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.
JUNE 2016: RadCat announced a voluntary recall of specific batches of food due to bacteria detected. See this FAQ to check your batches and learn more. It is unlikely your cats will eat the tainted food even if you give it to them, but avoid it so your cat doesn’t get sick.
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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1,675 Responses to Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

  1. Greg Schlap December 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

    Back in the ’70’s we had a cat that lived on cooked liver only. My mom would buy beef liver and cut it up for him. The cat was rarely at the vet and lived to be 20.

  2. Gail December 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    I just bought some TikiCat canned chicken online. I’ve been buying it for years. The can is now different and I see that the protein content has dropped from 18.5% to 16%. I’m not sure what other changes have been made. Disappointing, though. Also, I noticed that Primal Turkey Nuggets are no longer on your list at all, or at least I can’t find it. In fact, I don’t see any of this type of Primal. Does it no longer make your list? If so, what is the reason?

    • Cece December 28, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      With the rebranding of the Tiki Cat line they reduced the amount of food/protein content/calories so you have to feed more cans to your cat now.

      They also added Vitamin K3 – I’m SHOCKED by this and I’ve sent them a message on their Facebook as well as posted on their news wall asking why they have done this. I can stomach paying extra cash to feed my cat this brand, but I refuse to get past the Vitamin K3. My cat has been eating this new rebranded can for weeks and I want to cry knowing that he’s been eating this terrible horrible ingredient.

      I want to pull my hair out at this point. No pet food company should ever be trusted. I thought they were the one brand I could trust.

      • LilacSerenity December 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

        I feel the same 🙁
        I was waiting for Tiki to remove dextrose from their new Carnivore line (the ingredients on their website did NOT show it, but the cans sent by Chewy did), so when I saw the new label, I guessed the formulas must’ve been updated and gladly ordered a box. I was feeding it to mine for a few weeks before I saw the K3 news here (thank you, community, btw) and decided to check the label just in case. I honestly feel betrayed by Tiki (again). So I’m saying goodbye and moving on from this brand. #trustnoone

        P.S. Cece, what’s in your rotation?

        • Cece December 29, 2016 at 8:56 am #

          Hi Lilac!

          Seriously, I feel incredibly betrayed as well. This was their response to me, btw:

          “The nutrition, ingredients, and feeding instructions will be correct on each label for that batch. In early 2016, AAFCO changed their requirements for vitamin and mineral levels in a complete and balanced diet, which caused us to change our premix. Unfortunately, with the new requirements, we are unable to reach the vitamin K levels naturally and this had to be added into some of the diets. It is not in the Grill diets, only the Luau.”

          I don’t buy this at all. What I’m reading between the lines is that they reduced the amount of food per can so they are “unable to reach the vitamin K levels naturally.” Please. We are not idiots here. I told them that they need to do their research and remove K3 before they lose their customers.

          Anyway – to answer your question, I use Hound & Gatos (Chicken) every now and then when I can find it, and I’ve switched my cat completely over to Weruva Cats in the Kitchen (Chicken Frick a Zee). Very comparable to Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau and my cat had absolutely no trouble (or complaints) switching over! 🙂

          • Wildcat January 8, 2017 at 8:10 am #

            Weruva made my two cats very sick. After a few days of eating the food, they were losing weight and having diarrea. One of the cats was sitting in a crouched position with his nose to the floor. They also started having dandruff. They’ve never had dandruff before!

            Why doesn’t Tiki Cat use menaquinone-7 instead of synthetic k3?

  3. LCH December 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Have I mentioned that I’m liking RAWZ brand for dry as a minor supplement to canned? (I figure if they eat a little dry each day, their tummies stay used to it, and then if I’m away they can eat more of it and someone could visit just once per day to feed canned, if necessary). Rawz not only has meat based first several ingredients, but the company also donates all their profits to help other animals, like homeless ones or whatever. That makes me feel good!

  4. Janet December 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    BEWARE of Stella and Chewy freeze-dried products:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Stella and Chewy for the past couple of years but recently I noticed some changes in their formula (not to mention that they now contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex). My latest purchase, the duck flavor, had SO many large, sharp bone pieces in the batch. I literally had to dip my hands in the mix (with water) and scoop out bone pieces before serving. In a 1/3 cup mix, I had 20+ small and large, ALL SHARP, bone pieces that are way too dangerous for cats. I am not sure if this problem is pertaining to only the duck flavor but please make sure to check for any sharp bone pieces before serving it to your cats.

  5. ron krikorian December 10, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    avoderm is the best

  6. ron krikorian December 10, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    my 5 yr. old cat was diagnosed with feline leukemia. put him on avoderm canned chicken & duck 3 times a day. his weight went from 12.0 lbs. down to 10.1 lbs. after switching to avoderm his weight went back up to 11.2 lbs. vet gave him another test and his leukemia is gone. I think the avocado oil in avoderm did it. after all, avocadoes kill certain forms of leukemia in humans. I will stay with avoderm

  7. raza7196566 December 12, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    avoderm is the best for Cats

    • Kate January 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

      careful – avoderm has carrageenan as an ingredient

  8. King December 14, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    I contacted Stella and Chewy today to ask them to change the ingredients back to the old recipe. Here’s their response:

    Good afternoon,

     

    We’re sorry to hear that your cat doesn’t care for the minimal change in formulation.  Please know that the Pea Protein makes up less than 1% of the entire formulation.  However, we’ve since had consumers, such as you, reach out to let us know they’re uncomfortable with the change.  We’re in the process of looking into alternatives, and hope to have made that change as of the new year.

