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 NO LONGER IN BUSINESS   : (
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%).
Contains controversial ingredient Menadione (synthetic K)
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
grace-grain-free-cat-food-4lb
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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1,976 Responses to Today’s best cat foods–reviews of canned and raw options

  1. Rosa M Guthrie April 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Dearest Liz: we would love to see another update in 2018!! I, for one, would be happy to contribute $100 towards your efforts via Paypal or Chewy Gift card? LOL. I’m certain that other cat lovers that follow this particular post would contribute various amounts as well (and keep the information available to all! It’s not about privatizing!! It’s about me supporting your efforts that inform the public).

    Muv luv and Fur ~Rosa

    PS: while researching today, I found this little repository
    http://catinfo.org/docs/
    The CatFoodProteinFatCarbPhosphorusChart.pdf document has a hyperlink to a sortable Google Sheet that is easy to sort and read some basic info such as protein and fat content. They do not seem to recommend anything in particular. It is just a list you can use to compare.

    • Liz April 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      Rose, that is so sweet of you! At this moment is not even about money, it’s just about time and energy on my end. I hear you though –and who knows – I just might have more time later this year.

  2. Rosa M Guthrie April 20, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Quick Note on Holistic Select
    They changed their label recently and apparently changed their recipe.
    I bought a case as usual last week and noticed the label changed but I didn’t think anything of it until I opened it today. The smell, consistency, and color are different. Regardless, I laid it down for my kitties to try and all 3 turned their noses up at it. I was astounded. Even my fat boy, who eats anything, walked away from it.
    I’m only sharing this to warn that something has changed since 2016 (I started using Holistic Select because of this blog around Jan 2017). It’s possible that the food is still good and high quality, but something certainly changed. As we all know, cats are finnicky eaters so it could just be that it wasn’t what they are used to (although I worry that not even Bean would touch it… that tells me that it must’ve tasted bad or something).

  3. LilacSerenity April 5, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    My fellow cat people, GREAT NEWS!!! I just found out that WILD CALLING is back in stock on Chewy!!!!

    Apparently, it’s been bought out by another company, Great Life Pet Food. They’re very active on Facebook (Wild Calling page), although they have not updated the website yet, supposedly it’s underway. They have resumed manufacturing though, with no changes in formulas or facilities, at least for now. I’ve never heard of this company before, so naturally I had to double check about the canning process with them personally, since this info is not available online yet.

    So I emailed Great Life (Wild Calling contact page is having technical issues) directly with two important questions. 1. Where exactly is it manufactured (there was this Evangers issue back in 2015), and 2. Are the cans BPA-free.

    According to their customer service manager, Lea Frissen, their current manufacturer is still Simmons Pet Foods, and the two flavors that were canned at Evangers back in 2015, rabbit and buffalo, are no longer in production, although she did mention that the last batches were actually manufactured at American Nutrition (meaning Wild Calling kept their promise to remove themselves from Evangers completely). She also confirmed that all of their cat food is BPA-free, only 13 oz dog food contains BPA. But then again, to my knowledge, there’s no US manufacturer that can produced 13 oz size can with no BPA.

    So I thought i’d share these good news with my fellow Wild Calling fans, I’ve already placed my order at Chewy, lol.

    BTW, Liz, you should update the list, it’s not fair that Wild Calling is still associated with Evangers 3 years later.

  4. Bonnie March 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    What is your opinion about Vitality Science?

    • Suze March 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      I’ve read comments by vet techs calling Science Diet “Science CANCER Diet”. Personally, I will never buy any Hill’s products. Youthful Vitality canned salmon and vegetable stew, questionable ingredients in all caps :

      Ingredients
      Chicken Broth, Salmon, Chicken, PORK LIVER, Carrots, Turkey Giblets, RICE, WHEAT GLUTEN, Pea Protein, RICE STARCH, Chicken Fat, Spinach, Chicken Liver Flavor, Potassium Alginate, POWDERED CELLULOSE, L-Lysine, SOYBEAN OIL, Calcium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, Choline Chloride, Guar Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX (source of Vitamin K), Vitamin D3 Supplement), Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Calcium Lactate, Calcium Gluconate, Taurine, Broccoli, Potassium Citrate, DL-Methionine, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), L-Carnitine, Magnesium Oxide, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene..

      The ‘natural flavors’ could be anything, and it’s doubtful they’ll tell you. I think you can do much better than this food and brand.

  5. Olivia March 22, 2018 at 1:59 am #

    Hello everyone,
    I really need some help here!! If anyone can read my post and give me some advices I would really really appreciate it!
    So I have adopted a beatiful american short hair last October from a shelter, and this is my first time having a cat.

    At the shelter he had been fed dry food and a quarter of 3oz canned food a day.
    I of course did my research and tried to switch his diet to wet food/freeze dried/raw in 3 month period because I had to feed him kitten food.

    Now he is 8 months old 8lb.
    Heres the routine:

    Morning – 1 can of Weruva cat in the kitchen 3.2oz
    Lunch – 1 can of Tiki cat after dark 2.8oz
    Snack – about 10 pieces of Cat-Man-Doo life essentials wild alaskan salmon dried freeze treats
    Dinner – half cup of stella & chewy dried freeze or 1 can of Weruva cat in the kitchen 3.2oz

    When I used to give him kitten food (Instinct kitten canned food) he didnt have any diarrhea, but I noticed yesterday night and today after dinner he had diarrhea in his litter box.

    I was so shocked and sad. I know now Weruva and Stella and Chewy are not the best options as Weruva is related to Purina and Stella and Chewy changed their freeze dried formula.

    So, I am thinking about switching to other options like:

    (Wet food)
    Instinct/Nature’s Variety LI
    Hound and Gato
    Ziwipeak Rabbit and Lamb

    (Freeze-dried)
    Feline Natural chicken and lamb freeze dried

    (Raw)
    Rad Cat
    Darwin
    Instinct/Nature’s Variety

    But, I want to stick with Tiki’ after dark. My cat loves them and since he puts his toys into his water bowl a lot of times and I have to change them 5 times a day and he doesn’t drink water much, I like how After dark cans have lots of broth in them so he can hydrate himself from it.

    What do you guys think about the options? It’s been almost 5 months since I brought my cat home and I really don’t know if I am doing okay for him. I just want my cat to live forever and be as healthiest and happiest as he can ever be.

    Everyone here seems so knowledgeable and experienced with kitties.. and I just thought this would be the perfect place to ask questions!

    So what would be the best options from above or any other brands?

    And also about the amount of food… I am feeding my 8 months old cat about 9oz a day.

    According to the vet it’s appropriate amount; feeding guidelines on the products and calculators online, a 8 month cat should be fed about 12oz in average.

    Am I feeding too little?

    Thank you so much!!!

    • Linda March 22, 2018 at 7:23 am #

      Hi Olivia, sounds like your kitty is very lucky and has a great mom. I am still in search of good canned food myself, so no advice there. I do have one thought tho – since your cat is male and you don’t think he drinks enough water and the toy issue (I also have a cat that does that). Males are very prone to urinary crystals and sometimes cats just don’t drink enough water. I had some major problems with my male cat urinating outside of the litter box when he had the urinary crystals/infection going on and he associated the litter box with pain. We have dark carpet and I did not realize what was going on. That also started me on the road to better & canned food. Many cats are given up due to this and people not realizing the problem. I just wish vets would tell this to all new cat owners. I would suggest putting additional small bowls of water anywhere you can. Mine prefer the two small bowls I have in a quiet surrounded area sort of underneath a table. Also litter boxes – the bigger the better if it’s possible, and as many as your have places to put them. I have one for my older male cat that is not an actual litter box it is an under the bed plastic long container/tote, and it fits perfectly inside a spare bedroom closet. My other cats use the large deep sided type litter boxes. Of course not everyone has enough room for very many or ones that big. These are just words of advice that I wish had been given to me. Good luck!

