Cat Food Reviews: Top Healthiest Dry Cat Foods

What’s the best cat food? cat food

Maybe you are expecting to find here some brands that you have read in other reviews, but this is not the case. And I am going to tell you why….

The best cat food is not necessary the winner of the year award or the most expensive brand. Usually these brands known as “healthy” belong to big companies and “pet food” is just a business line between so many others they have. They usually use by-products from other production processes to use in pet foods.

The best cat food is the one made by companies which business is just pet food and they have specialized only in that, working to get the best formula for cat’s needs. These formulas won’t normally contain by-products.

It’s important to mention that all companies producing pet food have to establish formulas to meet the requirements of Food and Drug Administration, (FDA) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).


What about “Premium” cat food that I saw in other reviews?

“Premium” labeled food is mostly based on corn or wheat within the first 5 ingredients which is not the best for your cat. This food will label “meat meal” or “meat”as the 1st ingredient and the rest will be based in grains, such as soy, wheat, corn.

“Meat meal” is a high source of proteins, but it could be any meat so you don’t know what your cat is eating. It’s better to see a defined meat (it must say for example: chicken” “venison”, “duck”, etc.) and a defined meat meal, (example, “chicken meal”, “venison meal”, “duck meal”) and without grains such as white rice, corn, wheat, etc. in the first 5 ingredients.

Consequently, the formula has to have a defined meat, a defined meal and free of grains, such as soy, wheat, corn, white rice, rye, potatoes (except sweet), tapioca.


What is the best type of cat food then?

It is recommendable to feed your pet Super Premium types of foods. This means they are meat based (defined meat and defined meal), more nutritious and good balanced, including all the essential aminoacids cats need and vitamins and minerals that has been designed to be more thoroughly absorbed by your pet’s body.


What to absolutely avoid in the main 5 ingredients:

  • By-products
  • Proteins from corn (“corn gluten meal” “corn meal”)
  • Proteins from soy (“soybean meal”, “soy flour”, “soy meal”)
  • Grains such as wheat, white rice. They are high in gluten.
  • Rye. It is very harsh to digest and pets don’t like it.
  • When 3 of first 5 ingredients are grains
  • Potatoes (except sweet potatoes). They are high-glycemic, causing peaks in sugar blood.
  • Tapioca, is high-glycemic.
  • Artificial preservatives and colorants


What you can do to make your cat healthy and happy

The best you can do for your cat is:

Cute and happy cat

1) Get the best dry and wet food possible, according to your cat needs.

2) Give him/her the right intake.

3) Keep him/her hydrated as much as you can.

4) Play with your pet in a daily basis.

5) Keep a nice environment with hiding areas, bedding and toys.

6) A stress-free home.

The first step is giving your cat the best dry and wet food possible.

To help you in choosing a good dry cat food as follows you will find a list with the best cat foods which are all meat based.

They are also classified according to the main 5 ingredients. Some cat owners don’t want any carbohydrates in the main 5 ingredients while other people don’t mind it as long as the cat food is: 1) meat based, 2) with high percentage in crude proteins 3) with low or medium glycemic grains/carbs. Besides, some people cannot afford very expensive formulas.

This list has been updated to 2015. Brands have been re-classified, not only considering if main first 5 ingredients are high in proteins, but also if the formula informs all the essential aminoacids cats need in the food’s analysis.

Consequently, on this update the listing of 11 essential aminoacids are a very important criteria on this reviews.

A cat food is very good when high in proteins, but it’s excellent if it informs all the essential aminoacids cats need. These aminoacids are 11 and cats need to get them from food because they can’t produce them themselves. These aminoacids are:

Arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and taurine.

Note: If a particular cat food does not inform all the 11 essential aminoacids in its technical analysis, it does not always mean this food does not contain them. The follow list gives priority to the cat foods that are informing all the 11 essential aminoacids in their technical food analysis.





Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula

Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula

Orijen Cat and Kitten (Low glycemic carbohydrates)

The Orijen formula is made with local ingredients, free-run chicken, turkey, with whole eggs and locally caught fish.

All meats used in Orijen formula are fresh, free of preservatives and never frozen.

Orijen recipe is full in proteins (80%) and gives cats a very natural food as they would get in nature.

The formula is also grain-free and contains very few amounts of carbohydrates that are low glycemic.

Orijen provides all 11 aminoacids cats need from food to keep their body functions working properly, preventing future diseases.

First 5 ingredients: Boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, boneless turkey. Full review


Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free

Petcurean Go! Fit Grain-Fre Formula

Petcurean Go! Fit Grain-Fre Formula

Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free contains 48% of meat proteins and it’s grain-free.

The recipe contains a good amount of meats and fish, such as chicken, turkey, duck, salmon and trout. Also, it adds chicken fat as a natural source of energy for cats, but not too much to prevent obesity.

Listed as first ingredient, “chicken meal” provides a concentrated source of proteins and “de-boned chicken” and “de-boned turkey” balance the formula with a crude source of proteins.

Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free formula includes essential fatty acids such as Omega-6 and Omega-3, fresh farm-grown fruits and garden vegetables.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey, duck meal, turkey meal. Full Review


Acana Pacifica Regional Fish Formula

Acana Pacifica Regional Fish Formula

Acana Pacifica Cats & Kittens Fish Formula

Acana Pacifica Regional formula is a dry cat food which contains natural ingredients locally grown in Canada. The recipe includes wild caught fish as herring, flounder and pacific hake from North Vancouver Island coast.

Acana Pacifica formula is grain and potato free and it has exclusively fish on the main 5 ingredients with low glycemic formula to reduce excess of carbs in your cat diet, reducing obesity and avoiding peaks in blood sugar levels.

The formula also includes fruits and vegetables delivered fresh and whole from locally grown from sun-drenched orchards and black prairie soils.

Acana Pacifica contains all 100% of essential aminoacids cats need from food and which they can’t produce themselves.

First 5 ingredients: Boneless herring, herring meal, pollock meal, boneless flounder, boneless Pacific hake. Full Review


Acana Grassland Regional Formula Grain-Free

Acana Regional Grassland Dry Cat Food

Acana Regional Grassland Dry Cat Food

Acana Grasslands Regional Grain Free formula is a meat based cat food with lamb as the first and second ingredient, which gives cats a good and easy to digest source of proteins. Lamb is less likely to cause allergies as well. Other animal proteins in the recipe includes duck, fresh eggs and wild caught fish.

Acana Grasslands Regional formula provides 70% of meat proteins and fats, such as lamb, duck, fish and eggs and 30% fruits and vegetables, helping the cat’s digestive system.

The formula is low in carbohydrates, low in liver, low in magnesium and with all 11 essential aminoacids cats need to be healthy.

First 5 ingredients: boneless lamb, lamb meal, boneless duck, pollock meal, duck fat. Full Review.






Innova Natures Table Grain Free Chicken and Turkey

Innova Turkey & Chicken

This is a meat based cat food that contains a balanced formula with farm-grown ingredients, such as chicken, turkey and nutritive vegetables such as peas and carrots. The recipe is gluten free, grain free and it does not have by-products.

The formula guarantees a minimum of 42% of proteins in the total recipe. With chicken and chicken meal as a secondary ingredient your cat has good source of proteins.

Innova Nature’s Table also contains vitamins, minerals, and all the 11 aminoacids cats need to stay healthy, such as taurine. Flaxseed provides an excellent source of omega-3.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Turkey, Flaxseed. Full Review





Wellness CORE Original Formula Fish & Fowl Adult Cats and Kittens

Wellness CORE Original Fish & Fowl Recipe

Wellness CORE Original Fish & Fowl Recipe

Wellness CORE grain free formula provides your cat a good source of high quality and low-in-ash meats in its first 5 ingredients to satisfy the carnivore diet of your cat.

Wellness CORE formula is free of grains or fillers to ensure a proper nutrition for your cat, free of the unwanted carbohydrates that contribute with obesity and diabetes in pets. Also, this formula is gluten-free.

This formula offers good fats, such as salmon oil and flax seed which helps to maintain a healthy skin in your cat and to improve its coat.

This recipe does not contain meat by-products, wheat, soy, corn, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, deboned chicken, chicken meal, whitefish meal, herring meal. Full review.


Nutrience Natural Fish & Duck Formula (Low glycemic carbohydrates. This formula is not grain-free)

Nutrience Natural Fish & Duck

Nutrience Natural Fish & Duck

Nutrience Natural Ocean Fish & Duck is an excellent dry food recipe because it is meat based in the 5 main ingredients of its formula. This cat food achieves a good balance of proteins such as fish and duck, healthy fats, and low glycemic carbohydrates.

Good alternative if you want to feed your cat with dry food and at the same time to obtain a healthy recipe for your pet, with 5 main ingredients based on proteins from fish and duck.

Nutrience is a good formula for cats with stomach sensitivities as well.

First 5 ingredients: Deboned haddock, deboned cod, deboned flounder, deboned pollock, menhaden fish meal. Full review





Fromm Four Star Game Bird Recipe

Fromm Grain Free Game Bird Formula

Fromm Grain Free Game Bird Formula

Fromm Grain Free Game Bird recipe gives your cat a tasty entree of duck, chicken, turkey, quail and pheasant, adding real Wisconsin cheese to the formula. Fresh fruits and vegetables give your cat a good source of vitamins and help your cat’s digestion.

This formula helps to reduce most food-related allergies. The chicory root extract enhances digestion functions and avoids worms. Taurine supports the health of your cat’s eyes and heart.

Fromm cat food is made in small batches, which helps to produce a cat food with consistency and quality. The Game Bird formula is balanced and recommended for cats of all ages.

First 5 ingredients: Duck, Duck Meal, Pea Protein, Turkey, Dried Whole Egg. Full Review



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Halo Spot’s Stew Chicken Recipe

Halo has formula with natural ingredients free of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

They use fresh meat in the recipe and a complete package of vitamins and minerals designed to be easily absorbed by your cat’s body. They don’t use by-products and either corn, wheat or wheat gluten.

The formula “Spot’s Stew Cat Grain-Free Chicken” contains good sources of proteins and sources of energy, plus good natural flavor with vegetable broth.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken, Eggs, Pea Protein, Vegetable Broth, Chicken Fat. Full Review





Chicken Soup For The Soul Cat Food

Chicken Soup For The Soul Cat Food

Chicken Soup For The Soul Dry Cat Food

Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult Cat has been formulated to meet your cat’s nutritional needs, providing good sources of crude and concentrated protein, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, botanicals and more.

