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Honest Feline Natural Cat Food Review

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Feline Natural cat food review

Score: 9/10

Bottom Line

Feline Natural is one the best cat foods for health, although it’s smelly and off-putting with first try.

PROS

  • Organic grass-fed meats
  • Great choices for food allergies
  • Suitable for cats of all life stages

CONS

  • Pricey
  • Mixed taste results with our cats
  • Smelly

Feline Natural is a New Zealand based company offering premium wet canned cat food. This company focuses on low carbohydrate products high in animal based foods.

In this cat food review, you’ll find out more about whether Feline Natural is the best choice for you.

This review includes a breakdown of the nutrition quality and taste testing results with our cats.

Let’s get into the article.

Feline Natural Cat Food Review: Short Summary

Feline Natural is an excellent choice for cat owners who want the best cat food for health. The products are high in grass-fed animal produce and low in fillers.

The only knock on Feline Natural is the price and taste reviews. Our cats had mixed feelings about some Feline Natural products. The exotic tasting meats can be off-putting, first try.

Here’s what I like about Feline Natural cat food:

  • It’s high in animal based foods to keep your cat healthy
  • Filler free for easy digestion
  • AAFCO approved for cats of all life stages

If you’ve got the budget, Feline Natural is worth a try. It’s as good as cat food gets!

Want more information about this product?

Read on, as I’ll take a deep dive into the following areas on Feline Natural:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • Taste
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Feline Natural Ingredients

Based on our scoring system, Feline Natural is an excellent cat food. The ingredients in this food match what cats need as an obligate carnivore.

Here’s a snapshot of the ingredients in Feline Natural feast:

  • Named free-range meat sources (e.g. lamb kidney)
  • Grain-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Added flaxseed flakes

All Feline Natural foods contain over 95% animal-based ingredients, based on the label. This is a great indication that you’re getting a lot of quality ingredients.

Check out more about the ingredients in Feline Natural cat food on their website.

Ingredient Quality Grade: 10/10

INGREDIENT SCORING EXPLAINED

We grade cat food ingredients out of 100. A higher score is a sign of a better quality food.

Named animal-based ingredients score the highest (e.g. lamb kidney, lamb liver). These offer the most nutrition benefit to cats.

Ingredients that don’t offer a benefit score lowly (e.g. wheat, corn, and potato).

The amount of the ingredient also affects scoring. Descriptors (e.g. feast, dinner, nuggets) describe the amount of ingredients.

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

See below for our Feline Natural ingredient scores (animal-based ingredients are highlighted):

Table 1: Feline Natural ingredientsLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Feline Natural Chicken & lamb FeastFeast 99% (99% chicken, lamb, & organs)95/100Chicken, Lamb Heart, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, Lamb Blood, Flaxseed Flakes, New Zealand Green Mussel, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid
Feline Natural Hoki & beef feastFeast 98% (98% beef, Hoki, & organs)94/100Beef Heart, Hoki, Beef, Beef Kidney, Beef Liver, Beef Blood, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed Flakes, New Zealand Green Mussel, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Water added for processing
Feline Natural Lamb & King salmon feastFeast 98% (98% lamb, King Salmon, & organs)96/100Lamb Heart, Salmon, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, Lamb Blood, Flaxseed Flakes, New Zealand Green Mussel, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Water added for processing

Feline Natural Nutrition

All Feline Natural wet cat foods are complete meals for cats. Their wet cat foods are high in protein and very in carbohydrate.

Feline Natural meets the AAFCO nutrition requirements for cats of all life stages. This means you can feed Feline Natural wet food to kittens, adults, and/or senior cats.

All Feline Natural wet foods have a balance of nutrients that make a suitable ‘stand alone’ meal.

Here’s a snapshot of the nutrition in Feline Natural:

  • High protein (51%)*
  • Moderate fat (40%)
  • Low carbohydrate (0.8%)
  • Low fiber (0.5%)
  • High in taurine (0.5%)
  • High calcium: phosphate ratio (1.5:1)
  • 1,017 kcal/kg average

*average on a dry matter basis

Nutrition Score: 10/10

NUTRITITION SCORING EXPLAINED

I base my scoring on meeting the following nutrition targets. A score of 10 means the food is a complete meal for cats of all life stages.

  • Protein: >40% dry matter basis

Reason: Helps cats maintain muscle and important for energy production. Cats prefer a high protein diet.

