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My tabby-cat lodger has settled into my home quite nicely over the past few weeks, and whilst our living together is most likely to be temporary as she usually stays with my parents, I have taken the opportunity to spoil her as much as possible as I love having her to visit!
I wanted to get some dried cat food to feed her, as I like to vary my cats' diet as much as possible, and feel that offering a mixture of dried AND wet food offers a more balanced diet that is particularly helpful for my tabby; she tends to put on a little weight if she is only offered wet food.
The dried food that I bought on this occasion was from the well known "Go-Cat" range, and given that my tabby is quite old, I selected the "Adult" version, although there were a few assorted types to chose from in my local pet store. I paid around £1.80 which I felt was really good value for money, particularly as the food is presented in a rather large box, being 950g in size. The Go-Cat range has a whole host of items available, and is available to buy in most good pet stores, in addition to most supermarkets including Tesco, where the current price for a large 825g box of this particular dried food has been currently reduced to £2 from the normal price of £2.29. (Info correct as @ November 2013).
The Go-Cat Complete Adult Cat Food I purchased is flavoured with Chicken, Rabbit and Duck. I really like the information provided on the packaging and found it fairly informative, certainly helpful for those newer cat owners who are perhaps more inexperienced and need a little guidance in caring for their feline friends. I also liked the opening instructions on the side of the box, which appear alongside a perforated section to allow a little flap to be unhinged from the cardboard box and serve as a handy opening; some similar products that I have purchased in the past have no such helpful addition to their packaging, and I find that the dried cat food can make a bit of a mess when poured as it often comes out very quickly from the box!
The box is quite large, so I do tend to 'decant' around one third of the box into an upright, lidded container for ease of storage. Even doing this little chore has my tabby-cat curling herself around my ankles whilst I am in the kitchen. It would seem that the Go-Cat Food has an aroma that is rather appealing to cats, and even if my tabby has been sound asleep in a different room, she will often appear at my feet when the food is being poured- either into her bowl or into a different container. I have noticed myself that this food smells rather strong, compared to other dried cat food and biscuits that I buy on a regular basis. Certainly, my (mere) human nose can tell when THIS particular food is the one in my cat's bowl or not. So, based on my tabby-cat's love of the strong, meaty aroma given off from this food, I can only assume it is rather appealing and appetising to cats.
The little dried biscuits themselves are fairly standard in their appearance for a product like this one. These particular biscuits have a couple of different shapes, such as a diamond shape and a sort of circular shape, and I don't find that any of them are overly sharp or pose any difficulty for my cat.
The biscuits are coloured in varying shades of brown, tan and red, and have a very hard texture as you would expect. I haven't found that my tabby has had any difficulty with crunching or biting down on the Go-Cat Food, so I don't think they are so hard as to pose any difficulty with elderly cats. I think too that their small size is perfect for those feline friends who are in the winter of their lives; - older pussycats often have much fewer teeth than they once did, so in my experience, older (or, indeed, ancient) cats often cope a little better with smaller-sized kibbles and biccies, and certainly this has been the case with my tabs, as she can happily - and easily - scoff her way through a small handful of these in about three seconds flat, even though her teeth are not what they once were, in terms of either their condition or, indeed, their quantity!
The feeding guidelines on the packaging advises that cats up to 4kg - which is probably slightly below the category my tabby falls into, as she has some rather notable love handles! - can be fed 70g of this food daily, but in all honesty, I just sprinkle a wee handful of the kibbles into a small bowl or saucer for my tabby, which works well enough for us. I noticed that the Go-Cat box details a website where you can download a 'measuring cone' to "help you feed your cat the right amount" of this food. I thought this was a nice touch, and may well pop over to www.go-cat.co.uk/feedingcone and have a look.
I really like the handy nutritional guide on the box's reverse which lists several valid points including:
"With all the essential vitamins a healthy cat needs" in addition to: "Right balance of essential minerals to help maintain strong bones and teeth and a healthy urinary tract", and most importantly, I think: "High quality protein to help support his (or her!) natural defences. High quality protein for toned muscles including the heart. High quality protein for good digestibility." I do confess to finding such bold claims and statements reassuring as a pet owner; I like to know that my pets are being fed foodstuffs that are beneficial to their health and well-being, and the Go-Cat Complete does seem to tick that box, for me anyway.
