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High Quality Wet Cat Foods

The following canned cat foods are high quality foods that do not contain:

  • corn, wheat, or soy
  • byproducts
  • unidentified proteins
  • carrageenan

These foods are all ≤ 0.10% magnesium and 300mg/100kcals of phosphorous (or ≤ 1.2% phosphorous) based on a Typical Nutrient Analysis (dry matter basis). These are the thresholds for crystals cats and overall kidney health as stated by Dr. Lisa Pierson (catinfo.org). They are also ≤ 10% carbs, which is recommended for all cats (especially diabetic cats). For diabetic cats, Dr. Pierson says that once you get to the ≤ 10% carb threshold, the exact number isn't that important. The lower these numbers are, the better, but one must also consider the overall quality of the food, ingredient sourcing and manufacturing, etc.


Accurately representing the percentage of carbs on an ME basis (Metabolizable Energy), or calorie basis (the preferred basis for determining the carbohydrate component of a food), proved to be a challenge, as not all companies provide this information in this format. The carb percentages listed below are either provided directly from the company on an ME basis or have been calculated on an ME basis. Any ME calculations I did by hand were based on dry matter values using the modified Atwater method (3.5/8.5/3.5) recommended by veterinary endocrinologist Dr. Mark Peterson. Generally speaking, if any of the aforementioned carb percentages were ≤ 10%, they made the list.


This list is extremely exclusive given the search parameters. If you aren't as concerned about magnesium, phosphorous, carbs, or some of the ingredients (particularly carrageenan), then the list of canned foods from which you could choose would be quite a bit longer. For example, I combination feed, so if a canned food is a tiny bit higher than these numbers, but is otherwise quite good, I may feed it because it is not my cats' exclusive diet.


There are a few brands sold at big box chains like Petsmart, Petco, Petsway, and Pet Supplies Plus (see list at the end of this note). All other brands can be purchased online (Amazon, Chewy, Pet360, Wag, PetFlow, PetFoodDirect, PetAIM.com, direct from the company, etc.) or at boutique stores (check with your local specialty store - see list at the end of this note). First time Chewy customers who order through this link will earn Stray Haven Rescue $20: http://www.chewy.com/rp/2008


This list is not in any explicit order, although I generally placed better foods towards the top and lesser foods towards the bottom (they are mostly on par with one another and are all considered high quality by most standards). Also, some companies make several varieties, and some of their lines are much better than others. Keep in mind that there is no perfect food. You will have to make your decision based on what's most important to you, what your cats' needs are, and your budget (I tried to list foods at multiple price points to fit a variety of budgets). Remember the old adage: "You get what you pay for." Be sure to read the ingredients list for the food you are considering.


I relied heavily on information found on Petsumer Report whenever possible. I give my login freely to anyone who would like to do their own pet food research (just ask).


NOTES:

  • Fish based diets are generally discouraged. Any fish based foods on the list meet the phosphorous requirements above, but concerns remain about mercury levels, contaminants, sustainability and aquaculture methods, and possible human rights violations involving fishing practices in Thailand. Fish based foods have also been associated with hyperthyroidism in cats.
  • Petsumer Report does not score the moisture ingredients in canned foods, but moisture is vital for cats and is always one (or more) of the first five ingredients. Therefore, a score of 3/5 or 4/5 paws does not necessarily mean the food is not of high quality.
  • There is presently no legal definition for the term "human grade".


PET FOOD COMPANIES CHANGE FORMULATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME. Please contact the company directly to verify whether this information is still accurate. Don't rely on the label, as they can legally use the old label for 6 months after the formulation has changed. Also note that the carb percentages on an ME basis may have been calculated, so if they give you the carbs on a TNA basis, that is not what you are looking for.


