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We have three cats in our family: Millie, a very small and now fairly elderly tabby, and brothers Augustus and Domino, two rather larger and middle-aged toms from the same litter as each other, about five years younger than her, but not related. Some time ago, we used to feed them Whiskas straight from the tin. Although I have a very poor sense of smell, my wife found the aroma rather too pungent, and she insisted we try putting them on whiff-free dried food. They enjoyed it up to a point, but also tended to have a rather take it or leave it attitude to this particular delicacy.
So we decided to go back to the wet food, and intersperse it with the dried just occasionally. This would make sure they didn't have a chance to get bored with the latter once the novelty of eating something they haven't had for a while wears off once more, provided it's not chicken, ham or pork which somebody has left in the kitchen and forgotten to put away while they're around, much to their delight, or the odd absent-minded squirrel that was passing through the neighbourhood.
Whiskas pouches seemed to be the answer. They probably smell just as pungent as the tinned food they replaced, but as it doesn't really bother me, you'll have to ask my wife. However she hasn't complained about it, and she doesn't like me giving out her mobile number to all and sundry, and as she is a lapsed ciao member who hasn't written on this site for about eight years, you'll have to take ol' faulty (fawlty?)-nostrils' word for it. So there.
Our cats always seem to have been fish eaters, so we generally get the Fisherman's Choice in Jelly. As a rule I get these direct from Amazon in a box of 48, comprising 12 each of tuna, salmon, prawns and whitefish. On rare occasions we run out, so pending the arrival of the next Amazon monster-sized sealed cardboard parcel, it's down to the Co-op down the road. Our rather small Co-op store only sells the box of 12, containing three of each flavour.
The pouches are foil-sealed, and partly in the distinctive reddish-purplish-magenta brand colour, although the little feline army are probably not the least interested in the aesthetics of pouch design. Each contains 100g, and I generally give each cat one complete pouch in a bowl in the morning, and two at short intervals in the evening. They have a small nick near the top, enabling you to tear off the strip with ease. So yes, you can tear your cats off a strip and, unlike people, they will not take offence. The contents squeeze out cleanly and no residue is left behind.
I only have to put my hand towards the box of pouches for ecstatic little cries to be heard. The ritual of emptying them into the bowls is accompanied by a chorus of overjoyed mewing, all in different keys, and rubbing against yours truly's legs, until the coveted bowl is placed at floor level. There is never any wastage as each animal generally takes about a minute to wolf the lot down and, like Oliver Twist, would probably demand more at once if I hung around long enough.
The box says 'Allow a transition phase when offering new food'. As far as our little triumvirate were concerned, no transition phase was needed. It was a case of 'let's have it, master - and fast'. It also suggests 'Serve at room temperature'. Hot whiskas lightly grilled on toast, with which I have yet to experiment, is presumably not a preferred option.
The Amazon is definitely a better buy, with the price of a box of 48 around the £12-£13 (free postage) mark. The Co-op box of 12 is 'normally' £4.50, though more often than not it seems to be on special offer at £3. Lucky me. I'd be even luckier if the organisation accepted Amazon vouchers, though in mitigation I do have my very own Co-op card. But I'm not reviewing those...According to the Whiskas website, the pouches are also sold in boxes of 24 although I have not seen these and cannot advise on price. I used to buy the large ones in Pets at Home, but they were more expensive there, and anything bought online obviously does not have to be carried home on the bus with a ten-minute walk back to the house again, so online shopping wins hands (or paws) down.
For the cat who wants everything, there are several other available flavours in jelly, namely Market Produce (beef and green peas, chicken, salmon and carrots, and tuna); Meat (beef, rabbit, chicken and lamb - I presume you have to supply the mint, horseradish or cranberry sauce if your moggy is really sophisticated); and Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck and poultry). There are also Whiskas pouches in gravy, but I have yet to try these. So have our felines.
The manufacturers recommend alternating with dried food (Whiskas Dry, obviously). We do this occasionally, on the principle that a change is as good as a rest, but the wet food and pouches are clearly their favourite.
All three of our cats give this the thumbs up. OK, make it paws and tail up, then.
