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50 Best Cat Foods: All Popular Cat Foods Ranked For Health

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Are you struggling to find the best cat food for your kitty in the sea of information?

There’s a huge range of cat food options online and in local stores. It can cause of a lot of frustration and annoyance finding out what’s best for your cats needs.

All that ends right now.

In this article I ranked 50 of the most popular cat food brands. I’ve graded foods based on a variety of nutrition and quality factors.

No matter what budget you’ve got, by the end of this article you’ll find the perfect cat food for your needs.

The goal of this website is to help cat owners learn more about taking care of their cats. I am not a veterinarian and I recommend seeking the advice of a vet for any further questions.

The advice in this article is not intended as medical advice.

Here is our full list of top 50 cat food brands to check out.

Feline Natural Chicken & Lamb Feast

Range: Feline Natural feast wet cat food

Feline Natural is the best cat food on the market. This brand uses only grass-fed premium animal foods in the pouch with no nasty fillers.

This cat food does the most things right compared to everything else we looked at. The nutrition holds up to such a high quality, you can very well use this food for almost any cat.

Still, the taste is a little exotic for some cats and may put a few off. That and the price are the only things wrong here; otherwise this is the Ultimate Cat Food (if such a thing exists).

Total Score: 89/100

  • Ingredients: A+
  • Nutrition: A+
  • Taste: B-
  • Cost: B-
  • Trust: A+

Learn More: Feline Natural Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in New Zealand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gum-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea protein-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 51.5%
  • Carbohydrate: 2.1%
  • Fat: 36.1%
  • Fiber: 0.5%
  • Ash: 9.8%
  • Taurine: 0.5%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.3:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 895
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Meat Mates Lamb Dinner

Range: Meat Mates wet cat food

Meat Mates is a crazy good cat food that is purrfection for health. I just wish they wouldn’t run out of stock…

The crappy availability and pricier price tag are the only issues here because you can give any cat Meat Mates wet canned foods.

That includes cats with allergies (lamb), intolerances, seniors, kittens. No bs in the tins either, so you get peace of mind.

There’s three flavors and they are all ‘discrete’ (e.g. chicken is all chicken parts). Cool!

Total Score: 88/100

  • Ingredients: A+
  • Nutrition: A+
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B-
  • Trust: B+

Learn More: Meat Mates Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in New Zealand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gum-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea protein-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 41.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 1.7%
  • Fat: 41.7%
  • Fiber: 3.9%
  • Ash: 11.1%
  • Taurine: 0.6%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 2.4:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 1,084
  • Calories/g: 6.0

Dave’s Pet Food Turkey & Giblets

Range: Dave’s naturally healthy wet cat food

Dave’s naturally healthy wet cat food is one of the better budget choices. It’s low in carbohydrate and high in animal products.

The main knocks on this option are the added carrageenan and gums to the tin. This makes it a sketchy choice for cats with irritable stomachs.

Still, at an affordable price, this is a competitive option and hits the nutrition targets I like to see. Tin design is a little ugly though, but does that matter?

Total Score: 89/100

  • Ingredients: A
  • Nutrition: A
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gum-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 48.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 3.7%
  • Fat: 39.0%
  • Fiber: 0.8%
  • Ash: 8.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.1:1
  • Magnesium: 0.09%
  • Calories/kg: 1,245
  • Calories/g: 5.5

Hound & Gatos 98% Turkey & Liver

Range: Hound & Gatos wet cat food

Hound & Gatos offers a premium quality wet cat food. Their foods are an awesome choice for cats of all life stages.

The reason this cat food rates as the best is the superb ingredient quality. It’s all cat friendly stuff here, with no added carbohydrates.

It’s also ultra versatile and suitable for a range of health conditions including diabetes and kidney disease management. The only knock is the strong smell out the tin and missing nutrition info on taurine.

Total Score: 88/100

  • Ingredients: A
  • Nutrition: A+
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B-
  • Trust: B+

Learn More: Hound & Gatos Cat Food Review

PROS

  • 98% animal based products in the tin
  • Filler free
  • Novel protein options for cats with allergies

CONS

  • Strong fishy smell
  • Mixed taste reviews
  • Dry food is high in carbs

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 45.5%
  • Carbohydrate: 0.0%
  • Fat: 38.6%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 11.4%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 2.3:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 1,222
  • Calories/g: 5.6

Ziwi Peak Otago Valley Wet Cat Food

Range: Ziwi Peak Provenance Series

Ziwi Peak’s provenance series is an absolute monster of a cat food. It’s loaded with 5 grass-fed meats and fish from a range of New Zealand sources.

All this leads to the immense nutrition quality in the tin here, which will be perfect for any cat. Unlike Ziwi Peak’s other wet cat food range, the provenance series is chick pea free and ultra low in carbs.

All this points to easy digestion and awesome nutrition. This is a real winner, but it’s a bit pricey and exotic tasting for fussy cats.

Total Score: 88/100

  • Ingredients: A+
  • Nutrition: A+
  • Taste: B-
  • Cost: B-
  • Trust: A+

Learn More: Ziwi Peak Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 44.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 4.1%
  • Fat: 36.7%
  • Fiber: 4.1%
  • Ash: 10.2%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.6:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 1,250
  • Calories/g: 5.1

Instinct Original Pate Real Rabbit

Range: Instinct Original series

Instinct Original is a solid all-rounder cat food. Affordable with decent nutrition in the tin, and many satisfied cats.

Like many of the top foods in this list, Instinct is very low in carbs and grain free. There’s also no carrageenan or gums in the tin so this will help cats with suspect stomachs.

Strangely, Instinct don’t tell us the taurine content and they still use a few iffy things like peas. I really wish cat food brands stop the love affair with peas.

Total Score: 88/100

  • Ingredients: A
  • Nutrition: B+
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 59.1%
  • Carbohydrate: 3.2%
  • Fat: 15.5%
  • Fiber: 6.8%
  • Ash: 15.5%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 944
  • Calories/g: 4.3

Sheba Roasted Turkey Entree

Range: Sheba Perfect Portions wet cat food

Sheba is as good as cat food gets on a budget, and my cat team loved it. They licked their trays clean.

Despite the budget price the ingredients are solid. All animal based stuff which is usually not the case when you check the more affordable foods.

Sheba is just a good wet cat food brand. If your cat turns their nose up at wet food, I recommend giving Sheba a try.

Total Score: 87/100

  • Ingredients: A-
  • Nutrition: B
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: A

Learn More: Sheba Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 45.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 7.5%
  • Fat: 25.0%
  • Fiber: 7.5%
  • Ash: 15.0%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: 0.13%
  • Calories/kg: 1,112
  • Calories/g: 5.6

Nulo Freestyle Duck & tuna Recipe

Range: Nulo Freestyle wet cat food

Nulo is another all-round wet cat food that hits most of the criteria for health.

