I'm reviewing TOP LIFE CAT MILK.
It costs between 60p and £1.30 ,depending on where you buy it.
We buy ours in TESCO and the last price was 69p.
First off I am not a cat person. I never saw the appeal and this was reinforced by the fact that the only cat I ever had interaction with was a feral cat in my childhood. She was crazy. Fair enough she endured us, but she fought every other creature on our estate and was a holy terror.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago and we offered to take a neighbour to get a new cat from the rehoming centre. Big mistake. We fell for the bundle of fur that is our Freddy and I became a cat mommy.
Freddy (Winifred)was a kitten when we got her ,but fully weaned and the rehoming people gave us leaflets on cat care which I promptly ignored on the basis that "cats is cats", and she had a clean bill of health with no issues so we'll figure it out (I thought). Luckily hubby read them and chastised me for giving our new puss milk. Lesson learned....I read the leaflets.
Apparently cats can be lactose intolerant and have problems with basic cows milk, so we had to look for Cat Milk. The first stuff we bought was another brand from Pets At Home, but then we settled on this TOP LIFE brand because it is sold in Tesco and could be bought in the weekly shop there.
It is basically cows milk with vastly reduced lactose content and it has 'taurine' added to it ,which is supposedly good for pussy eyes.
It comes in a 'tetra Pk' carton which I used to find fiddly to open, but thankfully I'm quite good at it now.
I'd be interested to know if it tastes like 'real' cow's milk ,but I haven't tasted it to see. Nor will I. The fact is that Freddy loves it and recognises the pack easily. Just transferring it from shopping bag to fridge starts her mewling for some.
By the way this doesn't have to be stored in the fridge unless it has been opened, but I can't think storing any milk product in a cupboard in warm weather a good policy, so in the fridge it always goes.
It is produced in England, which is another plus for us and ticks the "buy British" box.
We don't give this to Freddy daily although you can do so safely. It is a weekend treat only in our house.
It can be mixed with your cat's preferred dry food ,which makes it like a cereal. Freddy likes it like this and wolfs it down even faster than usual . The rest is given in her water dish later.
Once opened this must be used in 3 days.
I'm happy enough with this product. It is a reasonable price and is a healthier option for our puss than basic cow's milk.
Freddy loves it and it is one thing sure to get her excited. We are lucky with our puss because she is very low maintenance in every way and all we are required to do is feed her and keep on top of her health. She finds her own fun in the oddest things....like when I dropped a potato and she attacked it and adopted it as a play thing for 5 days. So any little treat we find her enjoying is OK by me.
My one issue was the Taurine content.......so I googled it and was rather surprised that it is basically a stimulant often found in energy drinks (among other things). As with most of these additives it has pros and cons and opinions vary, but I figured that for a weekend treat only it should be OK for our puss. Others need to judge for themselves.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. So would Freddy.
I'm removing one star for the taurine issue, which I'm still undecided about.
Thank you for reading~~~myloh.
My kitten Myrtle Rose is 6 months old and a spoilt lil brat I have to admit. She is the centre of my world and there is nothing I wont buy her when my finances allow!
Most days she has water but I do like to give her a little drink of milk though human milk is not the best thing to give a cat so I buy her this milk from time to time as it only costs me 39p a carton from B & M which I think is a nice little treat for her and a bargain for her penny pinching mummy at this time of the year!
This comes in a white and bright green cardboard box that you have to snip with a pair of scissors to open it and on the front of it we are told that it is Top Life Formula Cat Milk 'Highly Digestible Milk' and that it measures 200ml and there is a lovely picture of a little kitten on there and then on the other sides of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to store it and its nutritional information is given and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. Its a nice dinky little box this but a right pain to open!
The Milk Itself:
Well this milk is basically white, thin and looks like human milk and this is lactose reduced cow's milk which is easy to digest for a kitten/cat and it contains no artificial ingredients, flavours, colours or preservatives and this can be given as often as you want to give it, on its own or it can be used to mix with dry food to moisten it a bit.