  • Fat: >25% dry matter basis

Reason: Source of energy. Helps senior cats maintain weight. Cats prefer a moderate fat diet for taste.

  • Carbs: <12% dry matter basis

Reason: Cat’s have no dietary requirement for carbohydrate. A cats liver isn’t able to regulate gluconeogenesis with high carb intakes (i.e. leads to high blood sugar). Cat’s lack the digestive enzymes for excess carbohydrate intake (can cause diarrhea).

  • Taurine: 0.2% wet cat food dry matter basis

Reason: Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. A deficiency can lead to health problems related to the heart as well as reproductive issues. AAFCO recommends that all wet cat food contains 0.2% taurine on a dry matter basis.

  • Calcium: phosphate: >1:1

Reason: Beneficial to maintain bone strength and kidney health. A low calcium diet in cats can lead to bone defects and depression.

See below for our Feline Natural nutrition scores:

Table 2: Feline Natural nutritionTypeTextureMoistureProteinFatCarbsFiberAshTaurineCalcium: phosphate ratioMagnesiumCal/kgLife stage
Feline Natural Lamb & King salmon feastWetPate79.9%50.2%*43.8%0.4%0.5%5.1%0.5%1.30.1%1,211All
Feline Natural Chicken & lamb FeastWetPate80.6%51.5%36.1%2.1%0.5%9.8%0.5%1.30.1%895All
Feline Natural Hoki & beef feastWetPate78.7%51.2%40.4%0.0%0.5%8.0%1.4%1.80.1%945All
Average79.7%51.0%40.1%0.8%0.5%7.6%0.8%1.50.1%1,017
*dry matter basis

What Do Our Cats Think Of Feline Natural?

Most of our cats enjoyed Feline Natural but we had mixed taste results with the Hoki & beef feast option. In some cases our cats found the strong smell off putting and walked away.

Cats are neophobic. This means they tend to get weary around new smells and flavors. We only taste tested on one occasion, which is a limitation of this trial.

If you’re feeding a cat a new flavor, it’s worth keeping in mind that it takes time to ‘warm up’ to the new taste.

All of cat taste testers eat Aldi canned cat food. It’s possible the exotic tasting New Zealand meats in Feline Natural put off our cats.

Here is a snapshot of results with our 5 cats:

2/5 cats ate Feline Natural Hoki & Beef feast.

Product details: Very strong smell, slightly watery. Our cats Jojo, Mimi and Misty all refused it. Mimi wouldn’t even go near it, Jojo and Misty smelt it and refused. The other two cats ate it.

Feline Natural Hoki & beef feast taste test
Feline Natural Hoki & beef feast taste test

4/5 cats ate Feline Natural lamb & King salmon feast.

Product details: This food has a strong fish smell and is slightly watery. Jojo refused, whilst the others were fine.

Feline Natural lamb & King salmon feast taste test
Feline Natural lamb & King salmon feast taste test

4/5 cats ate Feline Natural chicken & lamb feast.

Product details: This food did not have a strong smell. Storm refused this food choice.

Feline Natural chicken & lamb feast taste test
Feline Natural chicken & lamb feast taste test

Below is my grading for taste with Feline Natural. This factors in customer satisfaction from online retailers with our own results.

Taste Rating: 7.5/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Feline Natural AAFCO approved?

Yes. Feline Natural wet cat food is AAFCO approved for all life stages. That means the foods are suitable for kittens, adults, and senior cats.

Feline Natural’s cat treat range is not AAFCO approved for cats. These foods are treats, and aren’t intended to provide complete and balanced nutrition.

Who makes feline natural?

Feline Natural is a New Zealand based cat food brand. All ingredients are New Zealand sourced and manufactured. They use meat from free-range farms.

Where is Feline Natural made?

Feline Natural is a New Zealand brand. All foods are New Zealand made and sourced.

Is feline natural pate?

Yes, all Feline Natural wet cat food is a pate. They also offer cat food treats in small bite sized pieces.

Is feline natural raw?

No.

Feline Natural heats products before packaging. They do not use high pressure processing or pasteurization in their food.

Conclusion

Feline Natural is an excellent wet food product for cats of all life stages. All foods are low in carbs and perfect as a stand alone meal.

Customer reviews are mostly positive, although some customers report recent taste changes. Some of cats had mixed feelings about Feline Natural, but most taste tests were positive.

The main downside of Feline Natural is the price. This will be a difficult choice to fit into the budget, especially if you’re feeding multiple cats.

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