There are some questionable ingredients that bring the score down (e.g. cranberries). Still, the carbs are reasonably low for what we look for (only 5.8% on a dry matter basis) and the protein content is excellent.

This is also a kidney friendly product with a high calcium to phosphate ratio. It’s senior friendly. It’s kitten friendly. It’s fussy cat friendly. What more is there to say about this one?

Total Score: 86/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: A
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A+

Learn More: Nulo Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 51.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 5.8%
  • Fat: 32.7%
  • Fiber: 0.4%
  • Ash: 9.7%
  • Taurine: 0.7%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.5:1
  • Magnesium: 0.12%
  • Calories/kg: 1,225
  • Calories/g: 4.8

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail

Range: Tiki Cat after dark

Why is this product called After Dark? Is this where you serve great quality cat food with some jazz music?

I don’t know. In any case, what we have here is a low calorie cat food that is high in protein from premium animal food sources.

This is a great choice for overweight adult cats. Some cats might also like the authentic shreds texture. The calcium to phosphate ratio is low and not a sole food option for cats, so keep that in mind.

Total Score: 85/100

  • Ingredients: A+
  • Nutrition: B-
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in Thailand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 66.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 6.7%
  • Fat: 13.3%
  • Fiber: 3.9%
  • Ash: 9.4%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 0.3:1
  • Magnesium: 0.19%
  • Calories/kg: 773
  • Calories/g: 4.3

Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Salmon

Range: Fussie Cat Premium wet cat food

You have to admit, Fussie Cat is a great name for a cat food. As the name suggests, it’s actually pretty darn good for fussy cats.

It’s a tuna first cat food line, and I don’t know about you but my cats love fish. Still, it’s best to limit tuna in your cats diet (as you should as well) due to mercury build up.

The filler ingredients like gums and carrageenan aren’t optimal for sensitive stomachs either.

All things considered, this is a solid occasional food option, but I wouldn’t be opting for it every day.

Total Score: 84/100

  • Ingredients: A-
  • Nutrition: B+
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B-
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in Thailand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 64.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 0.0%
  • Fat: 20.6%
  • Fiber: 2.9%
  • Ash: 11.8%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 612
  • Calories/g: 3.6

Fancy Feast Savory Centers

Range: Fancy Feast savory centers wet cat food

There’s a ton of Fancy Feast options, but our cats seem to love the savory centers. I guess, it’s not just humans keen on novelty food ideas.

Beyond that, the carb level of this food is astonishingly low at 1.0%. The price is reasonable, and there’s variety packs to cut down boredom.

What’s not to love? Well, there’s a few more by products food sources which might put off a few and this is only suitable for adult cats. Apart from that it’s all pretty solid. Decent price too.

Total Score: 84/100

  • Ingredients: B
  • Nutrition: A-
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in France
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 45.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 1.0%
  • Fat: 27.5%
  • Fiber: 7.5%
  • Ash: 19.0%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 966
  • Calories/g: 4.8

Applaws Chicken Breast in Broth

Range: Applaws natural wet cat food

Does Applaws deserve a round of applause? Cat’s love it as a treat and moisture boosting topper, so perhaps.

This food is simple enough, it’s just a convenient way to add some extra protein and moisture into your cats diet. It’s limited to chicken and a very small amount of rice, so it’s easy on the stomach.

It’s not a complete food, though so you’ll need to supplement it. Still, in a pinch, this will keep your cat satisfied and improve the taste of other foods.

Total Score: 82/100

  • Ingredients: A-
  • Nutrition: B-
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • Not a complete food
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional snack
  • Treat/topper wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 75.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 5.0%
  • Fat: 2.5%
  • Fiber: 5.0%
  • Ash: 12.5%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: N/A
  • Calories/g: N/A

Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein Chicken

Range: Dr. Elsey’s clean protein dry cat food

Well it took 13 spots, but we have our first dry cat food! Huzzah!

Dry cat food usually ranges from ‘terrible’ to ‘a little less terrible’. So what makes Dr. Elsey’s stand up above the rest?

They use gelatin protein in place of grains, lowering the carb content dramatically. And cats approve.

It’s your best bet if you’re after a healthier dry cat food.

Total Score: 82/100

  • Ingredients: B+
  • Nutrition: B
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Suitable for occasional use
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 67.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 0.3%
  • Fat: 20.5%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 7.7%
  • Taurine: 0.1%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.9:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 4,030
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Wellness Core Tiny Tasters Duck Pate

Range: Wellness Core Tiny Tasters

Our cats love Wellness Core Tiny Tasters. Thankfully, the nutrition quality holds up, making this a superb wet cat food option.

Whilst I’m not a huge fan of all the added gums in the pouch, there’s not much else to argue about here.

Most cats will probably love this one and devour it. Give it a try!

Total Score: 82/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: A
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: B
  • Trust: B+

Learn More: Honest Wellness Core Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Suitable for everyday use
  • Wet pouch cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 46.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 3.7%
  • Fat: 38.9%
  • Fiber: 0.4%
  • Ash: 10.2%
  • Taurine: 1.1%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.7:1
  • Magnesium: 0.08%
  • Calories/kg: 1,291
  • Calories/g: 5.3

Tiny Tiger Chicken Recipe

Range: Tiny Tiger Wet Canned Cat Food

Tiny Tiger is a trustworthy cat food brand which is all well and good…except it’s a little high in carbs.

At 14.0% on a dry matter basis, Tiny Tiger starts to push over what I recommend based on research (<12% on a dry matter basis). Still, it’s borderline so make of that what you will.

Otherwise, everything else is pretty solid. Affordable and cats enjoy it. Best as a sometimes food though.

Total Score: 81/100

  • Ingredients: B
  • Nutrition: C
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Suitable for occasional use
  • Wet canned cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 55.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 14.0%
  • Fat: 10.0%
  • Fiber: 0.4%
  • Ash: 13.5%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 929
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Weruva Mideast feast with grilled tilapia in gravy

Range: Weruva Classic Cat Foods

Similar to Fussie Cat, Weruva Mideast Feast is a great choice for fish lovers. But like all fishy cat food, this is an occasional treat.

As we move down the list of cat foods, the cracks will start to appear. Weruva is a solid choice, but you’ll note some potato quite high on the ingredients list (high in carbs).

Still, with a total carb value of 7.5% on a dry matter basis, this is low enough that I’m happy to recommend this option.

Total Score: 80/100

  • Ingredients: C
  • Nutrition: B
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: B
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in Thailand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet canned cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 64.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 7.6%
  • Fat: 15.1%
  • Fiber: 5.4%
  • Ash: 7.0%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.3:1
  • Magnesium: 0.11%
  • Calories/kg: 746
  • Calories/g: 4.0

Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Lamb Cat Food

Range: Ziwi Peak air-dried cat food

This would be the best dry cat food ever…except it’s improbably expensive.

That’s really the only major bad thing to say about Ziwi Peak air-dried cat food. Aside from the inherent lack of moisture being a dry food.

