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For my cat Myrtle I tend to buy her the best food that I can. At almost two years old she is a very fussy eater and I feed her cat food pouches or trays and dried food throughout a day and never before today has she eaten canned food.
However I am in the process of moving and silly me packed all her food up along with most of mine and my Stepdad took it to our house leaving me with just dried food I had in the cupboard to give to her.
I know she loves her dried food however to me I have never felt it substantial enough and with no wet cat food in for her I decided when in my local shop to buy her a can to try as it was a nice large can and I knew that would give her a few small meals over the next couple of days....just until we move and she gets her Sheba and Gourmet meals back down her neck!
For the purpose of this review I will be reviewing the chicken flavour in jelly.
The food comes in a can with green labelling and a photograph of a cute cat on the front and the back of it of it and we are clearly told that it is KiteKat In Jelly 'Flvoured With Chicken' and then other information on the sides of the can incldues being told a very small amount of the product, the ingredients and compostion of it are given, feeding advice is clearly listed, the size of the can is listed (which is 400g) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This can has a handy ringpull to the top of it however do be careful cos as I pulled it back I caught myself on the top of the can and cut my finger, so sharp it all is!
The feeding guide on the can tells us that an adult cat needs 300g of food a day, so thats just over 3/4 of this can however that does depend on the age, activity and condition of your cat and whether its pregnant or just had a litter and so on.
As I explained earlier I feed my Myrtle a mixture of both wet and dry food and pretty on demand really as she is such a small eater and is a housecat who chooses not to go outside cos she's both lazy and nervous when I'm not around.
The food is set in the can and is made up of small and sort of soggy looking lumps. It only has 1% chicken in it along with meat and animal derivatives and cereals and things so I think of this really as junk food for cats and I certainly wouldn't feed her this very often at all. There is plenty of yellowish jelly in it and my only really issue with this is that to me it stinks!
It doesn't tip out of the can and with my pet fork I simply dig it out and because of the sogginess of the chunks you could mash this up with real ease if you wanted to however due to the size of the chunks I don't feel the need to do that and Myrtle dealt with this food very well indeed!
This though went down rather well which surprised me. I don't know why I thought she wouldn't like canned food and although I can't say she was delighted with it she did eat some of it and later I put down more again she had a nibble but as I have mentioned already she is very fussy and such a small eater she doesn't overly enthuse at any food really that I give her usually anyway.
So although this isn't the healthiest of foods, due to Myrtle being healthy and not one bit overweight if I was stuck I would buy it again and at 59p a can I do think its good value for my purse too!
So all in all our venture into a can of cat food really wasn't that bad....apart from the smell of it makes my nose curl but luckily not the diners!
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KiteKat chunks in jelly (cans)
Available as a pack of six 400g tins from supermarkets, in meat (chicken, turkey, lamb) or fish (salmon, tuna, whitefish) flavours. Sometimes also available as single tins in convenience stores and corner shops, though it seems to have disappeared from my local ones lately. It is owned/made by the same people who make the Whiskas brand.
My cats like this.
If I want to leave early and want to make sure they all eat fairly quickly, I give them a tin of Kitekat for breakfast. It is consists of soft chunks in jelly and is easily mashed up and divided into four. It is at the cheap end of the premium cat food, and they sometimes get a slightly upset stomach from it (too much grease or cereal filler, maybe), so I wouldn't feed it daily, but it is a cheap treat for them and makes my life easier if I am in a hurry. I also sometimes use it mashed (two or three to one) into their renal food which they are supposed to be eating but don't like.
Advantages: Cats like it; cheap
Disadvantage: Occasional upset stomach
I buy it as a treat / as an occasional mixer for renal food, and I make sure I always have a tin or two available.
I have two cats with approximately 7 years between them, the younger one is a rescue cat and his age is uncertain. The older cat, in his 13th year, is quite fussy and like all cats prefers fresh meat to the canned variety.
I don't have the time or funds to feed them with fresh meat other than the odd treat and so next best is the foil packed varieties. Again these tend to be expensive and so, for my cats, are in the treat category. Fortunately neither is an adept hunter so the bird table is indeed a place to feed the birds and not the cats! (although I am not convinced that the younger one's interest is purely innocent!)
As I said before the older cat is a little picky and turns his nose up at most "own" brand canned food. Sometimes he will "taste" a newly opened can but then a few mouthfuls later turns his back on it and will not touch it again.
As I have found out to my cost, even the more expensive brands don't tempt him, foil tray or no and many a luxury pate has "fed" the bin.
