“ Brand: Felix / Food Type: Cat Food „
Every so often you have to give your cat a treat. Our cats mainly live off Iams, Whiskas and Felix, which we rotate every now and then to stop them getting bored. As an occasional treat, they get these sticks, flavoured with salmon and trout. I like salmon, so I can vouch for the salmon taste but I have never had trout, though I have been trout fishing.
A pack of these retails for about fifty pence and they can be bought from supermarkets and pet stores. Inside the resealable pack are a selection of thinnish strips, measuring no more than five to six inches in length. An ideal length for an adult cat, but I guess you could break off chunks and give to younger cats.
The smell of the sticks is quite fishy and you will need to wash your hands afterwards. It is a rather synthetic fish smell and I would feel compelled to eat one myself. That said, the texture and look of the sticks is not far off a cigar, so you could be forgiven for wanting to smoke one!
You can feed them to cats whole and let them lick them and slowly demolish or break them up a bit. They break easily and what we sometimes do is drop a few over a standard dinner as a garnish. That's over the cat's dinner, not ours...
The cats always finish them so obviously like the taste and it's good to know they do contain a small amount of antioxidants which help the cat's digestive system and overall health. Not recommended as a substitute for normal food, but as an occasional treat or supplement. They are affordable, well presented and an interesting treats for all cats with a taste for fish!
I bought these treats one Christmas as they were all half price, meaning these were about 30p, and I thought the cats my like them. How wrong I was! Only one of them will actually eat them!
When I opened the packet, the smell was horrendous and you could really tell that they were fish. I thought the cats would probably like the smell or something but only one of them would actually go near them. The other two just turned their noses up and demanded something else.
The sticks are segmented into several little pieces which you can break off to give your cat a smaller treat if you wish to. This also allows the cat to have less chance of choking on them.
Although this product appears to be quite good, I would be very careful about buying it if your cat is a little fussy or dislikes fish of any sort because I doubt it would actually eat it.
The product itself is a good one, though, and I think the way they turned their noses up at it was just because they didnt like the flavour. I would still recommend it because the cat which did like them really loved them and wouldnt eat any other treats for weeks after these were gone because she wanted to have these!
You must all know by now we have been adopted by a handsome cat called Mew - well that's what he told us when we asked him what his name was anyway! If you are in any doubt as to just how handsome this cat is do take a look at my member picture - it used to be a picture of me but the cat is much more attractive!
When he initially came to live with us my sister sent him a welcome present which contained amongst other things a couple of bags of cat treats.
One of the packets was Felix Sticks which currently cost 50p for a 25g packet in our local Asda store.
The packet is about four inches wide by about six inches and the top is shaped like a cat's paw with four little white 'pads'. The wording across the top of the packet is 'Purina Felix Sticks with Salmon and Trout' and then 'delicious moist treats' across the bottom.
On the front of the packet there is also a picture of Felix the cat with those manic round eyes!
To get at the treats you just have to tear off a piece across the top of the packet and there is a resealable strip just below this. Some of these are really fiddly to use but not this one. It opens easily and reseals quickly and efficiently keeping the remaining treats nice and fresh for Mew.
The feeding instructions explain that up to four of the sticks can be given each day.
As soon we received these we took one out of the packet to get Mew's opinion of them, after all that's what really counts isn't it? The treats are about five inches long and if you look at the end they are heart shaped. Each stick is brown in colour and has a number of ridges in it so that it can easily be broken into pieces about an inch long. We find that Mew enjoys them much more if they have been broken up like this.
I offered one to Mew and he was very impressed! He scoffed it and then licked his lips waiting for more.
We usually give him a couple of treats if we have been out for a while and he hasn't had anyone to make a fuss of him. We like to remind him that we do love him even if we do have to go out and leave him sometimes. Yes, I know, the cat rules in our house!
I also try and brush him on a regular basis as he is quite a long haired cat and I always give him a treat after he has been brushed and that way he is always happy to let me brush him. Bribery works wonders!
The treats contain meat and animal derivatives, vegetable protein extracts, various sugars, fish and fish by products (minimum 4% salmon and 4% trout), minerals and oils and fats. They also contain EC permitted colourants, antioxidants and preservatives. The analysis of the ingredients is protein 28%, oil 16%, fibre 1%, ash 8% and moisture 16% so what the remaining 31% is the mind boggles!
Mew has long since finished his first packet and we have bought him a few more packets since as he likes them so much.
Mew knows where the treats are kept and will regularly lie in front of the door looking as cute as possible to try and get one of us to give him a treat - the best of it is - it usually works too!