If price is no barrier, this is the best dry cat food. Paws down.

Total Score: 80/100

  • Ingredients: A+
  • Nutrition: B+
  • Taste: B+
  • Cost: F
  • Trust: A+

Learn More: Ziwi Peak Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in New Zealand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly (no!)
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Suitable for everyday use
  • Air-dried cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 4.7%
  • Fat: 38.4%
  • Fiber: 2.3%
  • Ash: 14.0%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.3:1
  • Magnesium: 0.12%
  • Calories/kg: 5,600
  • Calories/g: 6.5

Purina Beyond Arctic char & spinach

Range: Purina Beyond wet cat food

Purina Beyond cat food is clearly a very popular brand. Does the nutrition and ingredient quality hold up here?

For the most part…yes. Of the first seven ingredients on the tin, six are animal based sources (if you count broth). Still, the carb level pushes a tad high for our liking (13.6% on a dry matter basis).

This is a good choice for adult cats but lacks the quality a senior or kitten needs.

I don’t know…this is middle of the road. You could definitely do a lot worse though.

Total Score: 80/100

  • Ingredients: B
  • Nutrition: C
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet canned cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 13.6%
  • Fat: 22.7%
  • Fiber: 6.8%
  • Ash: 15.9%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,200
  • Calories/g: 5.5

Wellness Complete Health Pate Chicken

Range: Wellness wet cat food

I was trying to think of something interesting to say about Wellness, but I couldn’t do it.

That’s probably because there is nothing interesting about this food. It’s just good at a lot of criteria without being a market leader.

The most impressive factor is the low carbohydrate content at only 2.5% on a dry matter basis. That makes this a great choice for diabetic cats in particular.

Total Score: 79/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: B+
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet canned cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 47.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 2.6%
  • Fat: 31.8%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 13.3%
  • Taurine: 0.5%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 0.9:1
  • Magnesium: 0.12%
  • Calories/kg: 1,116
  • Calories/g: 5.1

Orijen Original Cat

Range: Orijen dry cat food

What’s most interesting about Orijen is how ingredients don’t relate to nutrition quality. On the surface the ingredients in this food are superb and chock full of animal parts.

It’s the added legume ingredients down the list which end up raising the carb content of the food to a high-ish 20.0% on a dry matter basis.

This is why ‘first 5 ingredients are animal’ and terms like this often don’t mean much. There’s work arounds with labelling and other tricks of the trade in the cat food world.

Still, it’s better than most dry cat foods. Aside from the high carbs, everything else is pretty good. This food is best used as an ‘occasional snack’, to keep your cats overall carb intake low.

Total Score: 79/100

  • Ingredients: A
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: A+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 44.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 20.0%
  • Fat: 22.2%
  • Fiber: 3.3%
  • Ash: 10.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.4:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 4,120
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Royal Canin Feline health nutrition loaf

Range: Royal Canin wet cat food

Royal Canin are one of the most popular cat food brands. They do a lot of things right in terms of getting the right nutrition in the tin for kittens.

It’s that point in the cat food list we’re now starting to see foods with meat by-products. Despite sounding terrible, these food sources aren’t that bad.

They do lower the protein quality and raise inconsistencies between ‘batches’, however.

How do you know what percentage the by-product is heart, brain, muscle etc.? You don’t.

Total Score: 78/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: A-
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: B

Learn More: Royal Canin Kitten Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved growth
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Kitten feeding
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 55.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 9.0%
  • Fat: 15.0%
  • Fiber: 10.5%
  • Ash: 10.5%
  • Taurine: 0.6%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.2:1
  • Magnesium: 0.09%
  • Calories/kg: 894
  • Calories/g: 4.5

Earthborn Holistic Monterey medley

Range: Earthborn Holistic Monterey Medley wet cat food

Earthborn Holistic is a very good wet cat food choice. I did have to deduct a few points for missing product information and one recall issue.

Aside from this, the carbs come in at a manageable 7.5% on a dry matter basis which is where you want to see it.

If I could trust this brand a little more with what I’m getting, this food would rate much higher on the list.

Total Score: 78/100

  • Ingredients: B-
  • Nutrition: B-
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in Thailand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 60.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 7.5%
  • Fat: 10.0%
  • Fiber: 7.5%
  • Ash: 15.0%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: N/A
  • Calories/g: N/A

Friskies Turkey & Giblets Dinner

Range: Friskies Pate wet cat food

As far as affordability goes, Friskies is right up as one the top choices. Yet, the nutrition quality might not be up to scratch…

To be honest, the rating system is being a touch harsh here. What brings Friskies score down is the marginally high carb level (12.3% on a dry matter basis).

It uses a lot of meat by products which is par for the course in the budget cat food world. That lowers the protein quality which also affects our grade and versatility for cats with high protein needs (aka seniors).

It’s passable though, and cats seem to love it so there’s that.

Total Score: 77/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: D
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Sourced around the world
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 45.5%
  • Carbohydrate: 12.3%
  • Fat: 22.7%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 15.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,131
  • Calories/g: 5.1

Halo Chicken Stew Recipe

Range: Halo wet cat food

Halo wet cat food might be a diamond in the cat food rough. I just have some trust issues.

The nutrition of this food is fine, except I found discrepancies with how the macronutrients add up. That and one recall play into some trust issues I have here.

Also, I’m not a fan of the peas, beans, and potato ingredients. On the bright side, the carb content still comes in at only 7.8% on a dry matter basis. So it appears those ingredients aren’t overwhelming the food.

Worth a look, but only for adult cats.

Total Score: 76/100

  • Ingredients: C
  • Nutrition: B
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 43.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 7.8%
  • Fat: 29.3%
  • Fiber: 7.3%
  • Ash: 11.7%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,025
  • Calories/g: 5.0

Avo Derm Tuna & crab entree in gravy

Range: Avo Derm wet cat food

Well, we are officially at the mid-way point of this list. Strap yourself in because it’s about to get a bit turbulent from here on in…

On the surface, Avo Derm looks ok. But a lot of what’s going on here seems…unneccessary.

There’s nothing outright bad about Avo Derm, in fact it’s ok. The carb content is borderline at 11.1% on a dry matter basis, no doubt due to the added tapioca starch.

That said, I got conflicting information about that on their website. I just struggle to have full confidence in what’s going on here, despite the general good reviews.

Total Score: 76/100

  • Ingredients: B-
  • Nutrition: C+
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in Thailand
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 55.6%
  • Carbohydrate: 11.1%
  • Fat: 11.1%
  • Fiber: 5.6%
  • Ash: 16.7%
  • Taurine: 1.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.2:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 829
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Blue Buffalo Freedom Indoor Cat Chicken

Range: Blue Buffalo Freedom wet cat food

Blue Buffalo is one of the more popular cat food brands on this list. They have a massive range of wet and dry food, with the Freedom line of the better options.

Truthfully, this isn’t a terrible choice at all. In fact it’s decent enough as a choice for adult cats.

