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Since Mew is out hunting at the moment I thought I would write this review myself based on what he has told me about this new food that he has tried.
His food mainly consists of dry kibbles - his favourite is Applaws - and the occasional tin of wet food for a change. The wet food he loves is Gourmet Gold Chunks in Gravy which is the one that he told you all about recently.
A couple of weeks ago I needed to order some cat litter for Mew so I went along to Pet Supermarket (going via Quidco of course) to get the best price. I ordered two bags of Catsan which came to £26.98 and since free delivery usually starts at £27 I took at look at some of the other stuff they had for cats.
I saw that the little cans of Applaws wet food were on offer and, although they were still more than I usually pay for wet food, I decided to try one of each partly to make sure that I didn't have to pay for postage and partly to see if Mew liked them.
The three flavours that I bought were tuna fillet and prawn, chicken breast and cheese and ocean fish. The two fish based ones cost 85p each and the chicken one was 78p. As I say this is about twice what I normally pay for wet food but I know that Applaws is one of the best makes so I was prepared to give it a try. The usual price is around £1.35 a tin.
Mew saw the tins when I unpacked the parcel and he knew exactly what they were so he went into super cute mode - rubbing against my legs, purring, giving a little meow - you cat owners out there know the drill! I decided to give him one of the tins to try and chose the tuna fillet and prawn to start with.
The little can contained 70g of cat food (as compared to 85g in the Gourmet Gold) and opens by means of a ring pull on the top. As soon as I opened it there was a lovely smell of fish - I remember the days when cat food used to smell revolting! The food looked appetising too which is a bonus as Mew doesn't like sloppy food. This one had proper chunks of fish and I could see the little prawns in there too.
Even though the can is quite small I still gave Mew just half a can at a time as he tends to eat wet food very quickly and the contents of a full can has been known to make him sick.
Well he definitely gave a 'paws up' to this one - he loved it and was licking his lips for ages afterwards to make sure that he didn't miss a tiny scrap of the food. The purr level was very high too!
On the side of the tin it says that the ingredients of this food are 'tuna white meat 52%, prawn 23%, rice 1% and cooking water 24%' so it is an excellent product with no additives. It also says that two 70g tins per day would be enough to feed an average sized cat. If I chose to feed this to Mew as his main food that would cost me £2.70 per day or £18.90 per week which is way out of my price range at the moment!
Once the can is empty I just wash it out and throw it into the recycling bag ready for the weekly collection.
I have since given Mew the can of chicken breast and cheese but he isn't impressed with that one at all and most of it remains in his dish so I won't be buying that one again!
Given the high price of this food I may well buy it occasionally when I see it on offer somewhere but I will be sticking to Gourmet Gold and the Sheba domes for his regular wet food as he loves those.
You know how it is. You have your mother over for lunch. You're stood in the kitchen, pondering what to put in her sandwich. On the plate in front of you is two slices of granary bread, some lettuce, and a bit of tomato. In your left hand is a packet of sliced chicken. In your right hand is a tin of cat food. The choice, you'd think, would be obvious.
That's right; I fed my mother cat food.
Honestly, there's pretty much nothing I won't do in the name of comprehensive review writing. Including feeding kitty noms to a pensioner who's currently on crutches. You should thank me, really. In my defence, I should point out that I'd already tried a teaspoonful of the stuff, and was curious to see whether my mother, gourmet that she is, would spot the difference between this and chicken and mayo. That she did not is testament to either a) the fact that food barely touches the sides because she's so determined to get all her talking done before anyone else has even drawn breath or b) that this is really good quality cat food. Either way, she wolfed half of a 156g tin of the stuff, commented that it tasted like 'proper' chicken but that she thought I hadn't added enough salt and pepper. Seasoning is everything if you want to make a half-decent cat food sandwich, you see.
So, it's a mother pleasing recipe, but do the cats like it?
~*~Kitty taste test~*~
Minou and JB, the gruesome twosome, absolutely go daft for this stuff. In fairness, Minou is a gannet who'd wolf down a bowl of shredded paper if you poured a bit of Bisto over it, but JB is a wee bit fussier and has been known to projectile vomit in protest if he doesn't like the food he's presented with.