The recipe is tasty so if you have a picky cat with a very strict taste, this is the cat food for you. Your pet will be eating tasty food and at the same time will be getting high nutrition.

Chicken Soup For The Soul contains good quality ingredients and the grain incorporated in the formula it is a very healthy nutritional grain. This is a very good example of a cat food with an excellent value for money.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), turkey meal. Full Review


Evanger’s Pheasant & Whitefish Formula

Evanger's Pheasant & Whitefish

Evanger’s Pheasant & Whitefish

Evanger’s Pheasant and Whitefish is made with high quality ingredients and offers a mix of proteins coming from pheasant, whitefish and duck. This cat food is free of by-products and it does not contain cheap fillers such as corn, wheat or soy.

Evanger’s Pheasant and Whitefish contains high levels of animal and vegetable proteins, good sources of energy, vegetables and fruits for easy digestion. Also, the recipe includes a good source of omega-3 and taurine to support your cat’s heart and eyes health.

Evanger’s Pheasant and Whitefish is very tasty, so it will be easy for your cat to adopt to this new cat food in his/her diet.

First 5 ingredients: Pheasant, Whitefish, Sweet Potatoes, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols),  Peas. Full Review


Wysong Uretic Feline Dry Diet

Wysong Uretic Feline Dry Diet

Wysong Uretic Feline Dry Diet

Wysong Uretic Feline Formula has been formulated to improve cats urinary tract system, guarantying a minimum of 36% proteins and 16% fat, satisfying the carnivore cat’s diet.

This recipe contains important micronutrients and nutraceuticals, probiotics, prebiotics, omega-3, antioxidants.

The formula does not exceed healthy amounts of minerals and it contains a natural source of methionine, a very important essential amino-acid to improve urinary functions.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas. Full Review


Precise Holistic

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Precise Holistic Complete Formula

Precise Holistic uses high nutritional standards for your pet. This brand (Wild at Heart River Line Salmon formula) has been recommended by experts to treat itchy skin or ear problems produced by Candida Albicans and “Leaky Gut Syndrome” in cats (Nzymes).

They don’t use by-products in the formula and it contains real meat as primary ingredient, 32% of crude meat and 20% crude fat, which is very important in natural cat diet.

This formula has vitamins and minerals package easily to be absorbed by your cat’s body.

First 5 ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat. Full review



Natural Planet Organic

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Natural Planet Organics

This is not just “another organic food” for pets. Natural Planet Organics is certified by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO), an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity (this certification exceeds the United States Department of Agriculture USDA organic standards).

This formula doesn’t have by-products an it has organic crude meat as primary ingredient.

If you want your cat to eat completely organic and healthy food, this is the product for you.

First 5 ingredients: Organic chicken, chicken meal, organic yellow peas, organic flax seed, organic barley. Full review



Note: Natural Planet Organics has been recommended by DC Ranch Animal Hospital, Arizona. Orijen and Precise have been recommended to treat some allergies in pets by Nzymes, Corporation dedicated to the health and welfare of people and pets all over the world.


Important Points to Consider About Grain in Cat Foods and Grain-Free Cat Foods

A grain-free dry cat food does not mean is healthier than a cat food which contains grains.

Cat eating dry food

Cat eating dry food

Some grain-free cat foods use starch such as tapioca or potatoes in the main 5 ingredients and that means they have as much carbohydrates as the food which contain quality grain sources (and sometimes even more).

For example, some cat foods contain grains such as peas, oats or barley in the first 5 ingredients, while a grain-free cat food might contain sweet potatoes and potatoes or tapioca in the main 5 ingredients, which means the grain-free recipe has as much carbs as the recipe containing grains.


Finally: Does the “perfect cat food” exist? 

There is not a “perfect cat food” because there are so many factors involved when it comes to nutritional needs for cats. The best cat food will depend whether the cat is indoor or outdoors, age, medical conditions, it will even depend on the breed and genes.

Some cats do very bad with dry foods containing any grain while other cats live until a very old age eating foods with grains with no problem. The important point here is to choose a meat based dry cat food with no by-products or fillers such as corn or soy, wheat, white rice, artificial flavors or colorants, etc.

Also, you need to find: 1) a good balance between dry and wet food, 2) a price that fits in your budget, and 3) a cat food that will make your cat healthy and happy. Most likely you will need to go through the trial-and-error method to find the best dry cat food for your cat.

Sometimes, even with an excellent cat food, cats still get diseases. Cats, as people, get sick and you need to try to do your best to keep your cat healthy but nothing can be guaranteed, even stress can get your cat sick to the point of serious illness (Ohio State studies).


Tips How to Change your Cat Food:

Gato comiendo

Barbara Doduk photo.

First Day:

First meal: 3/4 old food with 1/4 new food Second meal: 2/3 old food with 1/3 new food

Second Day:

First meal: 1/2 old food with 1/2 new food Second meal: 1/3 old food with 2/3 new food

Third Day:

All new food



NOTE: I have received lots of comments and questions about cat foods. Due to time availability I won’t be able to answer all of them, but I will try to do my best. Thank you for your understanding!


148 Responses to “Cat Food Reviews: Top Healthiest Dry Cat Foods”

  1. Debra DiCenso says:

    I was told to feed my multiple cats Blue, cat food. It’s dry food but very high in calories. My mother went into a home with dementia and I took her cat who are very over weight. One of them is a diabetic now. I’m afraid it will happen to more of them. The wet food I feed them is Core, they love it.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      It’s a good thing to give your diabetic cat wet food from now on. I don’t know what Blue cat food your mom fed the cat but for example, Blue Buffalo indoors formula has 3 different grains in the main 5 ingredients and that could be a cause for the cat being overweight and also diabetic. How a dry cat food will affect a cat is unpredictable, metabolisms and activity level are different between cats. In general cats handle well a good quality and high in proteins dry cat food complemented with wet food, also drinking lots of water, exercising a lot and eating only the recommended amount daily. Thanks for your contribution Debra!!

    • Brandy Rogers says:

      Look into Young Again foods, available online only. Their customers have been successful in getting Diabetic cats off insulin by feeding their foods, due to low carbs. Also, my overweight cat lost 5.5 lbs on this and has maintained his healthy weight for over 1 year now. Definitely worth looking into.

      • Lorena Ávila says:

        Hello Brandy, I’ve been pretty busy lately and I know I own readers lots of reviews that will come soon. I will take a look to that one for sure. Thank you!

  2. Jody says:

    I am so confused! trying to find the best dry cat food for my 11 cats. I stopped giving them Purina Cat Chow because they were throwing it up. They are doing better now with Good Life, but they have dry skin now so I tried Taste of the Wild but they hate it. I just need a good quality reasonably priced dry cat food! Help! Good Life has too many grains and not enough meat.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Jody, the best cat food depends on various factors but in general Orijen Dry cat food (from Canada) is a very good meat based cat food without grains or carbohydrates in the main 5 ingredients, though the price might discourage you from buying it. Cats food with more reasonable prices usually add grain or carbohydrates such as potatoes in the recipe. If you want a less expensive cat food I recommend you to try Fromm, Chicken Soup For the Soul or Precise Holistic Complete Adult Chicken formula and see if one of those goes well with your cats. Good luck Jody!

      • Cheryl says:

        I used to give my cats Orijen because it’s probably the best cat food you can buy. However, my cats got constipated from it. Their vet said that there’s too much protein in it and that’s why my cats were getting constipated. Not all cats get constipated, obviously, but, unfortunately, mine did.

        I then tried Authority from Pet Smart, but my cats have been shedding like crazy. It’s horrible. I decided to try something else. I have just started them on Blue now, but I’m concerned about some of the ingredients. Below are the first 8 ingredients. Is there anything bad in there? I’m not sure which grains are good and which are bad. I read that it’s OK to give them brown rice. I know that white potatoes aren’t good, though. Anyway, here are the first ingredients:

        Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Barley, Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols)

        Thanks for your help.

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          Hello Cheryl, grains such as whole ground barley, oatmeal are excellent (keeping in mind they are grains though, cats don’t eat much grains, only inside preys). I cannot say the same about whole potatoes, they are high glycemic, causing sugar peaks in blood. Also, fish meal may not give all the fatty acid and proteins the cat needs, as they don’t indicate type of fish, not big deal if they include omega-3 in the formula. Average it’s a good formula. Remember to give plenty of water to your cat with any type of dry cat food. Good luck!

          • Cheryl says:

            Thanks, Lorena. I really appreciate the information. I knew that potatoes weren’t good, but since they were only the 8th ingredient, I thought that it wouldn’t be too bad considering the other ingredients are so good. Below is a full list of ingredients. Your opinion would be appreciated because I’ve never dealt with this company before. Thank you.

            Ingredient List*
            Blue Buffalo Cat Food Ingredient List
            Deboned Duck, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Potatoes, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

        • Jennifer says:

          I would stay away from Blue Buffalo! Look online for consumers reviews regarding adverse reactions to BB in their cats and dogs. We had to take our older dog off of BB – after giving it to him for a few years – he developed some awful symptoms (excessive thirst and urination are part of it) – now the symptoms are gone and he is doing so much better. We have taken both of our cats and the other dog off of BB as well. Not taking any chances.

      • Shelly says:

        Jody I had the same problem feeding Purina and my cats throwing up constantly. I switched to Natural Balance and they rarely throw up (I have 5) anymore. Trying to find a suitable dry cat food is a nightmare. Good luck!

  3. Lorena Ávila says:

    Hello again Cheryl, I personally would not recommend a cat food with potato starch as the 4th main ingredient as this is a cheap filler and could cause digestive problems in your cat and also your pet will gain weight.
    You can try Halo if you don’t want to feed your cat with a food that is highly concentrated in meat proteins. Halo may not cause constipation to your cat. Remember that you have to give your cat plenty of water when you feed it with dry food.

    Good luck Cheryl!

  4. AZRA says:

    I bought the Hill’s ideal balance cat food. But my cat refused to eat it. Is there anything wrong with the ingredients?
    Chicken, brown rice, yellow peas, brewers rice, pea protein concentrate, chicken fat, dried egg product, flaxseed, chicken liver flavor, lactic acid, vegetable & fruit blend (green peas, apples, cranberries , carrots, broccoli), fish oil, calcium sulfate , choline chloride, potassium chloride, DL-Methionine, iodized salt, taurine, vitamins (Vitamin E supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin , vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic asid , Vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (Ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), L-Lysine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, phosphoric acid, beta-carotene, natural flavors.