But it’s the added sweet potato and carrots which drive the score of this product down a bit due to the added carbs.

Since there’s missing information, I can’t recommend it for seniors or kittens.

Total Score: 76/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: C+
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: B+

Learn More: Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 11.8%
  • Fat: 27.3%
  • Fiber: 9.1%
  • Ash: 10.9%
  • Taurine: 0.5%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,179
  • Calories/g: 5.4

Made By Nacho Beef Cuts in Gravy

Range: Made By Nacho wet cat food

Made By Nacho is a newcomer on the cat food scene. Although they use some awesome grass-fed produce they also suffer from ‘carbitis’ (it’s a term I made up).

What is carbitis?

Well, it’s when you get a really nice cat food that is all fine and dandy, but tosses a couple of high carb ingredients in there. In this case it’s organic oats and cranberries. I guess it’s organic though?

Unfortunately this pushes the carb level to a point I can only recommend this as an occasional meal. Everything else is great otherwise.

Total Score: 75/100

  • Ingredients: B
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: B
  • Trust: A

Learn More: Made By Nacho Cat Food Review

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 44.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 25.0%
  • Fat: 11.1%
  • Fiber: 8.3%
  • Ash: 11.1%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 814
  • Calories/g: 4.5

Go! Solutions Carnivore Chicken, Turkey & Duck Recipe

Range: Go! Solutions Carnivore dry cat food

It’s been a while but we’re back on the dry cat food. The question is: should you ‘Go!’ into Go!?

Maybe.

This is one of the best dry cat food brands. It’s 17.2% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis, which is much better than almost all of the dry food out there.

Whilst that’s still a tad high, for a dry it’s much more in line with what you want to see. Still, I’d rely on a mostly wet cat food diet, but as an occasional meal you can’t go (go!) too far wrong with go!.

Ok I’ve had enough the of the exclamation points I think.

Total Score: 75/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: C-
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in Canada
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 51.1%
  • Carbohydrate: 17.2%
  • Fat: 20.0%
  • Fiber: 1.7%
  • Ash: 10.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.4:1
  • Magnesium: 0.1%
  • Calories/kg: 4,298
  • Calories/g: 4.8

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Chicken Recipe

Range: Merrick Purrfect Bistro wet cat food

Merrick Purrfect Bistro falls a little short in the nutrition quality. This holds it back from being higher on the list.

The total carbohydrate content is 18.6% on a dry matter basis. This is due to the four hit combo of dried potato, sweet potato, carrots, and cranberries.

Reduce those ingredients and we might have a winner. Otherwise this option is best for occasional adult cat feeding only.

Total Score: 75/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: D
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding only
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 45.5%
  • Carbohydrate: 18.6%
  • Fat: 22.7%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 8.6%
  • Taurine: 0.4%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,132
  • Calories/g: 5.1

Iams Perfect Portions Indoor Chicken

Range: Iams Perfect Portions wet cat food

I was trying to think of a pun involving Will.i.am and Iams. I couldn’t think of anything so let’s just cut to the chase.

Everything about Iams wet cat food is good. Decent range of animal based ingredients in the food and a low carb amount (only 2.5% on a dry matter basis).

What brings the score down is a slew of recalls in recent years, which put the trust into some disrepute. Aside from that, I think this option is fine.

Total Score: 75/100

  • Ingredients: B
  • Nutrition: B+
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: F

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Everyday feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 50.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 2.8%
  • Fat: 22.2%
  • Fiber: 5.6%
  • Ash: 19.4%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 937
  • Calories/g: 5.2

Meow Mix Savory morsels with chicken breast in gravy

Range: Meow Mix savory morsels wet cat food

Meow Mix is one of the most affordable wet cat food options, and it’s actually pretty decent in a few areas.

The carbs come in at 13.9% which is a tad high, but much better than many choices at this price point.

Protein comes in at a robust 50% which is more than enough for a cats needs, despite a little of that coming from wheat gluten.

Annoyingly, there’s missing calorie data among other things. Still Meow Mix (at least their wet food) isn’t horrible and is ok for adults in a pinch.

Total Score: 73/100

  • Ingredients: C
  • Nutrition: C
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 50.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 13.9%
  • Fat: 11.1%
  • Fiber: 8.3%
  • Ash: 16.7%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: N/A
  • Calories/g: N/A

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Duck & green Pea formula

Range: Natural Balance L.I.D. wet cat food

Most of the problem with Natural Balance are right there on the tin. Peas, and a lot of it.

Whilst the protein quality of pea isn’t that bad, it’s still preferable to have meat sources in the food. Moreover, peas also raise the carbohydrate content and can cause digestive issues with fiber.

As a limited ingredient diet, it would just be better to not have the peas. That said, this is an option for allergies.

Total Score: 71/100

  • Ingredients: C
  • Nutrition: C+
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: C

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Best for allergy relief
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 7.7%
  • Fat: 31.8%
  • Fiber: 9.1%
  • Ash: 10.5%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,220
  • Calories/g: 5.5

9 Lives Meaty protein with real chicken

Range: 9 Lives Meat Pate wet cat food

9 Lives is an affordable wet cat food option that has positive taste reviews.

It does have a high-ish carb amount, coming in at 15.9% on a dry matter basis. This comes from added brewers rice, which can also interfere with taurine digestion (although the taurine is quite high in the tin).

The protein quality is also a little compromised. An occasional feeding option for adult cats.

Total Score: 71/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 15.9%
  • Fat: 20.5%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 18.2%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,050
  • Calories/g: 4.8

Power Pate Chicken & liver dinner

Range: Power Pate wet cat food

On the surface, Power Pate is a winning cat food. As they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Or cat food label.

It turns out Power Pate is quite high in carbs at 28.4%, no doubt due to the ‘superfood’ additions of blueberries and cranberries.

Superfood or not, it just doesn’t add up to what works best for your cats needs. There’s also a bit of information missing about this product.

As much as I’d like to think this is great, it doesn’t add up. I can’t pretend otherwise. Do you know what I mean?

Total Score: 68/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B-
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 36.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 28.4%
  • Fat: 22.7%
  • Fiber: 3.4%
  • Ash: 9.1%
  • Taurine: N/A
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,227
  • Calories/g: 5.6

Castor & Pollux Organix Chicken & chicken liver recipe

Range: Castor & Pollux Organix wet cat food

Castor & Pollux looks pretty good…so why is it down this list. Like many cat food brands it’s the high carbohydrate level which brings it down.

Organix comes in at 22.3% on a dry matter basis. Organic or not, this is a bit high for my liking.

For a food with a higher price tag it’s a little disappointing. Best for occasional use only, if that.

Total Score: 67/100

  • Ingredients: C+
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: B+
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 22.3%
  • Fat: 22.7%
  • Fiber: 4.5%
  • Ash: 9.5%
  • Taurine: 0.5%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 1,116
  • Calories/g: 5.1

American Journey Turkey & Chicken Recipe

Range: American Journey dry cat food

American Journey tastes good, looks good, and comes in at an affordable price.

