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

UPDATE September 2016  (Stella and Chewy’s freeze-dried removed because all formulas now contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex. Earlier update: new additions and some movement from 2nd to 1st place in the October 2015 changes noted here.)

The cat food world changes A LOT. When I have time, this list is updated. Meanwhile, 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 and answer FAQ’s about it here.

My main concern with cat food is how it affects:

To me, these issues are even more important than the quality and source of the micro-ingredients in a food and who manufactures the food. Of course, I would never use a cat food created in China, but high quality pet food canning plants are few and far between even in the US. Now, there are some small ingredients I’ve taken a great interest in – such as carrageenan and BPA. This is because there may be life-threatening problems associated with these substances if they are consumed regularly over time. On the other hand, people ask about a lot of ingredients, like guar gum, that are not – to my knowledge thus far – known to be a big risk.

I think it’s easy, out of concern for your cat, to lose sight of the forest for the trees. So for me it’s about minimizing risk while keeping the higher priorities (above) in perspective and making sure we have enough good options to choose from.

Today’s best cat foods

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.

Tip: On mobile, click the “+” signs for more info on each food.

FIRST PLACE
CANNED OR RAW CAT FOODS

WHAT’S
TO LOVE

COST

SPECIAL
CONCERNS & TIPS

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.
Uses water High Pressure Processing to prevent bad bacteria while preserving the enzymes that make raw food nutrients so available.
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!
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!)
Ziwipeak Canned Cat Food  Ziwipeak Canned
Meat ingredients are sourced from grass-fed farming with no hormones or antibiotics used. No BPA in can lining. No carrageenan (removed). Very low starch, grain free.
Sourced only from fully traceable, approved New Zealand farms. Manufactured in company-owned facilities in New Zealand

 

HIGH
They listened -removed carrageenan!
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 prevent bad bacteria while preserving the enzymes that make raw food nutrients so available.
Includes Montmorillonite Clay (from Azomite) that is tested as contaminant-free.
While Primal contains more plant matter than I like to see in a cat food (making it more complicated for digestion), the fact that it’s raw outweights that issue and keeps it in the 1st tier.
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
Manufactured in US at APHIS EU Certified plant.
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Recently moved from 2nd place to 1st place tier because the Montmorillonite Clay is tested to be toxin-free. According Nature’s Variety rep: “Our vendor tests the Montmorillonite Clay used in our diets for toxins and it is guaranteed toxin-free.” 
LID formulas are best as they have more simple ingredients than other Nature’s Variety canned recipes.
Wild Calling Canned Cat Food  Wild Calling
Grain-free
No artificial anything
Ingredients source in the US
Very low carb
No carrageenan
Family-owned
MED-LOW
Readers have reported that Wild Calling uses the Evanger’s Illinois plant for canning their formulas. Personally, I don’t consider this a big risk, but some are uncomfortable with it. In 2010, Evangers was found by the FDA to be using dishonest practices in their own formulas. While this is appalling, it had nothing to do with their plant’s canning of other small brands. And, it has been corrected. In my opinion, this food has too many good features to overlook because they need to use one on of the few available US pet food canning  plants (Evangers) to package their food.
Weruva Grain Free Cats in the Kitchen (cans + pouches)
No carrageenan
Simple ingredients
Grain-free
Responsive customer service
Certified GMO-free
Made in human-food processing facility
No BPA in can lining
MED -HIGH daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
Moved from 2nd to 1st place because no longer contains starch ingredient.
Beef is from Australia & New Zealand. Fish is from international waters, except for Tilapia, which is farmed in Thailand. Chicken raised in Thaliand.
Manufactured in Thailand in human-food processing facility.
Tiki Cat Koolina Luau canned and Puka Puka Luau (both chicken) tikiKoolkinapuka_pukatiki
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.
Hound & Gatos canned  
No BPA in can lining
No carrageenan
Low starch, grain free
Claim human-quality
US food and factory
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
There is a misprint on some cans that indicates the product contains Vitamin D2. I have been contacted by the owner of Hound & Gatos, who assures me that it is a misprint; the product still contains D3, not D2. We assume the misprint will be corrected on future labels.
Holistic Select Grain Free Canned Holistic Select Grain Free canned
Grain free
Ingredients are US only, with exception of Duck from Germany, Lamb from New Zealand
MED
Several plant ingredients, however these are all in powder form, making them simplier for cat digestion.
Readers have reported a rumor (yet to be confirmed) that Holistic Select uses the Evanger’s Illinois plant for canning their formulas. Personally, I don’t consider this a big risk, but some are uncomfortable with it. In 2010, Evangers was found by the FDA to be using dishonest practices in their own formulas. While this is appalling, it had nothing to do with their plant’s canning of other small brands. And, it has been corrected. In my opinion, this food has too many good features to overlook because they need to use one on of the few available US pet food canning  plants (Evangers) to package their food.
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 as instructed – otherwise the carb count is too high, plus 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 some people may overlook this.
Includes ground bones—not recommended for cats with
kidney issues or constipation.
Includes Montmorillonite Clay (from Azomite) that is tested as contaminant-free.
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: Add water as instructed – otherwise the carb count is too high, plus 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 some 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.
FirstMate Limited Ingredient Canned  FirstMate - limited Ingredient
BPA free
Made in Vancouver, Canada
Uses free-range chicken. Vitamin and mineral supplements are sourced from North America, Germany and France.
Meats sourced from US, except Duck from Germany, Lamb from New Zealand/Australia.
MED
In 2nd place because contains some starch, making carb count slightly higher.
Party Animal Canned Cat Food  Party Animal
Grain free
Hand-crafted in small batches
Organic protein sources, oils, fruits, vegetables.
Made in USA
MED
In 2nd place because it contains several plant ingredients ingredients (harder for cats with sensitive digestion)
Feline Caviar Wet Food  Feline Caviar
Grain free
No GMO’s
Omega 3:6
Free-range chicken
Ingredients sourced from U.S. with the exception of lamb meal and venison meal from New Zealand; kelp from Norway
HIGH
In 2nd place because Feline Caviar uses the Evanger’s Illinois plant for canning their formulas. Personally, I don’t consider this a big risk, but some are uncomfortable with it. In 2010, Evangers was found by the FDA to be using dishonest practices in their own formulas. While this is appalling, it had nothing to do with their plant’s canning of other small brands. And, it has been corrected. In my opinion, this food has too many good features to overlook because they need to use one on of the few available US pet food canning plants (Evangers) to package their food.
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. Add water as instructed – otherwise the carb count is too high, plus 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 some 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.
IMPORTANT: Add water as instructed – otherwise the carb count is too high, plus 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 some people may overlook this.
Also 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”
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.
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)
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
ORGANIX Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Organix
GMO-free certified.
Organic (meats and protein sources as well as flaxseed, cranberries and carrots)
No carrageenan
Made in USA
omega-6 and 3 fatty acids,
No artificial preservatives, growth hormones or antibiotics in organic ingredients—ever
MED
In 2nd place because Organix is owned by Merrick, which was bought by Purina in 2015. They say the company will still operate independently with no changes. The takeover process will take many months. For these reasons, I would say the product is probably still fine for now, but after 2016, let’s revisit what’s happening with Merrick and the quality of its ingredients. (If you notice anything, let me know. I have already had too many complaints about the Merrick canned cat food and removed it from this list in March 2016. I believe Organix food has more of chance of maintaining quality thanks to certified organic standards.)
 Impulse by Halo   Impulse by Halo
No grains
No rendered meats
Includes omega 3 + 6
Ingredients sourced in US, except lamb from New Zealand and peas from Canada
Includes a Quail formula, which is a good novel protein for cats with digestive tracts requiring alternatives (it also contains chicken though)
MED-HIGH
A little dry – try mixing a splash of water
Moved to 2nd place because Impulse now uses D2 instead of D3. While I’ve disqualified other foods because of they contain D2, I am revisiting this decision because we don’t have all the facts yet on D2 vs. D3. However, we know D2 is not utilized as easily, especially in cats, and there was a study that found mortality rate went slightly up in humans taking D2 and DOWN in humans taking D3 – see Mercola article.
Also, the president of the Vitamin D Council is anti-D2: “If you take ergocalciferol…[D2]…be warned…It does not normally occur in the human body and is probably a weak agonist at the receptor site, meaning it may actually partially block vitamin D actions. Ergocalciferol is the villain in most of the reported cases of [Vitamin D] toxicity in the world’s literature.”

