Dec. 5, 2016

Purina ONE Cat Food Reviews

Purina ONE Cat Food Reviews, Ratings and Analysis
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Top 5 Ingredients*
  1. Chicken

  2. Brewers rice

  3. Corn gluten meal

  4. Poultry by-product meal

  5. Wheat flour

Artificial Ingredients No
Contains By-products Yes
Price Range $
*Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Chicken & Rice Formula was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
What's good about this pet food
  • First ingredient is meat
What's not so good about this pet food
  • Brewer’s rice
  • Corn gluten meal
  • Wheat flour

Our Analysis

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 list for the dry food does show that meat is the first ingredient. Unfortunately, the ingredients that follow are somewhat controversial. Brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, and whole corn appear very high on the ingredient list. These are cheap, low quality ingredients that generally do not contain sufficient amounts of nutrients for cats. Corn and wheat in particular contribute nothing to a cat’s diet.

In fact, cats are carnivores and they derive most of their nutrients and vitamins from animal tissue. The canned wet food also seems to contain high levels of carbohydrates as well as artificial flavors. The addition of meniodone is especially disturbing, as this has been linked to serious health problems in cats. Although cats may like the taste of this food, we do not recommend it as part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

The Word on the Street...

Cat owners give mixed reviews about Purina One Cat Food. Some people say that they like the healthy ingredients, and the fact that their cats love the taste of the food. They say their cats exhibit shinier coats and more energy after eating this food. The number one ingredient in many of the formulas is meat, and this seems to bode well with many cat owners. Another positive note is the reasonable price.

On the other hand, some cat owners claim that this food uses too many cheap fillers like corn and wheat. They say that their cats suffer allergies to these ingredients, and that some cats even vomit after eating this food. In addition, quite a few cat owners dislike the fact that animal by-products are used in the food. Animal by-products could be made up of animal bones, feet, necks, or other unappealing body parts. While some pet owners do not mind the addition of controversial ingredients, others choose to avoid this brand and search for higher quality food.

  • 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 her kidneys) and this is a cat who is both very picky about food and with a ton of health issues (unrelated to diet).

    Now we have a kitten we have put her on the Kitten formula: she loves it, is filling out nicely but in a muscular manner, has healthy stools and a very shiny coat. So yeah…the proof is in the pudding for me.

  • 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. He ate it just fine, but this food gave our cat gas, and loose stools. After checking the ingredients and seeing that it was mostly corn, I began to switch his food to Purina One (because first ingredient is chicken). This food made him sick with watery diarrhea, dry heaves and lethargy. I stopped feeding it after a few days!

  • 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 had no energy. Then I found Purina One Vibrant Maturity and started feeding him only this kind of dry cat food. Within about four months time, he was a picture of health. His fur became thick, he did not smell like a dead fish anymore, and, to this day, he still will roll over on his back and play like he is a little kitten. Thank you Purina One for saving my Harley!

  • Sue D.

    My older (14 years) cat loves this food. She had been over-weight but I switched her to Purina One SmartBlend Vibrant Maturity about two years ago and she loves the taste. She is down to a normal weight with lots of energy and a healthier, shiny coat. The only thing I have found is that I have to give her fresh food every day – if there is some left in her bowl I have to throw it out and give fresh, or she will vomit. This does not happen when her food is changed daily. So if your cat is vomiting on this food make sure you are serving it fresh every day, and seal the bag tightly for storage.

  • Shannon

    We switched to Purina One for sensitive systems a few weeks ago after two of our three cats became extremely ill after opening a new bag of Meow Mix. For the first time in YEARS, our oldest cat has gone over a week with no vomiting. She is gaining some much-needed weight and acting happier and more playful than she has been in a very long time. We like that the first ingredient is meat. We’re not wild about corn being in it, because GMO corn is extremely toxic to animals and humans. However, this is a huge improvement and our cats are doing much better.

  • Claire Smothers

    Take care of your pets, dogs or cats, do not feed them any product from Purin$. It might take time, but your pet will develop problems. Your vet? $$$$ They don’t make money if your animal is well do they? NO they don’t, so, they will not tell you what is really going on here. Do some research and find out for yourself. Find out “where” your pet food is coming from. “What” they are putting into your pet’s food. And don’t wait for someone on the news or your vet to tell you what the current recalls are and when recalls happen. Take time and research and stay educated on what is best for your furry babies. I am just trying to help people so they don’t go through what I went through which ended in suffering death of a furry baby.