So what’s the problem?

Not so sound like a broken record, but the carbs are too high. At 27.2% it’s pushing up far above what I’d like to see.

For the long term health of your cat, this isn’t my preferred cat food choice. More of a sometimes choice.

Total Score: 66/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 44.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 27.2%
  • Fat: 16.7%
  • Fiber: 4.4%
  • Ash: 7.2%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.2:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,670
  • Calories/g: 4.1

Chicken Soup for the soul Classic Ocean fish, chicken & turkey recipe

Range: Chicken Soup for the Soul classic wet cat food

At 23.6% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis, Chicken Soup just isn’t good enough for my soul.

Aside from the high carbohydrate content from added rice there’s another issue…

It’s the sketchy product info.

This leaves me confused about whether this senior cat friendly. Seniors need a high protein diet as well, and this option is barely pushing 40%.

Total Score: 65/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A-
  • Trust: C

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Wet cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 23.6%
  • Fat: 13.6%
  • Fiber: 11.4%
  • Ash: 10.5%
  • Taurine: 0.5%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 937
  • Calories/g: 4.3

Taste of the wild Rocky mountain Roasted venison & smoke flavored Salmon

Range: Taste of the Wild dry cat food

Taste of the Wild is a good lesson in looking at the ingredients and not the label.

Venison and salmon are the listed ingredients. Good meaty cat friendly ingredients.

Yet, you’ll find a that peas, sweet potato, pea protein, and potato protein sandwich between those ingredients and chicken. This no doubt raises the carb content to the high-ish 20.2% on a dry matter basis.

Lower than most dry foods, but still a tad high.

Total Score: 65/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 46.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 20.2%
  • Fat: 20.0%
  • Fiber: 3.3%
  • Ash: 9.8%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: 0.13%
  • Calories/kg: 3,745
  • Calories/g: 4.2

Solid Gold Indigo moon with chicken & egg

Range: Solid Gold Indigo Moon dry cat food

I like the color scheme on the label here, it looks pretty cool. What I don’t like is the carbs being 19.0% on a dry matter basis.

Here’s a string of ingredients in the bag that will make any veggie lover happy.

Carrots, Pumpkin, Parsley, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Lettuce, Celery, Beets, Watercress, Spinach, Broccoli, Spearmint.

That’s all well and good, but cats are carnivores. I’m going to suggest this as a sometimes only option and we’ll leave it at that.

Total Score: 65/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 46.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 19.0%
  • Fat: 22.2%
  • Fiber: 3.3%
  • Ash: 8.8%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.5:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,958
  • Calories/g: 4.4

Acana Bountiful catch

Range: Acana dry cat food

Acana lists that this food contains 65% animal prey ingredients from fish sources.

Whilst this awesome, what about the other 35%?

Unfortunately, as you may suspect it’s the dreaded carb heavy foods. This includes peas, oatmeal, lentils, and some cranberries to go.

Once again, this lowers our final grade and leaves this in the sometimes bucket of cat food.

Total Score: 64/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A-
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A+

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 40.0%
  • Carbohydrate: 25.6%
  • Fat: 20.0%
  • Fiber: 4.4%
  • Ash: 10.0%
  • Taurine: 0.1%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.4:1
  • Magnesium: 0.10%
  • Calories/kg: 3,800
  • Calories/g: 4.2

Crave with Protein from Chicken Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

Range: Crave dry cat food

Crave is another dry cat food that is better than others, but a little high in carbs.

At 21.6% on a dry matter basis, this is another sometimes option for your cat at best.

Our cats were a little mixed in their opinion of Crave, but are ‘wet food cats’ to be fair.

Total Score: 61/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 44.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 21.6%
  • Fat: 20.0%
  • Fiber: 4.3%
  • Ash: 9.6%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,788
  • Calories/g: 4.2

Purina Cat Chow With real Delicious chicken

Range: Purina Cat Chow dry cat food

Purina Cat Chow is the most affordable dry cat food on the market and cats love it.

Unfortunately, the macros and ingredients leave little to the imagination. At 38.6% on a dry matter basis, the carb level is starting to push up nether realms of what I’d suggest based on research.

The range of low cost ingredients like corn, gluten, and by-product meal is no doubt a benefit to price but not the optimal choices for health.

Total Score: 61/100

  • Ingredients: C
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: B-

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 36.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 38.6%
  • Fat: 13.6%
  • Fiber: 3.4%
  • Ash: 8.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.2:1
  • Magnesium: 0.11%
  • Calories/kg: 3,801
  • Calories/g: 4.3

Health Extension Turkey & salmon recipe

Range: Health Extension dry cat food

Health Extension is another dry cat food choice in the same ilk of what we’ve been seeing here.

Too high in carbs. Limited usability for all cats in all situations. Lower protein quality and total protein.

For those reasons, this is another ‘occasional at best’ choice in the cat food scene.

Total Score: 61/100

  • Ingredients: C-
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B+
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: A

Key features and benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 36.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 38.6%
  • Fat: 13.6%
  • Fiber: 3.4%
  • Ash: 8.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.2:1
  • Magnesium: 0.11%
  • Calories/kg: 3,801
  • Calories/g: 4.3

Kitzy Whitefish & pea recipe

Range: Kitzy dry cat food

Kitzy is a popular choice that falls afoul in a few areas we’ve been talking about.

Too high in carbs. Peas up the wazoo. Barely above protein requirements.

I don’t know what else I can say. The cost, trust, and taste are reasonable though.

Another sometimes food.

Total Score: 57/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B+
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B+

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 38.9%
  • Carbohydrate: 29.4%
  • Fat: 20.0%
  • Fiber: 5.0%
  • Ash: 6.7%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: N/A
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: N/A
  • Calories/g: N/A

Purina ONE True Instinct High protein grain free with real chicken

Range: Purina One True Instinct dry cat food

Purina ONE True Instinct looks good on the surface but falls short in a few areas.

Peas. Carbs.

You get the idea by now.

At 35.2% carbs on a dry matter basis, this pushes the level of carbs up past a point it makes it hard to recommend, even as a sometimes option.

Total Score: 56/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: B-

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 39.8%
  • Carbohydrate: 35.2%
  • Fat: 15.9%
  • Fiber: 2.3%
  • Ash: 6.8%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.1:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,648
  • Calories/g: 4.1

Nutro Wholesome essentials Indoor chicken & brown rice recipe

Range: Nutro Wholesome Essentials dry cat food

Nutro is another high carb dry cat food. A few more animal ingredients in the bag would help this one move up the list.

But as it is, at 31.9% carbs on a dry matter basis, Nutro falls a little short.

On the bright side it’s very affordable, and cats love it.

