5kg bags (of which I've used a couple) the zip came straight off the runners on eachside of teh bag, and could be easily reattached again - which was a pain as keeping 7.5kg of food fresh is more important than 400g which will be used much quicker.

        The great thing about Applaws is that it has a very high meat content - 80% chicken. The remaning 20% is made up of vegetables and natural extracts. It also contains:

        - No additives
        - No grains/cereals
        - No fillers (corn etc.)

        - Natural probiotics, to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
        - Cranberry extract to help maintain a healthy urinary tract - this is particula-rly helpful if your cat has ever suffered from urinary infections.
        - It is naturally preserved with Vitamin E and Rosemary oil
        - Enriched with Mineral DHA EPA

        One of the main things I wanted in a cat food was for it to be free of filers and cereals/grain. There is a lot that can be hidden in brown kibbles, and it's very realising to know that there are very few ingredients in Applaws dry food.

        The feeding recommendations for an average weight cat (3-5kg) is 40-60g per day. My cats are in the 4kg region, so I feed them 50g per day each, and they go crazy for it! My cats are by no means fussy, but their response to this food is insane. As soon as I go near the cupboard for it they're at my feet meowwing for food. Since having Applaws they generally look much healthier, they have shiny and super soft coats, they don't have any funny poos and their teeth are in better condition compared to when they were eating kitty junk food.

        This food is actually quite widely available, and I bought my first 400g bag from Pets at Home. The main problem is, in shops like Pets at Home, it's extrmely pricey. If you shop around you will be very suprised with the price differences:

        Direct from Applaws Online:
        400g - £3.19
        2kg - £14.97
        7.5kg - £42.79

        From Pet Supermarket Online:
        400g - £2.71
        2kg - £10.20
        7.5kg - £29.16
        + 5% Quidco Cashback, £5 discount for new customers when you spend over a certain amount.

        Shopping around will save you a lot in the long run! Having two cats, a 7.5kg bag lasts me between 75-100 day, with wet food as an occassional treat, which is much cheaper than you may initially think.

        I would very much recommend this food, as I think it's ne of the best quality complete foods available for cats. They love it, and they are in great condition now that they are off the kitty junk food!

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