Honest Weruva Cat Food Review

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Weruva cat food review

Score: 7.5/10

Bottom Line

Nice looking high moisture cat food for urinary health, but our cats were unsure.


  • Grain-free
  • High in moisture
  • No by-products


  • Added potato
  • Added sunflower oil
  • Mixed taste results

For this Weruva cat food review, we tested the product with our cats.

Our cats trying Weruva cat food with other foods to see if they enjoyed it
Our cats trying Weruva cat food with other foods to see if they enjoyed it

Weruva is a line of healthy cat food products that use premium animal-based ingredients.

Review summary:

The good?

Nice appearance.

If you’re after cat food that doesn’t look and smell like…cat food – then you’ve come to the right place. Weruva looks fresh out the tin.

The bad?

Added potato.

The cat food uses some potato which raises the carbs a little. Not excessively mind you, but not necessary.

The ugly?

Sunflower oil.

An ingredient that doesn’t offer much for cats as they can’t use plant based essential fat sources. A meat based fat would be better (e.g. fish oil).

In short:


Weruva is high in moisture and has a ‘human grade’ freshness that looks appealing. It wasn’t our cats favorite, but they enjoyed it with time.

Whilst a little light on meat variety and a tad pricey, Weruva a solid choice for urinary health.

Though they don’t seem to have options suited to all life stages, so cats over 7 years might need something else.

Best for:

  • Urinary health
  • Kidney health
  • Weight control

>> Check out Weruva cat food here

Weruva cat food close up
Weruva cat food close up
Weruva cat food review score
Weruva cat food review score

In this article, I’ll break down the products in the Weruva cat food range. I’ll take a closer look at:

  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition
  • Taste
  • Value for money

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

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.

Weruva Cat Food Review

For this review we took a look at:

  • Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken
  • Weruva Kitten

Whilst this doesn’t encapsulate all products, I hope it offers insight into the quality of this brand.


Pretty good.

Protein is quite high at 67% for Paw Lickin Chicken, which far exceeds the needs for adult cats (26%). Great for fussy eaters.

Carbs came out at 13% which is a touch over what experts recommend (12%) for blood sugar control.

For seniors, this food offers a positive calcium to phosphate ratio, which is great for kidney health.

Weruva meets AAFCO’s nutrition guidelines for adult cats (1-7 years) as a complete meal.

NutrientDry Matter (%)Target (%)*Note
Protein6726Very high protein for strength
Carbs13N/ASlightly above expert recommendations
Fat99Borderline low, won’t suit underweight cats
Calcium1.30.6High calcium to phosphate for kidney and bone health
Water85N/AGreat for urinary health
Nutrition information for Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken with notes *AAFCO target for adult cats

Nutrition: 8.5/10



Only two of the first five ingredients are meat based (including chicken broth). Not much variety (e.g. organs meats).

On the bright side, Weruva don’t use plant protein which means the protein quality is high.

One issue is the use of potato. Source of carbs, a nutrient cats don’t need.

Another issue is the use of sunflower seed oil. Cats aren’t able to convert plant based fats to active form (arachidonic acid).

Ingredient breakdown (first 10 ingredients):

Chicken (boneless, chicken breast)AHigh quality protein, tasty food source for strength & energy
Chicken brothAGreat for urinary health
Potato starchDHigh carb & not beneficial for cats
Sunflower seed oilDCats can’t use linoleic acid & prefer meat fats, so not good
Calcium lactateBThickener & provides calcium for bone strength
Xanthan gumCThickener with pros & cons to health. May cause diarrhea
Tricalcium phosphateACalcium & phosphate supplement for bone health
Choline chlorideASource of choline, an essential nutrient for muscle & cognitive function
TaurineAEssential amino acid for eye & heart health
Zinc sulfateASource of zinc for a healthy coat
Ingredients in Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken cat food with benefits and drawbacks

Ingredients: 7.5/10


Not too bad.

I tested two Weruva products with our four kitten team. They enjoyed the foods, but it wasn’t their first choice.

