Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dry Crunchies Taste-Off

Reported by The Big Thing: Well, here is our 1st report about the great Meow Mix, Authority, and Addiction dry crunchies Taste-Test.

The 1st day, They ate mostly Addiction, the Authority, then Meow Mix. Which is what I would guess based on the meat in the foods.

The 2nd day. The Addiction bowl is almost empty, the Meow Mix bowls half empty, the Authority bowl almost untouched. It seems that variety and familiarity counts for something. They seem to prefer the Addiction crunchies, but also eat some of the Meow Mix and Authority.

The 3rd day. Meow Mix won today. Followed by Authority and Addiction.

The 4th day. Addiction was most popular today. Meow Mix was a definite 2nd and Aurthority in 3rd place.

The 5th day. Addiction came in 1st again. But Authority was the clear 2nd choice with hardly any Meow Mix chosen. There is no real pattern showing up.

The 6th day. Authority was the choice today. Addiction came in 2nd (barely). Meow Mix was not eaten much at all.

I'm not sure what to make of the variation of choice. Addiction was the choice 4 of the 6 days, so it was definitely preferred. But there was one day each where the cats preferred Meow Mix or Authority. The positioning on the bowls does not seem to have any effect. I have frequently seen the cats sniffing at each bowl before eating and none of them seem to have any strong preference. I mean, they choose, but not the same one consistently.

Next week, I will offer only one kind each day and weigh it to see how much is eaten.

After that, I will try each one for a full week and see if it affects their poops. Iza especially has a problem with pudding poops (sorry, but that is a problem she has) and I am looking for a pattern of foods that will help on that.

After the dry crunchies test, I will be experimenting with the canned foods. I have some preliminary data that suggests her problem is simply quantity, but it may be the types of canned foods too. Iza may handle fishy foods well, but not poultry (or vice versa) and I need to figure that out as well.

And beyond their preferences of dry crunchies, health matters as well. It seems to me that Addiction is healthier for them. If they WILL eat it, it seems better for them than Meow Mix and even Authority (the best food I can find in pet stores according to lack of some wheat glutens and stuff at a reasonable price).


Southbay Girl said...

hmm...what is Addiction? We'll have to tell mom about it!

-Kodak, 3 Perf and Blossom

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Good luck. Newman's Own is often in pet stores (and even grocers) and they rate well in quality of product but we have never much liked the taste--which disappointed the woman as they do give some to charity with each purchase. So we stick with Solid Gold.

Gretchen and Mike said...

Gee, all those choices. I'm still a Fancy Feast gal, dry or wet. And of course, I do love my treats.

I hope you find Iza's poop problem solver soon.


Milo and Alfie said...

We like the furrowness of your tests. We wish Mom would give us 3 bowls of crunchies to test! We get one stinjy bowl! Do you want to adopt 2 lovable bruvfurs from the UK? (Only joking!)

Cat with a garden said...

We had to laugh at "no pattern showing". It's an interesting experiment!

The Island Cats said...

We think this test shows that us cats like to keep the beans guessing...we are so unpredictable at times!

Alasandra said...

Trust cats not to show a pattern. We likes to be mysterious. ~Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

I prefer table scraps to dry dog food. See dogs are easier, we tells you what we like no mystrey involved. ~Fenris

Max said...

There was no question here which crunchy food we preferred. We love the Addiction crunchy food and since the only other stuff in the house was basically junk food, the people tossed that out.

The People are being too slow with the Stinky Goodness Addiction, though...We've only gotten to try one of those cans so far. I think we get to try the Salmon tonight, though.