My list of dry foods can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1jTrh56


How to read this guide:


BRAND


Variety (magnesium, phosphorous, carbohydrates) *phos may be expressed as a percentage and/or in mg/100kcals


 PROS 

  • good stuff

CONS

  • possible drawbacks

-----------------------------


 

ZIWIPEAK (Updated 2/2017) 

  

Venison (0.09, 1.24/255, 3)

Venison and Fish (0.09, 1.24/260, 5)


PROS

  • No added sugars, salt, glycerines, antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, artificial colorings or flavors, fillers, grains, potatoes, rendered meats or meat meals.
  • Products are GMO-free, with no ethoxyquin, BHA or BHT, and no propylene glycol.
  • 93% premium New Zealand meat, organs, bone & green lipped mussels.
  • Only source from New Zealand farms adhering to year-round, free-pasture, grass-feeding. Approved farms don’t use antibiotics, growth promotants or hormones.
  • Venison is pastured and grass-fed in New Zealand.
  • Hoki-fish protein is sourced from New Zealand’s clean ocean waters and caught under New Zealand’s government-managed quota systems for sustainability.
  • Vitamins and minerals are sourced from reputable, traceable suppliers in the USA, Europe, New Zealand, and Japan. Nothing sourced from China.
  • Factories are company owned.
  • Both varieties received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • None found.


RAWZ (Updated 2/2017) - purchase online from naturalk9supplies.com

    

96% Meat Chicken & Chicken Liver Pâté Cat Food (0.1, 1.19, 1.09)


PROS

  • Manufactured by C.J. Foods in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
  • Meat and vegetable ingredients are human grade.
  • Source ingredients from North America, Europe, and Asia. Nothing from China.
  • No gums (guar, xanthan, cassia).
  • No rendered meals or fats. Single source protein.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 4/5 paws based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  •  None found.


BRAVO (Updated 2/2017) 

  

95% Beef, Turkey, & Liver Dinner ( 0.1, 1.14, 2.7)

Beef Fricassee (0.10, 1.05, 9.9)

Chicken Fricassee (0.10, 1.06, 5.9)


PROS 

  •  Made in the USA; no ingredients from China . 
  • No added preservatives, hormones, grains, artificial flavors or colors, or MSG.
  • Human grade ingredients (including supplements).
  • Received 3-4 out of 5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • None found.

 

NATURE'S VARIETY (Updated 2/2017)


Pride Rockstar Rabbit (0.1, 1.05/300, 10)


PROS

  • Canned foods manufactured in Kansas in an APHIS EU Certified plant.
  • GMO free.
  • Ingredients are human grade/quality.
  • Ingredients are US only excluding lamb from New Zealand and rabbit from France and Italy.
  • Meat meal ingredients are made from muscle meat only.
  • Rated 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • None found.

 


RED BARN (Updated 2/2017)


Grain Free Chicken Stew (0.1, 1.24/258, 9)

Grain Free Salmon Stew (0.09, 1.23/265, 5)


PROS

  • 80% of foods manufactured in the US in Great Bend, KS; 20% (some dog treats) in Paraguay. Factories are company-owned.
  • Nothing sourced from China.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 3/5 paws based on the first 5 ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • None found.


NULO (Updated 2/2017)

  

Minced Turkey & Duck (0.1, 1.2/280, 8.8)

Shredded Turkey and Halibut (0.1, 1.1/250, 8)

 

 PROS 

  • Independently owned and based in Austin, TX.
  • Manufactured in KS and NE in USDA, FDA, and AAFCO approved facilities.
  • Contains no grains, potatoes, tapioca, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, GMOs, poultry or meat byproducts, or artificial preservatives/colors/flavors.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish are sourced from North America, with the exception of some duck (France), lamb (Australia & New Zealand), and wild-caught fish (regions can vary based on the migratory path of the wild population).
  • Fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals are sourced in North America as well as regions throughout the world, but are always traced and required to be sourced non–China.
  • Emphasis on free-range beef, free-roam chicken & turkey, and wild-caught fish from sustainable aquatic environments that conform to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 3/5 paws based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored - both varieties contain two moisture ingredients within the first five).

 CONS

  • None found.

