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My cat Termie while not being a fussy eater has never really liked cat treats, she's just never shown any interest in various ones we tried for about the first five years of her life (she's now nearly 10), so we gave up buying them. About 6 months ago I saw a link to a free sample of Felix Goody Bag, and thought I may as well order one and see if she likes it, not really expecting her to.
When the sample arrived (quite generous sized I seem to remember) I was stunned to discover she not only likes them, she absolutely loves them. She will literally stop whatever she is doing and run over to get some treats if you so much as rustle the packet, indeed while I am trying to write this she keeps climbing all over me and the laptop to try and get more treats from me as I have the packet next to me. The only negative is she now associates any rustle with being her treats so will harass you for crisps, chocolate or any other wrapper you open.
Felix Goody Bag's come in 6 flavours, there's this one the original, which is flavoured with chicken, liver and turkey, a fish flavoured one, mixed grill, cheese, countryside and picnic. I have only ever tried her with the original as I know it's the flavour she loves, and any cat owner will know experimenting with your cat's food choice costs money and can end up with you giving it away to someone else. I think the last 3 flavours must be new as I've only ever seen the first 3 in the shop, and on the back of my packet bought just last week it only mentions the first 3.
Looking at the packet these treats are actually good for your cat as they contain vitamins, protein and omega 6. The pack says it contains a "colourful mix of meaty treats", although they look more like multi coloured cat biscuit to me, and they have that strange cat biscuit smell.
They retail from a pound (all that jumping on my laptop by Termie has lost my pound sign :( ) in pound shops (of course) to about 1.25 in Wilkinson. Not a bad price for a happy cat. Mine last about a month, giving her maybe 5 at a time, probably will last longer in the summer as if we get good weather she will be in less. The pack recommends 15g of these a day or 40 pieces, which seems a lot for a treat, but then it does say you should cut back on their normal food accordingly. If you did this a 60g packet would last about 4 days.
I have giving them 5 stars as I feel sure that's what Termie would give, if she wasn't barred from the laptop for constantly changing the settings :)
As I have said in previous reviews I have 2 cats who are treated as part of the family and spoilt rotten, they always have a stocking at Christmas and its usually filled with edible treats, their favourites are ones with soft centres like Whiskers Temptations but my older girl Daisy, she's nearly 8, does get a bit of an upset tummy and is very windy if she has too many. My younger cat Layla who is nearly 4 can eat anything but its hard giving one cat something and not the other. In their stocking last Christmas they had several packets of Felix Goody Bags, they are not soft centred but are still described as treats.
One of the flavours they received was the Original Mix Goody Bag, this is basically a foil pouch, similar to meat pouches. The front of the packet shows a picture of the cute little black and white Felix cat along with the Felix logo. The front of the packet also informs the customer that the original mix is flavoured with chicken, liver and turkey, the treats also contain vitamins, proteins and omega 6. The pouch shows pictures of the treats which are done in various shapes, squares, stars and flower shapes, not that this makes any difference to the cats!
The back of the pouch gives a small paragraph about the goody bag, a feeding guide and a long list of ingredients and nutritional values. There is also a token on the back for those who collect them, these can be redeemed for products showing the Felix cat at www.worldoffelix.com.
The feeding guide states that no more than 40 pieces should be given to your cat in one day, my girls get nowhere near that amount, they have about 6 pieces at a time and not every day, I personally think 40 is far too many.
When I first opened the goody bag and saw the plain looking brown treats inside I didn't think my girls were going to be very impressed, I was totally wrong, they love them. They can be asleep upstairs and as soon as I pick the packet up they are awake and sitting at my feet looking up expectantly.
Obviously I cant describe the taste of these but if Daisy and Layla could they would say they are delicious, they are eaten up in seconds and if I let them they would get through the whole packet in one sitting. Of course these are a treat so I do restrict but shaking the packet out of the back door ensures they come straight home when I want them in.
All in all I definitely recommend Felix Goody Bags, they cost £1.19 in Tesco for a 60g pouch, my little fur buckets love them and best of all they don't give Daisy wind or an upset tummy which makes for a much better litter tray.
When it comes to my kitten Myrtle she is a fussy little thing. However I have found through perservarence what she likes and what she doesn't and treat wise so far I know she loves Dreamies and Felix which of course these are.
Having had success with other flavours from the Felix Goody Bag range when I saw these Original flavour ones I idn't think twice about buying them for her at a pound a bag in my local Asda store.
