Product Type: Go-Cat cat food
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Go Cat For Indoor Cats
Member Name: Dryad
Go Cat For Indoor Cats
Advantages: Gives your indoor moggies a bit more vim, all the better for ripping your curtains.
Disadvantages: A bit pricey if you're on a budget.
We do feed some wet food particularly for mammy cat (her kittens are 4 years old now, but we still call her the matriarch) who has a dicky urinary tract, which is fine as long as we stick primarily to cans, pouches and real meat. The 'kittens' however are on primarily dry food as we are on a tight budget they we were only buying the more expensive brands occasionally. However my big boy Jed has been looking rather sorry for himself since he has his manhood tampered with (I'm not surprised poor boy) and has been putting weight on steadily despite being the most active and most picky eater of the brood. So we thought it was time to move to a brand which took into account both their indoor lifestyle and Jed's increasing girth. Go-Cat complete for Indoor cats seemed to address several of our issues.
This dry food comes in only two flavours that I am aware of (I have double checked on their own website), Salmon and Chicken, both with added garden greens. We mostly buy the chicken as it's the one that is almost always in stock in our local Tesco, the Salmon variety seems a little harder to come by there. My review is of the Chicken one, but they do love the Salmon one too when we can get it.
The product as suggested by the name is specifically formulated for indoor cats, and the box states that it contains chicory as part of the garden greens, which apparently makes their poo less smelly. Anything that does that for cats that toilet almost exclusively indoors is not something to be sniffed at. There are 'fibres' which are supposed to aid with digestion and help prevent hairballs, and the biggy for us is the "balance of protein and calories [is] adjusted to avoid unwanted weight gain" (quote from the box). It also claims for itself that it does of course have a great taste, and high protein content.
Did the kitty food live up to its claims?
Mostly yes. My cats do indeed agree that this has a great taste; it is without a doubt their favourite dry cat food thus far and they eat every scrap with relish. Whether their doings are less smelly is debateable, but they are certainly bigger. I'm presuming that is from the extra roughage the garden greens provide, and is presumably shows a better movement of food through their digestive tracts. There are days when I think that the litter trays have less of a green haze above them after use, and days when I think dear God what have you eaten? Overall I would say there is some minor reduction in pong. The moggies have never been very hairbally, their illustrious elder stateswomen predecessors were always hacking something up, but this lot seem to be fairly minimal in this department, though like all cats they do need to dispose of ingested fur from time to time. I haven't really noticed any difference in the frequency or 'type' of hairball that appears from time to time, usually judiciously placed for the best chance of one of their human servants stepping on it before they see it.
My two girl kitties are quite svelte so I was a bit worried that this would be a little too low in calories for them, however as Minette only gets this occasionally there seems to be no adverse effects there for her, her tiny daughter doesn't seem to have lost any weight and is just as perky as always, if not more so. Barfwr (from Welsh and kind of means 'beardy') the baby of the bunch, a chunky but not overweight male loves dry food and these are no exception, he will brook no theft of them by the dogs and protects them jealously. He remains a nice cuddly teddy bear, but my hunky love dumpling Jed is showing the biggest changes, he's not suddenly back to the slinky skinny lotharios he was before his op but he has definitely slimmed down a little bit, and is looking generally perkier. When he goes out into the little ad hoc run we have for them he can climb the little tree we have in there, and use the toys much more easily than he could before. He is however still quite rotund and I think a visit to the vet may be in order, I suspect hormone issues after his deballing, or an underperforming thyroid; but this food has made a difference to him.
This is pricier than the budget brands that were our main dry cat food until recently eg Tesco's Claude at 99p for 1kg but not as expensive as specialist diet foods. The 2kg bag is £3 at Tesco right now but only until 14th Feb (2012) it's normally £4.79, smaller boxes eg 950g at £2.49 are rotten value and I try not to buy them. As the moggies are definitely showing signs of being a little more content with just a little more sparkle I will try and continue to buy this but at the full price it's unlikely I will use this exclusively as their dry food component, but I will buy it when on offer or if I can find it more cheaply elsewhere.
Summary: A decent indoor cat food that helps keeps your kitties healthy.
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