“ Manufacturer: Webbox / Type: Cat Food „
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My tabby-cat lodger has settled into my home quite nicely over the past month or two, and whilst our living together is most likely to be temporary as she usually stays with my parents, I have taken the opportunity to spoil her as much as possible as I love having her to visit. In addition, my old tabby needs to be given several medications every day, as she has a few health conditions to contend with in her old age. As many cat owners will know, it can be a bit of a challenge to get our feline friends to take their assorted medications as they are rather fussy and extremely intelligent creatures, being considerably more difficult to fool into taking their tablets than our canine companions.. (in my experience, at least). To assist in the administering of Tabby-cat's medications every day, I have purchased a selection of assorted treats and snacks to help disguise the small tablets she must take each day.
This review will focus on our recent experiences of one purchase I made from the well-known "Webbox" brand, namely the ''Cat's Delight Tasty Sticks." These sticks are available in a small selection of flavours, but the ones I purchased recently are flavoured "with Chicken and Liver."
The Webbox Tasty Sticks are sold in a pack of 6 individual sticks, and this cost me £1 from a local pet food shop recently. I have also purchased the product from a local branch of Asda for around the same price, and have found that the product is widely available from good supermarkets and pet shops.
The packaging is fairly average for a product like this one, comprising of a bright yellow foil-lined package that contains six individual little 'pockets' that are joined together with a perforated edge. This design allows one stick at a time to be 'torn' from the main pack by way of the perforated design, but in actual fact I tend to just remove one stick from the opening at the top of its 'pocket' and leave the empty ones attached together, until all are empty and can be discarded. I must mention at this point, however, that I have never experienced any difficulty with opening or using the product or its packaging, even though I suffer with mobility issues that will often affect the strength in my hands.
The sticks themselves are oblong and thin, resembling a sort of light brown-coloured twig or stick. Their texture is quite soft, and I can easily break a piece of the stick off, with little or no effort, as these sticks are in no way crunchy or hard like other cat treats or biscuits. Instead, the Webbox Sticks are presumably quite chewy, and certainly their soft texture gives this impression.
The little sticks have some little 'indents' or markings going down their length, perhaps six or seven in total, that acts as a helpful little 'marker' to help assist in breaking off small sections of the stick to feed to my cat. This is helpful in terms of 'Portion Control' as I do have to be mindful of my Tabby-cat's love handles..! She has had issues with her weight in the past and so I don't like her to have too many treats and titbits. I do find that perhaps four of the little 'sections' is quite enough for my Tabby at any one sitting, but there is no specific feeding advice detailed on the packaging, so I'd think that younger, more active cats could probably be fed more than this.
I do have to confess that the Chicken and Liver Webbox Sticks smell extremely foul... to my (mere) human nose, at least. My cat, on the other hand, will follow me from the kitchen into the next room with her eager nose in the air, much like an enthusiastic puppy, irrespective of her arthritic joints, her usual 'much-slower-than-your-average-cat' pace temporarily forgotten. I can only assume then, that this variety of the Webbox sticks has an extremely appetising aroma that is completely enticing to cats. I prefer to keep them as far away from my nose as possible, on the other hand..!
The Webbox Sticks have proven to be particularly useful for feeding my Tabby her medications, as I had predicted prior to purchase. Due to their soft, rather 'flexible' texture, I am able to gently 'tear' a little piece of the Webbox Stick down the middle, as if I was tearing open a bread roll. I tend to carefully place her tablet in the centre of the space, and then close the two sides of the Stick back over, pressing lightly to ensure the tablet is encased in the centre of the Stick. This has acted beautifully in encasing her little tablet in a covering of meaty-flavoured Stick, and she has always gobbled down her tablets with ease when they are offered this way.. - A stark improvement from (many!) other attempts involving ham, cheese, dried cat food, wet cat food, fish, meat paste.........etc.
The Webbox Sticks can be given at any time of the day, and I haven't found that they've made my Tabby-girl particularly thirsty, nor have I noticed any change in her 'litter tray habits' since I've started feeding her with these. I think it is worth mentioning in this review too that my old Tabby-cat has fewer teeth than many other cats due to her age and having had several removed during a dental procedure a few years ago. So, it may prove useful to other consumers to know that these snacks can be consumed quite easily by our more 'dentally-challenged' feline friends too, presumably as a result of the Sticks' soft, chewy texture.
Reading the back of the package, I can see that the Webbox contain "min 4% chicken and min 4% Liver." Full ingredients information and a list of 'Analytical Constituents' is listed too, should this information be relevant to you.
