Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

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SMALL UPDATE April 2014  (Blue Buffalo Bistro removed because discontinued. Blue Buffalo Wild Delights removed due to adding carrageenan. Also see July 2013 changes noted here)

The cat food world changes A LOT. When I have time, this list MAY occasionally be updated. You can help others by sharing info in the Comments. 

Scratching your head in the cat food aisle? I’ve been there.

In fact, I’ve become a bit obsessive about how to choose the best cat food. I hope the hours of research and time I put into it will help you–and your cat.

If you’re curious, I explain how I selected these cat foods here.

If your cat has special health issues, please be sure to consult with a good vet about their food. If your cat has an illness and weakened immunity, it’s probably a good idea to avoid raw meat as a precaution against bacteria.

To assure you these food reviews are unbiased, I never use an affiliate (referral) link for a cat food.

FIRST PLACE
CANNED OR RAW CAT FOODS

WHAT’S
TO LOVE

COST

SPECIAL
CONCERNS & TIPS

Primal, RAW
frozen
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Some ingredients are organic (not the meats though).
Small company focused solely on quality pet food.
Omega 3s (fish oil)
Raw is considered most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Very low starch, grain
LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
Tip: See their helpful food portion calculator provided online (it’s challenging to calculate amounts without it)
Uses water High Pressure Processing to kill bad bacteria while preserving the enzymes that make raw food nutrients so available.
Bravo Balance RAW frozen  Todays best cat foods  reviews of canned and raw options
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Hormone-free, grass-fed red meats; no antibiotics

 

LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Only the BALANCE formulas are appropriate to serve to cats without adding appropriate supplements.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with kidney issues or constipation.
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Omega 3s (fish oil)
Simple formula
Most ingredients are organic or pasture-raised.
Raw is considered most easily digested,
nutrient-available form of cat food.
Very low starch, grain free
VERY HIGH compared to others on this list.
HOWEVER, this is because the recommend serving size is larger than the serving size recommend for other raw products.
AND Rad Cat says some cats may not need as much as they recommend, depending on cat size and activity level.
TIP: You can get 4 for the price of 3 of any Rad Cat size at Pet food Express stores (at least in California). Saves a bundle!
Not quite as convenient to serve as other raw food because it’s
not pre-portioned
Good news for cats with constipation: Uses organic egg shell calcium instead of ground bones, so it may be more suitable for cats with constipation. (Works best for our cat who can’t digest ground bone!)
 
 
Tiki Cat Koolina Luau canned and  Puka Puka Luau (both chicken)
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Very low starch, grain free
Manufactured in a human food factory
USDA certified chicken
Very simple ingredients– easy on digestion
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Made inThailand at a human food factory.  USDA certified chicken.
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Good variety of selections: Cornish hen, turkey, chicken, duck, and more
Simple recipe (best digestion)
Omega 3s (fish oil)
Recommended by Feline
Nutrition Education Society

and Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM is also a fan
Low starch, grain free
MED (when extra shipping costs are added) daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Order online at www.felinespride.com
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
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All meats are hormone-and antibiotic-free and free-range
Claim human-quality ingredients
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Simple recipe (best for digestion)
MED-LOW
Lab-tested to meet and exceed AAFCO guidelines
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation
 Pure Vita canned  PURE VITA1 Todays best cat foods  reviews of canned and raw options
Grain free, low starch
Fairly simple ingredients
Manufactured at company-owned US plant
Fish meal is cetified ethoxyquin-free
No carrageenan

 

 

MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Good news: Though formula includes potato starch, the carb percentage remains very low (under 5%).
Good news: Controversial ingredient Menadione (synthetic K) was removed from product.
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No BPA in can lining
No carrageenan
Low starch, grain free
Claim human-quality
US food and factory
Very simple ingredients are ideal for sensitive digestion
LOW-MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Available at Pet Food Express
Best online price may be at PetFoodDirect.com
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Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Organic meats!
Low starch, grain free
Variety of formulas
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation
They also have a freeze-dried raw cat food that looks good.