Cracking open a tin of Applaws is a sure fire way to get them both to gallop to the kitchen at top speed and miaow, annoyingly, for as long as it takes to dollop it into their bowls. Once it's put in front of them they don't lift their noses from the trough until every last scrap is gone. JB likes to ensure that this is the case by upending the bowl onto his head and then careering around the house, bashing into things. He's a special boy.
~*~Appearance and smell~*~
One of the worst things about cat food like Whiskas is that awful smell that hits you straight in the stomach and makes you gag. This, thankfully, doesn't smell like that. It smells like boiled chicken with the tiniest whiff of cheddar cheese. If you're feeling hungry, the smell is good enough to make your tummy a wee bit rumbly, which is a weird admission.
It looks pretty appetising as well; like shredded chicken that you'd take off a Sunday roast. There are no veiny bits, no skin, no fat and no brown meat. Every tin I've given the cats has been pure, white breast meat.
As a general rule, I don't like ingredients lists in reviews but I make an exception here because there are so few: chicken: 70%, cheese: 5%, rice: 1%, cooking water: 24%. Compared to a product made by Mars/Pedigree, Nestle or similar, that's a breath of fresh air. No use of the vaguely worrying-sounding 'meat derivatives', and without huge amounts of maize and cereals used as cheap filler, this is a food that's guaranteed to be good for your pet (and your mother: all the meat used is top quality, fit-for-human-consumption grade). There are no sweeteners either, which is good news for your cat's overall and dental health. Lastly, Applaws don't use battery chickens, all tuna is dolphin-friendly and all fish is sustainably harvested. Thumbs up all round, then.
Experienced cat owners will know that there are certain things cats must have present in their diet to remain healthy; taurine being one. I'm not going to repeat big chunks of the Applaws website, but all aspects of kitty wellbeing are covered with this food and most queries will be answered here http://www.applaws.co.uk/faq.asp For anything else, it's well worth sending off an email, as Applaws' customer service is excellent.
~*~Price and availability~*~
Well, with all that silver lining, there had to be a cloud somewhere. A 156g tin costs £1.35 from Pets At Home. It can be bought cheaper as part of a multipack and savings can be had by buying online from sites like Zooplus, but wherever you get it from, this is always going to be an expensive food. However, at least you have the reassurance of knowing that you are getting what you pay for.
My two eat Applaws dried food for their main meal at breakfast time, and then split one of these tins most evenings (they don't get Applaws tins every night as I mix and match a few other brands to try and ensure they don't become fussy). However, this is the brand that makes up the bulk of their diet and it's the one I'm happiest feeding to them. Since they've started eating this, they both radiate health and their fur is lustrous. Neither have had any tummy upsets, infections or other ill-health and their vet has commented on what good condition they're in. He didn't mention anything about what condition my mother's in, but then she only had half a tin.
Highly recommended by Minou and Jellybean. And my mum.
Having tried the Applaws pouches for my cat Snoopy a while ago, when I came to be looking for high quality food for Snoopy and his two housemates, I knew Applaws was a brand I was interested in. The wet food varieties contain 75% real meat, which is one of the best on the market.
Pets at Home sell multipacks of 12 Applaws tins for £9.39. This is expensive, and as a result I realised it wasn't going to be the main part of the cats diet - Snoopy has mainly dry food, but the other two have a more even mix of wet and dry, so I was going to be buying quite a lot of wet food. However, I decided that one multipack of Applaws a month would be affordable and a good way to give them a treat.
There are two multipacks available, Chicken and Fish. The Chicken selection includes Chicken Breast, Chicken Breast and Pumpkin, and Chicken Breast and Cheese, while the Fish selection contains Tuna Fillet, Tuna Fillet and Seaweed, Tuna Fillet and Prawn, and Ocean Fish.
The tins are small ones, 70g each, and are the ideal size for a single serving per cat. They are easy to open with a ringpull, and as soon as you open them you can see the quality of the food. The meat is quite obviously real meat, rather than rubbery chunks in jelly or gravy. It always reminds me of tuna, shirt strips of meat in its own juice rather than a sauce. In the varieties which feature vegetables or a second type of meat, it is easy to see this within the meat and it is also clearly the real thing.
