“ A cheaper alternative to the more well-known brands, Lidl Coshida Premium Pate is a seemingly very tasty option. With all the nutritional values you'd expect, there's no reason not to give it a try. „
Coshida is Lidl's brand of cat food, and although my cats are usually fed on Aldi cat food, I did try them on Coshida when a new Lidl opened close to my workplace.
I tried the pouches and also the pate, both of which were cheap and so there was nothing to lose. These trays retail in packs working out at 19p each. From a selfish point of view I prefer feeding pouches to my cats as they are simply tear and pour. These pate's required the extreme effort of a quick mashing after they are put into the cats' bowls. That said, they did come out of the trays very easily, in fact with only the slightest squeeze of the tray needed.
The first thing to say about these pate's was that the smell was horrendous (to me). The cats found it appealing however, but unfortunately I think the pungent smell would have been enough to stop me buying it again even if the cats had enjoyed it. The texture did indeed appear like a good quality smooth pate, but the colours were a bit too vivid to me, not at all natural looking.
After an initial enthusiastic ravishing of the food by both my cats, they left about half of the trays. The next time I fed them the pate, I gave them half a tray each thinking I would give them more later, but again, only half (of the half) was eaten.
If I had to interpret my cats' reactions, the word would be "underwhelmed". I wonder if the fact that they are used to the chunks of their pouches, this pate texture was also quite uninspiring and boring to them... Nothing to get their teeth into!
I think the problem with these is that I saw the price tag and thought they were really cheap. In reality, they still worked out more than the pouches and so nothing was gained.
I feed 2 feral cats regularly (sometimes 3) and my own cat so I go through quite a bit of cat food and am always looking out for special offers.
I spotted the Coshida brand in Lidl a few months ago and found it to be quite cheap for both wet and dry food.
I bought a couple of trays in each of the 4 flavours (salmon, poultry, tuna and lamb) costing around 20p each for 100g which was good value.
The lamb and vegetables is in gravy so is easy to eat out of the tin but the other 3 varieties are more of a hard pate so I would mash it up a bit otherwise my little piggy (cat) would try to eat it in one mouthful.
The first time I fed this brand to the cats went okay. One of the ferals would only eat the gravy based flavour, the other 2 ate them no problem.
I was pleased with this and decided I would stock up on more on my next visit for the 2 that enjoyed it.
The next time I bought it was not quite as successful! Going to chop up a bit of food in the first tray I could not even get a fork through it. It was a rock solid lump in the middle with a little bit of softer pate around the edges. I actually prodded it as it was as if it was frozen and was thawing around the edges but it was not. Failing to get the fork through the first can, I threw it away and opened the next flavour. This one was seemed ok at first until I found large rock hard lumps of what seemed like bones in it and lots of fatty pieces.
The third variety of pate was the exact same and I had no idea what the hard lumps were but I wasn't going to feed it to the cats. The lamb which they usually like seemed ok so I gave them some but all three stared at me and didn't touch it.....very out of character and leaving food is not something I'd ever see my own cat before.
I don't think these hard lumps would of been dangerous but I would still not feed it to them. Along with the fact that none of them were impressed with the Coshida dry food either I decided this would be the last time I would buy it! I would not recommend this at all and dread to think what is in it!
Now we're on an economy drive in our house, which has meant a thorough examination of where all our money goes - and one of our frighteningly expensive weekly out-goings has turned out to be the cats. They eat a mixed diet of cat biscuits and wet-food, as although I believe it is cheaper to feed dry food alone, I'm always worried about cats not drinking enough and getting kidney problems. I'm a bit vague on where I acquired this fear, and it may be more to do with older cats anyway, but it's too late now - my cats expect to dine on meat and if they don't get any, they assume they haven't been fed, whether there are biscuits available or not!
I also feed them using pouches usually, which works out more expensively than tinned food does, which was another mistake from the early days of cat ownership. I've tried, but the cats will eat the first half of a tin of food, yet nothing will persuade them to eat the second half. My cats are fussy beggars. And they like variety. They like us to swap brands regularly (and we do, because we tend to go for the 2 for a fiver deals in supermarkets, alternating between Whiskas and Felix, usually) and by the time they're half-way through a box of pouches, their enthusiasm for the food will have visibly waned. They will come in mewing for food, parade around until the pouches are dispensed, at which point they will turn up their noses and saunter outside again. Anyway, you have the background...
I went to Lidl in the frame of mind for grocery-bill reduction, and unbeknownst to the cats, their part of the food bill was prime for cutting. We're in this together, kitty...
When I saw these 100g tin-trays of Coshida cat food for 18p each, I thought, "they'll never eat those!" - but it had to be worth a try. So I bought ten.
There are several types, just like better known brands, such as the paté, chunks in gravy and chunks in jelly, with a variety of flavours (like beef or game). One thing I did notice was that the percentage of beef in the 'beef paté' is 12%, where in other brands I have seen the named flavour of the food be as little as 4% of the ingredients. The protein content is also a couple of per cent higher than the pouches I currently have at home. This seems to indicate the food is of decent quality, as far as pet foods go.
I couldn't wait to try it out on the cats, hopeful if unconvinced, so was pleased when they took our arrival home as signifying dinner.
I don't particularly like the tin-trays these come in, as it can be hard to get the whole amount of food out without using a spoon (one of the benefits of pouches is squeezing the food out without having to touch it). However, the upside is that these are recyclable, as both lid and tray are aluminium. This is quite a big plus, as it does worry me that a fair amount of our non-recyclable rubbish does seem to consist of cat food pouches!
Once out of the tray, the food was as appetising as any other cat food (which is to say, not at all, to my eyes, but it's alright for cats). It smells a bit, but nothing beyond any other brand we've tried, and not disgusting. The cats fell on it with gusto. They cleaned up their bowls.