They come in mainly yellow and dark blue coloured plastic oblong pouch which is silver foil inside and the bag is resealable due to a long press to secure strip at the top of the pouch. On the front of the pouch there is a cat shown licking its lips and we are told that they are Purina, Felix Goody Bag 'Original Mix', Flavoured with Chicken, Liver & Turkey and that they are enriched with Vitamins, Minerals & Omega 6 and there's a picture of the biscuits shown. On the back of the pouch other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and additives are listed, feeding advice is given, the size of the bag is stated which is 60g in this case and contact details for Purina are given. This is a nice, colourful and well thought out pouch with lots of information on it too and I love the resealable aspect of these pouches in general.
The Treats Themselves:
What you get is a lot of biscuits in different colours being dark red, light and dark brown, slightly powdery to my touch and in different shapes such as stars and squares and the likes. The feeding guide on the back of the pouch says to give no more than 40 pieces of these a day which does seem rather alot and Myrtle would eat considerably more than this amount if I allowed her to but I don't give her that many and tend to give her alot less than 40 a day of them!
Made with meat and fish derivatives and of course cereal these are crunchy and small biscuits enriched with extra vitamins and minerals. Not only does Myrtle adore these but my two mates kittens do as well and we are all happy to feed them these.
I think they offer great value for money and Myrt loves them so I am happy to continue to buy these regularly in the future!
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* A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO.. *
Many of you who regularly read my reviews will be aware by now that I have a very elderly feline at home with me who suffers from a variety of health problems as a result of her old age. One of these is unfortunately renal failure which has a bunch of horrible side effects, one of which is nausea, and unfortunately as a result of feeling (or being) sick, my girl will often go off her food and lose her appetite.
This of course is very worrying and is something I try to prevent as much as possible. One thing I have come to find with my girl is that she can become bored of the same food and treats very easily, and so I find I am constantly buying a variety of food to try and prevent her from becoming bored which of course makes her loss in appetite worsen further.
I will also vary the 'format' of cat food, buying pouches as well as tins with some of the foil trays thrown in for good measure. This varied selection usually results in a rather hefty pet food bill but my girl is approximately 19 years old and comes from a background of abuse and neglect.... So I figure she deserves a retirement that is filled with love and yes, she is thoroughly spoiled...!
I had been aware that a new variety of biscuit-like 'treats' were being launched by the well known "Felix" brand of cat food, mainly as a result of seeing several television commercials advertising the biscuits. Branded as the "Felix Goody Bag" I was interested to learn that this new arrival to the well-known Felix brand offered one significant difference to similar treats and cat biscuits that are already available on our supermarkets shelves.... Each Goody Bag contains a VARIETY of flavoured treats, so a little choice is available with each serving.
* PRODUCT DETAILS & OUR EXPERIENCE.. *
I have actually had several small 20g bags of the Felix Goody Bag to offer to my girl, although I have not paid for any of them, with all of my pouches being free samples that were obtained in a variety of ways - mainly supplied for free in boxes of Felix cat food foil pouches. This is of course a huge advantage, as it meant my girl could get to sample the treats to see if they were agreeable, before any of our hard-earned cash was spent. The downside to this of course, is that I am unable to comment too much on the packaging for the product, as my small packets are not designed in the same way that the full-sized versions are. Suffice to say that the usual cute image of Felix the cat - complete with beautiful black and white markings - appears on the front of the packaging, irrespective of its size.
I believe that the Felix Goody Bag Treats are available in three assorted flavour 'combinations' which are: "Mixed Grill" which contains flavours such as beef and chicken, "Original Mix" which contains chicken, turkey and liver, and lastly "Seaside Mix" which contains fish and seafood flavours such as salmon and trout. All of the free samples that I obtained were in the "Original Mix" variety, so my review will focus solely on this version of the product.
The full-sized pouches of the treats are all the same size which is a 60g bag. I have seen them for sale in most good supermarkets such as Asda and Sainsbury's. Prices vary greatly so I do recommend shopping around a little, particularly as the pouches have recently been subject to a variety of promotional offers, probably because the Goody Bag is a very recent addition to the Felix brand. The current price of the pouches in Asda (or online at www.asda.com) as @ the time of writing (September 2012) is £1.18 per 60g Goody Bag pouch. This price seems average to me, as many alternative brands of cat treats that are similar products, such as those from the "Dreamies" brand are packaged in 60g packets too, and prices for these are on a par with the Felix Goody Bag, in my experience.
The "Original Mix Goody Bag" contains treats that are "Flavoured with Chicken, Lamb and Turkey." This confused me slightly at first as the treats themselves contain a variety of shapes and sizes, which are assorted colours. It is therefore impossible to ascertain which treat corresponds with which flavour, as there are around six assorted shapes in the Goody Bag to choose from. Do such things matter to a hungry feline? I can only assume that no, they do not, if my girl's apparent eagerness to munch these Felix Treats is to be taken as measurement of their appeal......
