dreamies, my cat is an addict

(75 Posts)
bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 15:48:02

my cat had dreamies at Christmas in her stocking from Santa Paws. ( ok I know) anyway she's absolutly addicted now. I have to keep buying them and she's always trying to get her paw into the cupboard to steal some. she howls and miaows at us all constantly if we pass the cupboard.

are they a cat drug? should I make her go cold turkey?

advice please cat owners.

ComposHat Thu 23-Jan-14 15:55:13

I was told of similar reactions from other owners, but our cat won't look twice at them, but then she is a right contrary little madam.

nochipsthanks Thu 23-Jan-14 15:57:36

Our cats also go completely crazy over Dreamies, and they are so expensive! We tried the Felix version, not the same.

We dole out four little ones each in theory in the morning and in the evening- but one of our cats just sits and begs for them all the time.

It is crack for cats.

whereisthewitch Thu 23-Jan-14 15:59:10

Yep...our two are tge same though our ginger cat is a flipping nightmare. ..they get themas a treat before bed ( about 10pm) and she sits at the cupboard crying from about 7pm. I'm fed up with her because she now won't actually eat ger normal food.
I don't even buy dreamies now just the asda or tesco version because I'm a cheap skate abd we still get the same reaction.

Widh I'd never introduced them tbh.

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 15:59:20

compos ours is normally very picky too but this is ridiculous. she's like a cat possessed.

whereisthewitch Thu 23-Jan-14 16:00:04

Sorry for the spelling fat fingers

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 16:00:29

yes agree wish never bloody started. blaming santa!

nochipsthanks Thu 23-Jan-14 16:01:31

I really relate to 'like a cat possessed'. that is how one of ours is. DH and I both work from home and a thousand times a day I hear DH's plaintive 'I don't exist just to feed you Dreamies'.

Meow75 Thu 23-Jan-14 16:02:09

Both of ours LOVE LOVE LOVE them but can cope with DH having them next to him on the coffee table or out on the kitchen counter where we keep stuff like that. They go mad for those meat sticks you can buy too. Aldi and Lidl both sell them, as well Pets at Home etc, but the Aldi/Lidl ones are cheaper.

As a footnote, having raised our cats on Felix for 6 years or more, we are surprised to find they will both eat Aldi and Lidl cat food pouches and biscuits. More savings, for anyone interested!

ScentedScandal Thu 23-Jan-14 16:02:43

I've knocked all that on the head. One of my cats knows how to open the treat tin and scoffed a huge bag they'd been given for Christmas. I dont buy them treats, well occasionally a chewy stick, but not Dreamies. (Its grandma who gets themhmm) I think they are addictive.

nochipsthanks Thu 23-Jan-14 16:03:39

I always thought the ad where the cat leaps through the walls to get them was silly. Until we gave ours some. There is something in them.

ScentedScandal Thu 23-Jan-14 16:06:46

The thing with any treats is you only have to do it a couple of times and they become a complete pita expecting ithmm My two howl and yowl for ham or chicken scraps every blimmin morning whilst I'm trying to make three packed lunches. I give them a scrap of ham once in a while but they loudly demand it now.

nochipsthanks Thu 23-Jan-14 16:08:00

Mind you, the Dreamies obsessed cat also loves Pombears. Tears through the packets. We have to put them into a very high cupboard now.

TonksLupin Thu 23-Jan-14 16:10:18

3 addicts in my house! Not just to dreamies but to all variations! Have had the occasional accident where the packet has been left exposed on a shelf in the kitchen and they've managed to get them down and chew through the packet, putting themselves into a dreamie induced coma. (Where they lie on the floor with all 4 paws in the air, looking very proud of themselves!)

They now get rationed and put in a drawer but they all try their hardest to get the drawer open!

janeyjampot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:10:42

Mine loves them too. We got him a treat ball to put them in and he pushes it around frantically, even hours after he's emptied it. It's good exercise for him but I think he's an addict!

TonksLupin Thu 23-Jan-14 16:13:34

Oh and FatCatLupin is also addicted to Pringles, she chews the faster than I can if she ever gets her paws on one. She also sneakily sticks her paw in the tub when she thinks you aren't looking!

MTBMummy Thu 23-Jan-14 16:17:01

two addicts in our house, one of which will not touch people food, wet cat food or any other treat, but show him the pack of dreamies and he goes mental.

Wasn't helped by the fact that DD found this so funny she was sneaking into the kitchen to give him extras

nochipsthanks Thu 23-Jan-14 16:18:02

Have not tried Pringles on nochipscat. (She loves chips though!). She loves mini cheddars also. And will go wild for a baked potato. Maybe it is a carb/salt issue?

missmarplestmarymead Thu 23-Jan-14 16:20:46

Our cat goes crazy for them, especially the cheese flavour and yes, like others I think there is something in them! However,if it is any consolation, after months of demanding them non stop she now only demands about twice or thrice a day. I am hoping that the taste for them is wearing off! Cheaper varieties are ignored.