Whether the food is nutritionally beneficial to my tabby-cat remains to be seen, but certainly I feel her coat is in a gorgeous condition, with the few teeth she has left looking in relatively good condition. I feel too that she has no digestive issues, and her urination is frequent and plentiful - which it should be, at her age. I do feel that there are other dried cat food products on the market that may prove to be MORE beneficial to my cat's health than this particular one, but for the price I paid, I feel I have got a good quality dried cat food product that my cat finds appetising and tasty. In actual fact, I don't recall a single time when my tabby has refused this food, or left any of the small kibbles remaining in her bowl, so I have no reason to doubt this food's appeal to cats.
It is important to remember to ALWAYS have fresh drinking water available for your cat, even if they show no interest in it. An increased thirst is often an indicator of some underlying illness, and cats will often have a drink after vomiting with a fur ball, even if they (apparently) never drink water at any other time. Whether you think the cat drinks from its water bowl or not, it should always be there for them.. Just in case.
I have found that our box is lasting quite well, and so the purchase price really feels like excellent value, with the product itself feeling economical. Taking everything into account, I really only have positive points to report about this particular cat food, and considering too how much my tabby seems to enjoy munching it, I do feel that top marks in the product rating score are fair on this occasion.
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I tend to feed our cat a mixture of wet and dry food and her preference seems to be the wet food from the packets mixed with some form of dried cat food.
I usually pick up a 340g box from my local bargain store for around the £1 mark, but believe the RRP to be no much more than this and certainly no more than £1.50; instantly making this good value.
I don't think the cat has noticed any difference between the different favours, and she hasn't indicated any preference; at the moment she is eating and enjoying the tuna herring and vegetable variety although it is also available in different flavours as well as packs for senior cats, kittens and indoor cats.
The product claims to be a complete 100% balanced meal. giving cats al the nutrition they need, and containing protein, vitamins and minerals.
The food comes in a cardboard box with all of the information on the sides of the box. The box is opened via a perforated piece at the side of the box with the idea being to then pour the food out of the side. Simple in theory but the perforation does take some pulling at to get it open completely. The food itself is all shades of brown and in the shape of what look like small fish and bones. Im not sure this is strictly necessary to get the cat to eat them but it is a nice touch! They have no discernible smell which surprised me as I was expecting them to smell quite fishy but I am rather glad they don't.
I don't tend to measure out how much I give but a measuring cone can be ordered from the site, www.go-cat.co.uk. It indicates that a 3kg cat should have 55g of the stuff daily while a cat weighing 5kg needs 90g. however, using this and wet food, our cat tends to stay nice and healthy and she isn't over or under weight so we must be feeding her the correct amount.
I can go only on the cat's recommendation: does she eat it? Is she healthy? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding yes!
Based on these factors, I would recommend the product. It is easy to store and serve, reasonably priced and for anyone wanting to feed only dried food, it is a meal in itself. The only thing to remember is to leave your cat with plenty of fresh water.
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This is a food that our cat Poppy has always loved since we adopted her. We've tried other flavours of Go-Cat but she's never been keen. She also eats meat twice a day, Go-Cat is left out for her to graze on as and when she pleases.
Go-Cat comes in many flavours and categorized into Kitten, Adult and Senior. I believe there's also a version for house cats too. This particular type is for an adult cat and comes labelled as Chicken, Duck and Rabbit.
The food is in little hard shapes that are just a little smaller than a five pence piece approximately. Go-Cat call them 'kibbles'. Kibbles are shades of brown and dark red. Perfect size for a cat to pick up with their mouths to crunch on.
Our cat struggles a little with eating, she only has half a tongue due to an accident she had before we adopted her. She still manages to get the Go-Cat into her mouth however, she gets it to her mouth then jolts her head in a certain way to get them into her mouth - she's a determined soul.
I've tried giving her other biscuits but she seems to be sick occasionally and her fur lacked shine after a week or so of eating other biscuits, so I stick with Go-Cat. They have a faint meaty smell about them, nothing too offensive.
