“ Manufacturer: Hi Life / Type: Cat food „
Our family cat Thomas is sadly in the final stages of cancer now. Last week we really thought that the time had come so I went over to my parents to say my final goodbyes. I grabbed some of Duke and Daisys food from the cupboard just incase as Thomas hadn't been eating. Amazingly he ate their food so after seeing the vet on Friday and being told we could take him back home again we bought an array of foods from Pets at Home to try and encourage him to eat.
We chose this one because Thomas loves the gravy on cat food, for months now he has often licked off all of the gravy and left most of the actual meat so it is fair to say we thought of Tom when we saw this! I can't remember exactly what we paid but it was something like 70 or 80p for 80g.
The food comes in a plastic tub with a peel off lid. The packaging is identical to that shown above. To open the pack is easy and for an adult cat who is having this as a meal then I imagine they would want most of the tub or maybe even all of it. However Thomas is of course a bit different so we gave him about a quarter just to try it.
The food is in quite small chunks and you can easily see the liver amongst the chicken. It has a slight meat cat foody smell but its nowhere near as strong scented as some I have bought in the past! There is a good amount of gravy but the meat is far from swimming. If you've ever fed the Gourmet Duos variety there is much less gravy than these! However there is more gravy than in regular foods.
We were overjoyed when Tom started to eat this food. He is such a picky little so and so we really didn't think he would be impressed but he was and he lapped up the gravy and managed a few chunks too! Since then he has had it a few more times and the majority of times he has eaten it but yesterday he refused that and 2 other foods I offered him so I think its fair to say that it wasn't a problem specifically aimed at this food!
I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to studying cat food labels and hilife is a brand I will feed my 2 so I was quite confident this would be ok for Tom. I was surprised to see that the main ingredient in this food was actually fish which Thomas usually turns his nose up at! I think the addition of liver is good because it helps to spice up a very normal flavour and Thomas certainly seemed to enjoy it!
I wouldn't feed this every day because it isn't the best food and there is a lot of gravy but I would definitely offer it every few days as a treat for my 2 but as far as Tom is concerned he can have whatever he wants for as long as he is here.
While recently browsing the wet cat food aisle of my local Pets At Home, I was looking for a new high quality food for our two female cats to try (after a recent illness, Snoopy is on a special diet for life and doesn't get the fun of trying out new foods now). I spotted the Hi Life Potty About range, and remembering that a friend on a pet forum had noted that Hi Life was good quality, I decided to take advantage of the reduction to £4 a box and get one Potty About Fish and one Potty About Gravy.
The food is presented, rather unsurprisingly, in little pots with foil lids. The box stated that the food had been cooked with real meat in these pots and then sealed for freshness. The meat content isn't as high as other brands but the ingredients didn't look as scary as say Whiskas. The fish box contains 4 each of Tuna, Tuna with Squid (!) and Tuna with Prawns, and the gravy box contains Chicken and Beef, Chicken and Liver and Chicken and Giblets.
The pots are very easy to open, but you have to take care as there is quite a bit of juice in them and I've spilt it on my feet on several occasions when opening a pot. I use a spoon to take the food out of the pot and then break it up a little in the bowls.
The first time I fed this to the girls, I gave them the Tuna with Squid just for the novelty factor - and they loved it! They gobbled it down. Now that we've had a couple of packs of each, it's clear that their preference is for the gravy varieties - they like the fish, but they do sometimes leave some of it while the gravy ones get scoffed pretty quickly. They don't seem to have any preference for the individual flavours in the gravy box - and giblets sounds pretty unappetising, but they like it! They have continued to eat the Potty About food, and haven't gone off it halfway through a box.
I don't particularly like the way the box is packaged - the pots are wedged in fairly tightly, and when you open the top of the box you can only see a row of one flavour, the other two flavours are in rows under that. I like to unpack the box and then repack mixing up the flavours in the rows to make it easier to avoid feeding the girls all one flavour but rather vary them, but I find it quite tricky to get the pots out of the box.
The Hi Life Potty About range isn't top of my list for cat food as there are plenty of brands out there which are of a better quality and with a higher meat content, but it isn't as bad as an awful lot of brands, and it is more reasonably priced than Applaws for example. I don't feed the girls only the Potty About range, but alternate it with a higher meat content food. They are certainly potty about the Potty About Gravy range!