    • EffieA. March 22, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      I started the transition to an all wet food diet after my lion haired blue lion had his first and last Uti ever since, i do all the rotational meat diet in which involves feeding different meat protein each day and mine is almost four years old and he eats about 6-7oz a day with no treats (he is a Norwegian Forest), it’s hard to gauge whether you are feeding him too much as he is still a growing kitten and best to go by the BMI index guides. Mine loves his ziwipeak lamb, venison, and beef (the rabbit and lamb has bone shards that aren’t always so small). Bravo has a great line as well in terms of their cans. Halo revamped their lines including ingredient lists.. (i do Halo Guinea fowl), Lotus just juicy line can be pricey and their serving varies as some seem mostly gravy while others more meat. Nature variety such as rabbit is liked although i do Hounds and gatos rabbit as mine goes crazy over that one. It’s good you are providing more wet options!

    • Sue March 22, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Olivia,

      Don’t panic! Switching foods can often cause diarrhea. Did you do it slowly or all at once? You might want to scale back a little and eliminate one at a time to see which one is the culprit. Also are you mixing the freeze dried with water or just using it as a topper? You might also want to try switching from Instinct kitten food to an Instinct adult food-/keeping the same brand may eliminate the diarrhea.

      As to the foods you are thinking about. They are all good. In regarding how much to feed—try thinking in terms of calories rather than weight as not all 3 oz cans, for example, are equivalent in calories and the same goes for raw. Kittens can eat a lot which is fine but once they hit about a year and their activity levels slowly drop you’re going to want to cut back. I made this mistake with my older girl and now she’s having a hard time losing the 2 extra pounds she put on from my mistakenly over feeding her!

      FYI I feed my 2 nature’s variety raw and bowls, merrick backcountry, nutro minced chicken, and Ziwipeak dehydrated (I don’t like doing this but my younger one loves it so I only do it as a Supplement to his wet food).

      But most of all remember that you’re a great cat mom and the concern you’re showing for your kitty will ensure a long and happy life!

    • LilacSerenity March 22, 2018 at 11:26 am #

      First of all, kudos on adopting from the shelter, i wish there were more people like you, Olivia! Fully agree with Linda, you sound like a wonderful mom to your kitty! Welcome to our family, we are all crazy with worry for our little ones here 🙂

      Secondly, let me give you my 2 cents. There will be as many opinions as there are experts. It’s up to you to educate yourself and make a decision. Don’t just take someone’s advice as an ultimate truth simply because cats are all different, just like people, with different likes and preferences.

      For example, as soon as I read your feeding schedule, i thought you feed your cat waaaay too much. But then again, it’s been awhile since a had a growing kitten in my home, and i never had a male, i assume they eat more. I also never really read the feeding guidelines, my cats seem to know exactly how much they need.

      As far as the brands go, I’m also still in search of the Holy Grail. I don’t feed raw, canned only, and tried freeze-dried once, Feline Natural Chicken and Venison – one of my girls went absolutely nuts for it, the second one didn’t even see it as an edible, lmao :))

      I personally dislike Instinct/Nature’s Variety, as well as my cats, probably because of the clay. I just don’t understand how clay can be in food, and there’s no way I will force it on my girls.
      Hound & Gatos and Ziwipeak have the most acceptable ingredients in today’s market, but my cats are not fans at all. And to me Ziwipeak smells awful, I will probably take it out of my rotation. Also, for Ziwipeak, be on the lookout for bone fragments, especially the Rabbit flavor. There are pretty big and sharp pieces there, be sure to fish them out.
      Hound and Gatos is a hit and miss for me, flavor-wise. Try Gamebird and Turkey flavors, but stay away from Lamb (waaay too much fat) and avoid at all costs Duck flavor, absolutely disgusting! I’ve written a lot a bout H&G and Ziwipeak here, read the rest of the comments.

      I dropped TikiCat awhile ago, I suggest you do the same. All of After Dark flavors include synthetic K3, which is toxic to cats. Besides, all of them are chicken-based, really can they use a cheaper ingredient? Ughh…(*eyeroll*)

      I’m having good luck with Bravo and IandLoveandYou, check them out. I get Bravo Turkey/duck flavor (lots of broth!), and IandLoveandYou rabbit flavor, big hits in my household.

      As far as worrying about your baby’s water intake. Cats need much less water than dogs, for example. In fact, they only really drink when they’re on dry food. However, I agree with Linda, since your kitty is male, they do need to drink more to avoid UTI. So here’s a little tip: I personally always add a little clean water (not tap) to canned food – not too much (don’t make it soup consistency or you’ll be sure to deal with the runs, lol), but just enough to make it softer or add a little broth. That makes a big difference in water-intake. Also, although clean water should always be available in a bowl, some cats prefer a running water to still one – try opening a faucet and see how your guy reacts. If he clearly shows preference to running water, you can buy him a cat water fountain.

      Oh, and most importantly, when you make any changes in the food schedule, whether it’s switching a brand or flavor, or even starting to add water to food, do it gradually!!! It’s not dangerous or anything, it just might give your kitty a diarrhea. His stomach can adapt to pretty much anything, just not abruptly.

      I hope I helped if only a little bit. Good luck and don’t hesitate to ask us anything, we’re here for you!

      • cathy moore June 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

        Hi Lilac and anyone else that might know. My cat just discovered the Tiki wet the “ahi” variety of tuna and crab and loves it. He normally won’t eat anything but Sheba and Meow Mix wet varieties. Then I read your comment about the Tiki after dark having a vitamin K issue. Is it only the After Dark do you happen to know? Thanks!

        • Suze June 26, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

          You can go on a site like chewy.com and read the ingredients for each can of TikiCat flavors.

          • Nicole June 26, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

            Hey
            Be careful with tuna. It’s not really in a cat’s diet for one but it’s only meant as a small treat once in a while. Mercury. It’s also very addictive.

          • Suze June 26, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            True. Too much tuna is not good. My cats don’t get any fish or seafood – it’s makes them itch.

          • Nicole June 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

            I give my kitty a little raw salmon when I cook some for myself , so it works out
            I noticed the canned tuna meal i feed to my feral makes her eyes water and look bad the next day. She’s having an issue with one eye,but I cant catch her w any trap I’ve tried. Her eye gets super gooey and will barely open the next day so..no tuna or shrimps, mixed grill or what not.

        • LilacSerenity June 26, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

          Cathy, really depends on each flavor, not just a line. If you’re referring to the specific TikiCat Hana Grill’s “Ahi Tuna with Crab in Tuna Consomme” flavor, then no, that one doesn’t seem to contain synthetic vitamin K.
          I agree with Suze, you should definitely check the ingredients of each flavor/can before you buy. Lookout for “vitamin K3 supplement”, that means it’s synthetic. Although I would recommend to go straight to the source and verify ingredients on company’s website, and not Chewy. Chewy actually listed wrong ingredients or didn’t update an old formula several times in my experience.
          I also agree with Nicole about tuna and mercury poisoning. It’s ok to give once in awhile, but mercury tends to accumulate in a body over time if given regularly. I personally cut fish out from my rotation altogether. But in your case, Tiki Cat is a huge improvement over Sheba and especially Meow Mix, which is pure crap, that’s why it’s so addictive.

          On a personal note, I’d like to add that we can only do so much for our furry family, but I believe that food and its quality has a huge effect on our pet’s health (as well as ours) and can significantly prolong or shorten their lives. You try to do the best you physically and financially can by them, and that’s what matters.

