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Recipe changed and now my cat refuses it
My pedigree exotic aged 11 years used to love Applaws dry food but suddenly refused it. It appears Applaws have recently changed the recipe and it also looks different - the kibbles have tiny white bits in it. I also don't like the way it is promoted as 'pre-biotic' - I want a natural food for my cat not a medicine. I have therefore switched to another premium brand - 85% chicken - (but more expensive!) which she adores. A real shame! Luckily she still loves the Applaws tins.
Wouldn't use this food again!
My Bengal has had really bad diarrhea on this food. So bad I have had to starve her for a few days. I thought I'd give this food a try as it sounds great when you read the ingredients. Sadly most of this product is now in my bin so I wouldn't recommend this product.
Our fussy cat loves it
I wanted to switch our cat to a grain free food and after much research decided to try this one out and she loves it! It's also well priced.
Read the package
My cat is a 3 years old male unneutered. Sins he was small i always used to feed him Whiskas kitten and adult. The main problem i had was that i saw my cat lose weight ( like a a 0.5 to 1kg) the vet used to tell me it might be worms...... not the case... after 3 years of buying Whiskas i read the label and found less than 5% of meat proteins and the rest all wheat’s and fibres. So i changed his diet to Applaws and within the first 2 weeks he gained weight, 4/5 weeks gained more muscles.
BRILLIANT CAT FOOD.
APPLAWS IS VERY GOOD I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO EVERY CAT OWNER,MY CAT IS SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD AND WE HAVE HAD MANY A PROBLEM WITH MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF CAT FOOD, SHE GOT REALLY THIN AND WE PUT IT DOWN TO BEING OLD,SO WE THOUGHT OF TRYING APPLAWS AS IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY A MEMBER OF STAFF IN A CAT SHOP WE HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK, SHE LOVES ALL THE CAT FOOD AND HAS PUT ON SOME WEIGHT.
Good for sensitive kitties, bad for our noses
We have 4 cats, 2 of which are bengals, all indoor kitties. We moved to this from royal canin indoor due to one of our bengals tummys not agreeing with it at all, so with this being grain free are high in protein we thought we'd give this ago. & we had no further issues in that department, they all love it & it seems good quality & although I'm not sure about the sheer amount of additives & they eat just as much as ever, & one of our Tabbys has put weight on whilst eating this. However there is another downside, the smell from their stools have gone from near not existent (royal canin) to near unbearable, if the litter box's arnt cleaned constantly through the day they stink the house out. This is difficult as we both work full time.
Had my cats on James Wellbeloved Hairball for a while and changed to this as it's actually cheaper when bought in bulk. With a Ragdoll x and a Maine Coon we have a huge hairball problem but all three of my cats are much better on this food. They absolutely love it, three clean bowls every meal. I always get comments on how well my cats look, how soft and silky their fur is and it's all down to this food!
Both my cats love this food and have lovely glossy coats. Highly recommended.
This is a really good dry food and my cat loves it but it just didn't agree with him. I got the trial pack first and introduced it gradually along with his wet food which was fine at first but when I tried to transition to using it as his main food it all went down hill. He stopped looking for his wet food and only wanted to eat this but it was giving him really loose smelly stools and he was drinking loads of water but peeing a lot less than usual (sorry tmi). I had to gradually cut it out and reintroduce his wet food again because he was going from having the runs when he ate this to being completely constipated if he didn't have any. Now back on bozita as his main food and just the occasional few biscuits of applaws as a treat or if he hasn't pooped for a few days but thankfully that all seems to be getting back to normal slowly but surely.
High quality dry food
I've been buying this for a few years now and it's a good fail-safe high quality dry cat food. Far superior to the more famous brands found in the supermarket. We did a slow changeover and didn't experience the runny toilets like some other reviews. The only downside (and the reason for 4 stars) is when I bought the first bag my cat ate it like there was no tomorrow but now she's more "take it or leave it" and will pick at her bowl throughout the day. There are now some other competitive brands that she prefers the taste of (though she would maybe go off those too with time so it might just be her!).