Go-Cat state that their food is '100% complete and balanced'. I think that's very open to interpretation! They also say 'It contains everything your cat needs nutritionally in each meal.' and that it's made with high quality fish or meat. I find the part about high quality fish or meat a little re-assuring, but I suppose it does depend what they are bench marking that against as to how high quality it actually is in reality.
They do also say that it contains vitamin E, vitamin D and a balance of minerals.
Go-Cat comes in a yellow packet with a picture of a Cat on the front. Depending on the flavour there's a colour flash across the bottom to help people remember which is their cat's favourite. This particular type (Chicken, Duck and Rabbit) has a purple flash.
Depending on the size you buy it comes in either a cardboard box with a perforated section on the side to pour out the biscuits. Or you can buy it in a sack, which can work out a bit cheaper depending on current promotions, in which case a plastic cup or scoop is useful to dispense the food.
It's available in boxes/packets of 375g, 950g, 2kg and 10kg.
You can buy it in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Sainsburys. Also available in Pets at Home and online on Amazon.
A 950g box is around £2.88, sometimes on offer for £2.00 and a 2kg is around £4.49.
I have to write this more on behalf of my cat Fat Bloke, as he's not so good on a keyboard and will completely ignore any form of spell checker so cant be trusted.
The ginger stray more adopted us and decided to move in rather than wait to be invited. We made the big mistake of really spoiling him at first due to his skinny frame, and sadly due to our own inexperience, he piled on the pounds. Hence why he became known as Fat Bloke.
A neighbour recommended dry food as a diet and after many trials we finally found something that met his, what seemed like remarkably high set standards.
It appears that Purina have pulled out all the stops and the Go-Cat Complete for adult cats have ticked all the right cat baskets as far as he's concerned. A good balanced meal made from a combination of meat and cereal gave him the nutrition he needed. The protein, minerals and vitamins helped to get his good health back and keep his coat shiny. There is also small percentage of crude ash and crude fibres which indicates the minerals that don't get burned off after the meal is eaten. Polite ash and polite fibres may have been more pleasing to the taste I'm sure but we'll have to accept that it's called crude for a good reason.
A good all round meal for a cat to maintain a healthy balanced diet, good muscle and bone structure.
We adopted an 8 month old male cat from the local RSPCA, and they put in his notes that he was fed 20g of Go-Cat Adult twice per day. I must admit I fed my other cat, who I have had for 11 years on wet food, with a few crunchies on top, and was hoping to convert our new cat, Norman, to the same as I didn't think he would want to stay on dry food once he got a look at what else was on offer, but Norman absolutely loves Go-Cat! He is a very timid cat, but I only have to shake the box and he comes running like his pants are on fire :)
I bought the product on a deal, 2 for £4, which is very economical, as it will last for ages. Even my older cat, who normally doesn't like dry food, started to nick Norman's food and I think he likes it too! I'm really pleased about this, as dry food is better for them, especially for their teeth. I had tried to swap Norman over to the store brand crunchies, but he could tell the difference straight away and strated to pinch my other cat's wet food instead. However, once I put the Go-Cat down, he was straight back to eating his own meals.
I can't say what it tastes like, as I don't really have the desire to try it myself :) but I can assure you it must be really yummy for my cats to act they way they do!
There are a few different flavours too, which is good as you can give your cat some variety.
I used to feed my cat wet cat food, until he became slightly overweight and my vet advised me to switch to feeding him dry food only. I'd always associated dry food with biscuit treats, which were given to cats alongside their normal food, but when I looked at the cat food section in my local supermarket I was surprised to see that dry food is now a complete nutritionally viable option for cats, and is much healthier than wet cat food.
My vet told me the pouches of meat in jelly are full of salt and sugar, and often lead to cats becoming overweight (especially as mine is a house cat so isn't running round outside burning calories off). Quite why he didn't tell me this 5 years ago when I first got my cat and asked him what I should feed him, I'm not entirely sure. But anyway, the decision was made - he was moved to dry cat food.
Luckily my cat is very easygoing in nature, and generally eats whatever I put in front of him (plus a few extras like carpet and spillages on the kitchen floor). He isn't remotely fussy so I had no problem moving him to dry cat food. Initially I tried Iams, mainly because it was the most well known dry cat food, and also because I am a little soft and whilst I'm happy to go home with supermarket own label beans, when it comes to my cat I prefer to take no chances regarding his health and wellbeing.
