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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

4/8 by Karen

I'd been feeding all my cats TOTW for the past 8 years!! And I just brought my cat home from the vet, with an infected bladder that had stones in...

3/23 by Jan

Lois, my mom once had a cat abandoned by her neighbor. It used to spend time outside, and ate green beans, and other produce from the garden...by choice. My own...

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12/27 by Deb

I tried all different kinds NB works for all the cats. Works wonders for their coats one was a stray with an extremely dry coat. They don't want to eat...

12/27 by Deb

NB has a fat cat formula that I just started using so don't know about weight loss yet however my cat used to eat a lot. Now he seems satisfied...

Customer Reviews

3/16 by Andrew

Katherine - your story is tragic, but your vet is wrong about the cause. Cats are designed for a very high protein diet. It cannot kill them. If a cat...

3/1 by Katherine

I an writing this to every single person on this site. I adopted a kitten three years ago. I called him Levi. I researched the web, and many speciality stores....

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2/25 by Sheila M.

We tried the canned food and used gradual transition, but it made our cat sick too. I'm throwing the rest of the cans away so expensive lesson.

2/6 by Sonja Callahan

How much Taurine does Halo cat food have in it. Ho many MG? I work with rescues and I tell everyone how great this food is. I changed from Blue...

Customer Reviews

3/28 by Anna

I tried many high quality cat foods and finally bought the Newman’s Own Organics chicken flavor. My cats were crazy about this particular flavor from day one. Then, I purchase...

3/13 by Elf

I bought some of this canned food. One of each flavor. I opened the chicken and salmon flavor, my cat wouldn't eat it. Neither would the feral cat that I...

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

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...

7/3 by Has An Asthmatic Cat

First of all, EW at these ingredients. Yeah chicken is the first ingredient, but this is a dry food. Things need to be dehydrated. Also the ingredients are listed by...

Customer Reviews

4/11 by Evelyn Mc Neil

I have fed my cat, Isis, Meow Mix dry food ( both Original and Sea Food) for 14 years and prior to that it has always been a staple for...

4/8 by Mark M

OK So if you compare Meow Mix with other store brands its actually not AS BAD as they others. That does not mean its not bad for your cat. But...

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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...

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3/7 by Chris

I received two bags of Temptations for my cat for Christmas. She ate most of the first bag before I realized she was throwing up all. I stopped feeding her...

2/27 by Pj Sully

I had 3 healthy cats, but 2 were diagnosed with diabetes within 2 months of each other. Whiska temptations were given to all from the beginning, but their regular meal...

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4/8 by Tashia

My little girl is 13 years. She loved Science Diet Dry Food all her life. She ate when she wanted too. She can no longer eat hard food, I tried...

3/15 by Joann Snell

I see I am not the only one with issues on Friskies canned cat food. My cats don't like any of the fish flavors. So I buy Classic Paté Country...

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

4/18 by Pat

Has anyone determined this batch of food is bad? I too have two youngish, healthy Siamese cats that recently have gotten sick. So weird that it's happening to both of...

4/4 by Judy Wood

My cat almost died from the same bowel problems; vet couldn't diagnose any problem and wanted to put her down. As a last resort I started her on a raw...

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4/18 by Sue

David, Email Wellness about the Carrageenan in their food. I did. There are 2 forms of it. Degraded and undegraded. Welless uses the undegraded which has no health concerns.

4/17 by David Fayman

MY TWO CATS LOVE THE CANNED BEEF AND CHICKEN.THEY HAVE BEEN ON IT FOR MONTHS. A FEW MONTHS AGO I NOTICED AN ARTICLE ON CARRAGEEN. IT IS THE WORST INFLAMMATORY...

Customer Reviews

4/15 by Kristen

I have two long hair cats, both female. The younger one started not eating well and just stopped. It had my vet confused about what was wrong with her. Blood...

3/17 by Sharon

I have 3 cats, and my youngest is a long hair and she's had skin allergies and terrible hair balls, Some one at wal-mart gave me the recommendation for this...

Customer Reviews

3/20 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....

3/18 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

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...

11/29 by Jane

I, like Lynn, have a diabetic cat; has been for 3-4 years. After searching long and hard for a low carb dry food I found the "Janet & Binky" list...

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

4/10 by Sarah

The new line of "Healthy Gourmet" canned cat food no longer carries the "Manufactured in USA" notice on the label. In fact, there's no source notice at all. The "Wilderness"...

3/22 by Kar

Blue Buffalo DID discontinue the Spa Select, as well as the Bistros (which I was feeding). I contacted the company and asked them. They told me that it was because...

Customer Reviews

3/24 by Jackie

My cat eats blueberries and is fussy with so many brands of cat foods. I have tried so many foods I think I have dementia. My cats are two years...

3/3 by Dave K

I have 2 tabbys, one almost 5 and the other almost 2. Had both cats on Taste of The Wild Salmon until started getting hairballs. Switched them to Science Diet...

Customer Reviews

4/22 by Neonmooz

I have been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast Classic Chicken Feast for approximately five years. Last week, all of them starting repeatedly throwing up soon after I fed them....

4/22 by Dennis

We had a very bad experience in March 2014 with this food. Our cat stopped eating with severe diarrhea. We changed his food and after a $400 vet bill got...

Customer Reviews

3/10 by Islander

As kittens my two abbys were fed Royal Canin by the breeder so we continued and they thrived on the Royal Canin kibbles for about four years. A couple of...

2/28 by A.Dempsey

I love my cat and feed her one can of wet food per night in addition to a half cup bowl of dry food. After searching for the most healthy...

Customer Reviews

12/6 by M. Hughes

I bought a large bag of Cat Indoor(9Lives)because it was a bit cheaper. My 3 cats leave some fod always in the bowl. With other cat foods (Friskies) they never...

10/30 by Wtf?!

Are you dumb? or just don't give a crap about your cat? My mom almost cut her finger OFF by mishandling a can of cat food once. I can't believe...

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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