Amazon Fine Food Reviews


IDIdProductIdUserIdProfileNameHelpfulnessNumeratorHelpfulnessDenominatorScoreTimeSummaryText
249991249991B006Q7YG56A57Q87B0TC9IJDerek G0011341964800Not good for cats - too hard to eatWith all due respect to Amazon reviewer "Book and Dog Lover", I can't imagine any cat would enjoy these treats. Because they're freeze-dried, they are too hard for a cat to chew without an incredible amount of effort. Even as I held the treat in my fingers, my poor cat could not bite off a chunk. Are we supposed to add water? I don't know because there are no feeding instructions on the packaging. I attempted to add some water it didn't reconstitute anything. The treats remained hard as rocks. Breaking up the piece into smaller chunks didn't seem to make a difference either. Plus, the addition of water suddenly made the treats unappealing to my cat. Apparently all she liked was smelling and licking the sticky powder coating around the treat.
249992249992B006Q7YG56A12DQUAJN9QH23JudyCA "cat lover"0051341878400Both Our Cats Loved These TreatsI love this company so was excited to try these new treats. Both our cats are 2 years old. These remind me of little hockey pucks. Easy to cut or break up. Each treat has 20 - 23 calories so I want to make sure to count that in with the calories they are getting for the day. I gave them each 1/4 of a chicken treat and they grabbed it off the plate to eat it. They loved it! When I was getting ready to give them 1/4 more they were meowing for more and then purred while they were eating it. They were very happy. And so was I. These treats are healthy for them and that is important to me.
249993249993B006Q7YG56A3TSJ9KDY18X1LKimberly0021341878400the cat wouldn't eat itI was excited to get some new treats for my cat. When I had the package in front of her she was rubbing all aganist it so I was hoping she would like them. I gave one to her whole at first and she ignored it. I thought the treat may be too big for her since they were a bit bigger than silver dollars so I broke it up and put it in her food dish with some of her food. She basically ate all her food but ignored the pieces of the treat.

I do like that there is nothing artificial in these treats. The box states that what is contained in the treats include: chicken, turkey, turkey liver, turkey heart, pumpkinseeds, apples, carrots, ground chicken bone, butternut squash, ground flaxseeds, montmorillonite clay, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, dried kelp, apple cider, vinegar, parsley, honey, salmon oil, olive oil, mixed tocopherols with citric acid, rosemary, blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, persimmons, inulin, sage, and clove. However, even if it is all natural, if the cat won't eat it, it does me no good.

I know all cats and dogs are different so some will like the treats. However for me, I will not be buying these in the future.
249994249994B006Q7YG56AMB2Z4FMDBWQYVIDFAN "specfellow"0041341878400My Finicky, Older Cat Licks the Bowl Clean When I Give Her ThisThis is the first treat I've gotten that says it is for both cats and dogs, so I was a little skeptical at first that my cat, Lily, would like it. She's 15 years old and has become very finicky about what she eats. She now turns up her nose at our Purina dry food, which used to be her favorite. I've been feeding her cans of salmon and gravy (Fancy Feast) but even with that she leaves a lot of leftover salmon pieces in the bowl (!)

Discouraged, I had nothing to lose and decided to give her half of a Raw Boost treat to see if she'd like it. The box says you should give your cat only one or 2 treats per 20lbs of the cat's weight. Well, my Lily is a tiny cat and weighs only 5 lbs or so, so imagine my dilemma. Taking the treat out of the package, I was amused at how much the treat resembles a peanut butter cookie. It's soft, however, and easy to tear in half. It feels crumby like a cookie, however, so I decided to break it down into little "crumbs" for Lily to eat. She has problems with digestion and throws up more than the typical cat, so I'm always careful to chop up her food into small, bite-sized pieces.