In summary, I do think the Webbox Cats Delight Sticks with Chicken and Liver were an extremely worthwhile purchase for my Tabby-cat, and I do think that she is really keen on their flavour and taste, if her eagerness for them is anything to go by! For the reasons outlined in this review, I have already repurchased the Webbox Sticks and I do recommend them to other cat owners, feeling that full marks in the product rating score are justified on this occasion.
My kitten Myrtle is one of the most spoilt kittys on the block and she costs me an absolute fortune. However I am not for one second moaning about this as I adore her and deny her nothing at all. She is rather finicky with treats and I can't get away with unbranded products as such or shops own stuff...she has rather expensive tastes just like her mummy!
I have found that she loves Webbox yogurts and I buy them very often for her and so when I saw these meaty sticks costing me only £1.0o for 6 of them I felt they were worth a punt and I got then in Pets At Home recently when we were in there getting her kitten vaccinations and micro chip done and I got them as a treat for her being so well behaved!
These come in a bright yellow plastic on the outside pack with silver foil to the inside and each one although in one big hanging pack comes individually sealed for freshness and you can split the pack through splitting the perforated lines. On the front of the pack there is a photograph of a cat and we are told what they are and that there are 6 meaty strips given then on the back of the pack we are told a bit about the product, the ingredients and nutritional content are given, the size is stated which is 30g, storage advice is given and contact details for the manufacturer are given. I do like the packaging of these though as the packaging is easy to open and they do stay fresh which we both appreciate.
Long and dark brown they look knobbly and smell meaty and these of course should be as given as the occasional treat and look to me like traditional and rounded dog chews. They contain 4% chicken as well as a few other ingredients of course and we are told on the packaging that they are chewy and believe me when I say that Myrtle absolutely love these. I did think they would last her though more than about 10 seconds but I kid you not I give her one and within a couple seconds it is gone! She adores them!
I don't give her these very often as I have to watch her diet as lately she has been getting a wee bit porky but as an occasional treat I'm more than happy to give her one and she really appreciates me for it!
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We have just been to the cattery to collect Mew as he had a holiday there whilst I have been in Edinburgh with Dave. As usual they told us that he had been a star while he was there - giving them all plenty of his special Mew fuss!
Now he is back at home he is running around everywhere checking all is well and rubbing his cheek against anything that stands still long enough so that he can renew his scent.
Anyway we have put him some of his favourite food to eat and I decided to find him a treat and, since his favourites are Webbox Cats Delight Sticks that's what I chose.
The ones in question are Webbox Cats Delight Sticks with Chicken and Liver. They cost 98p for a pack of six and are also available in beef and liver, salmon and trout and turkey and lamb flavour. They used to be available in Tesco's but they only seem to stock their own brand these days and Mew doesn't like them as much as the Webbox ones so now we have to pay a visit to Asda to replenish his supplies, which we had done while he was away at the cattery. I sometimes wonder if we spoil that cat. LOL!
Anyway, unless you have seen these sticks, you may well be thinking - only 6 treats for 98p - that's just over 16p each and rather expensive! So let me explain.
These treats come in the form of 6 individual sticks about 5 inches long. Each stick is individually sealed in foil and they are then all joined to one another by means of perforations. This means that it is really easy to rip one of the foils away from the rest without opening any of the others.
Each flavour comes in a different coloured packet and the chicken and liver ones come in a yellow packet.
If you look at the picture at the top of this review you will see that each set of three foils joined together has a picture of a serious looking cat on the front with the name of the product and the words 'the treat your cat will love'. It is certainly true in our house - you ask Mew!!!
There is some information on the back of the packet about how these are made and of course there is a list of ingredients which includes the less than specific 'meat and animal derivatives'.
The sticks are quite soft and have ridges at intervals along the length so that they can easily be broken into about six small pieces which in turn make them easy to eat for Mew.
What I usually tend to do is give one to Mew if he has been especially good or if he has been outside and got soaking wet and I think that he needs a treat to cheer him up. Yes, I know, I'm daft!!
This afternoon I got the packet out and told Mew that I wanted him to help me write a review about them. I walked into the lounge with the treats followed by Mew - obviously! I sat on the sofa, ripped one of the strips off and opened the end. I then broke a piece off and handed it to Mew who happily scoffed it. He then looked round to see if there were any more pieces to be had.
I had left the rest of the stick next to me on the sofa with the end of it poking out of the packet while I began to write the review, Mew soon spotted it and jumped up on the sofa grabbed the stick and ran off with it soon devouring it as he had the first bit looking very pleased with himself. I swear that cat grins!
So in conclusion I think we can assume that Mew would like you to know that he recommends these treats and he told me to suggest that you might like to get some for your cat - he says that if you do, your cat will love you even more than he does already!