Customer reviews are generally positive online, with most appreciating the fresh appearance.

Main points:

  • Fresh looking
  • Real shreds
  • Meaty broth

Product test results:

  • Product Test 1: Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken
  • Amount Eaten: 100%
  • Food Appearance: Fresh authentic chicken shreds, thick broth
  • Smell: Light chicken smell
  • Note: Compared with two other cat foods (Felix & Fancy Feast), and was least preferred of the three
Our cats testing Weruva with a variety of cat foods to see what they liked best
Our cats testing Weruva with a variety of cat foods to see what they liked best
Our cats testing Weruva with a variety of cat foods to see what they liked best
Weruva was less preferred to other cat foods on the plate, but eventually eaten
A close up of Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken cat food
A close up of Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken cat food
  • Product Test 1: Weruva Kitten Chicken & Tuna
  • Amount Eaten: 100%
  • Food Appearance: Thick gravy rich blob of cat food
  • Smell: Fishy ocean smell
  • Note: Was enjoyed by one kitten, and another one came in to ‘steal’ the rest.
Our kittens trying Weruva Kitten
Our kittens enjoyed Weruva Kitten
Weruva Kitten Chicken & Tuna close up appearance
Weruva Kitten Chicken & Tuna close up appearance

Taste: 7.5/10

Value for Money

Somewhat pricey.

It’s one of the higher priced wet cat foods on the market.


For what you get, Weruva is a decent choice. Low in fillers, moisture rich, and doesn’t have the typical cat food smell.

Similar options:

Value: 7/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Weruva sourced and manufactured?


Some ingredients are also sourced locally, depending on the product.

Weruva uses state-of-the-art facilities to prepare products. It’s an A grade based on food standard audits from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

When was Weruva founded?


They’re an independent family owned brand

Are There Weruva Cat Food recalls?


There’s no US recalls of Weruva based on a check of the US Food and Drug (FDA) database

There were recalls of Best Feline Friend due to links to deaths in Australian cats.

At least 20 cats died from April 2007 due to neurological and movement complications. Linked to thiamine deficiency.

Thiamine was not detected in many Best Feline Friend canned products. It appeared isolated to one facility in Australia.

Is There Weruva dry cat food?


Can I use Weruva cat food with kidney disease?


Weruva Paw Lickin Chicken has a positive calcium to phosphate ratio. Experts suggest this helps protect the kidneys.

Wet foods are also indicated (Weruva make wet cat food) to prevent dehydration.

However, Weruva is high protein. Some researchers suggest restricting protein to improve lifespan in cats with kidney disease.

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Does Weruva have carrageenan?


As of the writing of this article, all Weruva products do not contain carrageenan.

This may change over time due to product updates, so always double check.

Is Weruva the healthiest cat food on the market?


Whilst Weruva is above average, there are higher quality choices.

Weruva still uses ingredients like potato and sunflower, which aren’t optimal food sources.

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Who owns the Weruva cat food brand?

Weruva is owned by the founders David and Stacie Forman in 2007.

The name Weruva is based on the names of their adopted pets Website, Rudi, Vanessa, and Baron. 

Why does good cat nutrition matter?

Lifespan and quality of life.

A poor quality non-species appropriate diet may lead to early diseases. 


  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Macular degeneration

In the 1980s for example, a lack of taurine (an essential amino acid) in the cat food supply leads to many cat deaths related to heart disease

Selecting the right cat food brand for your needs is important for your peace of mind that your cat is getting what it needs.

Learn More:


Weruva offers high protein wet cat foods that help keep cats hydrated.

Best suited to adult cats with digestive issues, urinary blockages, and weight control issues.

Main downsides are the price and lack of options for senior cats.

Best for:

  • Urinary health
  • Kidney health
  • Weight control

Where to find Weruva cat food?

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I'm qualified dietitian that's turned their attention to cat nutrition. My goal is to help tease out the science on how best to feed your cat.