[Revised version of a review I originally purred, sorry posted, on ciao]
Bought these for the first time today. But......pouches are smaller 85g rather than 100g. So not such a bargain after all. If you are supposed to feed 300g per day, the shortfall would be day after day so won't buy again!
Ever since our youngest cat has been eating adult food she has always had and enjoyed Tesco's own brand of meat, we give her both dry and wet food but Tesco has always been her favourite when it comes to the meat. That was the case until about 2 weeks ago when she decided she wasn't going to eat it any more. We tried everything to tempt her but she wasn't having any of it and would eat around the meat and just eat her crunchies. This went on for a few days and we were wasting more meat that she was eating so we had not choice but to try a different brand. After having a look at what was available we decided to try Whiskas in Jelly Pouches, there were several different versions of these but we decided to go for the Meat Selection as all our cats have preferred the meat varieties rather than the fish ones.
The Whiskas pouches come in the typical Whiskas style packaging, we brought a box of 12 pouches which came in a bright pinky purple coloured box. On the front of the box is a picture of a the Whiskas cat positioned so that it looks like it is leaning on the Whiskas logo. The logo is right in the middle of the box and consists of the outline of a cats head in purple with a white line going around it so it stands out, this then has the word "Whiskas" written across it in large white letters. Just beneath the logo is a plate of the cat meat which is inside each package, I guess if you are a cat this would look appealing but personally I'm not keen on the appearance of this. The right had side of the box is a brown colour to represent the fact that this is the "Meat Selection" (this is written at the top of the brown section, the top of this section is white and has the words "In Jelly" written in black inside of it. This different coloured section of box lists the 4 flavours of meat inside the box with the words "100% complete and balanced" written at the bottom. The back of the box lists various facts about the product along with a statement about it inside a large white cats head, there are also suggestions about trying other Whiskas products. The sides and top of the box lists the daily feeding guide, personally I never look at these but they are there if you need them. The back of the box has a perforated section in it which pulls open, personally I do not really like how the box opens and would rather it opened from the top but this is not major issue and would not stop be buying the product.
The pouches are made from a shiny foil to help keep the meat fresh, the majority of the packet is the same purply pink colour as the box but each one is purple with a different colour. The flavour of the meat is written at the top of each packet and is repeated in 2 or 3 languages, also there is a colour code on the front of the box, next to each flavour listed on the front of the box is a different coloured cats head, this matches up with the colour of the packet to determine the meat flavours, for example
* Red = Beef
* Light Green = Lamb
* Dark Green = Rabbit
* Yellow -.= Chicken
These colours then feature on the pouches. The pouches are quite basic in that there is not a lot of detail on them just outlines of a cats head and the word Whiskas is written on the front of each one. On the back of the pouch is the flavour and instructions in how to use the packet, this is pretty self explanatory but consists of
* Push the meat down the packet away from the top with your fingers
* Tear of the top of the packet
* Tip into your cats bowl
These instructions are demonstrated with pictures rather than words, personally I do not think these are necessary but obviously Whiskas do.
Personally I think the meat looks and smells horrible especially first thing in the morning but I am not the one who has to eat it. The Whiskas meat we brought Layla is in Jelly as none of our cats will eat anything else. The meat comes in what looks like a solid pouch shape of jelly with pieces of meat set inside it. Personally I break the meat up with my fingers while its in the packet before I put it in Laylas bowl, my other 2 cats Poppy and Daisy will happily eat the meat without it being broken up but if I do this for layla she looks at me like she's not sure what to do with it. I find that the jelly is 'set' more with the Whiskas meat compared to the Tescos version which I was finding was getting runnier almost like a thick gravy which may be why Layla wouldn't eat it, but there is no mistaking that this is in jelly. The meat is quite light in colour, although some flavours are darker than others, the pieces of meat are of a reasonable size but not too big as again Layla would not et them if they were, the picture on the box shows quite big pieces of meat however I personally do not think they are like this they are a bit smaller which seem to be more manageable. To me all 4 flavours smell the same but I assume they must taste different, the smell of the meat is a bit strong when you first open the packet but this soon goes and it does not smell in the house once put in the cat bowl.