 

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 Illinois plant for canning their formulas. Personally, I don’t consider this a big risk, but some are uncomfortable with it. In 2010, Evangers was found by the FDA to be using dishonest practices in their own formulas. While this is appalling, it had nothing to do with their plant’s canning of other small brands. And, it has been corrected. In my opinion, this food has too many good features to overlook because they need to use one on of the few available US pet food canning  plants (Evangers) to package their food.
SOJOS Freeze Dried Raw  SOJOS
Raw is considered the most easily digested, nutrient-available form of cat food.
Grain free
USDA meat
Variety of formulas to choose
MED daily feeding cost compared to others on this list.
IMPORTANT: Add water as instructed – otherwise the carb count is too high, plus 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 some people may overlook this. Also, this food contains a starchy ingredient (sweet potatoes), so carb percentage will be higher than the many foods on this list that don’t contain a significant starch.
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.
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.

While all of these cat food choices are unbiased and based solely on what I would buy, I have started to allow some links on this page to be affiliate links in order to keep this blog funded.

Most cats resist unfamiliar food at first! Buy and try SMALL at first AND use these smart tips to help your cat accept new foods:

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.

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

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. Here’s the scoop!

 

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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1,818 Responses to Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

  1. LilacSerenity April 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Finally got the new Ziwipeak formula – lamb/rabbit flavor. Seems like my girls liked it, BUT… the smell and texture of lamb/rabbit formula are awfully similar to tuna. I bought enough Tikicat ahi tuna back in a day to recognize it when i see it. Now, i dont know what the old formula looked like, never bought Ziwipeak before. Checked the ingredients on a can again, no mentioning of tuna or any fish for that matter. But I cant help my strong suspicion.
    If it turns out that Ziwipeak lies about their food content, I cant even imagine the fallout. Does anyone have any means to analyze this food?? Or to at least check if fish is present?? Please help!

    • geocev April 25, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

      Lilac, cat food companies are allowed to substitute ingredients in their foods for up to six months. So whatever the main meat on the label says, they are legally allowed to use a different meat source. It’s one of the terrible travesties of the polluted pet food industry! Maybe that’s what’s going on with that food.

      • LilacSerenity April 26, 2017 at 11:18 am #

        that’s so messed up! i could understand if they used a similar meat – they actually disclosed it in their ingredients – lamb might be substituted with sheep depending on a season. that’s fine.
        or if some of the ingredient is more or less than assumed, which is actually what many brands practice – calling the formula chicken and duck, with mostly chicken content and 2 little pieces of duck floating inside, or calling it a “medley” listing meat sources as first ingredients, and consisting mostly of fish, which was listed last. I’ve seen it all.
        but tuna instead of lamb and rabbit???!!! without even mentioning a fish source? what if the cat is allergic?? not to mention the price point, selling such expensive food under false pretenses… and it’s legal too? man, that’s just messed up….

        • Pattie June 26, 2017 at 11:24 am #

          They DO mention a fish source. I suspect you are smelling the green lipped mussels, visibly included in their list of ingredients, on the can.

    • EffieA. April 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

      Haven’t tried the new ones as was waiting for the 6.0/6.5 oz to come out, I didn’t like old the rabbit and lamb due to the bone fragments, I usually get the lamb and venison that is hard to describe in smell but not too fishy, I think maybe it the New Zealand green mussels is what you are smelling as always part of their ingredients old and new but maybe the smell is now enhanced due to lesser or different binding agents? Stoney isn’t fond of fish at all, will buy the new batches in week or two, so I should see if he embraces it after a few weeks on it.

