Honest Fancy Feast Cat Food Review

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Fancy Feast cat food review

Score: 8/10

Bottom Line

Fancy Feast is a popular cat food brand with a wide range of wet canned cat foods. The quality of Fancy Feast stacks up as great value for money.

PROS

  • Value for money
  • High taste approval
  • Massive range of wet cat foods

CONS

  • High in meat by products
  • Dry food is very high in carbs
  • Not enough options for senior cats

Fancy Feast is a popular canned wet cat food at an affordable price. In this cat food review, we find out whether this food is the best choice for your cats health.

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.

Fancy Feast Cat Food Review: A Short Summary

Fancy Feast is a great quality product for adult cats. Although this product uses by-products, they use a lot animal based foods and are low in carbohydrate.

What’s more is our cat taste testing team loved Fancy Feast. The flavors are very inviting and aren’t smelly out the tin.

So what’s not to love?

As I said, the use of meat by-products might put off some. Fancy Feast also uses a few fillers like wheat gluten (albeit in small amounts).

Finally, most products in the range are only suitable for adult cats. Senior cats owners may need to look elsewhere to get something to meet their needs.

Oh and the ‘senior 7+’ option? Yeah…that’s only AAFCO approved for adult cats.

Really guys? You had one job.

And as for Fancy Feast’s dry food option…well it’s a big miss from us. Very high in carbohydrate for our liking.

All things considered, I can’t be too picky about Fancy Feast because they are a popular cat food brands that ticks most boxes. It’s a good choice for your adult cat.

In this article, I’ll break down the products in Fancy Feast range. I will compare the following:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • Taste results from testing

Finally, I’ll go over some frequently asked questions about Fancy Feast cat food.

Fancy Feast Cat Food Ingredients

Based on our scoring system, Fancy Feast product ingredient quality is above average. The average ingredient score is 72/100 for the wet cat food.

Our best rated product is Fancy Feast kitten tender ocean whitefish feast. The second best rated product is the Fancy Feast tender beef feast classic pate for adult cats.

Most products are using the ‘feast’ descriptor (makes sense…since this is a Fancy Feast product). This means only 25% of the product needs to contain the named ingredient/s, but as much as 94.9%.

Fancy Feast contains a high amount of animal based foods. These ingredients dominate the ingredient list of most of their range. This is great as cats are obligate carnivores, that get their nutrition from prey.

One knock on their products is the sources of those animal based foods. They tend to include ‘meat by-products’ as a main ingredient.

The wet foods add a few ingredients that cats don’t need like soy protein and wheat gluten. However, these ingredients are not high on the list. These foods provide incomplete protein that isn’t as beneficial for muscle strength.

Fancy Feast has one dry food which doesn’t score well based on our scoring system. This is because the first ingredient is rice. The product says ‘with chicken’ which is the second ingredient after rice.

What this means it a large amount of (95%) of this product is rice. This makes their dry food a suboptimal choice and not something I recommend (despite the glowing reviews).

We score cat food out of 100.

A higher score is a sign of a better quality food. I take into account relative weighing of ingredients based on the labelling words (e.g. recipe, dinner) as these words equate to different quantities of food based on FDA laws.