Total Score: 55/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: B-

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Unknown origin
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 36.7%
  • Carbohydrate: 31.9%
  • Fat: 15.6%
  • Fiber: 7.8%
  • Ash: 8.1%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 0.9:1
  • Magnesium: 0.13%
  • Calories/kg: 3,663
  • Calories/g: 4.1

Diamond Naturals Indoor formula dry cat food

Range: Diamond Naturals dry cat food

I’ve been sitting here a while and I’m starting to get cramp.

Let’s just cut to the chase here.

There’s not enough animal based ingredients in the bag and too many carb heavy ingredients. No peas or soy though.

It’s a similar story to many dry foods making it an occasional choice.

Total Score: 54/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: B

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 35.6%
  • Carbohydrate: 31.1%
  • Fat: 15.6%
  • Fiber: 8.9%
  • Ash: 8.9%
  • Taurine: 0.1%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.4:1
  • Magnesium: 0.15%
  • Calories/kg: 3,350
  • Calories/g: 3.7

Country Vet Naturals 34/15 for cat

Range: Country Vet Naturals dry cat food

Country Vet Naturals is another cab off the dry cat food rank. It falls short it a couple of areas, notably the high carb content and lack of animal based ingredients.

It’s those things holding it back, along with the mixed taste reviews.

Still, it’s an affordable dry cat food and you can use it in small amounts.

Total Score: 53/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: B-
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: A

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved all stages
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 37.8%
  • Carbohydrate: 31.7%
  • Fat: 16.7%
  • Fiber: 3.9%
  • Ash: 10.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.7:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,530
  • Calories/g: 3.9

Hill’s Science diet Sensitive stomach chicken & rice recipe

Range: Hill’s Science Diet dry cat food

Hill’s Science Diet is one of the most popular and well-known cat food brands.

This dry cat food comes in at a 41.1% on a dry matter basis, whilst the protein scrapes in at 32.2%.

Those two facets are why this food is lower down the list here.

Total Score: 51/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A+
  • Cost: A
  • Trust: C

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 32.2%
  • Carbohydrate: 41.1%
  • Fat: 18.9%
  • Fiber: 3.3%
  • Ash: 4.4%
  • Taurine: 0.3%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.1:1
  • Magnesium: 0.06%
  • Calories/kg: 4,104
  • Calories/g: 4.6

Rachel Ray Nutrish Chicken with lentils and salmon recipe

Range: Rachel Ray Nutrish dry cat food

Rachel Ray’s Nutrish is going to round out this list of popular cat food brands.

Whilst this is a popular cat food brand with rave reviews and an affordable price tag, it falls short in a couple of areas.

That includes the carbohydrate level which pops in at 32.7% on a dry matter basis, as well as a few product recalls over the years. An occasional choice.

Total Score: 49/100

  • Ingredients: F
  • Nutrition: F
  • Taste: A
  • Cost: A+
  • Trust: C

Key Features And Benefits

  • AAFCO approved for adults
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Gum-free
  • Senior cat friendly
  • Kitten friendly
  • Adult cat friendly
  • Sensitive stomach friendly
  • Suitable for allergies
  • Food intolerance friendly
  • Suitable for weight control
  • Suitable for diabetes
  • Suitable for kidney disease
  • Suitable for diarrhea
  • Budget friendly
  • Suitable for picky cats
  • Occasional feeding option
  • Dry cat food

Dry Matter Nutrition Analysis

  • Protein: 37.4%
  • Carbohydrate: 32.7%
  • Fat: 13.2%
  • Fiber: 8.8%
  • Ash: 8.0%
  • Taurine: 0.2%
  • Calcium: phosphate ratio: 1.3:1
  • Magnesium: N/A
  • Calories/kg: 3,499
  • Calories/g: 3.8

How we Chose the Best Cat Food?

I graded each cat food brand on factors that impact on how each will benefit your cats health and enjoyment.

This research includes dry and wet cat food brands.

To do this research, I went to main online cat retailers typing in ‘cat food’.

I pulled up the information for the first 50 cat food brands that came up (without repeats on the same line of cat food) and used the following analysis.

Here is what I looked at:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition quality
  • Taste
  • Cost
  • Trust

Each category was scored out of 100 and given the appropriate grading.

Here’s a bit more about the criteria and how I scored each:

Ingredient Quality

This analysis is of the ingredients listed on the cat food package or tin.

Every ingredient has a high or low score depending on how they benefit cats.

The following are examples of ingredients awarded a maximum score:

  • [named animal]
  • [named animal] lung
  • [named animal] liver
  • [named animal] bone
  • [named animal] kidney

Meat by-products and meat meals score less due to being less nutrient dense and lower in protein quality. Plant based protein sources also score lower.

The following lower quality since they raise the carbohydrate amount and don’t contribute micronutrients:

  • Wheat gluten
  • Corn
  • Potato
  • Tapioca starch
  • Sugar
  • Sweet potato
  • Rice
  • Brewer’s rice

I also deduct points for gums, plant based oils (e.g. sunflower oil), and carrageenan.

Gums may interfere with taurine absorption. Plant based oils don’t contain a form of essential fats that cats can use. Carrageenan can irritate digestion.

I weighed ingredients based on the labelling. Some bags tell you the amount of ingredients (e.g. 95% fish and chicken) which means any ingredient after chicken is no more than 5% weight of the bag.

Of course there’s a lot of sneaky tricks in the cat food scene. Cat food brands can divvy up food sources to lighten the load and make things look more favorable.

The scoring system attempts to account for this by deducting points for every ingredient.

This is a qualitative analysis.

Nutrition Quality

With the nutrition score, I grade based on dry matter numbers for protein, carbohydrates, and fat. I looked at what cats need based on research, scoring according to how the nutrients line up with cats need.

In general the criteria for a max score cat food are:

  • Protein over 40%
  • Carbs under 5%
  • Fat over 25%
  • Calcium to phosphate ratio above 1:1
  • Calories per gram dry matter basis >4.5kcal/g

Anything outside these numbers is given deductions. I penalized cat food heavily for low protein and high carbohydrate content.

I also deduct points for missing or misleading information.

I also look at the quality of protein and adjust the total protein based on quality. Sources of protein like wheat gluten meal are less optimal than chicken or fish.

As far carbohydrate I look for a food as low as possible in carbohydrate. Research recommends cat food with 12% or less carbs on a dry matter basis.

Going over this will increase the chance of digestive upset. It may also cause issues with blood sugar regulation and increase the risk of diabetes long term (although researchers still debate this). The kidneys are also sensitive to high blood sugar.

I also deduct points based on whether the food misses information on nutrients.

Taste

The score on taste is simply the current customer rating online. I also combine this with my own taste testing results in a few cases where available.

Cost

To grade foods on cost, I took the average cost per ounce of every food (this worked out as $0.34).

I used the following equation to get a score for cost.

Cost score =100-((cost per ounce of food*100)*average cost of all cat foods)

There’s only one outlier to the cost equation which was Ziwi Peak air-dried cat food. This food is much dearer than everything else based on a cost per ounce basis.

