One word: Don't.
I've not known my cats to turn down any wet food until now. Neither of them will touch it. Their review: It's not edible. I've even been treated to the "Bury it. It's poo" routine.
My Barney loves the fish pouches. The Tuna has 44% real tuna inside each one, and all the other varieties are good too. The tuna pouch is 100% full of big chunks inside. I compared it to the Whiskers tuna pouch, that only had around 4 % real Tuna inside. If you are looking for an excellent quality cat food buy this. Morrisons also sell a good selection of Feline Fayre as well as Asda.
I have been through all the range of cat foods offered in the supermarkets and the fish flavour in black packets is what my two cats have settled on. I feed my girls boiled chicken and boiled fish but these packets are convenient in the mornings when i am up early. My Cats are extremely fussy eaters but this food is gobbled up mightily quick. They are not too keen on the chicken flavours but will eat some of it.
I had previously been buying Hills pouches to give to my cat alongside his dry food but found them to be very expensive but I refused to buy the cheaper brands which contain as little as 4% meat or fish and the rest sugars and rubbish!
I came across these pouches in Asda which were selling at 4 for £1, The packet advertised 'contains 60% real fish' which I thought was amazingly high compared to the 4% many others offer especially at such a bargain price!
My cat and kitten (and dog) went wild for these pouches! I bought a selection of the fish flavours; Pilchards, Seafood platter, Tuna etc. There isn't one they don't like. At the moment they are too rich for my kitten but I know he can't wait until he is big enough to get them. I give me cat half a pouch and the rest dry so they last ages.
You can buy a fish selection x12 pouches (85g i believe) for £3 or the best value is the fish collection box with x40 pouches for £8.36. Such a bargain I'm stocking up but even when it's not on offer it's only £9.26 and well worth it.
This brand is a big hit at my house and a bargain price considering the meat/fish content.
My cat Bernie is ridiculously fussy for a rescue cat. Sometimes she'll put up with a cat food for a little while then go completely off it, refusing to eat. This is a giant waste of money if I've stocked up. However when I discovered Feline Fayre's fish pouches she was a total convert.
The pouches are really convenient as you can get from Asda either singly at 34p or in a multi-pack of 8 at £1.99. You can see the fish chunks in them and they have a high fish content compared even to premium brands. The company is a small, family run one according to their website which I prefer over a giant multi-national.
I would provide a couple of words of warning. Firstly, only the more expensive black pouches are labelled as complete cat food so I feed Bernie a balanced dry food as well. Secondly, Feline Fayre also produce a chicken pouch. This is made of mashed up meat and looks rather like pate. My cat won't touch it, even when she's starving, though this may be personal choice.
My cat Ocsar is a male ragdoll, aged 3 1/2. He has been quite a fussy eater from day one, often leaving half, if not all of his food daily. I've tried many brands, always been careful not to buy the really cheap stuff. He also has quite a sensitive tummy, and used to vomit quite a bit after over endulging in the dried food he also gets with his wet food. I've started him on pets at home dry food for cats with sensitive stomach, and i recently discovered "Feline fayre". Well, what a difference this food has made. He never leaves a drop, and he's now eating 2-3 tins of this a day. I was getting this product from B & M store in Leeds, however they haven't had it in stock for i while, although i do belive its available at Morrisons and Asda, so i'll be trying there.
I can thoroughly recommend it, especially for fussy eaters.
I came across feline fayre in home bargains and was taken in by the price. 39p for a big can. They stocked three flavours pilchard, tuna, and seafood. Though I am lead to believe there are more.
The tins are easy to open and stay fresh for a good few days if covered with cling film, and don't develop that nasty gone off smell you get with some of the cheaper brands.
The tins are sometimes not filled to the top which does feel a bit of a rip off but at 39p a can I can't really complain.
Each tin contains 70% real fish and on looking inside it's easy to see. It is mostly left over fish bits that can't be used in other things with fish scales clearly visible sometimes. I found this a little off putting the first time I opened the tin and probably isn't a good idea for particularly squeamish people.
There aren't any large chunks of meat in the tin which is great for my senior citizen cat, that has a lack of teeth and sometimes struggles to break up his food.
Since I started feeding my cat feline fayre his coat condition has improved a little, and seems a bit softer and shinier.
My cat absolutely loves feline fayre and despite being quite a fussy eater has never left a bowl half full.
We decided to give this food a go with the cats during the Asda pet event when a multi pack of 8 was rolled back to £1. Unfortunately it is now back to the normal price of £2.15, making it cheaper to buy the pouches separately at 4 for £1.
The multi pack is made up of 8 pouches of 85g each in a small blue box. It contained 4 fishy flavours of which you get 2 of each. The multi pack comes with tuna, tuna and salmon, ocean fish and sardine food. Each one contains 60% real fish that is set in aspic jelly, this is a lot more than other foods offer.
You can see the fish flakes in all of the food when you put it in the bowl and the sardines one has filets in like what you would buy in a tin.