SECOND PLACE
CANNED OR RAW CAT FOODS

WHAT’S
TO LOVE

COST

WHY 2nd PLACE
& TIPS

Primal Freeze Dried RAW
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More convenient than raw frozen food.
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Some ingredients are organic (not the meat)
LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Add water  -  Cats can get dehydrated & accidentally overeat if you don’t add water.
All raw dehydrated food are in 2nd place because they require water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
Feline Natural Raw Freeze Dried by K9
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More convenient than raw frozen food.
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Nice simple ingredients are easy on digestiom (if you add water as instructed -
cats accidentally overeat if you don’t)
Clean New Zealand sourced ingredients
LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Stir in warm water (at about body temp); don’t have to wait to serve. Cats can get dehydrated & accidentally overeat if you don’t add water.
All raw dehydrated are in 2nd place because they require added water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
“Has been tested and exceeds the AAFCO minimum requirements” – including taurine. (Shane Bartlettf, K9 Natural Food)
Honest Kitchen GRACE DEHYDRATED
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Only pet food legally allowed to call themselves “human grade” (they won a lawsuit). Company owned US plant is certified for organic and kosher products by the state of California.
Meat is steamed at low temperatures to kill pathogens while conserving nutrient quality, then dehydrated.
Grain free
LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains starchy ingredients, making carb count a bit higher than first place foods. NOTE “Grace” is lower in carbs and simpler in ingredients than “Prowl”
You need to add water soak it for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
Introduce gradually. Texture is unique–some cats resist it. Ours like it better with ground turkey added.
Tip: Best deal I found on a trial
size
is at their online store.
Ziwipeak, Raw air-DEHYDRATED
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Omega 3s (fish oil)
No hormones and antibiotics
8% more moisture than most dry foods–more if you add water.
More convenient than raw frozen food.
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free; nice simple ingredients
LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT To support kidney and urinary wellness in healthy cats, I would not serve this without mixing in some water.
All raw dehydrated food are in 2nd place because they require water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
Several experts say dry foods are too dehydrating for cats with kidney problems.
Stellas Freeze Dried RAW
Only the Chicken, Duck, and Turkey are Menadione-free.
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More convenient than raw frozen food.
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Nice simple ingredients are easy on digestion
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
All raw dehydrated are in 2nd place because they require added water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Avoid the seafood formulas, as they contain Menadione.
IMPORTANT: Add water; rehydrate for 1 minute.  Add water as instructed.
cats can get dehydrated & accidentally overeat if you don’t.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
LOTUS canned
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No carrageenan
No ethoxyquin in fish
Very low starch, grain free
All ingredients sourced from US, Canada,
New Zealand
Made in small batches in US
Claim not to have BPA in lining
Medium daily feeding cost compared to
others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains large fish (4th ingredient), so should not be fed exclusively due to concerns about accumulated ocean pollution toxins and/or extra iodine affecting thyroid health over time.
Taste of the WILD canned
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No BPA in cans
No carrageenan
No ethoxyquin in fish
Low starch, grain free
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains large fish, so should not be fed exclusively due to concerns about accumulated ocean pollution toxins and/or extra iodine affecting thyroid health over time.
Also contains small amount of menadione sodium bisulfite (controversial form of vitamin K)
Nature’s Variety Instinct LID canned

