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High Quality Dry Cat Foods

We know that a canned food diet is best for cats (see my canned food recommendations here: http://on.fb.me/1hC9Bu7), but for those that feed dry (I myself combination feed), here are several recommendations. These foods are all ≤ 0.10% magnesium and ≤ 1.2% phosphorous based on a Typical Nutrient Analysis (dry matter basis). These are the thresholds for crystals cats and overall kidney health as outlined by Dr. Lisa Pierson (catinfo.org). The lower these numbers are, the better, but one must also consider the overall quality of the food, ingredient sourcing and manufacturing, etc.


The following dry cat foods are higher quality foods that do not contain:

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

There are many more quality foods out there than those on this list, but only foods meeting the above mineral parameters are shown here. (For example, Nature's Variety Instinct and Acana are excellent food lines, but the magnesium and/or phosphorous are higher than the thresholds listed above, so they are not on this list.)


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).


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.


NOTES

  • Fish based diets are generally discouraged. Any fish based foods on the list meet the mineral 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.
  • There is presently no legal definition for the term "human grade".


My list of wet foods can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1hC9Bu7



Here is how to read this guide:


BRAND


Variety (magnesium, phosphorous)


PROS

  • good stuff

CONS

  • possible drawbacks


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OPEN FARM (Updated 2/2017)


Homestead Turkey & Chicken Recipe (0.09, 1.22)


PROS

  • Certified Humane industry partner of Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC).
  • Partner with Global Animal, Ocean Wise, Seafood Watch, and Terracycle.
  • Has signed Petsumer Report's Pledge to Quality and Origin.
  • Can enter lot code from bag on website and see where each ingredient in that bag was sourced.
  • Manufactured in the Minnesota by Barrett Ag Service (audited on an ongoing basis by the USDA, FDA, AIB and Certified Humane).
  • Fish is wild caught; fish meal is ethoxyquin-free.
  • Uses non-GMO fruits and vegetables.
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
  • No ingredients sourced from China. Sourced from the US and Canada (chicken and turkey is raised in Pennsylvania; pork is from family farms in Ontario and Quebec), except for coconut oil from Malaysia, Philippines & Indonesia, chicory root from Belgium, & Salmon Oil from Chile. Vitamins & minerals are sourced from the US, Canada, Mexico & Europe.
  • Meat and vegetable ingredients are human grade; no antibiotics or hormones are used.
  • Produce sourced from farms within the same town as manufacturing facility; when local not available, look either in-state or in a neighboring state.
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first 5 ingredients.

CONS

  • None found.



HEALTH EXTENSION (Updated 3/2017)

  

Holistic Health Extension Feline (0.078, 1.1)

Grain Free Turkey & Salmon (0.077, 0.99)

 

 PROS 

  • No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. No rendered animal fats. Gluten free.
  • Ingredients are human grade/quality.
  • Ingredients are US only.
  • Fish meal is ethoxyquin free.
  • Manufactured at Chenango Valley Pet Foods; the plant has APHIS EU certification.
  • Both received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report (based on the first five ingredients).

CONS

  • Grain Free Turkey & Salmon contains tapioca (a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).

 


PETCUREAN (Updated 2/2017)

 

Gather Free Acres Organic Free Run Chicken (0.1, 0.9)

Now Fresh Grain Free Kitten (0.09, 0.9)

Now Fresh Grain Free Fish (0.08, 0.5)

Now Fresh Grain Free Senior (0.1, 0.8)

Now Fresh Grain Free Adult (0.08, 0.7)

GO! Sensitivity and Shine Limited Ingredient Duck (0.1, 0.9)


PROS

  • No ingredients from China.
  • No ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT.
  • Fish is tested for heavy metals before accepting them for processing.
  • Dry pet foods are produced by co-packers in Ontario, Canada. Canned products are primarily produced in Ontario, Canada and secondarily at a plant in New Jersey,USA by co-packers.
  • Ingredients are sourced from North America (as close to the production facility as possible). Primary suppliers are based in Canada; some are USA based ingredient suppliers. Venison and pasture raised lamb is sourced from New Zealand and Australia.
  • Gather:

        o  Non-GMO. Grain free and gluten free.

        o  No byproduct meals or unnamed meat meals.

        o  No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

        o  No antibiotics or added growth hormones.

        o  Ingredient suppliers required to meet strict criteria for sustainability.

        o  Chicken is certified organic free run chicken (certified in both the US and Canada).

        o  Not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 5/5 paws.

  • Now Fresh:

        o  No rendered meats, byproducts, gluten, or artificial preservatives.

        o  Grain Free Kitten and Grain Free Fish received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

        o  Grain Free Adult and Grain Free Senior received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

  • GO!:

        o  No growth hormones, byproducts, or artificial preservatives.