We brought Laylas Whiskas Meat Selection from Tesco, although this product is widely available in various other supermarkets and pet shops. A box of 12 pouches cost us £3.49, this is a bit more expensive that the Tesco version that she was having, however it is definitely worth the extra money as we are not throwing half of it away and we do not have an unhappy cat. A box of 12 pouches lasts us just over a week sometimes a little less, Layla is only a small cat but she eats so much, she is half the size of my other 2 but eats double what they eat.
Layla is much happier with her Whiskas Meat Selection, when she has been fed there is hardly ever any left in her bowl, at one point she would eat the jelly and leave the meat but with this she even eats most of the meat as well. She really seems to enjoy her food again and tucks in at meal times she even purrs as she eats it which is a good sign.
Personally I would recommend Whiskas Meat Selection as the meat seems to be of a good quality, I know meat isn't the best thing to give your cat but mine will not eat just dry food, especially Layla she will only eat if she has a bit of both in her bowl. The meat content is listed in the ingredients on the bottom of the box, it is very low at only about 4% but then we all like foods which are bad for us, whilst our girls do have meat they also have a good quality dry food to compensate. Various other ingredients including vitamins are listed however these are far too long and complicated for me to list, but they are all clearly label should you be interested in this. I will continue to buy this as we are no longer wasting any, whilst it is a bit more expensive it works out cheaper in the long run as none is going to waste.
As hard as I try to get my cat to eat biscuits I always resort to feeding him pouches and Whiskas pouches are by far his favourite and on filling his bowl up I can see as the meat that comes out of these always appears fresh and succulent.
The pouches are foil/plastic and are contained in a cardboard box and come in 12's. Whiskas claim to be 100% meat and offer a variety of tastes such as beef, lamb, turkey & duck. Contain no artificial flavourings or preservatives
They come in either gravy or jelly but I tend to buy the gravy ones. On opening the pouches I must say to the human nose the smells aren't that different, to me they all smell like corned beef!! But they have a good amount of bite sized meat chunks in them and thick gravy. I can guarantee every time I feed my cat he will devour the bowl of food and leave no trace of it in his bowl.
The pouches open with ease (unlike other brands) there is a nick in the side of the pouch to allow ease of tearing the top off. The pouches never fail to disappoint in keeping the meals fresh.
It is recommended to feed the average cat (4kg) 3 sachets a day. Personally I divided this over 2 meals.
They are a little pricey compared to other brands but on average they retail at £3.99 for a box of 12 in Tesco, but can often be found on offer. For me though they are worth it as I never have to thrown any of it away.
If you have a fussy meat eater I would recommend giving these a go.
My cat is one of them cats that is fine on a food for a while then suddenly just stops eating it and would appear to prefer starving to eating it again. We have generally fed her canned food as it is a bit cheaper than pouches, of course she is now an elderly cat and we have been through every type availiable in our supermarket so she is now on pouches. She really does like the whiskas pouches. The biggest problem is the stench of them, even though she wolfs it down straight away, she really does love them, i can still smell it in the house for hours later, even someone coming into the house later on mentioned a funny smell. It will be fine in the summer when we havew the windows open all the time but i wont get it again when i can't have the windows open all the time.
If you have cats you'll know just how fussy they can be where food is concerned. Our two cats rule our house and we are stupid enough to let them. Anything for a quiet life!
Anyway, when we first got the little darlings, we tried lots of different foods and I was determined that they would have cheaper brands, to keep costs down. Unfortunately the cats decided otherwise and as I put the cheaper food down for them, they would turn and give me a disgusted look, try to scrape imaginary cat-litter over the food (do you HONESTLY expect me to eat this s**t?) and walk away. The food would then be thrown in the bin and we would be left with cats still begging to be fed.
After a while I had to admit defeat and the cats won. I got some Whiskers pouches! Instant hit! The food was devoured in minutes, clean plates all round and very happy (and somewhat smug) cats!