          • Suze June 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

            Synthetic vitamin k is also called menadione sodium bisulfate, and is very controversial. I never buy food for my cats containing this. TikiCat added it to some of their flavors recently so I stopped buying their brand. https://truthaboutpetfood.com/a-pet-food-ingredient-to-be-wary-of-menadione-sodium-bisulfate/

          • cathy moore June 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

            Thank you all so much for your answers! I do know about not feeding much fish. I guess I was hoping for the Tiki to have some other flavors he might like as well. Suze mentioned her cat itches when eating fish or seafood and that is making me wonder about my cat. He seems to be itching/scratching a lot but I don’t see any fleas. I do take him out periodically on a harness/leash and he loves it! I will have to look into flea treatments soon also. But I was wondering about possible skin allergies and itching. I am currently doing a whole lot of research on cat foods. He is currently eating Instinct original grain-free recipe with real chicken for kittens. He doesn’t love it, so I am searching for another or even a couple brands I could mix – for the dry. After Suze said that, I am wondering because this instinct has Salmon meal as the 3rd ingredient and menhaden fish meal as the 4th. So I had been wanting to change this dry for for him because of that. You guys are great help on here! Are there any good facebook groups about healthy cat foods, both dry and wet?

          • EffieA. June 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

            Sometimes chicken can cause allergen reactions If given on a daily basis like tuna etc.. look into bravo, halo novel meats like guinea fowl (my cat loves it).. or try lamb, etc..

    • Suze March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi Olivia! You sound like a wonderful pet parent to your kitty. When I adopted a bonded pair (brother and sister) kitties from a rescue, I spent loads of time researching pet foods and cat behavior. Seven years later and I’m still doing it! I found out my cats love kibble, but it gives my girl cat digestion problems so I switched to canned only, supplemented with homemade. I recently stopped buying TikiCat because they started adding synthetic vitamin k – very controversial. I’m just about to order Dr. Tim’s Nimble Chicken pate from Chewys (great prices, selection, and free delivery over $49. Read the ingredient lists and customer comments) for the first time – I hope they like it! I have also had luck with Natural Instinct’s Limited Ingredient Duck, the new American Journey Poultry in Gravy Variety (my cat’s Hoovered it at my first offering), and Dr. Elsey’s clean protein Turkey Formula Grain-Free Canned (they ate all this first time, too). The clay in Nature’s Varity worried me until I read about it. https://concordpetfoods.com/blog/37005/natural-montmorillonite-clay-in-pet-food. I also think it’s a very good idea to serve different brands and different protein sources and pay attention to what your cat responds to so you have a chance at spotting a possible allergy. Both my cats hate tuna! And check the ingredient list a few times a year to moniter changes. I also get recall alerts by email. I’m always on the lookout for good grain-free and mostly starch-free cat food. I also give them filtered water (not bottled) served away from their food bowl. Apparently, cats don’t like to smell food near drinking water because instinct tells them it could be contaminated. I also put a couple spritzes of DentaSure in their water and in their gravy for one week each season, so four times a year – so far no need for teeth cleanings at the vet! I buy Whole Life freeze dried treats (it satisfies their love of crunchies). I get the Pure Turkey Breast, and the Whole Life LifeBites Duck recipe – they LOVE both of them. Save the crumbs at the bottom of the bag to use as a food topper, especially when introducing a new food. Both at Chewys. Once a week I poach a couple boneless, skinless chicken thighs in water with a pinch of salt. I simmer a long time to make a nice juice, and give them each a tablespoon of chicken and ‘gravy’ as a treat. If I am cooking, they like a small cube of raw beef every once in awhile. I occasionally give them barely poached chicken hearts with the juice for valuable enzymes. I see my girl cat drink water a few times a week, but my male cat almost never. That’s why I give them wet food and homemade meat with the juice (I warm it in the micro to room temp so the cold fat dissolves) to make sure he gets plenty of moisture. Read up on pet food ingredients. Some of them are horrifying. Another really important part of your cat’s life is CATIFICATION. Create levels for your kitty to climb and hang out, and make sure he can easily camp out in front of a window and watch stuff. My cats have a padded bench in front of the living room window with two bird feeders and two suet cages just a foot away. They spend hours watching the birds, squirrels and chipmunks! And get some fun wand toys (keep out of his reach when you’re not around) and burn off his kitty energy jumping and chasing. They also each have their own ‘kitty hut’ to curl up in a quiet place. Make sure your cat is microchipped and has a break-away collar (great ones found on Etsy!) Clean your large cat box every day – takes three minutes. Once a month empty it and sanitize it. Get a ‘PetZoom’ brush and brush him once a week. Clip his nails every three weeks or so. YouTube has videos on how-to. Get pet insurance. Also find your cat a ‘Pet Godparent’ that will take in your cat if something happens to you. Don’t assume your family will do this. Make sure a trusted friend has a key to your place and knows your cat’s routine in case something happens to you, and keep a card in your wallet with their name and a message that you have a pet at home and that person should be called. My cats are so sweet and affectionate and seem very happy, and they get a thumb’s up from the vet every check-up. Good luck with your new fur-buddy!

      • LilacSerenity March 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

        Suze, judging by your post, you seem to be a very responsible and protective mom… I’m surprised you feed your babies Dr. Elsey with EDDI in it.. 🙁

        • Suze March 23, 2018 at 12:39 am #

          Thanks for mentioning this. I spent a great deal of time researching this ingredient. Here’s what I found:

          Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide
          Sometimes listed as EDDI, it appears to be used as an iodine supplement. It may react with sulfates and release free iodine. Calcium Iodate (currently in many pet foods) is indicated as the most stable iodine supplement and would appear to be a better choice of iodine supplements.

          EDDI was once used in skin ointments but now it is rarely found in cosmetics and toiletries due to allergic skin responses in the humans. Industrial uses include epoxy resin (glues, adhesives, and paints), coolant oils, rubber latex, solvent, fungicides, textile lubricants, color developers, antifreeze solutions, electroplating solutions, and floor polish remover. The outcome was not good when researchers tried using it to prevent foot rot in cows.
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          Ugh! Most pet food ingredient sites stop at the first paragraph, but then this site Dog food advisor) has this second paragraph. Then I found this, the most detailed description so far:

          A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ABOUT ETHYLENEDIAMINE DIHYDROIODIDE
          June 18, 2015 admin
          Ethylenediamine dihydroiodide is a chemical which is utilized in the production of many drugs and complexes related to industries. The color of this substance is colorless and it is in the form of liquid which is used for various purposes in the medical related fields such as face or body creams, cosmetic products and several additional products. One can find ethylenediamine dihydroiodide being made use in lubricants, writing inks where they act as a binding material. Apart from these, they are used in inhibitors, textile resins, epoxy hardeners and coolant oils. ********EDDI is also said to be an excellent organic iodine source for nutrition use in animals which have high bioavailability. For example, the food for cats and dogs contains EDDI, which acts as an additive in its nutrition. This helps in preventing lack of iodine in the nutrition of pets. Although it is considered secure to use, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) USA, only recommends a minimal intake of around 50mg/ person. ********EDDI also acts as preventive medication for foot rot in cattle. In the initial stages, foot rots have been treated by ayurveda. In spite of many effective iodine compounds, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide is made use of, for foot rots for effective treatment and better results. The most effective form of iodine which is present in the pet food is usually calcium iodide and it is considered as favorable iodine by many Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide manufacturers. At the beginning, Ethylenediamine dihydroiodide was effectively used in cosmetics and medications like ointments. But nowadays it is not commonly found and the reason behind this is due to the fact that it creates allergic reactions when it is made in contact with the skin. Therefore people don’t prefer using cosmetics which contain EDDI.

