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

SMALL UPDATE May-July 2015  (Hound and Gatos removed for using Vitamin D2 instead of D3. Bravo removed because they aren’t currently making a raw cat food product guaranteed to meet AAFCO minimum nutrient level guidelines. Also see July 2013 changes noted here)

The cat food world changes A LOT. When I have time, this list will 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 with weakened immunity, some vets recommend avoiding raw meat as a precaution against bacteria.

If your cat has IBS symptoms or digestive issues, see How treatment-resistant feline IBS symptoms healed in one month and What to feed cats with feline IBS, diarrhea, or frequent hairballs.

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
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.

 

Radcat RAW Frozen
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
No BPA in cans
No carrageenan
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Made inThailand at a human food factory.  USDA certified chicken.
Feline’s Pride RAW Frozen
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.
Darwins RAW frozen darwins
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  
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.
PAW NATURAW RAW frozen PAW_NATURAW
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 (Limited Ingredient) 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 vary. Some consider it detoxifying, some say it could have contaminants. I am satisified by this statement from Nature’s Variety: “Our vendor tests the Montmorillonite Clay used in our diets for toxins and it is guaranteed toxin-free.” (For more, see another company’s exploration of the topic)
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
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
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
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.
Great Life Essentials canned  greatLife
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), not in manufacturing of other brands.
Personally, I don’t consider this a big risk, but some are uncomfortable with any foods processed at the Evangers factory. 
SOJOS Freeze Dried Raw  SOJOS
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
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 grain (rice) in them. (This Wild Salmon one doesn’t have it.)
Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice canned
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 Food after Menu Foods messed up big time in 2007. (I personally don’t think this is much of a risk though because Simmons is not Menu Foods and the 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 Cats in the Kitchen Pouches
No carrageenan
Simple ingredients
Grain free
Responsive customer service
Certified GMO-free
MED -HIGH daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
In 2nd place because contains starch. However, the carb count is extremely low so starch content is negligible. We’re going to move this up to the first tier.
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
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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1,299 Responses to Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

  1. dkatiepowellart July 8, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    We now will only buy organic, because of two cats that died because of Chinese melamine added to up the protein content; do you have any organic recommendations. We are ditching Newmans due to carageenan added to their foods recently. DUH!

    • Kaye July 8, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      My cats like Petguard.

      • Logan July 8, 2015 at 11:48 am #

        I really like Tiki Cat. It has no carageenan and has never been recalled. It is made in a human grade food facility. I dont feed the fish flavors due to mercury concerns. The chicken shreds are fairly large so I put it in the food processor first. Their Website is Petropics.com

    • Kaye July 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      My condolences. I will only buy food made in the U.S. or Canada. Have you read about the Rainbow Bridge?

  2. Anonymous July 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Hound and Gatos is high in salt and fat. The crude fat minimum is 9.5% whereas Instinct canned food is 7.5% (still a bit high). Salt is listed high on the ingredient list. I also noticed that it contains synthetic vitamin D2 and calcium carbonate (the worst form of calcium) that can cause oxalate/kidney stones.

    I only gave my cat one can of the chicken canned formula and he started licking his private area a lot – he doesn’t normally do that. That is a sign of urinary tract disease in cats. I stopped giving him H&G and his symptoms cleared up.

    Some brands on the list are good, but some brands like Weruva aren’t. There are a lot of complaints and reviews online about Weruva canned food making cats sick. I would just be cautious and do a lot of your own research before giving your cat commercial food.

    Right now I’m giving my rescue cat a combination of freeze dried raw and canned food (Feline Natural and various brands of canned food) – no dry food. He has no symptoms and is doing very well.

    • larry July 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

      What brands of canned cat food would you recommend and I’m also searching for a dry to use with canned ?

    • Liz-cat July 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

      You are so right about the D2 in Hound & Gatos — I noticed that the other day and made a note to remove them from this list. Thanks for reminding me!

      • Mari August 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

        I can’t find vitamin D2 on the ingredient list of their website. Is it under a different name?

        • Terry August 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

          It’s on the can. They haven’t been forthcoming in updating ingredients on their website. After voicing my opinion to them on FB, they blocked me so clearly they’re hiding some key info! I used to be an avid and trusting user.

