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      27.10.2013 23:33
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      a good value decent cat food

      INTRODUCTION
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      I have two cats in my house. I got them a year apart though. The first one, Ollie, never really bothered what food he would have and was fine with any. Now when Minnie came along it was a different story! After she was old enough to stop having kitten food we changed her over to adult food. We tried most brands and nearly all of them gave her an upset tummy, (the litter tray was gross!!) We went through loads and she didn't get on with any of them, until my mum suggested Tesco premium cat crunchies as that's what her cats have. We tried it and haven't looked back since.

      THE RANGE
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      Tescos cat premium cat crunchies are a range of dry cat biscuits made by Tesco. They come in different flavours including
      *duck, rabbit, chicken & vegetable
      *Herring, pilchard & vegetable
      *Salmon, trout, tuna & fish
      *Turkey, chicken & vegetable

      I find that the fish ones smell very fishy, yeah I guess that should be obvious...but to me the smell is too much and too strong. I prefer my cats to have the meat ones as I don't find they smell quite so bad! My cats don't seem to mind what flavour they have, they like them all!

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
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      They are obviously available from Tesco, in store and online. They come in four different sizes
      * 500g costs £0.85
      * 1 kg costs £1.39
      * 2.25 kg costs £2.79
      * 5 kg costs £5.79
      So you get slightly better value the bigger the pack you buy.

      CONCLUSION
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      For me and my moggies this is the only cat food we'll use now. It is cheaper than all the big brands out there, my cats like it and it seems to be the only cat food that doesn't give my kitty Minnie an upset tummy. A winner all round.
      Would definitely recommend giving it a try!

      5/5 from me.
      Thank you for reading. I hope it was useful

      xx Mrs K xx

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        05.02.2013 13:31
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        You get what you pay for!

        As some of you know I have a eight month old kitten called Henry and a Poodle called Daisy. Both are the world to me.
        I have fed Henry on a dried complete diet since day one, as I believe it is much better for there teeth and general health. Up until recently I fed Henry on kitten food, however with him being an indoor cat I decided to start feed him dried food from day one.

        The packaging~

        Comes in a black cardboard box with a picture of a grey and white cat at the front.
        This is a 500g box that contain fish shaped kibbles. They contain shrimp salmon trout and tuna It smells of fish and for some reason smells a bit cheesy too. The food is full of the essential vitamins and minerals that your cat needs in his/her daily diet. It also tells me that this food is very good for teeth and gums and general oral care of your cat.

        What does Henry think~

        Henry is not a fussy eater he will eat anything even the dogs dinner if I am not looking lol! He can't stand this food at all walks away as soon as I put this in his dish and it gets thrown in the bin. He much prefers Purina or Whiskas dried complete to this.

        Only available from Tesco costing around 80p a box.

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          11.08.2012 00:16

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          I don't recommend this product.

          I sometimes have to buy this when it's close to pay day and money is tight.

          My cats are used to eating what ever is on offer, they have good little tummies and can go from posh James Wellbeloved (rare...!) to Whiskas to Go Cat with no problems.

          It's become clear that my cats would rather go hungry than eat 'Premium Cat Crunchies'.

          The kibble bits are powdery looking, hard fish shapes.

          I'd fill their bowls and they'd sniff it, maybe give it a go just in case it had changed since the last time they had to endure it and then stop, stare at me like I'd just binned their favourite toy and then meow over and over and over in hungry outrage.

          If it's all I've got to give them, it's all I've got, so in their bowls it stays. They will stand strong, demanding something else until their so hungry that they just don't have a choice. They wont eat the whole bowl up, they will eat until their tummies stop rumbling and leave the rest.

          They are both little piggies with Whiskers, which they will continue to eat long after they are full.

          I'm guessing that this stuff is like plain pasta is to us. It fills you but it's boring and tasteless.


          On a positive, they haven't been ill from it.

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          05.05.2012 17:28
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          They are ok, but they are a cheaper filler really, and my cat prefers dog crunchies to these ones.

          I have had no choice over what cat food to feed my mogs for a number of years because one of my boys had kidney disease so needed to have a special low protein diet and most supermarket brands of food were a big no-no. If I fed them to him, he could develop a kidney stone and get a blocked kidney.