Excellent dry cat food
Tried every grain free cat food. The house was littered with samples but madame would have none of it. Applaws chicken is the only dry food she likes. She's been on it for months now and she's still happy. Her fur is soft and shiny and she has plenty of energy. I totally recommend this dry cat food. It's got high meat content, it's grain free and for the quality it's very good value for money.
Great quality, but my cats won't eat it.
I always feed my cats on good quality food (Almo Nature, etc) but they always leave Applaws dry food. It's clearly good quality (the ingredients list is excellent, as is the smell!).They love the Applaws wet food though.
Great food but one of my cats are allergic unfortunately!
Bought Applaws to replace Whiskers dry food as I read great reviews. And also wanted to reduce the smell of the cats poop since I have 2 cats now... Immediately both cats loved it! And best of all the cats don't poop as much and their poop doesn't smell! So it is very high quality! Unfortunately one of my cats regurgitates water and bits of food straight after drinking large quantities of water. When she finishes eating this she goes to drink a LOT. My other cat seems fine with it. I've tested this product for 5 months and my cats both put on about 600g of weight and look healthy. However after switching them back to Whiskers, my cat doesn't vomit any more. I really like this brand however unfortunately will need to look at a different one now because random vomiting outweighs the other benefits.
Our two cats love this food, they choose it over all other available cat food. It is high protein so it is good for them. Most importantly it gives them *cough* nice solid poop that doesn't smell too awful haha! It's expensive, but so worth it.
Best dry cat food!
My two tabbies have been on Applaws dry since they were kittens and they love it! It makes their coats lovely and silky. Wouldn't swap to anything else now!
Tolerated well by sugar cats
Wicket has diabetes and missed dry food terribly when we weaned him onto low-carb wet food after his diagnosis. I find Applaws chicken doesn't have a huge impact on his blood glucose numbers, when fed alongside wet. He absolutely adores it.
I had need giving my 4 cats pro plan which they loved but my partners 18month old was losing weight so he looked around and saw this. Thinking the 80% chicken sounded good he tried it, she loved it so to save pennies he bought a big bag to try all of them on. All 4 of mine instantly took to it. Dora has now gained weight and looks so much healthier. They all have lovely shiny smooth coats and don't bug me in the day for more. So small an amount does the job.. we took advantage of the buy big bag get small bag free and had the special 2 bags for £67 . Excellent food at a great price, Thank you x
Great food but they can't keep it down!
I have 4 cats, 3 tonkinese boys and 1 Siamese rescue female. The tonkie boys cope ok with this food if mixed with their old faithful smilla sensible but Chloe my Siamese chucks up the food 10 mins after eating. I think it's just too rich for her. The quality is great but unfortunately they all have diahorrea on it and Chloe can't keep it down so I'll be back to smilla sensible next month. I think if you start them on this quite young your cats will be fine.
13/10/13 |Jen Kirby
I acquired my cat because he was a stray living in my garden. He got his head and jaw bitten by a neighbour's dog so I was feeding him soft foods as he seemed to have difficulty biting. Then he got a bad injury on his back so he became (and remains) an indoor cat as it took 18 months for him to heal completely. He was always a shy cat and not in the least playful. I assumed it was because his injuries must have left scarring and he was old. So imagine my surprise when he became lively, friendly and playful over a year ago. It wasn't an overnight change but very fast. I have been puzzling about what changed him, but I suddenly realised that I had changed his food to Applaws just then. He really enjoys it, and is never picky. (He used to turn his nose up at the other food all the time.) He doesn't have any trouble chewing it though when he overeats and regurgitates some I see he swallows it whole which would explain that. But it is small so that is OK. Long may Applaws thrive and continue to make this food that has rejuvenated my poor cat. And no, I don't have any connection with the manufacturers or advertising companies!
22/09/13 |Mrs Evans
Top quality food for your cat.
Good stuff...but not for my fussy Cat
I was so pleased when I first saw these on offer, 80% meat! I snapped a few bags up, but my Benji was just not interested..she is soooo fussy!! Now I stick to Royal Canin Sensible, Fit 32, and Exigent 33 Aromatic Attraction, to give her variety, and she loves them
All my cat will eat now!
