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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

12/12 by Maryann Hruby

My cat is around 12 now. Her name is Freckles. She was loosing weight. I got some free samples of Taste Of the Wild cat food from the store. She...

10/15 by M

My cats eat this but the male has a serious scooting problem, we get his anal gland expressed every so often but that's become a bit of a problem with...

Customer Reviews

11/30 by Dt

I have been feeding my cat Natural Balance Original Ultra Dry food for the past couple years and he has always loved it and ate it like a pig. Recently...

11/6 by Name

I had been feeding NB Venison and Pea formula to my cat to check for possible food alergies. The last two cans had some kind of worm in them. The...

Customer Reviews

11/23 by Heather

Donna - I'm curious to know what the high quality wet food is that you feed your cats in the morning?

11/14 by Donna

I feed both my dogs, 11years & 18 mos and my cat, an 8 year old Himalayan Orijen food! They love it! All are very active with shiny coats. My...

Customer Reviews

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...

11/12 by Fanatoli Guyoff

I recently plut a cat cam on my cat for a couple weeks to film what she does about her day. We never fed her much and found she finds...

Customer Reviews

11/3 by Spirit

Since my cats have been on this food they are the healthiest they have ever been and they are 15 years old.....the vet even noticed it.....this is a great food...

11/2 by Jerry

Chandra

I like most of the Newman's Own products (pets and human) but what I don't like is a company spokes person promoting the products as if the are a consumer....

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

10/22 by Anna

hope you never plan on selling your house, you are going to need a hazmat team to clean it with 9 cats and 1 with its own spraying room.

10/1 by Guest

Purchased meow mix tender centers September 25th and my cat dies on the 29th four days later. Is it the food? Read a few other comments saying that this brand...

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

12/5 by Aj Natsume

I was wondering, which one is better? Whiskas Junior Tuna (wet) or Whiskas Junior Mackerel (wet)? I tried both, my kitties went crazy over it, but I'm just wondering which...

11/27 by Lucenatraveler

To what food did you change?

Customer Reviews

12/10 by Stray123

I have been feeding 2 of my 3 cats friskies wet food 1/2 can each once a day for 5 years. My other cat turns her nose up at wet...

11/30 by Kb

It is sad that this can be marketed as healthy food for your cat but it is just corn and waste sprayed with vitamins. Cats don't need corn - let...

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

12/14 by Gina

I used to feed my cats Kirkland brand but found that I had more health complications and my vet bills were higher because of it. I originally bought it because...

12/10 by Dollar Fray

White breed of cat is Alice? I have one fluffy ginger cat who is the most sensitive and the most active..she is small and weights about 7 lbs. I have...

Customer Reviews

12/17 by Danette

I had to go to dry food. Acana. I add water to it at 3 meals a day. The same company that makes Orijen makes Acana. It's less protein at...

12/17 by Linda Connolly

I heard that as well with Blue Buffalo and know a lady with a cat having issues. I was at a loss as to what to feed my cats as...

Customer Reviews

12/11 by Luna.Mom40

I have been feeding my cats Evolve Indoor Cat formula for almost a year. Had to take one of my cats to the vet today. Found out he has KIDNEY...

11/30 by Kb

This food is good for the price if you have multiple cats. My cats eat it as their main food with better food or raw supplemented as I refuse to...

Customer Reviews

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...

3/19 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

11/28 by Fanatoli Guyoff

It probably is. I am actually a fan of tapioca starch for cats with sensitive stomachs as it seems to be a lot more palatable and to slow digestion down....

11/14 by Catlove

Tapioca comes from a root, hence the company can still claim the grain-free label. However, be aware that tapioca is all carbohydrates (!) and has very little nutritional value

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

12/15 by Tamara Laos Rant

Blue Buffalo is HORRIBLE and dangerous!!! It nearly killed my cat and if you do a simple Google search about complaints you will see for yourself I am not alone....

12/2 by Pyrewoman

My vet wants to put my fat cat on prescription diet food. Can I just use Blue Indoor Weight Control or is Prescription different? I do not like some of...

Customer Reviews

11/1 by Brattypapita

My cat was on the dry indoor adult formula for several years and she liked it and it worked really well. When Hill's changed the formula it took her a...

8/19 by Paulraphael

My cat ate Science diet dry food for the first several years of his life, at the recommendation of his vet (I've since learned that the closest thing to nutritional...

Customer Reviews

12/2 by Lg

oh no! my cat has been eating fancy feast his whole 8 years and his personality is the same as your cat!! We just recently switched him off of fancy...

12/2 by Lg

our cat started throwing up every time he ate fancy feast (any flavor, pate, grilled) he would eat a little then immediately throw it up in his dish. Took him...

Customer Reviews

12/14 by Jen

She will get better when you change her brand,I was worried about mine when she started diarrhea and changed.read the reviews you will find many like you.all the best

10/14 by Bubby

My 15 year old spayed female is diabetic, I give her a shot of insulin in a.m. and p.m. daily. Vet recommended a couple of foods for Diabetic Cats. I...

Customer Reviews

9/30 by Miwa

I bought 9 Lives canned wet food a few days ago because it was cheap.
After about a day of being on this food, one of my cats became violently
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8/1 by Shane

Meow mix and 9lives are the same company. Del monte foods.

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