      • LilacSerenity April 26, 2017 at 11:05 am #

        yea, i got the new 6.5oz cans from chewy, so they have it already. what’s more – chewy gives you an option to pick between original and new formula (getting rid of old batches, i guess), so kudos to them. 6.5 oz can comes out to less money per oz than the 3 oz ones, but it’s still too expensive if you’re getting cheap tuna instead of promised lamb and rabbit! when i smelled the fish, i also thought of the green mussel, anything to explain the smell (i didnt want to assume the worst), but first, it smells precisely like fish, not seafood; and second, the texture and color is just like tuna’s… I don’t know what to think anymore…I can’t feed fish to my cats, one of them has hyperthyroidism 🙁
        If somebody could analyze the content and confirm there’s fish, I would never trust this company again.

        • Steve April 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

          @LilacSerenity – Chewy was recently purchased by PetSmart, so I’m afraid of what’s going to become of this (currently) excellent company. 🙁

          • geocev April 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

            Me too. I have the same worries about Chewy. I buy almost all my supplies there! But if they change and the prices go up, I won’t maintain my patronage.

          • aegisrose May 25, 2017 at 9:39 am #

            Oh snap!!! Chewy is being bought by PetSmart?? 😐

          • Michele August 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

            Chewy was purchased by the same investment firm that also owns Pet Smart; not directly by Pet Smart, and so it is said to continue to operate as its own entity. Let’s hope for the best!

        • EffieA. May 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

          Well it has been several weeks and my cat successsfully tried the new ziwipeak of venison and lamb 6.5oz canned food and he loved them both! Keep in mind I did mix the old with new batch slowly and then full new batch as well as they only eat this two times a week rather daily (i.e.-Every Thursday he eats the venison and every Sunday he eats the lamb as part of his meat variety rotations diet that involves a different meat protein daily, so 12×2 can batches of ziwipeak lasts 3 months total). In terms of smell- it is the same as I checked the old batches I have and they have that same smell but a tiny bit stronger due to perhaps no icky gel on top and no gums added now, also checked with other friends and family to smell and they too said the same- can’t really tell a major difference. I have two friends that also intake New Zealand green lipped mussels as part of their daily or weekly supplements and say that is how it smells like (a bit fishy like odor) and another told me that ziwipeak assured her all that you see listed in the ingredients will be within the canned contents and the smell is associated to the mussels, so if it doesn’t list fish then it won’t have fish meat etc.. my cat really hates and avoids fish so maybe it doesn’t have it?

          Texture wise- not as thick or jelly like as hated that top layer as always had to get it off before putting it in my cat food dish, as he too hate that. Now with the new batches, it seems a bit more moist still thick but not dry pate, I slowly fork mix the liquid with the meat and it becomes more moist. My picky cat gives it a paws up to both. Whew!

          • LilacSerenity August 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

            Thank you for your input! You honestly gave me a peace of mind, as I had never bought Ziwipeak before and had nothing to compare it to.
            I’ve added 2 flavors of Ziwi into my rotation, with the least fat and carbs ones – Rabbit/Lamb and Venison. I’m not crazy about the smell, but the simple healthy ingredients make me feel better; after all, I’m not the one eating it and my cats seem to love it. My only complaint is the price – so expensive! Especially, venison 🙁 Oh, and also, Rabbit/Lamb formula may contain pretty big and sharp bone fragments that I have to fish out every time. But I don’t have a choice, one of my cats is allergic to chicken, and in the pet food market predominantly filled with chicken, I’m glad to have found a suitable alternative protein source.

          • EffieA. August 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

            I agree about the rabbit one with it’s bone shards as why I don’t get it, I only get beef, lamb, and the venison. I get the 6.5 oz cans as to me that is more economical for me and for one can- I divide it into two or three feedings in a day( large breeds cat require more food ugh lol). It’s nice as I’m not constantly cutting off the gel layer! As mentioned I do rotational meat diet so the cans should last me 3 months. The rabbit I get from hounds and gato (the 5.5 oz one) not the other one with all the mixture of different meat protein, no bone shards yay.

    • Susanne April 26, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      I’m not sure the real expensive cat food is that much better but I don’t feed really cheap stuff, going thru about ten dollars a day in just canned wet food. Feedng less kibble now for their health, hence the high cost of wet food

      just want them to eat something fresh not in a can or bag but they won’t eat raw food and that could be bad for them anyway.
      so give them some sour cream and cooked chicken.

      think many people would like some new products to come on the market something imbetween raw and the processed,like shops to open that make fresh food lightly cooked.and more fresh wet pate food.

      spent time boiling fresh whole chicken for 20 hours to leach minerals out of the bone and give them the juice, but they barely liked it

      so the search and high expense is always on.

    • Lin August 22, 2017 at 8:14 am #

      not sure if this article would be of assistance: http://www.reviews.com/cat-food/
      though it’s focused on wet and dry food versus wet and raw. it had some good points on what to look for and avoid when choosing a healthy food option for cats, which mirrors the information in this article above.

      We personally have been feeding Rad Cat Raw Food – Chicken (or Beef), to our 2 cats and they both love it. my 5 year old has a very finicky tummy and raw food seems to be the best for her. We supplement with wet and dry, occasionally. We rescued our 14 month old kitty 2 months ago from the humane society, and he has already become much healthier.

      one thing i really love about the Rad Cat formula, is that they use egg shell protein instead of bone, so there aren’t any bone shards to worry about.