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

Fancy Feast product rangeSelected productLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Fancy Feast grilledChicken feast in gravyFeast64/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Liver, Wheat Gluten, Meat By-Products, Corn Starch-Modified, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Added Color, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins [Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement]
Fancy Feast gravy loversChicken feast in grilled chicken flavor gravyFeast69/100Poultry Broth, Chicken, Liver, Wheat Gluten, Meat By-Products, Turkey, Corn Starch-Modified, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Soy Flour, Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Added Color, Natural Grilled Chicken Flavor, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins [Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement]
Fancy Feast classic pateTender beef feastFeast81/100Beef, Meat Broth, Liver, Fish, Meat By-Products, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Taurine, Vitamins [Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement], Sodium Nitrite (To Promote Color Retention)
Fancy Feast savory centersPate with chicken and a gourmet gravy centerWith58/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Liver, Meat By-Products, Fish, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Pork Plasma, Steamed Bone Meal, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Locust Bean Gum, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate], Guar Gum, Taurine, L-Ascorbic Acid, Choline Chloride, Salt, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)]
Fancy Feast medleysTuna florentine with garden greens in a delicate sauceN/A67/100Fish Broth, Tuna, Wheat Gluten, Liver, Chicken, Meat By-Products, Spinach, Corn Starch Modified Artificial and Natural Flavors, Added Color, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Red 3, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide
Fancy Feast kitten classic pateTender ocean whitefish feastFeast89/100Ocean Whitefish, Liver, Meat By-Products, Chicken, Fish Broth, Milk, Egg Product, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Added Color, Guar Gum, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Salt, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement], Taurine
Fancy Feast flakedFlaked Chicken & Tuna FeastFeast64/100Poultry Broth, Fish, Chicken, Tuna, Liver, Meat By-Products, Wheat Gluten, Turkey, Soy Flour, Soy Protein Concentrate, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Added Color, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Carrageenan, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamins [Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement], Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Sodium Nitrite (To Promote Color Retention)
Fancy Feast senior 7+Chicken feast pate senior 7+Feast78/100Chicken, Fish, Meat By-Products, Liver, Chicken Broth, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Minerals [Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Salt, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement], Sodium Nitrite (To Promote Color Retention)
Fancy Feast gourmet naturalsNatural White Meat Chicken & Beef Recipe In GravyRecipe74/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Liver, Wheat Gluten, Beef, Natural Flavors, Vegetable Oil, MINERALS [Potassium Chloride, Mono And Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, VITAMINS [Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement]
Fancy Feast dry foodFancy Feast With Savory Chicken & TurkeyWith5/100Ground Rice, Poultry By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Beef Tallow Naturally Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, Whole Grain Corn, Soybean Meal, Liver Flavor, Chicken, Turkey, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Fish Oil, Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Taurine, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)], Dl-Methionine, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2

Below is our grade for Fancy Feast ingredient quality.

You can also check each ingredient and its purpose on Purina’s Fancy Feast website.

Ingredient Quality Grade: B

Fancy Feast Nutrition

Most of the nutrition in the Fancy Feast range is good. These products line up well with what a cat would need as an obligate carnivore for the most part.

When given the choice, cat’s choose a food with around 52% protein, 12% carbohydrate, and 36% fat. Our analysis shows Fancy Feast products are close to this.

Most of the products are only AAFCO approved for adults. This means the nutrition won’t suit kittens or senior cats needs.

This includes the ‘Senior 7+’ option which is only listed as suitable for adult cats.

Fancy Feast classic pate and flaked wet foods are suited for all life stages.

Cats are carbohydrate intolerant and cannot digest excess. It’s important to look for a product that contains as close to or less than 12% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis.

The average carbohydrate content in Fancy Feast wet products is 7.2% which is great. However, their dry product contains 32.7% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis which is very high.

The average fat of Fancy Feast wet foods is 16.7%. This is a little low, which might affect taste.

Overall, for adult cats Fancy Feast is a solid option, but I would steer clear of their dry food option.

Here is the nutrition information for the selected products from the Fancy Feast range:

Fancy Feast product range Selected productLife stageCalories/kgKcal/g dry matter basisProteinFatCarbohydrateFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: Phosphate Ratio
Fancy Feast grilledChicken feast in gravyAdult8364.255.0%*10.0%14.0%7.5%13.5%80.0%0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast gravy loversChicken feast in grilled chicken flavor gravyAdult7934.450.0%11.1%13.9%8.3%16.7%82.0%0.3%1.1:1
Fancy Feast classic pateTender beef feastAll1,0874.950.0%18.2%9.1%6.8%15.9%78.0%0.2%N/A
Fancy Feast savory centersPate with chicken and a gourmet gravy centerAdult9664.845.0%27.5%1.0%7.5%19.0%80.0%#0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast medleysTuna florentine with garden greens in a delicate sauceAdult8294.155.0%10.0%11.5%7.5%16.0%80.0%0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast kitten classic pateTender ocean whitefish feastGrowth1,0644.854.5%18.2%4.5%6.8%15.9%78.0%0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast flakedFlaked Chicken & Tuna FeastAll1,2285.563.6%15.9%0.0%6.8%13.6%#78.0%0.2%N/A
Fancy Feast senior 7+Chicken feast pate senior 7+Adult1,1355.150.0%22.7%5.7%6.8%14.8%78.0%0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast gourmet naturalsNatural White Meat Chicken & Beef Recipe In GravyAdult7654.261.1%11.1%5.6%8.3%13.9%82.0%0.3%N/A
Fancy Feast dry foodFancy Feast With Savory Chicken & TurkeyAll4,0104.437.8%18.9%32.7%3.3%7.3%10.0%N/AN/A
*on a dry matter basis #estimated based on maximum crude analysis

Here is our nutrition score for Fancy Feast.

