Honest Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review

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Blue Buffalo cat food review

Score: 6.5/10

Bottom Line

Blue Buffalo offers a massive range of cat food, but they struggle to meet a cats dietary needs.

PROS

  • Huge range of products
  • Positive customer reviews
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Dry food is high in carbs
  • Lots of vague marketing terms
  • Lack of options for senior cats

Blue Buffalo is a popular brand of cat food, but does its food live up to its reputation? In this cat food review, we find out whether this food is the best choice for you.

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.

Let’s get into the article.

Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review: A Short Summary

Blue Buffalo just doesn’t hit the mark with a lot of their range. And there’s a lot…

For starters, the dry food is too high in carbohydrate for a cats needs. Then there’s the excess plant based ingredients like potato, peas, and brown rice.

Things get better with their wet food range. They offer two great options in their Blue Wilderness wet food and Blue Carnivora wet food range.

If only the rest of their options held up to the quality.

In this article, I’ll break down the products in the Blue Buffalo cat food range.

I will look at three areas:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • Taste

Finally, I’ll go over some frequently asked questions about Blue Buffalo cat food. This will help you learn more about the brand and how I scored this cat food.

Blue Buffalo Cat Food Ingredients

Based on our scoring system, Blue Buffalo is poor for the most part. A lot of their range load up their foods with ingredients like rice and potato, which aren’t needed in a cats diet.

Our top rated product is Blue carnivora woodlands blend coming in with a 93/100 score. This is due to high use of meats in the tin and not using any grains.

Our worst rated product is Blue blissful belly dry food with a paltry 20/100 score. There seems to be more a case of ‘blissful ignorance’ in this food, with a lot of grains and potato high on the list.

It seems to be common that Blue use a lot of marketing in their products (e.g. ‘natural’ ‘blissful’). Whilst these terms sounds good, the bottom line is cats are carnivores.

Oats are natural, but they aren’t ‘natural’ in a cats diet.

Meats, organs, and bones are.

They also claim that sunflower oil and flaxseed are good sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for cats.

Well, no.

Cats cannot use fatty acids from plant based sources. Only meats.

There’s only two products here that I’d recommend at first glance.

  • Blue buffalo carnivora woodlands blend
  • Blue buffalo wilderness chicken & turkey recipe in gravy

We score cat food out of 100. The score can over or underestimate the true ‘quality’ (which is why it’s important to look at my nutrition section for a full picture).

A higher score is a sign of a better quality food. The weighing of ingredients based on the labelling as these words equate to different quantities of food. That’s taken into account with scoring.

Read more about what that means over in my cat food labelling guide.

Blue Buffalo Product RangeSelected productLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Blue for Cats (dry)Chicken & brown rice recipeRecipe30/100Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Peas, Pea Protein, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Starch, Powdered Cellulose, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Pea Fiber, Potatoes, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Cranberries, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue Wilderness (dry)Salmon RecipeRecipe66/100Deboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Peas, Tapioca Starch, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Pea Fiber, Calcium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Direct Dehydrated Alfalfa Pellets, Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Taurine, Potassium Sulfate, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Carnitine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue Basics (dry)Skin & Stomach Care Grain-Free Turkey & Potato RecipeRecipe28/100Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Pea Protein, Peas, Tapioca Starch, Pea Starch, Potatoes, Canola Oil, Pea Fiber, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Fish Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Pumpkin, Dried Chicory Root, Salt, L-Lysine, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue Freedom (dry)Indoor Adult Chicken RecipeRecipe22/100Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Pea Protein, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Pea Fiber, Powdered Cellulose, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Choline Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Calcium Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Salt, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue True Solutions (dry)Blissful BellyNone20/100Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Pea Protein, Barley, Dried Egg Product, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Starch, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, Peas, Calcium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Calcium Sulfate, L-Threonine, Calcium Carbonate, Canola Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Potassium Chloride, Potatoes, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Sulfate, Taurine, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Tryptophan, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), L-Lysine, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue Kitten Recipes (dry)Chicken & brown rice recipeRecipe34/100Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Peas, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil (source of ARA-Arachidonic Acid and DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Powdered Cellulose, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), DL-Methionine, Calcium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary
Blue for Cats Tastefuls (wet)Chicken entreeEntree51/100Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Brown Rice, Guar Gum, Sweet Potatoes, Powdered Cellulose, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Carrageenan, Taurine, Fish Oil, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols
Blue Wilderness (wet)Chicken & turkey recipe in gravyRecipe71/100Chicken, Chicken Broth, Water, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Blue Basics (wet)Indoor cat turkey & potato entreeEntree32/100Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Carrots, Peas, Fish Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Cellulose Powder, Cranberries, Blueberries, Pumpkin, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Blue Freedom (wet)Indoor Chicken RecipeRecipe48/100Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Powdered Cellulose, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Fish Oil, Cranberries, Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols
Blue True Solutions (wet)Blissful BellyNone32/100Chicken, Chicken Broth, Potatoes, Chicken Liver, Whitefish, Potato Starch, Potato Protein, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Brown Rice, Flaxseed, Carrageenan, Taurine, Fructooligosaccharide, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Peas, DL-Methionine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Blue CarnivoraWoodlands blend95%93/100Chicken Liver, Duck, Mackerel, Essential Nutrients And Other Ingredients: Natural Flavor, Pumpkin, Carrots, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Guar Gum, Minerals [Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide], Choline Chloride, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)], Salt

