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
8/4 by Cris

Our 6yr old male has developed urinary crystals after eating TOTW. It has blocked his urinary track and he had to have a catheter to drain his bladder 2x in...

5/15 by Marcycat

ToTW is the only dry cat food that my cats can eat. Other brands of dry foods would make them vomit every time they ate them. Their digestive problems have...

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
8/28 by Patricia Quintero

my cat thought it was s t, he tried deperately to bury it ! won't spend almost $2.00 a can ever again.

3/30 by Ouiser Hunt Boudreaux

I could be wrong but my research shows that Natural balance is made in Thailand. Not only will I not support a company who does use US products and employees...

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
9/14 by Alwaysajayhawk

Notre Dame does not have a vet school. Never has.

9/7 by Hungry Kitty

It is sad that the Orijen maker doesn't need our business. They do not offer coupons, samples or any help on locating smaller sample sized options. They just send a...

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
9/20 by Molly Swipas

Second ingredient, potatoes. Fourth, peas. Way too many carbs for an over $3 a lb food.

9/19 by Vendetta Jean Dressel

My cats have a kitty yard with different grasses and catnip. They do eat the catnip and grasses.

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
7/27 by Scooby Dooby Doo

Carageenan has been proven to cause inflamation and deadly illnesses to cats... If you look on the reviews for core it will explain it a bit better:)

5/15 by Dicedealer64

I never said it was bad. People are silly and take what companies like Blue Buffalo say as gospel. Animal 'by products' are a natural part of all animals, packed...

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
9/23 by Tammylee Kivi

I changed my cat's food to Ultra Limited Salmon & Potato,from Bosleys , and started him on a hairball therapy.........waaay less puking up, it goes right thru his poop now\ud83e\udd17\ud83d\ude31...

9/20 by Linda Connolly

Puking up food is not good but hairballs aren't anything to be worried about. It's when they can't get them up that is a problem.
Are hairballs common?
Yes, within reason....

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
6/19 by Catherine

I feed a stray cat and was looking for cat food, and since I was in a hurry I bought this. I will throw this food in the garbage and...

3/2 by Luis

My 11 month cat just died after having severe diarrhea and weight loss. He's been like that for about 2 months. My vet ran several tests on him to see...

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
8/30 by Hudson Bay

Purina One Kitten kibble seemed to provide very good results for my kitten. She clearly enjoyed the flavor (chicken) and she remains very active and quite healthy. I also fed...

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.

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
4/30 by Parlene

This is the ONLY catfood my cats have been able to keep down(other than home made) since they were subject to the melamine poisoning in 2007. many times over the...

3/2 by Crazyassmom

My Squeaker loves the Temptations and has been eating them for over a year. All types we've tried, beef/chicken/seafood medley and had no troubles with any of them.

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
8/9 by Juli Ciano

Do you still believe the Friskees caused this? Now I'm curious. Had some stray cats that died and some survived and they eat friskee canned food. However, just curious. Similar...

8/9 by Juli Ciano

You have to switch your pet slowly anytime you switch their diet or it can cause diarrhea and vomiting regardless of what you are switching. Doesnt mean every time you...

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
9/22 by Juggular Totk

I got 2 bags of the cat food about a month ago and my cats wouldnt eat it the outside cats didnt want it either they reluctantly ate it but...

9/14 by Sheila Smith

Re the note below, it has been at least 10 years that the cats have been eating Kirkland.

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
9/25 by Linda Connolly

Canned pure pumpkin, too, works for constipation as well as diarrhea. Must be pure not the seasoned pumpkin.

9/4 by Robert Wood

You can help the constipation with a tablespoon of plain yogurt (no sugars or fruit) and a little bit of clear dissolving (non-clumping) fiber powder...daily. It works for my male...

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
9/21 by Robert Eames

And this is different from watered down mushy and nasty wet food how?

9/21 by Robert Eames

I just found Evolve on chewy.com for $18 for the 15 lb bag. Buy $49 worth of stuff and it ships free, and it showed up in two...

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
8/8 by Sandy

My cat also is hyperesthesia. I feed him Tiki Puka Puka. All chicken white meat. No fillers, grains, or gravies. I avoid anything with fish as he reacts immediately. Tiki...

8/4 by Dee Walter Kruleski

I feed FORTY cats with this food. Luckily, the pet supply store I buy it from knows I run a cat sanctuary and they knock off $12 off of every...

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
9/15 by M K

One of my cats has had soft stool for a while and the vet thinks it may be a touch of irritable bowl. I switched them to Blue Buffalo Sensitive...

9/10 by Anonymous

My cat loves blue buffalo , he has digestive issues and a sensitive stomach and I switch him from Ian's to blue and he loves it, super healthy, doesn't get...

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
4/28 by Ashley Zarth

Science Diet has a new grain free product "Adult Grain Free Chicken Entr\u00e9e." Ingredients below. One thing that I has almost forced me to science diet is that they are...

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...

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
8/30 by Hudson Bay

The criticism of Fancy Feast is really not supported by objective evidence. Fancy Feast is part of our rotation because its recipes include flavors that are corn free, wheat free...

8/29 by Mars007

This is an old post with just a few example recommendations, and I'm going to avoid excessive exclamations and try to outline the main ideas. It may get wordy. If...

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
9/26 by Freddy The Fluffy

I don't know if you tried Royal Canin yet for your cat's constipation, but I just wanted to chime in with a positive endorsement! My last cat was switched to...

8/8 by Jen

I feed my puppy wellness small breed until she started having diarrhea. I changed her to a limited diet either wellness or blue and have been fine since.

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
8/30 by Hudson Bay

9 Lives is part of our rotation, but only the pates, particularly the ones that lack corn, wheat and soy. 9 Lives wet is inexpensive but not necessarily unhealthy. While...

3/3 by Tom Swayer

The male cat has a tendency to develop UTIs for many other reasons. If they are fed a mostly dry diet it promotes dehydration which causes the crystal to form....

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