The one brand that I know I am safe with is Kit-E-Kat, in particular their varieties in jelly. When the dinner gong sounds in the form of ring pull can opening both are guaranteed to come running. Priced at the lower end of the pet foods, it suits my purse and the cats' palate. The fussy cat, Dave, (yes I know but I didn't chose the name) does have a tendency to eat the jelly and leave the meat but I have found the answer to this is to give him very small portions and then he happily cleans his plate. Jimmy ( I wasn't responsible for his name either) just cleans his plate....
There are both meat and fish varieties available in the "with jelly" range and specially formulated ranges for kittens, adults and seniors. My cats are both on the adult range, seem to thriving and not particularly overweight so I don't think I'll change this just yet.
One advantage of having two cats over one is that a can of cat food is used up in a day (they have dried food left out for between meals snacks) as it does seem to be quite smelly and the cats go off it if it's more than a day old. I don't like it hanging around for too long either even if it is kept sealed in the fridge.
The regulations governing pet foods are somewhat flimsy and as far as I can tell centre on traceability of content, hygiene and labelling but it does appear that minimum requirements of nutrition values should be met.
If you do have a fussy pet I would say don't make the assumption that you need to go for the most expensive varieties to tempt him, he won't have seen the adverts, be reading the label or admiring the can.
My opinion, for what it's worth, is that you may well be paying for more expensive packaging and marketing strategies, not necessarily better content.
I have awarded stars on ease of opening, variety available, value for money a well as cat appeal.
As I have said in other reviews, I adore animals and have had cats for lots of years along with dogs, and other animals but I find cat and dog food to be the most expensive.
I have to buy different brands and flavours as I have 3 too feed now and they like a variation of food in the same way that we do.
This brand come in tins of 400g
They come in single tins or in a multipack, the packs come with 6 tins or 12 and the 6 are priced at £2.59 for the 6, and the 12 are twice that amount but sometimes a couple of pennies cheaper because they are a dozen.
In the 6 pack they have 2 of each flavour being
They are all in jelly and they 12 pack are 3 of each flavour.
The prices depends on the supermarket and I have found them to be sometimes cheaper smaller shops, depends in your area.
The tin has a pull ring top, which is handy when you cannot find a tin opener, I use an electric one and it is handy for some of my pet foods that do not have the pull type but most do now as it is becoming more popular.
An average sized cat is supposed to eat 300g per day, spread over 2 meals but my cats eat probably the full 400g but it depends if you cat ventures outdoors and uses alot of energy but this is just a guideline.
It is best to serve this food at room temperature for the cat to enjoy it more, and the cat usually likes a bowl of fresh water to drink when it has eaten but I find my cats need the water for the biscuits they eat, they have biscuits in a different bowl to the cat food but my cats eat alot because 2 of them are outdoor and so get very hungry when they arrive home they like both biscuits and solid food.
This is a good brand and my cats eat it along with others on a regular basis, I like to give them a variation and this brand is a nice choice to make.
The single tins to try if you are trying to see if your cat likes them first are priced at about 54p the last time I bought one but they may be a little bit more now.
This is a good choice of food and the jelly is plentyful along with the juicy meat, the meat is in little chunks, not the large ones that some are, they are just the right size, although some cats like the bigger ones too, mine are fine with any type so I do not have a problem.
Give it a try and see if you cat likes it.
My two girls are the most pickiest eaters. They like a food for a couple of weeks then all of a sudden its not good enought for them anymore.
That was until I tried KiteKat. It actually works out cheaper for 12 tins of this then it does for Asda's own make, which I dont think is as filling as KiteKate in anycase. The packaging is a lovely vivid green colour and the big kitekate logo on the front. In my local Asda you can get a 6 pack, either in gravy or jelly or a 12 pack in jelly. My girls go jelly every time.
The tins are filled to the very brim, making sure you get value for money. The smell, actually is divine. Smells very meaty and full of flavour. The chunks are just the right size for a bite and the jelly is lovely and shiny. I have tried the gravy variety in the past and while they still seem to eat it, its takes longer for them to finish a full bowl. Not entirely sure why.
My two absolutely wolf the lot down and they have been on this food for a good 6 months now and dont seem to be tiring of it anytime soon!
KiteKat is one of the best cheap cat foods that you can buy I think. Unfortunately, prices are going up by quite a few pennies just lately but they're still one of the cheapest brands around. In fact their twelve pack of tins costs £4.79 compared to £5 for Tesco own which isn't even as good as KiteKat.
