To be honest, I've always wanted to know what cat food tastes like. Smiling people on TV say it's tasty, healthy, and good for your pet. Cats seem to love it. But you never know, you never know. Why are we OK giving cats something we really don't know anything about?
I have a dog, but dogs will eat anything. Cats are gourmands with a wider range of options. So while my 11-month old mutt Bagel volunteered as tribute, begging for a taste of everything, I took the plunge and tried a dozen cat foods available in my Russian hometown. Your cat can thank me later.
1. Whiskas Cat Jelly Turkey And Vegetables
First impressions This one seemed to have no taste at all. The strong smell makes you expect some real meat flavor, but when you try it's just not there.
Emoji rating: 😁😁😁
2. Felix Rabbit Jelly Bites
First impressions: This one smelled weird and tasted even weirder. Cats may love it, but I was disappointed. Definitely won't order it in a cat cafe.
Emoji rating: 😰😰😰
3. Perfect Fit Chicken Ragout
First impressions: The longer you chew it, the better it tastes. Doesn't really smell or taste like chicken though. More like soy meat.
Emoji rating: 😝😝😝
4. Edel Cat Tender Bites
First impressions This one reminded me of sausage. Tastes a little bland, but I really liked the sauce.
Emoji rating: 😳😳😳
5. Sheba Pleasure
First impressions Add some fresh greens to it and it would be really good. Much better than any of the cat foods I've tried so far, but I probably won't eat it everyday.
Emoji rating: 😼😼😼
6. Gourmet Gold Tuna Bites
First impressions Tastes like ground meat pate. I liked it at first, but then the smell ruined it all for me.
Emoji rating: 💀💀💀
7. ALL CATS Balanced Diet
First impressions: I never thought cat food would be so hard to chew. It kept getting stuck between my teeth and I couldn't understand how it actually tasted, no matter how hard I tried.
Emoji rating 😔😔😔
8. Mnyams Turkey + Chicken
First impressions OMG. This one tastes amazing. I know it's not technically a daily cat food, more like a treat, but it is really good. Would definitely have it again.
Emoji rating 😍😍😍
9. Royal Canin Ultra Light
First impressions: This is really good. Doesn't have a strong smell but it was a pleasure to eat. Very tasty.
Emoji rating: 😜😜😜
10. Schesir Tuna + Papaya
First impressions: It says tuna and papaya on the can, but it actually tastes like chicken broth. Not even a hint of papaya. So much disappointment for a fruit lover like me.
Emoji rating: 😐😐😐
11. Purina Friskies Beef + Lamb
First impressions: This doesn't even taste like it has meat in it. Maybe I was just getting a little tired of my own experiment, but I couldn't taste any beef OR lamb in it. But then again, I am not their target audience.
Emoji rating: 😕😕😕
12. Stuzzy Cat With Ham
First impressions: It says PROSCIUTTO on the package, which is Italian for ham. However, it tastes nothing like Italian prosciutto. Maybe for a cat it does, but not for me. But in the end, I am not a cat, so what do I even know about cat food?
Emoji rating: 🙊🙊🙊