I removed this food from the average cat food cost for a fairer analysis.

Trust

I graded trust based on recalls and product information.

It’s hard to penalize based on recalls. The bigger the company, the more likely in theory, a recall is to occur.

Recalls can be a good thing because they address quality control issues. Finally, the longer a company has existed, the greater the chance for recalls compared to a newbie.

I deducted points based on missing or misleading information. Some cat food brands market their food as ‘senior friendly’ but the nutrition doesn’t add up.

What I am looking for is a transparent brand that has all the information on their product and isn’t making audacious claims.

High ranking foods like Feline Natural and Ziwi Peak provide comprehensive information about their products which is why they score well on trust.

Buying Guide

Still unsure at what to pick or what foods best for different situations?

In this buying guide I’ll spill the beans about what to look for when buying cat food.

You’ll be a master cat food sleuth and know exactly what you need to look for after reading this.

How to Read a Cat Food Label

The best place to start is the label of your cat food. This tells you some information that gives you clues to what you’re going to get.

Things to look for on the label include:

Descriptors

Based on laws, cat food labels the ingredients must meet certain weightings depending on the description used.

Cat food labels must contain honest information. If the food is for cats, it should say so.

But there are words used on labels to describe the amount of ingredients. These are descriptors.

An ingredient used in a product name needs to comprise at least 95% of the total ingredients in the food (or 70% adjusting for water).

If there are two ingredients listed (e.g. lamb and mackerel) then the first listed name must have more of it in the food.

Descriptors get used if the ingredient listed on the product name is less than 95% of the food, but more than 25% (10% if including water).

A descriptor includes words such as:

  • Dinner
  • Nuggets
  • Platter
  • Entree
  • Formula
  • Recipe

For example, if I made a cat food with 40% chicken, then I would have to call my food ‘chicken dinner’ or use another descriptor.

Similar to the 95% rules, if there are two ingredients with a descriptor the first ingredient must be higher in the product.

Another rule is the ‘with’ rule.

The with means the ingredient is 3% of the product weight. For example, a food that says Cat Food with Beef only needs 3% beef.

The word ‘flavor’ means only a trace amount of the ingredient needs detection.

Some examples of product names

Chicken Dinner (food must contain at least 25% chicken or 10% with moisture)

Mackerel Nuggets (food must contain at least 25% mackerel or 10% with moisture)

Lamb Cat Food (food must contain at least 95% lamb or 70% with moisture)

Cat Food with Salmon (food must contain at least 3% salmon)

Cat Food with Beef Flavor (only trace amount of beef needs detection)

Tuna and Chicken Cat Food (food must contain at least 95% tuna and chicken combined or 70% with moisture. The main ingredient must be tuna)

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What about indoor cat?

There is no specific meaning attached to the word indoor.

This really means…well nothing. Usually the food will be a lower calorie version of their main product with added fiber.

What does a ‘natural’ cat food mean?

Natural is a product free from artificial flavors, colors, or artificial preservatives.

Natural is term that means

What does ‘senior’ cat food mean?

Doesn’t mean anything.

A food with the senior label only has to meet the needs of an adult cat.

The problem with the cat food industry is they have a hard time categorizing cats by life stage. AAFCO does not have any recommendations specific to senior cats.

Research categorizes older cats the following ways:

  • Mature cat 7-12 years
  • Senior cat 12-14 years (sometimes 11 years)
  • Geriatric cat 15+ years

Calorie needs tend to plateau around 7 years, hence the category of ‘mature’.

The problem is cats tend to start losing weight and muscle during the ‘senior’ years (12+ years).

This means that adult food is less appropriate for these types of cats.

Many senior cat foods are made to try to help a cat lose weight (usually higher in fiber and lower in fat). This might help a mature aged cat, but be less appropriate for senior and geriatric aged cats.

These cats need an easier to digest low residue diet higher in fat and protein.

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What Should I Look for on the Ingredients List?

By law the cat food manufacturer has to list each ingredient in order of weight.

There’s of course some ‘hacks’ that allow manufacturers to get around this system and pad out the ingredient lists with low quality fillers.

The descriptors on the front label give a clue to the relative weighting of ingredients, but it’s still hard to get an exact idea of what to look for.

Since cats are carnivores the best ingredients to look for named meat, organ, and bone ingredients.

Here is an example of a high quality ingredient list:

Lots of named animal based food sources including organs and bones.

What about meat by-products?

By products are any parts not used for human consumption, but they don’t include hooves, hair, and/or feces.

By-products are good for your cat. The problem is not knowing the amount of each by-product source. In the above ingredient list, you’re told exactly the source and by-product (e.g. mutton lung).

When you’re told by-product it could be any ratio of things. It could 80% heart, or 90% lungs.

Who really knows.

That’s why guaranteed analysis labels often give a min or max. This is because ‘batches’ of food vary depending on the meat of the day.

The protein quality is also lower due to having more collagen rich parts. These body parts are lower in essential amino acids (i.e. the ones your cat must get in their diet to avoid disease).

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What about meat meals?

This is heat treated meat. It’s rendered at high temperature to create the meal.

The protein and nutrition quality of this food source is lower than untreated meat sources.

Check out this thorough review on meat meals to learn more about them.

Dry cat foods tend to use more meat meals, which lowers the quality and one reason these foods tend to rank lower on this list of popular cat foods.

What about pea protein?

Peas are a low cost food source added to a lot of cat foods.

Researchers use the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) to compare protein quality. A score of 100% means the protein meets needs through absorption and digestion. The lower the score, the lower the quality of protein.

They are high in protein and fiber, also containing some carbohydrate. Pea protein is a high quality protein source in it’s isolated form, whilst whole legume sources are less favorable.

Here are a few protein sources compared:

Protein SourcePDCAAS
Red Meat92%
Casein (dairy protein)100%
Whey (dairy protein)100%
Egg100%
Black bean75%
Soy flour93%
Green lentil63%
Yellow split pea64%
Pea protein (concentrate)89%
Chickpea74%
Wheat gluten25%
Table 1: Comparison of protein digestibility of various protein sources

I think a small amount of pea protein might not be of concern, but it’s best to consider all factors when choosing cat food.

For best results, it’s just best to keep it simple and stick to animal based foods, I think. This review shows you whether the food contains peas or not.

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What nutrients should I look for in cat food?

By law, cat foods brands need a guaranteed analysis unless they are for treat purposes.

The guaranteed analysis usually contains the following nutrition information:

  • Crude protein (%)
  • Crude fat (%)
  • Crude fiber (%)
  • Calories/kg
  • Ash (%)
  • Moisture (%)

This information doesn’t help you too much at first glance. We have to convert this information into a dry matter basis analysis.

This accounts for moisture (which varies considerably in dry and wet cat foods) to give a fair comparison of what your getting in your cat food.

