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All of a sudden it seems like my little kitten Whizz has grown up and is now a senior cat. Well, ok, she is 8 years old now but it seems like only yesterday I brought her home from the pound as a kitten. Now she's older she needs something a bit different in her diet so we have started to feed her Felix senior.
She has always been a fan of wet food, eating 3 or 4 packs a day, which is the recommended amount but it is rather expensive. We decided to stick with wet food when buying her food especially for senior cats and as she had been eating Felix adult pouches and really liking them we decided to stick with Felix. Just like Felix say, "Once a Felix cat, always a Felix cat. With Felix they are not called the golden years for nothing. Felix Senior looks after those going a bit grey around the whiskers with their very own specially formulated, super tasty recipes."
On the box Felix say that these pouches are for cats 7 years and older so this is perfect for Whizz. I like feeding the pouches because I find them really easy to serve. Each pack is a serving basically so you don't need to worry about measuring out the correct amount or anything like that, it is done for you. Plus, at the top of each pouch there is a little indentation which enables you to pull the packet open easily and without the food going everywhere. Then, you can just add it to your cats bowl and throw out the empty sachet.
Felix say that these pouches of food give them 100% of your cat's daily needs - antioxidants, balanced minerals, proteins. What I really like them is that they are designed specifically for older cats and give them exactly what they need. According to the box, "These delicious meals are specifically designed for cats of age 7+ with the right combination of protein, balanced minerals and vitamins, including antioxidants."
Ok, so I am not going to say that cat food looks tasty but in actual fact, if I were a cat I would think these pouches looked really good. They really are packed full of lots of meat as it is really chunky and you can see lots of bits in it. The bits are held together with lots of jelly and when you add the pack to the bowl you can see drops of jelly coming off of it too so I can imagine its very juicy and tasty and easy to eat for older cats too.
A pack of 12 100g sachets costs £3.88.
My three cats are my babies and as an important part of our family we would do all we can to keep them healthy and happy. Charlie 16, still occasionally active but a bit grey around the whiskers. Molly 5, Miss independent and prestige hunter and Matilda 12 weeks who shows them all who's boss. All three of my cats are what you might call fussy eaters and having tried many different cat foods in many different formats, without a doubt Felix in pouches are their favourite. Myself and my husband have both tried 'conning' the cats into eating tinned food, as it's much better value for money, but they are having none of it.
Felix have a range of cat foods specifically formulated to meet the cat's requirements throughout every stage of it's life ranging from Kitten food through to Senior.
The problem occurs when our cats like to share each others food. Despite having their own bowls, Charlie will sit happily eating out of Molly's pretty pink bowl and vice versa. This makes it almost impossible to ensure the right cat is eating the right food for it's age. Because of this I always buy bog standard Felix adult pouches for all three of my cats and I have to say it's never done any of my cats any harm.
I came across purchasing Felix Senior by accident when I picked up the wrong box in the supermarket. The packaging is very similar to the regular Felix Adult box so it was an easy mistake to make. It was also the same price. £2.85 for a box of 12 pouches. These are available in meaty or fish flavour or a mixture of both. The Senior variety is aimed to be fed to cats aged 7+ as it contains the right nutritional content for a cat of this age. According to the packaging it contains no less than 25% more added vitamins than regular Felix Adult food and balanced minerals to help maintain a healthy body. Obviously I am no expert in cat food but for the same price as regular food this left me wondering why they don't put these added extras in regular cat food.
The pouches are very user frindly with a simple 'tear-to-open' top which is easy to tear so no need for scissors. All the pouch needs is a gently squeeze and the food pours out easily. Each pouch contains 100g which doesn't look a lot and my cats soon make short work of it. As I said earlier the cans seem to go a lot further as I with three cats I only get four feeds out of one box.
The one very bad point about this cat food is the smell. It is overpowerfully discusting and smells out the whole house. The only way to describe it is like rotten foul meat. The odour is so strong Molly can usually detect it from the bottom of the garden but with a stench like that it makes me wonder what the cats think is so yummy. Unfortunately this is something we have to endure to keep our feline friends happy.
I can't really compare this with other leading brands as our cats have never really given them a chance but I can say that our cats have eaten and loved Felix for years, never become fed up of it and all are in tip top condition.
After reading of the nutritional health benefits this Senior food can bring I was keen to give Charlie a go to see if it revitalised him with a much need burst of energy but surprisingly it was the kitten, Matilda who loved the senior food. Unfortunately Charlie didn't get much of a look in only ending up with one pouch out of the pack of twelve. Even though this is not how it's meant to be, if it was approved by my fussy cats I think I can give it the thumbs up.
It seems for the time being we will have to keep providing Felix pouches for our moggies for the time being and if they are happy then so am I.