  • Lanie

    I have 3 cats, one is a 10 yr old tabby and 2 6 yr old fluffy babies. They all love this food and have been on it since they were a year old. Good price, great availability and meat is the first ingredient. My cats are all healthy and get great check-ups at the vet!

  • Bonnie

    I began fostering a 2 yr. old male cat in late March. The organization gave me a 14 bag of Nature’s Recipe & a few cans of Purina One. Not being familiar with either one, I continued to feed these foods figuring the cat must like them. About a month in, I wanted to try to transition him to a less expensive food. I started with canned & bought a few cans of the Pet Smart brand, but Charlie developed diarrhea so I switched back. I would really like to find something nutritious & less expensive but after reading all these comments I doubt that it exists. In the interest of not “rocking the boat”, I guess I’ll stick with what he seems do do well with.

  • Julie

    My cat was healthy and 8 lbs her whole 9 years eating a homemade raw meat diet. I went abroad and my cat sitter put her on Purina One kibble. In four months she DOUBLED IN SIZE and is now obese. 8-10 lbs is optimal healthy weight for a domestic short hair. Purina One is the McDonalds of pet food. Just like people eating McDonalds, some people don’t show it while some people do – her system was clean and healthy and the effects were devastating. Just because the cat or dog might appear to tolerate the low quality food doesn’t mean their health isn’t being compromised, it just shows up as organ failure or other degenerative diseases. This is why our pets are getting so sick around ages 9-10, when they should be leading healthy active lives right up to 18-20 yrs.

  • Helen

    I’ve been feeding this to my 2 cats for years and they both love it. It’s also very expensive for what’s in it. After reading the ingredients here on this site, I plan on looking around for a different brand.

  • Evi

    A decent price and qutaliy, 2010-11-06 This review is from: Purina One Hairball Healthy Weight Its almost a month since I switched my two cats from Purina Meow Mix for Sensitive System. Both love it, and the older of the two cats had significantly fewer vomited after eating the food. I came to the poor qutaliy of the ingredients in meow realize mix, and hoped for a better qutaliy food at a good price, but for me no surprise that a good bag of cat food some unwanted ingredients (corn gluten is found, Chicken by-product, etc.) and its almost impossible, something of high qutaliy without these ingredients and still a reasonable price to pay for it found. The a3 3.5 bags I get at Target, about $ 6.00. Not too expensive, and the bag holds my two cats a little over a month. Although Purina Sensitive Systems is not the best ever, it is not the poorest people. It falls right in the middle, and I would do for those who can only afford an inexpensive cat food recommended, but with better qutaliy than the cheaper brands Meow Mix. Reply

  • Dramatails Cattery

    I feed Purina One Kitten to my breeding queens and their litters and to date have had absolutely no problem. I especially like the small kibble for the little kitten mouths. Much cheaper than Royal Canin.

  • Maggie

    I was fooled by the claims that this was a premium food. I bought the kitten kibble and my kitty broke out in horrible sores on her tummy…food allergy. I’m sure it was all the filler. I stopped the food and dumped what I had remaining. She’s never had and issue before and none since.

  • Geri DG

    Caused vomiting in both our cats after 2-3 meals/days. Discontinued immediately.

More Information

Purina One Cat Food

Cat owners are very familiar with the Purina One name. Purina One sells thousands of bags and cans of cat food every day. Purina One uses phrases such as “provide healthy changes that you can see” and “promote a lifetime of good health” in their marketing materials. However, is Purina One cat food a good option for your cat’s health? Here is some information to help you to understand if Purina One is right for your cat.

Who Makes Purina One Cat Food?

The company who makes Purina One cat food is called Nestle Purina Pet Care Company. The company is the result of a merger between Nestle’s “Friskies PetCare Company” and the Ralston Purina Company, which took place in December of 2001. The headquarters of Nestle Purina PetCare are currently located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Purina One Cat Food Recall

According to current information, Purina One cat food is not involved in any pet food recalls, and is not listed on the FDA’s pet food recall list. Always check the latest updates to make sure that your cat’s food has not been involved in a pet food recall.

