“ Manufacturer: Hills / Type: Cat Food „
Hills Science Plan Feline Pouch Light Adult Cat Food Chunks in Gravy
Available in Pet shops, Pet stores, Garden Centres with pet sections. I have never seen it in supermarkets. Very expensive.
Consists of little oblongs of pate-type meat in gravy. It appears pale; this is a good thing because it is not overloaded with artificial colourants (ammonia caramel, anyone?).
I bought this because one of my cats is a bit overweight, and also because it has a very much reduced phosphorus level compared with normal cat food, which is a good thing for cats with dodgy kidneys.
I have four cats, and they all liked the idea of it, but it was not entirely successful. The little chunks seem to be "sticky" - they stick to the dish and probably to their teeth.
One licks the gravy off and won't eat the bits; two have to have the chunks sliced (not mashed - too sticky) and a bit of water added to thin the gravy, and only one just sits down and eats it.
If all my cats ate it, I would consider this (and the other Science Plan chunks in gravy) as a possible substitute for renal food, as it has a low phosphorus content.
Advantages: Possible alternative for cats who won't eat renal food, as has low phosphorus
Disadvantages: Sticky, some cats can't pick the chunks up; very expensive.
Hills Science Plan Light Feline Adult Pouches (snappy name) are a wet food pouch for cats by the company Hills. I have a high regard for Hills, and use a couple of varieties of their dry food as my cat Snoopy's main diet. He seems to thoroughly enjoy it, and has never gone off it like he has other brands.
This light variety of the pouches is designed for cats who need a lighter version of food - the packaging actually says in the small print that it is for cats with a tendency to obesity. I chose this for Snoopy as he's an indoor cat (Hills do specific indoor cat biscuits but don't seem to do the matching pouches) but it would also be suitable for less active cats or overweight cats.
I had never purchased a multipack of the pouches until recently, only the odd loose one from the vets as a treat for Snoopy. At £6.89 for a pack of 12 pouches from Pets at Home, they're not cheap. As Snoopy only gets a pouch of wet food about three times a week, I'm not overly fussy about what brand I buy him, it not being his main diet, usually whatever is on offer or Tesco own brand (except Whiskas, he never finishes it now). Tesco own brand is around £2.50 for a 12 pack, and the standard varieties (i.e. not the fancier "roasted" or "oh so..." type ones) of brands like Felix and Kitekat are around £3-£3.50. So Hill is double the price, although much better quality for it. However, when Pets at Home recently had a buy one get one free on all Hills, as well as stocking up on dry food I bought two boxes of pouches, making the cost work out at £3.45 per box - not bad at all for a premium brand.
In each box of 12 there are six pouches each of chicken and ocean fish. This is a bit of a let-down given the price: most boxes of pouches have four flavours, three of each. The food itself if smaller than average chunks with a fairly thick sauce on, not runny like some other brands. It doesn't have too strong a smell either - I find some pouches really smell very strong (Whiskas chicken, that means you) but not Hills.
In terms of taste...well, I like to think that I'm a thorough reviewer but I'm not going to taste cat food.! These Hills pouches do get the Snoopy seal of approval though. He chomps his way happily through the food, purring away to himself (and therefore getting hiccups from purring and eating). He almost always finishes the pouch in one go, which he rarely does with other brands these days - he seems to have finally learnt that he doesn't have to gobble meat but he's back to his old habits with Hills.
I can't fault the product itself, but the problem is the price. £6.89 for 12 pouches really is steep, so although I'll definitely buy it again, Snoopy might have to have Tesco own brand until the next buy one get one free offer.