     

    Please feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Emily

     

    Customer Service & Sales Support Coordinator

    Stella & Chewy’s | 111 W. Oakview Pkwy. | Oak Creek, WI  53154

    888-477-8977 (toll free) | http://www.stellaandchewys.com

    I hope they bring it back!

    • Michelle Conti January 14, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

      I use the Chick, Chick, Chicken dinner and Duck, Duck, Goose and the packages do not saw Menadione or Vit K. I’m hoping that this food is still decent because then I’m up a creek. Tho I have noticed larger bones lately like another post mentioned. The RadCat frozen looks good but its too hard to obtain. And I have 9 kittys here and some eat this and other stuff. I can’t find an organic cat food that is grain-free and carrageean free. If anyone knows of one….

  9. Bonnie January 8, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    What do you think of Farmina dry cat food and Wild Calling canned cat food?

    • EffieA January 8, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      I don’t do dry food but I heard good things about wild callong but my cat won’t eat it but likes bravo new canned line and their brands. I strongly suggest going to Amazon and order the wild calling variety pack as gives you an ample sample of different meats to try on your cat unlike chewy (which I still love) and other stores that may not carry a variety, but sell in bulk cases that is more expensive or none at all.

  10. Melissa January 9, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    I noticed all the recommendations are for adult cats. Can you recommend a kitten food? I’ve been feeding my kitten Wellness core kitten canned food but I know it isn’t ideal because of the Carrageenan (thought better than the Royal Canin dry his previous owner was feeding him). I can’t find any of the top list recommended here in Canada and the wellness is already at the max price for our budget. Are there any other top kittens canned foods on the list?

    • EffieA. January 10, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      When it states all life stages it means for all ages and the only thing to take to cosideration is the quantity amount meaning a kitten requires more food due to still growing, while when older- they can be tapered off a smaller amount dependent on what weight your cat should be. I strongly suggest looking at chewy.com or your Canadian online stores that could offer you more variety options. Brands I fed and most I still feed my cat since he was a kitten and thriving at a healthy weight and large length-he is a Norwegian Forrest blue (again, don’t be concern whether it states for kittens or not- still ideal as long as states all life stages) – wild calling, lotus just juicy line, nature variety limited ingredients line (my cat loves the rabbit), ziwipeak, go! Duck shine only, halo-only the guinea kind, and Bravo new canned lines. I think if you want more accessibility locally, I believe nature variety brand will be in most stores- not your general ones, but a pet speciality one.

      • josinger14 January 10, 2017 at 10:24 am #

        Actually kitten food is not really necessary to feed kittens. High quality cat food with excellent meat protein fed -depending on the kitten’s age 4x a day and feeding them as much as they want is most important because their energy level is so high.

        Slowly transition them to a high quality raw diet that doesn’t contain vegetable protein is a good idea also. We have fed our kittens Natures Variety canned and are in the process of transitioning then to Darwins Raw chicken and turkey. The love it.

        As they get older feed the recommended calorie requirement for their age group. We stopped kitten food with no problem at all. And I totally agree with your concern for the wellness kitten diet.

    • Naturalcatlover January 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      I used to give my cats Ziwipeak, Instinct LID, Hound and Gatos, etc. canned food but stopped when I noticed they were all getting sick. They were having loose stools and hiding under the covers a lot. They also stopped playing. I saw Whole Paws canned food at Whole Foods and bought a few cans because it looked good. The 3 oz cans don’t contain any sugar or starch (It does have carrageenan, but it’s listed last in the ingredients list). I think sugar is much more harmful than carageenan to OBLIGATE carnivores. If you look at fancy feast classic and Whole Paws, you’ll see that the ingredients are almost the same. But the whole foods brand doesn’t contain bispenol-a, nitrites, or artificial flavors. i feed my cats the non-fish cans. They also like s&c so I always leave a plate out for them. My cats are back to their normal selves, talking and playing all night.

  11. Amy January 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    I’d love to also hear your thoughts on Orijen, and Almo.

  12. Amy January 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    I currently feed my kitten canned food from Nature’s Variety Instinct LID. However, I’ve read on another forum that it would be the same and more cost efficient to feed my cat the dog’s version of Nature’s Variety Instinct canned food. I’ve crossed checked both cat’s and dog’s version of the NVI canned food and they appear to contain the exact same ingredient. Do you think it would be okay to feed my cat this? I’d love for everyone to weigh in and hear your thoughts on this.

    • EffieA. January 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      I would advise against it unless it says can be used on both cats and dogs like certain brands like wysong, but nature variety doesn’t, so no, despite looks the same ingredient wise, they have different levels of vitamins and minerals that are balanced for certain species appropriate diets in which cats may require more of such as taurine and the salt or sodium intake may be different for dogs versus cats. Also larger cans may not be bpa coating free like the smaller ones of course depends on the company.

      On the other Inquiry, I haven’t tried or heard of the other but I have tried the freeze dry treats of Orijen and Stoney loved it and Orijen is very reputable and well liked among those that do combo or all dry food diets, which I don’t as I prefer all wet diet for my cat.

      • Amy January 14, 2017 at 8:53 am #

        Thanks Effie.

  13. sue January 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi, thanks for this great list. It’s been so helpful when identifying safe and healthy foods for my cats. I wanted to bring to your attention the ingredients for Taste of the Wild. I just bought some, and do not see menadione sodium sulfate in the ingredients list.

  14. Rudy January 16, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    What are your thoughts on Redbarn cat food?

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