    My cat prefers to eat the food that contains meat-by-products. I have tried mixing this new food with the old one, but she refused to eat at all. What should I do? I have tried changing three different types of food. But she still wants the meat-by-products dry food. I didn’t want her to starve, so I gave her the old food and some wet food.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Azra, your cat does not like that food because it is mostly based in carbohydrates and your cat knows it. The first ingredient, Chicken should be followed by chicken meal as second ingredient because that would have given your cat the highly concentrated source of proteins your cat needs and instead, its second ingredient is brown rice. The rest of main ingredients are grains as well. Regarding meat by-products I don’t recommend you to feed your cat with food based in those because that means the meat is any meat, in any condition, it may even include tumors. Try to feed your cat Fromm Game Bird or Chicken Soup or maybe better, Orijen, and tell me how it goes with your cat. Good luck!

  5. AZRA says:

    Thanks Lorena. So that’s what my cat has been trying to tell me. That the Ideal Balance isn’t good for her as it is full of carbohydrates.

    Is Orijen the best brand compared to Wellness Core?

    It’s really difficult to get these brands in Malaysia. So I just wanna make sure that I’m giving my cat the best food before I make an online purchase from overseas. Most vets here are selling Royal Canin / Science Plan.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Azra, Orijen is higher in proteins than Wellness Core and it’s one of the best cat foods. One thing I have to mention is when feeding Orijen or any food that is highly concentrated in proteins your cat will eat less because it will be satisfied with less amount of food. Also, it is VERY important to give your cat plenty of water while eating this cat food as most part of the formula is dried concentrated protein and your cat’s body needs to get the water lacked in the dried meat formula. The best idea is to feed Orijen daily and also feed your cat wet canned food three times a week at least and also give your cat plenty of water.

  6. AZRA says:

    Thank you very much Lorena. I will try it out and let you know the outcome.

  7. Fred says:

    Via some advice you gave, I ended up buying a “Feedster” auto cat feeder, and so far I’m pleased with it. Now the question is, we have been feeding our cat Pure Vita Chicken dry food, and he likes it, and does well. The issue is that since the shape of the morsels are triangular, I’m not positive that the Feedster is giving the exact same amount at each setup. Is there a food that has more or less the same % of protein, no grains in the top 8 or 10 ingredients, and has a pellet or round shape to assist the Feedster in deploying the correct amount of food each time?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Fred, what’s about the range of inaccuracy of the dispensing with triangle shaped kibble? If is not too much maybe it would be better to keep that cat food since your cat is doing good with it. Automatic cat feeders, even the most sophisticated, have a range of inaccuracy but this should not exceed 2 or 3% of total daily amount. In the case of the Pet Feedster, the kibble missed or extra kibble dispensed won’t make a difference in the total daily amount because The motor spins only so many times, so if you notice some kibble on breakfast are missing, they’ll be dispensed in next meal.

      If you still want to try a new cat food, you can try Wellness Core (grain-free and 45% proteins), just try to feed your cat less food since this cat food is highly concentrated in proteins and make sure to give plenty of water to your cat. The kibble’s size is small and rounded shaped which is suitable to get a better accuracy with the Pet Feedster.

      Another good cat food is Innova Nature’s Table Grain-Free Farm-Raised Chicken & Tender Turkey Recipe. The kibble is small and circular as well. It is grain-free, it has 38% proteins and it contains all the essential aminoacids cats need.

      I hope I could help!

  8. Blair says:

    +UPDATE: HAPPY CAT, (Here in Macedonia sell the Germany Happy Cat prodcts, I dont know if UK’s quality is the same as Germany’s.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Blair, I checked every single one of those cat foods and unfortunately none of them have healthy first ingredients. Every single one of them contains in first 5 ingredients whether corn meal, wheat meal, potato flakes, white rice flour. Some of those cat foods have corn, rice or wheat, etc. in 3 of 5 first ingredients, which is very bad for your cat.

      If you really need to choose one of these I suggest Farmina Chicken & Turkey, though it still has rice and corn as the 2nd and 3rd ingredient, and they don’t mention how much chicken and turkey. Turkey has less proteins than chicken. They don’t mention percentages of corn either. The other option would be Farmina Fun Cat because it has a defined percent of chicken meal in the first ingredient (25%) but the rest of the formula is limited. I hope I could help!

  9. Beth says:

    Hi. My cat, KC, has asthma and, when it flares, she has to take prednisone. After 2 years you can imagine she’s gained ALOT of weight. She weighs about 18-20 pounds. She is still active and chases my other cat, Doc, up and down the stairs and all over the house.
    I am at my wits end trying to find an appropriate food. She mostly eats dry food. I know she should have canned which I give her 1/2 of a 3 oz can every morning but she never finishes it no matter what kind it is. If she doesnt like it, she wont eat it. She follows me, staring for hours until I give her more dry food. Because I am gone all day, I cant monitor the amount each one eats. I do know when she runs out, she goes to Doc’s bowl. I can put his up high because she has never liked heights but, he eats hers before going to his.

    I have been looking for a low carb, low fat good protein dry food. My questions are:
    What matters more, carbs or fat? I cant find any info on that. I’ve found NO carb foods but 22% fat.
    What % of crude fat is too much?
    What is the maximum carb content that still allows for weight loss?
    What % of protein is too much for a male?

    Ive considered making their food at home but its confusing and Im afraid I wont include the right supplements.

    I am afraid that she will become diabetic if I dont do something soon and am grateful for any suggestions. Price/local availability are not an issue as long as it can be ordered online and shipped.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Beth, if your cat is overweight, try to eliminate dry food for now from her diet. You have to eliminate dry food progressively, not all at once, her weight loss has to be in a rate of 1-2% of its body weight per week.

      The healthiest canned foods are Addiction, Authority, Avoderm. Though they’re expensive, they’re one of the best. The cheapest one is Avoderm, check the product here.

      Cats don’t really need carbohydrates, they need the energy from proteins and fat. Along with a canned food diet, you have to make sure your cat has plenty of toys to play with, so she is moving all day, exactly how she would be doing in the nature and of course plenty of water, though canned food has a very good source of it.

      Try to stick with canned food until she has lost weight. If you can’t afford expensive formulas like the ones I mentioned, in the future once she has lost weight, try to feed her very little amounts of a meat based dry food as Orijen (approx. 1/8 per day) mixed with canned food. Orijen is so high in proteins that it will make her fill satisfied with less amount and the canned food will give her the water she needs. I know it is not a cheap alternative, but it is the only way you can make your cat lose weight in a healthy way.

      Regarding the question about nutritional requirements, cats eat mostly birds and mice in the wild. As an example, mice have 6.3% fat, 1.7% carbohydrate, 19% protein in the whole body. Consider that cats eat more than one mouse a day.

      I hope I could help you!

  10. Blair says:

    Hello again. As i said before here in Macedonia i cant find high quality.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Blair, the cat food can’t have white rice, potatoes, bananas, maize or maize flour in the first 5 or 6 ingredients. None of those are healthy for your cat.

  11. Gabriella says:

    I have 2 cats we rescued and one has asthma. I had them on Blue dry food and that was good for the one with asthma but it made the other cat’s poop stink really bad, very strong oder.

    I switched to Merrick grain free but now the attacks are starting up again and I am about to switch foods to stop the attacks but I am not sure what I should try next and wondering if I should give him supplements to help. Any advice would be appreciated greatly

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Gabriella, this cat foods are in general for healthy cats, but I am not sure about cats with asthma, what I know is that any cat food with fish may increase the attacks. Maybe your Vet might guide you with the right type of food for your cat so you don’t take chances with your poor baby. Here you can read a good article about diet in cats with asthma, click here. Hope I could help you!

  12. Frédéric says:


    I am so confused in choosing the best food for my cats. With all the vets and cat food vendors’ opinions, I’m a bit lost. I have a 17pounds and 13 years old male and a 9 years old a bit overweight female. They are on NOW Senior at the moment. I had a look at your top review but I can’t find the perfect one. My cats are clearly overweight. They’re indoor cats that like to play but like all indoor cats, they’re unactive most of the time. Plus the vet told us that our male has a bit of urinary deficiency but that’s probably due to his age. Also sometimes our male has a bit of fresh blood in his feecies. Probably a bit constipated? I don’t know.

    Well for the food, I would choose Orijen but you mentionned probably not good for unactive cats that are overweight. I’m trying to cut their weight down. I feed them 3/4 – 1 cup a day and I feel that I shouldn’t give them less. If I do, they hardly suggest me to put some more and it becomes highly annoying after a couple of days.

    I’d like to feed them with an organic, all aminoacid required and good for their condition food. Price isn’t a matter but of course I wouldn’t mind a few not too expensive options. Quality is the main priority for me. I wouldn’t mind giving dry and wet food at the same time. Please I need someone that knows what he’s talking about to help me take a decision.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Frederic, I would like to talk about your cats calories needs first. In general an active adult cat needs about 30 calories per pound per day. A cup of dry food contains 300 calories and a 6 Oz can of canned food about 250 calories, so you can calculate if your cats are eating the right amount by dividing your cats weight by 30. Now if you want your female cat to lose weight you need to feed her less calories per day based on this numbers, the best rate for your cat to lose weight is from 1% to 2% of her weight by week, no more than that. Now about foods. In general dry foods aren’t very good for overweight cats but you can accomplish a good mixed diet for your cats combining dry and wet food and getting the best of both types. Dry food makes your cats feel satisfied with less, especially a cat food like Orijen that is highly concentrated in proteins and wet food gives your cats more water and crude proteins, essential for their nutritional needs and digestive system. You can find good quality canned foods such as Addiction, Authority, Avoderm, (they are expensive). I suggest you to start with a 70% canned wet food and a 30% dry food and the total amount of calories according of what you want for your cats, either to maintain their weights or make them lose weight.

      Regarding your male cat having fresh blood in his feces maybe you should take him to the Vet, just to make sure he has not developed something bad in his intestine.

      It’s normal to feel confused as you do because there isn’t any agreement about what is the best food for cats and even if there is such as thing “the best cat food”. It’s true that cats in the wild eat only crude meat from little preys, but it is also true some of them die from various deceases which is part of wild life. We have to try to do our best to feed our cats healthy, but it’s also very important in trying to give them the elements they lost being indoors, which is physical activity, mental stimulation and regarding diet, good quality of proteins and lots of water. I hope I could help you.