Imagine my relief that Lily loves it! She licked her dish clean and begged for more. I'm going to make a note to buy more.
249995249995B006Q7YG56A3O7GDDKLEZUJFMaster Cineaster0051341705600My dog LOVES themThe facts about my dog:
A rescue, now 14 years old (adopted at 6 months), a poodle mix with, probably Bichon, maybe terrier, going deaf, eyesight getting worse but still okay, olfactory faculties still very strong (far as I know).
A picky eater with regard to both meals and treats.
But she loves these. They are easy for her to eat, don't stink up human hands when doled out, and there's a resealable bag that really works the way it is supposed to.
Back to the dog and her love of the treats: we give her a half at a time (she's about 12 lbs) and no more than one per day. They are her favorites at this point and we will purchase these when our Vine allotment is done.
249996249996B006Q7YG56A1UG4J8DEG9NVWResearchingMom0051341619200the cats all liked them!Looks like good ingredients in these, and amazingly all three cats liked them, a lot. Glad to find a convenient raw treat, will be buying again. We have only tried the chicken flavor.
249997249997B006Q7YG56A3D9NUCR4RXDPYKathleen San Martino0011341532800My four cats would not eat thisMy four cats liked the smell of these treats but they would not eat them.

The treat to human eyes is totally unappealing. Not only are they freeze-dried raw but they look hairy (similar to a dust bunny I would find under the bed). In size, they are the circumference and height of a double-stuffed Oreo cookie. They are also very light and as easy to break up as a wafer.

I broke several into smaller bite-sized pieces and left them out overnight. One of my cats looked like he was going to take a bite but eventually walked away. The other three smelled the pieces and left without even trying them.

The box of the Chicken Formula Raw Boost Bites claims these treats are for cats and dogs and are made of chicken, turkey, turkey liver, turkey heart, pumpkinseeds, apples, carrots, ground chicken bone, etc. Each large piece is 23 calories and they recommend 1 to 2 pieces per 20 pounds of body weight. However, since my four cats won't eat them, I'm going to throw out all this goodness to the wildlife. Maybe some critter will eat it.
249998249998B006Q7YG56ARYSDAZNRXN6GA. Crafton0051341446400My dog **LOVED** them!I used to feed my pets a raw diet (now I feed Blue Buffalo Wilderness formula) so I was pleasantly surprised to see a commercial product even MENTIONING raw feeding on the label. The fact that it's made here in the USA is another huge plus in its favor.

At first I wasn't sure what to make of these, they look....weird. Like space food or something. My dog heard the package rustling though and immediately ran over to see what I had. When I held a piece out to her she was reluctant; she sniffed it thoroughly and acted like she wasn't going to eat it. No surprise there, she likes very few treats. I haven't had much luck testing out pet products on her, as she is so picky. (You wouldn't think a mutt who ate trash for months as a stray would be this picky but she is) She decided though that she wanted this treat: she snapped it out of my hand and ran behind the couch to eat it, so that no one could even *think* of taking it from her. Normally she just takes her favorite treat a few feet away from me, so the fact that she ran and hid to eat this means a lot.

My elderly (15 year old) cat even showed an interest in these, which is not normal for her in the least. I haven't seen her accept a treat in YEARS.

My pets' enthusiasm for this treat puts it on my recommend and buy list!
249999249999B006Q7YG56A3CMW1N1WOYZT6April M. Steenburgh "fireun"0031341446400Mixed receptionI was pleased with the smell of the product, it smelled like actual food. I crumbled one piece and added warm water for my cats. They were happy to lap up the resulting gravy, but we're not at all interested in chunks of the product itself. I will keep experimenting, as there is interest there. All in all, I am pleased. Cats can be notoriously picky.
250000250000B006Q7YG56A246YIFE5M6M2CShawn Kovacich "Shawn Kovacich"1241344902400Most of My Furry Children Liked Them, But Not All of ThemI have six cats an am constantly trying different treats. I try to make sure that they get the healthiest of all foods but this is not always an option. Most treats on the market are glorified potato chips for cats.

The first think I noticed is these treats smell. Not horribly, but you can tell there is real food in them. They are a 1 ½ in circular biscuit. The perfect size for a dog, but I have to break it into six pieces for my cats. When breaking the biscuit up, it tends to crumble.

