The Good: Gollum and Timber love them, Inexpensive
The Bad: Too small to have real dental benefits.
The Basics: Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor treats are one of the small hard treats are treats we use with both Gollum and Timber to reinforce good behavior . . . with great results!
Now that I have two cats in my life – my nine year-old Gollum and three or four year old rescue Timber – I have been delighted to find all new cat treats for them. Gollum has been struggling the last few months with weight issues (he was getting underweight in an unhealthy way), but now is doing much better. While he enjoyed the Friskies Party Mix Wild West treats (reviewed here!), one of the treats that really helped him get back in shape was the Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor treats. These are one of the few mass-produced, relatively inexpensive cat treats that Gollum ran to, arguably because he can smell them better than some of the other treats on the market, and both he and Timber eat them enthusiastically. While I am happy about that, the fact that they are so small means that neither one has to chew them excessively, so there are almost no real dental benefits to them (which is something I look for in all cat treats).
Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor cat treats are crunchy little treats that come in a 6 oz. bag for $3.99 locally. The Party mix includes four different piece types that range in size from 5/16” wide and 1/2" long (for the crunch twists) to 1/2” square for the star bites. All are approximately 3/16” thick. The other two shapes are little cheese balls with holes in them and little window-shaped “cracklers.” Opening the Friskies Party Mix bag, which is resealable, there is a vaguely cheesy aroma. It’s funny because I did not think the scent was very strong, but both cats truly came running for them when they were out for a few moments each time I put them out and when I hid treats, the Cheezy Craze were the treats they consistently found first!
Ease Of Preparation
The Friskies Party Mix treats are a treat, so preparation is as easy as opening the resealable bag and removing a few of treats. I, occasionally, mix a few of the treats in with Gollum’s food, but otherwise, he gets five to ten of these whenever I feed him them! Timber has been known to steal them away from Gollum, but he usually gets no more than ten himself.
Gollum And Timber’s Reaction
Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor treats are a treat that Gollum actually would hunt down! My wife tells me that when cats get older, they lose their sense of smell a bit, which is why Gollum stopped eating for a while. The Cheezy Craze treats were smelly enough for him that he was able to find them, recognize them as food, and would eagerly eat them (and defend them from Timber). Both Timber and Gollum would scarf down as many of these as I put in front of them!
The package does not provide a serving recommendation, but I have found Gollum – now back up to eleven pounds - enjoys 10 - 15 treats in a serving per day. With Timber, I tend to limit him to 5 – 10, despite him being more active. I usually go through about one 6 oz. bag in about a week and a half, so for the price, this treat is not a bad one. The pouches I bought most recently do not expire until April of 2015, so this is a decent treat to stock up on.
Moreover, the Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor treats seem pretty healthy. With a minimum of 30% crude protein and 15% crude fat, but no more than 4% crude fiber and 10% moisture, these treats have a lot of nutritional benefits for Gollum (and no detractions for Timber). These treats are made primarily of chicken meal, brewers rice, and animal fat with preservatives! They do not have much in the way of dental cleaning benefits, though.
The Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss & Monterey Jack flavor cat treats are a good treat, especially for older cats. If your cat is beginning to show a disinterest in life and food, this might be an ideal treat to use with them to help them get their groove back!
For other cat treats, please check out my reviews of:
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Perfect Bites Salmon Formula cat treats
Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits Savory Turkey & Cheddar Flavor cat treats
Hartz Crunch ‘N Clean Fish & Farm cat treats
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