With all the options for cat foods, how is an owner supposed to pick the best and most nutritious options for their cat? Below are the top rated cat foods, with their ingredients, so you know what to look for when you go out shopping for cat food. Remember, a good food may be a bit more expensive, but it will provide your cat a long, healthy life and they will eat less because they are getting higher amounts of protein rather than fillers that burn off and leave them hungry sooner.
1. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul (Adult Formula)
Price: 6lb/ $10.00
Where can I Buy It: petfooddirect.com, 1800PetMeds, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ocean fish meal, white rice, potatoes, oatmeal, millet, natural chicken flavor, salmon, turkey, duck, flaxseed, sodium bisulfate, egg product, methionine, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried chicory root, taurine, kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Pros: Full of meat and vegetables, the first two of five ingredients are meats. There are few grains, no corn, and taurine is listed as an ingredient. Very cheap for the quality of food. Overall very healthy food for cats.
Cons: Generally the ingredients are listed in order of the quantities put into the food, so it would be nice to see the ocean fish meal placed higher than the barley, but otherwise this is a top quality food.
2. Fromm's Surf & Turf
Price: 5lb/ $19.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.frommfamily.com/dealers.php,
Ingredients: Salmon, Duck Meal, Potatoes, Pea Flour, Sweet Potatoes, Duck, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Tomato Pomace, Salmon Meal, Whole Dried Egg, Pea Protein, Chicken, Flaxseed, Cheese, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Chicken Broth, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans, Lecithin, Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Folic Acid, Parsley, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite.
Pros: This food is overflowing with poultry, fish and fowl. It is said to be incredibly filling so cats eat less of it which helps to balance the price. Full of high quality meat, fish oils... one of the best you can get.
Cons: More of the meats listed at the top would be nice, and the cheese should be noted for any cats that have issues with severe lactose intolerance though it is in smaller amounts than should be concerning.
3. Innova Evo Chicken and Turkey
Price: 6lb/ $20.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://wtb.naturapet.com/, petfooddirect.com
Ingredients: Turkey, chicken meal, chicken, herring meal, chicken fat, potatoes, egg, turkey meal, natural flavors, vitamins, apples, potassium chloride, carrots, cranberries, alfalfa sprouts, minerals, tomatoes, herring oil, cottage cheese, ascorbic acid, dried chicory root extract, direct-fed microbials, vitamin E supplement, taurine, DL methionine, lecithin, rosemary extract.
Pros: Despite the short ingredient list, you can see just how packed full of healthy, nutritious ingredients this food is. The Evo line is meant to mimic the natural diet cats would eat in the wild and it does so.
Cons: Very , very expensive
4. Merrick Before Grain
Price: 6lb/ $17.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/locator/, petco.com
Ingredients: Chicken Deboned, Chicken Meal, Potato Dehydrated, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols - a source of Natural Vitamin E), Sweet Potato Dehydrated, Dried Egg, Natural Flavor, Yeast Culture, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lysine, Sea Salt, Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride, Acai Berry Freeze-Dried, Blueberry Dried, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.
Pros: Jam packed with healthy meats, good numbers of vegetables and fruits, and is completely grain free
Cons: A bit expensive, for the price it would be nice to see whole meats rather than chicken and turkey meal.
5. Orijen Cat and Kitten
Price: 6lb/ $17.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/storeLocator/, petfooddirect.com
Ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs,deboned turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine Hcl, cranberries, black currants, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, sea salt.
Pros: You can see them all right there in the food list, and these people aren't lying when they say things like whole eggs; they raise their own chickens, catch their own fish and put whole eggs (not dried or powered) into the food. This food is an 80/20/0 food, 80% mean, 20% veggies and fruit, and absolutely no grains.
Cons: It is expensive
6. Wellness CORE Fish and Fowl
Price: 6lb/ $20.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/store-locator.aspx, petfooddirect.com
Ingredients: Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor. Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Rosemary Extract.
Pros: With protein at 50% and the first two ingredients being whole meats, there is little this food doesn't offer. It has great options for meat, provides healthy fats through the different oils, and a good number of fruits and veggies.
Cons: A bit expensive, but worth it.
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