After a while, the Iams was getting expensive when it wasn't on special offer, so I had a shop round and looked at other brands. The Go Cat advert stuck in my mind because the cat they use for their advertising is ginger like my cat, so I looked at the packet and was pleased to see that it seemed to provide all the nutrients my cat needs at a fraction of the price. I went home with a box of Go Cat (the pink fish flavoured one) and my cat wolfed it down so everyone was happy.
Since then, I have stuck to Go Cat because I can't quite bring myself to use own label cat food for my cat, and it's very good value. It's often on offer in supermarkets, but at full price you can pick it up for about £5 for 2kg. Sometimes the boxes are on offer, and although they're smaller it can be worth getting these to the weight equivalent of the bag as you can make a bigger saving.
I like the range of flavours that Go Cat offer (well not me personally obviously, I stick to the supermarket own brand beans), as I feel like my cat is getting a variety of flavours in his diet given that, lets face it, eating dry biscuits every day must get pretty boring. The flavours are grouped so a bag contains a few similar tasting flavours e.g. the pink one is fish containing salmon, tuna and trout, the blue one is rabbit, turkey and vegetables, and the purple one is chiken, duck and rabbit. All similar meats are grouped together and my cat has tried and will eat all these flavours. I've noticed it tends to be the same ones that are on offer though, so often he has the fish variety for a while without a change. He doesn't seem to mind though.
I noticed when my cat started eating Go Cat he started drinking a lot more, but apparently this is normal as they're not getting the juice from the jelly in pouches. I just make sure he has plenty of water, and in summer I'll put two bowls down for him to make sure he doesn't run out whilst I'm in work.
The only downside with Go Cat is the packaging. I find the boxes give you little control over how much you can pour out at one time, which can lead to you either overfeeding your cat, or having biscuits all over the floor. The bags are equally troublesome, as the lining usually rips so once you've poured the food and sit the bag back down, some of the food goes into the lining and you end up having to rip it out when you get to the bottom. This is a bit annoying, but not annoying enough to put me off using the brand.
It has to be said that my three cats are probably the least fussy eaters in the world. I've never seen them reject a food completely, and although their preference for wet food over dry food is clear, they will pretty much eat anything that happens to be in front of them - whether it's a live bird, tinned tuna or even pizza. I believe this is pretty much based on their past as their previous owner didn't feed them on a regular basis and they learned to take what they could get.
They've always been fed on Go Cat, which suits me fine as it's usually the cheapest brand and they eat quite a lot of food. I try to give them mostly dry food as I've been told it's better for them, and they don't tend to object. This Go Cat complete adult food comes in a few different flavours, including:
Chicken, rabbit and duck (shown by a purple stripe on the packaging)
Tuna, herring and vegetables (blue)
Rabbit, turkey and vegetables (green)
Salmon, trout and tuna (pink)
It looks like bits of dry kibble in a few different colours. The ones with added vegetables have a wider variety of colours and shapes, although to be honest I think that's more for human benefit than the cats' (perhaps the different shapes are slightly better for their teeth or something, I don't know).
Go Cat is available in a few different types of packaging, including boxes and bags of different sizes. Economically it makes more sense to buy the large 10kg bags (available online and in cash and carrys) or wait until the biggest size boxes are on offer in supermarkets. My dad very kindly picked us up two 10kg bags of the green and blue flavours, which should last my three at least until late autumn, possibly until next year.
Unfortunately it was at this point that we found out they don't like the green or blue Go Cat.
I thought at first that they were leaving their food on purpose to wind me up as they could see there were two giant bags of it. My housemate finally deduced that it was the vegetables in the food that they didn't like (despite the fact that to human eyes it just all looks like variously coloured bits of dry kibble), and I think he's right. The cats spend quite a long time picking out the bits of meat to eat and leaving the vegetables behind...just like my boyfriend. I swear they weren't as fussy before he moved in.