          To be safe, we just put both cats on the same kidney food, so when we prematurely lost our boy in 2011 at just 5 years old, we saw it as a chance to nring a bit of variety back into the diet of my other cat, Ginger.
          Ginger is not a mega fussy cat. He has a preference for wet food as he has been on just dry food for so long, but he will also eat crunchie food. The problem we have is that he has had to have quite a lot of teeth removed fairly recently, and these kibbles are not that agreeable to him. I think the problem is that the kibbles are different sizes, and some of them are just not that manageable to him, so he will eat a few, then walk away before pestering me for something else.

          The kibbles look quite attractive. They are a few different colours, and the smell from them is just of cereal really and not too offensive to me when I give him them. They are not particularly dusty, and I thought the different sized kibbles were a good idea for a bit of variety.

          I decided to try him on a different dried food with slightly smaller and more uniform kibbles. Although not that much smaller, he has eaten a much bigger quantity of the other brand of food compared to this one.
          I feel the food is probably very agreeable to some cats, and I have noticed that the blackbirds in the garden try to pinch his food when I put these outside so they obviously like them. It is not the most budget of cat foods, but it is a reasonable price and quality. It is available in Tesco at £1.10 for 1Kg, or £2.39 for the 2.25Kg bag that I bought for him. The smaller quantity was in a cardboard box, whereas the larger amount I bought is in a double layered non-resealable bag.

          The crunchies are something I prefer to give to my cat compared to wet food to try and stop the tooth decay from getting any worse, but he clearly is not that fond of this one and only eats it moderately when given no
          choice.

          This one has got additives in, which again, I would prefer not to, but as it was a supplementary food I was happy enough in small quantities. It contains colourings, and anti-oxidants and some vitamins. The protein content would have been too high for my last cat, at 28%. The recommended food intake for a cat is between 75-105g of this food per day, so a bag of this would last me most of the month, but as he only nibbles it, and is supplemented with pouches, this has been in the cupboard for a couple of months now.

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          15.09.2011 18:42
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          False economy. You mostly end up throwing these away.

          To be fair, my cats ARE fussy eaters! I think most cats are really. I have tried then with loads of different cat biscuits over the past few years and not so long back got a box of these for my cats to try. I wanted to see whether they would eat something slightly less expensive than the ones they usually have.

          These cat biscuits come in several different flavours: Salmon, trout and shrimp
          Duck, rabbit, chicken and vegetables
          Herring, pilchard and vegetables

          I have to say, my cats HATED them! I don't know why, because to me they looked like any other cat biscuit. They are slightly larger that the biscuits my cats had been used to, so I wondered whether that was the problem? Cats don't like change much at the best of times. I tried everything to get them to eat these crunchies, mixing them in with their usual ones gradually did not work. All they did was eat the ones they liked and left these. I can only summise that they did not like the taste.

          I have since relented and gone back to the more expensive brand. They get eaten up and the cats ask for more.

          I think Tesco Cat Crunchies may well be a false economy as most of them got thrown away.

          £1.19 for 1kg box.

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            19.04.2011 11:28
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            A low priced dry cat food that keeps Bob happy :)

            I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. Recently my old family cat, Bob, has come to live with me after my dad started making plans to move out of town. Things were going well until Bob decided to have an "adventure" and I didn't see him for 10 weeks, when he was returned to me in a dreadfully sorry looking state. Since then I have kept him inside and been nursing him back to full health. Bob is the grand old age of 15 and a half years, which is pretty good going for a cat! He is normally very active and playful, and I try my best to ensure that he stays in good health. I usually feed him special senior cat food which is designed for mature & senior cats aged 7 and above, but he loves his cat biscuits as well. I picked up a box of these Premium Cat Crunchies biscuits from Tesco, where they are part of the Tesco's own brand pet food range. It is very good value for money with a 500g box costing 72p, 1kg costs £1.19 and 2.25kg costs £2.59.

            Product description: "A complete pet food for adult cats. Vitamin and mineral enriched. Oral care for teeth and gums."