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Meats sourced from US and New Zealand
(except rabbit)
No carrageenan
Very low starch, grain free
No BPA in 5.5oz and 3 oz cans
GMO free
Owned by an independent pet food company (rather than large conglomerate). Manufactured in US at APHIS EU Certified plant.
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because some consumers are concerned about the montmorillonite clay. Opinions about it are all over the map. Some consider it detoxifying, some say it could have contaminants. Here’s another company’s exploration of the topic.
Statement from Nature’s Variety: “Our vendor tests the Montmorillonite Clay used in our diets for toxins and it is guaranteed toxin-free.”
I prefer the LID formulas as they have more simple ingredients than other Nature’s Variety canned recipes.
ADDICTION Carrageenan-free formulas only: Duck, Venison, Buffalo, Rabbit, Turkey
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Grain free
No carrageenan
Manufactured in company-owned New Zealand plant
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains starchy ingredients, making carb count a bit higher than first place foods.
Also because many formulas large fish, so those should not be fed exclusively due to concerns about accumulated ocean pollution toxins and/or extra iodine affecting thyroid health over time.
Soulistic canned Carrageenan-free formulas only: Good Karma, Harvest Sunrise
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Claims human-quality food sources and “free range” chicken
No GMOs
Grain free
No Carrageenan (Good Karma and Harvest Sunrise)
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains starchy ingredients, making carb count a bit higher than first place foods.
Other carrageenan-free formulas were removed from this list because they contain controversial ingredient Menadione (synthetic K)
Manufactured in Thaliand at USDA-approved human food facility
You’ll find it at PETCO
Stellas Freeze Dried Raw
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More convenient than raw frozen food.
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
Nice simple ingredients are easy on digestion
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Add water; rehydrate for 1 minute.  Add water as instructed -
cats can get dehydrated & accidentally overeat if you don’t.
All raw dehydrated are in 2nd place because they require added water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
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Meats sourced from US
No carrageenan
Low starch, grain free
No GMOs

 

LOW daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because Great Life uses the Evanger’s plant  (US) for processing their own canned (not dry) formulas. In 2010 Evangers was found by the FDA to be using dishonest practices on their own formulas (since corrected). Therefore, some are uncomfortable with any foods processed at the Evangers factory.
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Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Low starch, grain free
USDA meat
Variety of formulas to choose
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Add water to ensure proper amounts of food and moisture; Cats can get dehydrated & accidentally overeat if you don’t add water.
All raw dehydrated foods are in 2nd place because they require added water to be healthy and many people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with kidney issues or constipation
Meets (exceeds) minimum nutritional levels established by the AAFCO.com.
Tiki Cat Hanalei Luau Wild Salmon, canned
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Sources through environmental fishing practices; seafood sustainability and food safety guidelines
Manufactured in a human food factory (quality is visible—looks and smells like human food)
Omega 3′s
No carrageenan
No BPA in cans
Low starch, grain free
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list
In 2nd place because contains large fish, so should not be fed exclusively due to concerns about accumulated ocean pollution toxins and/or extra iodine affecting thyroid health over time.
No longer contains menadione (controversial synthetic vitamin K).
Note: Avoid the TikiCat formulas that have carrageenan or grains in them. (This Wild Salmon one doesn’t have either.)
Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice canned
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Simple ingredients, include organic chicken
Omega 3s (fish oil)
No carrageenan
Very low starch, grain free
No BPA in cans
US ingredients only
MED-HIGH daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because Instinctive Choice is manufactured in a Simmons Food facility – Simmons bought Menu Foods. (However, dreadful 2007 Menu Foods incidents/recall was related to foods with wheat gluten from China. This food does not contain wheat gluten or ingredients from China.)
Most cats love this food.
I can only find it online–by the case. I suggesting getting their trial size first.
You can save money & time with their auto-ship option.
 
Weruva Grain Free Pouches
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No carrageenan
Simple ingredients
Grain free
Responsive customer service
Certified GMO-free
HIGH daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains starch, making carb count a bit higher than 1st place foods.
Beef is from Australia & New Zealand. Fish is from international waters, except for Tilapia, which is farmed in Thailand. Chicken is from Thaliand.
Manufactured in Thailand in human-food processing facility.
Wellness Healthy Indulgence pouches with GRAIN FREE labels only
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Grain free
High moisture
Less fuss than cans
No carrageenan
VERY HIGH daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Instructions say feed 2 pouches for every 5 lbs of cat, so an active 10 lb cat would need 4 pouches per day – that’s a lot.
In 2nd place because contains starchy ingredients, making carb count a bit higher than first place foods.
CAUTION: The pouches not labeled Grain Free contain oat fiber, which is gluten-free in this case, but may not be the most digestible substance for cats.

 

If your cat’s favorite natural cat food didn’t make the list…

Many cat foods almost made this list. There were so many foods, I had to be brutal in selecting.

See These natural cat foods didn’t make the “best” list: here’s why (includes the Runner Ups!).