          Benefits Of The Product

          When it comes to the industries, the use of EDDI in gums, rubber latex, lubricants for textile, and other such industrial needs was high but the results was not effective which made the industrialist stop using EDDI. By that time, a research was made after which EDDI was found to be very effective in foot rot in cows and cattle. Ethylenediamine dihydroiodide is an agent to prevent foot rot. During the studies as a feed premix to cattle, the serum iodine levels were monitored. Ethylenediamine dihydroiodide is the water soluble salt of ethylenediamine and hydrogen iodide. ********It turns out to be an excellent natural iodine source for animal nutrition use with high bio availability. This helps to avoid iodine deficiency in humans. This acts as the nutritional source of iodine for all classes of poultry and livestock. *******This substance aids in the limitation of foot rot. It also aids in the removal of mucous from the upper respiratory tract. It should be stored in well closed containers and in a cool dry place clear of heat. This product is considered as very good reactor with alkylation. This is used as an agent of thickening indyes, cosmetics and similar products.
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          SO…I’M STILL SKEPTICAL!!! I guess until I can do more research I’ll put off Dr. Elsey’s for now. Such a pain. It’s also so sad when researching pet foods you read about brands that are so, so bad (most grocercery store brands) that your heart breaks for all the millions of dogs and cats that have to eat that garbage. The Agar-agar in Dr. Tim’s is also sometimes called out as a red flag, but most descriptions are similar to this one:

          August 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)
          Hello, my name is Adam and I am the Digital Marketing Manager at ZiwiPeak.

          Thank you for your inquiry regarding Agar Agar and Carrageenan. We updated our canned recipes from Carrageenan to Agar Agar approximately 2 years ago. Agar Agar is considered to be a healthier ingredient for providing gelling properties to canned foods. Carrageenan and Agar Agar are derived from different types of red seaweed, and at a molecular level, there are definite differences between them.

          We’re continually trying to improve our formulas, and our latest formulation is on our website.
          ___________

          Honestly, you can drive yourself insane with pet food. Added to the murky world of ingredients and quality, you also have to pay attention to recalls and deal with the fact that after extensive research and paying big bucks for a brand that your cat decides he doesn’t like it. My cats would love to eat kibble for every meal but I know it’s not the best option. Trump’s deregulation of FDA checks doesn’t help at all, as now manufacturers can list controversial ingredients split up to hide them or just be misleading with a description like our old favorite ‘Natural Flavoring’ which could be anything from MSG to bird poop.

          Feeding 100% homemade is also tricky in getting the necessary supplements correct for their whole lifetime. I’ve read plenty of horror stories about health disasters developing from unbalanced preparations. That’s why I try to mix it up between different brands and protein sources as well as some homemade.

          The quest is never ending!

          • EffieA. March 23, 2018 at 8:21 am #

            Suze …Wonderful extensive research and detailed descriptions as you said, there is really no perfect brand or food sadly. As a result, I strongly believe is that all we can do is perhaps promote less dependency on one brand or meat protein rather encourage several rotations of variety of brands and meats for an appropriate feline species diet on a daily or weekly basis (of course slow introduction as some cats’ digestion can be sensitive and finicky, best to do this at a young age and up). This will ensure cats do not get allergic Reactions and the best of their nuterients, etc.. My cat’s allergies have disappeared and his health is Optimal including his fur, joints, etc.. as I hope and believe will give him the best quality of life long term.

          • Suze March 23, 2018 at 8:33 am #

            I agree. Several brands, multiple protein sources, regular research, watching for recalls and ingredient changes, added nutritious home cooked food, clean treats, nothing sourced from China…I do more for my kitties than myself! But they’re worth it. They depend on me and pay me back every day.

          • LilacSerenity March 23, 2018 at 11:30 am #

            OMG, we are in the same boat! I’m driving myself nuts researching every ingredient, I realize that I’m going overboard with it, but I cannot consciously give my kitties something that I know is bad for them! :(((((( And you’re right, there’s virtually no regulation or control over pet industry, they can put whatever in food or on the label. That’s why I tend to go with smaller, family-owned companies, who at least start out with sincerely good intentions; rather than big corrupt corporations, who have no shame or worry whatsoever but to make more money. #TrustNoOne

            And as far as EDDI goes… I’ve posted a comment about it before, i guess it’s on another page now. But you missed a couple of important studies:

            Toxic effects of ethylenediamine dihydroiodide treatment in Swedish calves: “To study the preventive effect of supplementary iodine on interdigital phlegmon, 50 Swedish red and white calves weighing approximately 100 kg each were given 1 mg ethylenediamine dihydroiodide (EDDI) per kg bodyweight daily. Fifty calves in the same herd were untreated controls. AS A RESULT OF SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS THE EXPERIMENT WAS INTERRUPTED AFTER FIVE WEEKS. No case of interdigital phlegmon was observed, but 31 calves in the EDDI group and one in the control group were treated for respiratory disease. Serum protein bound iodine increased on average from 68.0 to 213.0 micrograms/litre in the EDDI group compared to an increase from 59.9 to 70.7 micrograms/litre in the control group.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6636476)

            Animal Toxicity Studies: EXCESS EDDI CAUSES CATTLE TO MANIFEST COUGHING, SEROMUCOUS NASAL DISCHARGE, LACRIMATION, DULLNESS OR RELUCTANCE TO MOVE, HEAVY BREATHING, & SLIGHT FEVER… SHEEP MANIFEST SIMILAR SIGNS… THESE SIGNS ABATE WITHIN A FEW DAYS IF EDDI…REMOVED FROM RATION. (https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+440)

            Even based on the sources you found, whatever is bad for human skin is good enough to put inside an animal? No way, I’m staying away from this thing, not willing to experiment. Besides, I read that calcium iodate is the most stable form of iodine.

          • Suze March 23, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

            I agree. And there are plenty of other crappy things. Even in people food. At least we’re trying and not slowly killing our fur babies with Meow Mix.

          • Suze March 23, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

            March 22, 2018 … Radagast Pet Food Inc. of Portland, OR, is recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet brand “Free-Range Chicken” and one lot of “Free-Range Turkey” cat food from after random government testing showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

            http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/03/rad-cat-raw-free-range-poultry-cat-food-recalled-for-listeria/

            June 24th, 2016….. Rad Cat Raw Food Recalled for Dangerous Bacteria; False + Misleading Human-Grade Claims Revisited

            http://www.poisonedpets.com/rad-cat-raw-food-recalled-dangerous-bacteria-false-misleading-human-grade-claims-revisited/
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            True? Hmmm….!

        • David March 25, 2018 at 5:32 am #

          After reading these comments and researching EDDI, we decided to add it to the Safe Pet Treats app as a harmful ingredient. Be sure to download the app and use it to scan all of your cat food products!

    • Jo Singer March 23, 2018 at 9:54 am #

      Hi Olivia! Let me join in and add to the kudos you have received about how you are taking care of your kitty. Would there be more folks like you who do the research and connect with groups from which we get suggestions and feed-back ( no pun intended here) to help keep our kitties in the best possible health. Actually, although an 8 month old is still growing- and will continue to grow for many months (or years depending in the breed), an 8 month old is generally considered a young cat. I agree with the poster who thinks that your kitty is getting too much food. I was struck by your vet’s suggestion that it really is more than an 8 month old needs We have two cats, an Oriental Shorthair and an adopted mix breed DMH who are two years old. They weigh 10 lbs. Since I do feed Weruva Cats in the Kitchen 3.2 oz and The chicken Frick-Azee is 78 calories and the Fowl Ball (there love this one) is 81. I split a can of Nature’s Variety Limited Ingredient Turkey which is 101 calories per can. They get fed 4 x a day and I divide these cans in two. I also feed Tiki chicken Puka Puka 2.8 oz can 69 Kcal., to try to get to around 260-75 Kcals per cat a day. They get no dry food at all. I think, rather than the number of ounces we feed is less important than the number of calories we are feeding them to maintain optimum weight. In my humble opinion, variety is the spice of life for cats, so they don’t get bored, or used to one particular food which can actually cause them to become picky eaters. Our kitties look forward to their meals and neither of them are at all picky. They also get exercise for 15 minutes twice a day. I have tried to move them to Darwin or RadCat- but they had no interest at all in raw- even though I tried to slowly get them to accept it, and to tell the truth I am bitterly disappointed.

