Product Type: Whiskas cat food
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Whiskas Cat Milk
Member Name: FourPaws
Whiskas Cat Milk
Advantages: Calcium, long life, cats enjoy it, low lactose
Disadvantages: Price, high fat
Well the name is pretty self explanatory really, this treat produced by the Whiskas company is a milk designed specially for cats and kittens, its part of a range that also includes dry food, tinned & pouched foods and treats catering for every life stage of your cat- from a kitten to senior years.
*The product itself*
Normal cows milk contains a high amount of lactose which is hard for many cats to digest, and often results in upset stomachs and sickness, however there's no denying a bowl of milk is pure ecstasy to a cat, that's where this product comes in, its a specially designed milk that has a lower level of lactose which is better suited to a cats digestive system, allowing them to have the treat they love without any ill effects, it contains as much calcium as cows milk and is also fortified with vitamins, that will help your cat develop and maintain healthy bones and teeth, as well as promoting over all wellbeing.
The product looks very similar to real milk, but with a more 'off-white' colour and perhaps with a thicker consistency too, more like cream. It is a treat product and isn't something to be fed everyday, or in place of water, as it is rather high in calories and fat. It can be fed to kittens from six weeks of age.
The milk comes in small, white plastic bottles with a purple screw on/off lid, with all the usual information you'd expect to find, including the ingredients list (Milk and milk derivatives, Derivatives of vegetable origin, Minerals.) and the contact information for Whiskas should you have any comments or complaints. The bottles the milk now comes in is much better than the old cardboard cartons it used to be sold it, they keep the milk fresher until you feed it to your cat and is easier to pour and serve, each bottle contains 200ml which is around four servings, so any unused milk can be left in the bottle and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, unopened bottles do not need to be stored in the fridge. Once empty, the bottles can be rinsed out and recycled.
*Price & Availability*
Whiskas Cat Milk can be purchased from nearly all pet shops and most of the larger supermarkets too. 200ml bottles are sold singularly for 56p or multipacks of 3 bottles can be purchased for £1.79. Zooplus.co.uk sell 6 bottle packs for £3.99 which are good I imagine, for multi cat households. I tend to buy the single bottles rather than the multipacks as it works out cheaper, and my cat only gets this milk rarely.
My animals are spoilt rotten, I shan't deny it. After all- they're here for a good time not a long time. So I'm always on the look out for new treats for them to try, and when I spotted this product I thought I'd get some as a change from the foody treats I normally get for my cat Jet. To be honest, I very rarely see him- he is extremely independent, only coming in the house at night for his dinner, a quick cuddle, a snooze, he'll stay for breakfast and then he'll be out all day again. He was recently hit by a car though (he has a habit of sunbathing in the middle of the road, I live in a rural area and perhaps only see one car come past my cottage in a month, but it just so happens Jet was lying in his favourite spot when a car did come past) resulting in a minor fracture to his back leg, no serious damage done but it meant confined rest in a dog crate for a few days none the less. Jet wasn't amused. So out comes this milk I'd had in the cupboard for some time, he use to be a stray so you'd think he'd be thankful for any food or treat given to him, but no, pouring some milk straight from the bottle into his bowl resulted in 'that look' (cat owners, you know that I'm talking about- ''YOU expect ME to eat THAT''), but after a quick blitz in the microwave to heat it up, told you he was spoilt, Jet was more than happy to finish every last drop from his dish and the remaining milk from the bottle afterwards too- there's meant to be four servings in a bottle but Jet easily polished off the lot! Pleased to say there was no vomiting afterwards that has happened before when he has had even the slightest drop of cows milk, and it seemed to fill him up too as he didn't eat much of his dinner later that night. He doesn't have enough of it for me to be able to comment on whether the calcium and vitamins in it are beneficial to his health, but he enjoys it and that's all that matters, and I shall be buying it as a treat for him again in the future.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ Lower lactose levels than cows' milk, which is easier for your cat to digest
+ Lots of calcium, and can be fed to kittens (over 6 weeks) so is good for developing bones and teeth
+ Long life
+ Good way of getting energy into ill or elderly cats
+ Filling for your cat
+ Can be served warm, at room temp or chilled depending on what your cat likes!
- Much more expensive than Felix and Sainsbury's own cat milk
- High in fat
- Its something your cat could quite easily live without!
Summary: A nice little treat to spoil your puddy tat with occasionally.
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