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BEWARE: is like a cat drug
on 10 April 2013
The caring cat owner should really beware that if you get these for your cat just ONCE, you may end up regretting it. They seem to have an almost drug-like effect on cats that creates an addiction and dependency on them. Cat will definitely feel happy and be purring like a Porsche with a new engine, but it'll also just want more, and more, and more...and you'll find it very hard to refuse when the greedy desperate behaviour of the cat starts kicking in.
While it is nice to treat your cat with something delicious, these are not even actually healthy for the cat at all; they are made with grain, which cats aren't really built to digest properly or gain any actual benefit from (they're carnivores, after all). I suspect something addictive has been put into the mix or sprayed on so that cats find it impossible to resist, quite dependent upon and leading to owners being guilt-tripped into buying.
A lot of people are finding since introducing this product into their home, their cats have become increasingly fussy when it comes to other food, turning their nose up at wet food and dry food alike. It's amusing at first, when you bring a packet of Dreamies into your house and your cat goes cuckoo over it, practically trying to trip you up and howling when you go to open the packet because you're not quick enough or accommodating enough. But this soon wears thin...when the cat is literally refusing to eat and hanging around where you keep the Dreamies waiting for his next 'fix'. Our cat does this really annoying thing of "pretending" that he needs let out to do his business...only to trick you into getting up so he can lead you to what you think is going to be the door, but actually is to where he knows the Dreamies are kept (cats aren't stupid but we humans can be). I've heard of other cats doing the same with their owners over this brand, which was amusing at first, but is now slightly alarming.
Several accounts I've heard of cat owners going through three or four bags of these a week - and you're only meant to go through twenty pieces a day - simply because their cats have become so dependent on them and so fussy that they won't eat anything else. The bag says 'treats cats crave' on it, which is definitely true, but in essence...the cats won't crave anything else, giving owners a lot of issues if you've gotten the cat into a perfect eating routine (especially if you've just gotten your cat into being content with the tasteless economical brands).
If you're the kind of person who is having a hard time getting their cat to eat anything at all, go for the Dreamies by all means (desperation must, I guess). But I'd suggest if your cat has a really good routine of eating right, don't bring these into the house and DON'T let a friend or neighbour treat your cats with them. Introducing these could mean having to retrain both cat and owner respectively just to get the cat rehabilitated from them, lol.
So three stars for the fact they do what they say on the bag, but two stars deducted for the fact that really, there's something much deeper going on with this brand that really needs investigating. These are cat drugs essentially, and that can't be good.