If my cats had a scale ranging from love to hate, it would look something like:
Sleeping on the bed/sofa/yoga mat
Wet food pouches
Wall's mini milks (vanilla flavour)
Sitting on the windowsill
Purple and pink Go Cat
Dubious-meat hot dogs
Vegetarian hot dogs
Blue Go Cat
Green Go Cat
Falling in the canal (which happened last month)
Breakfast being late
As you can see Go Cat isn't their favourite thing in life, but the pink and purple flavours are fine. As for the blue and green, well, they still have at least 18kgs to go, and the fat one is starting to lose his big tummy.
Two very important members of the Indycat household are our two cats, Indy (no surprise there eh?) and Flossie. Our fluffy babies came to us nearly five years ago from the Cats Protection League and we consider them to be very much a part of our family, so it goes without saying that we want to make sure they are fed food which is both nutritious and tasty.
One of the things we are keen on feeding them is dry cat food, having been told by our vet that a diet including biscuits is better for their teeth than meat alone. However, our moggies being typically fussy are not huge fans of biscuits and show far more enthusiasm for wet food. This has prompted an ongoing search over the years for a dry food that they will actually eat, which has eventually led us to settle on Go-Cat complete.
Go-Cat is a well known brand made by pet food manufacturers Purina (also responsible for Felix and Winalot among others.) It's a food towards the lower end of their range, but is perfectly suitable for normal cats with no underlying health or dietary problems. Purina claims it is a 100% complete and balanced food, meaning a bowl of Go-Cat complete should offer all your cat needs nutritionally for one meal. As well as the adult version, Go-Cat complete is also available for kittens under a year old, senior cats over seven years old and Indoor cats. The adult food offers a wide range of five different meaty and fishy flavours, two of which also have vegetable flavours included. You can buy Go-Cat in five different sizes, ranging from a small box of 375g to a large bag of 10kg- I generally try to buy the largest pack size I can as this obviously works out cheaper.
The boxes and bags are very easy to spot on supermarket shelves due to their bright yellow colouring. On the front is a picture of the Go-Cat mascot- a ginger tom by the name of Bobo, who is pictured leaping in the air whilst licking his chops (presumably at the thought of his dinner!) and the Purina and Go-Cat logos are underneath. Below this is a picture of the food itself and you are told that it's made with 'high quality meat for high quality protein.' One side of the box gives you a useful guide as to how much food you should allow for your cat depending on their size and based on normal levels of activity and 'environmental temperatures'- in other words a very active cat in winter will probably need more food than a very lazy cat during the summer. They also remind you to always provide fresh, clean drinking water (although for some reason ours prefer stale old rainwater, strange cats!) and provide a web address where you can download a template for a measuring cone to ensure you are offering the correct amount of food.
The opposite side of the box provides all the ingredients and nutritional information- I won't list all of it here, however it is interesting to see that that in each 'kibble' there is just 4% of meat/animal derivatives. The rest is made up of a mixture of cereals, vegetable products, oils, fats, yeasts and minerals. Some vitamins (A and D3) have been added as well as minerals, although the minerals are printed in symbol format, which is a little confusing for people like myself who last studied chemistry a very long time ago! There is plenty of room on the side of the box for the full details to be printed so I'm unsure as to why they've done this. Below this is printed the phone number for Purina's pet care team, who apparently offer advice on all aspects of pet care and purina's web address.
The back of the box provides plenty of blurb regarding the various benefits of feeding your moggie Go-Cat. Purina claims that this food helps to support their natural defences and that the protein helps to keep their muscles, heart and digestion in good order, whilst the minerals help to keep their bones, teeth and urinary tract healthy. For the environmentally conscious, they also claim to have reduced their cardboard packaging by 10%, apparently saving 195 tonnes of packaging per year.
So, do cats enjoy eating Go-Cat? Well my two certainly seem to prefer it to any other biscuits we've offered them. We've tried the cheaper options- the kitties most definitely turn their noses up at tesco's own branded variety and we've tried more expensive ones- iams is another definite no-no. They will eat a few bits of whiskas when we've offered it but it's always Go-Cat that they eat the most of. Having said that, they would still choose wet over dry food every time and so we tend to offer them a small amount of wet food with their meals as they enjoy the meat so much. Generally, they will wolf down the wet food, have a few biscuits and then come back at various points during the day and night to snack on the rest of the dry food. On the odd occasion where we've run out of wet food, I've given them a bowl of biscuits on their own and they will eventually sit down to eat them, albeit after following me around whilst meowing pitifully for a while. Admittedly this is probably our fault for getting them into the habit of expecting wet food as well, however they do still obviously enjoy the taste of Go-Cat, just not as much as the meat. We have also offered them all of the various flavours in the range and they will eat them all- they don't seem to have a particular favourite.
