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Ever I bought my gorgeous kitten Myrtle Rose home (she was 8 weeks old when I grabbed her!) she has always been a really fussy eater and I have had no end of problems with that. She wouldn't eat kitten food from 3 months (ish), would only wet food and we went from her being scraggy and underweight to being a little overweight cos I overdid it with spoiling her with treats!
She is far from being obese though but I do realise that you can be overly kind to your pets cos we adore them so much so recently I have become firmer with her and her diet, not so many treats and she will eat dried if it kills me!
Nowadays I tend to buy more expensive foods such as Applaws which contains usually over 60% meat and more natural foods on the whole. I've cut down on the treats and they have become just that no matter how hard she pressurises me to give in (and believe me she really does try it on and it doesn't help having such a cute face according to my mates lol) but me, well I want her to eat some dried food as I believe it is better for her teeth really and there is a big argument about wet food contributing to diabetes, something I really would of course rather avoid.
My mate Pam found packs of these Iam's dried foods suitable for kittens up to 1 years of age in our local Poundland store and she text me about it she was so impressed and had bought some for her kitten Maizie. I text back telling her great buy but Myrtle isn't interested to then us getting a knock on the door and her holding a handful of them and giving them to Myrtle who devoured the lot and tried to demand more so half an hour later me and Pam was in Poundland with me purchasing two bags of these feeling rather hopeful!
These come in a purple coloured plastic bag (not resealable) with a picture of a couple of cute kittens on the front of it and we are told that they are Iams 'Good For Life' Kitten & Junior 1-12 Months ProActive Nutrition and that the flavour of these is Succulent Roast Chicken and that they are 100% Complete & Balanced and that they only contain natural ingredients and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and that they have been developed by Veterinarians and weight 300g and then other information on the sides and the back of the bag include being told a bit about the product, the ingredients used, there is a feeding guide given and contact details for Iams are listed. Nice enough and informative packaging this is however I do wish the bag was resealable but luckily I do have some food bag clips already!
The Food Itself:
Well these are little, dark brown kibbles that smell meaty and a bit malty to me and contain protein from the chicken as well as being rich in fibre and they have lots of vitamins and mineral in them as well as prebiotics. These are meant to sustain healthy growth and to give strong bones and healthy digestion and even offer to help muscle growth and a shiny coat and I have to say these are a real winner for us!
She really doesn't like any other brand of dried cat food but as soon as I go near the bag she goes mad and meows and she loves to take them from as treats as well so they must be good! They sound crunchy when she nibbles them and stay fresh in the bag for ages. For very young kittens you can moisten these with warm water if you want to though I just shove them in her bowl and she picks at them throughout the day. The feeding guide on the back of the bag is very easy to understand and all you do is work out how many weeks old your kitten is and then it tells you how many grams of food to give so I measure out 65g of the food a day though Myrtle doesn't ever eat that much but its there if she wants it!
This is a fantastic buy for us and seems to keep her satisfied for far longer than wet food does. I would definitely pay the full price for this no matter the price of it as she simply loves it and if she is happy then so am I and it gives me peace of mind knowing that I am giving her healthy food now!
Available in all good supermarkets and pet shops and a 300g pack of this usual retails at about £2.20 a bag which is excellent value!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Iams Select Bites in Gravy Kitten & Junior fresh pouch cat food is for kittens and growing cats It features increased protein content for healthy growth and plenty of chicken.