Boycat loves them. If I go to the cupboard where they're kept, he waits by my feet, and if I have the packet in my hand, he'll follow it everywhere and I can get him to go anywhere in the house just by carrying them around, it's really funny.

He doesn't get them often, maybe once or twice a week, but he goes bananas over them. If you put them away, he yowls and you'd think he hadn't been fed in weeks!

ComposHat Thu 23-Jan-14 16:23:20

She must be in a feline minority of one.

This is probably a good thing as she is a bit of a tubster and needs to loose a kilo according to the vet.

TonksLupin Thu 23-Jan-14 16:31:31

You could be on to something Nochips, FatCat does love McDonalds fries not that I feed myself or my cats McDonalds, nope

Dreamies are great though if I ever need to get them in from outside. Just open the door, shake the bag and they suddenly appear!

LydiasLunch Thu 23-Jan-14 16:33:16

An old lady down the road loves one of my cats and brings me Dreamies to feed him. When he's AWOL I imagine he's at her house wrapped in a blanket, watching the telly with a bucket of Dreamies. They are like crack to some cats.

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 17:21:22

yes agree, it's her mad staring eyes when she's about to get one and she can't eat them fast enough.

Meerkatwhiskers Thu 23-Jan-14 18:12:05

I have a dreamie addict too. She had an advent calendar. She went off it by Xmas as she got bored of the flavour I think but attacked it randomly the other day lol.

Only need to pick up the bag and she is magically in front of you no matter where she is in the house. She won't eat any other treats. Very fussy normally. Must be something in them.

ComposHat Thu 23-Jan-14 18:13:55

Now catnip is another story... she gobbles that up, collapses and rolls around tbe floor flaying her head and paws about in a state of utter ecstacy.

Meerkatwhiskers Thu 23-Jan-14 18:13:59

tonks same here. Great for getting her in when she won't come in. That or a Sheba pouch (she has prescription food so the pouches are a rare treat for her - she won't eat the blooming prescription ones).

Meerkatwhiskers Thu 23-Jan-14 18:15:28

She doesn't 'do' neat catnip lol. But she does have a drug catnip fish and cigar that send her loopy.

I have two cats - Bossycat and Shycat. Dreamies are the only thing that convince Shycat to stand up for herself. Once Bossycat tried to steal Shycat's treats and she cuffed Bossycat round the head. Everyone (including Bossycat) was astounded.

I should probably stop buying them but I love the way they both come horsing up the garden with their tails all kinked when I call their names and rattle the packet.

overfacebook Thu 23-Jan-14 18:25:41

My 2 are also addicts. I only bought the damned things in the first place because of the strong resemblance between one of my moggies and the cartoon cat on the packet. Big mistake. If we forget to put them away in the cupboard (Dreamies, not cats), we will invariably discover a shredded packet, a few crumbs, and 2 nonchalant looking little fatties. What is in them?!

limitedperiodonly Thu 23-Jan-14 18:32:20

My friend bought my cat Dreamies as a treat for New Year's Day confused. I adopted him in December after my mum died.

He's had a tragic time lately, but let's be clear here, so have I and he's a cat. But she's soft-hearted like that. grin

She bought him some things called Lily's Kitchen Merry Little Cat Treats, Turkey with Cranberry, Limited Edition for Christmas. I've no idea how much they were but I suspect beyond the price of rubies.

They are like cat crack.

She didn't say anything but I can tell that she's very disapproving there's half of the Lily's Kitchen box left and I haven't started on the Dreamies.

I gave him a few Lily's Kitchens today. But too many make him puke.

To be fair to her, she bought me a really nice present too. And she's a good mate.

Givesyouhell Thu 23-Jan-14 18:46:30

My cats are addicts too. What is in them to invoke this reaction??? Does anyone know?

My cats have drawn blood biting at my hand trying to grab a dreamie that I'm holding. They scream at me every morning until they get some, and have taken up full time residence in the kitchen near the dreamie cupboard.

limitedperiodonly Thu 23-Jan-14 18:47:18

My long-ago cat used to love some Whiskas biscuits. I can't remember what they were called.

We used to sit in the living room listening to him trying to stealthily open the cupboard door and get the box down quietly.

Then we'd give it a couple of minutes and switch the light on and find him armpit-deep in the box trying to pretend: 'What's this box doing on the end of my body?'

SecretNutellaFix Thu 23-Jan-14 18:48:22

We call it cat crack.