  13. Sue T. says:

    I am trying to find an “excellent” food to feed all 3 of my cats: 2 females and 1 male. One of the females has a sensitive stomach. Dr. Gary’s Best Breed has been recommended. Any thoughts?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Sue, I checked Dr. Gary’s Best Breed composition and this cat food is suitable for a cat with a sensitive stomach. Dried beet pulp is an excellent source of fiber with a good ferment-ability that helps the intestinal bacteria to clean the colon. With cellulose, dried beet pulp makes a good combination for the cat’s digestive system and weight control. Though this cat food is suitable for your sensitive cat, I would not recommend it for the other two cats because the first ingredients are not the ones of a normal cat diet (brown rice, Sorghum, dried beet pulp, cellulose, etc.), only the first ingredient chicken meal is protein so I would not recommend it for the other two cats.

      In addition to this dry food recipe, I recommend you to complement it with wet food to give your sensitive cat more crude proteins and the water needed in her diet, considering the amount of fiber included in the dry food. A good canned wet food for your cat with sensitive stomach is Addiction Venison or Brushtail.

      For the other two cats, a good dry food is whether Orijen or Acana and a wet canned food I would suggest is Avoderm which is good and cheaper than Addictive. Good luck!

  14. Dorothy says:

    Great reviews – comprehensive, yet easy to utilize. Thanks!

    What about wet food? Do you have a similar review?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      I am planning to do the same for wet canned food because the healthiest diet for cats in my opinion includes both, dry and wet. Thanks for your nice comment Dorothy!

  15. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this info, I put my cat on Acana Prairie last month, he is no different in behaviour and his coat is still silky. I am also feeding him less then daily limit ( he dictated this) but he has picked up a bit of weight. Is this normal?

    I believe that it this was a good move. It is expensive, but if I am prepared to try eat free-range and organic why shouldn’t I buy the best I can afford for him. I couldn’t afford the Orijen, but this seems to be pretty good too!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Michelle, Acana and Orijen are both excellent dry cat foods. As these foods are highly concentrated in proteins, you have to feed your cat much less as you are doing. If your cat is gaining some weight try to reduce the intake and mix his diet with canned food and making him exercise more. Dry cat foods usually make indoor cats gain some weight, either because they add too much carbs or grains or too concentrated protein or animal fats. That’s why we need to find the best balanced point between dry and wet food, give lots of water to our cats, plenty of exercise is essential with all indoor cats.

      I don’t have Acana Wild Prairie on my list but Acana Wild Prairie and Acana Grassland are both recommended for indoor/outdoor cats or very active indoor cats because their 5th ingredient is chicken fat (Wild Prairie) and duck fat (Grassland). What dry food were you feeding your cat previously?

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

  16. Ashley says:

    We have four cats. Two are rescue stray males who are estimated to be two and four years old. We have an older male orange tiger kitty who is about seven and then one female long haired kitty who is fifteen. Currently we have them on purina complete as a friends breeder told us this was a great brand. However, the older female has hair balls frequently and has trouble with hard stools. The male cats frequently vomit up food. Is there a better option that wouldn’t cost too much as all of the cats are active and eat quite a bit. Thanks!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Ahsley, I checked the recipe and I saw it contains by-product poultry and corn. These are not good ingredients for cats. By-product meats contain any meat, it might even include tumors (not saying this particular formula does). Unfortunately the cat foods listed here are not in the low price range. I suggest you to try Innova Nature’s Table Grain Free Turkey & Chicken for your kitties, though, it does not fit the price you need.

      For the range of 25 to 29 dollars (12 to 15 lbs) you will find cat foods containing more than 3 carbs/grains in the first 5 ingredients such as the brand you mentioned. For that matter I suggest you to try Organix Healthy Adult Cat Food that contains organic chicken and organic chicken meal. You can check the complete list of ingredients here. Good luck!

  17. NK says:

    Could you review Boreal dry cat food? I’ve been experimenting with various dry and raw.

    My vet encouraged me to get back on dry food for preventative dental care, I guess. She sent me home with a bag of Royal Canin dental something/something. But I’ve run out and the price is prohibitive.

    I just bought Boreal today. The ingredients look good and the price was right. And, happily/shockingly my cat gobbled it up- he just attacked this dry food! (or it may just be because he misses his dry food, as he’s been exclusively on raw for the last week or so).

    How does Boreal compare?

  18. Susan says:

    Hello, I’d like your thoughts on combining a prescription Hills Metabolic dry cat food with a high quality dry cat food listed in your reviews.

    Our four cats: exclusively indoors, all fed free-choice Metabolic rx dry, plus a serving of commercial canned food (Meow Mix, Friskies, etc) a.m. and p.m.
    Neutered male, 10 y.o., one episode of UTI/crystals years ago, slightly thin since being on Metabolic dry food, active
    Neutered male, 4 y.o. healthy except for recent feline herpes episode, active
    Spayed female, 8 y.o. slightly overweight, otherwise healthy
    Spayed female, 8 y.o. healthy, energetic, but slightly thin

    Vet recommended the Metabolic prescription for our oldest male after all cats were gaining weight on prescription c/d dry food. They shed weight incredibly, but I’m not happy with how thin they seem to be, although energy levels are high. Can’t separate cats/food for individualized feedings, unfortunately; all must be on same dry food.

    Question: can we combine dry Metabolic rx food with a dry food recommendation from your list and still (1) prevent struvite formation, (2) keep appropriate weight without being underweight? Thanks in advance!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Susan, I suggest you to feed the male cat with UTI/crystals wet food combined with the prescribed. The male cat with herpes will be better either with wet food or with grain-free food, such as Orijen Grain-Free cat food. Orijen contains the aminoacid Lysine which support the immune system to fight herpes. For both healthy females, I would suggest you also Orijen, but not very much to the one that is already overweight.

      In conclusion: wet food for the cat with UTI episodes, Orijen for the rest, making sure the overweight cat does not get too much.

      Good luck Susan!

  19. Bella says:


    I came across this forum while researching kibble size and thought you might have some input on the subject.

    My menagerie includes a devon rex, an 18 lb. manx, a red point siamese, a norwegian, and a 7 mth old sphynx kitten. After much research I settled on the Acana and I buy all 3 flavors and rotate them daily. I usually leave Nature’s Variety Instinct out for my sphynx since the kibble is smaller. That being said, does kibble size really matter? She seems to eat the Acana just fine but she is only 7mts and I am a worry wart.

    As far as wet, my adults get the regular Nature’s Recipe every evening (they refuse to eat the grain free one) and I give my sphynx Nature’s Variety Instinct as the protein content is higher. I can’t seem to find one they all agree on so this seems to work. Any advice or suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Bella, when it comes to kibble size for kittens, it needs to be big enough so when the kitten chews on them, it creates a brushing effect on its teeth. Additionally, when a cat takes longer chewing the food, it slows the digestion, aiding the digestive process. If your kitten is eating Acana “kittens & adults” and he or she is comfortable eating it, and if it has not vomited, I would not worry much more.

      Regarding wet canned food, try Addiction NZ Venison & Apples Entree Grain Free Cat Food. It comes in cans of 6 Oz and it’s sold in packs of 24 cans. It’s a sensitive formula, free grain and gluten, low in cholesterol, no artificial preservatives or fillers.

      Good luck!

  20. Kerri says:

    Hello. I reside in British Columbia Canada, do you know if “go” cat food is any good? I’m totally blind and cannot rad the ingredients. Sorry about the insane question.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Kerri, Petcurean Go! is a good cat food, after Orijen, Acana and Innova (even though Innova contains carbs but all the aminoacids cats need) the Peticurean Go! it’s one of the best. Its main first ingredients are: Chicken meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey, duck meal, turkey meal.

  21. Signe says:

    Because of my schedule I have to continue to free feed my two middle-aged indoor cats dry food, but I can afford a better brand now. They aren’t very active but they have always maintained healthy weights. However, they don’t seem to drink much water so I worry that some of these brands might constipate them. Advice for upgrading from grocery store brand to a better dry food? I live near Washington DC.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Signe, my suggestion is trying to get a good canned wet food for your cats and mix it with dry food. This way they will get more water and some healthy vegetables from the food which will avoid constipation and will help their digestion. A good brand of canned food is Addiction. Dry food that I would recommend is Orijen, Acana or Innova. When mixing wet food with dry food you have to give more percentage of wet food in the mixing. Good luck!

    • Lisa says:

      Try buying a water fountain, and make sure you place it in an area away from their food. Cats like running water, and it will encourage them to drink more.

  22. Signe says:

    Between my schedule and the wildly different eating habits of the two cats mixing wet food with dry hasn’t worked out at our house.

    Does this mean I should just stick with the grocery store brand? It sounds as if upgrading to a premium dry food without adding wet food isn’t a good idea.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      The ideal diet for a cat is a mixed diet with wet and dry food. But if you can’t feed your cats wet food then I would suggest you to feed your cats with one of the foods I mentioned previously, reduce their intake a little bit since these foods are high in proteins, and give your pets lots of water.

  23. Alan says:

    I have been feeding my cat California Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice dry food. I am a fan of this product as it’s list of ingredients is minimal and does not contain a lot of fruits, vegetables or fillers. It is a good protein source.
    I have just found out that this product will no longer be carried in Canada.
    Have been doing much research on a replacement food and am not able to narrow down a new dry cat food that is mostly meat based and not loaded with a lot of unnecessary extras…

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Alan, Orijen, Acana and Innova are excellent dry cat foods, with no fillers or grains, such as brown rice. I don’t know if their ingredients have the simplicity you’re looking for, but they’re good formulas.

  24. alane says:

    Hi Lorena… thanks for getting back to me.

    I have looked at the Orijen but it seems to be filled with an “abundance” of fruits and vegetables.

    Innova will no longer be available in Canada.

    What are your thouts on Natural Balance or Natro Natural Choice?

    Thinking of Wellness Core but it says it is deficient in Amino Acids.

    Where can one get Amino Acids to give as a supplement?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Yes, you can get aminoacid supplements, what I’ve seen so far is only L-lysine and methionine. When you look for a limited ingredients cat food you will necessary have to switch from fruits or vegetables to carbs because a dry cat food can’t be made only with proteins. Personally, I prefer fruits or vegetables further down the list than carbohydrates as part of the first ingredients (which is the case of Natural Balance which contains peas as 1st ingredient and pea proteins as 4th) Nutro Cat food contains brewers rice, pea protein and whole brown rice in main 5 ingredients so I would not recommend it either.

      But to get the most suitable cat food it’s a searching process so I understand if you want to find the most suitable for your cat, according to its taste. Good luck!

