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Cat Food Reviews 2014

Best Cat Food

It's not a simple matter to do a complete and fair comparison of all the commercial cat food available. However, if we were to base judgment on ingredients alone, these brands emerge as the strongest. Bear in mind that the best food for your cat greatly depends on your cat's disposition.

Taste of the Wild Cat Food ReviewNatural Balance Cat Food ReviewOrijen Cat Food ReviewHalo Cat Food ReviewNewman
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Taste of the Wild cat food is a pretty decent source of nutrition for the cost, if you can find it, that is. The idea behind the brand’s vision is to provide only those ingredients …

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Natural Balance Cat Food is an average cat food brand when it comes to nutrients, taste and cost. Actor Dick Van Patten created the company in 1989 in an effort to create healthy and nutritious …

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Orijen cat food gets the highest possible rating of five stars for its healthy and nutritious cat food made from fresh proteins, fruits, and vegetables. This Canadian company uses human-grade meats such as free-range, antibiotic-free …

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Halo Cat Food gets a very high rating for its healthy and nutritious cat food made with real meats and quality vegetables. The company only uses human-grade meats like chicken, turkey, lamb, wild salmon and …

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We give Newman’s Own Organics Cat Food five stars for its extremely high quality organic ingredients. The company uses only organic meats, grains, and vegetables, and includes no animal by-products, preservatives, or chemical additives. The …

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Customer Reviews

10/15 by M

My cats eat this but the male has a serious scooting problem, we get his anal gland expressed every so often but that's become a bit of a problem with...

9/7 by Starkecountyresident

My vet recommended TOTW for our cats after one of our young males that adopted us had urinary crystals at an unusually young age. That cat disappeared about a year...

Customer Reviews

9/3 by Myhsplace

ingredients in review are incorrect! been feeding my cats this for like two years plus now and the chicken has been the second ingredient with chicken meal being the first.....

7/18 by Paul Allen

This is a decent cat food, and it's what I've been feeding my 3 cats. Apart from being an overall good food, their cans are not lined with BPA, and...

Customer Reviews

10/11 by Alisha

My persian cat is 5 years old.He is the love of my life .I have never seen such a kind gentle loving cute cat.Since he was a baby,i feed him...

9/3 by Matt

Falling back on Ennah's response, I too find it disconcerting that a large amount of responses speak to issues of dehydration and diarrhea. However, after reading through many comments, it...

Customer Reviews

9/27 by Irene Morrissette

The only grains that are good for cats, basically, are the "digest" they would get from their prey's intestines (mice, rabbits, some birds)... the grains would be partially digested, therefore...

9/27 by Irene Morrissette

I live with 7 cats (and one dog) and all of the cats but one has taken to the Halo grain-free kibble. Although the food is pricy, I balance the...

Customer Reviews

10/8 by Dvanilla

Chandra,
How can one avoid crystals and blockages in cat urinary tract? Or how can one flush their cat urinary system to avoid this problem. I feed
my cat\u2019s deli cat for...

10/8 by Dvanilla

My cats walked around their bowl, of cat food from Friskies, looked at it, pawed at it, and then ate it. I think it was because I have always fed...

Cat Food Reviews by Brand

Popular Cat Food

Iams Cat Food ReviewMeow Mix Cat Food ReviewPurina ONE Cat Food ReviewWhiskas Cat Food ReviewFriskies Cat Food Review
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The experts tend to agree with consumers that Iams contains too many fillers to justify its higher cost. Though Iams is available at both discount stores and pet stores, they claim to be a premium …

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Meow Mix Cat Food is like junk food for cats as it tastes good but has little nutritional value. With inferior ingredients at the top of the list as well as the addition of artificial …

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Purina One Cat Food gets a very low rating from us. The company claims to make ‘super premium’ cat food with real poultry and fish and plenty of vitamins for a balanced diet. The ingredient …

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Whiskas Cat Food is a bit of a conundrum. Some formulas contain high levels of meat protein, while others contain cheap fillers and inferior protein sources. Based on this disparity, we give Whiskas Cat Food …

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We give Friskies Cat Food a very low rating for its lack of quality protein and inclusion of cheap fillers. A quick look at the ingredient lists reveals that corn and corn gluten meal are …

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Customer Reviews

10/8 by Terri

I switched to Iams cat food, thinking I was doing a good thing, and wish I'd read the reviews first. My cat threw up every single day while on Iams,...

9/13 by Meghan

I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW. I made the best impulse purchase of my life when I bought my cats in 2008. After feeding them Nutro Max...

Customer Reviews

10/1 by Guest

Purchased meow mix tender centers September 25th and my cat dies on the 29th four days later. Is it the food? Read a few other comments saying that this brand...

9/14 by Twigs

I lost 2 cats to meow mix 3 weeks apart. thats all they ate. please dont feed your cats meow mix..this is heart breaking that companys you trust get away...

Customer Reviews

4/8 by Me Mow'S Mom

We adopted a 10 mo old kitty from the Humane Society. They suggested Purina Cat Indoor (dry) for a food, since this is what is normally fed to their cats....