  2. Ron May 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    hi, hare today offers whole prey and grass fed ground meat for cats. feeding a raw diet is easy. just add the Alnutrin to the meat and serve. when you do the math, you’ll see that it’s actually cheaper to feed raw, than commercial pet food, and it’s healthier. you also reduce the amount of aluminum waste. eating raw just feels right. And it shows. my cats have done a complete 360.

    https://hare-today.com/category/whole_prey

  3. LCH June 4, 2017 at 6:09 am #

    Do we have any sense of whether it’s ok for long-term health to only feed one particular wet food? I had hoped that acclimating my new set of cats to a bit of a variety would be better for them, alternating between the foods regularly. I also give them a teeny bit of kibble (RAWZ brand) with each meal, but the bulk of it is wet. With the oldest I narrowed it down based on what he liked. Then one of them seemed to make them sick at one point so I dropped that one and was down to just two, Nature’s Variety Instinct LID and Hound & Gatos. But my little girl clearly prefers the Hound & Gatos and isn’t a big fan of the NVI LID. She’ll eat it eventually but when it’s first set down she’s like, ick, i don’t want this. The H&G she gobbles right up. I don’t like the idea of settling on just that one, instead of two options, but I don’t know if that’s me being silly or what. I guess I do have another option that will open up at some point – I haven’t tried the Weruva yet because it didn’t say it was ok for kittens. She’s 8 months old now so it won’t be too long before I could try that and see if they like it.

    • EffieA. June 4, 2017 at 8:51 am #

      It takes time but you will probably find more options, I do a meat variety option such as feeding different meats or brands a day, so it may mean she will like one or several brands’ protein, but I would strongly get with chewy.com as they have a great return or refund policy. I also didn’t rush new food at the beginning, I slowly mix a some of the new with the old to slowly allow the stomach to get adjusted to avoid any upsets etc.. at the beginning for a few days to weeks, now his stomach has acclimated to each protein variety, I started him at a year old I believe after a hard transition to full wet diet (he got a uti from dry food and was addicted! Took four months to get him to full wet food). To give an idea of what I give- all are either the 5.5-6.5oz cans divided into three or two feedings daily: Monday is bravo’s Turkey and duck dinner, Tuesday is Halo’s Guinea fowl (the only one that has D3), Wednesday is ziwipeak’s venison, Thursday is bravo’s beef fricasse (he doesn’t like the dinner version, but loves this one), Friday is go! Shine’s duck sensitivity, Saturday is nature variety limited ingredient’s rabbit, and Sunday is ziwipeak’s lamb. Also for four evenings or nights, I divide into four portions: Lotus’ just juicy pork (he only likes this one from that brand or ziwipeak’s beef) Thus, this allows me to repurchase every 6 months for the 24 pack and 3 months for the 12 cans so it lasts him a long time.

      Sorry for such a long post but wanted to help to give you an idea and even if he like or dislikes one type of meat from a certain brand doesn’t mean he will do same for another meat so don’t give up one brand completely as seen above (he hates the beef but is okay with the rabbit from nature variety), I am meaning to change the rabbit from n.v., he eats it but not with not with gusto like the other brands lol- I’m going to try hounds and gato’s rabbit (5.5oz one) to see if he loves it and if yes then I have two options/brand for that novel protein. And also going to change go! To nature variety lid duck as more healthy. The only brand he hates all meat variety was wild calling unfortunately. I wish you luck and you will get there with fur baby!

      • Steve June 4, 2017 at 11:06 am #

        Chewy.com recently purchased by PetSmart. I don’t know what that means yet. Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news. 🙂

        • EffieA. June 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

          I am aware, but it also says will allow for independent operation with the same CEO etc.., I think petsmart is trying to compete online against Amazon (another great online company) as I know their brick and mortar stores aren’t competitive on a high financial level as ecomerce stores are, hence I think they are watching and learning, but would be stupid to really mess with anything that will give way to more consumers leaving and going with full business with Amazon and other online stores, if anything they may expand more Brands hopefully and advertising or commercials to get more customers in as now I’m seeing a lot of that on tv and on online websites. This move also does not affect the food brands we purchase as they aren’t owned or operated by pet smart or chewy, just sold by them, I still haven’t experience any negatives so all we all can do is wait and see, I definitely will update any news if I do 🙂

  4. Ashley June 20, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Hello, I was reading on catinfo.org that the Facey Feast canned foods are not all that bad for cats. I’m just wondering if you would recommend this brand. I’m feeding my cat dry cat food with primale nuggets and another store bought brand canned cat food as a treat however I would love to switch to a store bought canned cat food like Facey Feast (which isn’t too expensive) with primal nuggets as the primary diet. I’m new to this and I’ve asked my vet office who just recommend worse high carb dry food so I’m hoping to get some support and feedback from you and other cat lovers who feed their cats canned/ freezer dried based diet.

    • CatMom June 20, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Definitely not FF, need grain free for starters. They might have a new kind that is ok but I had to really coax my cats off that stuff years ago! How about Weruva, or if they like pate, Merrick. Look for ‘grain free’ on the label. Canned should not be a treat, it should be what they eat period. No dry ever. Freeze dry treats are good, but not crunchy ones. My cats go crazy for Cat-Man-Doo chicken, direct order. Halo chicken is similar but way expensive.

      • Ashley June 20, 2017 at 8:59 am #

        “Grain-Free: Please be aware that this marketing phrase is often used to influence pet owners to think that a diet carrying this distinction is automatically a healthy diet for their cat. Unfortunately, pet food companies often just replace grains with carbohydrate-laden peas and potatoes resulting in a diet that is not low-carbohydrate. Please replace the phrase “grain-free” with “low-carb” in your vocabulary when shopping for cat food. Some “grain-free” products are low in carbs but many are not so shop wisely.”

        That is what is said at Catinfo.org…. so I am not sure that I would be looking for a label marked ” Grain-Free”

        Primal nugget is a freezer dried raw food diet that is mentioned above. So I’ll definitely stick with that. France Feast Natural White Meat Chicken & Flaked Tuna in Broth seems to have a good ratio (protein) 77: (fat) 23: (Carbs) 0 (according to their calculations on Catinfo.org)

        Halo chicken has a ratio of 32:55:13 (according to their calculations on catinfo.org) which is high in both fat and cabs.