  25. Marie says:

    Hi Lorena,

    Have you reviewed Nulo? My vet recommended it, otherwise I wouldn’t have known to look for it. I think its ingredients are a good quality, and my kittens (almost a year now) absolutely love it.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      No Marie, but I am planning to make more reviews for more type of cats with various conditions and I will consider Nulo, thanks for the info.

  26. Sophie Bertrand says:

    Although a great research, and a lot of my faith in the quality of the mentioned products, I have a cat at home with allergies to chicken, turkey and fish.
    That leaves out eggs and any… well…fish! thumbs down to all companies who take great care of putting lamb and duck even pheasant, but add fish… boy do dogs have royal treatment regarding hypoallergenic ingredients… I’m very frustrated as a cat mom, and am sticking to Natural Balance Duck LID, wether I agree with the ingredient or not is relative to my kittie’s confort. Thumbs down for the quality of hypoallergenic food from vets also…

  27. Janice says:

    Hi Lorena:

    My cat is on Prescription Metabolic, and it lists Crude protein at
    33.5% in its analysis. The first 7 ingredients are:
    Chicken by-product meal
    Corn Gluten Meal
    Powdered Cellulose
    Dried Tomato Pomace
    Dried Beef Pulp

    Is this good for my kitty. He only gets 1/4 cup gr breakfast and 1/4 cup for dinner (12hours a part) and wheat grass, because he seems to be hungry all the time.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Janice, I would not feed my cat by-product meats. Chicken by-product may include beaks, feathers, feet, wattles and combs. It may add some good proteins like heart or gizzard but just taking the chance of feeding the other rest I wouldn’t do it. Considering the second and third ingredients being grains I wouldn’t do it.

  28. Ryan Brumbaugh says:

    Why hasn’t anyone talked about Young Again Zero Carb cat food? I don’t even see it on the list and this food appears to be the best dry cat food out there with lowest carbs and high meat value. I am waiting on samples for this cat food to give to my diabetic cat and the rest of my babies.

  29. allison says:

    I have a cat that is over weight and now her skin is dry. I was feeding her evolve. But switched to hills weight management. I believe that’s what’s giving her dry skin. She is not very active even when we play with her. I’ve been reading like crazy to see what food would be best for her. I also check everything to see if they have ever been recalled. What would you suggest for over weight, indoor, and dry skin cat? Thank you

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Allison,

      There are several reasons why your cat might be developing dry skin. The most common are: 1) Poor nutrition. Some cat foods don’t have a good balance of proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, essential aminoacids. 2) Overweight. When cats get fat, they can’t clean themselves as they did when they were skinny and flexible. 3) Age. As cats get older, they lose flexibility as well. 4) Bathing the cat too often.
      More reasons for dry skin could be diabetes, infections, allergy, dry winter air or other issues. Maybe you should take your cat to the Vet to check your cat’s health. To answer your question, you can try for now with Orijen Cat & Kitten, mixed with AvoDerm Natural Tuna and Chicken with Vegetables (40% dry 60% wet). But I recommend you to take your cat to the Vet, because with its symptoms it might be developing other issues.

      Good luck!

  30. allison says:

    Thank you I will try the food. She just has more dandruff or dander then I’m used to seeing. She is almost two. She seems hungry all the time. I’m thinking I’ll move her food bowl to a Less busy area as that may be stressing get out and try the food. I’ll bring her to the vet as well. Thank you

  31. Liz says:

    Hi Lorena,

    Thank you so much for all your reviews!! I just adopted a cat two weeks ago (my first pet ever :)) and I wish I would have come across your website earlier, because all of your reviews, such as your reviews on the best rated automatic litter boxes, are right on point!!! I bought the “scoop free” because it was rated the best on many other sites, and I am a bit disappointed, after reading your reviews, I can’t believe how accurate your reviews on it were.

    She was on Iams, and taking your advice, I just purchased the Orijen. Today is day number two on switching her out of it. So far, so good. Many people have told me to stick mainly to dry food, because of her gum health, but reading your articles, I really do want to take your advice, and switch her to dry and wet foods, it makes sense.

    My question is, what is the ratio of dry to wet that I should serve? And how many times a week, do I serve her both? Is the dry/wet combo a daily thing?

    Lastly, one of the main reasons I was told to stay away from wet food is because of “all the dental problems that will develop over the years, such as gingivitis”. Clearly, you don’t agree with this theory. With that being said, should I brush her teeth? If so, how often? I just took her to the vet, hoping that they would also take a look at her teeth/brush them, but they didn’t.

    Thanks for all of this advice! You are great! Keep writing!! You are my #1 resource (for a lost, first-time pet owner)!!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thank you for your nice comment Liz, I am happy I can help you with my reviews, that is my main goal to help people with honest and comprehensive reviews. Regarding your cat, I think cats should have a mixed diet with dry and wet food, because by only drinking water they don’t get enough water intake that cats need (which they get from preys in the wild). You can give your cat 50% wet food and 50% dry food if your cat is not overweight or 40% dry food and 60% wet food if she is a little overweight. Switch to this percentage slowly, in a week period. The mixed diet must be in a daily basis. One thing I need to mention, Orijen is a very high in proteins dry cat food so make sure not to feed your cat too much with this food. Try with a little less than 1/2 cup dry food and a little less than 3 Oz can wet food in total as daily intake. Keep me posted how she does.

      Regarding your cat teeth, you can brush your cat’s teeth with cotton swabs and a small toothbrush, using toothpaste formulated for felines. You can also use salt and water. Ask your Vet for recommended brands of toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t use people toothpaste. Good luck Liz and keep me posted!

      • Liz says:

        Hi Lorena,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I have started feeding her the wet food about a week ago, and she is OBSESSED with it! However, because I am not home for about 10-12 hours during the work week, it is hard for me to leave the wet food out. Currently, I am leaving her the dry food out for when I am away (1/2 cup of Orijen), and when I come home, I feed her a 3oz can of wet cat food. I am also giving her “Omega-3 Nexus” liquid supplement in her food (to help with her shedding). When I first adopted her she was shedding like crazy, and she still is, odd being that she is a short haired breed!

        Since, she loves the wet food so much, I am considering giving her a 3oz can in the mornings before I leave for work, and then a 3oz can in the evenings. Then leaving out the dry food for when I am not home. I am concerned though, that if I go away for a weekend, that she will not do well on only dry food, being that she was used to getting a can of wet food in the mornings and evenings. What do you think?

        Also, in your previous reply, you stated, that Orijen is very high in proteins and not to feed her too much with this food. Does that mean that I should mix Orijen with Acana (your next favorite) on a daily basis?

        About your recommended wet food brands-I went online to Addictions’ website and visited the store near me that stated they had it. When I went there, they stated they no longer carried it, however, the store manager recommended Weruva (the carrageenan and grain free version) as the best. Are you familiar with this brand? I only want to feed her the best. Money is not a concern. I have been trying to do my own research, but have not been very successful (and my vet recommended only dry food for her teeth).
        The second brand you mentioned, Authority, is it the one that’s only sold at PetSmart? That’s the only one I was able to locate. Lastly, how do you feel about eventually incorrportating raw food in her diet?

        Here are the ingredients of Gracie’s favorite Weruva canned food (so far):
        Water sufficient for processing, chicken (boneless, skinless breast), beef, pumpkin, potato starch, sunflower seed oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan gum, Calcium Lactate, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate(Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Pottasium Iodine, magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), pyridoxine Hydochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 supplement

        Sorry about all the questions and thank you soooo much!!

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          Sorry for not answering this, I just saw your question. When I mentioned about not feeding your cat too much with Orijen I mean not the same amount as if you were feeding your cat with regular not Premium cat food. Little less than 1/2 cup daily and 3 Oz can it is the intake for a day. I don’t think you should have a problem leaving the refrigerated canned food in a good automatic cat feeder such as Feed and Go. Plus, you can feed your cat whenever you want from your smartphone if you are away. Check my review about this product.
          Checking the ingredients of Weruva recipe I get to the conclusion it is a food cat food, but not for feeding your cat twice a day with it. It contains sunflower oil with is fat and potato starch which is carbohydrates. If your cat is alone probably does not do much exercise. Try to feed your cat only 3 Oz by day plus Orijen and get her toys to keep her busy with games while you are not home.
          The rest of the ingredients of the formula are OK. If you get an automatic cat feeder such as Feed and Go you may be able to mix every other tray with wet and dry food up to 3 days if feeding your cat twice a day.
          Hope I could help you Liz.

  32. Sue Ryan says:

    Hi Lorena, I have four cats, all rescue mixed breeds, aged 7, 6, and two aged 13 months. They won’t eat Wellness (any of the line), Evo, Blue, Natural Balance or any of the Nutro line. They LOVE Beyond by Purina, I looked very carefully at the ingredients and as far as I can see, they comply with what you recommend. I also feed them one large can of Petguard Chicken and Beef between them in the evening. They have 3 huge water bowls placed around my apartment and they drink a LOT of water, which I am happy about. Could you tell me, please, if you think I am doing things right here. So far so good, no adverse reactions, and the price of Beyond is pretty reasonable. Thank you!

  33. Sue Ryan says:

    Hi Lorena, thanks for your reply. Here are the ingredients for Beyond.

    Chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, dried egg product, whole barley, whole brown rice, whole oat meal, dried yeast, beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, dried beet pulp, natural liver flavor, dried carrots, dried sweet potatoes, dried apples

    Essential Nutrients Added for a Complete and Balanced Meal
    phosphoric acid, salt, sodium bisulfate, taurine, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, potassium chloride, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. C-4260

    I’d be really appreciative if you could comment on what you think. As I mentioned, they are all four of them rescues who came to live with me at those various times, and had been fed whatever they feed them at rescues. (Whatever it is, I thank the rescues anyway!). I’ve tried the same variations of top end food with all of them and they all responded well to Beyond while turning up their noses at more expensive foods. No loose stools, not much smell in the stools, which is nice when you live in a condo.

    If you can recommend a better food, I’ll try it with them, or perhaps a supplement. I also tried the refrigerated raw food that they sell in the pet stores and they wouldn’t touch it.

    Thank you so much.


    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Sue,

      I am going to analyze the 5 first ingredients. I am not going to claim this brand has exactly what I am going to describe to you, I am only going to tell you how usually these elements are in the industry of pet foods.

      Chicken has almost 80% water in muscles, adding weight to the proportion of proteins but it’s really adding water weight to that proportion. Chicken meal is an excellent concentrated source of proteins for cats. Pea protein is a good source of vegetable protein, it does not add too much carbs to the cat diet since it’s only proteins. Dried egg product is a cheap source of protein, usually waste product of egg industry, and it is free of shell. Whole barley is a very good source of dietary fiber and it is low in gluten, it does not cause allergy to cats.