CONS

  • Now Fresh Grain Free Kitten, Now Fresh Grain Free Fish, and Now Fresh Grain Free Senior contain three starches in the first five ingredients. Now Fresh Grain Free Adult contains four starches in the first five ingredients. GO! Sensitivity and Shine Limited Ingredient Duck contains two starches in the first five ingredients.
  • All Now Fresh foods contain canola oil (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets), copper sulfate (linked to liver disease), alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list), and multiple pea ingredients (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet).
 


TLC (Updated 2/2017)


Whole Life Natural (0.085, 1.1)


PROS

  • Manufactured in a third party plant in southwestern Ontario Canada; manufacturing plant is a member of Pet Food Association of Canada.
  • Meat meals are made with muscle meat only.
  • Fish meal is preserved with tocopherols (not ethoxyquin).
  • Ingredients are sourced in Canada.
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report (based on the first five ingredients).

CONS

  • Contains pea fiber. (Whole peas, if any pea ingredients, are preferable. Pea fiber is the shell/hulls of pea pods. Some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet.)



WHOLE EARTH FARMS (Updated 2/2017)

                               

Grain Free Salmon Recipe (0.1, 0.97)


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).
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Contains peas, pea protein, and pea fiber. (Whole peas, if any pea ingredients, are preferable. Some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of pea sources in the diet.)
  • Owned by Merrick, which was bought by Nestle Purina in 2015.


MERRICK (Updated 2/2017)


Limited Ingredient Grain Free Turkey (0.06, 1.24)


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 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Contains multiple starch ingredients (including several pea sources; some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of pea sources in the diet).
  • Contains alfalfa (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list).
  • Bought by Nestle Purina in 2015.



HALO (Updated 2/2017)


Spot's Stew Succulent Salmon (0.1, 1.01)*


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.

CONS

  • Contains multiple pea ingredients (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet).
  • Contains alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter), but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list.
  • Company would not state who manufactures the food (so it could be Evangers or Diamond).
*Halo did not have mag and phos expressed as percentages for this product; percentages were calculated by converting the mg/100kcals given by the company using the formula [(%/cal) x 100,000 = mg/100kcal].


FUSSIE CAT (Updated 3/2017)


Market Fresh Salmon (0.09, 1.24)


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).
  • Received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients. 

CONS

  • Contains multiple pea ingredients (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet). Peas and pea flour are listed in the first 5 ingredients.
  • Contains alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter), but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list. 



FELINE CAVIAR (Updated 2/2017)


Free Spirit (0.07, 0.95)

Leaping Spirit (0.097, 0.8)

Wild Ocean  (0.95, 1.15)


PROS

  • Grain free, limited ingredient diets.
  • No wheat, gluten, GMOs, byproducts, tapioca, potato.
  • Foods manufactured in Irwindale, California at Breeders Choice.
  • Company stated ingredients are USDA inspected human grade.
  • Meat meal ingredients are made from muscle meat only (no bone or internal organs).
  • Ingredients sourced from U.S. with the exception of venison from New Zealand.
  • Old formulations on Petsumer Report. Current formulations would likely receive 3-4 paws.

CONS

  • Wild Ocean contains canola oil as the third ingredient (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets).
  • Unclear if coconut is a quality/beneficial ingredient (presumed safe).
  • All three contain alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter) high in the ingredient list.


GRANDMA MAE'S COUNTRY NATURALS (Updated 2/2017)


Grain Free Cat and Kitten - Chicken & Herring (0.1, 0.68)
Grain Free Cat and Kitten - Salmon (0.1, 0.87)


PROS

  • Ingredients are human grade.
  • Ingredients primarily from US, but some may come from Canada, and vitamin mixes come from the UK and Germany.
  • Manufactured in upstate New York and Eastern Ohio. The plants have earned three of the most stringent certifications that a pet food facility can have, including the highest level of organic certification in the US-Oregon Tilth Certification, and the European Union Certification.
  • Company is a co-op, not a corporation.
  • Formulated by one of the leading experts in the field of Animal Nutrition for 35 years; he has a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois, and was one of the originators of the holistic fresh-ingredient category. The formula was tested in Canada for over 6 years before becoming available as Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals in the US.
  • Fish meal is ethoxyquin free.
  • Minerals are chelated for better absorption.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but both would likely receive 5/5 paws based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • The chicken variety contains peas, lentils, and chickpeas as 3 of the first 5 ingredients; unclear if all are quality ingredients for cats (especially this high in the list).
  • The salmon variety contains field peas and chickpeas as 2 of the first 5 ingredients; some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of pea sources in the diet, and unclear if chickpeas are quality ingredients for cats.



NATURE'S SELECT (Updated 2/2017)


Select Feline Premium Recipe (0.069, 0.85)


PROS

  • Manufactured by Mid America Pet Foods in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
  • Food is GMO free on any non-rice products (variety above contains brown rice).
  • Nothing sourced from China.
  • Meat and vegetables are all USA grown (except lamb from New Zealand).
  • The fish products are naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols.
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report (based on the first five ingredients).