Maybe I missed a food. Let me know if you have questions–I won’t always be able to answer every question personally, but I will add foods you ask about to my “To Be Researched” list.

I also started a list best dry cat foods here–with some health caveats.

Resources

Where to find these foods

  • Only Natural Pet Store (carries most of these foods – affiliate store chosen for their reasonable prices)
  • Amazon.com and Petfooddirect.com carry many of these foods.
  • Many brands are available online directly from the company that makes them
  • Your local pet food store (especially if holistic) may have some brands
  • Whole Foods carries Primal cat food

How to get your cat to eat new foods?

Resources for making cat food

Making your own raw cat food can cost even less than the packaged raw cat foods, and is one the healthiest things you can do for most cats.

However, it is absolutely essential that you do it right, and add proper nutrients—serious health problems could result if you don’t add the right nutrients.

Easiest way to get started making your own cat food with the right nutrients is to use a good supplement product like a Feline Instincts mix: You just order one of their mixes. Alnutrin is also a good supplement source for homemade cat food. If you’re in Canada or Europe TC Feline may be ideal for you. Others can get TC Feline in the US here. All these sources provide recipes and instructions so it’s not a mysterious process!

Some experts say you shouldn’t use store-bought meat (unless you cook it before adding supplements) because there are concerns about bacteria. Instead, they say you should grind your own or order from source that freezes immediately after cutting or grinding: Hare-Today carries many types of meats.

Tips: The No Bones About It or Alnturin with Calcium mixes are best for cats who have constipation issues. Feline Instincts and TC Feline also both have bone-free special mixes and recipes for cats with kidney problems.

Your experience? Let’s talk!

None of these foods are perfect, but they met my “best of” criteria. However, every cat has different needs, just like you and I do.

I welcome your experiences, opinions, and contributions in the comments below.

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1,119 Responses to Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

  1. godsitalianstallion July 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Anyone happen to know the least expensive food on this list?

  2. Kaz July 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    Hi! I am inquiring about a possible update to this list that includes the new formula for Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw. They have recently changed their formula to be separate for cats and dogs, whereas it used to be offered for cats and dogs in one bag. I am wondering if this is still OK and still to be considered a top food to feed. A Nature’s Variety representative said that the only difference in the duck bites variety is the addition of taurine, but I wonder if that lis really true as some of the analysis percentages seem changed. Also, they are distributing it in a smaller bag for cats, and vendors like Petco and Pet Supplies Plus are charging around the same price which REALLY stinks. I really hope an update can be provided!

    I left a rating/review on the Nature’s Variety instinct raw duck bites for cats site, but am disappointed that they have not posted it or addressed my concerns. It makes me feel as though they only post the good reviews, and don’t really care when consumers have concerns.

    http://www.instinctpetfood.com//product/instinct-grain-free-raw-frozen-duck-diet-bites-cats

    • Liz-cat July 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Kaz, thanks for bringing up the product change. I wasn’t able to make a decision with a quick glance at the new version of Natures Variety Raw, so I’m removing it from the page for now. That doesn’t mean I think it’s bad, just that I don’t have time to fully analyze it and put on the list officially.

      • Kaz July 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

        Thanks Liz! I totally appreciate the lack of time to keep an ever changing list up to date! Do you think you will update it in the near future, seeing as it used to be one of the top foods on the list? Thank you again… I come back to this list again and again when I run into problems, just like now! :)

    • Jan July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Dogs and cats should have different formulas as their nutrient needs are not the same – here’s a list of the differences:

      http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-nutrition.htm

    • Susie July 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      They cut out a bunch of plants and added turkey AND taurine. The min. crude fat is higher with the new formula: from 2.0% to 9.0%. I would think this is an improvement, but will wait for Liz’s expert opinion.

      OLD Ingredients:
      Chicken (including Ground Chicken Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, Clove

      NEW Ingredients:
      Chicken (Including Ground Chicken Bone), Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Turkey Bone, Yeast Culture, Pumpkinseeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Apples, Broccoli, Butternut Squash, Salt, Cod Liver Oil, Dried Kelp, Carrots, Spinach, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries

      • Kaz July 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

        Thank you Susie! I would love an update but I know Liz is busy too! I was actually concerned about the duck variety, since that’s what we are feeding him.