  6. Amy Rose Mendo February 25, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    A lot of these foods aren’t around anymore? 🙁 A shame as I’m hunting for new foods. So far I’m down to Earthborn chicken, Wellness turkey pate (Love Kitten CORE but at $45+ a case? – nuh uh), Blue Wilderness minced and I+Love+You. Food seems to be getting pricier yet some brands/ingredients are mediocre once you inspect their ingredients. I recommend you stick to 24*5.5 else you are paying more for less.

    • geocevGeo55 February 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      I agree. It’s very frustrating…especially when you finally find a good food and then your cats won’t eat it! One thing that especially irks me is all the potatoes in canned foods. Seems they just substitute potatoes for grains in what at first seem like healthy grain free options.

  7. eeydelna February 24, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    Great article. Thank you for giving such an expanded list of companies.

  8. Kavita Persad February 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi there, does anyone know of ziwipeak changed their formula? Since the last time I bought it (early 2017) it has a new label and my cats don’t seem to like it much anymore.

  9. David February 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

    Some good cat food options on this post. If you haven’t tried the Safe Pet Treats app be sure that you do. It will help you identify harmful pet food ingredients and recalls by simply scanning the product’s barcode.

  10. Bonnie January 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    Has anyone ever tried feeding Farmina dry cat food? It doesn’t feel real dry like most of them do. It is 70%, 30% meats, veg and fruit, blueberries, etc. You can feel the ol from the meat. It is made in Italy, which does not bother me and I have been using for a long time now. I also feed my cat the classic Fancy Feast, and the Weruva pouches chicken and duck only. I have had no issues with my 4 cats. No IBS or constipation. Chewy and Pet Flow sell the Farmina. It is pricy but worth it.

  11. Katrina January 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    An absolutely wonderful frozen raw is Small Batch brand. Very high quality, very low in carbs (2% veg+supplements), lots of protein varieties and very affordable. I keep a bag of the frozen raw sliders in my freezer as backup and to add protein variety (I basically make my own). Unfortunately it’s not super widely available, just in small/independent pet stores, you can find stores on their website http://smallbatchpets.com/storelocator/

  12. Jenny January 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Can this list be updated for 2018?
    – I believe Wild Calling went out of business.
    -Stella & Chewy removed menadione from their freeze dried last year.
    -Consider adding smallbatch for raw. It gets grat reviews, although availability is limited to the esst coast primarily.
    -Other raw brands not represented are Feline Natural, Northwest Naturals and Vital Essentials. They might be a bit high in bone for many cats, but generally get good reviews.

    • Katrina January 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

      Jenny – so funny I was on here writing about Small Batch and when I posted my comment saw you had just mentioned them!

    • Katrina January 28, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      and I believe it (small batch) is made in the Northwest

  13. Katrina January 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    the menadione has been removed from Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried food, hoping you will update this info on your list soon 🙂

  14. Nancy Gifford January 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    I have a female Ragdoll cat with Renal disease, and a male Ragdoll with IBD .I have been looking for can food for each of there medical problems and they all seem to be in a pate form .They will not eat pate .There must be good wet cat foods in a can that is not pate.Any help would be most appreciated.

    • EffieA. January 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      Bravo has the fricasse which isn’t pate, sometimes pate can be very moist or wet in which is easily breaks down in to a stew type, also look for shredded or minced meat as those can expand your search for different brands

      • Nancy Gifford January 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

        Yes, I came across that brand. The problem is they have a lot of recalls. After our Ch Belgian Sheepdog was one of the dogs affected in 2007. I become very careful what I feed my crew. But thank you for your input . If you come across any other please let me know.

        • EffieA. January 17, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          I know what you mean as i checked as the recalls were for their raw products mainly (i notice this can occur to any brand doing raw food sadly) and it was on dog species as you stated while none in canned (not raw) or feline products, i have Been buying this brand as my meat variety rotations since it started (i feed my Cat different types of meat and or brand variety for each day (seven to eight- i dont Recommend this if you have a cat with a sensitive as this works for mine since it rid of his allergies and digestive issues since i did This when he was a year old). Lotus’ Just juicy canned in which is kind of pricey do offer shredded type of meats. Halo also revamped their ingredients taking out d2 and replacing to d3 which is better, so they may have some softer pate or other types of cuts of meat. What about nature variety, i think i saw, but can’t recall they too came up with a non-pate meats canned variety as well.

    • Kara January 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      tanyas ckd website is a must for renal disease info. My cat survived with kidney disease for 5 years thanks to their help.

      • Geo55 January 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        You may want to supplement with products from VITALITY SCIENCE. I have a Ragdoll who was vomiting hairballs daily but whose vet tests all came back as normal. Their products have helped him dramatically- and have helped many other cats with digestive issues. Steven Becker at Vitality Science is highly knowledgable and helpful.

      • Jo Singer January 19, 2018 at 5:16 am #

        Kara, crucial information you provided. Food for cats with CKD should be low in phosphorus, so reading labels is so very important. Depending on the phosphorus levels in blood work, binders may be indicated to lower them. Tanya’s site lists foods with their phosphorus levels which is a big help. http://www.felinecrf.org/

  15. susanne December 16, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    Can I use taurine powder and whey powder in cooking and baking to make my own cooked cat food?

    they will eat can food everyday so my goal is not the nutrient of it.
    my goal is to have a bit of binding powders to make soft baked cat kibble once a week.
    most recipes I have seen are using grain and wheat powder, flour, ect to bake.
    I would like to use whey and taurine powder and make very soft moist kibble once a week.
    Just don’t know if cooking taurine and whey powder brings out toxins in it for cats?

    Thanks

  16. LilacSerenity December 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    Does anyone have any updated info on brands containing BPA in cat food? I’m trying to find any solid source verifying that Wellness and Bravo do not contain BPA in their cans, but to no avail.
    Bravo’s official website has no mention of BPA issue anywhere at all. Wellness, however, does answer it in their FAQs, but the wording is most suspicious: “Q. Is all of your wet food packaging BPA-free? – A. All of our plastic cups and cans, with the exception of our 12.5 oz and 13.2 oz cans, are BPA-free. We are updating our 12.5 oz and 13.2 oz can sizes to BPA-Free linings, and expect this transition to start June, 2017. We will be sure to update our consumers once this transition is finished.”

    Plastic? Since most of their product is metal canned, I find their need to be this specific very fishy. Like, “oh no, we’re not ignoring these BPA questions, see, here’s the answer, but just don’t read into the fine print”, you know? I think I stopped feeding my cats Wellness many years ago specifically because of BPA in their lining; after my cat was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. But after all these years, i’m willing to give them a chance again, hoping Wellness hopped on BPA-free wagon with the rest of high-quality brands; if only I can find a firm straight confirmation.

    Also, considering how often pet food companies are sold or merged, and since they’re not exactly transparent or truthful (especially big companies), i find it necessary to keep checking the ingredients regularly, as well as their packaging and manufacturing policies.

