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Whiskas treats are generally on offer from time to time at various supermarkets for £1 a tub, so I will stock up on various types. One of my cats has “hairballs” occasionally, and it seems really unpleasant for her (not overly enjoyable for me either!). So when I spotted these among the treats, I thought why not give them a go – she could have her treat and maybe get some benefit at the same time.
They look identical to other Whiskas cat treats, which are little square cushion shaped brown biscuits. Supposedly these ones have a soft centre, presumably where the anti-hairball element comes in. This isn’t evident when the cats eat them, and they don’t seem to love or dislike them any more or less than any other treats that they get.
The packet doesn’t give the science behind why or how the treats do their work on the hairball situation, but with Whiskas, I somehow just trust them and there is a tendency to believe the claim anyway without any scientific write-up. Unfortunately I can’t really report whether these work or not as an anti-hairball treatment, as I didn’t feed these exclusively as a treat over any great length of time. My cat still had hairballs occasionally but there is no indication on the packaging of how dramatic the effect should be, or over what period of time you would need to feed these to see that effect. That information would be helpful.
The downside of these for my cats is that the packaging only recommends up to 10 pieces per day, whereas their favourite Felix Goodybags suggest much larger portions! As with all dried food, it’s essential to ensure drinking water is available at all times. I like buying these from time to time, as I feel the cats get health benefits when enjoying a treat, but I guess for the true benefits to be seen, a more sustained programme is required.
One of the things that I love to indulge my beautiful cat with, Myrtle Rose is treats and I try to buy a variety of them in as often as I can. She loves Dreamies, Felix Goody Bags and most recently I have been dabbling with Whiskers treats as I kept seeing them in Sainsburys when I was shopping and buying a pack or two.
Now these usually cost about £1.39 a pack however I took the plunge recently when I realised after seeing them in the shops that these were meant to be healthy and good for a cats digestion so when I saw that Amazon was selling 8 packs/tubs of these and including postage and packaging only cost £8.00 I hit the buy button very quickly indeed...only after wondering what had possessed me cos Myrty had never tried these before and knowing my luck probably wouldn't like them or something!
These come in a lovely cats head mainly pink coloured plastic tub with a see through plastic lid to the top of it and under that a peel on/off piece of plastic and on that we are clearly told that they are Whiskers Anti-Hairball and we are shown a delightful photograph of a happy looking cat and a picture of the treats then around the base/main of the pot other information given includes being told a bit about the treats, feeding advice is given (no more than 10 pieces a day should be given), the ingredients and nutritional content is listed, the size stated which is 50g and contact details for Mars Petcare UK (the manufacturer of the product) are clearly given.
Well these are dark brown little pillow shapes, a bit puffy to the middle of them and my Myrty loves these... in fact I think she'd sell her soul for them and with the help of these treats I've even used them as a training aid to get her to sit when asked and lay down! I kid you not...Britains Got Talent here we come lol.
The treats stays fresh in the tub with the lid on for ages, they sound fresh and crunchy when my girl eats them, they do create a few crumbs but Myrtle will happily hoover them up with no issues to that at all and generally I like the handy little size of them. They smell meaty a bit like beefy marmite to me, break one up and they have a small creamed filling which is hard and set and looks like cheese to me in each one, she loves them...she really does and I am impressed you get about a 100 of them in a tub our size (I haven't been so sad as to sit and count them though this is a rough estimation!).
These are meant to help fur balls not to build up and even eliminate them. Fur balls is something I have spent time worrying about as usually an outdoor cat will lick their fur and groom alot but then eat grass and occasionally puke on the sly to get rid of the build up, Myrtle can't as she is a housecat and has no access usually (sometimes she does at my mums and eats half the lawn!) to grass and I have noticed since eating a few of these on a regular basis her coat is glowing and really shiny and that she is eating well and not once having a little cough or splutter of any kind at all.
I love buying Myrtle treats but especially like ones that may help with her ongoing good health and if she likes them and eats them then all the better and these have very much been a hit in out home and I will continue to nip to Amazon and buy these in bulk as a treatment and a treat for my little darling as I feel that they are worth every penny I pay for them!
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I picked these up on special offer at Tescos for £1 on special offer, but usually they are more expensive, although still under £2. Since one of our cats is long-ish fured and has trouble with hairballs we thought these might help.
The Anti-Hairball bits come in a small plastic box, shaped like a cat's head (an oval with two pointed "ears"). When you first buy it, the contents are foil sealed top keep them fresh, but as well as the foil it has a clear plastic lid, making it easy to reseal and store. The foil cover has a picture of a cat, and the text Whiskas anti-hairball. Each packet contains 50g, which because the treats are so light, is more than you would expect.