        MERRICK Purrfect Bistro, MERRICK Backcountry, and MERRICK Limited Ingredient canned cat foods seem to have high fat content or almost the same fat & protein content in them with depending on the type of meat high carb count.

        Weruva seems to have high protein ratio to fat and low to now carbs which is great…. so I’ll definitely take a look at that brand! 🙂

        • LilacSerenity June 20, 2017 at 11:07 am #

          Ashley, to my understanding, “grain-free” has nothing to do with low-carb or it being a “healthy” diet, per se. It’s got more to do with allergies. Grains are one of the most common allergies for cats, making their skin itchy and twitchy, as well as causing frequent heaving and throwing up. I know it was the case with my cat. Stopped as soon as i switched to all grain-free diet a many years ago.

          • Steve June 20, 2017 at 11:40 am #

            I will recommend a thorough reading of this site: http://catinfo.org/

            -Steve

    • Jerilin June 20, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Ashley,

      I’m all for higher quality ingredients but am feeding 10 cats and have had a cat or two so here is what I’ve learned…Cat Info is completely right no dry besides maybe as a small treat AND Fancy Feast is FINE.

      For those of us on a budget fancy feast Classic is fine. This food contains virtually no carbs and IS “Grain Free” not that that is the end all be all and is an excellent low cost choice or even great in a rotational diet which I highly suggest to help bring the cost down. The shredded “naturals” would also make a great addition for a smaller meal. The Gravy ones I reserve for a very occasional treat only.

      Another great option on a budget to try is Sheba pate and Purina Kitten Chicken and Liver pate.
      Very similar to FF classic..my cats didn’t care for the Purina Beyond pates that much but did love True Nature Chicken and Turkey pate. Nature’s Balance Catatouli stew is the only Natural Balance food I would recommend at this time or the pouch ‘Platefulls’.

      For the picky gravy lover who won’t eat pate Nutro Max chunks in gravy (many flavor varieties) are the way to go!! All 10 of my cats love this and it’s GREAT nutrition for such a tasty “gravy” food. Very low phosphorus/magnesium for the neutered male cat. Very affordable.

      Then moving on to higher end–Nature’s Variety Rock star Rabbit flaked is a must try (but not the pates for the neutered male as they are VERY high magnesium/phosphorus) as well as trying some shredded varieties..
      such as Weruva Tru Luxe Steak Frites, Weruva Fowl Ball or Double Dip or Soulistic Pate & Shreds in gelee (same company as Weruva) and Earthborn Holistic Chicken (the one that doesn’t have with vegetables in the name)… I also love Merrick Backcountry pouches chunks in gravy for the picky cat which are not really that high in carbs (only about 10-13% which is reasonable for a gravy food) and for the less picky cat Whole Earth Farms pates (made by Merrick) are a great mid priced great nutrition option. Nutri Source Chicken, Turkey and Lamb or Chicken and Rice pate is also pretty great! Wild Calling Cowabunga Beef could be good for your cat (the lowest magnesium/phosphorus in their line the others are SUPER high). I also recommend Nulo Shredded Turkey and Halibut and Turkey and duck chunk one…as well as the NEW formula Wellness Signature selects poultry flavors only. (Check cans for new formula ones with no carageenan) Koha Pet Foods Guineafowl Stew is great but my cats wouldn’t eat the latest shipment I got. Bravo canned is great but basically none of my cats like besides the Beef ,Turkey and Liver pate recipe but your mileage may vary. Tiki Cat added vitamin K to all their foods and raised magnesium and phosphorus so I won’t buy anymore but it’s a fine option otherwise (poultry based only) Hound & Gatos is WAY too high in fat and either magnesium or phosphorus don’t remember which. My cats didn’t like canned Addiction much and they do NOT respond to customer emails. The Nutro canned that isn’t Nutro Max some of my cats eat but caused soft stools and diarrhea same with Weruva Paw lickin’ Chicken and Soulistic Harvest Pumpkin Sunrise and the other non gelee chicken ones with all the potato starch sauce..

      I also heavily recommend for very upper end price wise Lotus Just Juicy Pork and Just Juicy Turkey shredded foods!!!

      Watch the magnesium and phosphorus content of the freeze dried raw Primal (or ANY raw food containing bone) if you have a neutered male cat or cat with urinary issues and I don’t like freeze dried raw unless it is re-hydrated because it’s really not any better than dry. I do buy Pure Bites and Whole Life type treats but I soak them in a bowl of water before feeding my cats. For frozen raw I prefer boneless such as Rad Cat because of the lower mineral values for cats with urinary or kidney issues.

      My cats are very picky about texture so try a variety of textures to find what your cat likes best.. Some like pate, some liked shredded, some like chunks while others will only eat minced, etc… Also use a probiotic to help when switching foods and don’t switch or use too MUCH rotation too quickly (I usually feed the same food or very similar food but different flavor for several days before switching brands or types) so I don’t cause severe diarrhea… and I totally agree with Cat Info that the most expensive wet food is no good if your cat won’t eat it.. but I do try to stay natural and avoid lots of bad ingredients and stay lower carb avoiding tons of peas & veggies, etc. Wishing you the very best of luck!!!!

    • Jerilin June 20, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Ashley,

      I’m all for higher quality ingredients but am feeding 10 cats and have had a cat or two so here is what I’ve learned…Cat Info is completely right no dry besides maybe as a small treat AND Fancy Feast is FINE.

      For those of us on a budget fancy feast Classic is fine. This food contains virtually no carbs and IS “Grain Free” not that that is the end all be all and is an excellent low cost choice or even great in a rotational diet which I highly suggest to help bring the cost down. The shredded “naturals” would also make a great addition for a smaller meal. The Gravy ones I reserve for a very occasional treat only.

