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My cats that I had whilst living at my parents have been fed Science Plan alongside wet food for around ten years now since a vet recommended we tried it for our elderly cats teeth. When he died my parents decided to carry on feeding it as they were pleased with it and our remaining cat enjoyed it. Before I got my kitten I decided that he would be fed on a mixed diet of both wet and dry food and after spending hours reading up on all the brands available I decided that primarily I would like to feed him on the Royal Canin Persian Kitten food and the Science Plan Healthy Development for Kittens range.
The range contain both wet and dry foods with the dry being offered in tuna and chicken. My kitten has been trying out the chicken one simply because the previous food he was on was chicken and I didn't want to upset his tummy as he is rather sensitive. The food comes in three different sized bags - 400g, 2kg and 10kg. As my kitten takes a while to get through a bag I get the 400g pack so it can stay fresh. Prices vary depending on where you shop. I usually get mine from zooplus where currently 400g is priced at £3.19, the 2kg bag is £13.49 and 10kg is £43.90.
The food comes in a strong white plastic bag with a ziplock top which really helps keep it fresh. The bag has a green stripe around the bag telling me that this is food for kittens and gives some a few bullet points about what the food can do for my kitten. The food contains more energy and nutrients which are required to help your kitten grow into a healthy cat. It also helps to develop the immune system and promotes healthy skin and fur. The food can also be given to pregnant and nursing cats. The food claims to be easily digestible which was important for us as my kitten does suffer with tummy trouble!
The 400g bag is recommended to last 6 days though this is my kittens fifth day of having this particular bag and he has well over half a bag left. However he primarily has wet food so he will use less than those fed a predominately dry diet.
The food is kibble and is smaller than the adult version of science plan. It is a dark brown in colour and has a slight chicken smell but this is subtle rather than overbearing.
My boy really likes this food and he's always got his nose straight in the bowl as I'm feeding him! He has remained active and playful since eating it and his teeth seem clean and free of any plaque or tartar (although I do brush them too). His tummy seems to have improved a little too and we seem to be having less drama!
The food has quite a high meat content for a dried food however it does also contain maize which is seen as a filler in foods though I have found this to be in all dry foods and compared to some lower quality cat foods this is a minimal amount.
The ingredients used are:
(minimum Chicken 40 %; minimum Chicken and Turkey combined 65 %): Chicken and turkey meal, ground maize, animal fat, maize gluten meal, fish oil, dried whole egg, digest, flaxseed, potassium chloride, oat fibre, soybean mill run, salt, DL-methionine, dicalcium phosphate, L-lysine hydrochloride, taurine, L-tryptophan, vitamins and trace elements. Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract.
I'm happy with this cat food and so is my kitten. I'm happy knowing I am providing him with a good quality food that's helping him develop and he likes the taste so smiles all round! I will definitely be buying some of the tuna variety for him to try.
I recently rescued a 10 week old kitten, my first ever cat. I do have a dog which gets fed premium brand dog food but didn't have much time to research kitten food so originally started feeding him on Felix kitten pouches and Go Kat dry food. He ate both happily but it seemed that his litter tray would smell worse than my dog going to the the toilet. I couldn't believe such a smell came from such a small kitten! He also seemed very happy, also hyper, sprinting round the house non-stop. It wasn't until I read the label of the food and realised only 4% is meat and the rest sugars and additives. It was then that I realised I needed a premium brand food for my kitten.
I have fed my dog on Hills Science Plan in the past and was always happy with the results. Whilst searching online I discovered Zooplus were selling a 5kg bag for a special price of £16.99. I'm not sure why cat food is more expensive than dog food but I found this offer very good as the bag itself is advertised for a special price of £22.99. The bag states it lasts 72 days. The bag itself is plastic and therefore recyclable but also has a very hand resealable zip to keep the food fresh.
Another main reason for choosing this dry food is for the high quality ingredients. The chicken flavour has a minimum of 40% chicken, the Tuna variety also contains Chicken as well as 4% Tuna. The kibbles are a small size and easy for my Kitten to sleep. It is all one brown colour and has the usual meaty smell. My kitten loves this food and eats it all without hesistation. He is still quite hyper but atleast I know he is getting good quality food, not sugar and additives!
My dog can be quite naughty and sneakily eat some of the kittens food and in the past the Felix and Go Kat had given my dog the runs, but if she ever has some of the Hills kitten food she has no bad reactions. It doesn't stop my kitten trying to eat my dogs Arden Grange food though!
Overall you are paying more money but you are getting better quality ingredients and good quality meat. If you look around you can find this brand on special offer which makes it much mroe affordable. The bag tells you how much food you should give your kitten for its age and weight but I have found it does last a long time.
As we are the proud owners of a gorgeous kitten we have been applying for a few little sets and freebies online so we can try her out on different food and see what she likes. For several months our kitten was fed on Sainsburys dry kitten food and Sainsburys wet kitten, however, after receiving some Hills Science Plan kitten food in the post it became quite obvious to us that our cat instantly loved the Hills food so much more and so we have been buying this for her for around a month now.
We have been purchasing this food in a 400g packet that costs £3.09 and is around 10 days worth of biscuits based on our kittens current age and weight. The biscuits come provided in a large plastic pouch with a resealable bar across it that you click back in place. The bag provides lots of useful information including the amount of food your kitten should be consuming and showing the ingredients of this product. The most significant difference that I noticed between this product and the one we were previously providing for our kitten is that there is a minimum of 53% chicken compared to a minimum of 4% chicken in some other products. It's quite shocking to think how little they can actually put in a product and yet still brand it is as being 'chicken'.
The kibble provided within this bag is all the same, it's a brown coloured little ball kind of shape. As soon as I first opened the bag my kitten came run over and where in the past she has had to just be left with a bowl of dry food and eventually given it to eating it she was actually trying to get in to the bag to see what the smell was. Also, I've noticed that while there is quite a strong smell to this kibble it's nothing offensive and doesn't bother me serving it up in the slightest whereas some of the other food she has had in the past makes me feel a little bit queasy if it's first thing in the morning.
If the proof is in the eating then our kittens reaction says it all. We begun by mixing this in with her old food in order to switch her over gradually to try and avoid upsetting her stomach and she was fairly happy with this, just visiting her bowl whenever she wanted a little snack, however, once we switched to the Hills on its own it was a different story! Our kitten was soon wolfing bowls of this down and for the first few weeks she was enjoying almost twice the daily recommended serving of this but as she didn't get fatter, well, not noticeably, we decided to let her enjoy herself and have what she wanted.
I must say that we have noticed an improvement in our kitten and how energetic she is. Also, she has a healthier looking coat and she's become a lot more confident climbing up things and just generally running around all the time like she is full of energy all day and night (sigh!). We are really pleased with how much she loves this food and as it is only slightly more expensive than her previous food we will be happy to continue to buy this for her in the future. Our kitten has a healthier looking coat and her teeth look like they are being well looked after at present but this could be partly to some other changes we have made in her diet also.
If you have a kitten and want to give them the best start in life then I'd firmly recommend one of the Hills Kitten products. These come in 400g, 2kg & 5kg sizes and the difference per 100g is so small that I have just been buying one or two 400g bags and carrying them back from Pets At Home. This food can also be purchased online at various places and in lots of independent pet food stockists.