Myrtle really likes this milk but won't consume much of it per drink and if you pop it in the fridge it will stay fresh for 3 days which is handy for me due to her not consuming very much of it per sitting!
This is meant to be good for healthy bones and eyes (it contains Calcium and Taurine) and I like her to have a bit of this to help ensure her health and if she likes it then so do I!
Before we got our kitten we were quite certain that he was going to have cat milk, especially during his first few weeks with us. I thought he probably wouldnt have it after a couple of months but thought it would be good for him to have initially as it would increase his calorie intake and also possibly make him feel a bit more at home after leaving his mummy!
We ended up getting him earlier than originally planned so it was a quick dash round to the shops at 7pm the night before. I already had most of his things ready as he has been eagerly awaited but he needed a couple of bits like cat litter and milk. Unfortunately, I couldnt find any milk in the shop so forgot all about it!
After little man had been with us for most of the day I noticed he hadnt eaten much. I know he would have been stressed and worried after all he has just left his mum and brothers and sisters but I am a bit of a worrier so I text my partner asking him to pick him up some milk. He found this in Morrisons for 59p for 200ml.
We hadnt actually heard of this milk before but our cats at my mums dont have milk so I had only really seen Whiskas in passing. However, we just wanted to supplement our kittens diet so we werent worried too much but thought we would probably buy something different next time.
The design of the carton is slightly different to the picture shown above. It is now predominantly light green and white in colour with a picture of a kitten on the front.
The milk comes in a carton and to open it you will need to cut a slit. I would have personally preferred a bottle because the cartons just a bit of a hassle. The milk often is difficult to pour and ends up running down the side of the carton and all over the worktop!
Initially I did mix this with a little water incase it was a little too rich after his stressful day. I poured a splash of milk into a saucer and left him to it. He did drink a little bit but the next time I decided to warm it through for him. He again, drank the milk, probably a bit more than when it was cold but less than I would have liked.
A few days passed and he still wasnt eating or drinking a lot so I decided to try him with it through a syringe. He loved it and drank a lot and continued to have it like this for a few days until he started eating more. I still do give him milk once or twice a day but in a bowl and he does usually drink a bit - more if its warm than if its cold but he doesnt rush to drink it. However, I know that if I offer it to him in a syringe he will be happy but we cant do that forever so he needs to learn!
The kitten milk contains goats milk and taurine. Once opened it can be stored in the fridge and then used within three days. I always do this as he doesnt like to drink too much and its always been fine.
I will continue to buy this milk whilst our kittens still having a bit here and there. I cant fault the quality - its just our kitten whose picky about how he drinks it! He does like it and enjoy it though and I feel a bit happier knowing I am supplementing his diet.
I have a white Bengal cat that had her first litter of kittens aged 6 months old and she was only tiny herself. She had three kittens that were lovely creatures but she had issues because she had no produced any milk of her own.
After a few hours of their birth it was a panic situation as I knew they needed some sort of milk so we were given some help by the vets until they reached the age of 5 weeks old. They told us to get some Top Life formula milk for the kittens that were rejected by the mother unfortunately.
The cartons are there to assist owners who have got kittens who are not getting all the right nutrients from the mother because although the kittens looked well and seemed okay in their attitudes I panicked that they were not going to grow or other have issues with bone problems later in life.
The cartons are 200ml and are priced around 58p and the carton is one you have to keep in a dry storage location until opened. Once opened you have three days to use it by and to make sure it is kept refrigerated. The carton is one you have to cut into so you need to make sure you seal the top so no bacteria gets inside.
At first my kittens rejected this product they seemed more intent on trying to ignore it then letting me assist them. With the previous milk formula they had they were being fed via a syringe so it would be given to them this way but I wanted them to learn they had to show initiative and provide themselves with milk.
They eventually got into the milk and began to drink it slowly and they loved it. Now the reason vets told me about this was due to it being goat's milk. This milk has vitamins C and E and taurine which are meant to be good for their eyes.