The pouches are sold in packs of either 12 or 48 and are much more expensive that other brands. The cost of a 12 pack is about £3.49 and a 48 pack £10.00. There are several different flavours to choose from, and are either in jelly or gravy, so your cat can have a varied diet. The food is well-balanced and is fortified with vitamins and minerals so that your cat gets everything it needs to stay healthy. There are also no artificial flavours or preservatives in the food.
Each pouch is designed for one meal, so there is no waste and no half-used tins left in the fridge. The cats usually clear every last morsel too, so no long lasting odours or flies in the kitchen!
If you can afford to buy Whiskers, it really is an excellent cat food. The only problem we have had is trying to get the cats off it when times are hard and money tight. They know what they like and are as stubborn as hell! The cats and Whiskers win every time!
My cat could never be described as being a fussy eater, in fact quite the opposite is true and she will gladly eat just about anything that is put down in front of her. Nevertheless, I like to offer a variety of food to her, and she gets offered both dry, crunchy food in addition to 'wet' food such as chunks in jelly on a daily basis for two reasons... Firstly, I think that by offering her both wet and dry food I am meeting her nutritional needs more, and secondly, I think it is only fair that she is offered a variety to stop her from getting bored of eating the same thing day in and day out. I know that I wouldn't like to eat the same meal three times a day every day, so why should she?
I tend to find that tinned cat food is much more economical than buying pouches as the tins last a bit longer and I get more for my money. A tin of Whiskas cat food costs around 70 pence whereas a single pouch of cat food will cost me around 40 pence, at least these are the prices in my local corner shop. Granted, things like cat food and cat litter tend to be a bit cheaper in a larger supermarket such as Tesco, but these are not always convenient for me to get to, so a lot of the time I shop for items such as these in shops that are closer to home.
I buy individual pouches from the Whiskas brand for my cat very often. In larger shops and supermarkets, they are available to buy in a box or multipack and this works out to be better value as I said. The box will contain 12 pouches and will cost around £3 - £3.75. There is a whole variety of pouches to choose from in larger stores and supermarkets, including chunks that are in jelly as well as in gravy. My local shop however, only has three varieties on offer, and these are 'Chicken in Jelly', 'Tuna in Jelly' and 'Turkey in Gravy'.
The Whiskas pouches are very easy to use, and all you really need to do is tear the top of the pouch off which is not at all difficult to do and takes a mere moment. There is no real need to use scissors to cut the pouch as there is a little indentation at the top to allow for ease of opening. The contents of the pouch can usually just be 'squeezed' into the feeding bowl without much force, particularly if the food in question is contained in a runny gravy, as this allows the contents of the pouch to ooze out very easily. For 'thicker' offerings though, such as those in jelly, you may require a spoon or fork to scoop the contents of the pouch into the bowl but either way the process is very quick and easy to do.
The appearance of the Whiskas cat food is that of a high quality cat food, and the variety that comes in jelly contains little square-shaped 'cubes' of meat that are encased in a solid transparent jelly substance which my cat absolutely loves. The smell of the Whiskas pouches are of course not to my own personal tastes (!) but they smell extremely meaty (or fishy in some cases, depending on flavour, naturally) and the smell is often enough to have my little one running in from where she has been sat bathing herself at the kitchen door, to wrapping herself around my ankles whilst I am putting out the food and filling her water bowl etc. This is not a reaction that can be expected with any old cat food that is offered, and so I think it is fair to assume that the Whiskas is a slightly higher quality than a lot of alternatives that are available on the market.
The Whiskas pouches are easy to store as they are very thin and light, and can be stacked upright in the cupboard. Alternatively, if I have bought a box of the pouches, this is fairly small and has an opening in the top to allow for ease of access to the individual pouches. Either way, the Whiskas pouches are less cumbersome than large tins of cat food as they take up much less space! I have also found another major convenience for me personally when it comes to buying the Whiskas pouches as they are very light to carry when compared to the weight of multiple tins of cat food or even one of the boxes of individual pouches. Individual pouches are much easier for me to buy and carry home as I have mobility problems and do not own a car.
