“ Brand: Claude / Type: Cat Food „
My Tabby-Cat is generally fed on pouches, as she seems to prefer them to tinned food; I got fed up of trying various tins from assorted brands as there were many occasions where half a tin or more would end up in the bin. With food in pouches, I know there is a higher chance that she will finish her whole meal, and this in turn saves me grumbling about waste.
Whilst I generally buy my Tabby pouches from either Whiskas or Felix (usually on a 'bulk-buy' offer from www.amazon.co.uk), I will occasionally try her on supermarket-own brands too. Apart from anything else, I like to try and offer her a little variety to save her from getting bored.
I came across a small range of 'Claude' cat food and treats whilst shopping online at www.tesco.com. The Claude brand is exclusive to Tesco stores, and is available to purchase in store, as well as online. I purchased several items from the Claude range recently, with this review outlining our experiences of trying the "Claude Chunks In Jelly Poultry Selection."
The packaging is fairly 'average' for a product like this one, comprising of an oblong-shaped cardboard box, which houses the foil sachets inside. The box is coloured in shades of orange, yellow and red, having been updated from that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The box contains 12 individual silver-coloured foil pouches of Cat Food In Jelly, and cost me £2.59 at the time of purchase which is cheaper than most other brands of cat food pouches that I buy regularly which generally cost around £3 - £3.85, depending on where I buy. I was pleased that the product was so affordable and seemed like good value.
The first grumble I need to make is in terms of the product's packaging; this is rather poor quality, and I have subsequently found that the 'rip off' tops of the foil pouches don't always tear off easily, which can result in the food escaping out the top of the pouch as I struggle to tear the foil top off. True, this is a common fault with cheaply-branded cat food, but this doesn't make it any less annoying or messy.
The Claude Poultry Selection contains only two flavours in the box - Chicken in Jelly and Turkey in Jelly. Other brands of cat food will normally supply four assorted flavours in your average box of 12 pouches, so I was surprised at the Claude brand only providing two choices.
The food itself comprises of square-shaped 'chunks' of cat food that are housed in a solidified jelly substance. The jelly is coloured in a sort of dark 'amber' shade, so I can see the chunks housed inside, and I could tell that there were less of them than other, more premium brands, although to be fair I still felt that the food was a generous enough portion, especially considering it's lower-than-average price tag. The pouches are 100g each and contain 4% "Meat and Animal Derivatives" which is average for a product like this.
I felt the food looked tasty enough, and I was able to 'mash' the jelly and meat chunks together with my trusty pet food fork before serving it to my cat on each occasion. There was a distinctly 'meaty' aroma present as the food was being prepared, but I can't say that this reminded me of poultry at all. To be quite honest, it smelled like other brands of cat food that I buy regularly, and other than there being slightly less 'chunks' in the jelly there was really nothing notably different about THIS brand of Cat Food In Jelly than others that I buy regularly.
The cat seems to quite like the Claude Chunks In Jelly BUT only if they are fed to her quite sparingly. That is to say that she does not seem to be as eager to scoff her dinner when the Claude is served, and will even occasionally take a little gentle persuasion - or ignoring! - until she eventually gobbles up the contents of her bowl. This is seldom the case with other brands, and she will often sing and yowl to me as her evening meal is being prepared, before scoffing the bowl's contents in just a couple of minutes! She's a big, greedy girl and whilst it wouldn't be fair to say that she has turned her nose up at the Claude Chunks, I do feel that these meals have been met with less enthusiasm than usual. Likewise, I tend to only feed her one of the Claude pouches in between other, more premium brands. This avoids my girl getting so fed up with the Claude food that it gets ignored. If it's given to her little-and-often, then she will (grudgingly) eat it, and that is evidence enough to me that it must at least be FAIRLY tasty, as other (tinned) food is so often ignored completely.
Based on these results, I do think that the cat food is fairly appetising, and other (less fussy!) cats may well enjoy eating it on a regular basis. For my cat, however, it seems to be missing something that other brands are not, so I do feel that a four star rating is appropriate on this occasion, as it does seem to be a case of you get what you pay for here.