 


HALO (Updated 2/2017)


Vigor Salmon and Venison (0.10, 1.12, 9.8)


PROS

  • Manufactured in the U.S.
  • Ingredients are human grade.
  • No MSG.
  • No rendered meats.
  • Ingredients are US only except lamb from New Zealand and peas from Canada.
  • Received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Company would not state who manufactures the food (so it could be Evangers or Diamond).

 

LOTUS (Updated 2/2017)

 


Grain Free Just Juicy Pork Stew (0.09, 1.08/254, 9.1)

Grain Free Just Juicy Chicken Stew (0.08, 0.93/219, 9.9)

Grain Free Just Juicy Turkey Stew (0.08, 0.94/158, 9.8)


PROS

  • Ingredients are USDA inspected and approved.
  • All ingredients are sourced in North America (USA and Canada) except New Zealand green mussel, deboned lamb, and lamb meal from New Zealand.
  • Canned foods are manufactured in a company owned cannery in California.
  • All ingredients GMO free except soybean oil (which is not present in any of the above foods).
  • Nu guar gum or xantham gum.
  • Received 2/5 paws on Petsumer reports based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored). Appear to be limited ingredient diets (vitamins and minerals are not scored, either).

CONS

  • None found.

 

 

LIFE'S ABUNDANCE   (Updated 3/2017) 


Instinctive Choice (0.1, 1.2, 5)


PROS

  • Ingredients are human grade.
  • Ingredients are sourced in the U.S.
  • APHIS European certification on all pet foods.
  • Chicken meal ingredient contains no by-products, only muscle meat.
  • Fish meal preserved with tocopherols or Naturox (no ethoxyquin).
  • Dry foods are manufactured at Ohio Foods, canned foods are manufactured at Simmons Foods.
  • Received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).
  • Runs a foundation that supports animal rescues.

CONS

  • None found.



WILD CALLING  (Updated 2/2017) 


Cowabunga Beef (0.1, 1.2, 3.1)


PROS

  • Family owned company.
  • Canned varieties except rabbit, buffalo, and alligator are produced by Simmons Pet Foods in Emporia, KS.
  • Nothing sourced from China.
  • All ingredients US sourced for canned foods.
  • Canned foods are 96% meat.

CONS

  • Rabbit, buffalo, and alligator varieties manufactured by Evanger's (however, the variety above is beef and is manufactured by Simmons). Company is working diligently to move these three varieties away from Evanger's.

 


WHOLE EARTH FARMS (Updated 2/2017)

 

Grain Free Real Chicken Pate (0.1, 0.8, 10)

Grain Free Real Duck Pate (0.08, 0.8, 3.6)

Grain Free Real Salmon Pate (0.08, 1.05, 8.9)

Grain Free Real Turkey Pate (0.08, 1.05, 4.6)


PROS    

  • Most ingredients are from US, with exception of a few from New Zealand, France, and Canada.
  • No ingredients are sourced from China.
  • Foods are made in Hereford, TX.
  • Uses deboned meats sourced from USDA FSIS-inspected facilities. Meat meals do not contain bone.
  • Uses fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are GMO-free (though they cannot guarantee that the diets of all the animals that provide protein sources in their foods are GMO-free).
  • All varieties received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

 CONS

  • 12.7oz cans contain BPA in the lining (smaller cans do not).
  • Owned by Merrick, which was bought by Nestle Purina in 2015.

 


MERRICK (Updated 2/2017)


Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Duck (0.07, 0.8, 3.4)


PROS

  • Most ingredients are from US, with exception of a few from New Zealand, France, and Canada.
  • No ingredients are sourced from China.
  • Foods are made in Hereford, TX.
  • Uses deboned meats sourced from USDA FSIS-inspected facilities. Meat meals do not contain bone. Meat is category 3 (USDA inspected fit for human consumption).
  • Uses fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are GMO-free (though they cannot guarantee that the diets of all the animals that provide protein sources in their foods are GMO-free).
  • Received 2/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Contains alfalfa as 7th ingredient (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits).
  • Bought by Nestle Purina in 2015.