    P.S. I recently found this new (2017) study about toxic elements in pet food cans, test results of which are shocking. They basically tested a few batches for BPA and PVC in can linings, and although i understand that companies must use something to prevent rust inside a can, I was still shocked to find BPA in brands assumed to be BPA-free, like Lotus and Earthborn Holistic. Check it out (https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/reports/pet-food-cans-study-2017) and #TRUSTNOONE

    • Kara January 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      I’m also on the look for foods for cats with sensitive tummies. It’s utterly ridiculous what you have to look through to find something and that they will eat! Currently, my cat is eating Ziwipeak lamb but do you think the 3% ground bone in it could cause constipation issues? He’s skipping a day here and there and seems to be pooping smaller. I’m worried! He likes RAWZ dry chicken and turkey but I only use it as a topper. I don’t want him only eating dry food and he likes wet food too. He was on Tiki Cat but anything non fish he hated, so I tried weaning him away. Weruva he only occasionally likes chicken and duck in the pouch but again, there’s tuna in it and Xantham Gum! He ate Rad Cat turkey for a few weeks and then refused it, despite my trying to “spruce” it up with toppers. I’m running out of options that he’ll eat. Really worried he’s getting constipated on the Ziwipeak but it seems like their new formula is pretty good ingredient wise???

      Heads Up: Wellness made my cat initially. His first bout of constipation I think due to too many carbs. Carby foods do him in but I try to stay away from fillers too and bone, which is why I’m worried about the ziwipeak. Anyone else find ziwipeak to be too harsh with the ground bone in it for your kitty?

      • Kara January 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

        I meant to say, Wellness made my cat *sick initially due to high carb count, I think. It’s happened with another food with high carbs too.

        • Kara January 20, 2018 at 6:07 am #

          So, looks like my cat’s constipation has passed. He’s back to normal. He’s on probiotics (thanksfully) and has been eating RadCat Turkey (got tired of it) and Ziwipeak lamb. The problem arose when I tried Primal raw after he got tired of RadCat Turkey (he didn’t like Pork or Chicken either. He’s not a Beef eater so will maybe try Lamb next). Looks like the veggies in the Primal plugged him up and when it took more than a few days to clear out I thought Ziwipeaks ground bone in the food was going to be an issue either but looks like it’s not! I’m happy about that because their food is probably the only one I can find with the best ingredients for my cat and that he will eat (and not fish!). So happy about this! Will maybe try and rotate with the venison also. They have rabbit I think too. YAY!

      • susanne February 25, 2018 at 5:32 am #

        I am now feeding Kaskis and K9 Feline, these are very healthy, so the ingredients seem to indicate.
        My cats will also eat Roo brand, kangaroo and duck flavor.

        They have become less spoiled now that I have added in these healthier foods
        and took away kibble. But they seem to enjoy the variety of can foods they get.

        I’m in Canada, the variety here is very limited, I cannot order on U.S. online and cannot drive over the border to buy pet food either.

        It’s all restricted by Canada, as if canned pet food from our closest neighbour could be some type of safety issue. Ridiculous!
        So makes it very hard as all the stores have the same handful of brand choices.

        Wellness everywhere, but I do not like that brand, have a feeling it is not very healthy. the only wellness brand I used to like was Trufood but they stopped making it.

        Not feeding Weruva hardly anymore don’t think it is as good as I had previously thought.

        Has anyone heard of Romeo cat pate?

        Saw it online but it does not show the ingredients.

        We have about 3 maybe 4 online places in Canada with the same handful of brands, Romeo was a new brand I hadn’t seen before.

  17. Jessica December 13, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    If they love pates try RAWZ!

    • Kara January 18, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      I love RAWZ but my cat wouldn’t eat their pates 🙁 He likes their dry chicken and turkey but I don’t give it to him solely.

  18. Jo Singer December 7, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Good morning! I just have to give a “rave” to the Weruva Cats in the Kitchen variety. Our two cats were getting rather bored with the Nature’s Variety LI Turkey, and I was trying to transition our 2 year old domestic medium hair off of Fancy Feast- (He didn’t like the Nature’s Variety”- turning up his nose it it and he is a food hound) so I tried a sample pack of the Weruva Chick n Fricka zee (spelling?). Well it was like magic. He just ripped into the food and our two year old Oriental Shorthair thinks it is the cat’s meow. I will have to try the Lamb and Duck Pate and see if they like them also. I like to give our kitties variety. They also like “Funk in the Trunk” which I think is wonderful because it contains pumpkin which they won’t eat by itself.

    • Nicole s December 7, 2017 at 8:35 am #

      While I agree Weruva is decent, I would not support any Purina brands. They use euthanized animals such as dogs, cats, cattle etc in their food. They are also part if Nestle which is a horrible company. Try to find independent retailers that carry other brands.

      • Suze December 7, 2017 at 9:02 am #

        I hate Purina, too. And Weruva has way too much starch.

  19. Rachel Gonzales December 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    My IBD cat can now eat canned for the first time in his life…it’s Tiki cat After Dark chicken I’ll be trying the chicken and duck soon. Its new in 2017. Very simple ingredients.

    • Suze December 7, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      Try the Puma Puma chicken in the larger can. Much more economical. Also, unlike many pet food brands sourced from Thailand, Tikicat Canned – These guys have a reputation for strict quality and eco-fishing sources. They are also BPA-free, but check the ingredients of each can before you buy because some have carrageenan.

  20. LilacSerenity December 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Attention all Wild Calling consumers!

    I’m an avid WC customer. I love their ingredients, my cats love their food. It’s very unfortunate what happened to them. Although the company assures declaring bankruptcy does not mean they’re going out of business, they’re simply restructuring and all that; meanwhile their food is out of stock everywhere and things are looking bleak. I wish them the best, but it looks like I’m on the hunt for good food AGAIN.

    Guys, let’s figure out TOGETHER what we can substitute Wild Calling with. Please share what you’re buying for your babies instead and how they’re responding.

    My experience so far: Since one of my cat’s allergic to chicken, and neither of them like shredded food (Weruva’s out), my choices are limited. Had Hound&Gatos Rabbit in my rotation, my girls barely tolerate it, can eat it only once in a while, definitely not a good substitute for a regular rotation. Tried new formula Hound&Gatos finally came up with – Turkey and Duck flavors. Turkey is the same as Rabbit for my girls – only once in blue moon. Duck is a total bust – SWIMMING in gum, unpleasant smell, as well as the taste looks like. My cats won’t eat it at all.
    Also have Ziwipeak Rabbit and Lamb in my rotation – same story as H&G. Cats tolerate it only as a little variety here and there. I find myself throwing out the rest mostly. Too expensive for that. Tried Venison also, didn’t go well at all.

    The only food my girls would eat regularly was Wild Calling. So, back to square one. Need your advice, guys.

    P.S. Might try Wellness Complete Health Turkey pate and Wellness Core Natural Turkey&Duck pate, although I’m not too thrilled about the ingredients, but I’m desperate.

    • Steve December 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      Have you tried “Holistic Select”?…

    • EffieA. December 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      BRAVO has a great canned cat canned food line in which are divide into types known as dinner is more pate and moist while fricasse is more minced chunks with gravy. HALO guinea fowl and greens is a favorite, i halo revamped their ingredients so they do D3 instead of d2 which is great..
      my cat loves hounds and gato but the rabbit has gone up wow! I’m going to the the new instinct/protein? rabbit (*the nature variety one without the peas and grains etc..).

      • Suze December 7, 2017 at 8:27 am #

        Bravo Turkey Fricassee : Nutritional Info
        Ingredients
        Turkey, Turkey Broth, Vegetable Broth, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Dried Eggs, Natural Flavor, Agar-Agar, Cranberries, Salmon Oil, Dried Green Lipped Mussels, Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Turmeric, Potassium Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

        Caloric Content
        988 kcal/kg, 154 kcal/can

        Guaranteed Analysis
        CRUDE PROTEIN 9.5% min
        CRUDE FAT 5.5% min
        CRUDE FIBER 1.0% max
        MOISTURE 82.0% max

    • susanne December 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

      Performatrin Ultra turkey pate,
      Koha has many pate’s.
      Wellness Divine Duos cups,
      Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse pouches,
      Weruva has a Lamb pate and a Lamb and Duck Pate.
      Fromm has Turkey and other pate’s.
      Fancy Feast classics have no carrageen.
      Natural Balance.
      Simply Nourish.