          • Mari August 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

            Thank you:)

    • Mari August 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      How bad is calcium carbonate? I found it in some of the Nature’s Variety Instinct can food and all of the ZiwiPeak can food which I wanted to try. Should I avoid them?

  3. Laurie July 20, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    does anyone have any recommendations for a good wet canned (pate vs. stew) cat food for an adult (verging on senior…7 years old) that needs to shed a lb. or two? his sister, who is trim, will be eating the same thing and she is a picky eater but it’s too hard to give them different foods!

    • Marie July 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      I have been feeding my cats Stella and Chewys (until the latest recall of listeria) and Ziwipeak canned and air dried formula. Please share your opinion on Ziwipeak if possible. I use this canned food exclusively after trying several other brands and reading the negative reviews about others. I am so grateful for this blog. Thank you for the wealth of information,

      • mataba July 22, 2015 at 7:37 am #

        have similar situation to laurie’s; three kitties, one ‘elder’ who needs to maintain lighter weight — for us, alternating meals and/or days of ziwipeak canned venison [min crude fat 6.5] and mauri’s canned kangaroo [mincrude fat 3.0] is working very well…

        because, [after following liz’s natural cat standards to the best of my understanding]:
        1. there are few objectionable ingredients, nor production facilities — both get a letter from me asking them to quit using sodium selenite
        2. there are no fish [it is my personal belief that all fish is too contaminated for kitties]; though i had to make peace with mauri’s use of fish oil and both using new zealand green mussel
        3. my kids prefer pate [used to like tiki and weruva shredded style chicken, but not now!]

        and because all kids’ weights and energy levels are very good; and each one is urinating well and having good bowel movements…
        i am very fortunate that all three drink water — from two fountains, a ‘still’ bowel, and a cup on desk for exclusive use of my smallest sprite!

        our babes also enjoy the occasional bits of roasted chicken, turkey, and sometimes cheese or veggies, from papa’s plate! and i am eternally grateful that my elder kitty is managing hyperthyroidism with low daily doses of tapezol, and my younger girls are medically safe and sound… so, i do not worry much about fat content, stay with organic/high grade natural animal protein and spend lots of time exercising: daily races [they always win], “catch” [crackly toys are favorite], and soccer — yes they absolutely do know how to play the game!!!

        finding the right food– for them and us, the parents who do or do not have the time to cook home-made, or deal with raw — can be agonizing/mind blowing/frustrating, i know… and it is cyclical depending on the fussiness of one’s kitties — my food provider is astounded every time i change the order because the kids are on strike against one food or another!

        best of luck, to laurie and all other parents on the bumpy, winding road of kitty nutrition!

      • mataba July 22, 2015 at 7:53 am #

        reviewed “the list” after last comment, and discovered that liz still had ziwipeak canned venison off list because of carrageenan which is not used now, july 2015

      • Lynne July 22, 2015 at 9:54 am #

        Hello Marie, I buy the Ziwipeak Lamb in a can (and the dehydrated lamb/rabbit combo; although it doesn’t plump up with water like Chewy’s dehydrated so don’t use it so much because it doesn’t hold moisture). I’ve been experimenting with different varieties of protein and brands and have bought the canned lamb a couple of times because lamb is the main protein source, with green mussel listed after all the lamb organs and broth. I contacted Ziwipeak customer service over a year ago and found them prompt and friendly with their answers. Their website states that they no longer use carageenan and I can tell you that the lamb no longer does, as it’s on my desk right now.
        I also use Stella and Chewy’s Duck, Duck, Goose (which was luckily not part of the voluntary recall) and support this WI company, which is where I reside.
        So I rotate my IBD cat’s diet with Ziwipeak Lamb, Hound and Gatos pork (which has salt so be aware), Nature’s Variety Duck, and Nature’s Variety Rabbit. When I don’t have time to take the wet food out of the fridge I give the cats Stella and Chewy’s Duck, Duck, Goose because I don’t want to microwave their food and Chewy’s is quick. I found that my IBD cat can’t handle grains, seafood, chicken, or turkey; and she doesn’t like venison–so that is why we’re at this variety now. I have also been giving my cats 2 T of Answers’ goat milk daily, with the hope the cultures help with digestion. Two months ago I noticed that puking had gone down from once a week to twice a month. Last month I started to add G.I. Distress Remedy to the goat milk, because I found that while my cat won’t eat food with additional herbs or medicines, she will still drink the goat milk. I also started giving my cats a pro-biotic at night, which they both love. And, knock on wood, my cat with digestion issues hasn’t puked in over a month. Good luck finding the foods that work for your cat. I know what a nightmare it can be. Luckily this website has helped significantly.