Now they have this because it is good for them to digest this product but also just as good as their own mother's milk or so I was told. There is an issue with regards to the milk and that is after 2 days it can look rather stale.
I kept mine refrigerated and it was cool and nice but my kittens preferred the milk sort at room temperature so I had to take it out of the fridge and leave it for a short while to warm up. The kittens then seemed to accept it better when I did this method.
The milk was good for what it was and after a few weeks I began adding more milk to the formula and eventually at 8 weeks old they began to drink water on their own which was excellent. I have seen kittens before and had cats in the past have kittens but never seen a mother reject their babies before.
I think the fact she had no milk was also an issue which prevented her from loving them but amazingly now she is a great mother to one of them which we kept and the kitten has grown to be a full sized adult cat with no health issues.
I would recommend this product as it does work, kittens seem to want it and I am not quite sure the starting age but I began at 5 weeks but it might be sooner than this but that is for you and a vet to decide.
Our rescue kitten (Lola) is now 7 weeks old. We've had her from 5 weeks which for me was far too young to have a kitten but she was completed rejected by her mother and her original owner so a desperate call from our vet (we already have another cat) led us to re-homing little Lola the tortoiseshell kitten. Lola has never had any problems with eating, in fact she is incredibly greedy but when it came to her getting all the minerals and nutrients she needs she was lacking milk which she should have been getting from her mother. Instead we opted for Top Life as the vet recommended it so we bought a few cartons to see how she would get on.
*** TopLife ***
The formula was created by Roger Sutton from Delamere Dairy which is a leading UK supplier of goats' milk. Many dog breeders use goats milk as an important part of the diet as it is digested easier than cows milk and has a high nutritional value (the fat globules in goats milk are smaller making it quicker and easier to digest). Roger then teamed up with a vet called Pete Coleshaw who developed certain supplements which they added to the milk and created TopLife dog milk, due to its success they brought out a kitten formula.
*** Kitten Formula ***
The kitten formula is incredibly nutritious which includes Vitamin E and Vitamin C which means the kitten's immune system gets full support in the early days when like most young beings infection is at a higher risk. TopLife have included Taurine in the milk as it helps maintain healthy eyes in the feline. Cats do not naturally produce Taurine which means by drinking this milk they can get a good supply of it. However, if your cat is eating then it should be getting sufficient amounts of Taurine.
The formula comes in a little cardboard carton which is blue and light green and has a lovely picture of a ginger kitten on the front and it clear states what the item actually is. TopLife colour co-ordinate their formulas, so for the adult cat version the colouring is blue and dark green. The carton is small enough to be popped into the fridge as it does require refrigerating once opened and can stay open for about 3 days, purely depends on how much you use. The cartons are easy to open you just simply open it where indicated with a pair of scissors.
The milk is exactly what you would expect! It's milk white in colour and hardly has a smell to it at all. If you examined it closely then you would get a faint whiff of a milk like smell but it doesn't smell like regular cows milk but the smell is that mild you probably won't notice anything. The milk has exactly the same consistency of cows milk just make sure you shake the carton well before opening. However, once opened I'd gently shake the carton just in case anything has settled at the bottom.
As Lola is quite happily eating wet and dry food I didn't need to use the kitten formula for weaning so I don't use a whole carton a day unlike some who may be weaning etc. I use about 1/3 of a carton a day and that is now mixed with water to encourage her more with drinking water as she has become quite dependant on the milk and so far the mixing is working!
Because the milk hardly has a smell to it, it seems kittens are more likely to drink it. Lola had absolutely no problems with the milk and neither have I! She enjoys drinking the milk and as she is growing well it must be working! I like the milk purely because it contains all the necessary nutrients which a growing kitten needs and the fact that it has been co-designed by a vet makes me like it even more. Lola clearly enjoys it and has never had an upset stomach on it. There are plenty of other cat milks on the market but I'm perfectly happy with this it provides Lola with everything she needs in her growing stages and she looks healthy.