FIRST MATE (Updated 2/2017)


Limited Ingredient Wild Tuna (0.1, 1.2/270, 10)


PROS

  • Manufactured at company-owned facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia (inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and approved to export to the United States, Europe and Asia). Cannery is a human grade, organically certified, CFIA inspected facility.
  • Does not use GMO ingredients (although the meat ingredients may have been exposed to GMO ingredients).
  • Fish meal is ethoxyquin free.
  • Primarily sourced in Canada and the US; some fish caught off of Peru or Mexico. Vitamins and minerals are sourced primarily from North America, Germany, and France. Nothing is sourced from China.
  • Fish have been inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and found to be fit for human consumption.Salmonis wild caught boneless/skinless Coho Salmon from sustainable Alaskan fisheries. Tuna is wild caught, deboned Albacore tuna which comes from sustainable fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. The tuna is line caught and dolphin friendly.
  • Canadian regulations regulate humane transportation and slaughter of Canadian animals. Company states meat ingredients are they sourced from verified humanely raised animals.
  • Grain and Gluten free.
  • 5.5oz cans are BPA free.
  • This variety not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 2/5 paws (limited ingredient diet; supplements and moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Albacore tuna has high levels of mercury.
  • 12.2oz cans contain BPA.



FUSSIE CAT (Updated 3/2017)


Super Premium Chicken and Beef (0.08, 0.72, 4.4)

Super Premium Chicken with Liver (0.08, 1.18, 5.13)


PROS

  • Chicken is cage free (but raised in Thailand). Bonito tuna is wild caught in the South Pacific (company cites less concerns with chlorine and mercury). Nothing sourced from China.
  • Dry foods made by Tuffy's Pet Food in Perham, MN. Canned foods made by Seapac in Thailand (in an FDA-approved kitchen that also produces human-grade foods).
  • Both received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Both contain tapioca ( a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down). 
  • Both contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).


 

ADDICTION (waiting for update)

Turkey (0.08, 1.13/238, 5)

Duck (0.1, 1.07/255, 10)

Rabbit (0.09, 1.2/253, 5)

Buffalo (0.09, 1.0/207, 9)


PROS

  • Company founded by a leading holistic veterinary surgeon and clinical nutritionist with over 20 years’ experience.
  • Source only from suppliers that employ sustainable and ethical practices.
  • No artificial preservatives, flavors, fillers, or by-products.
  • Uses low-temperature processing to retain valuable nutrients, co-factors and enzymes.
  • All received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Company would not state who manufactures their silver line (all varieties above); stated it was proprietary, but that it was in the US. Would not confirm or deny that their foods are made by Diamond or Evangers.
  • Did not state where any ingredients are sourced, but representative stated that she has "been assured they pay a premium for non-China ingredients".
  • All contain dried brewer's yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).


PERFORMATRIN (Updated 2/2017) 


Ultra Chicken Stew (0.1, 1.16, 8.2)


PROS

  • Most ingredients come from Canada or the United States. The source of the ingredients either have an on-site audit, or ingredients are purchased through a known and well-respect company who do their own audits of their suppliers. Ingredients are not purchase through brokers unless an audit of the source is completed.
  • Dry foods manufactured by Elmira Pet Products in Elmira, ON. Wet foods manufactured by Simmons Pet Foods (Emphoria KS, Streetsville ON).
  • Ultra line is GMO-free.
  • Animals are raised in accordance with humane animal laws.
  • Received 4/5 paws on Petsumer report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS 

  • Three supplements and dried dandelions sourced in China  (purchased from companies who have their own manufacturing facilities in China, not brokers.)
  • Contains brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).
  • 13.2 oz cans have BPA in the lining.

