Good morning, well it is morning as I start this post, it could well be afternoon when I finish it. I made a little film of the kitties and I'm waiting for it to upload onto yootoob before I can post it. It takes absolutely ages you know. While waiting for this I thought I would have one last go at cooking these damn dried black eyed beans. I know I said I was finished with beans and pulses that you have to soak forever, and boil half to death, but they are in the cupboard so I have to use them up. When they are gone, no more. I soaked them over night, boiled for 20 minutes, now they are in the slow cooker with a load of vegetables. We'll see what the result is at about 6pm tonight.
I was out and about yesterday, I needed to get some more Whiskas for the kitties, and found some in Morrisons. They had boxes of 48 pouches for £10, but only one sort I noticed. Maybe Whiskas have made too many of the fishy variety and need to get rid of them. Good for me, I won't pay more than £2.50 for a box of twelve. Because I spent more than £40 in the store they gave me a voucher for 6p off a litre of petrol. This will come in handy as I will be doing quite a lot of miles on my forthcoming trip down south, so I'm holding off buying any more petrol in the next week so I can get a full tank at the discounted price.
While I was at that end of town I popped into Pets at Home, mainly to check out prices, I don't buy anything from here unless they have a good offer on. I also took in a small poster for our Cat Rescue, to ask if they could display it. We really need to step up the search for new homes now. Anyway, they were happy to put it on their notice board. While out I also went to a couple of villages and put up more posters in shops and Post Offices, and a vet agreed to put one in their window.
At Pets at Home I spotted this display of cat treats. Felix have brought out a new range of Goody Bags, in a variety of different flavours, in small 60grm pouches in a similar size to the wet pouches. I found a couple of free samples in the boxes I buy, and my cats loved them, they don't look any different to any other biscuits available. But look at the price, £1.19 each, what a rip off, I am gobsmacked.
Tesco also sell these at the same price so I checked them out on their web site. They work out at £19.84 per kg. Shockingly expensive. This got me thinking about the price of other cat treats, and comparing them with ordinary dried food. I'm sure the cats don't know the difference between the posh ones and the bog standard. They go by taste, not cost of ingredients or nutritional value. Yes cats are fussy eaters but price doesn't come into it with them.
I checked further on the Tesco site, and found these prices.....
Dreamies salmon/chicken/cheese 30grm = 85p = £28.34 per kg
Nutricats Pockets 60grm = £1.49 = £24.84 per kg
Tesco 10 cat stick treats 50grm = £1.29 = £25.80 per kg
Whiskas 3 sticks 18grm = 78p = £43.84 per kg
Whiskas Temptations in a pot 60grm = £1.29 = £21.50 per kg
Combinos Pockets 65grm = 79p = £12.16 per kg
Now lets look at the complete dry cat food and compare.
Claude Cat Crunchies 1kg = 99p
Go Cat 2kg = £4 = £2 per kg
Tesco Premium Crunchies 1kg = £1.19
Whiskas Adult Complete 2kg = £4 = £2 per kg
Obviously the bigger the pack size the lower the kg price. It's those small figures which give the price kg that you have to look out for. There must be people who think nothing about shelling out copious amounts of cash for their pets, and the manufacturers know this. They invent new products and slap a ridiculous price on it, knowing that pet lovers will buy. Not a chance with me sunshine! My cats survive perfectly well without all the frills. Oh they have their little treats, a tin of tuna fish or sardines ocassionally, maybe some chicken if I find any reduced in the chiller cabinet. Mayze like a spoonfull of plain yogurt, or a taste of my scrambled eggs, they don't do too badly without me spending mega pounds on them.
Looks like the vid is ready, so here goes, press a few buttons and hey ho, kittens..
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