They climb up my husband for them, and have helped themselves in the past.

AmelieRose Thu 23-Jan-14 18:51:09

My two are obsessed. My younger cat performs tricks for them and clock watches from about 8 at night until bedtime (they get a few before bed). We also call them cat crack grin

FragglerockAmpersand Thu 23-Jan-14 18:55:29

I've been warned about these. Cats like them because they are very high in salt. Apparently over-consumption can lead to kidney damage shock

(This worries me because FraggleCat is a total meth-head where Dreamies are concerned and we now strictly ration them)

hobbjobb Thu 23-Jan-14 19:08:02

Ours love them too. I left them out once and our boy cat got into them and ate the lot while we were at work, obviously gave him a bad tummy as he then shat absolutely everywhere. Tosser
Ours go absolutely mental for those meat sticks from lidl too

careful - Kitty Crack is v fattening <looks at FatCat>

I got a right telling off from the vet for giving the cat treats blush

WelshMaenad Thu 23-Jan-14 19:14:04

If it helps, they are REALLY cheap on Approved Foods right now.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Thu 23-Jan-14 19:14:06

Like lydia said. They are known in Chez Fuckery as Kitty Crack. They chew through the packet. And bite my fingers off.

EatingAllTheCrumpets Thu 23-Jan-14 19:18:06

My cat goes nuts for Dreamies, any and all flavours! He goes through a pack a week so I stock up when they are on offer!!

Devora Thu 23-Jan-14 19:22:28

My big fat cat is totally addicted to Dreamies. They are truly the work of the devil. (And I'm realising now WHY the cat is so fat...)

wintertimeisfun Thu 23-Jan-14 19:27:58

blow me down, our cat lOVES dreamies, especially the cheesey variety. i only have to call 'CHEESIES' and she bombs it into the room. at christmas she had the dreamies advent calendar :-D

Madlizzy Thu 23-Jan-14 19:35:06

Kitty crack here too, and one of our cats has learned to sit to earn one.

Feargalthecat Thu 23-Jan-14 19:38:51

Another addicted cat here, bought them as a treat for Christmas and I have NEVER seen her go so crazy for food! This is a cat who has no interest in fine cuts of fresh meat but we now have a Dreamie habit to feed.

My sister's cat loves them too, she plays Dreamie Hunt with hers.She puts the cat in the cupboard under the stairs while she hides Dreamies strategically around the house while chanting "Dreamie Dreamie" and then lets the cat out to find them. Her cat now attempts to lock itself in the cupboard to instigate the gane grin

wintertimeisfun Thu 23-Jan-14 19:41:38

fear great stuff! we use ours as a way to lure our cat down the stairs, one on each step, and it works too..

ControlGeek Thu 23-Jan-14 19:42:16

Both my two are completely addicted to these, they go mad for them. Then at some point after a handful or so they both completely switch off, not interested, don't want to know. Very weird, but great fun while it lasts!

crazynanna Thu 23-Jan-14 19:43:15

I have shares in Dreamies PLC

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 19:44:06

glad I started this thread as thought it was just my cat. she's pawing the cupboard right now and meowing.

what the hell is in them? she turns her nose up at cooked chicken ffs!

Milliways Thu 23-Jan-14 19:53:48

Ooh, I like to get treats for when the neighbour is feeding Millicat. He usually gets left with that cat milk, which she rations out, but last time we didn't leave any and apparently he went bonkers - just associates her with the milk grin

Now I can have different ammo - if it is only the neighbour he annoys for it (and he does go through her cat flap when he feels like it!)

tiredandsadmum Thu 23-Jan-14 20:01:04

Loving this thread smile but I blame Granny too. Mine is a beautiful rescue Siamese who deserves the best, so off to get some Dreamies this weekend!

Beatrixemerald Thu 23-Jan-14 20:07:53

Dreamies give me respite from my kitties constant squabbling, they sit happily near each other and munch away, nothing has the same reaction as webbox sticks though!

bodygoingsouth Thu 23-Jan-14 20:14:36

tired mine are rescue cats too. love spoiling them really. caught myself holding a saucer of squirty cream for her because she was on her special wooly blanket on our bed and didn't want to move. ffs!!

I want to come back as a spoilt cat.

Pixel Thu 23-Jan-14 20:51:50

My mum bought my cat some dreamies about three christmasses ago and since then he won't eat anything unless it has dreamies on the top. It's cheaper to give in and buy the dreamies than to keep throwing food away. He sits by the cupboard yelling and will not give up no matter how long we ignore him.
I am totally convinced that they have an addictive ingredient. And yes, cheese are his favourite!

cantbelievemyeyes Thu 23-Jan-14 21:07:19

My old girl loves her dreamies. Not quite addicted, but has them every night just before bed. She starts her dreamies routine at about 10pm- hauls her arse off the bed, and comes and sits in front of the sofa, staring us out for half an hour. Then she starts trying to get attention by licking anything plastic, throwing herself on her back and showing us her tummy, and banging anything that makes a noise with her paw.