This food is so good that my cat will now not eat anything else! She was only eating bozita wet food for a long time (the cans) and loved that. The vet advised me to give her some dry food as well as she was getting a build up of plaque. Dry food used to give her the runs, I think because of the cereal they add to it so I did my research and found applaws to be the best. She was having bozita wet and applaws dry for a while, then ordered the bozita tetra packs which she would only lick the jelly and leave the meat (very annoying) so gave her the bozita cans again but now won't eat either! She used to drink no water on wet only food but now drinks a lot so even though the dry food obviously has little water content cats will replace this as needed. The food also lasts a long time as they only need around 40g for the whole day so it is very cost affective as well. It is a complete food so has everything in it they need, my fluffy persian has a beautiful soft, shiney coat and lots of energy. Another bonus is as she is a house cat her poos are a lot less smelly!
My elderly cat (15 years) was having all sorts of problems weight gain dry coat and just generally fussy. She loves this food and she has lost a little weight her coat and eyes look better and this and the wet Applaws food is a joy to handle. It really does look good enough to eat.
I started feeding my cat Applaws food several years ago as she had put a bit of weight on and as an old bird (14) i was concerned about the associated health problems. She has a combination of Applaws dry and a variety of either Applaws wet food or similar organic wet food. She has lost weight slowly and maintained a healthy weight. Her coat is the silkiest coat ever (people comment!) And she bounds around like a 2 year old! The added bonus is that (so far)it is British.
Good quality food - but my cat doesn't like it
Excellent quality food, but the cat won't eat it! I've tried mixing Applaws with Hill's (her preferred brand) to try to move her over to it, but as soon as there's a whole bowl of Applaws on its own, she scratches at the mat and leaves most of it uneaten. She loves the Applaws pouches, so it is just the dry food that she doesn't like. Applaws dry food is very good quality and has no grains, which so many other dry cat food brands have in them. I first bought this food as I would like to switch my cat over to a diet with fewer carbs. I have had a similar issue with Orijen, which is also excellent quality, so I suspect she simply doesn't like the taste of all-protein dried food. Unfortunately she initially seemed to love Orijen so I bought a large bag, and now have a 10kg bag of a food the cat just won't eat! If your cat has been eating a dry food which contains more grains, my advice is to try out a couple of small sacks before you buy any of the big ones so that you don't waste your money if it then goes off the food, as mine did!
I used to feed my cat GoCat dry food he used to like it but then I found out that they use alot of fillers in them. I did my research and applaws is a great brand made with real chicken. Had to gradually introduce this brAnd with the GoCat but he nows eats this without a fuss...Feed your cat good quality food!!!!
Applaws dry cat food stopped my kitty from watery poo
My Siamese has always had runny poo and last year was doing puddles and water... I switched to the dry food and he has had very few accidents - I suspect only when he licked something from a pan which he should have not done. His stool are properly formed and he is a 100 times better.... which proves he can function normally. Never realised cats too can be allergic to cereal. Wish I had found this years ago.
05/03/12 |Nicola Hayes
best dry cat food
My bengal loves this food and as dry food goes, this I believe is one of the best and being high in meat protein and grain free is the much healthier option for anyone concerned with giving their cat a healthy diet. Would only feed in conjunction with a wet diet though due to the low water content of dry foods.
My ragdoll kitten really enjoys these kibbles and took to them straightaway after being raised on JWB (which i also like). I've chosen the product for being cereal free. He also has a portion of wet food a day. I'm very pleased with it, and feel reassured that my kitten is getting good nutrition, though it is important to remember that male cats shouldn't be on a mainly dry food diet.