Our score for Blue Buffalo cat foods nutrition quality is below.

Nutrition Score: C-

Blue Buffalo Cat Food Nutrition

The nutrition quality of Blue Buffalo is average. Blue Buffalo dry cat food range is high in carbohydrate, whilst the wet foods are lower.

Most Blue Buffalo cat food products meet the AAFCO nutrition guidelines for adults.

When given the choice, cat’s choose a food with around 52% protein, 12% carbohydrate, and 36% fat.

The protein content ranges from 33.0-50.0% protein on a dry matter basis. All cats need at least 30% protein on a dry matter basis for energy production and muscle strength.

Protein is also important for senior cats who have worse protein digestion. Blue Buffalo products aren’t intended for senior cats, and I wouldn’t recommend them for seniors.

The dry food range is over 30% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis. This is far above what is optimal for cats (<12% on a dry matter basis).

Cats are carbohydrate intolerant and cannot digest excess carbs. This means the dry food isn’t going to be a great option for health long term.

Blue Buffalo wet foods are much lower. The exception is Blue Buffalo wet blissful bellies (23.5% protein on a dry matter basis).

There’s not much information on micronutrients in the Blue Buffalo range. A high calcium to phosphate ratio is important for older cats to maintain kidney health.

There is a lack of information and the products are AAFCO approved for adults only (for the most part). For these reasons I would not choose Blue Buffalo for a senior cat over 12 years.

Here is the nutrition information for the selected products from the Blue Buffalo cat food range:

Blue Buffalo cat food Selected productLife stageCalories/kgKcal/g dry matter basisProteinFatCarbohydrateFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: Phosphate Ratio
Blue for Cats (dry)Chicken & brown rice recipeAdult3,6584.035.2%*16.5%32.8%6.6%8.9%9.0%0.2%N/A
Blue Wilderness (dry)Salmon recipeAdult3,8504.244.0%19.8%28.9%4.4%2.9%9.0%0.2%N/A
Blue Basics (dry)Skin & Stomach Care Grain-Free Turkey & Potato RecipeAdult3,6053.933.0%15.4%36.4%6.6%8.6%9.0%0.2%N/A
Blue Freedom (dry)Indoor adult chicken recipeAdult3,5983.935.2%15.4%34.1%7.7%7.7%#9.0%0.2%N/A
Blue True Solutions (dry)Blissful bellyAdult3,7494.137.4%17.6%33.1%4.4%7.5%9.0%0.2%N/A
Blue Kitten Recipes (dry)Chicken & brown rice recipeGrowth3,9264.339.6%22.0%26.9%3.8%7.7%9.0%0.2%1.2:1
Blue for Cats Tastefuls (wet)Chicken entreeAdult1,1415.945.5%27.3%7.5%9.1%10.7%78.0%0.5%N/A
Blue Wilderness (wet)Chicken & turkey recipe in gravyAdult9755.450.0%25.0%3.3%8.3%13.3%82.0%0.6%N/A
Blue Basics (wet)Indoor cat turkey & potato entreeAdult1,1905.436.4%27.3%16.8%6.8%12.7%#78.0%0.5%N/A
Blue Freedom (wet)Indoor chicken recipeAdult1,1795.440.9%27.3%11.8%9.1%11.0%78.0%0.5%N/A
Blue True Solutions (wet)Blissful bellyAdult1,0094.638.6%13.6%23.5%13.6%10.5%78.0%0.5%1.2:1
Blue carnivoraWoodlands blendAdult1,4505.847.8%31.9%3.2%6.0%11.1%74.9%#0.4%N/A
*on a dry matter basis #estimated

Our score for Blue Buffalo cat foods nutrition quality is below.