3/9 by Debra L

In the year 2010, I thought my beautiful 10 year old cat, Harley, was on his last leg. His fur was falling out, he smelled bad for no reason, and...

Customer Reviews

10/4 by Kimberly Anne Robillard

I honestly don't think any of your cats died from the cat food. There
was probably something wrong with them, and it just so happened that
they died when you...

9/29 by Janet

I have a
hard time understanding how modern society can give garbage to an animal. If
you would not like to eat what you give your cat or dog, you should not...

Customer Reviews

10/16 by Gloria

They don't care. It is money, they are selling us an inferior product more money in their pocket.

10/16 by Gloria

Hope they made it. I lost mine 2 weeks ago and now the other is refusing to eat. I know it is the food and I believe they are getting...

Cat Food Reviews by Brand

Latest Cat Food Reviews

Kirkland Cat Food ReviewWellness Cat Food ReviewEvolve Cat Food ReviewCastor and Pollux Cat Food ReviewEVO Cat Food Review
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Kirkland is a well-known, reputable brand name that seems to be getting it right with their cat food products. Both the Super Premium Maintenance Cat Formula and the Adult Cat Healthy Weight and Hairball Control …

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We give Wellness Cat Food five stars for its natural, nutritious ingredients. All of the formulas use some form of healthy meat as the main ingredient. The company claims that the meats used in the …

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We believe that although Evolve Cat Food does contain a moderate level of carbohydrates, it still has the makings of a highly nutritious and tasty cat food. The food comes in three formulas, Kitten, Cat, ...

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We give five stars to Castor & Pollux Organix Cat Food for its healthy, natural ingredients and lack of fillers. The company uses USDA certified organic meats in their formulas, which means that the meats …

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EVO Cat Food is a definite winner in the cat food market. Natura Pet, the creator of EVO cat food, made a revolutionary step by eliminating all grains from their pet food formulas. The dry …

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Customer Reviews

10/10 by Patricia Ins

With eight cats ranging in age from 17 to 8, Kirkland cat food is a godsend. It's got good ingredients and the beasts love it. We've had no issues with...

10/10 by Cami

My 2 cats have been eating this food for about a month & 1/2 and the youngest one has had nothing but diarrhea. My maine coon has been vomiting but...

Customer Reviews

10/15 by Tiffaney Caldwell

We are not only having the same problem with the Wellness canned Grain free Turkey but, the Turkey & Salmon (which used to be everyone's fave), is also causing diarrhea...

10/14 by Roberta

Hmmmm, my cat used to love Wellness chicken and now he acts like I am trying to poison him. He seems to still like the beef with chicken flavors so...

Customer Reviews

10/9 by Teleute1313

This food has worked really well for my cats. One of my kitties has had serious problems keeping on weight since she was a kitten. The vet couldn't find an...

10/9 by Teleute1313

Manganese and magnesium are two completely different elements. Unless you see something else on the ingredient list that's a cause for concern, your cat should be fine. The most important...

Customer Reviews

3/21 by Jane

Have been buying Castor and Pollux products for years and was very happy with them.

Last Saturday I bought a bag of dry Ultramix Cat Food for my finicky cat. Immediately...

3/19 by Wlfheart

To all the people complaining about Merrick recalls. MERRICK DOG OR CAT FOODS HAVE NEVER BEEN RECALLED so quit spreading your lies or misinformation. Merrick's recalls lies within their treats...

Customer Reviews

5/27 by Julie

I just recently went back to Evo and ever since my cats have had bouts of constipation. I'm wondering if it may be the addition of the tapioca starch...

4/11 by Sarah

BEWARE: Evo has recently changed its ingredients. The top are now: Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, ***TAPIOCA STARCH, Chicken Fat

I believe the change happened at the same time as the bag...

Cat Food Reviews by Brand
Blue Buffalo Cat Food ReviewScience Diet Cat Food ReviewFancy Feast Cat Food ReviewRoyal Canin Cat Food Review9 Lives Cat Food Review
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Blue Buffalo Cat Food gets our highest rating of five stars. The company works with veterinarians and animal nutritionists to create wholesome pet foods that contain a blend of real meat, garden veggies, and whole …

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Science Diet is a relatively popular brand that is high on the cost spectrum but unfortunately low on the nutritional spectrum. Although it is touted as a premium diet, it contains nearly all the same …

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Fancy Feast is not a particularly well-loved food by the experts. Full of filler and less-than-stellar ingredients, it is considered to be one of the worst foods on the market. While it is quite inexpensive, ...

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Some cat owners need to know that they are feeding their felines the finest food on the market. Many cat lovers have gravitated to Royal Canin’s lineup of food products, believing that the brand offers …

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9 Lives Cat Food gets an average review for its mixed bag of varieties. Some varieties of the dry and wet food contain healthy ingredients for a balanced cat diet, while others seem to miss …

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Customer Reviews

10/14 by Bubs

Just spent over $1400 to save my cats life from total urinary blockage. The ER vet said the BB weight control was the culprit. He now will be on RX...