Good quality product the cats love
I changed to Applaws dry kitten food as a couple of other "good quality" ones caused my kitten to have diarrhoea. Since changing to Applaws the diarrhoea has stopped and the kitten loves it. It also has the highest meat content of any dry food and there's no bulking up with uneccessay cereals
24/10/11 |Toni M
We recently changed our cats food to this one, from Whiskas. Millie is a 6and a half year old neutered female. She has a bit of sensitive stomach, and was on Hills Sensitive for months, but she was constantly hungry and pestered for food. We changed her to whiskas, which seemed much better, but we were recommended to try this one, but to do it gradually as it could cause diahreea with a sudden change. So far its been fantastic (I'll admit the litter trays smelled awful during the change over period, but are much better now, with hardly any smell at all). She no longer mithers for food all the time, but loves teh food when its been put down. her fur is lovely and shiney, and much healthier. She's a lot better in herself, and more active, and its been fantastic for her weight. We've now started buying the kitten food for our 6 month old neutered male, and he's been great on it too. Great purchase
No problems, but part of varied dry food diet
My Birman tends to go off his food if it's the same thing every day (wouldn't you?), so we leave two or three bowls of different types of Royal Canin kibbles around the house so he doesn't get bored. I started feeding him this as well and although he likes it, it's never the first bowl that he empties. Some people have reported loose stools etc which may be due to the high protein content. I haven't seen any such problem since we got it a month ago. But this might be due to it being part of a varied diet.
Something wrong here
Believing the hype & wanting to buy British, I bought this for my two rescue cats. However, one of the cats had poorly formed stools ie loose, the other frequently regurgitated stinking fluid & partially undigested applaws biscuits after eating this. In both cases from the beginning I noted particularly foul smelling stools with this food - this being especially noticeable since they're both indoor cats. I've now switched over to Orijen cat & kitten dry, which is mixed with Bozita tetra pak wet food. WOW! What an improvement in the stool department, with no sign of looseness, no vomiting plus a massive reduction in litter tray odour. They're also enjoying their food more too, with much greater variation in taste. This combination I find is good value, with the many benefits.
23/04/11 |Lisa McManus
It's all good...
We have always (as all good cat lovers do!), thought carefully about what exactly we put in front our three furry bandits. Over the nine years we have had our cats, we have used Hills (not good!), James Wellbeloved (much better, one still a bit vomity) and now this food. Not one of the cats have been sick on it and it's been over two months. There have been no loose/bloody stools and I think the stripey one has lost a little bit of weight even... Somewhere on here, a vet gives advice on swapping over and you just have to take it slowly and over a number of weeks. I feel this is the best food I can get for my cats and they go crazy when you pour into their bowls. And that's good enough for me!
Siberian cat loves this
My cat loves this food and the Applaws chicken wet food, especially the pouches. She has never had any health problems with it, and had no problems changing over. She is also the most gorgous sweet cat and purrs greatly when the food is being got ready.
Great On Paper...
... But not so appealing to the cats. We have a ragdoll girl who loves James Wellbeloved biscuits and so I thought I would try and order this food as it sounds so much better than JWB. I also ordered miamor and applaws tins and she doesn't like any of them. One of the other cats loves the applaws tins but even the dog doesn't hoover up the spilled biscuits (and she will sit at the side of the bowl waiting for a spill of jwb)
A great food.
I think it's sad that this food has had a lot of bad press, it's a really high quality good food. One of the few grain free foods with a high meat content. In my top 3 favourite dry foods. Recommended.
We have a bengal female (neutered) and a cornish rex male. Although the transition was a little harsh (diarrhea and vomiting) they both like it and are in perfect health. They don't have the bad breath they had with royal canin dry food and are in perfect shape! I'd recommend to do a very slow, progressive transition (a week, a week and a half) if you are passing from another brand to this one so their organisms can get used to this new food.
11/08/10 |Linda Prue
first rate dry cat food
I have two cats, one had intially been diagnosed with diabetes mellitis eighteen months ago. His diabetes was very difficult to control and subsequently he was diagnosed with acromegaly - a tumour on the pituitory gland which amongst other things causes the animal to be diabetic. The vets recommended Royal Canin diabetic cat food but this contains far too much cereal based carbohydrates which actually caused him to need even more insulin. I researched low carb non-cereal foods and came up with Applaws chicken and salmon. He had been free feeding on Royal Canin Fit 32 dry food since a kitten but was often sick through binge eating. I put him initially on a wet food jelly based diet as gravy also contains carbohydrates. He then had four weeks of radiotherapy and I have been moving him to more dry applaws cat food ever since although I am not allowing free feeding as I wanted him to lose a kilo which he did. As a result of the combination of dietery change and radiotherapy, three months after it finished in March 2010 he is now off insulin altogether and my other cat tolerates Applaws very well too.