      The first 5 ingredients seems OK, except for dried egg product that could have been a source of meat protein instead. Pea protein is a good starch. I have a little problem with the 6th ingredient whole brown rice, I don’t like rice for cats.

      Regarding nutritional info provided, I can see 2 of 11 essential aminoacids (Lysine, taurine) in the formula which means this formula is for a maintenance diet. If your cats like this food and they don’t accept higher quality ones, I would suggest you to keep feeding them with it, but adding a high meat based canned food to their diet as well.

      In case they have not tried either Orijen or Acana, I would suggest you to try one of them if you are willing to try better alternatives for your cats. Good luck!

      • Sue Ryan says:

        Hello Lorena, thank you so much for your detailed response. I just ordered a 13 pound bag of Beyond last week, so I will let them get through that and then I am going to try Acana – they did not like Orijen too much when I gave it to them, it’s funny how they all copy each other – if one doesn’t like a food, the rest follow suit. As Beyond is fairly budget friendly, if they don’t like Acana, I will keep them on it. I do feed them a large can of PetGuard chicken and beef dinner every evening, (I haven’t seen that anywhere except WholeFoods but it’s pretty reasonably priced and seems to have good ingredients) so they are getting a reasonable amount of wet food – and they are good water drinkers, all of them because I have watched them a lot to see who drinks where in my home, and they all like the fresh water but they, funnily, like it in different locations! I have three huge bowls of water in three different places in my apartment.

        Thank you again and will let you know how the Arcana works out, I looked it up and it looks great, a bit pricey, but I know that cats eat less of the “better” foods, so it works out about the same!

        Sue :)

  34. Jennifer says:

    I have 4 cats currently eating Purina One Indoor Advantage dry catfood. 1 of them throws up the food still in whole pieces. He doesn’t eat much of it just a few bites and he’s done. He doesn’t throw up right away. I know it’s not a good brand so I am reaching out to find a better brand to feed them. Thanks for your help.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Jennifer, I would suggest you to try either Orijen or Acana and Go+ as third option. If feeding with any of these cats foods, you have to feed them less amount since these foods are highly concentrated in meat proteins. Additionally, you need to add wet canned food to their diet and provide your pets lots of water. Good luck!

  35. Trish says:

    Have you done any research on Evangers Whitefish and Sweet potato dry cat food? It’s made in Illinois and our dogs love it, was wondering if the cat version is as good? Thanks in advance.

  36. Aaron says:

    Hello Lorena,

    Do you have any comments on Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Formula for Cats & Kittens (Blue Pack)?

    The first 5 ingredients listed are “Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat, Pearled Barley…”

    I see that Brown Rice & Barley are listed, is that bad?


    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Aaron, chicken meal is listed first which means the protein level is higher. The second ingredient chicken does not provides much % of proteins but they provide a crude source of protein (not cooked to high temperature and pulverized). Also, it means the cat will need more water and canned wet food in its diet. Regarding the analysis of the ingredients, you can check my answer to Sue. Chicken fat it’s OK since cats eat fat in the wild, but they also are more active so you will need to exercise your cat if it’s indoor. Brown rice could have been replaced for a source of proteins such as turkey or a carb like pea. I am not particularly fan of rice for cats. I don’t know the aminoacids the formula contains so I don’t know if this is for a maintenance diet. In general it’s a good formula for a very active cat, providing canned wet food and lots of water. I hope I could help you!

  37. Chelsea says:

    Do you have any information regarding the cat food Life’s Abundance? Both dry and wet cat food? I’m bringng home a kitten in the next few weeks and trying to find a great dry and wet cat food. My breeder recommended Life’s Abundance but the ingredients list doesn’t look like it’s all that. Some sources saying to absolutely NEVER feed dry food while others say to only feed raw. Someone told me never to feed only wet food because their teeth will fall out! I’m confused. Help!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Chelsea! I have not reviewed Life’s Abundance cat food, I will check it out and see what its ingredients are.
      Regarding what it’s the best to feed your cat, you will always find different opinions about how to better feed a cat and the reason is because cats are suppose to live in the wild and not indoors so we somehow by changing their natural living, have to change their diet as well. We need to provide dry food because it is a concentrated source of proteins (if the food is good) and it helps with cat’s teeth, they do the job that bones would in the wild inside preys. Cats need wet food because it provides crude source of proteins and water. By drinking water cats don’t get enough to be healthy. Raw food it’s OK but it is frozen and still processed so if we want to get closer to how cats eat naturally in the wild, frozen food it’s not the best answer either. You have to make a decision based in your personal conviction and investigation. Hope I could help you!

  38. Chelsea says:

    Thank you, that does help! If you wouldn’t mind taking a look at Life’e Abundance I would most appreciate it. I also have available to me the Fromm cat food products as well as Merrick and a couple of other’s listed on the top 5 list. Again, thank you!

  39. Renee says:

    Hello! I am very intrigued by all of the information you have posted. I have a multi-cat household (10+) and I am trying to find a well balanced dry food that they can nibble on through the day. I do feed them canned wet food twice a day as well and they have water fountains and bowls throughout the house. I want to make sure they are drinking plenty of water (as you have mentioned).
    I always thought a higher protein content in the cat food was a positive thing. I am feeding them a higher protein food,however, from what you have stated, by-products in the foods are not a good thing at all. I feel bad that I am feeing my cats a bad food now. Ingredients are: Turkey, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soybean meal, brewers rice, whole grain corn, fish meal, soy protein isolate, soybean hulls, dried yeast, powdered cellulose, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid, caramel color, salt, calcium carbonate, taurine, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, L-Carnitine, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. It has 42% protein which I thought was a plus. I am now reading that Brewers Rice is a terrible item for food too.

    I am willing to spend a bit more on food, but I can’t spend too much. I saw that you recommended “Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul Adult formula” for someone in a comment earlier that had multiple cats. This has 34% protein. I know that having too many carbs and fillers can (from what I have read) contribute to the onset of diabetes, so I am trying to find a food that has a good balance for my cats.

    I have tried some of the more expensive brands in the past years (Orijen, Merrick, etc.) but not all of my cats liked it.

    Any insight you have on my situation would be a great help.

    Thank you!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Renee, High protein in cat foods it’s a good thing. What I mean is that I prefer not to feed cats by-products meats because they are not high quality, they may include any part of the poultry, beaks, feathers, feet, wattles and combs. Turkey does not provide high quality of proteins, chicken is much better. Soy, corn and rice are not good for cats. I am not against any food or brand, I am just stating some facts about what I consider not good for cats. You are doing right giving your cat wet food and plenty of water.

      I suggest you to try Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free and tell me how your cats like it. Hope I could help!

  40. Meg says:

    I just bought M. P. Bistro dry chicken flavored cat food for my two boys, because they were both throwing up the Natural Balance cat food and I don’t trust the Natural Balance brand now. Is this Merrick brand a decent brand? I didn’t see it listed.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Meg, as all grain-free cat foods, this one has carbohydrates (dry potatoes) as 4th ingredient, which could be further down on the list. In general it is a good formula but make sure your cat makes a lot of exercise because carbs make cats gain weight. If your cat is already overweight, cat foods with high glycemic ingredients (potatoes) within 5 first are not recommended.

  41. Nicole says:

    First off I just wanted to thank you for taking so much time to reply to all these questions! What an amazing resource you’ve been!

    My cat is about 1.5 years old and he is FIV positive. I’ve been doing lots of research on a raw diet but my vet is against it because of his FIV. I know wet food is better so now he is on Tikicat. Since I rescued him he’s been on Blue Buffalo but in January I tried to switch him to Wellness Core. It gave him diarrhea AND constipation which didn’t go away for weeks! I tried switching him to Tikicat completely but it seems to still cause him constipation. I check his stools and they are very hard and he only goes every 2-3 days! I’ve taken him to the vet and since his behavior is completely normal otherwise, my vet can’t figure it out either. But he’s definitely straining when he tries to poop.

    I’m really concerned and I’m not sure what to do at this point.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Nicole, does your cat drink enough water?

      • Nicole says:

        Yes, when he was on dry food he would drink from a water bowl and peed 1-2 times a day. now that he’s on wet food he no longer drinks from a water bowl but he pees 3-4 times a day and the urine is much more clear. He’s never had any trouble with urine.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      There is an interesting debate if raw food is good for cats with FIV or not good. Some people say raw food it is fine as long as it is HPP treated and if the cat’s white blood cell count is NOT high. It is not easy to make the decision what to feed your FIV positive cat. I suggest you to join FIV-healthscience Yahoo group and share your experience with them and find a common solution. Feeding your cat raw depends mostly on how comfortably you feel about it. Sorry I could not help more, good luck!

      • Nicole says:

        I am ok with feeding him whatever is best so his bowel movements return to normal! My main concern is his constipation. Would you recommend adding dry food to complement his wet diet? Or psyllium husk? I know a diet consisting of all meat can mean less poop but 2-3 days without eliminating anything is very startling to me!

        Thank you Lorena!

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          Hi Nicole, constipation could be the result of several different causes and in some cases dry food high in soluble or insoluble fibers might help but depending on the cause of the constipation fiber could worsen the problem. As you told me your cat had intense diarrhea first and now it is constipated, I an not a Vet but that’s a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease. I would not suggest you any food right now because I don’t know the real cause of the constipation. Since you are feeding your cat only wet food and you give your cat lots of water I tend to think the problem is something else than just diet. I would suggest you to take your cat to the Vet to confirm inflammatory bowel disease and start from there to choose a diet. Good luck!

  42. sajad says:

    hi Lorena, i have kitten that is 8 months old. i am currently feeding him purina friskies. he like eating it but i have noticed he is shedding a lot of hair and his hair doesn’t look really great.. i was wondering which dry cat food should i get for him to help him have better looking hair. Thank you.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi sajad, you can try Innova Natures Table Grain Free Chicken and Turkey and see how your cat does with it. Good luck!

  43. Eugenia says:

    Thank you for your reviews, they have been really helpful! Would you please make a review on Acana wild prairie? Also I would really like to read your views on cat wet food and on raw food as well.\
    Thank you very much
    Best wishes and keep up with this perfect work!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Eugenia, currently I am not answering questions because I can’t keep up with so many, but I wanted to tell you that I will do a review of Acana Wild Praire. Thanks for your comment!

