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Cat Food Reviews 2015

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

3/29 by Lthames

I was using this product for at least a year when all of a sudden my cat started scratching and it got so bad that he made himself a hot...

2/26 by Dr. Read On It

You should never get their anal gland expressed. its super delicate. A lot of the times its their diet not being solid enough for the body to naturally push on...

Customer Reviews

3/24 by Dee Ph Ou Se Luv R

I have been feeding my domestic short-hair female cat Natural Balance for the last 9 years and she now has diabetes because of the HIGH CARBOHYDRATES. Stay away from this...

2/5 by Kate K

I tried Natural Balance to see if it would be as good as the pricey Acana. My two younger cats were fine, although they didn't eat as much. My 16-year-old...

Customer Reviews

3/23 by Nova

Peppermint, as in the plant, is fine. It's the same family as Catnip. Peppermint *extract*, as in essential oils, candies and baked goods can cause stomach upset.
My cat's dry food...

2/22 by Emily

I was about to switch to this food, but then I noticed that one of the ingredients is peppermint. I thought that peppermint was toxic for cats. I am a...

Customer Reviews

2/14 by Gabrielle

I'm on here researching the prescription diet the Vet wants to put my 3 cats on as HALO food has let to over $1,000 in vet bills within a 30...

11/17 by Jennie

Hi! I've got two cats. Asari is three, Toedoe is nine.

I bought Halo's Spots Stew, Wholesome Turkey Recipe kibble about a week ago. I had been feeding them a lesser...

Customer Reviews

3/3 by Annie

When my cat had blood in urine, I went to the vet to have fluid therapy, anibotics helps. I have changed to grain free Orijen cat chicken food.

3/3 by Annie

My cat had crystal in the bladder also, I mainly fed her canned food for 4-6 months, she only eat Fancy feast chicken after try many. Your cat maybe different...

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

11/27 by Dogwood Laine

I've fed Iams cat food since it became available (obviously, different pets).At first, before it was made available at grocery stores, it seemed like a great food. My current pets...

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,...

Customer Reviews

2/25 by Ardiva

Same here, Justme.

2/25 by Ardiva

I have a cat that is going on 13 years old and has been eating dry MM all of her life. She has always been active and never been ill,...

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

3/21 by Thepuffington

Whiskas is made by the Mars company, the same people that fatten kids with Mars bars, M&M's, Snickers and the like. Don't expect for one minute they are ethical about...

3/21 by Guest

Whiskers is made by the Mars company, the same people that fatten kids with Mars bars, M&M's, Snickers and the like. Don't expect for one minute they are ethical about...

Customer Reviews

3/27 by Ashley

We fed our cats friskies for about 10 years because they wouldn't eat anything else. We do buy fancy feast and Temptation treats. And I bought a bag of surfin...

3/16 by Sue

Friday March 13th, 2015 I took my friend to the vet with her cat. Buttons was a heatlhy 5 year old loving companion animal to my legally blind friend. On...

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

3/27 by Anne

Just today, one member lost 2 of 4 kitties that suddenly became extremely ill after eating from a new bag of this cat food. It doesn't look good for the...

3/25 by Angela

I have a 14 year old cat. Is this food for her?

Customer Reviews

3/23 by Linda Connolly

Cats should have both canned and dry. Cats don't drink enough water and being on dry food only puts them in danger of UTI's and crystals. My cats refused to...

3/23 by Linda Connolly

I had 37 cats and 4 dogs on Nutro at one time. There was a concern about too much copper in the dog food. Our cats and dogs were vomiting,...

Customer Reviews

2/10 by Luna.Mom40

As this was the ONLY food he had been eating for about a year, I have to assume it was the cause of the stones. Simon is better after emergency...

2/10 by Nobaddog

Hows your kitty? I was thinking of using this food. My cats love it. Have you any more info on the cause of the stones, was it really the food?...

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...

Customer Reviews

1/20 by Choose Smaller Family Company

Evo and Taste of the Wild made at the same processing plant in South Carolina. I would switch to Fromm or Acanna

1/11 by Frank

The ingredients on the wet food can list "Carrageenan" fifth. Please post ingredients on this website for wet food as well.

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

3/25 by Bob K

Don't feed your cats the Blue Bufffalo. Go to consumer affairs website and read about the pets becoming ill and or dieing from BB. My two cats bot developed kidney...

3/19 by Diana Tredway

I have found having a water fountain encourages my cats to drink water. They love the fresh water running :)

Customer Reviews

2/14 by Catlover

All dry food, not just Hills can possibly cause diabetes, among other things. My cat suffered from uti's until a holistic vet told me to get him off the dry....

1/26 by Arthur Frayne

I adopted a cat recently from a local shelter. When I asked what I should feed her they suggested Science Diet as that is what they were feeding her. I...

Customer Reviews

3/17 by Tahi

I recently started feeding my older cat the broths in the range and have noticed a complete personality change - once a very placid cat - now very hyperactive and...

2/26 by Velma Clawson

What brand did you switch?

Customer Reviews

2/19 by Jenny

I experienced a very similar situation as you described, where one of our four cats seems to be more aggressive when on royal canin and Two have been vomiting more...

12/22 by Helen Back Again

Royal Canin, two different formulas, gave my cats severe diarrhea. Horrible, stinky, yellow, liquid diarrhea, with bloating. One of them also started vomiting, extremely uncharacteristic for him.

Within a DAY after...

Customer Reviews

3/17 by Cindy

I bought 9 lives canned cat food because I feed several feral cats outside. Upon opening a can of turkey and giblets, I found really bright pink to purple stuff...

1/31 by Taylor

I just started my three cats on 9 lives dry food, and my ten year old male had a reaction to it, the entire left side of his face is...

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