Nutrition Score: C (B for wet foods and D for dry foods)

Blue Buffalo Cat Food Taste

Blue Buffalo cat food has positive reviews online, mainly for the dry food range.

Our cat taste testing team hasn’t had the chance to test Blue Buffalo as yet. Reviews range between 80-100% score with reviews online.

It’s very likely your cat will enjoy Blue Buffalo products.

Taste Score: A-

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Blue Buffalo and when were they founded?

Blue Buffalo was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Bill Bishop.

Bishop wanted to create better quality food after his dog Blue experienced health problems relating to a cancer diagnosis.

Whilst the company began with dogs, Blue Buffalo moved into the cat food market as well.

The company got bought out by General Mills in 2018.

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Where is Blue Buffalo sourced and manufactured?

Blue Buffalo cat food is manufactured in US facilities and their sourced is globally sources.

They have two facilities based in separate US states.

What is the recall history of Blue Buffalo?

Blue Buffalo has a history of some recalls.

Let’s take a look at these:

In recent times, Blue Buffalo dog food is linked to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This condition is caused in cats with a taurine deficiency, an essential amino acid.

There are no current links to Blue Buffalo cat food at this date.

Blue Buffalo has addressed this on their website:

…It’s a disease we take very seriously, and we have a team of scientists and animal nutritionists working with the FDA and industry experts to find answers for pet parents.

It is not known whether this problem is affecting Blue Buffalo’s cat food. In the 1980s, cat food deficient in taurine led to many illnesses.

The taurine level of wet canned foods is lower than dry cat food, possibly due to the addition of gums (which may interfere with digestion). Blue Buffalo use gums and carrageenan in many of their products.

Whilst this doesn’t appear to be a problem it’s something to keep in mind moving forward.

Recall

How much does Blue Buffalo cost?

Blue Buffalo is a low-medium priced cat food. Their prices vary from product to product. Pricing is affected by bulk.

Their dry cat food range is cheaper on a pound-for-pound basis than their wet canned cat food range.

Is Blue Buffalo cat food AAFCO approved?

Yes, Blue Buffalo cat food is AAFCO approved for maintenance. Some products are approved for kittens or senior cats. Check the product on Blue Buffalo’s website for more.

The canned and dry cat food varieties are formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

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What are the pros of Blue Buffalo cat food?

The main benefits of Blue Buffalo cat food are the use of real meat instead of by-products, affordability, avoidance of wheat, corn, and soy products. Blue Buffalo has positive reviews online and a satisfaction guarantee for their products.

They also provide transparency and ownership of their company regarding complaints.

The use of real meat products gives you peace of mind that you aren’t getting unpleasant meat sources in your food from a variety of animals and body parts.

Cornmeal is a protein source many brands use, but may lead to a higher risk of constipation – Blue Buffalo doesn’t use cornmeal as a protein source.

Another benefit of Blue Buffalo is the social proof of the company. The brand has a lot of customers and high ratings from owners satisfied with their products. If you aren’t satisfied with their products, you can refund any unused food for a 100% refund.

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What are the cons of Blue Buffalo cat food?

The main downsides of Blue Buffalo cat food are the higher amounts of carbohydrate ingredients (especially in the dry cat food range) and the use of carrageenan in all of their wet canned cat food products.

Blue Buffalo is a brand that started with dogs first. Dogs are considered omnivores like humans, whilst cats are considered carnivores. This may explain the ‘doggier’ ingredient list of the cat food range.

Cats don’t consume any carbohydrates in the wild and it’s only through domestication that carbohydrates have increased in their diet.

Fortunately, there are some lower carbohydrate choices in the Blue Buffalo range (e.g. Blue Wilderness and Carnivora) if you are concerned about the carbohydrate level of some of their range or have a cat with diabetes.

The addition of carrageenan is a controversial food ingredient that many people are wary of. It’s a natural ingredient found in seaweed.

However, when degraded, carrageenan may lead to intestinal irritation. Some human-grade carrageenan may exist in a degraded form.

Learn More:

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Conclusion: Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review

Blue Buffalo is a popular cat food brand that falls a little short on nutrition quality. The dry foods are high in carbs and can interfere with digestion.

There’s a limited range for senior cats. On the plus side, some of the wet foods are solid choices for adult cats.

There’s a lot of positive reviews for Blue Buffalo so there’s more chance your cat will enjoy their foods.

Overall though…I think Blue Buffalo just isn’t worth it. There’s plenty of great alternatives, even at a budget.

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