Only Cereal Free Cat Food. Great if your cat is allergic to all cereals.
I used to use Royal Canin Sensitivity control SC31. My cat was diagnosed at a very young age with his sister to be allergic to all cereals (wheat, maize, rice, soya, etc), rabbits, tuna, white fish, etc. SC31 ingredients were changed last year, and I had to search for a cereal free dry food for my cat. Applaws was, and still is, my only option. I am lucky my cat loves it and never seems to get tired of it. He has been on this diet for over a year now, no problems observed. It's the best smelling dry cat food, so your cat will be unlikely to get bad breath. He doesn't bleed when I stoke him now, or lose loads of fur from stoking. Nor is he having diarrhoea.
15/07/10 |Emma Law
One of my cats was always being sick after eating. I tried various different foods, and some helped to reduce the frequency, but non stopped her being sick. She has no medical conditions. Since putting her onto Applaws, she has not been sick once! Not suprising, as cats are pure carnivores, and not designed to process cereal or starches in their diet. Would highly recommend this food to any one who has a fussy/overwieght cat. Applaws is designed to compliment a cats digestive system, and it works! She is even losing weight:-)
01/06/10 |Dr J Roberts, DVM, DACVIM
Excellent food, change over gradually
As a vet I have waited for a food like Applaws dry for many years. I have been recomending to my clients for over 6 months since I read about it on Dr Diane Addies website. Just remember to change over to this food slowly (over 7 days)otherwise you will get diarrhea. Remember, your cat has been used to very little meat in his current dry food.
Thought it would help with loose stools as Orijen was a bit too rich for my cats. This made no difference and there has been recent bad press too. I have now discovered Royal Canin Sensible 33 which has rave reviews - so if anyone has cats with loose stools, check it out. Apart from that, no one can beat Orijen or Applaws in terms of pure meat content and no animal meals and byproducts.
Beware! Made my cat sick, too!!!
I have never written a review on this website but I feel compelled in this case. I have two young neutered male cats; one 18 months and one 8 months old. They are normally fed on a diet of Orijen dry food during the day (free feeding) and a small portion of wet food when I go home from work. Both have tried and loved Applaws wet food. I was over the moon when Applaws start introducing their own brand of dry food, thinking that it would be of the same high quality as their cans. However, after switching my cat from Orijen dry food to Applaws for about 2-3 months, they start to vomit on a daily basis. Instead of hairballs, they vomit up clear liquid and undigested food. It took me a long time to figure out what was wrong until I took them off Applaws and the vomiting stopped straight away. I am now left with 5kg of Applaws dry food and lots of disappointment. I have noticed similar incidents from other reviewers. Please do not ignore this problem - my cats were not sick straight away but only start to show symptoms after 2-3 months.
Trying out variour top quality cat foods and came accross Applaws. Looks were brilliant. BUT made both my cats very very sick. ( I was blaming the dog :( ) I then realised it was the cats as the lumps of orange that were in the tin food were undigested. I am not left with 24 Tins and don't want to throw away as it was expensive. Shame. PPS I did buy 4 individual cans from supermarket 1st. Both cats now been revereted back to Royal Canin.
19/02/10 |abu pasha
Technically the best dry cat food, however, it gave my cats loose stools
On paper this is unquestionably the best cat food currently on the market. However, I found that it gave both my cats (Bengal and Egyptian Mau) loose stools. When given to my sister's 2 moggies, their stools also became watery. I am now going back to Orijen (which on paper is the 2nd best dry cat food on the market).