      Another great option on a budget to try is Sheba pate and Purina Kitten Chicken and Liver pate.
      Very similar to FF classic..my cats didn’t care for the Purina Beyond pates that much but did love True Nature Chicken and Turkey pate. Nature’s Balance Catatouli stew is the only Natural Balance food I would recommend at this time or the pouch ‘Platefulls’.

      For the picky gravy lover who won’t eat pate Nutro Max chunks in gravy (many flavor varieties) are the way to go!! All 10 of my cats love this and it’s GREAT nutrition for such a tasty “gravy” food. Very low phosphorus/magnesium for the neutered male cat. Very affordable.

      Then moving on to higher end–Nature’s Variety Rock star Rabbit flaked is a must try (but not the pates for the neutered male as they are VERY high magnesium/phosphorus) as well as trying some shredded varieties..
      such as Weruva Tru Luxe Steak Frites, Weruva Fowl Ball or Double Dip or Soulistic Pate & Shreds in gelee (same company as Weruva) and Earthborn Holistic Chicken (the one that doesn’t have with vegetables in the name)… I also love Merrick Backcountry pouches chunks in gravy for the picky cat which are not really that high in carbs (only about 10-13% which is reasonable for a gravy food) and for the less picky cat Whole Earth Farms pates (made by Merrick) are a great mid priced great nutrition option. Nutri Source Chicken, Turkey and Lamb or Chicken and Rice pate is also pretty great! Wild Calling Cowabunga Beef could be good for your cat (the lowest magnesium/phosphorus in their line the others are SUPER high). I also recommend Nulo Shredded Turkey and Halibut and Turkey and duck chunk one…as well as the NEW formula Wellness Signature selects poultry flavors only. (Check cans for new formula ones with no carageenan) Koha Pet Foods Guineafowl Stew is great but my cats wouldn’t eat the latest shipment I got. Bravo canned is great but basically none of my cats like besides the Beef ,Turkey and Liver pate recipe but your mileage may vary. Tiki Cat added vitamin K to all their foods and raised magnesium and phosphorus so I won’t buy anymore but it’s a fine option otherwise (poultry based only) Hound & Gatos is WAY too high in fat and either magnesium or phosphorus don’t remember which. My cats didn’t like canned Addiction much and they do NOT respond to customer emails. The Nutro canned that isn’t Nutro Max some of my cats eat but caused soft stools and diarrhea same with Weruva Paw lickin’ Chicken and Soulistic Harvest Pumpkin Sunrise and the other non gelee chicken ones with all the potato starch sauce..

      I also heavily recommend for very upper end price wise Lotus Just Juicy Pork and Just Juicy Turkey shredded foods!!!

      Watch the magnesium and phosphorus content of the freeze dried raw Primal (or ANY raw food containing bone) if you have a neutered male cat or cat with urinary issues and I don’t like freeze dried raw unless it is re-hydrated because it’s really not any better than dry. I do buy Pure Bites and Whole Life type treats but I soak them in a bowl of water before feeding my cats.

      My cats are very picky about texture so try a variety of textures to find what your cat likes best.. Some like pate, some liked shredded, some like chunks while others will only eat minced, etc… Also use a probiotic to help when switching foods and don’t switch or use too MUCH rotation too quickly (I usually feed the same food or very similar food but different flavor for several days before switching brands or types) so I don’t cause severe diarrhea… and I totally agree with Cat Info that the most expensive wet food is no good if your cat won’t eat it.. but I do try to stay natural and avoid lots of bad ingredients and stay lower carb avoiding tons of peas & veggies, etc. Wishing you the very best of luck!!!!

      • Ashley June 21, 2017 at 6:30 am #

        Hello Jerilin! Thank you so much for the reply. It was a great read and very informative. I live in Canada so I’m not sure if all those good quality canned foods are around but I’m going to make a list of them and check out my local pet valu, globel pet food store along with online stores (if need be… have never ordered food of any kind online before so it kinda is a scared process for me) to see if they have a few of the better brands. I would be perfectly fine feeding in a rotation of FF classics and better canned foods. Would it be okay to mix them together? Or should I keep them separate? Also the Primal nuggets are hydrated before before my cats consume it because that’s what it says on the package and I do not want to risk dehydrated or any other possible problems. Also I only will be feed 1 hydrated nugget a day to make sure the cats are getting a healthy raw meal that rounds their diet. Can I mix the Hydrated Primal nugget with some canned food? Or should I need it separated?

        I will be getting a neutered 12 week old Male Flame Point Ragdoll July 21st, 2017 named Benjamin Reid so I’ll keep in mind the cat foods that shouldn’t be feed to neutered males.

        Thanks again for the advice!

        Ashley

    • geocev June 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

      Fancy Feast is by no means considered a ‘healthy’ food for cats. However, cats love it. I am owned by one who demands to be fed Fancy Feast or will not eat. If you do feed it only feed the grain free CLASSIC varieties. Those are all low carbohydrate: the Classic Chicken, Classic Turkey & Giblets, Classic Beef, Classic Salmon and one or two other Classic fishy ones. The ones with gravy or wheat gluten should be avoided as they are high in carbs and not grain free. I read a distressing report recently how there are heavy metals in pet food, like lead and mercury– even in the most highly considered and expensive brands! The FF classic chicken was lower in these toxic elements than many others.

      • Ashley June 21, 2017 at 6:36 am #

        Thank you for your reply Geocev! I will be feeding the Fancey Feast Classics for sure. (Mila Elizabeth who is my female Taby just ate 1/3 of a FF classic turkey and giblets can and LOVED it) I will also be rotating it with a higher quality canned cat foods that the commenter before you listed out (just need to find the right one for both my cats… once Benjamin arrives)

        Ashley

        • geocev June 21, 2017 at 11:18 am #

          When I first got my kitties, I educated myself fully on best quality food and nutrition for them. I didn’t care what it cost, I wanted the best food for my babies. Little did I realize that what they ate was not going to be solely up to me. After many tries of not mostly hits but misses, one of my cats went on a hunger strike until I gave him a can of Fancy Feast. I tried every grain free, low carb, quality wet food I could find. As they matured, they started rejecting more and more new foods. Recently they were willing to eat a can of Health Extension Turkey Entree Canned Cat & Kitten Food. I was giddy with excitement as I determined this is a really good food, so I went ahead and ordered a case. Guess what happened?? Now they won’t eat it. And if they do I have to cover it with palatable toppings they like the smell of and even then, it’s very slow going. The Fancy Feast classic low carb grain free, they gobble up happily every time. I wish I could get my hands on whatever the magical ingredient is that they put in that stuff. But I mostly wish it were healthier for them!