            My Bob cat is still very active at over 15 years old and is very young in some aspects of his behaviour. He enjoys play time as well as lots of running and jumping about. To keep his energy levels topped up as well as maintaining a healthy body, I make sure to feed him special senior food, and supplement his daily diet with these cat biscuits. Tesco's Premium Cat Crunchies are available in a choice of 3 different flavours, and I selected the fishy option with Salmon, Trout, Tuna and Shrimp. The food comes in a cardboard box and is a complete dry food. There is a pop out slot on the side of the box that allows you to pour the food out into a food bowl. This is easy to use and allows me to control how much food I want to dispense. The food itself takes the form of small dry biscuits that have little fishy shapes to fit in with the theme of the flavour. They are small and crunchy, and can easily be gobbled up and munched down by my cat. Because they are a dry food I like to put out his meaty cat food in the morning for his breakfast meal before I go to work, and will then leave him with a good amount of these biscuits to graze on throughout the day, without having to worry about them going bad or drying out like a meat based food would.

            The recommended servings amounts per day are as follows:
            Kitten (3-6 months) = 40g - 130g
            Small cat = 75g
            Medium cat = 90g
            Large cat = 105g
            Pregnant cat = up to 130g
            Nursing cat = up to 400g
            Obviously this will vary depending on if you are varying their diet by providing other foods as well. I like to give my cat a balanced diet and provide meat based food as well, so I give less of these Premium Cat Crunchies and a box can last me for several weeks if I buy the larger size, which is very economic.

            As my cat gets older I am obviously becoming more concerned about his health and hope to help keep him fit and active for as long as possible. Tesco's Premium Cat Crunchies provide specific healthcare benefits by looking after teeth and gums. This is essential for an older cat as their dental health is very important and can be helped along by simply feeding dry biscuit food on a daily basis to keep teeth strong and clean.

            Bob is in incredibly good health for his age, and other than having a slightly dull coat he appears in tip top condition. He is slowing down in some ways, such as not being able to jump up and down the stairs quite as quickly as he used to, and spending more time sleeping after short bursts of activity. However, he is still pretty much the same as he always has been and manages to get up to all sorts of mischief! I can tell that Bob enjoys eating these cat biscuits as he always starts begging as soon as he sees me reaching for the box, and then scoffs the biscuits down straight away. He can be quite fussy about what biscuits he will or won't eat, so I was glad to see that he enjoyed these as they are a nice cheap food that I can include to balance out his diet. I am happy with this premium Cat Crunchies food as it suits my cat's needs and I can see that he likes eating it. I would happily continue buying this pet food, and recommend it to other pet owners that have biscuit-loving cats.

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              26.03.2011 23:59
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              My girls recommend them, at the moment anyway!

              Now anyone who has a cat must know that they can be fussy little blighters when the mood takes them. I usually give my 3 girls a mixture of dry and wet food and recently as they were getting a bit fed up and picky with their food I bought them some different crunchies for a change. I opted for Tesco Premium Crunchies with Duck, Rabbit, Chicken and Vegetables. Lots of flavours in one box I thought, there's bound to be a bit of something for everyone. The Tesco crunchies cos £1.11 for a 1kg box.

              The box is different to the one Dooyoo are showing. Its a black box with a large purple paw print on it, a picture of a cute cat and an image of the actual crunchies. There are 2 little symbols in the bottom corner telling the pet owner that the crunchies are enriched with vitamins and minerals and the other symbol is of a tooth and the words oral care teeth and gums, indicating that these will help with your pets teeth and gums. The sides of the box have the ingredients and a feeding guide on them but personally I just go by what my girls need and none of them are overweight. You are also informed that this is a "complete pet food for adults cats".

              The actual crunchies look a completely different colour to the illustration on the box, they are much darker and don't look as nice. You get 4 different shaped little biscuits in the box, 3 in various shades of brown, presumably the meat and a small round green one, the vegetables.

              To open the box you need to push a little perforated flap on the side. I always find these difficult for some reason and have to resort to using a knife. The crunchies smell vaguely meaty, to be honest they smell cheap but its the cats who have to eat them and I suppose they might smell nice to them.

              I gave my girls their first bowl of the Tesco crunchies and after giving them a good sniff to make sure they hadn't been given anything sub standard they all tucked in. Now although I was pleased about this first taste test I know from past experience that because they ate them once it by no mean suggests they will eat them again!