 


SOULISTIC by Weruva  (Updated 2/2017)


Original Pouch Luna Tuna (0.09, 0.97/254, 4.9)

Original Pouch Autumn Bounty (0.08, 0.82/219, 9.1)

Pates and Shreds: Chicken Dinner (0.05, 0.83/155, 3.3)

Pates and Shreds: Chicken and Turkey Dinner (0.07, 1.15/263, 5.4)

Pates and Shreds: Chicken and Salmon Dinner (0.07, 1.22/285, 6.7)

Pates and Shreds: Chicken and Tuna Dinner (0.07, 1.15/264, 6)

Pates and Shreds: Lamb Dinner (0.08, 1.09/235, 5.5)

Moist and Tender Chicken Dinner (0.05, 0.82/173, 8)

Moist and Tender Turkey Dinner (0.05, 0 .85/178, 5.6)

Moist and Tender Salmon Dinner (0.07, 1.03/214, 6.1)

Moist and Tender Tuna and Chicken Pouch (0.07, 0.79/195, 9.4)


PROS

  • Foods are produced in Thailand in a facility that makes food for people. Company states that the strictest human processing standard is called the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and that their factory earned an “A” on the BRC standard for human consumption which would also apply to the pet food side.
  • Source all fish from international waters, cage free chicken raised in Thailand, beef & chicken from Australia or New Zealand, and turkey from the US.
  • Vitamins and minerals are primarily European.
  •   Ratings on Petsumer Report range from 2/5 to 4/5 paws based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored; neither are vitamins and supplements in varieties that read like limited ingredient diets). P&S Chicken and P&S Chicken and Salmon: 4/5. Both Original Pouches, all Moist and Tender varieties, and P&S Chicken and Turkey: 3/5. P&S Chicken and Tuna: 2/5.

CONS

  • The taurine, based upon availability, is usually from China.
  • Tilapia is farm raised, and most other fish are caught close to the coast of Thailand. (Farm raised fish in Asia are often fed a product called tankage, which is a rendered meal product that often includes rendered euthanized animals from the U.S. - mainly California).
  • Original Pouch Luna Tuna, Original Pouch Autumn Bounty, Moist and Tender Chicken, Moist and Tender Turkey, Moist and Tender Salmon, and Moist and Tender Tuna and Chicken Pouch contain tapioca ( a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).
  • Original Pouch Luna Tuna, Moist and Tender Chicken, Moist and Tender Turkey, Moist and Tender Salmon, and Moist and Tender Tuna and Chicken Pouch contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • All Original Pouches and Pates and Shreds varieties contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Some nutritionists warn against a tuna based diet for cats, citing addictiveness and the possibility of mercury poisoning.This company uses skipjack, a smaller and younger species that has lower levels of mercury, and they test for for mercury, histamines and pcbs.



WERUVA  (Updated 2/2017)


Original Paw Lickin’ Chicken (0.06, 0.82/196, 3.3)

Original Nine Liver (0.08, 0.84/200, 8.6)

Original Green Eggs & Chix (0.08, 0.97/230, 9.1)

Truluxe On The Cat Wok (0.06, 0.74/163, 3.8)

Truluxe Peking Ducken (0.07, 0.79/195, 9.1)

Truluxe Steak Frites (0.04, 0.57/118, 5.5)

Truluxe Glam 'n Punk (0.1, 0.93/180, 0.6)

Truluxe Honor Roll (0.09, 1.03/246, 2.9)

Truluxe Meow Me River (0.1, 0.77/201, 1.2)

Truluxe Pretty in Pink (0.09, 0.9/229, -0.5)

Truluxe Quick 'n Quirky (0.09, 1.02/259, 0.4)

BFF Tuna & Shrimp Sweethearts (0.06, .97/236, 2.3)

BFF Tuna & Pumpkin Valentine (0.06, 1.0/243, 4.7)

BFF Tuna & Chicken 4EVA (0.05, .90/234, 2.3)

BFF Tuna and Chicken Charm Me Pouch (0.07, 0.79/195, 9.4)

Cats in the Kitchen La Isla Bonita (0.1, 0.77/166, 3.4)

Cats in the Kitchen Goldie Lox (0.08, 1.01/252, 4)