Purina One Ingredients

Many of the Purina One cat food formulas have a high-quality protein source as their first ingredient. This may include chicken, beef or salmon. However, a number of the other ingredients in Purina One cat food formulas include gluten meal, brewers rice, corn poultry by-products, whole-grain corn, soybean meal and salt. Some of these ingredients, such as wheat, are often classified as “fillers”, and not necessarily the best food for your cat. They are calories without any nutritional value.

Purina One Allergies

There are a couple of ingredients contained in Purina One cat food formulas that may cause allergic reactions in some cats. Since there are cats that are allergic to corn, including corn as an ingredient in Purina One food may cause a reaction. Wheat is another allergen that is contained in many Pro Plan cat food formulas.

Purina One Recipes

Purina One Dry Recipes:

  • Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Healthy Kitten Formula
  • Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Salmon & Tuna Flavor
  • Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Chicken & Rice Formula
  • Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Vibrant Maturity® 7+ Formula
  • Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe
  • Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe
  • Purina ONE® Urinary Tract Health Formula
  • Purina ONE® Hairball Formula
  • Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Indoor Advantage®
  • Purina ONE® Sensitive Systems

Canned Recipes:

  • Purina ONE® Savory Chicken Recipe—Braised in Gravy
  • Purina ONE® Savory Turkey Recipe—Braised in Gravy
  • Purina ONE® Classic Beef Recipe—Premium Pate
  • Purina ONE® Classic Turkey Recipe—Premium Pate
  • Purina ONE® Flaked Tuna Recipe—Braised in Sauce
  • Purina ONE® Ocean Whitefish Recipe—Premium Pate
  • Purina ONE® Savory Beef Recipe—Braised In Gravy
  • Purina ONE® Classic Chicken Recipe—Premium Pate

Purina One Ratings (Summary)

Customer reviews of Purina One cat food formulas are mixed. Some cat owners like the price and say that their cats are healthy and love the taste of the food. Other cat owners disagree, even with the low price point. They did not feel as though it was worth it since the ingredients are of such a low quality.

Have you fed your cat any of the Purina One cat food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Purina One cat food!

Ingredient List*

Purina ONE Cat Food Ingredient List

*for Purina ONE® SmartBlend® Chicken & Rice Formula

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14 Responses to Purina ONE

  1. Francesca Petrizzo June 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    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 her kidneys) and this is a cat who is both very picky about food and with a ton of health issues (unrelated to diet).

    Now we have a kitten we have put her on the Kitten formula: she loves it, is filling out nicely but in a muscular manner, has healthy stools and a very shiny coat. So yeah…the proof is in the pudding for me.

  2. Me-Mow's Mom April 8, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    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. He ate it just fine, but this food gave our cat gas, and loose stools. After checking the ingredients and seeing that it was mostly corn, I began to switch his food to Purina One (because first ingredient is chicken). This food made him sick with watery diarrhea, dry heaves and lethargy. I stopped feeding it after a few days!

  3. Debra L March 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    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 had no energy. Then I found Purina One Vibrant Maturity and started feeding him only this kind of dry cat food. Within about four months time, he was a picture of health. His fur became thick, he did not smell like a dead fish anymore, and, to this day, he still will roll over on his back and play like he is a little kitten. Thank you Purina One for saving my Harley!

  4. Sue D. December 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    My older (14 years) cat loves this food. She had been over-weight but I switched her to Purina One SmartBlend Vibrant Maturity about two years ago and she loves the taste. She is down to a normal weight with lots of energy and a healthier, shiny coat. The only thing I have found is that I have to give her fresh food every day – if there is some left in her bowl I have to throw it out and give fresh, or she will vomit. This does not happen when her food is changed daily. So if your cat is vomiting on this food make sure you are serving it fresh every day, and seal the bag tightly for storage.

