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In about January of this year one of the street moggies who lives on my road started hanging about more frequently than normal. I'm not a cat person in any way shape or form but it was winter and I felt sorry for her so I started letting her in for a warm which developed into letting her in for a warm and an occasional plate of food which developed into a warm and a regular plate of food which developed into her giving birth to a litter of kittens in the warm of my living room a couple of weeks later. You see not being a cat person I had no idea how fat they should or shouldn't be and I didn't realise that what she had been doing was sizing me up as a potential feline maternity ward! Which is how I, very much not a cat person has come to be the proud (and still somewhat traumatised) owner of 2 cats.
After being there at the birth of 5 healthy and gorgeous kittens (although at birth they were less gorgeous and more just plain gore…they looked like little aliens!) I couldn't possibly just go back to being not a cat person, so I adopted mummy cat (now called Meg and not quite as fat as she was when I first met her and also now spayed to prevent any future little happy events!) and one of her babies, Twiggy.
Being a first time cat parent I wanted to get everything right and give them both the best, which resulted in lots of trips to the vets and pet shop coming back laden down with all sorts of useless thing. In the first couple of months I bought pretty much any product that had a picture of a cat on it! I now know that my cats do not like cat milk or those silly little tins of posh cat food but that Meg will actually behave (it's a rarity…) if she thinks that there might be a Felix Denta Paw in it for her. Felix Denta Paw have saved my life (and my curtains…I'm not above bribery!) and so with this review, I salute them! Even if you are not a cat person and feel this review has no relevance to you, I suggest you read on, because you never know when a cat will give birth under your dining table…
Felix is the brand of cat food by Purina that features the black and white cartoon cat on all its packaging. I especially like the Felix range because my kitten Twiggy looks exactly like Felix. As well as doing cat food, they also do various supplementary cat treats and Denta Paw is a treat that also doubles up as a cat toothbrush!
I have been told that one of the most traumatic cat related things is trying to clean your kitties teeth (obviously by people who haven't been witness to an unexpected birth!!!) I was advised that feeding Denta Paw significantly reduces tartar build up if used regularly over 28 days. As they have been on the market since early 2003 and still sell consistently well, I took that and as positive recommendation and I thought I would give them a go. They come in re-sealable blue and white foil 50g bags and cost around 79p a bag. They are available from most pet stores, supermarkets etc. Inside the bags are little hard red coloured crunchy meat flavoured 'paws' with a rough biscuity texture, which you give to your cat as a 'treat', tricking the normally cunning little rascals into thinking you are spoiling them, when if fact they are doing you a favour by eating them. The instructions suggest you give around 15 a day and always make sure that they have plenty of water. A full list of the ingredients is available on the Felix website if you are the sort of person who likes looking at lists of ingredients for medicinal cat treats!
As for what they taste like, I have no idea! They are cat food and I'm sorry there's only so far I'll go in the name of producing a good review. Munching on cat treats is going above and beyond! They smell sort of cat foody and rusky which I suppose makes sense. Meg absolutely loves them and her teeth look in pretty good shape to me but I think Twiggy's teeth are still not big enough to benefit from them because he doesn't seem to have any interest in them, so although they are suitable for kittens from around 6 months in my experience they are only really appreciated by fully grown cats. At the moment this is a bonus for me because feeding each cat 15 pieces a day for 28 days to get the full benefit you get through a lot of cat treats so doubling that would make it ridiculously expensive for a complimentary treat in addition to their normal cat food. I have a sneaky suspicion that the Felix people have slightly exaggerated how many your cat needs to get the benefit from them in order to boost sales a little bit.
Other brands produce similar products like Whiskas Dentabits and Sherleys Dental Easy Treats. They all work in much the same way and so it's down to a matter of personal preference as to which you feed your cat, but only the Felix ones have a picture of my Twiggy on the front so they get my vote every time!