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Cat Food Reviews: Top Healthiest Dry Cat Foods

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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” as the 1st ingredient and the rest will be based in grains, such as soy, wheat, corn.

“Meat meal” is a highly concentrated source of proteins, but it lacks crude proteins that have not been cooked to high temperature. The ideal is a formula containing “meat meal” (example, “chicken meal”, “venison meal”, “duck meal”) and meat, (example, “chicken” “venison”, “duck”), without grains such as white rice, corn, wheat, etc.

Consequently, the formula has to be meat based, with crude source of proteins since cats don’t eat naturally meat extract, and “meat meal” as part of the ingredients because it makes your cat feel satisfied with less amount of food.

 

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” and also 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:

  • 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 contains all the essential aminoacids cats need.

Consequently, on this update aminoacids are a very important criteria on this reviews.

A cat food is very good when high in proteins, but it’s excellent if containing 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.

 

√ GRAIN-FREE – NO-CARBOHYDRATES IN FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS

CONTAINING ALL ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDS:

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

√ GRAIN-FREE – CARBOHYDRATES IN  3RD OF FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS

CONTAINING ALL ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDS:

 

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

 

 

GRAIN-FREE – NO-CARBOHYDRATES IN FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 “GRAIN-FREE” – CARBOHYDRATES IN MAIN 5 INGREDIENTS:

 

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

 

Halo

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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

 

 

WITH GRAINS OR CARBS IN MAIN 5 INGREDIENTS:

 

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

precise holistic

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

cat food

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

42 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!!

  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

  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:

    Hello. I live in a small country so none of these brands sell here. Im gonna link you the brands that sell here PLEASE help me to choose the best of these as i do not want to feed my buddy with Whiskas sh*t. HAPPY CAT happycatuk.com/products/la-cuisine/happy-cat-organic-poultry.html happycatuk.com/products/la-cuisine/happy-dog-salt-water-fish.html happycatuk.com/products/happy-cat-supreme/happy-cat-junior.html happycatuk.com/products/happy-cat-supreme/happy-cat-atlantic-salmon.html , Mattise (Its one of the most expensive; farmina.com/?q=en/content/product/matisse-chicken-turkey-and-vegetables farmina.com/?q=en/content/product/matisse-neutered. Bewi bewi-cat.de/front_content.php?idart=963 ,Science diet,Fun cat farmina.com/?q=en/content/product/fun-cat-meat ,PURINA. Pls check the links and help me to decide

    • Blair says:

      +UPDATE: HAPPY CAT happycatuk.com/products/happy-cat-supreme/happy-cat-adult-light.html happycat.de/en/home/, happycat.de/en/product/supreme-voralpen-rind/
      happycat.de/en/product/minkas-mix/ (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 are healthy for your cat. 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 the most decent I found it was the 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 most decent option is the 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 you can find a better cat food for your cat and good luck Blair!

  9. Blair says:

    Thank you for your repl allthough im sorry to hear than none of these are good. Do you think raw diet would be better..have u tried it? Is it expensive?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Blair, there are good quality cat foods and some of them are the ones on this page. If you don’t have any of these in your country then try to find a canned food that is based in chicken as first ingredient.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. Frédéric says:

    Hi,

    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 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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 Purina Complete and I saw it contains by-product poultry and corn. These are not good ingredients for cats. By-product meats contain any meat in any condition, it might even include tumors. 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 Purina Complete. 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!

  18. 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?

  19. 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!

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