        I have continued feeding it to him (I introduced the new stuff gradually so it wouldn’t be a shock). I am really upset that I didn’t know they were doing this, I am signed up for updates, etc through their website. I would have planned better, but we ended up having to go to several different stores to find one that still had the old stuff on the shelves. Anyway… [end of rant :) ]

        Thank you for posting the chicken, because I’m sure a lot of people use that too :)

        =^.^=

  3. Larry July 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Petsmart noe has Natures Variety canned & dry cat foods

  4. Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    This is a special message JUST for those of you who are subscribed to this comment thread.
    I have good news: after much hassle + confusion for some comment-subscribers about how to unsubscribe, AND after way too many spammers leaving comments, I’m going upgrade to a smarter, better 2014 Comments system!
    **The downside is for the folks who are subscribed and want to keep getting updates on this thread: you’ll no longer receive new comments – you’ll have to resubscribe on the new comment system in about 24 hours to get new comments again. Sorry about that.**

  5. MimiLee July 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I wish a company would make a grain free, 100% organic dry food. There are currently none on the market.

  6. Best cat food seeker July 7, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Please be certain to inform your readers about carrageenan in foods which includes products that don’t advertise it as such but list it is seaweed (red seaweed such as Dulse found in Rad Cat raw frozen). Carrageenan is not good for humans or animals.

    • Leannan July 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Good Job, catching the hidden carrageenan. I’ve been avoiding it (in my cat’s food) for almost 3 years now and previous stomach issues have all resolved. I want to let you guys know that I ordered online, for the first time, and I’m thrilled with the amount of money I saved! I ordered only what I knew would be eaten, by someone, eventually, and ended up getting PRIMAL freeze-dried “raw” for $17.39 a 14 0z bag (the BIG bag) including shipping and tax … instead of the $31 including tax that I had been paying! I shopped individual sites and worked out the Total $$ to be able to determine actual price per bag. My local stores were not keeping it stock, and rarely followed through on special orders I requested, so I thank them for their crappy service, they lost a significant per customer, average monthly sale … and I got to buy sweet new mary janes, on sale of course.

      • Darren July 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

        Hi Leannan, that’s a great price for the 14 oz bag. I’ve been paying about $21 after shipping at Amazon or Chewy or Wag. May I ask where please?

        • Kathleen July 11, 2014 at 12:41 am #

          PetFoodDirect had/has a special 4 bag bundle, so to speak, that was cheaper than buying them separately. I used the promo code for that monthly promotion because it was slightly better than the discount for signing up for auto ship. Then I emailed Primal and asked if they could reissue the unused manufacturer coupons they sent me, via email, when I signed up on their site. months ago. I didn’t “see” the email with coupons (that were to be printed out) until after they had expired.
          Then you snail mail those printed out Primal coupons, within 30 days (Double Check, in case I’m mistaken) to PetFoodDirect, making certain that you follow their protocol.
          Something else I’m going to do: Ask Primal if they will be raising “Beef” prices any time soon, and ask if they are going to be able to keep the BEEF and Salmon “in stock” at online sites and retail businesses, with no back orders

        • Kathleen July 11, 2014 at 12:47 am #

          Leannan here, I didn’t realize I had used my middle name, Kathleen, when I replied just now. Not trying to confuse you, I’m just really sleepy.

    • Pat P. July 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Best cat food seeker: Your information about Rad Cat containing carrageenan, as dulse, is incorrect. Coincidentally, I was concerned about that very ingredient, recently, and emailed them this week. Dulse is a red seaweed, Pulmaria palmata, not one from which carrageenan is extracted. It is an extract from Irish Moss, Chondrus crispus, which is a very different species, and not even closely related, except for being a red alga. Even Irish Moss is not a total concern, because carrageenan is only part of the plant, an extract. The rest of the plant is not a problem. Dulse is a good source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and is high in protein. They developed Rad Cat because of their own cat having IBD, and claimed they would never do any thing to harm their cats. They were very upset that I even insinuated that they would be using carrageenan and disguising it as Dulse. Be careful about spreading inaccurate information before you know the truth. A lot of people are concerned about carrageenan and want to avoid it. In addition, many people feed Rad Cat, including myself, and it is listed as a good food, by Liz, on this site. You might, unnecessarily, upset a lot of people, because you didn’t do sufficient research.

