Product Type: Lily's Kitchen cat food
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Lidl Coshida Premium Pate
Member Name: Mephit
Lidl Coshida Premium Pate
Date: 04/06/12, updated on 04/06/12 (1307 review reads)
Advantages: cheap cat food, recyclable packaging, tasty (apparently)
Disadvantages: not a lot
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.
Summary: Good cat food
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