The treats are long-lasting, with a best before date almost a year after the day I purchased them, but once opened they should be used within four weeks. With the rate the cats are working through them, they definitely won't last that long!
The treats themselves are rather large, soft pieces, resembling dry food. We originally thought you sprinkled these on food, like Whiskas dentibits, but the instructions say to give no more than ten pieces a day, so that idea was right out. With one cat who steals the other's food, it would be impossible to measure dosage. Fortunately these taste good enough to be used as individual treats. When I rattle the box, the cats appear instantly, meaning the treats now have a secondary function of cat bribes, when I want them to stop doing something.
One thing that concerned me was that I couldn't identify the active anti-hairball ingredient on the ingredients list. Catsor Oil or Paraffin extract are usual, but this simply refers to vegetable protein derivatives. This makes it difficult to use if your cat is on any other active hairball medication, as you can't tell whether it will conflict. Getting a vet's advice in that situation would be wise.
I don't know how effective these are at Hairball prevention (it's impossible to tell if it has prevented one), but the cats definitely prefer the taste to many of the other remedies. If your cat routinely smears cod liver oil round the house or makes giving them Katalax painful for both of you this might be a fall back.
For a low price, a treat cats love, and that hopefully gives them help with hairballs, this is well worth considering.
I bought these anti-hairball "treats" for my cat a few months ago, because I had run out of the usual brand I buy which is only available from specialised pet stores and Pets At Home. I was doing the weekly shop, and noticed these were available in Tesco, so I figured if they worked and my cat liked them, it was worth switching brands as it would save me having to go out of my way to buy the other ones. The RRP is around £1.29 for a 50g box, and as they're very small pieces, the box will last a fair amount of time. I only have to buy these every couple of months, but obviously that depends on how many you give your cat each day.
Anyone who has a cat will know how unpleasant it is for the cat (and owner!) when the cat gets hairballs. My cat is an indoor cat, as he is too timid to leave the house, and as such he doesn't get to eat grass which is known to help break down hairballs. This is why I always make sure there is some kind of anti-hairball remedy built into his daily routine, especially at this time of year when he starts losing a lot of fur and therefore cleaning himself results in him ingesting a lot of his own fur (hmm, lovely!).
**So, what are these treats?**
The treats are designed to reduce hairball formation, and Whiskas claim that they reduce this by up to 66%. Quite how this figure is worked out I do not know, nor want to, but they contain ingredients which help to clear and move the hair through the intestine, avoiding the need for the cat to bring them up Shrek-ginger-cat style.
The treats themselves are crunchy on the outside, but contain a soft centre which has the ingredients to help the fight against hairballs. Now, I don't know this for certain because I've never eaten one, or cut one in half, but this is what I'm told on the packet, and the picture on the front shows the centre of the treat and the paste in the middle. I am happy to trust Whiskas that this is in fact how the treats are constructed.
The treats are tiny, much smaller than the brand I used to use. They must be around a centimetre in length, and half a centimetre wide, so they're easy for any cat to chew and digest. This isn't an issue for my cat because he will eat anything, but obviously some cats struggle with medical conditions or may have smaller mouths or dental problems.
The guidance on the packaging states that they can have up to 10 a day, which seems like an awful lot to me, even though they're very small. I tend to give my cat three or four, as he has weight issues, and I decided if he still got hairballs I would increase the dose. As I'll explain in a minute, they seem to be working so I've kept him at this quantity.
**Does my cat like them?**
My cat absolutely loves these treats. One thing I haven't yet mentioned is the packaging, which is relevant to what I am about to write about. The treats come in a packet which is shaped like a cat's head. Not only is it quite cute, it also acts as a great bribery tool to get my cat to do whatever I want him to, because if you rattle the box, he associates this with getting his treats and he comes trotting over to you, from wherever he was hiding. This is very useful when we're trying to get him downstairs at night, or if he's going to the vet and we need him to get in his box.
My cat always eats however many of these I put down for him, and he absolutely wolfs them down. I also seem to be in his good books after giving him these. That's enough proof for me that they must be tasty.
**Do they prevent hairballs?**
Since using these treats, my cat has only had one hairball issue. Well, I think that's what it was, because basically what happened was I came downstairs one morning, and due to not being fully alert first thing in the morning, I accidentally stepped in what can only be described as "cat dribble". It was his attempt at bringing up a hairball I think. This is the only incident we've had since he started having these, so I think they do work, or at least help. Now he is casting his fur, I might up his daily allowance to make sure any extra fur he swallows can be digested, but overall I'm happy to continue giving these to my cat on a daily basis.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, yes I was wearing slippers when I stepped into the dribble. All was not lost!
(This review is also posted on Ciao, under the username Gingerkitty)