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Huge range, with variable quality between products.
Blue Buffalo is a popular brand of cat food, but does its food live up to its reputation?
Here’s our review summary:
There’s plenty to choose from here. Whether it’s wet or dry cat food, they’ve got you covered.
Quality ranges quite a lot between products. Some are high carb, whilst others aren’t.
You’ll need to spend more time filtering out the good from the bad.
Many options are loaded with potatoes, peas, and brown rice. Ingredients cats don’t need.
Customer reviews are quite positive for Blue Buffalo and it seems to have a great flavor for fussy eaters.
However, I can’t look past the high carb content in many options. The best of the bunch is Blue Buffalo Freedom.
- Fussy eaters
- Adult cats (1-7 years)
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In the rest of this Blue Buffalo cat food review I’ll look at ingredients, nutrition, and pricing.
I haven’t been able to test this product, so I will not have taste results, but I’ll do my best to offer as much helpful analysis.
Let’s get into the article.
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.
Blue Buffalo Cat Food Review
The best of the bunch is Blue Buffalo Freedom, which still contains things cats don’t need.
That includes high carb ingredients like sweet potato, and cranberries. The later is high in Vitamin C, which can increase urinary stone risk.
Whilst meat is a main ingredient in most of their range, the list just doesn’t hold up.
Ingredient breakdown (Blue Buffalo Freedom first 10):
|Chicken||A||High quality protein for strength & energy|
|Chicken broth||A||Great for kidney & urinary health|
|Chicken liver||A||High in Vitamin A for healthy eyes|
|Carrots||C||No benefit to cats|
|Sweet potatoes||D||High carb & no nutritional benefit for cats|
|Natural flavor||A||Improves taste|
|Flaxseed||C||Nutrition that doesn’t benefit cats, but may help relieve constipation|
|Powdered cellulose||C||Insoluble fiber, adds bulk to feces which may help with constipation|
|Guar gum||D||Thickener that can decrease taurine absorption|
|Potassium chloride||A||Electrolyte for healthy heart & muscles|
|Blue Buffalo cat food||Type||Grains||Gluten||Soy||Peas||Gums||Carrageenan||By products||Fruit||Meat 5*|
|Blue for Cats||Dry||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||3|
|Blue True Solutions||Dry||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||2|
|Blue for Cats Tastefuls||Wet||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||3|
|Blue True Solutions||Wet||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||4|
The protein content ranges from 33-50% protein (dry matter) which exceeds AAFCO’s guideline for at least 30%.
Pea protein is used in some products which lowers the quality.
Some foods (e.g. Blue Basics) are barely meeting protein (33%) as is, so using lower quality sources isn’t great.
Experts suggest limiting carbs to less than 12% (dry matter). This is because cats cannot digest excess carbs.
Only three options fall under this (all wet foods):
- Blue Freedom (12%)
- Blue Wilderness (3%)
- Blue for Cats Tastefuls (7%)
Not much info for micronutrients. A high calcium to phosphate ratio is important for older cats to maintain kidney health.
This info is only on two products:
- Blue Kittens
- Blue True Solutions
When given the choice, cat’s choose a food with:
- 52% protein
- 12% carbs
- 36% fat
The closest product to this is Blue Wilderness, which might be the preferred choice if you’ve got a fussy eater.
All (except kitten) meet AAFCO’s nutrition guidelines for adult cats (1-7 years). Not suitable for senior cats.
|Blue Buffalo cat food||Type||Selected flavor||Lifestage||Kcal/kg||Protein*||Fat||Carb||Water||Ca: P#|
|Blue for Cats||Dry||Chicken & brown rice recipe||Adult (1-7 yrs)||3,658||35%*||17%||33%||9%||N/A|
|Blue Wilderness||Dry||Salmon recipe||Adult (1-7 yrs)||3,850||44%||20%||29%||9%||N/A|
|Blue Basics||Dry||Skin & Stomach Care Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe||Adult (1-7 yrs)||3,605||33%||15%||36%||9%||N/A|
|Blue Freedom||Dry||Indoor adult chicken recipe||Adult (1-7 yrs)||3,598||35%||15%||34%||9%||N/A|
|Blue True Solutions||Dry||Blissful belly||Adult (1-7 yrs)||3,749||37%||18%||33%||9%||N/A|
|Blue Kitten Recipes||Dry||Chicken & brown rice recipe||Growth (<1 yrs)||3,926||40%||22%||27%||9%||1.2:1|
|Blue for Cats Tastefuls||Wet||Chicken entree||Adult (1-7 yrs)||1,141||46%||27%||7%||78%||N/A|
|Blue Wilderness||Wet||Chicken & turkey recipe in gravy||Adult (1-7 yrs)||975||50%||25%||3%||82%||N/A|
|Blue Basics||Wet||Indoor cat turkey & potato entree||Adult (1-7 yrs)||1,190||36%||27%||17%||78%||N/A|
|Blue Freedom||Wet||Indoor chicken recipe||Adult (1-7 yrs)||1,179||41%||27%||12%||78%||N/A|
|Blue True Solutions||Wet||Blissful belly||Adult (1-7 yrs)||1,009||39%||14%||24%||78%||1.2:1|
Value for Money
Blue Buffalo’s range is cheaper than the average choice on the market (per ounce basis).
- Fancy Feast (see review)
- Merrick Purrfect Bistro
- Hound & Gatos
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.
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:
- 2007 – Canned wet food, treats, and dry cat food contaminated with melamine (plastic)
- 2010 – Dry cat food with excess Vitamin D
- 2015 – Recall of Blue Yum’s chicken recipe cat treats due to propylene glycol (not approved by FDA)
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.
Is Blue Buffalo cat food AAFCO approved?
Blue Buffalo meets AAFCO’s nutrition guidelines for maintenance (cats aged 1-7 years).
Blue Buffalo has a huge range of options, but only a few offer good quality nutrition for cats. That includes Blue Freedom, Tastefuls, & Wilderness wet cat foods.
Positives are the taste, affordability, and flavor range.
Most of the range are high in carbs, and aren’t best for your cats long term health.
- Fussy eaters
- Adult cats (1-7 years)
Where to find Blue Buffalo?