For my 30th birthday my husband brought me a kitten after I had gone on about having a pet for years. As Tink was somewhat of a surprise I quickly had to get her some supplies including food. Not knowing much about having a kitten or what to feed them I opted for a box of the Whiskas complete dried kitten food in the Chicken flavour as it was one brand that I had heard of and she has been eating it ever since.
This dried kitten food can be purchased from most large supermarkets and can often be found on special offer at £1.00 per 375g box. If you have more than one kitten or feed your kitten solely this then you can purchase larger 2kg bags for around £4 which works out better value for money.
Although this a complete food and it states that it contains all of the proteins, minerals, vitamins and calcium your kitten needs my kitten has it mixed with meat to provide some variety and to keep her delicate tummy settled as I have found that if I feed her only this or any other biscuit she does get a upset tummy. One thing that also attracted me to this food is that it states it contains no artificial flavours or colours either.
The food is made up from different shaped/colour biscuits and also contains nuggets with a creamy milk filling to give a variety of texture. On the back of the box you can find a detailed guide of how much of this food you need to feed your kitten depending upon age and whether your kitten has a completely dried food diet or mixture of both wet and dry which I have found really helpful having never owned a kitten before.
I feed my kitten around 20g of this food a day mixed in with wet food meat pouches. My kitten is always very eager for feeding time and the food quickly disappears so I'm guessing this means she approves. I have on occasions fed Tink this food on its own when I have ran out of pouches or have used it as little treats and again she has always eaten it without any problems. My kitten is now 10 months old and is according to the vet a healthy size and weight she is also very active and has a glossy coat and bright eyes, so for me this makes me continue to purchase it as my kitten seems to enjoy it and is happy and healthy.
It seems a long time ago now I bought into my life a beautiful black kitten but when I did it was the best thing I ever treated myself to. My kitten has now has turned into a beautiful 20 month old little monkey who is spoilt rotten by her human mummy!
From day one her health was very important to me. I had her micro-chipped, spade and shes up to date with every injection she should have. Shes flea treated with Frontline and wormed too because at the end of the day I am a firm believer in looking after your animal to the best of your ability and to be honest I put her before myself often!
I didn't know all that much about cats before I had Myrtle though. I knew about dried (kibble food) and about wet food but I didn't know the massive array of foods for ages and lifestyles and stuff. I thought I was going to just go out and buy a few tins of cheap cat food and that was that lol.
How wrong and naive I was! Myrtle back in that first year of her life needed food enriched with allsorts to help her grow and be healthy and now as she has gotten older I know that some foods are really better than others as does she and she is rather fussy.
In fact Myrtle was fussy from day one to be honest. Even now she likes wet food one minute and dried the next, certain brands she likes one minute and then changes her mind as well as flavours and how its even mashed up, she really is very demanding my girl!
The very first food I bought her was this Whiskas one. It was brand that had heard about of course and I trusted it!
This is available to purchase in a few different sizes I always bought ours in a 375g box just in case she suddenly decided not to eat it anymore! The box is a sort of pink colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and then other information on the box includes things like the ingredients being given and the composition of the food, a feeding guide is given and the size of the product is clearly stated and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. I always liked the flap opening to the side of the box of these cos it was easy to open and close however I did in the end go out and buy an airtight container for Myrtles food just so I knew it really was as fresh as it could be.
I only ever spotted these out an about on my travels in the chicken flavour and the kibbles were small, dry and in colours of green, brown and like an orange shade and in square and round shapes really. The feeding guide given is clear but me, well I used to feed on demand really as I still do because she doesn't eat very much at all so I never put much out for her per meal of anything so she isn't eating anything that's been laying around too long.
To me they smell like cereal with a slight malty sort of scent to them and of course these are made up of cereals plus 4% meat and meat derivatives and they also contain carrots, peas and milk (as well as a few other bits and bobs of course).
They are meant to be a good source of protein, calcium and vitamins and minerals for your kitten and you can simply feed you kitten these as much as you want as they are a 'main' meal and are meant to provide full nutrition.
Did Myrtle Like Them Though?:
Sometimes! By accident the other day I bought a box of these. She really shouldn't be eating these now at over one years old (so officially no longer a kitten) but I have tried her on them just to get rid of them to be honest!
When she was a kitten she used to eat a few a day, usually for her breakfast. She never made a mess with them, they always sounded fresh and crunchy and were easy for her to fit into her mouth. Now though she eats a few (not many) and they're alot easier for her to munch on. These were never Myrtles favourite food but then as I stated earlier she is a fussy so and so and its rare she seems to really go a bundle on anything at all! Myrtle really isn't a grateful cat and why should she be lol.
These are widely available in all good supermarkets and pet shops etc and I used to pay about £1.35 a box for ours (or sometimes I found them in various Poundland and the likes stores).
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have a new edition to my family "Melvin" half persion chocolate and white gorgeous little lad. I bought him home today and my toy poodle Daisy and him are getting on really well.
Comes in a purple box with the Whiskas kitten logo shown at the front of the box. The box contains 375 grams of complete biscuit. The food that I am reviewing is the chicken version. It is reccomened that you feed this your kitten until it is a year old. The food contains all the essential proteins, minerals calcuim and vitamins that a growning kitten needs. Always make sure there is plenty of drinking water available.