The Applaws tins have proved universally popular. The cats all seem to know the difference when you take a small tin out of the cupboard instead of their normal pouch of meat. It's quite hard to serve it all into the bowls before they dig in! The overall favourite seems to be Chicken & Pumpkin, it always disappears the fastest and gets the most meows while I am serving it. Saying that though, there isn't any flavour which they don't adore, and which isn't licked clean from the bowls within minutes.
I always feel like a very good cat owner when I give them a meal of Applaws - although I'd like to think I'm very good all the time! I know it is a very high quality food, and something which actually looks reasonably appetizing to humans too. Sadly you do pay for quality, so as much as I would love to, I can't afford to feed this as their main wet food (although I am happy that Nature's Menu makes a good alternative). My cats love their occasional meal of Applaws, and it is a food I would fully recommend to other cat owners - if, like me, you can't afford it all the time, then try it occasionally for a treat. Your cat will thank you!
I have two cats, and have always been quite careful when picking cat food. Most 'big' brands are actually very poor quality, and spend more money on advertising that the actual food and ingredients. They also cntain many fillers and grains, which aren't needed by cats. After looking at various brands, I finally settled on feeding my cats Applaws cat food. Applaws is available in wet and dry, and this review is about their Tuna and Prawn wet food.
The food is available in tins only, they are widely available in a 70g size but can also be found in 156g sized tins. It can be found at popular pet stores, including Pets at Home which charge 81p for a 70g tin. I prefer to buy my cat food in large orders, and regularly buy multipacks of Applaws wet food, this means you can pay as low as 60p for a 70g tin, and maybe even less if you have a discount code or voucher. I find that Pet Supermarket (online) are very good value for money, as are Pets at Home if you have a 10% off voucher and go through Quidco for 5% cashback.
The (fully recyclable) cans have a ring pull - which is very helpful, as the 70g ones are quite small and I wouldn't want to fiddle about trying to open them with a can opener. The food itself is suprisingly chunky, it doesn't contain any jelly or odd lookig things, just flakes of tuna and small prawns. The food is in a little 'cooking water' which keeps it moist. For anyone worried about the 'lumpy' prawns, they are very soft and even if your cat was to swallow one whole it would be okay. I prefer my cats to have chunky food which they can chew on because they've very greedy and don't really give their teeth much of a work out - which isn't healthy. Having larger chunks means that they have no choice but to chew, which helps to keep those teeth clean!
The food itself does smell a little fishy, but then it is pretty much just fish so you can't expect much else. It's not a disgusting, or unbearable smell, but it is a little fishy. The food doesn't contain any rubbish, and teh ingredients list is:
Cooking Water 24%
Which is very simple, and lets you know exactly what is going into you kitty. This food does not contain any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, taste enhancers, glucose or added vitamins, and the company only uses fish which are caught by ecologically sound means in pure open waters of the ocean. This means that you can be sure that you cat is eating a good quality food which doesn't contain any rubbish.
One of my cats, although very greedy, can be a little fussy about food. I have had absolutely no problems when feeding Applaws food (wet or dry), and they are always at my feed meowing as I dish up dinner for them. 1 4kg cat should find that two 70g tins is enough feed them for a day. This can be switched around with dry food too, to ensure a variety of textures and flavours. Since feeding my cats Applaws they look healthier than ever, their coats are shiny and soft the they just egenerally look very healthy and happy.
Overall, I would very much recommend Applaws. It is quite pricey, but is exceptional quality and my cats adore it.
I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that the first time I opened a can of this for my cat SoftFace It smelled so good I was actually tempted to try it! It smells so good!
I know for a fact that when I'm out Softface passes his time reading the ethical section of the Observer. this might be the reason he love Applaws so much as it uses all natural ingredients and dolphin friendly tuna.
Having previously fed him mainly Whiskas I noticed a few changes after switching him to a diet of Applaws wet food and another brand of dry food for the mornings.
Firstly his mood changed, he's always been quite a scrappy cat and after the switch he chilled out a heck of a lot. Also his (ahem!) poo doesn't smell bad at all. SoftFace is an indoor cat so this really makes my life far more nicer. Also for the first year of his life he was completely mute, again after the switch he started 'talking' when he wanted to be fed and is now quite the conversationalist!