  5. Shannon December 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    We switched to Purina One for sensitive systems a few weeks ago after two of our three cats became extremely ill after opening a new bag of Meow Mix. For the first time in YEARS, our oldest cat has gone over a week with no vomiting. She is gaining some much-needed weight and acting happier and more playful than she has been in a very long time. We like that the first ingredient is meat. We’re not wild about corn being in it, because GMO corn is extremely toxic to animals and humans. However, this is a huge improvement and our cats are doing much better.

  6. Claire Smothers October 21, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    Take care of your pets, dogs or cats, do not feed them any product from Purin$. It might take time, but your pet will develop problems. Your vet? $$$$ They don’t make money if your animal is well do they? NO they don’t, so, they will not tell you what is really going on here. Do some research and find out for yourself. Find out “where” your pet food is coming from. “What” they are putting into your pet’s food. And don’t wait for someone on the news or your vet to tell you what the current recalls are and when recalls happen. Take time and research and stay educated on what is best for your furry babies. I am just trying to help people so they don’t go through what I went through which ended in suffering death of a furry baby.

  7. Lanie August 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I have 3 cats, one is a 10 yr old tabby and 2 6 yr old fluffy babies. They all love this food and have been on it since they were a year old. Good price, great availability and meat is the first ingredient. My cats are all healthy and get great check-ups at the vet!

  8. Bonnie June 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    I began fostering a 2 yr. old male cat in late March. The organization gave me a 14 bag of Nature’s Recipe & a few cans of Purina One. Not being familiar with either one, I continued to feed these foods figuring the cat must like them. About a month in, I wanted to try to transition him to a less expensive food. I started with canned & bought a few cans of the Pet Smart brand, but Charlie developed diarrhea so I switched back. I would really like to find something nutritious & less expensive but after reading all these comments I doubt that it exists. In the interest of not “rocking the boat”, I guess I’ll stick with what he seems do do well with.

  9. Julie May 29, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    My cat was healthy and 8 lbs her whole 9 years eating a homemade raw meat diet. I went abroad and my cat sitter put her on Purina One kibble. In four months she DOUBLED IN SIZE and is now obese. 8-10 lbs is optimal healthy weight for a domestic short hair. Purina One is the McDonalds of pet food. Just like people eating McDonalds, some people don’t show it while some people do – her system was clean and healthy and the effects were devastating. Just because the cat or dog might appear to tolerate the low quality food doesn’t mean their health isn’t being compromised, it just shows up as organ failure or other degenerative diseases. This is why our pets are getting so sick around ages 9-10, when they should be leading healthy active lives right up to 18-20 yrs.

  10. Helen December 9, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I’ve been feeding this to my 2 cats for years and they both love it. It’s also very expensive for what’s in it. After reading the ingredients here on this site, I plan on looking around for a different brand.

  11. Evi October 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    A decent price and qutaliy, 2010-11-06 This review is from: Purina One Hairball Healthy Weight Its almost a month since I switched my two cats from Purina Meow Mix for Sensitive System. Both love it, and the older of the two cats had significantly fewer vomited after eating the food. I came to the poor qutaliy of the ingredients in meow realize mix, and hoped for a better qutaliy food at a good price, but for me no surprise that a good bag of cat food some unwanted ingredients (corn gluten is found, Chicken by-product, etc.) and its almost impossible, something of high qutaliy without these ingredients and still a reasonable price to pay for it found. The a3 3.5 bags I get at Target, about $ 6.00. Not too expensive, and the bag holds my two cats a little over a month. Although Purina Sensitive Systems is not the best ever, it is not the poorest people. It falls right in the middle, and I would do for those who can only afford an inexpensive cat food recommended, but with better qutaliy than the cheaper brands Meow Mix. Reply

  12. Dramatails Cattery October 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I feed Purina One Kitten to my breeding queens and their litters and to date have had absolutely no problem. I especially like the small kibble for the little kitten mouths. Much cheaper than Royal Canin.

  13. Maggie September 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I was fooled by the claims that this was a premium food. I bought the kitten kibble and my kitty broke out in horrible sores on her tummy…food allergy. I’m sure it was all the filler. I stopped the food and dumped what I had remaining. She’s never had and issue before and none since.

  14. Geri DG June 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Caused vomiting in both our cats after 2-3 meals/days. Discontinued immediately.