      • Jolie Cosette July 13, 2014 at 12:24 am #

        Pat, thank you so much for doing the necessary research. Sorry you had to do it in the first place due to misinformation.

    • Liz-cat July 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      While it’s true that carrageenan is a processed extract of seaweed, I have not seen any evidence that the problems with carrageenan (eroding gut health) are found with eating seaweed in its natural form. I believe it’s the processing of the carrageenan extract that creates the problem with carrageenan. Good article by Dr. Hofve here: http://www.rodalenews.com/carrageenan-pet-food
      [I posted this earlier, but just moving this reply up under the proper Comment here]

  7. Anna June 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for this list! It is so helpful right now as we are trying to find a food that works for our little persian, who is both picky and has a sensitive stomach!

  8. Andrea A June 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Have you triede of Nulo ..small co. in Texas? nice people and good info….i had to give a case of H and G to the pet food bank..no one in my local group would eat it

    • Chris June 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Andrea,

      Nulo has an exclusive at PetsMart, how small can they be?

      Unfortunately, I looked at the ingredients and I saw that they use natural flavors.
      I don’t buy anything with something listed that’s as ambiguous as natural flavors.
      I’m not wild about legumes in my cats food either. They seem to be showing up more and more with grain free.

      Sorry your group didn’t go for H&G.

  9. Chris June 26, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Hello,

    I have an update for you regarding Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried food. The recipes with seafood all contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K). Only the Chicken, Duck, and Turkey are Menadione free.

    Thank you for bringing this ingredient to my attention. I never would have spotted it if it weren’t for you.

    I was feeding Stella & Chewy’s Chicken and Salmon, along with Evanger’s canned Organic Turkey and Butternut Squash. My cats were reasonably happy with it, but erring on the side of caution, and less carbs – I went with your suggestion, and switched to Hounds and Gatos. I don’t like all the gums in them, but at least they’re not carrageenan.

    I now feed my 3 cats Hounds and Gatos Chicken, or Rabbit, along with Stella & Chewy’s Chicken, and Turkey varieties.
    Much cheaper than Stella & Chewy’s exclusively. If I only had one cat that’s what I would feed.
    They all love Stella and Chewy’s, and will chase after and eat the dry nuggets like treats.

    I always ensure they get enough water with the Freeze Dried food. I add a good amount of water to the canned food and stir in the Stella & Chewy’s. This keeps their interest in the canned food, and it makes a nice gravy. Sometimes they’ll just lick it dry and I add more water and freeze dried to freshen it up.
    My male Maine Coon is fighting lean and looks great. My overweight brindle female is now slowly losing weight, and has more energy and confidence. My other brindle female has always been lean and remains that way.
    They also all love ice cubes in the water bowl every day.

    My 2 cents, and a hearty thank you for yours,

    Chris

    • Liz-cat June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      Chris, thanks, that’s very helpful. So good to hear your cats are doing well too!

      • Chris June 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

        You’re Welcome Liz!

        It’s so daunting to find species appropriate food these days. Thanks for taking the time to investigate, and post your findings.

        You certainly provide a valuable public service, by keeping this site up.

        I estimate that my overweight “Samantha” has lost about 2 lbs. so far, and should lose about 2 more. It’s so nice to see her want to, and be able to jump up to her perches. She’s much more active, and her personality is shining again.

        So far, H&G and S&C is the winning combo for me, and the cats.
        Price (Not the least expensive, but worth it), convenience, availability, taste, and ingredients. Not easy to get all these to match up.

