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 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
8/28 by Shawna Nelson

I'm pretty disappointed in this product. Since buying it about a week ago, both cats have not been happy. One has been refusing to eat it, to the point where...

7/22 by Sdh

Good for you! Purina one food dog or cat sucks in my opinion!, like you said their poop stinks and its full of crap!, if you really love your pets...

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
6/24 by Lucy

Hi Meagen. Just read reviews on Wellness. Many people are not happy with Wellness. My cat developed bad skin allergy. I tried different brands of expensive cat food and did...

4/21 by Meagen

I have not had any problems with this brand but new feedback is troubling. It is the best priced higher quality cat food I could find, I am really sad...

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
8/22 by Ally

Orijen Cat & KItten is perfect at any age-kitten or full grown cat so no need to transition out of the food once he is no longer a kitten. My...

8/17 by Hio

Recently we switched our cat food into a plastic honey bin to store it easier. Shortly after our cat started having what seemed like hairball episodes with nothing but bile...

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
7/24 by Sickntired

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

6/12 by Lizstuart

Solid Gold Indigo Moon. I had two cats who lived to be 24 and 16 on it exclusively, with a once a week canned food "treat".

Now, my six year old...

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
8/19 by Colbey

chandra got one thing correct--the food didn't almost kill your cat. everything else in her comment is rude, hurtful, and garbage. i'm surprised there are so many people who agreed...

8/19 by Colbey

you probably found out already, but in case anyone else has the same question and is on this page.
for one of the flavors on amazon's site, one of the questions...

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
8/6 by Julian G

What cat food do you buy ?

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...

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
7/26 by Sandra Martinez

I baught my cat meo mix wet tender chicken and beef i believe. He refuses to eat his usual food waits and demands this junk even though it has caused...

6/8 by Crazy Crab12

As a general rule of thumb. Don't buy pet foods you can find in a grocery store. I work in the pet industry and the term "grocery foods" is used...

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
6/5 by Francesca Petrizzo

Eh, I don't really care what you say, but Purina One has been fantastic for my senior cat (kept her weight low, now the Urinary formula has done wonders for...

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....

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
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...

7/9 by Freshly Grazed

Great comment. What wet cat food would you recommend to transition two 5 year old male cats?

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
7/16 by Sam

Good Afternoon,
I have been a very pleased buyer of Purina-brand cat food for decades now - my cats (foster, healing, found, stray - all adopted and/or given to no-kill shelters...

7/7 by Daniel

For the pass few years it's been hard finding cat food that my cat snickers would eat. When Purina came out with rise and shine indoor cat food I bought...

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
7/25 by Victorial3

like???? Most ingredients are coming from China with all the brands. Vitamins to! There are so many big name brand names made by third parties, so what do you do?:(...

7/17 by Alison King

Do you have Lillies in your garden or did you have a bouquet of Oriental Lillies in your home prior to the onset of their kidney/liver failure? If so ......

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
9/1 by Danette

That is very interesting! Please post back and let us know how it is going. I dont think Wellness is squeaky clean with their advertising. I put them in the...

8/31 by Krusecontrol

I've been feeding my 3 cats two types of Wellness Signature Select for a few months. These two seem to be the only ones without carrageenan. 2 have gained weight...

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
6/3 by Mean Jean

This is the second time I have bought this food (Evolve) for my cats, and it's the last. Im going to bring to it back to The grocery store and...

5/7 by All.For.Kitties

I certainly hope your kitty is doing better. I feed my cats (4) Evolve cat food. I have recently had a discussion with my vet and she has said that...

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
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...

7/14 by Dave Haase

Has anyone experienced constipation with this new formula? I tried Young Again but was having diarrhea issues so switched to Evo. Now they are constipated.

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
7/25 by Dana

That was one of the plants they used that didn't tell them right away about the by products getting in there. When they found out, the stopped using that plant....

7/12 by Jessica Webster

Blue buffalo uses chicken by products in their food. Just fyi. They are being sued by Purina because of it. I am switching all my animals from this brand.

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
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...

7/21 by Debra Lashley

I just bought the SD hairball control. just today..the lady said it was full of probiotics...Tabby throws up every thing I feed her, and I have tried her on everything,...

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
8/28 by Claudia

Some of the less desirable store brands such as Fancy Feast may contain appetite stimulants which is why cats love it so much. They become drawn by the stimulants and...

8/24 by Air 1

It's the carbohydrates and artificial ingredients that's making your cat sick. Sugar, in any form, shouldn't be in cat food.

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
7/29 by Norma D. Burns

You got that right!

6/25 by Mind Boggled

My cat, Sierra, has been eating Royal Canin ever since I adopted her from the Petco Adoption Center (Silicon Valley Humane Society) when she was a kitten. This was the...

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
5/3 by Kimber

I am devastated I have one dead fur baby and one sick due to 9 Lives Plus care that states on the front of the bag "Helps maintain urinary tract...

4/1 by Alexis

My cat is currently on antibiotics and in order to get him to take them I have to mix them with wet cat food. I had 2 cans of \u201c9...

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