Thankyou for reading - queeny, Charlie, Molly and Matilda x
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I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. Recently my old family cat, Bob, has come to live with me after my dad started making plans to move out of town. Things were going well until Bob decided to have an "adventure" and I didn't see him for 10 weeks, when he was returned to me in a dreadfully sorry looking state. Since then I have kept him inside and been nursing him back to full health. Bob is the grand old age of 15 and a half years, which is pretty good going for a cat! He is normally very active and playful, and I try my best to ensure that he stays in good health. I usually feed him this Felix in jelly Senior food, which is designed for cats aged 7 and above. You can buy Felix cat food food from various outlets such as pet stores and supermarkets, so I tend to shop around to get the best deal.
Product description: "It's not just meal time - it's Felix time! It's too hard to pick a favourite flavour with such a fabulously tasty range. And Felix is made with quality ingredients so your cat won't be able to get enough...
Did you know that an average cat spends about 40% of its life as a senior cat? While cats like Felix are far from average, Felix Senior Pouches have been specifically formulated for cats of 7 years and above. Although your cat may look the same at this age, his nutritional requirements have started to change. Felix Senior Pouches are 100% nutritionally balanced to promote health and well-being for those going a bit grey around the whiskers."
Felix produce a range of different foods for cats, and I chose this one in particular as it was specifically designed in order to give the best possible nutrition for older cats. My Bob cat is still very active at over 15 years old, and this senior cat food is recommended for cats aged 7+. Bob is very young in some aspects of his behaviour, and enjoys play time as well as lots of running and jumping about. To keep his energy levels topped up as well as maintaining a healthy body, I make sure to feed him special senior food, and he has always been keen on Felix cat food as he was growing up so it was easy to introduce him to the Senior version as he was already familiar with this brand of cat food. This Felix in Jelly food comes in a box containing 12 individual pouches of food, in varying flavours. This variety pack includes different flavoured meats: 3 x beef, 3 x chicken, 3 x turkey, and 3 x salmon. Each pouch contains 100g of food. The food itself looks fairly ordinary for a cat food, and although my cat seems to love it, I must admit that the worst thing about it is that it really stinks! There is a very strong smell that seems to linger around for a while, so this can be a bit unpleasant. The food is made up of chunks of meat (either beef, chicken, turkey or salmon in this variety pack), and they are covered in a firm yellowy-brown coloured jelly.
Personally, I find cat food in jelly absolutely disgusting to deal with! The pouches make this slightly better as they are very easy to use. At the top of each pouch there is an easy-tear tab that pulls away a strip from the top of the pouch to create an opening. You can then simply squeeze the sides of the pouch and the food pops out into the food bowl. This way of serving the food means it reduces mess and you don't have to spend ages scraping chunks and jelly out of a tin, which I find particularly unpleasant. I tend to feed Bob half a pouch of this meat in jelly food at a time. The reason for this is so that he gets fresh food and the meat and jelly could go bad or attract flies if there are uneaten leftovers hanging about in Bob's food bowl during the day. Again, it is easy to provide a half-portion serving, and I pinch the pouch halfway down to separate the jelly coating, and then squeeze the pouch to remove the first half of the contents. After giving Bob a 50g serving for his breakfast, I then store the remaining half-pouch in the fridge until he is ready for tea time later. In between these meals I provide him with dry food, so that he has a variety and also so he can snack throughout the day when he gets peckish. Serving his food like this, a 12 pouch multipack box gives enough food for 12 days, when added to with cat biscuits for other meals.
As my cat gets older I am obviously becoming more concerned about his health and hope to help keep him fit and active for as long as possible. Felix Senior claims to support your cat by providing balanced nutrition which offers the following benefits.
+ 25% more added vitamins than Felix Adult Food
+ Balanced minerals to help maintain a healthy body
Bob is in incredibly good health for his age, and other than having a slightly dull coat he appears in tip top condition. He is slowing down in some ways, such as not being able to jump up and down the stairs quite as quickly as he used to, and spending more time sleeping after short bursts of activity. However, he is still pretty much the same as he always has been and manages to get up to all sorts of mischief! I can tell that Bob enjoys eating his Felix in Jelly as he always purrs really loudly when it's dished up and scoffs it down in a hurry! He seems to particularly enjoy eating meat based cat food when they are coated in either jelly or gravy, and I think this is possibly a matter of taste, but it also seems easier for him to eat and digest as the meat is slightly softer and goes down a bit better.
I am happy with this Felix Senior Pouch food as it suits my cat's needs and I can see that he likes eating it. This food covers the specific healthcare requirements that a senior cat has, and gives Bob the energy he needs to remain active and playful. It is particularly convenient thanks to the mess-free, easy to serve pouch packaging and this makes my rushed mornings easier to handle when I wake up with a hungry cat begging for his breakfast! I would happily continue buying this pet food, and recommend it to other pet owners that are caring for an older cat.