The only disadvantage that I can think of when it comes to the Whiskas pouches is that they are not the most affordable cat food product on the market and for those on a tight budget, there are most definitely better-value options out there. However, the fact that there are individual Whiskas pouches on sale in most supermarkets makes this a possible option for an occasional treat though, even if it is not a realistic option to feed your cat pouches or trays on a daily basis. Personally, I think the quality and convenience of the Whiskas pouches is worth paying a little extra for, so I won't be deducting any points for the slightly higher price tag.
I would whole-heartedly recommend the Whiskas pouches as they are extremely convenient to purchase and store, for my individual circumstances at least, and are equally as easy and convenient to serve to my cat. As for flavour and taste, as well as quality , I can only award them full marks on behalf of my little feline friend..... (and her empty, "licked clean" feeding bowls!!)
My mum is going to give you all the technical information on Whiskas pouches, but as she is not prepared (even for you lovely Dooyoo people) to taste test this product, so has asked me to give you my first hand account.
I'm not a fussy cat, but being part Burmese, I do have a fine palate and texture means everything to me. which is why I leave birds and mice to my less well-heeled friends....I really can't abide bones.
Mum always buys me pouches as they are so convenient, and no smelly tins in the fridge. Also my food is always served at room temperature (as advised on the label) to avoid any tummy upsets.
So here we are, just been served a nutritious portion of Whiskas in jelly with tuna. Now the first thing I notice is the aroma.....not overpowering (apparently some people baulk when feeding their cats strong smelling cat foods)...nope, this has a just-cooked smell and looks very appetizing.
I like to lap up all the jelly first, then eat the chunks.......this way, I don't get jelly on my whiskers when pouncing on the meat, and it's rather like a two course meal.....consomme followed by main meat course.
The chunks are just the right size for my little mouth and the texture is moist, yet firm. The main taste sensation is meat, now I know this is tuna but mum will tell you why this may be later.....to me, the fish, meat and poultry varieties taste fairly much the same, although I must say the prawn is in a class of it's own. (I do get some tropical fish food flakes as treats when mum's feeding the fish....so I know all about the seafood varieties)
I generally leave about 5 chunks on the plate......sometimes it's because I can go back half an hour later and enjoy the experience of Whiskas all over again......or occasionally it's because my girlfriend Partner creeps in the cat flap and I like to have something to share as a gentlemanly gesture.........you never know where it may lead.
OK - over to mum for the technical stuff (it's really not very exciting, but worth reading as she will be claiming the dosh......I apparently get zilch)
Hi all......I think the reason Joey's pouches taste fairly much the same is the ingredients on all the different varieties are exactly the same....with the addition of 4% of that meat or fish added.
There's a special offer on at Sainsburys at the moment - 12 x 100 gms pouches for £3.67, but buy two packs and it's just a fiver. which works out cheaper than the Sainsburys own brand cat pouches.
The ingredients are: Meat and animal derivatives (which then includes the 4% meat of the variety of your choice), vegetable protein extracts, mineral extracts.
They suggest that a 12lb cat has 2 pouches and some dried cat food each day. That's what I feed Joey (not my chosen name, he's from Cat's Protection and for some reason was given the name of a budgie.....very embarrassing, but he copes with the humiliation quite well)
I love the convenience of pouches, and you know you're feeding about the right amount. It appears to have all the nutrients cats need (although I do give Joey home cooked food as well - one those days, I leave out the evening pouch and replace with fresh).
Pouches of cat-food are my preferred choice for feeding my moggies, as they are really easy to open, dispose of and to store. A box of 12 sits neatly in the understairs cupboard, while tins seem to take up a lot of space. I find the pouches really handy because although they work out to be more expensive than tinned food, it saves having the opened tins about the place. (I really don't like having them in the fridge, it grosses me out.)
You just rip open the tops of the pouches, and squeeze out the contents into the bowls, (if you can see the bowls for eager furry heads). It's dead easy and it means the children can feed the cats without any worries about sharp edges of tins or anything like that. It's also a pretty clean system with no need for forking out the stuff, although occasionally you'll get a pouch that just doesn't seem to want to open and needs scissors, or you get one that blows back a bit of cat-food gravy or jelly on your hand as you open it and you go "Euuuurgh!"