*** Price ***
TopLife Kitten Formula is available in Tesco, Asda and Morrisons for around £0.52p or you can buy a case (24) direct from TopLife and it costs £19.02 plus postage and packaging.
*** Overall ***
Now as I haven't tasted it myself (however, it apparently doesn't do any harm to use humans!) I can't really comment on its actual taste. However, Lola seems to thoroughly enjoy it everyday. I like the size of the cartons as they are small enough to store. Lola looks healthy and is full of energy which can only be a good thing so I would definitely recommend either as a healthy treat, weaning onto solid food or to encourage lapping.
Top Life Formula Kitten Milk
About the Product
Everyone knows that cats love milk. What people are unaware of is that most cats are actually lactose intolerant. Cats, after weaning, do not produce the enzyme which aids the digestion of lactose. So while your cat may enjoy a bowl of milk now and again it will probably give them a tummy upset, cramps or make them sick.
Top Life Formula Kitten Milk is one of a few products which are specially formulated to ensure your Kitten does not get ill when drinking milk. It is designed by vets from pure goats milk and has added Taurine, and Vitamin C and E. Taurine is an essential element in a cats diet but they do not produce it themselves. Without Taurine your cat will have eye problems eventually resulting in blindness and can have fur loss and tooth decay. Thankfully cat foods are required to add Taurine to the food so that owners do not need to worry about their cat not having Taurine in their diet. But the fact that this kitten milk has it added is a bonus, especially if your kitten is very young and not yet eating solid food.
The milk can be used as often and for as long as the kitten needs it. It can be added to food to encourage the kitten to start eating and can also be used as a treat as your kitten gets older.
My Experience of the Product
I've often passed Top Life Forumla on the shelves in Tescos and decided against it. But I thought I would treat Simba and try this for a change. At 48p I didn't think there was anything to lose.
The carton tells you to shake very well before opening as due to the UHT process some protein can settle at the bottom of the carton. Fair enough, I thought, so I gave it a good shake and then opened it to pour some out. But nothing came out because a big lump of white stuff (Protein) was blocking the place I had cut to pour the milk out. I was hoping it was just going go to be one big bit and that the rest would be mixed but when I poured it out there was still loads of bits in it. I thought it was probably my fault for not shaking long enough so I poured it all into a jug and whisked it for a few minutes hoping it would dissolve... but it didn't. I decided to give it to Simba anyway. He gave it a try but then wandered off uninterested. I left the milk down for him and when I passed it later, he still hadn't been near it and furthermore the milk had separated even more and looked more like white water with bits in it. No wonder Simba wasn't interested. So I washed it down the sink and decided I would try again the next day. Again I had to whisk it and again there were still loads of bits floating around. I offered it to Simba who this time just looked at me in disgust and walked away. So I poured it down the sink again with the rest of the carton.
I think the benefits this milk provides are great but with lumps of protein floating around and not mixing in with the rest it cant taste very nice. The box does tell you to shake very well before opening but I think you could stand there for ten minutes shaking it and there would still be bits. If a whisk cant get rid of them I don't know what could. Thankfully I only bought one carton and as it was a great price of 48p I didn't feel that cheated.
Once opened the milk can last 4 days in the fridge, however if you still have it in a carton you can't re-shake it once its been opened and all the protein would resettle so you would have trouble for the next 3 days attempting to mix it.
This product gets a 2/10
Simba does like milk and there are much better alternatives to the Top Life formula.
Whiskers do a cat milk, but I would rate it as 4/10 as it tends to congeal after a couple of hours and goes a nasty yellow colour.
Felix would get a 7/10 as it's a good milk with pleasant packaging but is for cats and not kittens.
The best alternative is the Pets at Home own brand kitten milk (they also do an adult alternative). They always have offers on 5 for £3. Their milk also lasts 4 days in the fridge so it works out at 15p a day for milk. You don't need to shake it and it doesn't go nasty until its been out about 6-8 hours. It's definitely Simba's favourite milk. The packaging is also recyclable. 9/10.
Formulated from goat's milk.