Of the five cats that eat treats, four were right there begging for them. When I put the treat pieces down one wolfed it down right away, two sniffed them thoroughly then ate them, and the fourth walked away without eating it. I gave another piece to the fifth cat. After sniffing it, he ate the treat. I tried a second time and the same cat refused to eat the treat but the other three wolfed theirs down and tried to fight over the one that was left on the floor. They seem to be a big hit among the furry children.

The first thing that I'm concerned about is the universal cat/dog treat. I was always under the impression that there is a reason why we have both cat and dog food. Both animals have different nutritional needs so they need to be fed separate foods. I'm a little leery of a product that is advertising as a meal for both animals.

The Amazon Product page advertises these as a meal, treat, or food topper. The Nature's Variety website says that these are specifically treats. Please make sure you don't feed these as food. Also, make sure to adjust the food so you are not feeding too many calories to your pet.

Finally, the box is huge, but the bag inside is small. It looks like there are only 16 biscuits in the bag. Having that in mind, you are paying almost eleven dollars (as of 8/3/12) for a box. To me, that is way too much to spend on treats.

Over all, I do think they are a good treat for pets. There are a lot of healthy ingredients and are a big hit at my house. Honestly I will not be buying these anytime because of the cost of them.

Shawn Kovacich
100% Cat Lover
Author and Creator of numerous books and DVD's.
250001250001B006Q7YG56AG6JWI77UMETSKenpo-Jujitsu Teacher "Phil"1211343088000Odd texture...didn't win my cats overThis product was made in a wafer form that had to be broken up for my animals to eat. When they first smelled it, they came running, but after a couple of bites, they turned their noses up at it.

We ended up throwing away most of the product.
250002250002B006Q7YG56A1RLP0R1N8H8C4Kitten Kisser1231342656000Not Suitable For CatsI selected these to feed to my cats. Because amazon didn't list the ingredients I had little to go on. I was under the impression that these were 100% freeze dried "raw" chicken & turkey treats. When the pkg. arrived I was disappointed to see that there are a heck of a lot of other ingredients. Seems a high price to pay for a 4 ounce package of "treats" that don't have ingredients much different from top quality foods such as Wellness, Before Grain & others. (Ingredient list is at the bottom of this review if you are looking for that info.)

These "bites" are only bite sized for medium to large dogs. For my cats they are WAY too big. I had to break them into at least 4 - 6 pcs. in order for the cats to be able to eat them. Even with my breaking them up, the cats still had to work at them. Their freeze dried condition creates a very airy & light biscuit that is spongy, not crunchy. It seemed to stick to the cats teeth making it very difficult for them to eat.

The cats will ONLY eat these if they are very very hungry. If I put down anything else, they will ignore the Boost Bites. I also have barn cats that hunt pretty much everything so I feed them a cheap cat food. I know they are getting tons of healthy nutrition in all the rodents, insects, birds, amphibians & grasses they can get their little paws on. However they do enjoy their junk kibble. Seeing how these Raw Boost Bites were an epic fail for the indoor cats, I tried it on the barn cats. They were a tad more enthusiastic although they appreciated having the biscuits broken into bits too despite their bone crunching swallowing rodents whole abilities. They struggled with the bites just as much as the indoor kitties.

The bites seem more suitable for a dog. Dogs aren't known to do a lot of chewing & are not usually as fussy as a cat. I doubt a spongy dry biscuit would matter to an animal that tends to wolf things down within a gulp or two.

Even though this is a product I'm not likely to buy in the future, I do not feel it deserves less than 3 stars when I think of all the disgusting garbage that is on store shelves for us to buy & poison our pets with.

