Honest Meat Mates Cat Food Review

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Meat Mates cat food review

Score: 9/10

Bottom Line

A wet cat food that is perfect for cats of all life stages. It’s meow-tastic stuff!


  • Complete nutrition for all ages
  • No added grains or fillers
  • Our cats love it


  • Limited availability
  • Mixed reviews
  • Lack of flavors

Meat Mates may well be the most underrated cat food on the market. The only problem is the lack of stock.

Want to find out more about whether Meat Mates is best for your cat?

In this Meat Mates review I’ll test this product with a few of our cat testers to see if it gets the meow of approval.

I’ll also take a deep dive into the nutrition of this cat food to find which cats benefit most from this product.

Let’s get into the article.

Meat Mates Cat Food Review: Short Summary

Meat Mates is the perfect cat food for cats of all life stages. It’s one of the best choices for your cats health.

High in named meat products. No fillers. What’s not to like?

Well, it is a little on the pricier side and has some mixed online reviews. There’s also some issues with availability.

Here’s what I like about Meat Mates cat food:

  • It’s high in animal based foods to keep your cat healthy
  • Filler free for easy digestion
  • Meets AAFCO’s nutrition guidelines for cats of all life stages
  • One novel protein option (lamb dinner) for allergies or picky eaters

We recommend Meat Mates as a superb sole feeding option for all cats.

Want more information about this product?

Take a deep dive into this Meat Mates cat food below…

Meat Mates Ingredients

Meat Mates is an excellent cat food choice, based on our scoring. The ingredients in this food match line up with what cats need as carnivores.

Here’s a snapshot of the ingredients in Meat Mates canned cat food range:

  • Named free-range meat sources (e.g. chicken liver)
  • Grain-free
  • Soy-free
  • Pea-free
  • Carrageenan-free
  • Added flaxseed flakes (can help with constipation)

All Meat Mates use an amount listed label. All products are over 95% animal-based ingredients.

This is the best type of label as it means you’re getting all the good stuff, without crappy fillers.

Flaxseed is high in soluble and insoluble fiber. This mixture can help with constipation in some cats.

The lamb dinner option is also novel protein friendly. This makes it suitable for allergy relief.

Meat Mates does not contain any artificial colors and flavors.

Check out more about Meat Mates over at their website.

Ingredient Score: 10/10


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 Meat Mates ingredient analysis (animal-based ingredients are highlighted):

Table 1: Meat Mates ingredientsLabel typeScoreIngredients
Meat Mates beef dinnerDinner 99% (99% grass fed beef with organs)10Beef, Water Sufficient For Processing, Beef Tripe, Beef Heart, Beef Kidney, Beef Spleen, Beef Liver, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Flakes, Dried Kelp, Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Taurine, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid
Meat Mates lamb dinnerDinner 99% (99% grass fed lamb with organs)10Lamb, Water Sufficient For Processing, Lamb Tripe, Lamb Heart, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Spleen, Lamb Liver, Calcium Carbonate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Flakes, Dried Kelp, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Taurine, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid
Meat Mates chicken dinnerDinner 99% (99% cage free chicken with organs)10Chicken, Water Sufficient for Processing, Chicken Liver, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Flakes, Salt, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement

Meat Mates Nutrition

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

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

Meat Mates has a balance of nutrients that makes it suitable as a ‘stand alone’ meal.

The only gripe with Meat Mates is taurine information is missing for two products.

This amino acid is likely in high amounts due to the animal products used in Meat Mates, but it would be nice to know.

Here’s a snapshot of the nutrition in Meat Mates in terms of metabolizable energy (ME):

  • High protein (45% ME*)
  • Moderate fat (37% ME)
  • Low carbohydrate (1% ME)
  • Low fiber (3% ME)
  • 1,062 kcal/kg average

*average on a dry matter basis

Nutrition Score: 9.5/10


To score a 10/10, we look for a cat food that hits the following targets. Targets are for dry matter basis or ME.

Protein: >40% ME

  • Helps maintain muscle (especially older cats)
  • Energy production
  • Cats prefer high protein diets (~50% ME)

Fat: >25% ME

  • High calorie for weight gain
  • Helps improve taste for picky cats
  • Fat soluble vitamin absorption

Carbs: <12% ME

Taurine: >0.2% ME

Calcium to phosphate ratio: >1:1

See below for our Meat Mates nutrition scores:

Table 2: Meat Mates nutritionTypeTextureKcal/kgKcal/g (dry matter)ProteinFatCarbsFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: phosphate ratio
Meat Mates Beef DinnerWetPate1,0665.442.3%*38.3%1.0%3.1%15.3%80.4%N/AN/A
Meat Mates Chicken DinnerWetPate1,0355.252.5%30.0%0.0%2.5%15.0%80.0%0.4%1.4
Meat Mates Lamb DinnerWetPate1,0846.041.7%41.7%1.7%3.9%11.1%82.0%N/AN/A
*on a dry matter basis #estimated ash content

What Do Our Cats Think Of Meat Mates?

Our cats enjoyed Meat Mates chicken and beef dinner when offered. We only got one rejection in 10 offerings of the product.

On the other hand, Meat Mates has mixed reviews by customers online.

The lowest rated option is the chicken dinner, with 75% of customers recommending the product. 90% of customers recommend the Meat Mates lamb dinner wet cat food option.

Here’s the results from our taste testing with Meat Mates:

5/5 cats enjoyed Meat Mates chicken dinner wet canned cat food.

4/5 cats enjoyed Meat Mates beef dinner wet canned cat food.

Here are some of the results below:

Our cat Storm trying Meat Mates cat food.
Storm enjoys both tins of Meat Mates dinner cat food.
Our cat Misty trying Meat Mates cat food.
Misty enjoyed her Meat Mates chicken dinner serving of food. She doesn’t like the Meat Mates beef dinner option.

Here’s what Meat Mates chicken dinner cat food looks like out the tin.

The product has a lot of moisture and is a loaf texture. Meat Mates chicken dinner is strong smelling out the tin, but the beef dinner is pleasant.

Meat Mates chicken dinner, close up.
Meat Mates chicken dinner (close up presentation)

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

Taste Score: 9/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Meat Mates Cat Food?

Meat Mates is a New Zealand based pet food company. They launched in 2018.

They source and manufacture all their food in New Zealand.

Is Meat Mates Good for Cats?

Meat Mates is an excellent cat food option. Their products contain 99% animal based foods from named meat sources.

Meat Mates wet cat foods meet AAFCO’s nutrition guidelines for all life stages.

Does Meat Mates Contain Real Meat?

Yes, Meat Mates canned cat food contains real meat products. There are no plant protein or grain based products in the foods.

Is Meat Mates Good for Picky Eaters?

Yes, Meat Mates is high in fat and animal based protein foods.

Picky cats will enjoy the meaty taste this food has to offer. Our cat testers loved the Meat Mates products, with only one rejection from 10 food tests.

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Meat Mates is an awesome cat food for cats of all life stages. All foods are low in fillers and perfect as a stand alone meal.

Our cats approved of Meat Mates when offered two products. We only had one rejection from 10 offerings. This cat food will suit fussy eaters.

The main issues with Meat Mates are the price and lack of availability.

Here’s where you can find Meat Mates.

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