Cat Food Reviews 2016

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 Review
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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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Customer Reviews
1/27 by Sally

Yea, RonJon, my cat is sick too. He's only 6. Like Laura, I have records to show my cat was healthy. I switched to TotW and my cat has been...

1/27 by Sally

He is beautiful! I'm so sorry you lost him. After reading your post and Nicole's, I'm convinced my cat, Kevin, is getting sick from this food. I'm happy for those...

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Review
Natural Balance Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
1/22 by Tracy Bee

Ive have been doing my homework and have read up on all the recalls theyve had on this food, wet and dry. since 2005 (says 2007 but I read 2005...

1/22 by Tracy Bee

Ive never bought this food before and I bought a 3 ounce packet of wet food for my 4 year old Milo, and hes in the hospital now bc he...

Natural Balance Cat Food Review
Orijen Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
12/5 by Schlecterhunde

We've been using Orijen Cat and Kitten and everyone loves it. We have a 11yr old tomcat and two 4mo old kittens. Please note, cats have a low thirst drive...

10/9 by Coco

it seems you are too broke to take your cat to the vet... how did you afford this food for 3 years ? haha

Orijen Cat Food Review
Halo Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
9/1 by Astral Planes

A mouse is the perfect meal for a cat. They get traces of veg or the minerals from them from what the mouse eats. The only cat I have that...

7/24 by Sickntired

why are you throwing it away?? take it back to where you purchased it!

Halo Cat Food Review
Newman
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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
12/15 by Dicedealer64

Carageenan is a sea weed derivative. There is some debate on its nutritional value to cats. And guar gum\u2019s physiological effects likely have negative repercussions for cats. Guar gum increases...

12/15 by Dicedealer64

Fish in general is not recommended for cats. That is due to the low quality of fish available and the fact that even 'wild caught' is now suspect. Farm fish...

Newman's Own Cat Food Review

Popular Cat Food

Iams 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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Customer Reviews
1/29 by Annie Jones

The problem is not the Iams brand it is the fact that any cat can get Cystitis from eating dry kibble consistently no matter the brand. Switch the cat to...

11/26 by Debbie Phair

Iams' cat food:
Things not to feed your cat....Meals, Tocopherols. It has 3 meals and 2 Tocopherols. No more for my cats.

Iams Cat Food Review
Meow Mix Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
1/23 by Julia De Tommaso

I don't know who reads this blog but I went home from my boyfriends house to change the cat litter for my two cats. And make sure they were fed...

12/22 by Lynn Kraft

Purina is absolute poison junk. But they have the marketing advertisement budget to provide enough glamor and glitz to suggest Purina is The end all Be all and the best...

Meow Mix Cat Food Review
Purina ONE Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
12/24 by Cackling Rosie

I've owned cats for nearly seven decades. Every single one of them has been fed Purina and they all lived well into their teens with no remarkable health issues.

11/18 by Disqus E Dc Q Fre Rgi

Review is absolute lies and uneducated ignorance. The ingredients have a purpose and provide excellent nutrition. Meniodone is more than safe at the minute levels added to the food.
This reviewer...

Purina ONE Cat Food Review
Whiskas Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
9/20 by Leila

My kitty suffered #pancreatitis and may have #kidney failure from this #poison crap. NEVER buy ANY Whiskas garbage

7/20 by Shesbutch

"My vet tells me" AGK!!!! NO!!!! Even if it had only 2 ingredients, if those 2 ingredients are animal by product and corn, its already shittier than brands like Champion...

Whiskas Cat Food Review
Friskies Cat Food Review
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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
1/9 by Barbara

My 2 cats lived to b 24 years old eating Friskies and Wiskas. Dry and canned. Never had health issues. Shoot, maybe they might have lived longer if I fed...

12/28 by Jj

I've gotten some high-quality cat food and it was some pasty nasty looking and smelling stuff. My cats wouldn't eat it.
All my cats all lived to a healthy age on...

Friskies Cat Food Review

Latest Cat Food Reviews

Kirkland 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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Customer Reviews
1/26 by Marie

"...was sleeping more, and was clearly nauseated and drooling too. She had
to keep swallowing what appeared to be stomache acid reflux, etc".

This caught my attention because I had an...

1/22 by Joycey

Thank you. I should have thought of Trader Joes.

Kirkland Cat Food Review
Wellness Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
12/19 by Fredy Del Aguila

All I have to say is that we are very thankful with Wellness.
My cat Ricky is a 21 year old Siamese, he was consuming \u201cIams\u201d dry products all
his life until...

9/27 by Faith Moeller

My cats have been on Wellness dry and wet food for 15 years. One of them, a Sealpoint Siamese, is a Grand Champion and has always looked at the top...

Wellness Cat Food Review
Evolve Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
12/1 by Kimberly Cupp Nolan

Just curious, was this the Evolve indoor cat formula the wet or dry kind? Because ANY kind of dry food can cause very painful, even life threatening kidney stones. That's...

12/1 by Kimberly Cupp Nolan

Evolve has changed their ingredients for their cat food. For instance, the Chicken's ingredients are now:
24/5.5 Oz chicken formula for cats cans.-Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Ocean Fish,...

Evolve Cat Food Review
Castor and Pollux Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
1/18 by Char2015

I have several cats, I was buying blue buffalo grain free for years until my cat Timmy suddenly started to become ill. He became lame and could not walk. I...

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...

Castor and Pollux Cat Food Review
EVO Cat Food Review
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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
12/5 by Windingdown

Low carb pate foods no gravies that is where all the calories are. EVO as snack you will stretch it. Ask company for coupons. Best of luck

8/23 by Pat Weber

I love my cats as much as you love yours but how on earth do you feed all 4 cats this expensive Evo cat food.....you must have a great job...

EVO Cat Food Review
Blue Buffalo 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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Customer Reviews
1/8 by Ray Dubas

The lawsuit is by purina ... Makers of beneful ! Purina is the poison not blue buffalo. Blue buffalo is a small pet food company that relies on quality not...

1/8 by Adrian

The exact same thing happened to my cat Mikey. He ended up with a urinary tract infection. He developed a crystal so large that it tore his bladder and I...

Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review
Science Diet Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
9/12 by Nahsani

I have a cat who went into acute kidney failure. The vets told me I basically had to feed him prescription food. I have since become better informed and am...

8/29 by Chuck Mccoy

I agree i have had nothing but problems with grain free food,totw and blue buffalo. I have had 6 cats over the last 18yrs 2 still living. I have a...

Science Diet Cat Food Review
Fancy Feast Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
2/1 by Bb Bb

Stop burning your money on fancy pants organic cat food. do you think the makers and reviewers of those brands would crack open a can and eat it? hell no....

1/29 by Mars007

It's a classic story. "My cat is 17 and he's eaten crappy food his entire life, but is healthy and looks great!"
People can eat fast food every day, kids...

Fancy Feast Cat Food Review
Royal Canin Cat Food Review
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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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Customer Reviews
9/20 by Marian Fitzsimons

I have had a cat on RC "Calm" for about 2 years. At first it helped quite a bit but lately I have begun to wonder if it is having...

7/29 by Norma D. Burns

You got that right!

Royal Canin Cat Food Review
9 Lives Cat Food Review
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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
1/28 by Marilyn Gildersleeve

I have been feeding my cats 9 Lives Real Flaked Tuna & Egg Bits for years with no problems. A few weeks ago I could not find it at the...

12/30 by Jan Picard Noyes

ON TOP OF THE TUNA AND EGG IT STATES MADE IN THAILAND, SEE WHERE iM GOING WITH THIS??

9 Lives Cat Food Review

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