9/20 by Emily

Whole fruits and veggies are listed in quality pet foods because they would be found in the stomachs of animals eaten in the wild.

Customer Reviews

8/19 by Paulraphael

My cat ate Science diet dry food for the first several years of his life, at the recommendation of his vet (I've since learned that the closest thing to nutritional...

7/25 by Samantha The Cat

I just tried Blue Buffalo and my cat has been acting strange since I started feeding her this food, I switched/added to Science Diet. But, I have not had any...

Customer Reviews

9/30 by Purplekat

Sara,

This behavior is not normal for a cat - something is wrong with the kitty. You need to get your cat checked by your vet!

He may have hyperthyroid condition...

9/29 by Benjamin

The trick with these is to avoid the ones with gravy (which is most of them), and obviously the ones that mimic elaborate people foods. If you stick to the...

Customer Reviews

10/14 by Bubby

My 15 year old spayed female is diabetic, I give her a shot of insulin in a.m. and p.m. daily. Vet recommended a couple of foods for Diabetic Cats. I...

8/26 by Young Volcanos

I am horrified beyond words that my now deceased young healthy cat of 5 years may have died because of royal canin. Hindsight is 20/20 and only now do I...

Customer Reviews

9/30 by Miwa

I bought 9 Lives canned wet food a few days ago because it was cheap.
After about a day of being on this food, one of my cats became violently
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8/1 by Shane

Meow mix and 9lives are the same company. Del monte foods.

Cat Food Reviews by Brand

Business / Industry

The Pleasure of Their Company

There's a lot of science behind those little tins.

Big Business of Cat Food The commercials begin with a can being opened gently, with each tasty morsel spooned out into a crystal bowl. The dinner bell beckons. The cat runs swiftly, anxious to begin such a luxurious feast. The owner watches nearby, glad to see that her cat's finicky behavior towards dinnertime is over. In cat food commercials the owner seems to eat, if not exist, on the same level as the cat. Dog food is placed in bowls then lowered to the floor; not so with cat food. The owner invariably follows the cat's lead, stretching out in comfort and relief that all is right with the world. She props her head on her hand, the cat a study in contentment. How pet food is packaged, sold, and promoted mimics, or at least reflects, the larger view that there are "dog people" and there are "cat people."

Belts were tightened, but apparently not collars

Little wonder. There are 38.9 million households in the United States that own cats - though most cat lovers would grant that "ownership," as commonly understood, is often a two-way street. Further, there are within those dwellings, a total of 86.4 million cats meaning that where there is one cat there is often at least one other, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA).1 Cats may indeed display more independence for days on end, even being able to find food for itself out of doors, but they all come home for dinner at last. The sales of pet food was expected to jump 4%,2 to just under $53 billion dollars in 2012 over 2011, according to the same organization. With each household spending about $220 annually on cat food, producers are aware of how valuable the market is. What is more notable, however, is that even the most cursory survey of industry statistics shows a massive sales jump of about a billion dollars more in annual cat food sales over the past decade - a period of severe economic slump. Belts were tightened, but apparently not collars.

... the FDA ensures that standards are met within our borders even when components come from countries ...

Many factors are at play of course: the trend towards smaller families means that more and more homes can accommodate a pet; cats especially are more adaptable to smaller spaces so are ideal for apartment dwellers; and pet food manufacturers are putting more care into their product, with a consequent rise in consumer confidence. Cat food is such a lucrative market that ingredients are monitored by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).3 While most of the food supplied comes from within the US, the FDA ensures that standards are met within our borders even when components come from countries with less stringent ideas of safety or label integrity.

Cat food, moreover, is not simply meat and vegetables assembled into some tasty stew

Cat food, moreover, is not simply meat and vegetables assembled into some tasty stew. The chemistry behind the composition could be crafted by nutritionists and dieticians - as indeed they are. The Pet Food Institute (PFI), a lobbying group for the industry, extols the care and reliability taken when producing food for the household tabby. Care is taken especially, says the PFI, to remove any trace or remote chance of bacteria or mold in cat food, as cats can be particularly vulnerable to food-borne illnesses. The APPA offers guidelines on its Web site outlining and enforcing strict adherence to guidelines set forth by the federal government and other pet associations. Higher end cat food is readily available with assurances of quality and universal appeal to the more choosy eaters of the feline world. Cat owners claim that the calming effect of cats can help their owners through miserable times such as having illnesses or during stressful periods so a splurge on upscale food might be a just reward. Female cats, which make up approximately 80% of single-cat households, are called queens, after all.

There is little reason to foresee a decrease in the amount of money spent annually on cat food. Cats above all are creatures of habit more than of training, and attempts to go off-market or shop with an eye towards lowering your cat food bill will meet with little success once the cat hears the clinking of spoon on bowl.

Joseph Logue, Contributor

References

1U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook (2012): https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Statistics/Pages/Market-research-statistics-US-Pet-Ownership-Demographics-Sourcebook.aspx

22011/2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey: http://www.euromonitor.com/dog-food-in-the-us/report

3How Wet Pet Food Is Made: http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/Index.cfm?Page=WetPetFood