Whiskas pouches provide 100g of cat food per pouch. This is just about the right amount for a meal for my cats (they have one each). They don't tend to leave any and seem satiated & content.
My pair like to be fed 3 to 4 times a day (well, one of them would like food everytime I walk in the room, but he's a greedy gutlord! He's not hungry, he just wants to be waited on. If I wore a pinny and tugged my forelock, he'd be even happier). 3-4 a day is also the amount recommended on the box. If you provide yours with dry food as well, you'd need to feed fewer pouches.
It's a "little and often" way of feeding cats that suits people who are in and out of the house. If you can only feed your cat once or twice a day cos you're out all day, you'd need to leave out dry food as well. If you just want to use wet food, you'd really to feed bigger portions, in which case tins are a better bet.
There are often offers on at the supermarket where you can buy 2 boxes of 12 for £5, and these offers seem to alternate between Felix and Whiskas. My cats will eat either, so whichever is on offer is the one I buy. (I have no brand loyalty!) The boxes of pouches come in senior, kitten and adult versions, and in jelly or gravy or a mix of the two. You can buy ones with a range of flavours, or boxes of the particular preferences of your cat(s): fishy ones or game or poultry, and so on.
The only ones that really don't go down well with my cats are the pouches that have peas and carrots and such-like in them. They lick around all the vegetables and pick out the meaty bits; it's a total waste of time and makes work for me, having to clean out the bowls more often. I can see some logic to adding cereals and veg to dogs food, because dogs are natural scavengers as well as hunters, but cats are plain carnivorous, not omnivorous... They will *steal* odd things (like tomato soup!) but they're not going to eat vegetables that you actually willingly *gave* them! Having been caught out by this weird decision of Whiskas once, I scan the boxes carefully not to make sure we don't end up with the pouches with veg in them.
My cats seem very well on the food, with silky shiny coats, bright eyes, plenty of energy: generally in good condition. My mother's elderly cats started having the pouches recently (after I was looking after them while she was away) and it has give them a whole new enthusiasm for their food. She's had to keep them on the pouches as they now refuse canned food (whoops!) but they have put on weight, which is good as they were really showing their age and looking very thin previously.
You don't really want to view the ingredients list too closely, as 'meat & animal derivatives' sounds pretty manky. This added to the fact that, for example, the tuna flavour cat food is only 4% tuna - well, it's not the greatest. That said, it is probably comparable with the standards of other brands of cat-food. And the cats aren't bothered, they like whatever animal goop has gone into it.
The plastic pouch itself isn't recyclable, but the cardboard box is, and bears the "green spot" to let you know Whiskas have made a contribution to recycling in some way somewhere along the line.
All in all, Whiskas pouches are great. A well-known cat-food in very convenient packaging.
My cat Mish Mash loves this food especially the Rabbit flavour - its nutricious and excellent value for money. You would have to be an immature, irresponsible idiot not to buy this! Its so good I was tempted to have some myself! Michael david Jaggs Townson.
As my cat will eat no other Pouches other than the gravy variety, I will be reviewing these.
Whiskas Pouches in gravy come in boxes of 12 or 24 x 100g pouches with eat pouch containing 100% meat. In the box there are equal amount of pouches of:-
lamb and carrots
duck and green peas
My cat absolutely adores these Whiskas pouches as they are full of meat and plenty of gravy. This is clearly evident when you open the pouch as there are lots of pieces of bite size meat mixed with a good amount of vegetables. I was really suprised she enjoys them so much particularly the lamb and duck varieties which also include vegetables. There is never any waste and an extremely clean bowl!!
My furry friend is a very fussy eater and over the years I have wasted so much of her food, but there is never any waste with these. The pouches are sealed and you simply tear along the top of the packet and tip the contents into your cat's bowl.
The manufacturer of Whiskas, Mars Petcare, recommend a 4kg cat should be fed 3 of these pouches per day. They state that if you would like your cat to also eat dried food they recommend 1 pouch + 40g Whiskas Dry food or 2 pouches + 20g Whiskas Dry food.