  44. Michelle says:

    Hi Lorena. I know you’re super busy but… I have two 6 year old DLH cats, boy and girl siblings. I have always fed all my pets IAMS until I was informed that was a bad thing. Recently I have switched over our lab mix to Canidae and she’s doing relatively well on it; however, I don’t see that the cat formula rates as high (been feeding them IAMS indoor weight management/hairball control). Would you suggest Chicken Soup for the Soul for my two felines? They are strictly indoor cats, only eat dry and eat from a self-dispenser. They are also big kitties, weighting 12-13 pounds each not from overweight but they are big boned :)

    Hope you can answer my question as I’d like to start switching them in the next day or so.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Michelle! Chicken Soup for the Soul is a good cat food, containing mainly proteins in its main ingredients and corn/soy free so I would say, yes, you can try this cat food and see how your cats do with it. Another a little more expensive formula but one of my favorites is Petcurean Go!.

      Additionally, I would suggest you to get a cat grass if your cats develop hairballs. It is proven that healthy fresh grass is not harmful for cats. If your cats have been vomiting hairballs too often, it’s good to take them to the Vet.

  45. Kay says:

    Can an 11yo slightly overweight inactive cat eat the same food as an active underweight 6yo by adjusting feeding amts? New 6yo does not like wellness core 11yo has been on. They each get 1/2 can wellness core indoor canned per day. It would be very nice to have them on same foods. I’m just now reading where grain free isn’t good for male cats. Thanks so much.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Do you want to feed them both canned food? I have not done reviews of canned food yet, but I know Addiction and Avoderm are good brands.

  46. Kay says:

    They each get half a can of wellness core canned per day. I’m combo feeding. The 6yo had several teeth removed before I got him and our vet says dry food should help…reasorbtion?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Vets usually recommend dry food for cats because it gives them a good natural teeth cleaning as they need to chew on kibbles and this creates a brushing effect. If your cat has teeth removed and only eating wet food, it may be subject to gum infections. You just need to brush your cat’s remained teeth and gum to prevent this. I am not sure of other reason other than this.

  47. Kay says:

    Thank you. Do you think both cats can be on the same dry food? Looking at chicken soup for the cat…

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      The cat with no activity needs to eat less fat and carbohydrates and of course, less amount of food. The active cat; the opposite. They may need different foods to accomplish their different dietary needs. If you really want to feed them both the same food, take a look to Petcurean Go+. You need to feed them with wet and dry food and always give plenty of water to make sure they don’t develop urinary crystals. Of course, you will need to give less food to the overweight cat. Good luck Kay!

      Note: there are plenty of cat toy feeders to make overweight cats work for their food. You may want to take a look to one of these to feed your overweight cat. You can see a list of reviews of these toy feeders on this website.

  48. Michelle says:

    I have been reading your reviews and I have gotten a lot of great information. I just have one more question. I have always fed all my cats Purina Cat Chow Indoor. I have a 10yr old Female Tabby and a 3yr old Himalayan/Siamese mix Male. The female recently has been throwing up a lot and the food is still full size kibbles as if it didn’t even get broken down. My male cat has not had any problems except an occasional hairball. I’m just wondering what food could I feed both of my cats that will benefit them both. I know with my male he has not had any crystal problems and I would hate to change his food and have him start. Also I do free feed them, but I am aware I need to change that asap. They are both indoor cats, very energetic though. I notice the male does drink a lot of water where as my female does not. I would love to help her throwing up problem without causing more problems for her or even him. I have no problem spending the money for the food, I’m just not sure what brand to turn to? I have heard that Evanger’s may not be bad. What do you think would be best?

    Thank you!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Michelle, my first concern is that your 10yr old female cat may be developing some digestive issues? that is not a surprise considering her age, my best suggestion before mentioning any cat food is taking her to the Vet to check her intestine. Sometimes it’s not the food, is the cat’s intestine that can’t handle any type of food because of some issue.

      I would not feel well suggesting you a cat food without knowing what’s going on with your female cat’s intestine first. I am sorry I could not help you more Michelle.

  49. Val says:

    Hi Lorena,
    We are bring home 2 new kittens today after losing our last baby at 14 yrs old.

    I am feeding them “HG”; gatos wet food, and for the dry I am using the “NVI”- Duck & Turkey Meal formula. Can you please chime in with your ideas on this diet?


    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Val, since they are kittens they need healthy diets from the beginning because they may be eating this food until they are adults. After checking the wet food the second ingredient it was whether liver or salmon and I don’t recommend either because too much liver is bad for cats and I don’t recommend salmon on the diet either. For dry food, try Petcurean and see how they do with it. Remember to keep water bowls with clean and fresh water at all times or get an automatic cat water fountain.

  50. Melanie says:

    What do you think of the ingredients in this brand called “Nature Bridge”, manufactured in China, where I’m currently living/working. I bought my first kitten here and it’s VERY hard to find decent food. I can get Royal canine kitten imported from France but that is literally ALL they have!

    This brand “Nature Bridge” is advertised as more nutritional and is more expensive but there are strange ingredients:

    “Skipjack meat (not even sure what skipjack meat is!)chicken meat, rice, brown rice, oats, alfalfa protein, chicken fat, egg powder, beer yeast powder, seaweed, spinach, carrot, walnut kernel, fructo-oligo-Saccharides, choline chloride, taurine…etc”

    Is it really necessary to put alfalfa protein and egg powder in the food?

    So if this is my only option for food, maybe I should just stick with Royal Canine?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Melanie, I am really sorry for the delay in this response. Regarding your question, I know there is a huge problem of finding good quality cat food in other countries. The one you mention Skipjack meat is the typical tuna used in cans, its protein value is about 22% which is OK. The second ingredient is chicken meat and not chicken meal which means it’s not an extracted concentrated source of chicken. The problem with “meats” is that they are weighed before cooked so the percentage of this ingredients it’s not accurate since the water has been weighed before cooked. Then you have rice (white) and brown rice, those are grains that are not healthy for cats at all. It could be OK with one grain such as brown rice in the 5 main ingredients but this formula has 3 carbs of 5 ingredients. Eggs are good option for proteins, but “powder” means they have been pulverized including shell which is less quality protein. Alfalfa is a good source of fiber and chlorophyll for cats and it helps to their digestion. Since you did not detail the ingredients of the other cat food RC, I could not analyze it. I hope I could help and sorry again for the delay. Good luck!

  51. Melanie says:

    I would also like to add that I’m able to order imported wet canned foods online (I’ve tried Tiki cat, Wellness, Weruva) She will eat all of these, but seems to prefer dry and has been eating Royal canine kitten since 2 months old. She also likes ”Mio9 tuna’ manufactured from Thailand. It’s main ingredient is tuna but it has a high water content.

    I would now like to switch to an adult dry but ordering high quality dry online is too expensive. It’s double the price to order this online since it’s considered ‘imported’. The canned imported is expensive enough but I would like to feed her a mix of wet and dry.

    Royal canine (imported from Europe) is really the main brand I can find here on the shelf.

  52. JL says:

    Hi Lorena,
    My cat is currently on P U Grain-Free Recipe. I didn’t see this brand on your list so I was wondering if it is a good brand for cat food? I just adopted my first cat and I am quite nervous. It is like having my first baby lol.
    The ingredients are as follows:
    Turkey, Chicken Meal, Potato, Duck Meal, Peas, Dried Egg Product, Salmon Meal, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Flavor, Dried (Tomato, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, and Spinach) Pomace, Yeast Culture, Whole Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Whole Cranberries, Cranberry Extract, Whole Blueberries, Lecithin, Salt, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Taurine, Spinach, Whole Blackberries, Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Marigold Extract, Green Tea Extract, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Inositol, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello JL, ingredients seem OK to me, except Potato, I am not a fan of potatoes in main 5 ingredients. Also, Dried Egg Product means the ingredient includes shells. Turkey, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal and Peas are good ingredients, though pea is a carb, it’s an excellent source of proteins and fiber too. I would say the formula it’s not bad, but it could be better. Try with Petcurean or Innova Natures Table. Make sure your cat has plenty of exercise. Also, provide your pet plenty of clean and fresh water at all times, you can buy an automatic water fountain for this. You must complement your cat’s diet with wet canned food as well because only water is not enough for its water intake needs. Good luck JL!

  53. fran carroll says:

    Lorena, Thanks for your excellent reviews on dry cat food. I had 5 rescue kittens that I weaned from their feral mama around 4 weeks of age. I started feeding them frisks pate which was recommended by a local rescue organization to help trap them. Once they were seen by a vet, they were all diagnosed with ring worm and put on a diet of hills ideal balance dry food supplemented with vita flora powder packets for 3 months. As they were originally used to the pate/ wet food, I began adding water to the dry food and supplement to get them to eat it. The two I have kept have been on that type of a diet since then. They get fairly moistened kibbles in the AM and PM and about a quarter cup of water with just about 10 kibbles in the afternoon or more when it is hot. I have recently purchased wellness complete health food and wondered if I could just continue this regime with it. Nowhere do I ever see anyone suggest wetting the kibbles but always recommend giving plenty of water or adding wet food throughout the week. I was just wondering why that has never been an option. Do you think there is any issue with doing this? Thanks for your thoughts on this.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Fran, I am sorry for the delay. Regarding your question, canned cat food has approx. 75% (or more) water in the total formula which it’s the closest to a prey in the wild, which is between 70% and 75%. Since dry foods contain approx. 10% of water, you may need to add this extra amount to complete this percentage, which is at least 60% water of the total meal you put on the bowl. Maybe it would be too much water for the cat to eat the kibbles.

      The problem is that by only drinking water cats don’t get enough and they need the extra from the prey. My final thoughts is that although adding water it’s an excellent approach to increase water intake for your cats they still will need wet food to complete their healthy diet.

