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Stiftung Warentest tests cat food : Cats wouldn't buy Felix

Your own cook, four freshly cooked dishes to choose from, silver bowls instead of bowls: Choupette, the cat of the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, shared the luxury life of her master. The fashion designer even looked after his loved one after his death: In the will of the designer who died just over a year ago, Lagerfeld guarantees the Birman cat a camera maid, a housekeeper and a cook. Choupette, who once also photographed Lagerfeld as an advertising model for Opel, now resides in southern France. In her new domicile, too, she shouldn't lack anything.

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It would also be easier - at least if the cat lady lived in Germany. Quickly to Kaufland, Edeka, Rossmann, Lidl or Rewe, bought a few bags, cans or aluminum boxes with moist food, and Choupette would be “very well” taken care of. At least that's what the testers from Stiftung Warentest think after testing 30 different moist foods. They swear by the cheap food from the retail chains. The only "very good" branded food comes from Kitekat.

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You can buy that too

With Whiskas and Sheba, the animal feed and chocolate bar producer Mars has two other at least “good” brands on offer. According to Stiftung Warentest, food from Aldi, Netto, Iams, Zooroyal, Animonda and organic food from dm are also good. You can buy anything, say the experts.

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14.7 million cats live in Germany, no pet is more popular. On feed alone, masters spend 1.6 billion euros a year, with the lion's share being on moist feed.

What cats need

Cats are carnivores. You need a good mix of nutrients from animal protein, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Mice would be best. But there is no mouse variety on the supermarket shelf or at the discounter, where cat owners usually shop.

This is because only slaughterhouse waste is processed in the feed for pets, no other animal is killed for dogs and cats. And since mice are not on the human menu, the four-legged friends have to catch the supplies themselves.

Cats have their own peculiarities

The human can openers and bag openers are quite capable of suffering when it comes to the peculiarities of their animals. Some cats only eat when they are petted, while others only start to lick when some ham or a snack stick is crumbled over the food. Some house tigers like to eat in human company, others insist on privacy. However, many have one thing in common: They do not like to change the type of feed.

These brands are flawed

That's why hard times are coming up for all those cat lovers who mean well with their flatmates and who don't shy away from the money to buy expensive branded food.

Of the six products that were punished with “defective”, five are branded goods. Above all, Nestlé disappointed. With Felix and Gourmet Gold, the daughter Purina delivered two defective products, even the best Nestlé food, Purina One, only managed one satisfactory and thus lagged far behind the cheaper discounter meals.

Not only should cats keep their paws off Felix and Gourmet, Vitakraft, Bozita, Miamor and Fressnapf are also deficient, warn the consumer advocates. They fear that the feed could even make the animals sick. Bozita, Felix, Gourmet Gold and Purina One contain a lot of water-soluble phosphorus (as well as the "sufficient" offerings of the bird feeder and Penny). This can damage the cats kidneys. Around a third of the older animals already have chronic kidney disease. "Felix" also contains too much calcium, Gourmet Gold too much calcium and sodium.

What Nestlé Says

For Nestlé, whose Gourmet Gold has now failed the Stiftung Warentest for the second time in a row, the test results are devastating. When asked, it was said that the devaluations of the products could not be understood. "The legislator does not specify a maximum value for the phosphorus content in the diet of dogs and cats, but only a minimum value," says Purina. “We adhere to this to ensure a sufficient supply of nutrients.” But too much is just as harmful as too little, emphasizes Stiftung Warentest.
But how do you get the cat used to the new food? You can mix the new feed with the old one and gradually change the mixing ratio. Sometimes it also helps to warm the food.

Or you can do it like Lagerfeld: Four fresh meals for the kitty, three times a day, but not cooked by the staff, but yourself. This is not only true cat love, but also prevents boredom at home even in corona times.

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