Feb 6th., 2006. Why would anyone put garden vegetables into catfood? Does the RSPCA know? View large

Customer Relations Manager,
Coles Supermarkets - Catfood Shelf, Aisle 3,

Dear Sir,

Have you ever seen those catfood ads that have 'Natasha' or 'Princess' being offered two plates of food and, showing due deference to her paymaster, applying herself with determination, if not gusto, to the contents of the advertiser's product?

An observation: Those bowls do not contain vegetables.

A cat has no interest in broccoli. Peas have a roll-factor that can result in them being batted under the couch; but eaten? No. Carrots, even sweetened with honey, hold no allure to the average tabby. Don't believe me? Try it. I guarantee you will get looks of reproach and catty regal distain.

Which brings me to Purr 'with Tasty Chicken, Lamb & Garden Vegetables'. Obviously my first thought was if it is only "with", what else is it with? But my stomach may not be strong enough to know and I will not pursue the answer to that.

But 'Garden Vegetables'? It begs the very simple question: Why?

Why feed cats with stuff they would never eat? When was the last time you saw a cat in straw-hat tending a row of turnips with a Dutch hoe?

But it does explain one thing: the neat line of vegetable bits found along the edge of the cat bowl. Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man...


Yours sincerely, but my cat feels robbed,

J Cosmo Newbery

REPLY: “...This product has been well received by others and we have not received any similar complaints. (JCN: I should hope not, I wouldn't want to be common.) Nevertheless, your specific comments regarding vegetables in the cat food have been referred to the relevant management for their attention.”