  10. Darren June 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I recently tried Wellness Signature Selects shredded white meat chicken & liver and chicken & turkey varieties. Was hoping to find a USA made alternative to the TikiCat Puka Puka Chicken or Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken the cats like. Both claim grain free, no meat by-products. I did spot Carrageenan after I got it home. Didn’t matter, though, since neither cat would even taste it. A couple hesitant sniffs and they would rather not eat at all. And one of the two cats is ALWAYS hungry and wanting food. Honestly, they didn’t look as appealing to me as the TikiCat or Weruva, either! On the plus side, I tried ZiwiPeak Venison & Fish air dried again. My less aggressive eater likes it, as she likes Feline Natural raw. Which is handy since the other cat won’t eat her food if she’s not around at meal time or is being finicky.

    • Bonnie June 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      I have tried Tiki Cat, and the Wellness cans you are talking about and I have 5 cats and none of them would eat it. I have started giving them dry food of “Pure Vita”, and this was one that was recognized by Dr.Liz. I haven’t tried their canned food yet, but I will have to order online because no pet store around here sells it. My cats were previously eating the dry food, Orijen, but seemed to rich for them and would barf it up sometimes. They really like this Pure Vita dry good and looking forward to trying the canned Pure Vita. No Carregeenan in the canned food, and all ingredients look ok in both dry and canned. I still feed them the canned food “Wild Calling” and they like that one too. Good luck to you and your furry babies.

      Bonnie

  11. Bonnie June 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Looking at the best cat foods opinions, I bought Pure Vita today, the dry food, and my cats love it. All five! Now I need to find where I can buy the canned food also.

  12. Pat P. June 20, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    I am concerned about the companies who do not list their canned foods as BPA-free (if there really is such a thing). The food is cooked at very high temperatures, in the can, to sterilize the contents (also destroying nutrients), which means that the chemical will be absorbed in the food. That can’t be good.

    Any comments?

  13. Sage June 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    It is great to have a compiled list such as this. However, as a long time raw feeder, I feel that there is some misinformation here. Namely, while it is true that too much ground bones leads to constipation, cats absolutely MUST have around 10% of their raw diet to be made up of bones. This percentage is not a absolute but a great ballpark because it is based on the ratio of protein, bones, and organs of cats’ natural prey in the wild (e.g., mice).

    Also, it is absolutely NOT true that calcium from ground egg shells acts differently from calcium from ground bones (as stated in the “Special Concerns and Tips” section for “Radcat RAW frozen”). In other words, too much ground egg shells can lead to constipation just as much as too much bones.

    • Liz-cat June 19, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      I appreciate everyone weighing in about their own experience. My experience and observation with other cats has been that ground bones are very hard for SOME cats to digest (undoubtedly cats who are prone to such trouble to begin with), resulting in serious constipation or blockage that has even required a medical procedure. However, those same cats have not been affected by something like Radcat, where the eggshell or calcium source is not in pieces as large as ground bones.

  14. Betsy Larey June 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    I have an overweight cat 17lbs, should be 12 max. I have her on Wellness Core indoor formula. She gets two 5.5 oz cans a day. She lost 2 lbs (was 19 ) but is stuck on 17. My vet wanted her on royal canin but I read the label and it was garbage. I don’t want to cut her portions down any less as she acts like she’s starving.
    Can you recommend any anything else? I don’t want her to get diabetes.
    Thanks for any suggestions you may have

    • Jan June 25, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      This site is very helpful:

      http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity

    • Possum's Person July 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Wellness Core is full of carbs even though it is grain-free. It also contains meal and other ingredients to avoid. Some cats don’t metabolize carbs very well and gain weight from them. Try some of the brands on Liz’s list that have low or zero carbs. You are also feeding your cat a LOT! Try decreasing the amount you are giving a little at a time. This is easier if you can divide it between more meals per day. To get our 17.5-pounder down to 14 lbs, we began feeding everyone 4 small meals a day instead of 2 bigger ones. It is a bit more time-consuming, but it worked. And I never fed any of my adult (indoor, not very active) cats more than a single 5.5-ounce can a day.