I truly believed that I had succeeded in cutting down the cat food bill, but found, just as with any other brand, my cats start to lose interest after a few meals. However, it does mean an extra, cheaper string to my cat food bow, and if I intermingle these with other brands, I can cut down the amount I spend on my fluffy fiends (there isn't an 'r' missing). So ever since, I have been buying Coshida cat food regularly.
I'd recommend these to any cat owner. At least if you try one on even the fussiest of felines - at 18p, you can't complain.
* BACKGROUND & INFO *
Many of you who regularly read my reviews will be aware by now that I have a very elderly feline at home with me who suffers from a variety of health problems as a result of old age. One of these is unfortunately renal failure which has a bunch of horrible side effects, one of which is nausea, and unfortunately as a result of feeling (or being) sick, my girl will often go off her food and lose her appetite.
This of course is very worrying and is something I try to prevent as much as possible. One thing I have come to find with my girl is that she can become bored of the same food and treats very easily, and so I find I am constantly buying a variety of food to try and prevent her from becoming bored which of course makes her loss in appetite worsen further.
I will also vary the 'format' of cat food, buying pouches as well as tins with some of the foil trays thrown in for good measure. This varied selection usually results in a rather hefty pet food bill but my girl is approximately 19 years old and comes from a background of abuse and neglect.... So I figure she deserves a retirement that is filled with love and yes, she is thoroughly spoiled...!
* LIDL COSHIDA CAT FOOD PATE *
I will shop in my local branch of Lidl from time to time as it is quite near my house and I find it convenient to pop in for bits and pieces when need be. It had been quite some time since I had tried my girl on Lidl's own-branded cat food and I couldn't remember if she had liked it or not, so I decided to peruse the relevant section when shopping in my local store recently. Lidl's limited selection of cat food goes under the brand name "Coshida" which I believe is a brand exclusive to them.
I noticed immediately that there were some 'foil trays' available in the Coshida brand. Whilst there were a few flavours and 'varieties' that I didn't think would appeal to my puss, there were also some foil trays available that offered a 'Pate' food, which I thought my girl might enjoy. I bought a couple to try out on my girl, and paid under 20 pence per tray.
This first experience of the Coshida Pate Trays took place several months ago, and the trays were enthusiastically chomped by my girl, so much so that I have made several repeat trips to my local Lidl store specifically to 'stock-up' on more of the trays. There are four flavour options in the Coshida Pate to choose from in my local store, but I do find that this varies, depending on the size of the Lidl store I am shopping in at the time. Indeed, it is often the case that there are only one or two flavour options to choose from.
In my local store however, the flavour options are Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Rabbit. I have not tried my girl on the rabbit variety as this is often out of stock in my local store, and anyway I doubt she would eat it as she is not particularly fussed with any other rabbit-flavoured offerings I have purchased from other brands. The other three flavours have proven to be a popular choice with my girl however, with her rarely refusing it when it has been offered to her.
The packaging for the foil trays is very similar to that provided by more well-known cat food manufacturers, and it consists of a sturdy foil tray that is square in shape. There is a thin foil 'lid' on top of each tray that can be pulled off easily and discarded, to reveal the cat meat pate underneath. It might be worth pointing out that even with limited mobility, I have never encountered any problems with removing the foil lids from the trays, which is not something that can be said of every similar cat food purchase that I have made in the past.
The Coshida Pate looks, well, disgusting. This is not something that would put me off from buying a particular brand of cat food however... my girl is far too precious to me to let such matters interfere with the purchases I make on her behalf! Comprising of a sort of 'slab' of compressed meat and a jelly-like substance, there is the usual 'meaty' smell evident when the Coshida food is being removed from the foil tray and served in a serving bowl. It is not difficult to notice that the food is quite soft in its texture, as you would expect given the fact the food is a 'Pate', and I find it is very easily 'mashed' with my girl's fork or spoon. This seems to really appeal to my girl - perhaps because she is getting so lazy in her old age, and so less chewing/crunching is required with the soft Pate texture than with other foods..? Who knows, but in any case the Coshida Pate Trays are always a popular choice and as I touched on earlier, the bowl is often licked clean after dinnertime.
I am no expert on the taste of the food, having never tried it myself of course, but I do think I am quite experienced with assorted types of cat food and what each of the many 'main' brands have to offer, mainly because I have had to buy so much of the stuff over the past ten or so years! The one main difference that I have noticed with the Coshida Pate Trays is that it looks to me to be quite 'sloppy' in its texture, although this may well be down to the fact it is a 'Pate' product rather than being actual cat food, which is usually presented in neat, square-shaped chunks, surrounded in a block of jelly. The Pate on the other hand, is a complete mass of moist cat food, with a slightly 'whipped' texture in places, and small pieces of 'meat-like' substance and 'jelly' in other places.
As far as popularity goes, the Coshida Pate Trays have fared better than many bigger-branded alternatives that are regularly offered to my girl. She will often turn her nose up at these alternatives, and so they often end up in the bin. This has made the Coshida Trays a more preferable purchase as not only do they get eaten most of the time they are offered, they cost almost half the price of some of the more 'well known' brands of cat food trays.
It is worth noting too I think, that the price of the Coshida Pate Trays does tend to fluctuate from time to time. The last time I purchased the trays I paid only 18 pence each, which I think is a great value price, particularly when you consider that each tray represents one meal for my girl. I have paid up to 22 pence per tray on occasion, however I do think this still offers excellent value for money.
Overall, I cannot fault the Coshida Pate Trays and even though I think the Pate food looks rather disgusting and sloppy, my girl obviously has a different opinion if the empty bowls are anything to go by! The Coshida Pate Trays deserve top marks as far as I am concerned and I will continue to buy them for my old girl!