I amuse myself by repeatedly standing up, watching her crap herself with excitement and run to the kitchen, before she notices I'm still on the sofa. Better than most telly.

goodasitgets Thu 23-Jan-14 21:13:19

Yes to crack for cats
5 minutes I left him for
instagram.com/p/fP2jpytdwq/

SecretNutellaFix Thu 23-Jan-14 22:46:16

My girl cat has just started actually watching the ads for cat food on the TV when they come up.

It's really funny. She can be sitting there, washing and all of a sudden she will look at the ad- then turn and look at one of us at the end before returning to what she was doing. smile

RabbitPies Thu 23-Jan-14 22:47:26

My cat won't even look at them. He shuns all treats except the occasional slice of wafer thin ham.

Leonas Fri 24-Jan-14 12:34:30

My cat is obsessed with them too. We use them to bribe him to drop the mouse he has brought in/ get out of the neighbours car/ let us out of the front door without him.
My DP tells me the cat has a particular meow for them?!

CaffeinatedKitten Fri 24-Jan-14 13:11:27

goodasitgets you need to ship your cat my way, he looks like an awesome dude!

I have three ginger tabbies. I have been known to sprinkle the floor with treats and watch the carnagegrin

LisaMed Fri 24-Jan-14 13:18:41

Dreamies were about the only thing evil cat would eat at the end, that and the stuff we left out for her to 'steal'.

They are definitely crack for cats.

Stripytop Fri 24-Jan-14 13:22:42

Had to wean our cat off them. We keep his food in the cupboard under the sink and if you were washing up, he would bite your legs till you gave him some! He went cold turkey. He has now started sleeping in the bathroom sink for revenge. What's that all about?

theimposter Fri 24-Jan-14 13:32:41

We bought some once and the cats dragged them out of the cupboard and massacred the bag. We found it empty with loads of ripped claw slashes across it abandoned on the kitchen floor. Definitely heroin for cats.

Stripytop Fri 24-Jan-14 13:50:16

Heroin for cats grin

I would really like to know what's in it though cos our cat is not moved by catnip, so it can't be that.

CaffeinatedKitten Fri 24-Jan-14 14:33:28

Salt I think. They love it.

ginpig Fri 24-Jan-14 16:09:08

Dreamies = cat crack. Ditto those wildly expensive Whiskas things too. Always been the way

Mine go bonkers for them, as did my lovely old boy and if I mistakenly leave a packet out it will be torn to shread in order to get at the tasty, tasty treats.

goodasitgets Fri 24-Jan-14 16:14:30

CaffeinatedKitten - guilty looking much? grin
instagram.com/p/ceorg8NdzH/

WitchWay Fri 24-Jan-14 16:20:02

I tried mine with them when they were kittens & they weren't bothered at all hmm

missmarplestmarymead Fri 24-Jan-14 17:07:05

Goodasitgets: What a great photo. Really made me smile! You should send it to the people who make Dreamies.

SecretNutellaFix Fri 24-Jan-14 18:45:58

It must be acquired then. My two weren't fussed on treats as young cats. ~Then they got to about 5/6 and they went the opposite direction and got totally obsessed.

mimiasovitch Fri 24-Jan-14 19:05:51

What a stunning puss! My cats like them but not to that degree. we just tried a new food however, called meowing heads, and they were both nuts for it. It's cheaper than their normal food, but I'm guessing it won't work out so economical.

deakymom Fri 24-Jan-14 22:20:34

reminds me of my old cat total food addict! i came home the one day and he had opened the cupboard taken the box of food out and sliced it open with his claws so i put it up where he couldnt reach (him being a fat cat) and his brother (slimmer cat) got the food down and he blasted SHARED it with him........apparently i was the only person who had child safety locks on her cupboards a year before i even had kids! (he died a couple of years ago i still miss them mad as it sounds i dont want another cat as it wont be the same :-()

LinghamStyle Fri 24-Jan-14 22:24:10

Without a doubt, Dreamies are "crack for cats" grin

maddy68 Sun 26-Jan-14 19:01:19

I have several cats , most don't like them but one is totally addicted! She opens cupboard, bites through packets etc. it seriously is like crack to her.

vacael Fri 01-Aug-14 20:48:28

Just spent a delightful 15 minutes reading this thread. Still none the wiser why Beltza has gone mad for the Dreamies the BF brought in. He's muzzling around my back looking for more, cat not BF instagram.com/p/rKvPt8AWvr/

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