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I have two cats, and I prefer to feed them with pouches for their wet food, purely because they are so much more convenient from my point of view. It's a simple matter of opening one pouch each per meal, emptying the contents and letting the cats loose on them - no tin opening, measuring, mashing or storing food. I usually buy Co-op pouches, but a couple of weeks ago, these Whiskas pouches were on offer, and they worked out cheaper than own brand. I took the opportunity to stock up, as my cats had started seeming a bit underwhelmed by some of the Co-op flavours lately - as cats do.
These pouches come in boxes of 12, containing 3 duck, 3 chicken, 3 turkey and 3 'poultry' ((?) - always makes me smile). The boxes open with a perforation which opens the whole of one of the larger sides. This means that you can see the pouches clearly and select which flavour to dish up today, although I have found that the flavours are mixed up within the box anyway, which is a nice touch to help ensure your pet gets different flavours with each meal without the need to think about it!
The food contains 4% meat, which whilst low, is on a par with every other food they've ever had with me. On the side of the pack is a slightly confusing diagrammatic feeding guide which aims to tell you how much you should be feeding based on whether the cats have dry food as well, whether the cat is neutered, whether an indoor cat etc. For a 4kg cat fed solely on pouches, the recommendation is 3 per day.
The pouches feel similar to other pouches but somehow more metallic, and they are recyclable. Most importantly, the pouches open perfectly cleanly and smoothly every time - there is no splattering of smelly jelly from the contents, a regular feature with others. I empty the contents into the girls' bowls whilst breaking it up in the pack as I go, so there's no need to mash the contents up. The consistency of the food is quite firm yet the overall texture of the chunks within the jelly is quite loose. All of the chunks and jelly come out of the pouch in one go with no remnants left behind to squeeze out (and risk touching!). The food is no smellier than other cat foods, and I love feeding them these pouches purely to see them enjoying them so much.
Their experience (The ones that count!)
My girls went crazy for these pouches*. Whether it's the smell, the texture, the flavour - who knows, but there is definitely some significant difference between these and the other brands we've tried (Co-op, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Pets at Home). They lick their bowls clean every time and sometimes ask for seconds. Watching them devour these pouches actually makes me feel guilty that I made them eat the others for so long!
*Two weeks on they still love the pouches, but are less crazy - I realise it's the change/variety in tastes and textures that the cats love, but the fact remains that these are still better received than previous offerings.
Whizz the cat isn't really a fussy eater but she does like her wet food and so I will a lot of the time I will buy her Whiskas. On the box it says that this is, "Food cats would naturally choose." They go on to say that, "We believe that cats know what they like when it comes to food, so we put all of our passion and know-how into creating the meals they prefer. Our recipes are carefully prepared and made with quality ingredients that taste delicious and are full of the natural goodness cats need."
What I love about this Whiskas wet food is that it comes in individual portion size pouches which makes it really handy when you come to feed your cat and do not have to worry about measuring out certain amounts or messing around with dirty tins of food. The pouches are foil sealed and all you need to do to open them is pull at the side at the top which has a little indentation to make it easier to pull it open. Then you just pour it out into the cats bowl and voila, dinner is served.
The food is described as 100% complete & balanced. It is made with high quality ingredients, no artificial flavourings or preservatives and contains a perfect balance of vitamins & minerals. Usually I buy Whizz the poultry selection which consists of four different flavours, chicken, turkey, duck and poultry. Each pack has a different colour to it, for example the duck is brown and the turkey is orange so you can see what flavour you are giving to your cat when you reach for the pouch. By far Whizz's favourite flavour is the chicken but to be honest they all pretty much look and smell the same to me.
The food comes with lots of jelly holding together lots of big chunks of meat which you can really see in the mixture so to me it looks like you are getting a good quality cat food. Each pouch contains 100g of food and Whiskas recommend that you serve your cat approximately 2-3 pouches a day which I would say is what I do for Whizz. Whenever I fill her bowl up she wolfs the food down so she obviously enjoys it.
The pouches come in a handy cardboard box which has a perforated side so you can pull this off and store the box in the cupboard and then you can easily reach them and they are stored nice and fresh. At the moment Sainsburys are offering two of these boxes which contain 12 pouches for £6 which is a good price in cat food and one I recommend.
This is without a doubt the type of cat food I buy most for my two cats and the only type they are never picky about!! Apart from when I buy them a more expensive brand now and then as a treat this is their favourite.
My cats are very picky, and I'm sure most cat owners will relate to this, they don't like food in gravy, only in jelly, they don't like Whiskas beef, they don't like felix beef in a can but they do like it in a sachet, they're not keen on very fishy cat food...... So choosing what type to give them can be tricky! However, I have found that these Whiskas pouches of poultry in jelly do the trick.
The normal pack size I buy is 12 sachets, which at normal price is over £4 but I have never paid that yet as it is always on offer somewhere, usually for £3 (or two packs for £6) and even recently at Morrisons for just £2.50. As well as this size of pack Whiskas do larger bumper packs of 40 something sachets whose price really varies from shop to shop but is usually between £12 and £14. The poultry pack contains 4 flavours - chicken, turkey, poultry and duck - and there are 3 of each flavour in the 12 pack.
I feed my cats 2 sachets a day each, as well as some cat biscuits in the evening, even though the pack says to feed them 3 to 4 sachets each a day. Honestly if I did that they would be as fat as pigs! I guess it somewhat depends on the size / breed of your cat and how active they are; my oldest cat doesn't really go out any more and my youngest cat only goes out for half an hour here and there, but if you have cats that are outdoors roaming around all the time then they could probably happily eat 3 or 4 sachets a day each.
They rarely leave any and they seem to enjoy it time and time again, so mixed in with the odd other type of cat food as a change, this is the ideal type for my cats.
Whiskas Cat Food in portioned pouches - freshness and variety for every meal steam cooked now in a great value big pack with 6 x 4 different delectable flavours.