In terms of their health, our cats seem to be very happy and healthy on a diet of Go-Cat and are very rarely ill- one of them is occasionally sick after eating but you can always bet it's because we've offered them a different wet food (hubby likes to spoil them with 'posh' food now and then.) They are both very active, spend a lot of time outdoors and still often chase each other around as if they were kittens. Yearly check ups at the vet have always seen them sent away with a clean bill of health and so I'm quite confident that they are getting everything they need from the food they eat.
If you are thinking of giving Go-Cat a try, I would thoroughly recommend it as it's fairly affordable compared to some other brands. I would however suggest trying one of the smaller pack sizes to start off with as just because my cats like it, doesn't mean yours will! A 375g box costs £1.16 in most supermarkets, with a 2kg bag (generally the largest size you can get in a supermarket) costing £5.09.
GO CAT COMPLETE
I have 3 cats and over the years I have lost count the amount of different brands of crunchies I have tried them on, they have liked them for a while, then decide that they don't!!!!!When my youngest cat who is under a year old moved onto adult cat food I decided to try her on Go Cat Complete assuming that in a few months time I would be buying a different brand, however she absolutely loves this brand and can't get enough of it, I think she even prefers her crunchies to her cat meat!!!! He favorite flavour is chicken, duck and rabbit. I have even tried my older 2 cats on these crunchies, and although being fussy eater they do seem to like GO Cat Complete aswell.
The crunchies come in a mainly yellow and pruple box with a picture of he GO Cat - cat on it an a picture of a bowl of the crunchies. The words made with quality meat for high quality protien are written at the bottom of the box. All the information you need to know is written on the back and side of the box including the ingredients and typical analysis
The words "A combination of ingredient including meat, vitamins and minerals make GO Cat a complete and balanced meal. GO Cat is all your cat needs nutritionally to help keep him happy and healthy" GO Cat Complete is actually made by the company Purina and can be used as a complete meal for your cat. The crunchies contain all the vitamins and minerals they need to keep healthy so you can actually just feed your cat on these without any meat or other types of food. However my cat personally is not having any of this, I have tried to just feed her on these during the day once and when I came home I had a full bowl of crunchies and a very hungry kitten!!!!! So although they are a complete meal it depends on your cat preference!!!!!
The GO Cat Complete comes in a variety of size boxes ranging from a smal box to large sacks, I personally buy the 950g box for £2.35, it is averagly priced however I find that this size box does last a couple of weeks so it is quite economical.
Meat & Animal Derivatives (Min 25% including 4% chicken, 4% rabbit & 4% duck)
Vegetable Protein Extracts
Oils & Fats
Derivatives of Vegetable Origins
There is a feeding guide also on the back of the box which is as follows
Animal Quantity of Product
This is useful if your cat is on a strict diet and its food is weighed each time, I personally just give my cat what she wants when she wants really, she does tend to eat a lot for a small cat (and yes she is spoilt!!!!!)
There are 4 circles on the back of the box and in each is a piece of information about how minerals, vitamins, protein and calcium help to keep you cat healthy
"Balanced minerals to help maintain a healthy urinary tract"
"With all essentials vitamins for a healthy cat"
"Calcium for strong bones and teeth"
HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN
"High quality protein to help support his defences. High quality protein for toned muscle, including heart. High quality protein for good digestion"
I particularly like GO Cat Complete as they do different ranges and all of these come in various flavours. These ranges are on the back of the box at the bottom and include -
Kitten - for optimal growth
Adult - for optimal body condition
Senior - for a long health life
Weight Control - for optimal weight
Indoor - for hairball and litter odour
Overall I have been very impressed with GO Cat Complete, it comes in a range of flavours (although my cat will only eat the same on) and it has everything she needs to keep her healthy. For those of you with cats who are fussy eaters give this brand a go and see what they think. It is a brand of crunchies I would highly recommend, and one Poppy, Daisy and Layla recommend too!!!!!!