To find out dry matter information on each nutrient (including carbohydrate) it’s easiest to use an online calculator.

Here’s an online calculator one that helps you find the carbohydrate content of your cat food.

Of course, the question is what to look for?

I’ll give you my recommendations on targets for each nutrient for best health results.

Protein

Cats need a high protein diet to help support muscle mass and energy production. Look for cat food with over 40% protein on a dry matter basis from mostly animal protein sources.

A high protein diet decreases insulin requirements in diabetic cats. Obese cats are at a higher risk of diabetes so it is good to get them on a high protein diet early to prevent this disease.

Senior cats also benefit from high protein diets. At least 20% of cats over the age of 12 have impaired fat digestion, whilst 30% of seniors have impaired protein digestion.

These digestive issues can cause muscle loss (called sarcopenia) as cats age. Research recommends that senior cat food is at least 40% protein on a dry matter basis.

When given a low protein diet, cats do not have the ability to downregulate the loss of protein. A cat’s diet needs to be at least 16% protein by energy to prevent muscle loss.

When given a choice, cats prefer a high protein diet (about 50% on a dry matter basis). A food at this level is less likely to result in rejection.

Given all these points, I think looking for cat food over 40% on a dry matter basis is going to work best for most cats needs.

Here is a list of all 50 popular cat foods ranked for protein below:

50 popular best cat foods ranked for protein on a dry matter basis

Carbohydrates

Look for cat food with less than 12% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis for health.

According to research cats are in a constant state of gluconeogenesis. This means that cats livers are producing sugar from protein as a way of getting energy.

Cats don’t adapt to eating higher carbohydrate dietsThey don’t produce more carbohydrate digesting enzymes with a high carbohydrate intakes. Also, their liver doesn’t stop producing sugar.

This means a high carbohydrate diet can raise blood sugar. Sugar in the urine (glycosuria) may damage kidneys long term. Since cats also have fewer digestive enzymes, a carbohydrate based diet can also increase the risk of digestive issues.

When given a choice a cat opts for a diet lower in carbohydrate diet (12% on a dry matter basis).

Researchers suggest cats can tolerate 20g of carbohydrate per day. A diet with less than 20g of carbohydrate is possibly the best choice for long term health. This equates to around 12% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis.

Here is a list of all 50 popular cat foods ranked for carbohydrate below:

50 popular best cat foods ranked for carbohydrate on a dry matter basis

Fat

For most cats, a fat intake of 25-40% on a dry matter basis is best for maintaining weight.

Based on research, cats prefer food with about 25% fat on a dry matter basis. Fat is most helpful for underweight cats.

Senior cats have decreased fat digestion and tend to lose weight. Fat helps to maintain weight.

Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids can improve survival times for cats with kidney disease. Sources of omega 3 include salmon and herring.

Plant based sources of fats (e.g. sunflower oil) aren’t beneficial to cats. This is because they can’t convert plant based essential fats.

Here is a list of all 50 popular cat foods ranked for fat below:

50 popular best cat foods ranked for fat on a dry matter basis

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes The Best Cat Food?

We rate Feline Natural as the best cat food on the market. Their wet food range is suitable for cats of all life stages and are also helpful for food intolerances.

It’s just good cat food.

The only downsides of this food are the price and taste. Some cats may not enjoy the exotic tasting New Zealand produce with their first try.

Don’t give up though. Cats are neophobic, which means they are a little finnicky with new tastes.

Slowly work in a new food and give it some time before pulling the pin on a new option.

How Much Does Cat Food Cost?

We found that the average popular cat food costs $0.34 per ounce. This is of course subject to inflation and varying supply chain conditions.

If you calculate the cost of the food compared to this number, you’ll get a good idea of whether it’s a more expensive, mid-range, or budget choice.

Most dry cat foods are cheaper on a per ounce based than wet foods. Another thing that affects price is buying in bulk.

How Many Calories Does Cat Food Have?

The average cat food contains 4.4 calories/g of cat food on a dry matter basis. Dry cat food is more calorie dense than wet food due to the lower water content.

On a per kg basis, dry food varies between 3,500-6,000 kcal. Wet food varies between 700-1,250 kcal/kg.

For practice use, it’s usually best to find out how many calories are in the serve of food (e.g. 3 ounce cat food tin).

Use an online calculator to figure out how much of that food to serve your cat every day.

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What is the Healthiest Cat Food Brand?

The following wet cat food brands are the healthiest choices we looked at:

These options are all very low in carbohydrates. They are also suitable for cats of all life stages.

They are the best options for any cat.

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Which Cat Food is the Best Quality?

The best cat food brands for quality are:

These brands use named animal produce sources. They are made from grass-fed produce.

What is the Healthiest Food for Indoor Cats?

Wet food is the best choice for indoor cats. Indoor cats tend to get less exercise than outdoor dwelling cats.

This results in a lower calorie burn and lower calorie needs. Wet food contains fewer calories per kg than dry cat food.

Some of lowest calorie cat food choices we looked at include:

These choices are great for indoor cats to help maintain a healthy weight.

What about cat food with ‘indoor’ on the label?

This label term isn’t recognized under any laws. It’s a word that can mean anything.

It’s best to focus on adjusting your calorie provisioning to maintain your cats body condition. Use less calorie dense foods to allow your cat to enjoy a higher volume dietary intake.

What is the Best Dry Cat Food?

Our best rated dry cat food is Dr. Elsey’s Clean protein chicken. It contains no carbohydrate due to using a protein source (gelatin) as a food binder.

This cat food option is also solid in a variety of other areas like taste, cost, and trust.

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What is the Best Wet Cat Food?

We rate Feline Natural as the best wet cat food on the market. Their wet food range is suitable for cats of all life stages and are also helpful for food intolerances.

What is the Best Cat Food Based on Customer Reviews?

The best cat foods based on current reviews are:

Reviews are always subject to change.

Sometimes they don’t reflect recent changes, especially if there are a lot of reviews for the product. Try to look at recent product reviews to see if anything is different.

What is the Best Cat Food for Ingredients?

The following foods are the best cat foods for ingredients:

None of these foods contain any gums, carrageenan or grain based ingredients. They also don’t include peas or soy.

Finally, they are rich in named animal based food sources. You’ll get what you pay for with these options.

Is Wet Food Better for Cats?

Yes wet food is usually the best choice.

Wet food is higher in moisture which helps cats stay hydrated. Dehydration can increase the risk of constipation and urinary tract infections.

Some cats are more at risk of this health problems. Seniors are at a higher risk of constipation and benefit most from wet foods.

Conclusion

That was a big article!

The best cat food is one that aligns with what cats need as carnivores. Wet cat food high in meat, organs, and bone are the best options to maintain the health of all cats.

The more a cat food moves away from carnivorous food sources, the less optimal it is for health.

It’s as simple as that.

This article ranks and sorts the popular cat food brands on nutrition quality. We also considered taste, budget, and brand trust.

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