===Why I Bought This===
Well having three stray cats that have adopted us we always seem to go through vast amounts of cat food - so we started buying this from Tesco as it was one of the cheapest we could find.
Claude is manufactured specifically for Tesco stores.
Comes in a sturdy cardboard box.
The box is a brown/orange colour and shows a ginger and white cat lying on top of a wooden fence.
Chunks in jelly - poultry selection.
'12 succulent pouches' - 6 with turkey and 6 with chicken.
12 x 100 grams.
The base of the box gives information on the contents:
'Complete pet food for active cats'.
Made from meat and animal derivatives - 4% plus added minerals.
Additives along with minerals are Cassia Gum and Pentasodium Triphosphate.
Produced in Ireland for Tesco.
Inside the box are 12 silver foiled pouches - half are turkey and half are chicken - no distinguishing marks apart from small writing which says either 'Turkey in Jelly' or 'Chicken in Jely'.
Inorganic matter 2%
Crude fibre 0.5%.
An average cat of 4 kgs needs 4 pouches a day. Nursing mothers may need considerably more - up to four times as much as normal.
Ensure fresh drinking water is always available to your cat.
You can also buy Fish Selection in Jelly or Meat Selection in Gravy for the same price.
They also do dry cat food and cat sticks.
£2.39 for a box of twelve pouches.
A bonus with Tesco is that you can double up you club card vouchers and use them to pay for cat food.
Over the years we have tried many different brands of cat food, both wet and dry, tins and pouches.
Doing my shopping online with Tesco I found these boxes of pouches which were reasonably priced at £2.39. Being on a budget (as is everyone these days) I tend to buy whatever brand is on offer at the time - so our cats can be having Felix one week and Whiskas the next - but if they are not on offer we usually tend to revert to the Claude pouches.
I prefer buying the ones in jelly to the meat ones in gravy as they are less messy and smelly.
I also prefer pouches to tins as they tend to be finished up quicker and you do not have half a tin hanging around the place.
I have tried converting our cats to dry cat food, but although they will eat it (and there is always a dish of dry food on offer) they always also want pouches.
At least these pouches are not messy to open - the square chunks are embedded in lots of hard jelly and the contents of a pouch will slide out all in one. Our cats, being realy fussy, (arn't they all?) if they do not finish their food they never like to go back to it, and always want fresh put out. Also I have noticed that they wil often tend to eat all the jelly part and the leave the last remaining chunks in their dishes - so it is never completely finished. This is not just a problem with these pouches though as they tend to do it no matter what brand I feed them! I try and get around this by giving just half a pouch at a time - as these days I seem to be throwing away as much cat food as they eat.
From the ingredients you can see this is not the best cat food in the world, but the other brands I have bought also tend t have just 4% meat too.
I know our stray tom will often have four of these pouches for breakfast, and my way of feeding the cats is 'on demand'. They are all outdoor cats as well as liking to sleep in the house and tend to spend lots of time in the garden. They can have dried food any time and always have dishes of water available.
To me, whilst they do not go mad for this food, at least they will eat most of it and it is not too messy or smelly.
4 stars - they never seem to eat it all up - but then they are just the same if I buy them Whiskas or Felix.
===Would I Recommend?===
Composition Meat and Animal Derivatives (minimum 4% Turkey), Minerals, Additives, Colourants; Nutritional Additives,Vitamin A 2250 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 450 IU/kg, Vitamin E 20 mg/kg, Calcium iodate ,anhydrous 0.79 mg/kg, Zinc sulphate, monohydrate 38.89 mg/kg, Sodium selenite 0.067 mg/kg. Emulsifiers, Cassia Gum 2 g/kg, Pentasodium triphosphate 2 g/kg.
Composition Meat and Animal Derivatives (minimum 4% Chicken), Minerals, Additives, Colourants; Nutritional Additives, Vitamin A 2250 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 450 IU/kg, Vitamin E 20 mg/kg, Calcium iodate, anhydrous 0.79 mg/kg, Zinc sulphate, monohydrate 38.89 mg/kg, Sodium selenite 0.067 mg/kg. Emulsifiers,Cassia Gum 2 g/kg, Pentasodium triphosphate 2 g/kg.