      • susanne December 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

        there seems to be no food for cats then, each time I read about brands, they all have something negative.

        xaneth gum, guar gum, carrageen, fillers, starch, even protein that is too high. Then the obscure things I never heard of before like eddi,… just when I think I found a brand that looks fairly health.

        Very discouraging.

        I read the ingredients on tiki cat velvet mousse and I did not see any fish, they use sunflower oil and chicken.

        seems in my parents day they fed the cat whatever, and didn’t see it for a day or two, and none of the cats were sick.

        Yes I am buying grocer to attempt to make my own cat stew and sneak in a slice or two of raw meat to start.

        Is there any brand that majority agrees is okay for cats?

        Course mine would probably rather starve then eat something they don’t like.

        • Tara L December 14, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

          Just make sure if doing homecooked or homemade raw, that you have everything to make it “complete” – taurine, etc. There are mixes you can buy to mix it in, or you have to know exactly which organs = what nutrients to ensure your kitty is getting enough of each.

          • Suze December 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

            There are also some great books on home feeding the correct way. Doing it incorrectly can hurt or even kill your pet.

          • Susanne December 16, 2017 at 6:26 am #

            Hello, No worry Tara…I never planned to take them from commercial food to home cooked food only,

            plan is to give them a couple meals on weekend of my own cooked food,

            Get away from a can for two meals a week.
            then gradually try a sliver of raw food with it. They would still be eating canned wet food every day.

            No worry Suze, I would never make home cooked food without researching, I have already spent about 6 hrs doing so.

            Wet food: I tried Instinct Venision and 4 out of 5 liked it. Also Natural Planet organic had same results, most will eat it.

            I found Vitality Science thanks to this site and will be ordering some superfood and stuff from there to add to their wet food occasionally.

    • LilacSerenity December 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      Guys, thank you all for your replies and suggestions!

      To follow up, I have NOT tried Holistic Select, but I did research it, and I don’t like how heavy their formulas are with various fruit and veggie powders, which are neither necessary nor beneficial for cats. Sounds gimmicky and more like fillers to me. And cinnamon, really? Besides, i read that peppermint and rosemary are toxic to cats, both of which are included in their formula.
      I have tried Halo Impulse, my cats would NOT eat it. Since most ingredients are a lot like other brands’, I’m guessing they don’t like the greens in Halo formula. Maybe it’s the dandelions, as far as I know it’s bitter.
      I have NOT tried Bravo. And although the ingredients look good for the most part, their formulas also contain dandelion greens, and I already know my cats won’t like it. And Bravo is pretty darn expensive ($45-52) to experiment.

      To susanne:
      Performatrin Ultra contains carrageenan.
      Koha contains EDDI (Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide), i’ve written before about its toxic effects.
      Wellness Divine Duos Cups are all chicken or fish based, my cats cant have it. Besides, these contain potato starch, sodium carbonate (neutralizer for rancid fats, similar to lye), magnesium sulphate (epsom salt) and are full of gums.
      Same with Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse – all are chicken and fish based. Also contains synthetic vitamin K3.
      I could not find any Weruva pates, at least not for cats.
      As for the rest, I stay away from potatoes, grains, carrageenan or other low-quality food from questionable or less reputable companies.

      Alas, the search continues….

      • Steve December 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

        Dr Elsey has an exorbitantly priced “cleanprotein” line of foods. They sound good and read well, but the price has prevented me from buying, so I have no experiential feedback. You can find them at Chewy.com and elsewhere.

      • Jo Singer December 14, 2017 at 5:24 am #

        Speaking about Weruva, Cats in the Kitchen, our two young kitties love it. But what concerns me is “Made in human-food processing facility” , Just because it is made in a human-food processing facility, it doesn’t mean that they are using human GRADE meats, or that would be mentioned on the can. This worries me somewhat. Although we have had no problems with the foods, and the cats love it, I am wondering about what down the road issues may occur.. What are some of your thoughts about this somewhat “misleading” labeling? And why doesn’t Weruva fully disclose what types of meat they are using?

        • Suze December 14, 2017 at 9:24 am #

          My two cats love the Weruva gravy, but it’s loaded with potato starch and makes them fat. I switched to Tiki Cat Chicken Puka Puka, and other bird flavors. No starch, they love the juice, and you can see it’s quality. It’s shredded chicken, not mystery pate. Looks like you could eat it yourself. And unlike most pet foods sourced in Thailand, Tiki Cat is ethically sourced. I don’t give my cats fish or seafood because it makes them itch, but those flavors you can actually see as real food. The sardine one is large chunks of sardines. I get the large cans and split one between both cats, making sure I divide the beloved juice equally, lol. (I order from chewy.com) And the cans are BPA free, too. I sometimes just poach chicken thighs to give them and they eat it, but weirdly they prefer the Tiki Cat. Habit, I guess. I also give them Solid Gold chicken, turkey, duck, and occasionally try other brands. I think a rotation diet with different protein sources is very important – but they always get Tiki Cat Chicken as the main staple. And my female cat can’t eat dry, which I don’t like for many reasons anyway.
          Tiki Cat Puka Puka
          Nutritional Info
          Ingredients
          Chicken, Chicken Broth, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement.

          Caloric Content
          863 kcal/kg, 69 kcal/2.8 oz can, 147 kcal/6 oz can

          Guaranteed Analysis
          CRUDE PROTEIN 16.0% min
          CRUDE FAT 2.6% min
          CRUDE FIBER 0% max
          MOISTURE 80.0% max

          https://www.allthebestpetcare.com/products/conscientiously-sourced-pet-foods-2/

          • Jo Singer January 18, 2018 at 5:24 am #

            I must retract my RAVE about Weruva. While our kitties love it, I have found that our Oriental Shorthair youngster has developed a bad reaction to the foods. He started vomiting …. then scratching himself… then pulling his hair. I immediately stopped feeding it and switched back to Nature’s Variety Chicken and LID Turkey. All of these reactions stopped. A few weeks later I tried it again once, and several hours later, he started pulling at his fur again. Switched back immediately to NV. and he was FINE. When NV changed their formula, I was so worried that he wouldn’t like it. Much to my pleasure he liked it even better than the old one. NV uses Copper Proteinate instead of Copper sulfate, which Weruva uses. I think that may have been the culprit in the Weruva to which he had a bad reaction. It’s weird, but our mixed breed had no bad reaction to the Weruva but I have stopped feeding any of this brand to both of our kitties. Now I am looking for another food that I can use as variety. I don’t want them just stuck on NV. Any suggestions? Both are healthy cats and are two years old. Thanks.

          • Nicole s January 18, 2018 at 5:34 am #

            Whike I feed raw, I looked into back up sources in case for canned food.
            Ziwipet. God company and good stuff. My cat actually ate it. The arent related to Purina which is my first stipulation and also check into ” Dave”s restricted diet ”

            Weruva is owned by Purina now FYI
            It’s all BS

          • Jerilin January 18, 2018 at 6:01 am #

            Weruva is a wonderful food. If your cat is scratching that much and vomiting maybe they are allergic to the protein in the food. Cats are extremely sensitive and many are allergic to fish and some even chicken. They shouldn’t have any fish anyway. I mainly feed the truluxe line: Steak Fries, On the Cat Wok and Pecking Ducken. Very very high quality food. No bad reactions and nothing but thriving from all 10 of my cats. The starch content is only high in the Cats in the Kitchen pouches, in all of their other foods the percentage remains very low. All of the top cat experts in the field including the Conscious Cat and Floppy Cats all feed and recommend Weruva and to the commenter below Weruva is NOT owned by Purina. HTH.