Cats in the Kitchen Funk in the Trunk (0.09, 0.99/250, 7.8)

Cats in the Kitchen Fowl Ball (0.07, 0.89/180, 4.1)

Cats in the Kitchen Lamb Burger-ini (0.07, 1.05/23,6 7.6)

Cats in the Kitchen Chicken Frick 'A Zee (0.07, 0.81/174, 2)

Cats in the Kitchen The Double Dip (0.06, 1.1/248, 7.6)


PROS 

  • Foods are produced in Thailand in a facility that makes food for people. Company states that the strictest human processing standard is called the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and that their factory earned an “A” on the BRC standard for human consumption which would also apply to the pet food side.
  • Salmon is a product of U.S.
  • Chicken is raised in Thailand cage-free and consumes a non-GMO diet. Similar to the USDA, there is a branch called the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) that certifies chicken production. As much of the chicken is exported for human consumption, the standards are at global standards.
  • Beef and lamb are from Australia/New Zealand and are grass fed.
  • Turkey is from the US.
  • Most of the vitamins and minerals come from Europe and non-China Asia.
  • Most foods are scored on Petsumer Report and receive anywhere from 2-4 out of 5 paws based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored). Some of the foods read like limited ingredient diets and therefore have moisture and a protein first followed by added vitamins, minerals, or gums (which can make them score lower even if they are overall high quality foods).

CONS

  • The taurine, based upon availability, is usually from China.
  • All varieties contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Tilapia is farm raised, and most other fish are caught close to the coast of Thailand. (Farm raised fish in Asia are often fed a product called tankage, which is a rendered meal product that often includes rendered euthanized animals from the U.S. - mainly California).
  • The following varieties contain potato starch (unclear if this is a quality ingredient): Original Paw Lickin’ Chicken, Nine Liver, Green Eggs & Chix; Truluxe On The Cat Wok, Peking Ducken; BFF Sweethearts, Valentine, Chicken 4Eva.
  • The following varieties contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K): Truluxe Glam 'n Punk, Honor Roll, Meow Me River, and Pretty in Pink; BFF Sweethearts, Valentine, Chicken 4Eva, and Tuna and Chicken Charm Me Pouch; Cats in the Kitchen La Isla Bonita and Lamb Burger-ini.
  • BFF Tuna and Chicken Charm Me Pouch contains ground tapioca ( a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).
  • Some nutritionists warn against a tuna based diet for cats, citing addictiveness and the possibility of mercury poisoning.



TIKI CAT (Updated 2/2017)


Ahi Tuna & Prawns (Manana Grill) (0.08, 1.14, 0)

Ahi Tuna with Crab (Hana Grill) (0.08, 1, 0)

Tuna in Crab Surimi (Lanai Grill) (0.09, 1.2, 0)


PROS

  • Manufactured in Thailand, but company is owned and operated in US. Company states all ingredients are USDA certified for Human consumption and that all formulas are manufactured in a human food-grade factory and only utilize fresh, food-grade raw materials. Factory also processes human food.
  • Company states their fishery is a member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. CIAT/IATTC Dolphin Safe Certification.
  • States chickens are local grown in Thailand in open air, free-range pens.
  • All ingredients are tested for pesticides, pathogens, heavy metals, antibiotics and other contaminants prior to processing.
  • Appears to have a solid understanding of feline nutrition and has nutrition charts that include restricted nutrient information, weight management charts, and veterinary renal disease reference charts (on an as-fed basis).
  • Not scored on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive anywhere from 2-4 out of 5 paws based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored). These foods read like limited ingredient diets and therefore have moisture and one or more proteins listed first followed by added vitamins or minerals (which can make them score lower even if they are overall high quality foods).
  • These foods contain no gums (carrageenan, guar gum, xanthan gum, cassia gum).