  54. ANNE MCKINNON says:

    I had my 6 year old tabby cat Misty on a holistic food and it was 38% protein on it. After a year it went in for blood work and her protein levels went way up which would cause her kidneys to shut down or get a disease. The vet had to put her on a reduced protein vet care food (prescription) for 6 months and check her protein level and it went back to normal. She has been on this prescription food now and she’s 11 years old. I am paying 32 canadian dollars for a 2 kg bag of this food from the vet and its from the Royal Canin company and great and she’s doing well on it but I can’t afford the price so I told the vet that I am trying a food from the pet store and in 6 months he’ll check her protein level She also has a hyperthyroid disease as well and is on one pill daily for that and its normal. I researched and the best one I found and going to try is Royal Canin 12+ and its 28% protein which is the lowest food with that percentage. The reduced protein that shes on is 24 % and she only eats 1/3 of a cup daily. I personally would avoid these holistic dry cat foods as the protein levels are much too high and could cause kidney disease and other illnesses. I learned it the hard way with my cat Misty. Just some good advise from someone who went through a bad experience with these holistic foods.
    Love your cat and it will love you always.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thanks for your kind comment and contribution to this website. Our cat lovers will really appreciate it! I guess kidney issues will come as the cat ages. Let’s hope your cat does OK with that formula, but I feel concern if any cat has to eat a low in protein diet, even with kidney issues. It does not sound right to me. I am not a Vet so I would not suggest you to do the opposite from what your Vet told you but it would be interesting if you can check this article.

  55. Daniella Garcia says:

    I am feeding performatrin Ultra. Can you take a look at ingredients and let me know what you think. Its a Canadian brand.

    Turkey, Chicken Meal, Potato, Duck Meal, Peas, Dried Egg Product, Salmon Meal, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Flavor, Dried (Tomato, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, and Spinach) Pomace, Yeast Culture, Whole Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Whole Cranberries, Cranberry Extract, Whole Blueberries, Lecithin, Salt, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Taurine, Spinach, Whole Blackberries, Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Marigold Extract, Green Tea Extract, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Inositol, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium Iodide, Sodium Selenite.

  56. Pauletta says:

    Very anxious for your wet food reviews! I have really learned a lot from reading your dry food reviews.

  57. Anne says:

    My 11 year old cat Misty is on a veterinary prescription diet dry cat food “reduced protein” and has been on it for over two years now as before she was on it she was on a holistic pet store food basic instinct with 38% protein and her protein levels went up high. She has been on this prescription food ever since but it cost over 30 dollars for a 2.5 kg bag (small) from the vet. I am looking for a very low protein level food as if its too high she might get kidney problems. I have looked at Royal Canin Mature 27 indoor dry cat food with 27% protein in it and Royal Canin 12+ dry which is 28 protein. I went to two stores in my town and they said that these have fillers like corn and such which her prescription food she’s on now has it and the vet prescribed it. The lady in the store suggested Hill’s ideal balance adult 1 to 6 years dry and Science Diet Light 1 to 6 years. I’m trying to stay around 20 to 25 dollars for a small bag of food for my adult senior cat. Can anyone suggest anything? My cat has hyperthyroidism and its controlled by meds.


    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Anne, if your vet recommended a cat food with fillers is because the food can’t be high in proteins for your cat. However, I am not sure how good is for any cat to eat a low-in-proteins diet, even if having kidney issues. I must mention that I am not a Vet so stick with what your Vet says until you find a real and better solution for your cat. Check this article to have a different perspective of this problem. Good luck Anne!

  58. Atheen says:

    My comment somehow keeps on getting lost in the mail after awaiting moderation for a week. Third time the charm, hopefully :(

    Hello Lorena,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful list! It is so very helpful. I have a year old 7lbs neuter Siamese that I allowed to eat way too much as a kitten.

    I am now feeding him a half a can of Royal Canin Kitten instictive in the morning and a little over a 1/4 cup of RC Siamese special dry food. Both of them have a very high grain content and I’d like to wean him to a healthier food that promotes muscles and not fat. I tried to switch him to RC neuter cans in the morning but he got really sick, so I had to go back to the kitten cans for now.

    I don’t really know how active he is during the day or overnight, although I do find his toys scattered all over the house in the morning. But I do know that he needs to muscle up a little. I try to play with him at least an hour a day and make him run and jump around, but it really needs to start with his food. I want to keep him on both wet and dry food.

    I’ve seen some really good stuff on your list, like PETCUREAN Go! Fit + Free Grain-Free Chicken Formula, Wellness CORE Grain-Free. I really liked the Orijen Cat Food, but you said to only give it to very active cats.

    Other foods I was considering were the California Natural Grain-Free Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food, that has the following ingredients:
    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E), Pea Fiber, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate), Salt, Taurine, Vitamins (Betaine Hydrochloride, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Vitamin E Supplement, Rosemary Extract

    and Authority® Grain Free Adult Cat Food from Petsmart, Ingredients:
    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Salmon Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-Polyphosphate (Source of Ascorbic Acid), Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite and Calcium Iodate

    As far as wet foods, I’m not quite sure yet. My cat only likes the loaf types of wet food, not the slices in gravy type. I was hesitating between Welness Core grain free, and Natural Balance limited ingredients (which I am now scared of since i’ve heard horrors about carrigean). I’m really coming up short in the wet category. I wish there was a comparable study as the one you did on dry foods.

    Sorry for the long post, but I could really use some advice. What would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Atheen, I am sorry about your post getting lost. Regarding your cat if you want to make him lose weight your cat has to eat foods with no very much content in carbs or fats. The first food you mentioned has chicken fat as the 5th ingredient which means it’s a fair amount in the total recipe so I wouldn’t suggest that one to make your cat lose weight. That recipe seems great for outdoor/indoor cats though. The second recipe has carbs in 3 of 5 first ingredients. That won’t help your cat to lose weight either. I suggest you to try with Petcurean and see how your cat does with it.

  59. Ela says:

    Dear Lorena, My cat rejects all kind of dry food and wants to eat only wet food. He likes Royal Canin gravy wet cat food and asks 3-4 pouched per day.My mistake was to introduce him wet food last year and now he is like an addict. I can’t reject him as he cries and begs for. Some people say it is not good for him to eat only ready made wet food. Is it true? Thank you.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Ela! you can soak in water a little bit of good quality dry food such as Orijen to make sure they soften, then mix these pellets to the wet canned food and see what happens. This is for increasing the protein level in its meals. If your cat still rejects the pellets you will have to make sure to get a high in proteins canned food and clean your cat’s teeth regulary.

      • Ela says:

        Thank you very much for your fast reply. I will definitely try Orijen with wet food. However in Turkey there are not much wet food brands. Veterinary did not recommend the ones being sold at supermarkets (Whiskas, Champion, Purina Felix, La Cat etc). At pet shops and internet petshop-zooplus there are choices as Royal Canin, Purina Gourmet, Hill’s, Carny Ocean, Animonda. Which brand would be better among them do you think? My cat is 10 years old, spayed, male home cat. He had been a stray cat until 2 years old when his one foreleg had to be amputated. But he is very health and energetic. He also like grilled or boiled beef and chicken meat. But I think eating only cooked meat would not be nutritious enough for his health? He likes wet food grainy and juicy. He does not like mash /puree. Thank you your valuable advise in advance. Ela

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          I suggest getting the food for your cat through internet, and now knowing better about your cat I suggest you to try Petcurean instead. Only meat is not enough to keep your cat healthy, they need Omega-3, minerals, vitamins, etc. Wild cats don’t usually have a long life because of this. Keep feeding your cat with grainy and juicy wet food and add Petcurean soaked. Good luck!

  60. H.Wolfe says:

    Thank you for the amazing research and reviews! I’m just going to cut to the chase. Natura petfoods was purchased by Proctor and Gamble a few years back and was just sold on to Mars. They will be discontinuing most of the products. Natura makes EVO, Innova and california naturals. What they DO keep I’m guessing will be changed to low quality cheap ingredients and sold based on the name and the fact that people wont know they are no longer purchasing a quality product. Something to keep an eye on.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Wolfe! thanks for your information. I will keep en eye on the availability of Innova Nature’s Table, ingredients and guarantee analysis. If I see any change I will remove it from the list. Thanks again!

  61. Kristi says:

    Do you have a review of Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey Meal Formula?

  62. Tamar says:

    Hi Lorena, thank you so much for the very helpful information, it made me decide to switch to another dry food. Now I would like to know, what wet food would you recommend? I don’t live in the US, foods that are available here include: Meow Mix (one of her favorites), Friskies, Fancy Feast, Science Diet, Tomi, Whiskas, LaCat, Bite, Premio, Rafine, Simba.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Tamar, I would recommend Science Diet Adult Grain Free Chicken Entrée. It has good source of protein in chicken and turkey, good source of fiber in green peas, it does not have starch like other formulas, it has good aminoacids such as Lysine, taurine and Methionine. It does not have by-product meats either.

  63. Luann says:

    I bought Wellness Core (Grain Free Indoor Formula) today for my cat per your recommendations above but it looks like they changed the recipe. The first five are deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, potatoes. Is this bad?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Luann, it seems like you got “Indoor Health Recipe” instead the “Fish & Fowl Recipe” which is the one I refer in my review. There is a link on the end of the review where you can get the exact recipe I am refering to. The other formula is good too, it includes potatoes and peas as carbs and peas are very good source of protein and fiber, potatoes are not that great but they are on the last ingredients of the 5 first so it is a good formula in average.

      • Luann says:

        Now I’m nervous again. I was just on a website where a lot of people discussed cats getting crystals from Wellness Core. I think I I think I’ll go out and get Arcana. My boy means the world to me.

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          Hello Luann, Arcana is a good cat food too, but the real problem is when people feed their cats dry food without adding wet food on the diet. If you don’t feed your cat at least 50% wet food and 50% dry food and provide your pet plenty of water at all times, your cat will likely develop crystals no matter what brand of dry food you choose. I have mentioned this factors in my review as a very important point. Personally I suggest you to try Petcurean with your boy. Good luck Luann.

  64. Luann says:

    Thank you! What do you do besides helping us? LOL My boy is 10 years old, neutered and indoor only. He does like water so that helps alleviate the stress for me. Are eggs a real benefit to cats? it looks like you really prefer Petcurean over Acana? It looks like Acana is better for more active cats, which Jess is not.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Juann, for male cats I like Petcurean formula better than Acana Pacifica. Acana Grassland is more suitable for indoor/outdoor cats.

  65. SC says:

    Hello, thank you for your reviews! I have an approximately 5 year old neutered male indoor cat. I had switched him to Young Again Zero Carb formula but he has been having some soft stool issues. I am concerned because they list guar gum as the 5th ingredient, and wonder if this might be causing the trouble. Pork Meal, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Chicken Liver Flavor, Guar Gum, Herring Meal are the first 6 ingredients.

    What quality dry food would you recommend for him? Any suggestions would be helpful. Based on your comment to Luann I am considering trying Petcurean.

    Thank you again!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello SC, Petcurean is a good cat food, you can see how your cat does with it. Remember to mix wet food on his diet and give your pet plenty of water. Also, I recommend you to get a cat toy dispenser to make him work for his food.

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