This really is a fantastic product, I think the price tag (though high) is definitely worth it. The only problem I do have is that it's tricky to get hold of. I live in London so arrogantly believe I can get everything I need within five minutes of my house, it turns out that most supermarkets don't stock Applaws and I need to go to a Vat and Petshop to pick this up.
It's still fabulous though and I would highly recommend it.
Well if you haven't read my other cat reviews I will start by letting you know that for some reasons not even I know I have 6 beautiful cats. 3 of these are sisters and are the most fussy cats I have ever met. (This could also be known as spoilt!)
Two out of the three girls will only eat fish products, will real fish in jelly so no whiskas or felix for them! The other girl isn't as bad but has expensive taste. We got her under very difficult circumstances after the owner unfortunately died and we rescued her.
After trying and testing loads of different products that she would refuse to eat we were baffled at what we could try next. One day in pets at home I came across these tins at 79p for a 70g tin of three for £2.00. I decided to try a chicken and cheese and also the tuna fillet and prawn.
I got it home and decided to open the tin. It was a ring pull can so need for your tin opener, which for me is great as it's so much easier to open. As soon as I opened it Kawa (the third fussy sister) came running into the kitchen obviously smelling the fish.
It was slightly watery so I decided to drain it away and emptied the contents into her bowl. It didn't look very appetising but then again what cat food does? I them chopped it up a bit for her, the first thing you notice is how much fish is in this, it really is packed full of real fish with even the sight of prawns in it. Top marks so far.
Ok so now the taste test - putting it in her feeding spot (even fussy about where she eats!) she ran over and smelt it at first, at this point I didn't know if she was going to dig in or run away........... I was shocked to see how quick the bowl was gone. She even licked the bowl clean! Not even that as she ate it she purred throughout the whole experience, can't be bad then!!
I was ecstatic the first tin of food she has eaten since moving in. The joy I felt was unbelievable and didn't think it would mean as much as it did. Finally she has found something ahe likes and finally she has actually gained weight so no longer skin and bone but a healthy chubby cat with a shiny coat.
We have used this product for 8 months now and the only thing I find wrong with it is there really isn't much in the tin for the price. Although I do see why it is so costly as it is full of proper food. She also extremely enjoyed the chicken and cheese and still purrs all the time throughout eating her bowl. So both owner and pet recommend this product.
You can also get 156g tins of this product if you need to feed more than one cat. You can also buy multipacks with 12 tins in it but they have 3 different varieties which unfortunately doesn't work for me as one is chicken and pumpkin which I have tried but she will not go near it.
The contents of the tin is simply - 52% Tuna, 23% Prawn, 1% Rice, 24% Cooking Water. So you really know that your cat is getting a great meal.
If you need anymore nutritional info go to - http://mpmproducts.co.uk
There is also Applaws dog food which I have never used but for fussy dogs I would tell you to just try and you might be surprised.
First of all, I think Tommy, my cat, is the one who should be writing this review but as he has a certain problem with the keyboard... ;) I hope I will be just fine.
Applaws Natural Cat Food is a canned food made with only natural ingredients and the tuna contained is this particular flavor is sea caught and using dolphin friendly methods.
It contains 52% of tuna, 23% of prawns, 1% rice and 24% cooking water. So really nothing that you can not identify which for me is a very important factor.
The can I usually buy is 156g and usually comes in a pack of 6. It costs £6.79 which is not cheap if compared with other better known brands but considering the quality of product you are getting and your cat content face after eating it, I think it is well worth its price so not expensive at all.
You can only find Applaws in pet shops. I usually order them online.
The can is very easy to open and the food could not have better aspect. Actually I must admit this is the best cat food I have ever seen. If you would put its content to a normal tuna tin, nobody would say it is cat's food.
Also it is very moist and Tommy really, really, really loves it! We usually give him Applaws only on the weekends as a special treat and when we do so he usually cleans up his bowl, he normally does not do that.
Saying so, I am really considering giving him only Applaws.
Applaws also comes in different flavors: Chicken Breast, Tuna Fillet, Ocean Fish, Chicken Breast & Cheese, Tuna Fillet & Cheese, Tuna Fillet & Seaweed and Chicken Breast & Pumpkin.
So if you want to make a cat happy give him Applaws.