              I have been giving my girls these Tesco crunchies for 2 weeks now, along with their wet food, and I'm pleased to say they still like them. I wondered if they would leave the vegetable ones but they don't, all 3 are happy to crunch their way through them.

              I will continue to buy these to give them a change. I don't think they are as good as the more expensive dry cat food but for a change now and again they are fine and certainly deserve 4 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.

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              14.04.2010 20:43
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              Good product

              Our cat eats a fair bit, and top branded cat food is very expensive. I decided it was time to start feeding her cheaper alternatives, as we ourselves have been trying own brand products it's only right the cat does too!

              For £1.09 in Tesco you can get a 1kg box of 'premium' biscuits, that have four different flavours; duck, rabbit, chicken & vegetables. The Whiskas alternative costs in excess of £2 so there is a noticable saving.

              These biscuits are ideal to give your cat between meal times, and ours alwas has a bowl left in the kitchen for when we are at work, always leave your cat plenty of water as they are a dry food and don't have the moisture content of the wet food.

              The biscuits don't look as tastey as more expensive brands, they are all odd shapes and no two look the same, you can tell which ones are vegetable as they are green in colour, the three meats are different shades of brown. When I saw the word premium on the box, I expected the product inside to look a bit more appertising, or at least shaped a little.

              The smell isn't too strong, which is good, as there is nothing worse than waking up first thing and having to feed your cat with stinking cat food.

              Now it's hard to do a food review without actually tasting the product, there is nothing that I won't eat, so I decided to give it a try, I had one of each colour, and can honestly say I tasted no duck, rabbit, chicken or vegetable, the taste was very bland and left a horrible aftertaste. I guess a cats taste buds work a bit different to ours. They are very crunchy, so how a cat's little teeth chew through these is amazing!

              Our cat obviously likes the taste, we always put a bowl out in the morning, and when we return from work it is always empty.

              Definitely worth swapping more expensive brands for this one, excellent product.

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              01.04.2010 22:37
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              don't be fooled by the title, this is a cheap cat food

              My cat has never been fussy. I've brought home food from almost all the major brands and he's attacked them all with the same relish. With that in mind, I recently tried him on Tesco Premium Cat Crunchies as I saw they were so much cheaper than branded food, at £1.15 for a kilogram box it was half the price per kilo of the cheapest brand, Purina Go-Cat. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the box is now black instead of the blue picture displayed. The flavour I tried had a crimson band, and was described as containing "Duck, Rabbit, Chicken and Vegetables." The biscuits are smaller and darker in colour than most and there was a slightly lower protein to carbohydrate ratio, as you would expect to find in a cheaper food.

              I started off mixing this food with Whiskas and it seemed to go down okay but once the bowl was all Tesco food I soon found my cat meowing at me and running to the kitchen when I got up, as if expecting me to feed him more. However, once I got to the kitchen I often found the food bowl still over half full and in the end could only get through the whole box by mashing it up with pouches of wet food to bribe him into eating it.

              Tesco don't have a 'Value' or 'Standard' own-brand cat food as far as I know, so I object to them calling this their 'Premium' offering with nothing to compare it against. However, if my cat's reaction to this is anything to go by, Tesco Value cat food wouldn't even be worth trying. I won't be buying this again unless I have an extremely poor week and then only to bulk out a food he actually likes.

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                10.04.2009 22:46
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                Highly recommended by me and my old girl.

                INTRODUCTION

                My cat has just turned fourteen years old making her ninety eight years old in cat years, so she is a bit of a grandma now and has become very fuzzy in her old age.

                Over the last few years she seems to have become a bit forget full and has now decided that she no longer likes to leave the house and now dislikes wet meat, although this is only on occasions as she will still lick her whiskers when the food pouches come out of the fridge.

                Anyway the forgetfulness has come as she seems to have forgotten that she has been fed and constantly meows for more, so I have tried many things such as feeding her smaller amounts more frequently but this made her even worse so the vet recommended I try her on a dry complete biscuit alongside her wet food twice a day, the vet told me her teeth were perfectly fine so I thought I would give it a go.

