OUR pets can often make the house feel more like a home.
But as the cost-of-living crisis worsens, more owners than ever are being forced to give up their furry friends.
Wiggins has put eight supermarket cat food pouches to the testCredit: Stewart Williams
The price of cat and dog food has rocketed by nearly 60 per cent in the past 12 months and RSPCA research shows almost a quarter of owners are worried about how they will continue to feed their pets.
Dogs Trust has also revealed the rising cost of food, vet care and insurance is behind the record numbers of calls it has received from people asking the charity to take in their pets.
As the owner of two cats, I’m well aware of pet inflation and how picky moggies can be when faced with cheaper food alternatives.
I put eight own-brand alternatives to the test with my fussiest cat, Wiggins.
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Here’s how they went down . . .
Whiskas, Waitrose Pouches (12 x 85g) £4.25 and dry food (800g) £3.30
Whiskas pouches from Waitrose are the most expensive of all the supermarket optionsCredit: Stewart Williams
IT may come as no surprise that these jelly pouches bought from Waitrose are the most expensive of all the supermarket options.
But to add insult to injury, they are also the smallest.
They have the classic overwhelming cat food smell – a mix of processed meat and sick. It has got irregular-sized pieces of meat in each pouch, which has to be mushed up to fit into the slow feeder.
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It takes several trips to the dish for Wiggins to eat all of it.
The dry food is a hit, as usual, and smells like a diluted version of the pouches.
They are also coated in some powder, which means my cat can smell it as soon as I tip out the packet.
Coshida, Lidl Pate and Premium Mix (100g), 39p
Lidl’s Pate and Premium Mix barely smells, which meant Wiggins didn’t realise it was thereCredit: Stewart Williams
THIS barely smells, which is not something I’m used to, as most cat food has a rather pungent stench about it.
The pate looks like unformed burger mince, but much softer than you’d want it to be.
It took Wiggins a while to realise that there was food in his bowl, probably due to the lack of smell.
But within 45 minutes of eating the tin, he had thrown it back up. If this isn’t a no vote, I’m not sure what is.
The dry food has gone down better.
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