  5. Linda June 20, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    I have been doing the healthy cat food search for awhile now and have finally found some that my cats will eat. The Weruva is one of them. I also do some of the Fussie Cat varieties. However, they also love the new Fancy Feast Naturals is what I believe they are called (not the canned). But, if you will compare the size and price of those, they are not cheap either. All I know is I have finally found food that will be eaten, medium priced, and no carageenan. As for the rest of the ingredients, I have given up the fight.

    • susanne June 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

      Wellness TRUFOOD expensive but cats continue to like it and it has only five ingredients…healthy.

      Also WERUVA..

      I feed FANCY feast too and sometimes pieces of my cooked salmon and chicken, some sour cream they like occasionally.

      I have five cats and feed lots of wet food so is expensive.

      All my cats are HEALTHY, they get some grain free kibble .

      One of my boy cats used to get some constipation but not since I INCREASED his wet food and decreased his kibble.

      So it cost me $14-$18 a day to feed them, that is cheap compared to non-furry kids.

      They wont eat raw food and I cannot handle dealing with it.

  6. Amy Rose Mendo July 15, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    I am trying to budget my cat food as it’s getting a bit crazy what with having fosters and occasionally feeding my colony good stuff. Wellness CORE kitten used to be about 35$ but is now 44$ so it’s off my list. I give Earthborn, Hounds n Gatos plus Weruva and Natural Balance (pouches, top off) usually chicken, tuna or duck with liver in no particular combination. I cook liver n hearts for them sometimes too.

    Anyone else had luck finding good quality tinned food? I want to keep my boys healthy n safe but very unhappy paying $50 when so many of these companies seem to be untrustworthy or GREEDY. I’m trying to save money so we can finally get our own place and I’m spending about $200-$300 on chewy at least a month,with part time crappy pay.

    Thanks!

    • Linda July 15, 2017 at 10:09 am #

      Might check into Redbarn, seems pretty healthy and somewhat reasonable

  7. Mary McKay July 24, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    Wellness has changed its canned grain free catfood formulas and most likely their non grain free ones too. They took out the Sweet potato, squash, zucchini and blueberries and have added in salt. They claim its because cats don’t need those vegetables but many veterinarians suggest adding sweet potato, squash, pumpkin to the diet for added fiber and nutrients. My cat has eaten the Wellness Grain free for years and this is very disappointing. The rep I spoke with told me that they have had feedback that many cats do not like the new formula. The only reason a company does this is to save money. This formula worked great – there was no reason to chamge it. I and many others will now have to find a different food that our cats like that is good for them.

    • EffieA. July 24, 2017 at 8:07 am #

      Well techically cats don’t really need much vegetables or at all and the only reason they may have a few is through their consumed prey otherwise they only eat meat. Normally pet food that add vegetables do it to save cost as pure meat (not animal byproducts) is more expensive and generally little to none vegetables are premium best for their digestive system as those veggies can be too harsh. It is generally recommended for guardians to add 100% pumpkin once in a while if needed for fiber or hair balls while not again a necessity for daily consumption functionality. Many cats tend to thrive and suffer less allergies or issues when almost no vegetables aside from a few greens are involved so maybe that is why the change in which more people will applaud because doing this again only drives the economic cost for the company rather save them more money, hence it truly is trying to heed to the best food for the cats due to most of their customers requests

    • EffieA. July 24, 2017 at 8:13 am #

      Also forgot to add that most vetetanians are not pet nutritionists so they even push for not so great brands like science diet etc.. while those that are including holistic ones tend to push for little as possible vegetables too for carnivore cats.

  8. Christian B July 24, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    On the plus side, Wellness has removed the carrageenan from wet foods. Carrageenan has been linked to cancers etc. Cats shouldn’t eat so much plant matter anyway. Especially the sweet potatoes. They can’t properly process carbs. They have no carb requirement.

  9. Canna Sando July 26, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Stella & Chewy finally removed Pea fiber and Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex and went back to original. Many cat owners and reviewers inclding me asked and advised them to remove those ingredients and it worked.
    I would like to read your opinion for Stella & Chewy ‘s frozen foods and freezed dried foods without those to ingredients.

    • Linda Motschiedler August 8, 2017 at 6:31 am #

      I have not tried this brand but do they have Carrageen in their wet foods?
      Thanks!

  10. Max August 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    There really should be bone warning for the canned food in your top tier. Holistic Select and Instinct contain lots of sharp hard pieces of bone. Holistic is the worst with the finger nail sized shards. No animal should be eating cooked bone fragments. My kitty tried her best to spit out the pieces. Feeding Organix for now even though it gives her the runs, I suspect the gums many canned include to replace carrageenan which we also avoid. Instinct was the best for her digestion but we both became sick of picking out the bones, plus the unnecessary whole peas. Manufacturer does not care, they have known about it for years. Found similar problem with newer brand Nulo as well. also tried raw many times with no success, she would starve herself. It always looks gray with freezer burn anyways, no matter brand or store. Radcat made my older kitty throw up. Radcat never responded either.

    • geocev August 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

      Good to know, thanks. Have you tried freeze dried raw? I’ve had good success with Primal freeze dried raw Chicken and Salmon for my cats. I mostly add it to their canned foods with some hot water rather than just rehydrating and serving it by itself.