The pouches do not have any artificial flavourings or preservatives and Mars Petcare state each pouch is a 100% complete meal with the correct balance of nutrients for your little friend.
A box of 12 pouches retails for around £3.60 and 24 pouches around £7.00. However, supermarkets frequently have offers where you can buy 2 x boxes of 12 pouches for £5, so it's worth bulk buying when the offers are available.
If my cat could speak I'm sure she would recommend that you buy these pouches for your cat!! I would highly recommend them
Whiskas is the name for cat food that everyone knows. I regularly buy my cat, Merlin, whiskas pouches when on offer. Merlin is not really a fussy eater but he is definately more of a Felix cat than a Whiskas one.
Whiskas is widely available and you can buy whiskas pouches in a variety of ways. You can buy them individually, though there isn't much choice in flavour, for around 30p. You can also get 12 pouches in a box which come in a wide variety of flavours and ranges. The variety of boxes available is defiantely handy. If you have a fussy cat you can just buy fish or meat flavours rather than a mix. 12 pouches cost around 3.00 depending on the variety you buy and are regularly on offer. There are also big value packs of 48 pouches for around 10.00, though these dont offer as much variety in flavours.
I started Merlin out on Whiskas kitten pouches, which he loved and I have no complaints about. They are a handy and easy way to feed your kitten, especially if you havent had a cat before. However, I find whiskas pouches for adults to be a bit hit and miss. The normal jelly and gravy varieties are by far the best. Though I find no matter what box I buy there is always a flavour that Merlin doesnt like. I tend to find that any savings made by buying whiskas on offer are lost by Merlin not eating some of the pouches. Though at the same time I dont paticularly find this to be a major issue to stop buying whiskas.
My opinion of whiskas did go downhill recently when I decided to try the 'simply' range. Merlin loves Felix 'as good as it looks' and it makes me feel better when I give it to him as it looks more like 'proper food' than cat food. I thought that the simply range would be a good alternative and was really dissapointed. Merlin prefers the fishy varieties so I bought a box of 'simply steamed fish'. I got it on an introductory offer 12 pouches for 2.50. However, quite sneakily the pouches are only 85g and not 100g (the normal weight for pouches) and when you pour it in to a bowl it looks to be about half that of a 'normal' pouch. I tried Merlin on a couple of these pouches but he just licked the jelly off and left the 'steamed fish' behind (which is practically unheard of for him!). Now to avoid wasting these I'm having to sneakily mix them in with other pouches of the same flavour, which is a big pain, but I dont want to waste them. Therefore I definately wouldnt recommend the 'simply' range.
Pouches are definately a more expensive way to feed your cat than tins, so if you have a cat who eats lots, pouches might not be the way to go. Merlin is just over one year old and on average he eats 2 pouches a day and has access to dry food. However, this can vary day to day, some days he can eat 4 pouches (when he's being greedy!) and other days he will eat just 1. Personally, I find pouches so much more easier to use than tins. You just rip the top off and pour it in to a bowl and your done! It means I can leave any mess to Merlin's eating and not from me scraping out bits of cat food from the bottom of a tin. Another advantage of having pouches is that its so much better than having half used tins of cat food going off in your fridge. I find with pouches that even if you use half, they can stay fresh without being put in the fridge.
All in all, pouches are definately the best way to feed your cat but whether it should always be whiskas I'm not so sure!
I have two cats (Oscar and Digby), and they both love Whiskas pouches.
I feed them a combination of wet and dry food. When we first got them, we used to give them tinned wet food, which I found a constant struggle. Trying to get it out of the tin into a bowl and then covering it up afterward I found a real chore and quite messy.
So on a whim I decided to try out the pouches, and I have never looked back. I can't remember why we chose whiskas, but somehow we did. The cats love it, and it is so much easier. You can buy packs of 12 pouches or packs of 24, and there are lots of flavour varieties. You can chose from 3 different types, they have jelly, gravy or sauce, and they all have different meats or fish in them.