Ingredients as per the box:
Chicken, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkin seeds, Apples, Carrots, Ground Chicken Bone, Butternut Squash, Ground Flax seeds, Montomrillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (note: probable GMO ingredient)with Citric Acid (a natural preservative), Rosemary, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin (note: this is being promoted as a prebiotic for fiber & digestive health. There is evidence that inulin may not be safe for the digestive system. It's safety is questionable. I avoid it.), Sage, Clove.
250003250003B006Q7YG56AQ8DU6XVA3USJAlejandra Vernon "artist & illustrator"1251341273600Maggie Sez "More!"Maggie went nuts over these Instinct Raw Boost Bites, and she is a very finicky cat. Liddy was mildly interested, with a nibble here and a nibble there, and Frankie is just peculiar; she will only eat her dull kibble food. The list of ingredients on the box of these freeze dried treats looks mighty fine, with everything from chicken to ground flaxseeds and broccoli. Each treat is a 1 ½ inch round, with the slight consistency and look of a shortbread cookie, and has a fairly decent smell for the human nose. You can easily break them into 4 or more pieces for your cat.

These round treats are for both dogs and cats, and are estimated as 1 or 2 for every 20 lbs. of weight. At the rate Maggie would like to eat these, she'd have to let out the buttons in her fur jacket. It's nice though that I've found something she likes, and that it's such a healthy treat. Thank you Nature's Variety for making a treat made of good, natural food for our fussy fur friends. Packaging is good, with a clear resealable bag inside the cardboard display box.
250004250004B006Q7YG56A2MY9VXHZYAHUZKimba W. Lion "kimbawlion.com"1221341273600Two out of three cats say NO.Was it the sound of the plastic bag or the smell? Anyway, two of my cats came running when I opened the package. These things are WAY too big for cats, so I broke off pieces for each of them. The girl ate a piece after much pawing, but would not eat a second small piece. The boy sniffed and sniffed and pawed and pawed, but wouldn't eat a bit, and both of them left. Then our third cat walked in, obviously intrigued by the smell. He ate the others' leftovers and looked around for more. So, I guess that's about a 33 percent acceptance rate.

Besides being way too big for cats, these things look... weird is the nicest word I can think of. They look like hairballs that have been compressed into cookie shapes. They even have weird hair-like things sticking out of them.

The ingredients include pumpkin seeds, apples, carrots, squash, flax seeds, broccoli, and more plant products. Cats eat meat. And I really have to wonder what function another ingredient, "Montmorillonite Clay" (a.k.a. Fullers Earth) serves.

These are sized for a medium to large dog (following the directions, an average cat should get less than half a "cookie" per day--if they even want one), and it seems to me the ingredients are more suited for dogs as well...if you are OK with the clay.
250005250005B006Q7YG56A3N27L13CWJ9HYD. R. Smith0151344816000Delish!My dauchshunds adore this. I break it in quarters and they devour the pieces. The cats lick it but seem to have trouble eating the shards. The smell isn't strong so it would be easy to keep some in your pocket for walks and training.
250006250006B006Q7YG56A2V0H5HIN4OWKNThe book lady0121342137600WeirdI don't really know what to make of these treats. I was first drawn to them because of the claim they were for both cats and dogs and since it is something of an extra special treat it's nice to have something the whole family can enjoy. But I was not impressed on any level. Lets be honest, we all by these over priced pet treats for ourselves and not the pets. If you honestly wanted to make your pet ecstatic you would go to the butcher shop, get tub of chicken livers or giblets, cook them up and have very happy pets. For me this product is outrageously expensive, has an offensive smell and a texture of sawdust.

The makers are trying to draw you in with this idea of it being "Raw" but do you want to feed a pet, or better yet even handle a product where the main ingredient is chicken if it actually is raw? Though it doesn't say so on the package I don't think this item is actually freeze dried raw meat, but instead is supposed to appeal to the human's desire to feed their pet something that's healthy, i.e. raw diet for dogs. But I see nothing in this item to make it any healthier than many other pet treats that are much cheaper in price. I was also a little shocked at some of the health claims made on the package too. Apparently, "Freedom from allergies, improved skin & coat, weight loss, reduced incidents of ear infections and healthier teeth & gums are just a handful of the amazing pet transformations that Nature's Variety customers experienced." I have to call B.S. on that claim.