 

CONS

  • Sea bass and tilapia are farm raised. (Farm raised fish in Asia are often fed a product called tankage, which is a rendered meal product that often includes rendered euthanized animals from the U.S. - mainly California).
  • Most varieties are fish based (salmon or ahi tuna). Some nutritionists warn against a tuna based diet for cats, citing addictiveness and the possibility of mercury poisoning. Company states seafood is caught from their own fishing vessels in the South Pacific where they say mercury levels and pollutants are at their lowest possible levels and that tuna is caught with short line rods (which catch smaller, younger fish) to eliminate concerns of mercury.



EARTHBORN HOLISTICS (Updated 2/2017)


Catalina Catch (0.1, 1.14/293, 1) 


PROS

  • No ethoxyquin or MSG.
  • Mackerel and shrimp are wild caught and dolphin safe.
  • Company states ingredients are human grade.
  • Produced in a human-grade facility by US Pet Nutrition, a division of Chicken of the Sea, in Thailand.
  • All ingredients are grown or produced in the US except for lamb meal which comes from Australia or New Zealand and flaxseed from Canada (this is IF ingredients are available in the US).
  • Vitamin premixes are formulated, sourced and blended in the United States by a US company in a human grade facility; certain subparts of the vitamin premixes are only available overseas.
  • Formulation has changed slightly, but would receive 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first 5 ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • While the company states they make every effort to not use anything from China, it cannot guarantee it (i.e. vitamin premix).
  • Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • Manufacturing plant is in Thailand.



AVODERM (Updated 2/2017)


Wild by Nature Tuna With Prawns (0.1, 1.18, 5.6)

 

 PROS

  • Ingredients are human grade.
  • GMO free (although can't guarantee the protein sources are fed GMO free diet).
  • Fish meal is ethoxyquin free.
  • All ingredients are US sourced except for duck from France, tapioca powder from Thailand, lamb from New Zealand and quinoa from Peru.
  • Received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first 5 ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Contains avocado oil (controversial ingredient - certain parts of the avocado are known to be toxic, but some sources say the flesh and oils of the fruit are not harmful).
  • Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • Canned cat foods are made by a copacker in Thailand.



NUTRISOURCE by KLN  (Updated 2/2017)

 

Chicken and Rice (0.08, 1.13, 3.1)

Chicken, Turkey, Lamb & Fish Kitten Formula (0.08, 1.17, 2.8)

Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Cat and Kitten Formula (0.08, 1.13, 3.2)


PROS

  • Canned foods manufactured by Performance Pet Products in Mitchell, SD.
  • Ingredients are human grade/human quality and most are sourced in the US. Organic turkey, duck, rabbit are sourced from France, lamb is sourced from New Zealand, kangaroo and venison are from Australia. Nothing sourced from China.
  • Fish meal is preserved with mixed tocopherols; certified to be ethoxyquin free.
  • Supplements sourced from Asia from a company called Nutrace, but states that they use an NIR fingerprinting process to make sure the vitamins are pure and unadulterated, that they test specifically for melamine, and that after receiving them in their plant in IL, they redo the testing again.
  • Chicken and Rice received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).
  • Chicken, Turkey, Lamb & Fish Kitten Formula and Chicken, Turkey & Lamb Cat and Kitten Formula received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Chicken and Rice contains brown rice flour (whole brown rice is preferred; brown rice flour provides little to no nutrition).
  • All contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • All contain alfalfa (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list).

 


PURE VITA by KLN  (Updated 2/2017)


Beef Stew (0.9, 1.11/273, 4.3)

Chicken Stew (0.09, 1.06/263, 3.9)


PROS

  • Canned foods manufactured by Performance Pet Products in Mitchell, SD.
  • Ingredients are human grade/human quality and most are sourced in the US. Organic turkey, duck, rabbit are sourced from France, lamb is sourced from New Zealand, kangaroo and venison are from Australia. Nothing sourced from China.
  • Fish meal is preserved with mixed tocopherols; certified to be ethoxyquin free.
  • Supplements sourced from Asia from a company called Nutrace, but states that they use an NIR fingerprinting process to make sure the vitamins are pure and unadulterated, that they test specifically for melamine, and that after receiving them in their plant in IL, they redo the testing again.
  • Both received 2/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).