Nutrition Score: B+

Taste

Fancy Feast has mostly positive reviews by customers on Chewy.

The lowest rated food, with ‘only’ 90% customer recommendation is Fancy Feast tuna florentine with garden greens in a delicate sauce. The best rated option is Fancy Feast grilled chicken feast in gravy (97% recommended).

I tested three Fancy Feast products with my 5 cat review panel to see what they thought.

5/5 cats enjoyed Fancy Feast grilled turkey feast in gravy.

5/5 cats enjoyed Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy center.

4/5 cats enjoyed Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast.

Here are the results below:

Our cat testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Mimi testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Our cat testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Mimi testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon
Our cat testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast
Mimi testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast

Cat Reviewer: Mimi

Mimi enjoyed all three Fancy Feast products. She was hesitant with the chunky chicken feast at first.

Our cat testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Jojo testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Our cat testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Jojo testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon
Our cat testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast
Jojo testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast

Cat Reviewer: Jojo

Jojo enjoyed all three Fancy Feast products.

Our cat testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Storm testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Our cat testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Storm testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon
Our cat testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast
Storm testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast

Cat Reviewer: Storm

Storm enjoyed all three Fancy Feast products.

Our cat testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Misty testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Our cat testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Misty testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon
Our cat testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast
Misty testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast

Cat Reviewer: Misty

Misty enjoyed all but the chunky chicken feast product

Our cat testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Midnight testing Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy.
Our cat testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Midnight testing Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon
Our cat testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast
Midnight testing Fancy Feast chunky chicken feast

Cat Reviewer: Midnight

Midnight enjoyed all three Fancy Feast products.

A look at Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy
Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy
A look at Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy
A look at Fancy Feast chicken feast chunky
Fancy Feast chicken feast chunky

Fancy Feast turkey feast in gravy was enjoyed by all 5 cats. It has a pleasant smell with nice bite sized pieces.

Fancy Feast savory centers pate with salmon and a gourmet gravy. It has less of a pungent smell.

Three of the cats LOVED this food and were fighting for more, one cat was hesitant but then ate it and the other refused all together. This food was chunky bits of chicken in a gravy without an overpowering smell.

Taste Score: A

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Fancy Feast have Carrageenan?

One Fancy Feast product contained carrageenan which is Fancy Feast Flaked Chicken & Tuna Feast. There is no carrageenan in the other Fancy Feast products. This may change in the future with ingredient changes.

Carrageenan is a seaweed based thickener. In it’s degraded from, it can cause inflammation in the digestive system.

It’s even used in research to test models of inflammation. The amount of degraded carrageenan in added carrageenan is hard to know.

If your cat has a sensitive stomach, it may be best to steer clear of added carrageenan.

Learn More:

Is Fancy Feast Cat Food Made in China?

Fancy Feast sources and manufactures their foods in the United States. You can find the location of every ingredient used in their products on their website.

To find the location of every ingredient, click on the food you want to check. Then go to the nutrition tab.

Below that is a link saying ‘Every ingredient has a purpose’. This pulls up a map showing you where all the ingredients are from.

See the pictures below to show you how to find the ingredients.

Instructions for finding the ingredients for Fancy Feast cat food.
Step #1: Select the Fancy Feast cat food product you want to check out
Instructions for finding the ingredients for Fancy Feast cat food.
Step #2: Select the nutrition tab
Instructions for finding the ingredients for Fancy Feast cat food.
Step #3: Scroll down and click the link to ‘Every ingredient has a purpose’
Instructions for finding the ingredients for Fancy Feast cat food.
Step #4: Click on each ingredient to find out where they come from!

Conclusion

For a budget cat food, Fancy Feast is good. Their wet food range will meet the needs for adult cats and is cat approved for taste.

It would be great to see a few more options for senior cats. Some of the products contain a few less optimal ingredients like wheat gluten.

Aside from the dry food, which is high in carbohydrate and not worth it, most options are solid choices for your cats health.

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