When we brought Avery over to the U.K. from Canada a couple months ago, we were a bit frustrated at the fact that the cat food we know and trust (Blue’s Salmon & Brown Rice Indoor Adult Cat Food) wasn’t available at an affordable price here.
We’re quite a bit picky about the kind of cat food we’ll buy for Avery. No high sugar or high fat content cat food for him, and we stick to kibble for a variety of reasons;
- It’s better for a cat’s teeth.
- It’s easy to use as a replacement for snacks.
- You can buy cat toys to put kibble in that make cats eat much more slowly, even when they’re notoriously quick eaters (we use the Catit Senses Food Maze every single day; had it in Canada and repurchased it here – it’s wonderful; strongly recommend it). Slow eating helps with digestion and dramatically reduces the likelihood of a cat overeating or throwing up from eating too fast.
- You can buy cat toys (like the PetSafe SlimCat Feed Ball, which we’ve also had and is a great secondary feeding toy) or throw the food one at a time to make sure cats exercise, which we do every night.
- Kibble is easy for us to stock up on, takes ages to expire, never has to be refrigerated, and leaves no real mess.
So back to moving countries and being left without our ideal cat food –
We did a quick search on Amazon.co.uk before arriving and were honestly stumped as to what cat food to test out first. Time was passing quickly before our flight to the U.K. and we just needed something to start with, so Thomas told Sue (his grandmother who we’ve been staying with) to keep an eye out for anything that was made of either chicken or salmon, and that looked relatively healthy, at least to hold Avery over for the first week or so. After that, we’d reassess, do some more research, and make a decision on what food to stick to in the long term.
Well, we lucked out because Sue dove into Waitrose, grabbed a small bag of the Mill Stream Farm Chicken Adult Cat Food and had that ready for us when we got here.
Since then, Avery’s not wanted to eat anything besides this cat food.
And I kid you not – this comes from a cat who would’ve eaten nearly anything in the not-too-distant past.
When we were in Canada, we’d feed him cheese, milk, cream, chicken, salmon, tuna, mackerel, … all in very small amounts of course but the list of what he’d eat goes on and on (one time he salvaged through our trash and ended up eating two hot chilli peppers whole – didn’t even realize until we went through his litter box!). We’d offer him things beside his own cat food fairly infrequently, but he’d never refuse to have a nibble here and there when offered “human” food, nonetheless.
Since Mill Stream Farm’s Chicken Adult Cat Food, he turns his nose up at absolutely everything.
I’ve offered him a variety of “human” food countless times since we’ve been here, but he’ll not even venture a lick. In the next moment, I’ll offer him some of his dinner as a snack, and magically his appetite reappears.
This stuff is like crack to him.
Not that Avery’s ever been picky about adjusting to new cat food in the past. Probably in part because he was a stray, he’d eat pretty much anything we placed in front of him. Now, I daresay that’s changed about him, I’m not sure he’d be too happy if we took away his favourite meal and replaced it with something else. This cat food meant that the dental treats we grabbed at Wilko just weren’t cutting it anymore. I mean he’d eat them, but you could tell his heart wasn’t in it.
He was much happier when we finished the dental treats and replaced them with jars full of the Mill Stream Farm Chicken Cat Food we give him for dinner.
His appetite for other food isn’t the only way his eating habits changed on this cat food. We started off giving him 50 g of cat food plus the treats we gave him throughout the day (going by what the bag advised us to offer) – it was way too much for him. He’d eat, leave half his food and go off to look out the window, return to his food dispenser and nibble some more, then repeat for 3 or more hours. I could tell he was bloated so we’re down to giving him less – around 40-45 g, plus treats through the day, and he’s polishing that off, though not even close to as quickly as he’d have taken on the Blue Salmon & Rice Cat Food we gave him back in Canada, and it already used to take him a reasonably long 40 minutes to eat thanks to the Catit Senses Food Maze toy we’ve used in the past couple years to feed him his dinner.
Another thing – Avery’s got incredibly soft fur compared to other cats, always has. On this food: substantially softer. And if you think, “How could you possibly tell?” Honestly, this was not a small change. His fur is basically the equivalent of the softest teddy bear fur you could ever possibly imagine at this point – his coat is so much fluffier. And it wasn’t a gradual change either. Took 2-3 days of dramatic difference, and within one week – well the change was undeniable, really. Anyone who’d touched him before and after could tell his coat had become so mush softer.
We’ve recently grabbed Mill Street Farm’s Salmon Adult Cat Food, and while we’re not giving him this as the main meal, we are using it to fill all the jars that we use to give him snacks throughout the day. The first day I tested and he seemed not to care which of the two cat foods he ate (usually he guns for one over another based on smell), though in my opinion, the chicken smells a little better, so we’re going to keep him on that for his main course. Regardless, this way he gets some variety from his meals to his snacks – not that I think he’s all that fussed. So long as he gets as much of this brand as is physically possible, he’s very happy.
Obviously, I would recommend this cat food. It gets two enormous thumbs up from me. Luck saved us the trouble of having to look for a high quality cat food that Avery adored, and we’re quite relieved about that.