      • Nicole August 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

        I use only rad cat lamb and beef. I think the hpp of the turkey and chicken made it taste funny. I make orders from Hare Today which I highly recommend but something isn’t sitting right w my kitty and his fur..maybe the taurine thing.
        Avoderm, Ziwipet, Wild Calling and Blue may just be the only decent canned foods I know of. I will avoid any and all purina products for their crimes against animals by their highly immoral behavior.
        Please support small companies and correct me if I’m wrong about them, but it’s definitely good to know whom to trust when you need something in a pinch. Since these are hard to come by,
        Just go get a steak or some sort of chicken wing ( not leg) and take off all but a part of the bone for them to eat add an egg yolk for the short term if you can’t find decent canned or better yet, sardines, salmon w bones or mackerel, wild caught only.
        I’d try anything I could before buying most canned food
        Primal has clay…no exactly what my cat wanted he refused it. There is an online delivery service called Balanced Blends and out of all of them, they were the tastiest. Darwins was ok ingredients wise but not taste wise and I heard they used sub par meat. Steve’s real food also fid alright with my guy. Do not get anything at petsupermarket or persmart. I forget what the name of it was, but it looked horrific.
        ORIJEN makes wonderful dry food if you can say there is such a thing and they just came out w dehydrated raw
        Check them out.

        • geocev August 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

          Seems like every food has issues. The pet food industry is truly an abomination. Unless people are willing to make the food themselves, there are many unknowns we must tolerate. That’s why this site is so helpful. I didn’t know Orijen did dehydrated raw. I’ll check that out, thanks.

        • Ron August 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

          I only use avoderm canned cat chicken & duck for my cats. They are super healthy and lean. The vet said this was the best

        • Michele August 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

          Yup; as soon as Rad Cat started to HPP my cats wouldn’t touch it. I respect the company for taking the safety measures they thought were necessary though. Even though Primal uses HPP my cats have been ok with their meat up until now but lately I’ve been having issues with raw frozen Primal Venison. The meat was always very red and moist and the last few months I sporadically get bags that are light colored meat that’s very dry, and neither one of my cats likes it. When I contacted them they said it’s normal for the quality to vary from bag to bag however I’ve used it for at lest 3 years and it’s always been red and moist.

          • Nicole August 8, 2017 at 5:39 am #

            Yeah, primal was hated the most by Lemmy. Well, I will say that apparently Rad Cat doesn’t use HPP for venison, Beef or lamb, sp try that, if you can afford it.
            I think I best to learn how to mimic those recipes if possible, which is my next step. I have batches of Hare today mixed with Alnutrin to deal with..I’m going to half it w RC Lamb. I did blood work on My kitty to see how it was going and his phosphorous levels were really high which means too much bone or too litype calcium ive also stattend making eggshell calcium ( which is good for humans too), which I will add to his simple portions of plain meat w taurine here and there. I’d like to get him off the Alnutrin. I don’t think it’s good for him. The supplement business is tough to figure out..I think it’s necessary for sure, just seems a ltitle pedantic.

        • LilacSerenity August 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

          Nicole,
          I mostly use Wild Calling, and also like that they’re a small family-owned company. I’ve emailed them a couple of times and they seem like very nice down-to-earth people who truly care about pets and what they put in their formulas and not in it just for the money.
          I’ve also recently added Ziwipeak to my rotation, after they changed their formula. Gotta admit, rabbit/lamb formula does sometimes have pretty big sharp bone fragments, but good pet food with healthy ingredients is so hard to come by that I don’t mind fishing out a few pieces of bone.
          As far as Avoderm, I stopped buying it a few years ago. Their ingredients are not the best – all of their formulas contain controversial Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (synthetic vitamin K), which is carcinogenic and “toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes; repeated or prolonged exposure to it can produce target organs damage” (http://truthaboutpetfood.com/a-pet-food-ingredient-to-be-wary-of-menadione-sodium-bisulfate/). Avoderm also contains tapioca starch as on of the top ingredients, and up until recently had carageenan, which was substituted with magnesium oxide, an antacid that has caused tumors in lab rats. To all of this I say “no, thanks”.

  11. Linda August 8, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    I am primarily using Earthborn Holistic and Weruva, haven’t found any bone in those.

  12. Kerry October 11, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    If possible, I would appreciate any update on Organix cat foods, since it was purchased by Merrick.

    • Nicole October 11, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      Hi. I’m EXTREMELY anti purina. MERRICK is now owned by Purina.
      I’d seek out Acana, Taste of the Wild, Party Animal, Canidae, Lotus and Dave’s.
      I believe Avoderm is still apart from the Nestlé Purina Corp and that is rdaily available if Pets mart is your option. There are more but you gotta dig deep. Check your local INDEPENDENT pet store.

      • Amy Rose October 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

        Taste of the Wild is (I believe) owned by Diamond foods. It’s why I stopped buying it. Worth making sure but that’s what I read.

    • Nicole October 11, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      Oh yes….Ziwipeak! !

      • Kerry October 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

        Thank you!

  13. Sarah November 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    Wild Calling just declared bankruptcy. Given how hard it has been to find over the past few months Incant day I’m surprised though I am disappointed.

  14. Max November 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    We discovered a brand called Natural Planet. Smooth pate with no bones. I wish it had less ingredients, and it still gives her the runs, but we are very limited in options as Holistic vet did allergy test which claims she is allergic to fish, beef and pork. Not 100% sure on if spending $250 for the allergy blood test was worth it, since she still has the runs. She won’t eat any of the various raw or freeze dried brands either, including Answers that the vet recommended. The only human food she will eat is salmon which she is supposedly allergic too, plus she will beg for more all day! There’s also mercury concern with fish. It took much trial to wean her off fish based food. We have had to start giving her a little bit of Halo kibble again to ease the runs. Anyone know if their new formula is actually better? Might revisit trying Hare Today, but it’s quite expensive for something she will probably not eat.

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