We tend to buy this in the 12 can packs but you can also get it in 6 can packs for £2.49 and in packs of 12 pouches which cost £2.66. That's pretty cheap when you compare it to Whiskas and Felix products.
I don't think these products are quite as appealing to our mogs as say Whiskas are. They have a milder aroma and are a lot more stodgy when you fork them out of the tin. But they're certainly not unappealing and our cats will happily eat this food on a regular basis. They turned their little noses up when we tried them with Tesco own cat food once, but KiteKat has always gone down just fine with them.
I think this is an excellent budget brand cat food and if our cats will eat then, I think most cats will. When you consider just how much cheaper it is over the course of six months or a year, it's got to be worth a try if you're looking to cut back on the shopping bill a bit.
Very recently, I saw an advert for Kwik Save which had kitekat for 29p per can instead of 46p. It was well received and the two varieties they sold had far less jelly than some rivals and had a more pleasant smell to it. kitekat has a "USP" (unique selling point) that it has extra yeast (I didn't know cat food had yeast in it but it is a source of vitamin B) and also has milk/milk derivatives as well, so it seems pretty unique, more healthy and so better for your cat than many other canned meat. So, not only is kitekat better for providing a balanced diet for your cat, it is also more tasty than others (especially Choosy/Go-Cat) none is wasted and may well avoid the need of suplliaments, which your cat might not take and are expensive. Whilst it is more expensive than other meats (up to 50p per 400g can) it has many benefits others don't have.
I have been feeding my cat this product for several months now. I brought it because its on of the cheapest cat foods avaliable and my cat enjoys it. This product is around 46p and its comes in an easy to open can with a ring pull so no can opener is required. The meat comes of the tin easily and smells quite good really... ( Well for cat food anyway!) My cat munched it down straight away and was even licking her lips afterwards. She found it easy to chew which meant that it was kind to her teeth. It lasts reasonably long and there are a wide variety of flavours avaliable. It has some nutrional value, so who can complain? I recommend this product although i have never eaten it myself and hopefully i never will. My cat enjoys it....so i'm sure yours will!
When I was first adopted by my cat, Spooky, Kitekat was one of the first foods I gave her. As in the opinion written by "mooncat", my cat seems to prefer the gravy than the meat judging by what was left when she walked away from her bowl. At first, being a ferel cat that moved in with me, she used to eat everying and anything I gave her but soon she just had the gravy. So now, she eats KatKins most of the time (apart from sundays when I give her one of those "posh" ones in the small foil tray as an extra treat). The other ferel cats and strays in the alleyways still love Kitekat but I'm not sure if that's a recommendation or not. Price wise, its towards the "middle" of tinned cat foods but as there are those cheapo tins in the likes of pound shops and other cut price stores that my cat prefers that are half the price might suggest something.
My parents enjoy telling the story of when I first started to crawl as a baby that they found me eating the cat’s KiteKat. This has obviously left it’s mark, and apart from when I sharpen my claws on the furniture and chase mice, I find that when I am in a supermarket buying cat food I am always drawn to KiteKat. I know this is not the cheapest cat food available, but I still think of it as the best, so it is worth paying that bit extra for. Nowadays I have given up eating the food myself, but the cat does really seem to enjoy this brand. When we first got our cat everybody seemed to advise us that if we started our cat off with cheap cat food it would get used to it and be happy with the cheaper brands. This was just not the case. The cat (Pebbles) just would not eat the cheap brands and would miaow and miaow until we gave in and finally fed him with a better brand. We have tried various brands over the years but it is still KiteKat that he will always eat with the most enthusiasm and often want “seconds”. Although he will sometimes eat other brands they do often make him sick and that we definitely do not want. Our cat is now 13 years old and eats one can of food each day. At 47p each this means that so far he has cost us over £2000. I wish I hadn’t worked that out now! Does anybody want to buy a cat? Obviously having a cat (or any pet) is a financial commitment, but he is a member of the family and if we are going to take responsibility for a pet then we should feed him a food he will enjoy and not just look at the price. If KiteKat was good enough for me, it must be good enough for Pebbles.
My cat seems to love this food, but only the gravy. She reminds me of a child eating all the best bits from a cake and leaving the sponge. On noticing this I contacted the makers of this food to ask why the gravy is not supplied on its own, as I am sure my cat would love her biscuits (dry food) with a drizzle of this seemingly yummy liquid. I have had no correspondance whatsoever from them, which I think at least is a tad rude. I seem to be paying 47p a can for probably 90% waste, even smashing the chunks up does not work. C'mon cat food manufacturers provide the gravy on its own!