This gave my cats diarrhea and my friends cats too. It's a shame as the wet food is fine for my cats. I've recently heard some controversial information about this product. Obviously can't repeat it here, but google "Applaws dry cat food problem" and you'll find the information on a breeders website.
Great in principal
My cat was on Orijen, and he loved it but wanted to change to a UK based food (Orijen is from Canada!). Unfortunately despite the fact the ingredients are very similer, and indeed I can't taste the difference (I know TMI) have had to give up as my cat has started to vomit water alot. It even upset the dogs tummy when he had some. Back to Orijen then!
We have two siamese with very sensitive tummies and we have tried every single brand on the market and this is the first which they don't get sick on- probably due to the lack of cereals. Its not their favorite but it stays put- worth every penny!
12/11/09 |sam lewis
Very high quality food
I have a bengal and a sphynx, my sphynx has irritable bowel, this food is much better for him because its not full of fillers and cereals which he can't tolerate. He is better with wet food and this is as close as it gets to wet food that I can leave down for them. My bengal wasn't sure at first but they both love it now. It is strong smelling, but I don't mind that as I know its good food for them and with it being 80 percent meat it's bound to smell stronger than other dry food which is full of fillers. Its definately worth it for their health.
They Love It
My cats were fed on all different foods, James Well Beloved,Iams, science plan, but they always preferred meat & ate tons of Sheba. But when I intoduced the dry Applaws they loved it. as I have multiple cats this one is fantastic for all of them. My male cat has an irritable bowel and this seems to have sorted that out. I am very pleased with this food, and rate it as excellent.
I initially purchased a small bag to try it out because one of my cats was diagnosed with cancer, and this is one of the very, very few foods that is high in good quality meat proteins - vital nutrition for cancer patients. Thankfully both my cats adored this food and I am now switching to this. My cats were on Hills Senior Light and James Wellbeloved Senior (mixed together), which they both enjoy, I just need to give my cancer kitty the best nutrition I can find for him...and I think this is it!
26/09/09 |EJ Clarke
Best Dry Food Available in UK...
...well, that's what one of my cats thinks! I don't like to feed dry food due to the lack of actual meat in most brands (cats are carnivores afterall) but have one cat who resists all wet foods. At first he loved Orijen when that became available in the UK, but now prefers Applaws. The reason some cats prefer the lesser quality dry foods, made mostly from cereals and vegetable proteins is that they spray the cereal with animal fats to make it appetizing to cats - it's the equivalent of junk food for kids - and kids don't know what's best for them either do they? Also, it's not true that high protein diets are bad for cats kidneys - it's low quality proteins that are bad for cats kidneys. It's puts more strain on a cats kidneys to process vegetable proteins than meat proteins. The UK seems to lag behind in animal nutrition but at least some better dry foods are available here now - and my cat thinks this is THE best.
Best Dry Food Around
I have changed from feeding my two BSH cats James Wellbeloved to this Applaws Dry. Both cats love it, but that is not enough a reason to feed them any food (cats like Whiska/Felix too after all). The most important point is that the content of the food is extremely good and healthy for cats. Highly recommended.
Good idea but still searching...
This excellent quality food seems like a great idea. The cats weren't sure about it but didn't reject it either. The high meat content means it is quite pungent to a human nose compared to other brands - it smelled slightly like vomit or Parmesan, to put it more kindly - but that's a small sacrifice to make. However it made one of my cats put on quite a bit of weight, although he wasn't eating that much of it, and it didn't agree with my other, sensitive stomach kitty. Little does, but I hoped this one might. So a good product, but not for us.
We have four cats and they can be quite fussy however they all loved this product. It's great that Applaws have developed such a healthy product that they all love
Bought a 400g bag to try and my cat loves it! So much better for her than many other dry foods, and costs the same as Hills so will probably keep getting this instead.
Applaws Dry is a God-send!
I'm elated. For years, I had been trying to find cat dry food that was not packed full of cereals and grains, stuff that's so harmful to them and that are the main causes of their health problems. Finally, with Applaws Dry food, they're gonna be getting the higher protein content that they ought to be consuming.
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