With the pouches you can just rip the top off and squeeze the contents into their bowls, so much less mess than a tin, and the chunks are only small so you don't have to mash it with a fork. The chunks in the whiskas food, do resemble meat, and they are not all mushed to a paste like some tinned food, so you can actually see whats in it, and be reassured that you are feeding your cats something of good quality.
The only drawback with these pouches is the price. They cost around £3.60 for a pack of 12 and with two cats we have to buy double, but I suppose if you have got one cat it's not too bad. They used to be on offer a lot in the supermarket and you could get two 12 packs for £5.00, but they don't seem to do the offer much anymore.
I would recommend any pouches over tins, but the whiskas ones are particularly good, and my cats seem to really enjoy them.
Description: Brand: Whiskas / Food Type: Cat Food
I suspect that even non cat owners will recognise this brand, it has been around for what seems like forever. These pouches be bought on their own or in packs of 12 or 24 (which works out to be more economical) and retail for around £0.40 per pouch or £3.25 for a pack of 12. I haven't bought the 24 packs so am unsure of the cost of these.
This cat food also comes in different flavours, there are meats or fish in jelly, meats or fish in gravy and some with vegetables too. This means there is a wide choice to give your cat, and let's face it, we wouldn't want to eat the same thing every night, so why should cats be any different. Also, my cats are very quick to turn their nose up at anything they don't like, so I take care to try and give them a varied diet which they will enjoy.
We usually buy Felix or Tesco's own cat food (for some reason they prefer the Tesco one to any other, which is great as it is cheaper - watch out for the review anyday now!) but had to go to a corner shop in a hurry and this was what they had. I got a pack of the meat in jelly, went home and served it to the Siamese.
They seemed happy enough with this variety - they didn't eat it all at once like they do with something they really love, but they did go back 20 minutes later and finish it, generally the sign of a happy feline!
So in summary, I would buy this again. They weren't especially delighted, but they certainly were not put out by being served this food either so that works for me. I will return to the Tesco one, simply because they seem to love it so much, (it is worth noting that Whiskas is a little more expensive than some brands, but if you are like me, you don't mind that if it keeps them happy) but I would definitely get this again if I couldn't get their preferred brand.
Because they are pouches, it is easy to squeeze them into their bowl and of course, it means that every serving is fresh, the amount that you feed depends on whether they are also eating dried food, and as always, allow a plentiful supply of fresh water too - result, happy cats!
My cat is a fussy, spoiled little thing but I adore him nonetheless and therefore try to cater to his every whim! He is a rescue cat from the local shelter and is 13 years old. I got him a year ago and funnily enough when he first arrived in my home he refused to touch any wet food, preferring dry food only. But then after a couple of weeks I tried again with wet food and he now insists on at least one serving of it a day.
As all cat owners know, wet food is more expensive than dry food. I have tried my cat on many kinds of different wet foods including Gourmet Perle, Sheba, Felix, and Whiskas. Of these, the only two he will eat are Sheba and Whiskas. While I'd say he has a slight preference for Sheba, he will also quite happily go for the Whiskas most days although occasionally he will turn up his nose.
I prefer serving him Whiskas pouches for the simple reason that they are very easy to dispense without me having to touch the cat food or use an implement to get it out. It's easy to tear the top of these foil pouches and then squeeze the pouch until the food comes out onto his bowl. Usually the food comes out in a big lump and I then do sometimes break it up for him if he refuses to eat it at first and then he usually will go for it.
My cat prefers the Whiskas in Jelly but my mother's cat prefers Whiskas in Gravy so you never can predict what any cat will prefer and it's best to try both. I haven't tried Whiskas "Oh so meaty" range which I would imagine contains more meat and less fillers than these for the simple reason that they are more expensive and knowing my cat if he sunk his teeth into one of them he would then refuse to eat the regular Whiskas until I caved in and started buying the more expensive brand for him!
Often Co-op will have these whiskas pouches on sale at two boxes of 12 for £5.50 which is a very good bargain and I'll stock up when I see this offer.
This appears by the way it looks to be a good quality cat food and my cat agrees with me on this most of the time. But I'm certainly not going to do a taste test - some things I won't do, even for dooyoo!