  4. Kristin July 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    The Primal Raw Frozen meals for Cats have Montmorillonite clay in them so I don’t understand how it could be in the #1 foods list when the Nature’s Variety Instinct Formula’s were rated on the #2 list for that same reason because of that 1 ingredient. I’m very confused now.

    • Janine July 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Good catch! I agree.

      • Marie July 29, 2015 at 8:32 am #

        Thank you. I’ve always had my reservations about Primal. Would love to hear thoughts on Fronm pate cat food and Steves Raw Real food. I’m currently using Ziwipeak wet and air dried, which I mentioned in an earlier post. But it is so expensive. I’ve recently heard about Fromm and Steves and was wondering if they’re as good as they seem? Any comments, recommendations are greatfully appreciated! Thank you!

        • Deb August 27, 2015 at 8:20 am #

          I used Steve’s for several months. At first my three kitties loved it. Then I started noticing the issues they were having (litter box and coat changes) so I switched to Stella and Chewy’s. Saw an immediate positive change.
          I have since changed to Primal and Rad Cat because my cats do not prefer the bite size pieces and it was also not cost effective.
          I’m still trying to find a food as good as Nature’s Variety frozen raw before they started making separate food for cats and dogs years ago.

    • Liz-cat August 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks cat lovers! will be updating this list in a big way in the next couple months. Personally, I don’t believe the clay is a risk if it’s been tested as contaminant-free, and many folks actually take it on purpose for health benefits. I have recently confirmed details with Primal, where the clay only recently started showing up on their list. Here’s my info from Primal:
      – It’s tested as contaminant-free and sourced from the company Azomite
      – It’s a “Feed Additive” “Micronized” version of the clay, and you can find the Certificate of Analysis specifically online at http://www.azomite.com/resources/coa.pdf

  5. Laura August 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    This may be a silly question, but is there a way to take a shredded food (like Tiki) and make it into a pate? Our 16 wk old kitten LOVES anything and everything, but our 5 yr old boy seems to only like pate. He will lick up the broth (consumme?) and then try to bury the plate of shredded chicken, but will eat the kitten’s pate food. So I would like to take the Tiki food and make it into a pate if possible…

    • logan August 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Hello. My cat Moochi loves tiki cat chicken. However, the pieces of chicken are very large. so I put it in the blender with a little bit of purifed water – it works really well and is much easier for him to eat. I would suggest that or using a food processor to get the consistency you want . Thanks!

  6. Darren August 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    merrick just came out with a Limited Ingredient canned food that doesn’t contain careggenan.

    • linky99 August 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

      Merrick just got bought out by Purina…

  7. Jenna August 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I have just started transitioning my cats from dry food to wet ( I didn’t know how bad dry food was for them ). It’s been a long week of sleepless nights since the kitties aren’t very happy about the change. I’ve started them on Soulistic and Whole Earth Farms, only the chicken, turkey or salmon recipes. Does anyone have experience with these brands? I know Whole Earth Farms canned cat food is fairly new. My big male cat devoured both brands but my finky female wont eat anything unless it tastes like tuna. I really like these two brands so far but can’t seem to get away from tuna for my female. Any suggestions would help immensely!

  8. Yongqing August 4, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Has anyone ever tried Red Barn Naturals? I looked at their ingredients and they don’t have any immediately bad looking ingredients.

    • Bonnie August 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      I tried Red Barn Naturals and none of my 5 cats would eat it.

  9. kazunarimasaki August 8, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    I came across a new canned food in a local small business health foods shop… there was a pamphlet that came along with it, I bought two cans to try out. It’s a pate-style type of food as it turned out, which is something my cat always detested (she LOVES the Soulistic canned food because it’s shredded chicken, and detests the Nature’s Variety Instinct LID canned because it’s a pate-style. I think it has to do with texture.) But since I bought the can and there wasn’t a return policy I could use, I had to do something with it (small business, only accepts returns that are defective). Thankfully I tried it out anyway, the smell and taste must have been something amazing because she gobbled it up quicker than even Soulistic. I would like your opinion on it (I did read the labels to make sure it contained no carageenan, but I couldn’t quite remember the other “controversial” ingredients).The brand is called “Holistic Select” (http://www.holisticselect.com), the two cans I purchased were Ocean Fish & Tuna Recipe, and Salmon & Shrimp Recipe. Each can cost around $1.50 for 5.5 oz each.

