When I first looked after a cat 30 years ago, the choice of food was very limited. Nina (My first cat) came from my relative when they moved home and had already developed a taste for a certain brand of canned wet food. She wasn’t at all interested in any other brand and would only eat a few of the cat crunchies available at the time. That didn’t bother Nina, she was quite happy to eat the same brand for the 10 years she lived with us. Nowadays the range of cat food (and pet food in general) is staggering. From complete dry to complementary wet and everything in between. That’s just as well since Oli and Nubes are incredibly picky and seem to lose interest in a particular food after a few days.
As we’ve seen on this blog, there are many opinions on what is best for a cat. We’ve decide to mainly give complete high quality dry food with some wet food for variety. We’ve tried many different brands and types, from organic pate to meat in gravy. Neither Oli or Nubes are keen on pate but seem to like anything which comes with gravy. Having said that they often just lapped up the gravy leaving the leftovers to dry up in the bowl. Even then they would stop eating it after a few days despite varying the flavour.
A few weeks back we were wandering round a pet shop in place we’d not been to before (as we seem to do a lot recently) to take a look at their selection of cat food. As expected there was a completely full aisle with wet food on one side and dry on the other. A member of staff came along to see if we wanted any help. We explained we were looking for wet food for our two fussy felines. Among her suggestions was a brand we’d not heard of before called Canagan. They have a range of complete wet foods based on our two’s favourite, chicken. We decided to take 4 tins to try (having made the mistake of buying too much which gets wasted) including with ham, prawns, salmon and beef. All based on shredded chicken cooked in its own gravy with some additional ingredient to provide some interest (and probably extra nutrients). Canagan along with a number of producers also steer clear of grain additives which have been known to cause digestive problems for some cats. The gravy is thickened using tapioca starch from the cassava root rather than starch produced from wheat.
So now to the taste test. Both Oli and Nubes started out by lapping the broth as with other wet food but actually started chomping away at the chicken pieces. After a few minutes there was a hole in the middle of the food where I could see the bottom of the bowl. I pushed the remaining food into the centre and was amazed to find later that all but a few shreds had been gobbled up. Would this continue throughout the week? Yes! We had to buy more tins to keep up with the demand. We bought a pack of 12 tins online all the same flavour for about £12 as I wanted to test a theory about cats and their changing tastes. Surprisingly Oli and Nubes were more than happy to have the same meal for breakfast 12 days in a row clearing the bowl each time.
Nubia: *Sniff sniff*
Nubia: This is delicious! 😀
You can see the two in action on this video:
As a premium product, Canagan complete wet food contains very little other than meat and a bit of thickener. Our two kitties were keen on it and we were happy to feed them something that doesn’t contain anything other than what they need.
Oliver & Nubia: WHERE is OUR Canagan?!? We want more!
If your cats too demand more Canagan you can find stockists near you on their website by clicking here.
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