Monday, December 30, 2013

Only With Other Stuff Added . . . Friskies Mixed Grill Classic Pate Isn’t Amazing.

The Good: Nothing bad in it, Does not smell bad
The Bad: Does not entice cats at all on its own, Comparatively expensive.
The Basics: Friskies Mixed Grill catfood is a tougher sell for my cats, though heated and with cream cheese, Gollum enjoys it!

As my wife and I have gotten our cat Gollum back up to a healthy weight, we have been getting them all sorts of wet cat foods. With the Friskies wet foods, the latest one our cats have tried is the Friskies Classic Pate Mixed Grill Cat Food. The Mixed Grill Pate might be the first major miss by this food line in the judgment of both my cats. Timber refuses to eat it (unless he sees Gollum eating some and is feeling jealous) and Gollum only eats it when it is heated up and mixed with cream cheese.

This is the only Friskies pate that I have to modify in order to get my cats to eat it.


Friskies Classic Pate comes in a metal 5.5 oz. single serve container. Supposedly, Gollum for his weight and age should eat two of these containers per day! Even on sale, that would be a pricy endeavor, though $2/day might not seem pricy, it adds up compared to dry cat food that Gollum and Timber are used to. Given that we have to add cream cheese to it in order to get the cats to eat it, the expense for this food adds up! Each container I opened, Gollum only reacted when it was heated up and he could smell it and the cream cheese.

Ease Of Preparation

The Mixed Grill Classic Pate opens up easily enough in the 5.5 oz. metal container. The small metal container has a thin aluminum lid that easily pulls off. Opening the container reveals the food inside. Classic Pate Mixed Grill looks like a lump of ground beef, dark brown with a fatty gravy around the edges. This cat food may be dispensed into a cat's food dish by either smacking it against the bottom of the dish or spooning the contents out into the dish. Alternatively, this wet cat food may be eaten right out of the can, though the metal edges are sharp and that method is not recommended for cats. Unfortunately, the only way our cats eat it is warm and mixed with cream cheese.

Gollum And Timber’s Reactions

The Friskies Mixed Grill Classic Pate smells completely like beef gravy. This has a powerful gravy smell that is very beefy. The smell is very familiar and actually somewhat inviting to a human; though it does not seem strong enough to thrill Gollum or Timber. Gollum only eats it warm and with cream cheese, mixed together in order to become a warm meat and cheese paste. Timber usually refuses to eat this and Gollum will not eat it at all once it cools down.

This does not leave either cat with any sort of smell on their breath.


The Classic Pate Mixed Grill is very nutritious for cats and it has nothing noticeable bad in it (I'm not a Chem student, so I can't speak for all of the preservatives). But considering that the primary ingredients are meat by-products, water sufficient for processing, and poultry by-products. Friskies seems to have its act together on making an essentially good product. According to the guaranteed analysis on the container, there is a minimum of 10% crude protein and 5% crude fat and no more than 1% crude fiber, 3% ash, and 78% moisture. This is food appears to be wheat-free and it most definitely requires refrigeration after it is open!

I cannot afford to give Gollum and Timber this regularly and once Gollum is back to a healthy weight, which is likely to happen fast given the fat content of the Classic Pate, I will probably return to hard cat food exclusively for him. Hard cat food has clear dental benefits that the Classic Pate Mixed Grill does not have. When the cats chew (to split into bite-sized pieces) their hard cat food, it scrapes plaque and tartar off their teeth. There is no such physical operation going on with this cat food.


Unfortunately expensive to use to fatten my cat back up, the Friskies Classic Pate Mixed Grill is not quite worth picking up, though it is not inherently bad at all.

For other Purina cat foods, please visit my reviews of:
Salmon Dinner Classic Pate
Purina Kit & Kaboodle Original cat food
Friskies Party Mix Wild West Crunch Beef, Liver, & Cheddar flavor cat treats
Purina Cat Chow Healthy Weight cat food
Purina Friskies Turkey & Cheese Savory Shreds
Purina Pro Plan Seafood Stew Entree
Purina One SmartBlend Salmon And Tuna Cat Food


For other pet product reviews, please visit my Pet Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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