Melvin is very happy with this food and has 35-60 grams a day as he is only nine weeks old. At three to six months you feed between 60-75 grams a day At six to twelve months you feed 75-80 grams a day. When they reach twelve months feed adult food only. The food is tiny little biscuits that do smell of chicken and notes of cheese. A box of this will last around four days. I bought mine from pets at home for around £1.50 a box. He loves this and it is getting a four out of five.
I recently reviewed Whiskas Kitten Pouches and thought I would now review the Whiskas Kitten Complete dry food. Lola is now approaching the grand age of 9 weeks old and is thoroughly enjoying eating solid food whether it is cat food or eating bits of meat my partner is sneakily leaving her! All my animals whether it is the dog or cats have wet and dry food as I find they enjoy the variety and the dry food is great for their teeth.
*** Whiskas ***
We've all heard of the brand and its famous purple logo is now a household brand for many cat owners. It originally started in 1958 and has continued today with an ever expanding range of products. Whiskas work in conjunction with Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition where they are constantly trying to improve their products with great nutritional values as well as making them taste great.
*** Packaging ***
Whiskas Kitten Complete comes in two forms, the first in a 375g box and a bag which weighs 2kg. I am reviewing the box form. The box is quite narrow and is in the usual purple colour and on the front it depicts a gorgeous silver tabby kitten together with a pink bowl showing the contents of the dry food. It also has the word "Kitten" on the front in pastel colouring together with the flavour, this being chicken.
On the back of the box it sets out in a table the feeding guidelines for your beloved kitten raging from weaning to 10 months plus. It gives the options as to whether you fee just dry food or dry and wet food. Again the table is in the same pastel colouring.
*** The Dry Food ***
Kitten Complete provides all the nutrients a growing kitten needs. It contains the following:
Protein - support growth and maintain energy
Minerals - helps boost their immune system
Calcium - to help the teeth and bones grow strong and healthy
Vitamins (A, D & E) - contains just enough for overall health.
The dry food also contains taurine which is essential for their eyes to stay healthy and clear as cats cannot produce taurine naturally.
Kitten Complete consists of various little biscuits which I guess provide variety in the dry food! Two of the biscuits are orange and green in colour which tend to represent vegetables! There is a brown biscuit which looks like a three leaf clover and there is the one Lola loves the most! The little oblong biscuit (meaty nugget) is just like one of the Whiskas Temptations treats as it has quite a soft outer shell and inside is a meaty texture (presumably chicken flavoured) which is again quite soft. As I've said the individual biscuits are all quite small in size which makes it a lot easier for a young kitten to eat and to digest.
As for the smell, well it does have a mild chicken smell to it but overall the Kitten Complete smells pretty much like any dry food but unlike most it doesn't have a strong smell. I found that it took Lola a bit of time to enjoy dry food but with a little patience she quite happily eats it among the wet food.
I never set out to buy the Whiskas brand of dry cat food but I bought it on offer and as Lola seems to enjoy it I continuing buying it. He coat is soft and quite shiny and it seems to suit her delicate little stomach as we have had no stomach upsets since she has been eating it. A benefit of this is, if you feed it together with wet food you don't need to use so much so the box will last quite a while. It is also suitable for pregnant or lactating cats.
*** Ingredients ***
Cereals, meat and animal derivatives (min. 4% chicken in the brown kibbles, min. 4% meat in the meaty nuggets filling), vegetable protein extracts, oils and fats, derivatives of vegetable origin, minerals, vegetables, milk and milk derivatives (min. 4% milk in the nuggets).
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £1.03
Asda - £1.03
Sainsbury's - £1.05
*** Overall ***
Well I can't vouch for the product myself as I have never tasted it but Lola seems to thoroughly enjoy it. Her coat looks nice and healthy which is all that I could ask for. Especially at 9 weeks when some kittens can be a bit funny with food she has never turned her nose up at it and gladly has it as part of her daily meal. I would definitely recommend it for those with kittens.
Two months ago I got a 5 week old kitten called Pixie. She is black with white patches on her chest and face and white paws. I feed her on wet food and dry food. The dry food I use is Whiskas complete Kitten, which consists of small different shaped and coloured crunchy pieces. The kitten even when she was very tiny has had no problem managing the pieces.
At the back of the pack there are clear instructions on how much you should feed your kitten. There is a table which starts with how old the kitten is, then it tells you how much you should feed them and how many times a day you should feed them and why you need to feed them this amount. I found this table very useful. I already have two cats but they are a few years old now so it was useful to have reminder of how much she needs feeding. This table would also obviously be very useful for people who own their first kitten.
This food is full of protein, minerals, calcium and vitamins which is everything your growing kitten needs. The ingredients are basically cereals, meat, oils, milk and vegetables. On the box it also states what the protein, minerals, calcium and vitamins do for the kitten, for example minerals are needed to boost the immune system.
I find this cat food good value for money as a 375g box costs around £1.60. It is not only good value but my kitten loves it. Once I accidentally left the box in reach of the kitten and when I had come back from work she had ripped a hole in the box and had been helping herself. She would not have done this if she did not like the food. So take it from me and Pixie if you have a kitten this is an excellent food to buy which will help her/him to grow up big and strong.