We made the switch to Aldi on our grocery shopping about six months ago, and we thought "why not" when it came to seeing if our cats would follow suit.
We bought this cat food and never looked back, probably saving hundreds of pounds in the process. The food is often on offer for £1.79 for 12 pouches, whereas we were paying £2.50 minimum for 12 of other brands, with varying degrees of indifference from the cats.
We have tried the jelly and gravy varieties, but the gravy variety is the out and out definite favourite. The gravy pack comes with 4 flavours: Chicken, Beef & Turkey, Rabbit and beef & lamb. There are two jelly packs, fish or a mixed one with chicken, beef & turkey, salmon and white fish.
Our cats I think prefer the gravy variety because they don't drink a lot so they enjoy the gravy element and it gives them their hydration. These gravy pouches are much wetter than other brands' gravy pouches we have had in the past. They do still fill the cats up however, and I give both cats two pouches per day, which they supplement with a small amount of dried food.
On occasions that I haven't been able to get to Aldi, I have bought Whiskas and Felix varieties for the cats, but they literally turn their noses up at them, and sulk until they get their Aldi food! My partner even bought Whiskas select cuts on one occasion as he felt bad they didn't have their usual food, and it ended up being donated to the cat's home - mine just refused to eat it!
This food is excellent value, but my only bugbear is that Aldi sell the food from the shelves in mixed cases. So they stock up with cases packed with 1xgravy, 1xjelly, 1xfish, 1xsenior. This means that if someone has been just before you and snapped up the gravy packs, they won't be replenished because the shelves are still full of the other varieties.
This food has been a real money-saving revelation to our family.
Vitacat is a complete 'wet' cat food. It has the bonus of containing added vitamins and mineral so the issue of your cat consuming enough goodness need not be a problem.
My cat can sometimes be a fussy eater so I have tried many different cat foods including all the major brands which, althoguh they do get eaten, the enthusiasm with which they are eaten varies! The most important factor , of course, is that the food is enjoyed, and Vitacat certainly is.
It comes in either a meat or fish selection, each containing 2 different flavours; 6 of each flavour, giving 12 poches in total. The deciding factor in trying this cat food was the brilliant cost - it was £1.99 for a pack of 12 from Aldi whereas other major brands cost about £3.29 for the same amount. The pouches themselves are just plain - no writing or pictures which is possibly how they have managed to produce them so cheaply. This is no problem at all, and my cat doesn't mind at all!
The fact that the food is in the form of small chunks contained a jelly means that it is much cleaner on the fingers - no bits of gravy dribbling out on to your hand when pouring out the contants or ripping it open. The food simply falls easily into the cat's dish and requires the very minimal of breaking up with a fork, unlike cat food from a tin. I genuinely thought I was going to have to revert back to tinned food as it would work out cheaper, despite the convenience of a pouch. However, this was before my discovery of Vitacat - I'm sticking to this, until my cat tells me otherwise!
Another favourite of her ladyship!
My llittle princess as you may have discovered from other reviews is particular. I made the mistake of going straight for whiskas when I got her as a kitten and as the shopping budget was being squeezed I wondered if she'd notice if I switched pet food. I tried own brands and cheaper brands and she resisted. In a last ditched attempt I saw VitaCat from Aldi
***What they Say***
VitaCat Tasty Cuts are foil-packed for maximum freshness. You can now give your cat a fresh and different meal every time.
VitaCut Tasty Cut is a complete pet food for cats. Feed one pouch per meal at rooom temprature. An average adult car (4kg) needs approximately 4 pouches per day. A bowl of fresh drinking water should always be provided
..all in gravy
***Price & Availability***
You get 12 x 100g pouches in a box for £2.29. They are only available in aldi.
I think these pouches are great, ok its only a small saving when whiska's are on special (normally 24 pouches for £6) but I think ita worth it, I spoil her rotten and it means I can also treat her with the Vitacat chew sticks and still be saving on my usual spend. It looks more meaty and juicy than some of the cheaper brands, you don't seem to get any less for your money and her ladyship clears her plate. I'd also say that 4 pouches a day as they recommend is over the top for her shes and indoor cat and wont eat more that 2 pouches a day.
My cats were strictly Gourmet Pearle moggies, but at around £4.80 for a box of 12 pouches, and not a deal in sight, it was getting a bit much for the pocket. 2 cats at 2 pouches a day each & free feeding dry food was mounting up considerably.
As we were trying to reduce our monthly outgoings, and had already brought down our own grocery spending, we decided that if it was possible we would try to find a less expensive option for the cats.
We tried the usual alternatives, like Whiskas and Felix, but as expected furry noses were turned up and they refused to do anything else apart from lick the jelly or gravy off the chunks.
Whilst in Aldi, we spotted their Vitacat Chunks in Jelly Selection. At £2.99 for a box of 12 pouches we thought it was worth a go, and bought a box of their Adult Jelly version. There is a choice of Kitten, Adult and Senior food, in both jelly and gravy.
In their Adult Jelly Selection you get 12 x 100g pouches comprising of 3 x Duck and Liver, 3 x Chicken, 3 x Turkey and 3 x Tuna. The average meat content is 4%, which is comparable with your standard cat food pouches like the regular Whiskas. The rest is made up of around 82% moisture, 5% oil, 2.5% ash and various minerals.
From a human point of view it doesn't look as good as Gourmet Pearle does :) the chunks are slightly bigger and the jelly is a little thicker but the consistency of the jelly is still quite runny, which my cats seem to prefer. The chunks seem to be softer than some alternatives, which my cats also prefer.
I think the moglets would probably prefer Gourmet Pearle, but they are eating the Vitacat, and have been doing for a few months now. The food isn't being refused, and they are leaving the same amount as they used to when they had the branded cat food.
If you are looking for a less expensive alternative for your cats, Vitacat is worth a go.