I happen to own 2 of the most demanding creatures in the world - probably due to the high standards they are used to, my two cats are very insistent on what they like and what they don't.
One of my cats will take or leave hard food such as go-cat complete, he will eat a few and walk away - but this is the same with all brands, not just go-cat. However my other cat can not get enough of the hard biscuit type of food and enjoys go-cat particuarly (although not as much as whiskas's!) i have always had my doubts about feeding this kind of food to my cats as the actual meat content is shockingly low, however my cat does seem to love it and will only eat his high quality wet food with some of the dry food sprinkled on the top.
Go-cat is a complete cat food so that is good as some foods i have used for years before realising they are complementary and therefore not as good unless your sure your cat is getting nutrients from else where. However after a year or so of using go-cat along with other brands for my cats crunchy topping, my cat started being sick daily after eating. When i didn't go-cat to his food he was fine so eventually i had to tell him enough was enough, he can't have the go-cat anymore and moved him onto the much healthier Encore dry food, which has a 70% meat content (compared to the 4% that go cat has). I feel much better about feeding this to him and he has accepted that he can no longer have his cheap but tasty go cat and is now quite happy with meals with encore on top.
Overall, i wouldn't reccomend go-cat to any cat owner that wants to make sure their cats are getting high quality, but as a small part of the cats diet it is probably ok.
Aren't cats fussy creatures ! Up until a few months ago we had never owned a cat but then this sleek jet black mini-jaguar decided to camp outside of our back door. If our little dog had still been alive to witness this happening I assure you that cat would have been heading off to find a different doorstep to sit on !
But anyway this good looking creature with large green eyes managed to wheedle her way into our home and our hearts and she was triumphant when she realised that she had got her own way.
We have asked around the neighbourhood to see if anyone was missing one shiny black lucky cat but there were no takers, she has been to the local vets and neither is she chipped so it seems that fate has intervened.
We have been feeding her with Purina GoCat and she seems to enjoy it, we vary the flavours and some she enjoys more so than others. She seems to go wild over the meaty flavours and at the moment she is munching her way through a box of the Rabbit, turkey and vegetable variety.
I wished that cats could speak - if they could then I would ask her what she sees in GoCat, if looks are anything to go by then GoCat doesn't look at all appetising to me.
I only put out a small quantity of the dried cat food at any one time, I am more than happy to offer her a refill but I would rather that she cleaned the plate up and then returned for seconds.
Beside her dish of GoCat sits a dish of fresh water, I often wonder whether dried food is a bit hard to swallow.
I must say though that GoCat does have a few things in its favour, when it is left sitting in the dish it doesn't smell, the dried food does not attract flies and GoCat will sit in the cats dish without congealing and leaving you with an awfully messy dish to clean out afterwards.
I have been reading the information on the box and it appears that Purina call the little dried lumps of food `kibbles`. The rabbit kibbles are red, the turkey kibbles are light brown, the yellow kibbles are corn and cereals and the green kibbles are vegetable.
When I read this it made good sense and I will tell you why - I frequently notice a slim black velvet paw being dipped into the dish of GoCat and as quick as a flash I see a green kibble go shooting across the kitchen floor ! Does this mean that cats are not that keen on vegetables or is our new lodger just being faddy ?
Whatever the answer she certainly knows which kibbles she prefers and nothing will sway her.
Once her razor sharp teeth have taken a grip on a turkey kibble you can hear her crunching away on her bounty and she seems to really enjoy her meal but she will only eat tiny amounts of GoCat at any one sitting.
Have you ever washed your cats dish and dropped a kibble of GoCat into the water ?
I was surprised at how much the kibble of dried meat swelled up when it was wet, I would say that it doubled its natural size. I like the way Purina have tried to make the Gocat enticing, some of the kibbles are bone shaped.
Purina GoCat is made using good quality meat and that produces plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals to nourish your cat.
The minerals help to keep the cats urinary tract healthy and the calcium and phosphorus help to strengthen teeth and bones. The protein tones the muscles, supports the natural defences and aids digestion.