The only real positive thing I can say about this product is that on one cat loved it. My dog and other cat ate it, but weren't crazy about it.

2 stars.
250007250007B0029NII3CA1KR1ACVGLLWD7An admirer of Arthur Guinness0041273622400Cats love it !Cats are happy , so it must be good . The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because I prefer cans over pouches because it's easier and less messier to handle the food . Other than that , great product - just ask the cats .
250008250008B0029NII3CA38TFU6M09BVGKJP0051222128000Good quality cat foodWe feed this food to our almost grown kitten. He loves it. Since cats are carnivores, this food fits the bill as it is mostly JUST fish, not fillers like corn and grains that really are not good for cats.
I really didn't like feeding the cat canned food because it grosses me out. This food smells just a little fishy but is really not bad at all - compared to some cat foods which smell disgusting. It's also very convenient and not messy. You don't need to use a spoon to get it out of the pack. Just rip it open and squeeze it out.
250009250009B0029NII3CA3A9BYE27J2LVVM. Caron0051214611200Purrfectly great!!!The Purrfectly Fish and Chicken food line is great - I have a very finicky cat who has to eat because of health problems, so letting him go until he's hungry enough doesn't work. On top of that, he has a real preference for dry kibble, which he can't have anymore. But the "Purrfectly" line he scarfs down, trying to purr and eat at the same time, and actually begs for more! Whiskas, I'm a customer again!!! Thanks!!!
250010250010B0029NII3CA3A9BYE27J2LVVM. Caron0051214611200Purrfectly Good!!!The Purrfectly Fish and Chicken food line is great - I have a very finicky cat who has to eat because of health problems, so letting him go until he's hungry enough doesn't work. On top of that, he has a real preference for dry kibble, which he can't have anymore. But the "Purrfectly" line he scarfs down, trying to purr and eat at the same time, and actually begs for more! Whiskas, I'm a customer again!!! Thanks!!!
250011250011B0029NII3CAH1JB1NLWNK9WIsabelle1211323648000Cats definitely did not like!I tried this out for our indoor cat and some of the neighborhood cats that visit as well and they did NOT like it at all. I use Whiskas for other flavors but this new Purrfectly Chicken brand / flavor did not go well.
250012250012B0029NII3CA3GGXJD0BMJ2W3Chris from Chicago "Chris"1241271808000Cats love the food (Hooray!) I hate packagingI've had them try every type of Whiskas. . .this is hands down the best (this, meaning the Purrfectly Chicken, Chicken/Duck, Chicken/Beef). The purple packages don't even resemble meat so even though my cats will eat it, I didn't feel comfortable feeding it to them. The Purrfectly Fish makes a couple of my kitties violently ill (hence the neon pink vomit everywhere) but the Purrfectly chicken varieties seem to agree with all of them. No vomit, they eat a majority of the meat after lapping up all of the juices and grain free. My diabetic cat is no longer diabetic, and the fact that there is now a food in my home that everyone will eat is pretty amazing.

My complaint - the packaging. I've tried the tip mentioned by others (storing them upside down) but there is just no way to get the pack open without a) having the juice squirt out on to one of the eager diners (though they don't let that slow them down), b) having the juice squirt and ooze all over my hands c) the juice splattering the wall d) me having to squeeze the package for the remaining bits of meat and juice as if I am milking a cow. I HATE feeding them because I always end up covered in chicken juice and bits and I know there is more in the package that I didn't successfully squeeze out. This in turn means that all of the pets will be trying to go through the trash when they are hungry looking for a few half squeezed packs so they can get another fix. There must be another interior material they could use for the packaging that would allow an easier 'release' of the food. . .Whiskas, you listening?
250013250013B0029NII3CAJSR0YK5G9ZB5Wallace Callow0121310601600expensiveI just bought this exact same box of cat food today at Grocery Outlet for $3.99. You might want to check around and compare.
250014250014B0029NII3CA70AAUX5A9QZOR. Nath1351328918400Oh my effing LordIt's cat food. If you have a picky cat, or you just like to spend money on soft mushy food for your cat, then this is the food for you.

