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Not purely perfection for my cats!
Purely Complete Adult Cat Food
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Purely Complete Adult Cat Food
Date: 25/10/11, updated on 25/10/11 (152 review reads)
Advantages: Good price, good quality
Disadvantages: The cats didn't like it!
***Please note that although this Dooyoo listing appears to be for the Purely dry cat food, the Dooyoo Team have asked me to post my review of the Purely pouches here***
As a rule, I don't tend to stick to one brand of cat food when it comes to the wet variety - there are several brands I buy regularly, and it depends which is on offer. About two months ago my little boy Snoopy was seriously ill with crystals in his urine, and now has to be on a special diet for life, but our two female cats can have any food.
I always try to buy good quality brands with a high meat content, and the Purely brand, made by Pets at Home, fit this description quite well - although the meat content (around 50%) isn't as high as that of say Applaws or Natures Menu, it is very good in comparison to the likes of Whiskas. My idea was to buy a couple of boxes of the Purely pouches, at the time on offer at two for £9, along with a couple of boxes of a higher meat content brand.
The Purely pouches are available in two boxes - a chicken selection and a fish selection. My local branch of Pets at Home was out of stock of the fish variety, so I bought two of the chicken, which contained 12 pouches, 4 each of 3 different flavours. The pouches themselves are made of a material I've never come across on cat food pouches before - the norm is foil, with some brands such as Applaws using thicker plastic, but the Purely ones have an almost paper feel to them.
On serving the food for the first time, I realised that it wasn't the usual chunks in jelly that you might expect from a wet cat food, but rather something which resembled pate more than anything else. It was much more solid than Natures Menu, which is also not chunks, and was quite uniform in colour with few obvious chunks within it. I squeezed it out into the bowls, and broke it up with a fork to make it easier for the girls to eat.
The first few times the girls had the Purely pouches, they ate them as well as most brands - eating about half when it was put out then coming back for more a little later. After a few meals however, they weren't finishing the food, and about halfway through the box they stopped eating it altogether and continued shouting at us for more food. They would occasionally lick the food, but ate very little.
It was apparent that the Purely food was not to their tastes, which was a shame - they enjoy the Purely dry food, and of course I had bought two boxes of the pouches. Fortunately Pets at Home allow you to return food which your pets don't like and apparently will even accept opened packs. I took the second box (unopened) back to the store, and they exchanged it for a different brand which I knew the girls liked.
I am disappointed by the fact they didn't like this food - at £4.99 a box, it is a reasonable price for a good quality food. It is also telling that both girls didn't like this - I would recommend it based on the quality of the meat, but given that both didn't like it I am a bit hesitant to do so.
Summary: A good quality food worth trying for the price, but not for my cats!
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