      • hpicardi July 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

        Hi, along the lines of some other comments, please be careful about DRASTICALLY IGNORING the feeding guidelines by the manufacturer. Some sound absolutely crazy and, granted, you can deviate a little (+/- 15%) based on your cat’s age, weight condition (over/under weight) and activity level (indoor, etc). But feeding a 17 lb cat ONE 5.5 oz can of Wellness Indoor CORE per day (as might be interpreted by some newer members to the blog from this thread) is cutting the manufacturer’s recommended amount by about 50%. Please keep in mind that manufacturer’s (and AAFCO) COUNT on you feeding approximately recommended amounts for cat to receive minimum amount of nutrients, vitamins, etc. Drastic modifications (lowering) of recommended amounts will result in fewer calories but also inadequate amounts of what they need. This is why not all foods are the same!!!

        • Possum's Person July 15, 2014 at 10:24 am #

          Interesting. Thing is, I’d never feed Wellness Core. Why feed foods that aren’t on Liz’s list? That’s why we come here: to find the BEST foods. It amazes me that people read this site and still want to talk about dry foods, or canned brands that would never make Liz’s list because they are so unhealthy. Her list is posted for a reason: so we can stop feeding cats garbage, literally.

          The canned foods I use (Nature’s Variety Instinct, Hounds & Gatos, etc.) do recommend about a can per day for indoor adult cats in the 10-14 pound range. They are 95% protein (with water, of course) and more nutritious than foods with fillers like grains and starch. The more protein and fewer carbs you feed cats (dogs and people are different), the better, both for nutrition and weight maintenance. AAFCO recommendations may be fine for cheapo food that’s full of fillers, but you don’t have to feed so much volume when you’re giving cats the protein they need in more concentrated, higher-quality foods. (I support TruthAboutPetFood and have my own opinions of AAFCO….)

          After a couple of years of feeding only high-protein/no-carb foods, all of our cats are at healthy weights and have beautiful, silky coats, and no health issues. Two had previously been overweight but lost weight easily over time, getting one can (or frozen raw) each, divided in four meals a day. There is not much clamoring for more between feedings. For omega-3s, everyone gets a sardine (low-sodium, packed in water) once a week. When I move and can have a real freezer, I’ll be making my own raw food for our cats. I know that’s the best way to feed them, but right now, I can’t store it.

          • Jolie Cosette July 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

            Possum’s Person, your conclusions are not quite accurate.

            Just because a food didn’t make Liz’s list doesn’t mean it’s garbage. Liz uses certain criteria to determine HER best; I use other criteria, based on the age, health, metabolisms, quirks and other specifics of my two cats, to determine MY best. Low phosphorus and other mineral content is a priority with me.

            Although I feed my cats 80-90% raw by calorie count, I do add some wet food, or I’ll open a can of wet to tide the cats through the night. I’m very familiar with both NV’s Instinct and Hound and Gatos. They are NOT 95% protein. They ARE 95% quality meat, but both are high in fat. Many formulae and charts are available to determine protein/fat/carb/other ratio.

            Some of the CORE varieties are carb-heavy; some are not. Both ZiwiPeak and CORE’s venison formulas are low in carbs, but both contain carrageenan.

            I don’t know why you think you’re feeding zero carb food. You’re not.

            Your initial comment shocked me, but I attempted to be civil. I’m finding it difficult to be civil when you insist on giving misinformation. I’ve fostered–and assisted in the euthanasia of–many cats with hepatic lipidosis, some who were put on crash diets, some who became inappetant due to illness. This is a fat cat disease. Certainly I would recommend substituting some high protein/low fat food (Weruva, for example) for the CORE indoor, but you get nowhere giving bad information with a snarky tone. You can be responsible for killing a cat if someone believes you.

    • Jolie Cosette July 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      I second Jan’s suggestion.

      Just a word of caution: Cut her calories back s-l-o-w-l-y or you risk hepatic lipidosis, a very common and often fatal condition affecting dieting fat cats.

  15. Bonnie June 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    I bought some Precise dry cat food, but I haven’t given my cats this food yet. The ingredients look ok to me. What do you think of this cat food.

  16. sha smith June 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I have tried a lot of them but……..picky cat. she does love Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Cuisine. have u rated it?

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