Or maybe.....just maybe, you yourself like to eat cat food. Well this is cat food.
250015250015B0029NII3CA2IPHEYQ8YQPGKLynne Nelson "book lover"1311295913600cats didn't like it!I donated this to local food pantry
250016250016B0029NII3CA2FTR68POF9BD5J. Krus "icepulse"2511313971200Slop.Maybe my cat is spoiled. We've fed her "Soulistic" brand pouches since the day we brought her home. I saw this product when I last shopped for her food. It looked like a real gourmet scene, so lovely was the image of the food on the packaging. Now, I know there's always a disparity between the box image and the actual fare, but this has to be the most glaring, bald-faced LIE in the history of marketing.

When I opened the package (which showed a expiration date well into 2012), I felt confused! Almost like I wasn't sure if my eyes weren't playing tricks on me! The entire brown, gelatinous mess slid out like a giant leech into her bowl. After some desperate prep work, mashing things up, I managed to get this glop to a state where it more resembled something that you'd see sliding down the wall in a monkey's cage.

My cat took one sniff, and regarded me with a glance that can only be described as a "how dare you", and strutted away. Hungry, but with dignity in tact.

I WILL get a refund for this gunk. Mark my words.
250017250017B0029NII3CA14OWDYHPAXSLZReviewer In Arizona0211295913600cats usually like this but it is not always consistentit is really good or really bad
so overall lately we'd rate it 1 star but had been a 5 at one point...
250018250018B0029NII3CA3982PWIZETHQ0pdavis8300211290211200Wet Cat Food TreatCats love this food but all 3 of mine puke up wihtin 1 hour of eating. They have no issues with other food therefore I suspect the product is bad.
250019250019B0029NII3CA14OWDYHPAXSLZReviewer In Arizona21111295913600cats usually like this but it is not always consistentit is really good or really bad
so overall lately we'd rate it 1 star but had been a 5 at one point...
250020250020B0029NII3CA3GGXJD0BMJ2W3Chris from Chicago "Chris"9941271808000The cats love the food, I hate the package (cats win!)I have four cranky senior cats who never seem to enjoy the same food (picture an older, more crotchety male cast of the golden girls). One likes fish, the other eats it and throws up bright pink everywhere; one was open to trying a raw diet, the others wanted to eat canned food - though usually just the juice or gravy. Anyone who has cats knows that they will starve rather than eat something they don't like - just to prove their point. Because one of my cats is diabetic, I've been trying to keep them on a grain free diet, only, they don't seem to enjoy any of the fancy grain free canned food from the local yuppie pet store.

I've had them try every type of Whiskas. . .this is hands down the best (this, meaning the Purrfectly Chicken, Chicken/Duck, Chicken/Beef). The purple packages don't even resemble meat so even though my cats will eat it, I didn't feel comfortable feeding it to them. The Purrfectly Fish makes a couple of my kitties violently ill (hence the neon pink vomit everywhere) but the Purrfectly chicken varieties seem to agree with all of them. No vomit, they eat a majority of the meat after lapping up all of the juices and grain free. My diabetic cat is no longer diabetic, and the fact that there is now a food in my home that everyone will eat is pretty amazing.

My complaint - the packaging. I've tried the tip mentioned by others (storing them upside down) but there is just no way to get the pack open without a) having the juice squirt out on to one of the eager diners (though they don't let that slow them down), b) having the juice squirt and ooze all over my hands c) the juice splattering the wall d) me having to squeeze the package for the remaining bits of meat and juice as if I am milking a cow. I HATE feeding them because I always end up covered in chicken juice and bits and I know there is more in the package that I didn't successfully squeeze out. This in turn means that all of the pets will be trying to go through the trash when they are hungry looking for a few half squeezed packs so they can get another fix. There must be another interior material they could use for the packaging that would allow an easier 'release' of the food. . .Whiskas, you listening?

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