                While shopping in Tesco a few months ago I came across these premium cat crunchies and thought I would give them a try as they were relatively cheap and I did not really want to spend much as I thought the cat would instantly turn her nose up.

                THE PRODUCT

                These Cat biscuits are a Tesco branded product, they are not the value range but of a slightly higher quality which Tesco call their premium range.

                The biscuits are called premium cat crunchies and come in various flavours but the ones I bought were with duck, rabbit, chicken and vegetables.

                Which actually sound very appealing as these were all of the flavours the cat adores when I feed her meat.

                Anyway these tiny little biscuits are the size of your small finger nail, so they are small enough even for older cats to consume without much effort, these little biscuits are basically what I would call mis-shapes as they don't really have a shape to them.

                The biscuits are also very crunchy so beware as you cat will make a real noise chewing their way through them, I have been known to awake in the night chomping through her biscuits which was really surprising as her food bowl was down stairs in the kitchen.

                After opening the first box I was amazed as these did not really smell, but saying that I didn't really know what to expect as these were all new to me and the cat.

                The different flavours are determined by colour the chicken, rabbit and duck biscuits are shades of brown ranging from dark to light brown and the vegetable content are dark green in colour.

                The cat really enjoys these and the meat flours are always devoured fully, but I do have to laugh as she always leaves the green veggie biscuits, I really amuses me as she never lifts her head from the bowl but still manages to pick out all of the green biscuits, it just goes to show that animals hate veggies too.

                PRICE / AVALIBILITY

                The first time I bought these I got them in a one kilo box, which cost roughly 90p and filled the cat bowl for about a week, so for the price it was a risk I was willing to take but it has paid off for me now.

                After seeing that the cat actually started to rely on these biscuits I started to buy the larger four kilo bags, which cost £3.79 and are currently lasting six weeks at a time, so I have found the bigger bags to be much better value for money.

                MY OPINION

                These complete cat biscuits have worked really well for all of us as the cat no longer meows all of the time and she now has a constant supply of food for whenever she is peckish.

                I have always been fearful of leaving the wet meat in the bowl to long as it attracts flies and germs especially at this time of year but these biscuits can be left for as long as they need to be as they are dry and the biggest bonus is the fact that they do not stink the house out.

                I have to be honest and say that the cat did not take to these straight away but as soon as she realised that this was all she was getting, apart from her two wet meat feeds a day she soon learned to like them, I don't think she will ever eat the green veggie biscuits so these are always chucked away before I refill the bowl every day.

                It has been two months and the cat is now converted into a wet and dry food eater, which is something I never ever thought I would see, but the vet was completely right I don't think she realised she had already been fed, so buying these biscuits has not only saved my ears but has made my cat a lot happier.

                I highly recommend these if you are trying to convert your cat from wet meat to a dry complete food, I would happily feed these to my cat and stop with the wet meat but as she is so old I felt that it would be a bit unfair, so now she only has minimal amounts of meat and it is saving me a fortune.

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                  18.03.2009 13:36
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                  can be as a meal or part of a meal for your 4 legged friend.

                  If you have more than one cat it is nice that they like the same thing.

                  As mine all love premium cat crunchies from Tescos it makes life easier.

                  Tesco preium cat crunchies is dry food biscuits for cats. You can get if for kittens, cats or senior cats.

                  Mine like the black box with the maroon stripe saying it has duck, rabbit chicken and vegetables.

                  The bites are about the size of your small finger nail.

                  It is recommended though that you introduce your cat slowly to these. Firstly putting some in with their food and gradually increasing it till they can eat a bowl on its own.

                  I must admit that I dont know which colour bits are which flavour but when you take out a handful you will see green ones a very dark red one and two different shades of brown so each of these represent a flavour.

                  Here I must admit although I havent tasted them my Grand daughter did get hold of one and ate it before I could get it out her mouth and luckily it did her no harm and the funny part is she did say mmmm! but I pick up the bowls before she gets to them now.

                  The ingredients

                  Cereals, meat and derivatives, vegetable origin, oils and fats, minerals, vegetable protein extracts and yeast.

                  You can give them to your cat as a dry meal making sure that they have a drink down of course. Or you can do like I do and give them a few with their tinned food.