Like most cats ours can be very picky, they mostly prefer the meat flavours in gravy instead of jelly and are not always keen on any of the fish flavours but we gave this food a try as it looked good and we were impressed with the high fish content.
Both our cats have really enjoyed this food and it is something we will continue to buy in the future. There is also cans of Feline Fayre at £1.58 for three 85g cans and a more luxury range at 47p a pouch available. We are yet to try any other flavours but as well as fish ones they also have some chicken flavour and chicken and ham, all in jelly.
I have only seen this food available in Asda and none of my other local stores seem to stock it. I hope the range will be expanded with more meat flavours and a gravy option.
These cat foods are, in my opinion, the very best you can buy. It comes in 400g cans (ocean fish; sardine; tuna; pilchard); 170g tins often sold in a 4 pack, two tins of each flavour (tuna; pilchard); and foil sachets (all of the aforementioned flavours plus one extra: tuna and salmon). The packaging is predominantly sky blue so it stands out quite well. If you look on the list of ingredients you'll find that there's 60% fish in the sachets and even more, 70%, in the tins. This towers above the fish/meat level in more well known brands. When you open the cans you can see that the fish content really is high: the tuna fish variety is dense and although a different colour, not that far away from a budget can of tuna for human consumption; the other types are packed with off-cuts, fish heads, and occasionally whole small fish - not exactly appealing to look at but blissful for feline friends. I think it must be made from the waste that's left over from human fish products which is so sensible and allows the whole fish to be put to good use. I actually feel that my cat's life has been extended by this food. A couple of years ago he was looking really old and sickly, and due to gammy teeth I had to change his biscuits for a soft canned food - which is when I found feline fayre. Without a word of a lie, within 6 weeks his coat had improved, he'd put on weight, he was hunting again. Two or three years later, at 18 years of age, he's still benefiting from it. There are two minor problems: first, it's not that easy to get hold of. Asda stock it, but normally only have the sachets and the smaller tins; I usually buy it from a nearby shop in the QD chain, so QD itself would be the first place I'd advise anyone who's interested to look. Secondly, which is why I'd advise looking in QD rather than going to Asda, is that meal for meal the sachets are nowhere near as good value as the tins - and, of course, they have a lower fish content. Not withstanding these I couldn't recommend this cat food highly enough.
Picture the scene, I had just sat down after a long hard day with a hot cup of coffee. I stretched out and ouch! A sudden pain in my foot. Hot coffee went flying everywhere and a small bundle of fur went racing out of the room terrified, his game of catch the toe didn't go quite as intended.
Shadow is the original scaredy cat and avoided me all the next day, it took months of being quiet and gentle to get him to trust me and I felt really guilty at scaring him off so when I was in ASDA that night I decided to get him a treat to say sorry.
I picked up the pouches of feline fayre because they were going cheap on the ASDA rollback. The standard poches were 28p or 4 for a pound and the vitamin enriched pouches were down from 49p to 28p. We tried two types.
Simply Chicken Fillets & Surimi in Jelly
This was the more expensive product normally retailing at 49p for an 85g sachet. It is a vitamin enriched complete meal.
When I opened the sachet, I took a sniff. It smelled a lot like the tins of chicken in white sauce (and made me want to go buy some of that for me), not at all like cat food. When I put it into the bowl, the quality was apparent. It contained small pieces of thinly shredded chicken with a couple of larger lumps of surimi in a very pale beige jelly. It looked good enough for human consumption, but I left the taste test to the cat. He went crazy when I let him smell the pouch, and proceded to lick the jelly off to get at the chunks of meat. He obviously loved it.
Simply Seafood Platter in Jelly
When I smelled this one, it had a lovely fishy smell, not like normal cat food again. When I put it in the bowl, large chunks of sardines were apparent with their silvery skins shining through the aspic jelly. It didn't look appetising to human eyes, but the cat went wild for it and finished it in record time. This cat food contains 60% real fish, unlike a lot of comercially available wet foods which contain only 5% meat or fish.
I was really impressed with the quality of this cat food. At 49p a sachet, the vitamin enriched one is out of my normal budget but I will continue to buy the seafood platter on occasion as a treat. A quick google for this product also told me that it was well regarded in the cat world with people talking praising it on message boards.
This product caught my eye in my local Costcutter store tonight, and I thought 'aha, something different'-was it tuna? My cat Bonnie is very fussy and really only likes tuna fish but will occasionally eat tuna cat food which resembles canned tuna and looks juicy and appetising when you open the tin. To date there have been three of these, now it seems my local supermarket is actually selling another lovely new tuna product that even my cat will eat. I took the risk of buying it because the small tins (Three in a row under cardboard) looked trustworthy and I could even believe that my cat, who usually turns her nose up at prawns would eat this- (the tins in question contained tuna and prawn). Yes folks, she loves it!! I will not have to give away the other two tins to my friend's cat Molly (the prawn lover), and these tins are also vitamin enriched and contain omega 3, so I am happy to feed it to her.
My only complaint is to ask why it is necessary in this day and age to use the extra cardboard to link together three tins, surely there is a more eco friendly way?