    • Terry August 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      Fish is less then ideal for cats!

  10. Dave M. August 11, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Recently our cat Petey (a 5 year old male Maine Coon) developed a urinary obstruction. We got him to our vet as soon as we noticed the extra litter box trips with not much to show for it. Our vet catheterized him, flushed out his bladder and kept him overnight. X-rays did not show any stones but our vet said he had a mucus plug that was causing the blockage. The following day his urine pH was a 7, and blood work was all normal. His urine was clear, with catheter flowing well throughout the day. We were able to bring him home the following evening and the vet prescribed Prazosin (urethral relaxant), Clavamox (antibiotic) and Bupenorphine (for pain). He has been fed wet foods (Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice) and (Tiki Cat shredded chicken) since we adopted him from a local rescue 3 years ago. A couple of days have passed now and he is urinating, (smaller amounts with more frequency) which the vet feels will eventually resolve itself. He is eating well and pretty much back to himself socially and activity wise. Our vet is recommending introducing him to one of the prescription diets (Hills prescription or Royal Canin Urinary SO). The ingredients don’t seem all that great but if it will help prevent future blockages I guess that’s most important. I would appreciate hearing about other owners experiences and what has worked well for them. Thanks very much ! Dave M.

    • Mari August 12, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      I found this.
      http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2013/09/calcium-oxalate-crystals-stones.html
      It might be helpful for you…

      • Dave M. August 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

        Thanks Mari :) Best Regards, Dave M.

    • belleprovince August 23, 2015 at 5:16 am #

      Dave, I had a healthy young male cat develop crystals in his urine, and my experience is similar to yours. My vet also recommended a “prescription diet”, telling me that it would make him thirsty and want to drink more water, and this would help prevent him from developing crystals. This sounded odd to me, as if it was treating the symptoms rather than the root cause of why he was developing crystals in the first place. I started making a raw diet for my cat, and he never experienced crystals again.

      The prescription diets are, frankly, terrible. They’re full of grains and low-level irritants to cats. As the article that Mari linked to mentions, refined grains are toxic and acid-forming, and these prescription diets are full of them.

      Best wishes for your cat’s wellness, and consider a raw diet, as the article suggests. It’s led to long and healthy lives for my cats.

      • Dave Mosca August 23, 2015 at 8:11 am #

        Thank you very much for your comments :). I’m really unsure of what to do going forward. I know the prescription diets have ingredients that are not that good for cats. We have had Pete for 3 years and I have only fed him Life’s Abundance canned since day one. My vet also mentioned stress as a factor and just before this occurred we had gone away for a 3 day weekend and took our two cats with us. They traveled well in the car but the pet friendly motel may have stressed them. It was very noisy, dogs barking, doors slamming etc. and most of the time our cats sayed under the bed. All of that may have been a factor. We used to also give them treats (some of which may not have been that great). So we have stopped the treats and presently slowly trying to switch them over to the rx diet. My vet insists it will reduce the chances of a blockage happening again. I’m thinking the life’s abundance food should be better for them then the rx diet. What’s your thoughts on that ? What type of raw diet do you use ? I’m thinking it must be a very involved process ? Do you use one of the ones you just add water to ? Thanks, Dave

        • Kaye August 23, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

          My cat had the same issue. My vet said that it is best to just leave them at home and get a cat sitter. Cats don’t like to travel. My vet had me put him on the special diet for a few months and then went back to normal feeding. Also, she said you shouldn’t feed them just one brand of food. I feed them several different brands and bring some different cans of cat food for them to try whenever I go shopping. He lived for a long time and didn’t have any further problems with the crystals.

  11. pamela August 19, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    I can’t find anything on the site about the Nature’s Variety raw/frozen foods. I tried Primal once in the past and it made my cat throw up. I just tried the Nature’s Variety patty version and he seems to LOVE it (I bought the rabbit formula). Just curious why this food isn’t on any of your lists – it makes me a little worried. :-)

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