                  The box does have one of those to open lift tab and pull and you just push it in to close. As one of my cats can open cupboard doors easily he find this box easy to open so look out if you have a cat like mine.

                  All in all they love this and it is good for their teeth so I would definately recommend it to anyone.

                  Thank you for reading

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                    05.02.2009 17:03
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                    Buy only in an emergency!

                    As we are all trying to count the pennies I am afraid that even the credit crunch has started to have an impact on my poor old cat!

                    Arthur is 17 this year (he is an old gentleman) and what he likes to eat really varies. In the winter I try to give him meat and in the summer - biscuits, simply because wet food spoils in the heat and he then turns his nose up at it.

                    I have tried him on a variety of biscuits and was hoping that he would enjoy these. I started off gradually with them, by adding a few to the top of his meat. He is such a clever cat that he ate the meat and scopped off the biscuits. I also tried him just on the crunchies on their own...initially, he would have a munch and then walk off....not looking best pleased. The food is described as being of 'premium ' quality. I couldn't see much difference between these and even cheaper brands to be fair.

                    They didn't smell too nice either, some have an almost cheesy smell which Arthur seems to enjoy, but these just had a cardboard smell to them.

                    Although they were reasonably priced (check at www.tesco.com for the most up to date price) they did nothing to tease the tastebuds of my lovely old man....so I won't be buying them again!

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                    03.02.2009 12:08
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                    These Cat Crunchies are a stable in our household to keep our little piggy mogs appetite's at bay in between meals. They're not in a blue box but in a black box which I presume has been a change in recent times. The prices of the smaller boxes are a bit on the heavy side these days but they're good value for money if you get them in the 4kg packets. I bought some last week for just under £4 but the website is currently showing them as costing £4.46 for a 4kg packet. I've noticed this a lot with Tesco recently unfortunately, the prices change daily!

                    I think if I'm paying up to £5 for a 4kg packet I'll be happy to keep buying these though. They're obviously not quite as appealing to our mogs as say Go Cat or Whiskas are, but the cats will get on with these and happily use them as a dry snack between meals when they're hungry.

                    They don't look as appetising as some of the other brands but them I'm not a cat so I can only comment so far. I'd say they look a bit on the bland and dry side though to me. I think these are a good option for cats if you're looking for something cheap and filling to leave down in between meals but I definetely wouldn't be happy to feed my cats on mostly just this and nothing else.

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                    Premium?? Me thinks not

                    Tesco describe this product as 'Premium' and when I see 'Premium' I expect something a little extra, something special.

                    Now, at first glance of the packaging alone I dont see anything particularly 'fancy' about this product, but I try not to judge on looks alone so I bypass the rather generic big, blue box with the obvious cat-approaches-food photograph and I pick one off the shelf.

                    Its rather large and that may be a good thing in terms of product quantity for money, but its rather cumbersome and Im thinking I much prefer the cat biscuits that come in a bag which can be squashed down a bit in the carrier.
                    This box can not and, once again, I'm giving the product the benefit of the doubt, and trying not to make any snap judgements. But so far its more 'pants' than 'premium'.

                    This product cost 83p for 1kg and once more, as I pay the cashier(and Im sure she's got a 'you've not fallen for the old premium trick' look in her eye) Im having a sneaking suspicion that this is no premium range but a rather affordable one, as cat biscuits can get very expensive and in my experience the better ones do cost a bit more.
                    So whilst Im very pleased with the price, it has just confirmed to my doubting mind that there isn't really anything special about these biccies.

                    The ultimate test - I notice when I dish them out for my cat (well he's not mine, he's mums, but im cat sitting so for the purpose of the review.....) they dont smell as strong as his other biscuits and the colour looks at bit dull.
                    I place them on the floor and watch in anticipation - was I right after all or am I just growing more and more cynical as the years go by?

                    I was right!
                    He barely touched them.
                    He was very unimpressed to be precise and after several attempts to convince him they were indeed 'premium', he simply gave me a look of disgust and walked away.
                    I knew it!
                    Of course you can judge a book by its cover, and its price and its smell - or lack of it - and so on.

                    I did try him again with these but to no avail.
                    This cat knows quality when he tastes it and quality they are not.
                    For shame Tesco. These should be filed under the 'value' range me thinks! But nice try!

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