I may be a novice when it comes to looking after cats but I do like the idea of Purina GoCat, it is a clean, easy and odour free way of feeding your feline friend. Our furry friend has a beautiful sheen on her short black coat so I feel that the Gocat must be providing her with all she needs.
A 375g box of GoCat costs me about £1 in Wilkinson's.
Go-Cat Complete Adult
Description: Brand: Go-Cat / Food Type: Cat Food
If you have a cat, chances are that you have seen this product on the shelves or bought it for your feline companion. It comes in a cardboard box with a yellow background, and different colours on the front, depending on what flavour you buy. There are various flavours and you can also buy varieties for indoor cats, hairball control, senior, kitten etc.
The box always features a delighted looking ginger cat on the front who looks like he (or she!) is about to land right in a bowl of the product! A 379g box of this costs around £0.90, and bigger boxes are also available, I tend to find that supermarkets have this on offer a lot, so it is usually easy enough to pick up cheaply. It is found in most supermarkets and pet stores. It is made by Purina.
This is a complete cat food, which means that you could potentially feed your cat on this alone. I suspect that my Siamese would have something to say if I tried that though! We feed them sachets of meat each evening (at dinner time) or fresh fish or chicken. They then have dried food available to snack on through the day. Cats will rarely overeat (though I am sure that someone will have one that does, so this is just a generalisation!) so they can just help themselves when they want to. Because it is dried, this food stays fresh for them all day.
it is really important to ensure that you are providing a plentiful supply of fresh water for your cats at all times, and because this food is dried, they are likely to drink more.
On the whole, the Siamese enjoy this food. It is basically little shaped biscuits in various colours, depending on the flavour that you buy. Having said that, they don't scoff it nearly as quickly as they do some other dried brands (such as Wellbeloved) so I like to buy the ones that they prefer. It is only really if I run out and have to buy from a smaller shop with less choice that I will buy this brand. This is simply because Wellbeloved has all natural ingredients, and I know that it is good for them as well as being a favourite.
It works out at decent value as it is one of the cheaper brands on the market, so could be good if you were on a budget. For me, I like to give them what they enjoy so this isn't something that they would have all the time, and even though other brands may be more expensive, it is reassuring to know that they are good for them while being enjoyed.
This is a decent enough stand by, and I will certainly buy it again if I need to, but it won't be replacing my normal brand.
Purina Go Cat complete.
Nice and pleasing for my cat Skye. Shes normally a very fussy eater so doesnt like a lot of the dried complete foods, but i have stuck with this one for quite a while now, as Skye loves.
Bit about Skye********** My companion and shes a really lovely half persian cat, cream and white with blue eyes. Loves her food and her toys, is currently three years old, and i wouldnt be without her.
The Packet **********
Bright and appealing, has a picture of a Ginger Cat on the front of the packet looks like the cats jumping with joy, and has it tounge sticking out, licking its lips, which the picture was of Skye on the box ! Purina make the complete food and it is made with quality fish and is a high protein food for cats. Contains 379g, it costs me £1.19p for this sized packet, but if you shop around or buy the bigger packet it can be cheaper.
Has little shaped pieces of different coloured pieces of food, in side, some are actually shaped like fish and some are shaped like little bones. Comes in different variaties, the particular flavour i am reviewing is Tuna and Herring and vegtables, and doesnt smell of too much, i wouldnt have said it was fishy at all, and Skye prefers this to all the other brands i have tried.
I do alternate between the other flavours available and like to give Skye a variety of flavours as feel she might get fed up with the same flavour day in day out.
Skye always has plenty of fresh water in a large bowl next to her dried food, and i do give her other foods (wet) as well but find that this dried food is great with the hot weather if she leaves any of it in her bowl uneaten for a while.
The packet states that the cat food has a combination of ingredients including fish, meat, vegtables, vitamins and minerals.
If you go online to w.w.go.cat.uk/coupon they are promising you a 20p off next purchase for this cat food, ermm have to give it a look.
But it does state thats off the 950g packet or 2kg but is valied until 30/06/2011.
I dont have much left over and do buy two packets of this cat food per week, but as i have said earlier i do also offer Skye a little bit of wet food as well, shes a bit of a picky eater but ive never had to throw any of this dried cat food into the bin, which means she obviously eats it and enjoys it.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews xx