For us mere owners however, we can perhaps obtain a little reassurance from the product, particularly when compared to other cat treats that are available. The packaging proudly informs us that the Goody Bag "contains proteins, vitamins and omega 6 fatty acids to help your cat live a health and happy life." Now, I am not naïve enough to deduce that a few of these little treats each day will add months or years to my girl's life, however, I do prefer to give her biscuits and foods that have vitamins or minerals added - mainly because I feel she needs all the help she can get in terms of her well-being and overall health. I was pleased - and slightly surprised - to learn of the additions to the Felix Goody Bag Treats and upon learning this information, the product's purchase price felt rather justified.
The treats are rather smelly which is what I had expected as this is normal practice with similar, hard 'biscuit' type treats from rival brands. Certainly, their scent is noticeable on my hands after feeding my girl from the Goody Bag and so soap and water is required to remove the meaty pong from my skin.
The biscuits are formed in various shapes as I touched on earlier, and this did make me feel slightly wary when I first realised this, mainly because some biscuit type treats are difficult for my girl to manage. She is very old, being in her nineteenth year, and has unfortunately had to have several teeth removed during two separate dental operations in her lifetime. This means that any treats or biscuits that are on the large side can be problematic for my girl's near-toothless mouth, as a result. Smaller biscuits are always preferable to her - and me, as her concerned mum! - and it is therefore fair to say that I felt slightly cautious at the size and shape of some of the larger treats in the Goody Bag, that are shaped like small stars, and others that are a square 'lattice' effect treat.
I needn't have worried, as I have witnessed no difficulty with my girl managing these treats and the initial monitoring that was so cautiously exercised has been allowed to subside, leaving her to enjoy her snack by herself. Just as a side note, the biscuits can be halved or broken into smaller pieces, although this is slightly fiddly as the biscuits are so hard.
The packaging for the product informs me that up to 40 pieces for an adult cat is allowed, however I haven't fed my girl anything like this amount, and each of our small, 20g sachets has lasted for several snacks. I'm always cautious when giving my girl something new and so have offered only six or eight small pieces from the Goody Bag on each occasion. We have found too that too many treats can upset my girl's delicate (ancient!) tummy, so it is best to err on the side of caution... in this household, at least!
I was pleased to note a warning on the packaging advising owners to always have fresh drinking water available to pets. I cannot reiterate this warning sternly enough, as I have known several cat owners who have never offered their cat any drinking water, claiming that they don't like it, or have never drank from the bowl when it is put out. This is often true, and cat's WILL often ignore drinking water, some from a very early age. Indeed, this was the case with my own mog, who would perhaps take a sip from the bowl once a week at most. However, now that we are in my girl's retirement, she will drink from the bowl several times a day, so it is fair to say that a cat's drinking habits will often change as they grow older. In some cases, certain illnesses and health conditions (which may well be undetected at first, by human companions) make our feline friends feel thirsty, and at these times it is vitally important that drinking water is made available. Even if your cats will generally ignore the bowl, it should always, ALWAYS be there for them........ just in case they change their mind. Bear in mind too that dried foodstuffs such as treats and biscuits will often make cats thirstier than when wet or canned food is consumed.
Back to the actual biscuits then, and the general response from my girl is yes, these treats are rather delicious - please could I have some more? This response is not difficult to misinterpret, with many tell-tale signs of a satisfied pusscat being present when the Goody Bag is opened... the most notable of which is the deep, audible purring noise that tells every cat owner what they want to know... or hear.
Because my girl's appetite will fluctuate greatly at times as a result of the horrible illnesses she has to endure, I am left rather bereft at her reluctance to eat on occasion, resulting in me offering everything I can think of in a frantic bid to pique her interest. The Felix Goody Bag has worked remarkably - and surprisingly - well in these types of situation, with her usually succumbing to the meaty scent and nibbling a couple of the offered treats. This is really surprising, as most dried foodstuffs and biscuits will remain largely untouched during these self-imposed food bans that my girl will put herself through.
From this experience, the evidence is clear for me to see and I have reached two subsequent conclusions. Firstly, the Felix Goody Bag contains something EXTRA when compared to other cat treats and biscuits, something tastier perhaps, or more appetising at least, that will pique my girl's appetite at times when I am desperate to witness such a crucial turn-around. This impressive result brings me to my second conclusion...... The Felix Goody Bag will be a regular addition to my girl's food cupboard from now on.
A 'goody bag' of cat biscuits and treats from the well known Felix brand.