          • Suze January 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

            Try Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau Chicken.

            Ethically sourced, limited ingredients. Looks edible for humans! I get the big cans and split one between my two kitties, making sure the juice is even, as that is their favorite part.

            Nutritional Info
            Ingredients
            Chicken, Chicken Broth, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement.

            Caloric Content
            863 kcal/kg, 69 kcal/2.8 oz can, 147 kcal/6 oz can

            https://www.allthebestpetcare.com/products/conscientiously-sourced-pet-foods-2/

      • Linda December 14, 2017 at 11:59 am #

        Have you looked into Earthborn Holistic?

        • Jo Singer January 18, 2018 at 7:50 am #

          Jerilin: We don’t feed fish at all. We were feeding ChickNFricAZee (or however it is spelled). Nature’s Variety Instinct Chicken has not affected him adversely so I don’t believe that chicken is a protein that is bothering him- especially since I switched back to that food and no adverse effects at all. We also fed Fowl Ball, that only has fish oil in it. I don’t know what variety of fish is used in the oil. Some cats do have allergic reactions to fish oil so I am reading. My mixed breed loves it and has had no bad reaction to it at all. He particularly loves the Fowl Ball. So there is something in the Weruva that is wreaking havoc with Aki, whose physical makeup seems to be particularly sensitive.

          • Jerilin January 18, 2018 at 8:32 am #

            Thanks for the reply! Glad to hear you aren’t feeding any fish flavors! It could very well be the fish oil. Glad you have found something that seems to be working for your sensitive kitty!! There is a new brand on chewy called Canada Fresh that looks very promising if you haven’t seen it. I used to feed Tiki Cat until they added vitamin k and raised the mag/phosphorus. That lost me as a customer. Other foods I feed: Lotus Just Juicy, Weruva TruLuxe, Weruva Cats in the Kitchen canned (double dip,fowl ball), Nature Variety Pride Rockstar Rabbit (most of my cats don’t like pate much), Under the Sun Witty Kitty Ruffle My Feathers turkey,Natural Balance Catatoulli stew, Soulistic Autumm Bounty Pouch, Soulistic Chicken Pate and Shreds (the regular line of canned Soulistic is far too high starch), Merrick Backcountry Pouches (duck, Turkey, rabbit, beef), Purina Beyond Chicken Beef & Carrot in gravy flavor only (very clean ingredients, low carb) and then I do supplement occasionally with Fancy Feast classics (Turkey and Giblets, Chicken w/ chicken liver flavors only as the plain chicken and beef flavors actually contain fish!) and Nutro Max Cat chunks in gravy (very clean ingredients apart from one, cats love taste, many flavors, low carbon/low phosp/low magnesium). Earthborn Holistic is out because the carb content % is over 20%!! (My cats did like it though!!) My cats didn’t really like Bravo canned unfortunately.

            I tried Ziwi Peak (new formulation) and my cats did like it..maybe I will try that one again. What is everybody’s opinion on Ziwi Peak? Thank you.

          • Linda January 18, 2018 at 8:47 am #

            Jerilin, thank you for sharing your list, I will be checking them out. I have been feeding the Earthborn – what is a good carb content percentage?

          • Jerilin January 18, 2018 at 8:54 am #

            Hi Linda! Your welcome–anything at or under 15% is fine! Catinfo org has a “commercial canned cat food” chart that lists carbs, protein, fat, phosphorus, etc 🙂 You can also email companies and ask for a “percentage of calories from carbs” or dry matter percentage carbs if it’s for a new food or one she doesn’t have on her list.

            (Side note: Forgot to add I don’t feed Hound and Gatos because of the fat percentage being so high and it’s a very thick pate but if it works for you-great!)

          • Suze January 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

            Thank you for the heads up about K3 now being added to Tiki Cat.

            I sent them an e-mail letting them know I will no longer be a customer because of that.

          • Nicole s January 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

            I don’t know much about Earthborn Holistic ( or the parent company) but I have an idea that would apply to all situations. If you know the carb percentage and it’s low enough so that you could just add some protein to it, then why not do that? Cats are picky, especially ones on restricted diets. As long as you’re not adding a third or more mass to the meal, I would think the added supplements shouldn’t be off too much. If you’re worried, you could add taurine back into it. You just have to remember the deal with cooked bones. No cooked chicken bones or pork.
            Just a thought, I’m no expert. I also spellchecked this time 🙂

      • susanne December 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

        Lilac, ask a pet store employee for the weruva lamb pate or the weruva lamb and duck pate they can find it for you.
        sounds like your cats don’t like the brands you are trying to feed them.
        none of my cats would eat the wild calling or ziwi peak.
        The brands I listed are not low quality foods, at least not by price they aren’t.

        Exceptionally expensive when you have 5 cats and a wild cat visitor and you are opening many cans per day that are over $2.30 for 3 oz and $4 for 6 oz. times that by 6 a day or more. Occasional cheaper one like FF.
        It costs me too much to try to feed my cats but I keep trying and rotate. Keep thinking of their health, looking up
        homemade food I can make just on weekends for them.

        I don’t believe having food with caregeen in it once a week, is going to cause cancer. Especially if the other brands in my rotation do not have carrageen.
        As, if carrageen is not present, then you find too much of the other gums in the ingredients which are not healthy either.

  21. Zoey December 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Anyone try Rawz wet food?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

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

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

  26. 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.

          • Jo Singer January 18, 2018 at 7:30 am #

            We heard so many people raving about RadCat. We found a fairly local high end pet store and bought some. All of our cats turned up their noses immediately. We tried Stella and Chewy.. Big failure. Thanks for the tip about what company now owns Weruva. UGH.. Just another reason for NOT feeding it. Thanks for all the tips. I was thinking about trying Ziwi, but who can afford it? I heard some good things about it, but I am thinking that the only way to really get what is needed is to start making my own food again adding Food Fur Life. http://www.foodfurlife.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html , since this is an excellent product. Just not happy about so many commercial brands.

        • 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”.

  27. 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!

      • Katrina January 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        they don’t make canned foods, only raw (frozen and freeze dried)

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

      • Suze March 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

        Truefood isn’t a balanced diet. Intended as an occasional treat or food topper.

        “Feeding Instructions
        This is a complementary food intended to be fed with a complete and balanced cat food diet.”

        Just want to make sure other cat parents are aware.

  32. 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!

      • Suze March 23, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

        My friend fed her five cats Fancy Feast wet and dry, exclusively, since they were kittens (unrelated, and different breeds). They all died of painful things like seizures and cancer. No kidding. Science Diet is just as bad or even worse. Killed their dog with cancer. Many vet techs call it “Science Cancer Diet”. And if you have a dog, read about the Beneful lawsuit. Add your e-mail to sites that will let you know about recalls and lawsuits. Rad Cat was just recalled a couple days ago. It never ends.

  33. 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 🙂

  34. 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

  35. 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.

          • Rosa M Guthrie April 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

            Can I just say that I tried Ziwi and I was soo glad my kitties didn’t like any of it. As a short-term resident of NZ a few years back, the green tipped mussels smell is EXACTLY the smell that wafted out from the can. Was literally making me gag when I served it… I hate the way mussels smell.

    • 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!

          • susanne December 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

            I am looking forward to Petsmart’s buying of chewy because I live in Canada

            and you would be surprised how many brands I cannot buy here, that I see on Chewy.

            So I am hoping Canadians will soon be able to order on Chewy.

        • 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.

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