CONS

  • Two of the first five ingredients for both varieties include pea flour (whole peas are preferred; some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet) and potato starch (unclear if this is a quality ingredient).



NATURAL BALANCE (Updated 2/2017)


Delectable Delights Catatouille (0.09, 1.02, 7.7)

Delectable Delights O' Fishally Scampi (0.09, 0.93, 9)

Delectable Delights Sea Brulee (0.09, 1, 10.3)


PROS

  • Most ingredients sourced in North America; rabbit sourced from Italy, Venison sourced from New Zealand.
  • No MSG or ethoxyquin.
  • Company stated ingredients are human grade.
  • Meat meals contains muscle meat only.
  • Catatouille received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored). 
  • O'Fishally Scampi and Sea Brulee received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).


CONS

  • Some ingredients sourced from China, but they are actively working towards eliminating all Chinese sourcing.
  • Delectable Delights Stews and Wet Cups made by US Pet Nutrition (FDA inspected facility) in Thailand. All other Natural Balance products are made in the US (but some are made by Diamond).
  • Tuna from the Pacific; type not identified, but is tested for mercury.
  • All varieties contain tapioca ( a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down) and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).



SOLID GOLD  (waiting for update) 


Five Oceans Sardine and Tuna (0.1, 1.16, ?)

Five Oceans Mackerel and Tuna (0.1, 1.18, ?)


PROS

  • Mostly US and Canada sourced ingredients; quail and duck from France, venison from Australia, lamb from New Zealand, taurine from Japan. Nothing sourced from China.
  • Fish meal not preserved with ethoxyquin. No MSG.

CONS

  • These varieties are made in Thailand. Company states that the facilities manufacture human consumption tuna and "meet high quality and safety standards." Company states that they use smaller species of tuna, which are known to have minimal levels of mercury contamination, and that their testing has never shown a positive result for mercury.
  • Both varieties contain tapioca as the third ingredient ( a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).
  • Both varieties contain canola oil as the fourth ingredient (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets).
  • Both varieties contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • Both varieties received 2/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (moisture ingredients are not scored).



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AVAILABILITY


All varieties can be found online (Petsmart.com, Petco.com, Amazon, Chewy, Pet360, Wag, PetFlow, PetFoodDirect, PetAIM.com, direct from the company, etc.) First time Chewy customers who order through this link will earn Stray Haven Rescue $20: http://www.chewy.com/rp/2008


Some brands can be found in brick-and-mortar big box chain stores. You may wish to call the store first, as not all locations carry all brands and varieties:



Avoderm - Petsmart, Petco

Grandma Mae's - Petsway

Halo - Petco, Petsway

Merrick - Petco, Petsway, Pet Supplies Plus

Natural Balance - Petsmart, Petco, Petsway, Pet Supplies Plus

Nature's Variety - Petsmart, Petco, Petsway

Nulo - Petsmart

Nutrisource - Petsway, Pet Supplies Plus, Menard's

Petcurean - Petsway

Solid Gold - Petco, Pet Supplies Plus

Soulistic - Petco

Tiki Cat - Pet Supplies Plus

Wellness - Petsmart, Petco, Petsway, Pet Supplies Plus

Whole Earth Farms - Petco, Petsway, Pet Supplies Plus



Also check with your local specialty boutique; they carry or can special order most brands:


Airdale Antics

Bark 2 Basics

Bentley's Pet Stuff

Canine Center

Dog Day Afternoon

Earthwise Pet

Everything Under One Woof (Westin Kennels) - Nature's Variety only

Four Muddy Paws

One Lucky Mutt

Lola and Penelope's

Murphy's Mutts & Cuts

Pawsitively Fintastic

Pets in the City

Pet Connection

Petsway

Three Dog Bakery

Treats Unleashed

Whisker Bones

Wolfgang's Pet Stop