CONS

  • None found.

 

 

FROMM (Updated 2/2017)


Chicken a la Veg (0.1, 0.9)

Duck a la Veg (0.1, 1.05)

Kitten Gold (0.1, 1.09)

Adult Gold (0.1, 1.19)

Mature Gold (0.1, 1.13)


PROS

  • Company stated ingredients are human grade.
  • Meat meal contains muscle meat only.
  • Chicken, beef, pork, turkey, fruits and vegetables are domestic. Quail and duck are from France and lamb is from New Zealand. Pheasant is either domestic or from France.
  • Overseas ingredients must come with a health certificate and be EU certified. No ingredients from China.
  • Dry Foods are manufactured in company owned U.S. plant; canned foods produced in South Dakota, U.S. (not a company owned plant). Manufacturing plants have APHIS EU certification.
  • Chicken a la Veg received 3/5 paws on Petsumer Report, as moisture ingredients (in this case, chicken broth) are not scored, but moisture is very important in a cat's diet.
  • Remaining varieties received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report.

CONS

  • The 4th ingredient in all foods is white rice (highly processed filler which does not provide quality nutrition like brown rice).
  • All varieties contain alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter), but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list.
  • Adult Gold and Kitten Gold contain brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).


 

FIRST MATE (Updated 2/2017)


Chicken Meal with Blueberries (0.1, 1.0)


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. Salmon is 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.
  • Received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (reads like limited ingredient diet; 5th ingredient is a supplement).

CONS

  • Contains calcium propionate (a possibly carcinogenic preservative that serves as an antifungal).

 

 

ANNAMAET (Updated 2/2017)

 

Original (0.096, 1.1)

Grain Free (0.098, 1.2)


PROS

  • Meat and fish are passed fit for human consumption.
  • Most ingredients are from the U.S. with the exception of lamb and venison from New Zealand. Makes own vitamin/mineral premix. No ingredients sourced from China.
  • Manufactured by Ohio Pet of Lisbon, Ohio.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but Original would likely receive 5/5 paws and Grain Free would likely receive 4/5 paws based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • The second ingredient in the Grain Free variety is tapioca (a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).
  • Both contain brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).
  • Both contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).

 


NUTRECO (Updated 2/2017)


Naturally Fresh Salmon and Chicken (0.09, 0.79)

Naturally Fresh Chicken and Duck (0.085, 0.76)

Naturally Fresh Turkey and Rabbit Sensitive Stomach (0.08, 0.8)


PROS

  • Made in a company facility in St. Mary's, Ontario, Canada.
  • On-site Analytical Facilities & an accredited corporate Center of Excellence for testing
  • HACCP certified Quality Assurance program
  • CFIA audited quarterly with “A” rating
  • USDA / APHIS Compliant to the USA
  • Nutrace® – Intense incoming ingredient testing protocols
  • Commitment to green practices
  • These varieties received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Most ingredients are sourced from Canada, but are sourced from other countries when they are not available in Canada (ingredients could be sourced from China).
  • Fish meal contains ethoxyquin (a known carcinogen), but the varieties above do not contain fish meal.
  • Contains copper sulfate (supplement recently linked to liver disease).
  • Lists salt high in the ingredients (contains more salt than some food ingredients).
  • Contains both whole peas (a quality ingredient) and pea protein. (Some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet.)
  • Turkey and Rabbit variety contains canola oil (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets).



PERFORMATRIN (Updated 2/2017)


Ultra Healthy Weight with Salmon (0.1, 1.05)
Ultra Limited Potato & Salmon (0.9, 0.95)
Ultra Limited Sweet Potato & Chicken (0.1, 0.89)


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.
  • Healthy Weight with Salmon received 5/5 paws on Petsumer report based on the first five ingredients.
  • Limited Potato and Salmon received 3/5 paws on Petsumer report based on the first five ingredients. 
  • Limited Sweet Potato & Chicken received 4/5 paws on Petsumer report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Three supplements and dried dandelions sourced in China (purchased from companies who have their own manufacturing facilities in China, not brokers.)
  • Healthy Weight with Salmon contains white rice (highly processed and does not provide quality nutrition like brown rice), alfalfa (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list), brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient), and copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Limited Potato and Salmon contains canola oil as the 5th ingredient (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets).
  • Limited Sweet Potato & Chicken contains potato protein (considered a quality ingredient, but whole potatoes are preferable).



HOLISTIC BLEND (MY HEALTHY PET) (Updated 2/2017)


The Perfect Blend (0.9, 1.2)

All Life Stages Chicken and Salmon (0.09, 1)


PROS

  • No chemicals, animal by-products, added salt, added sugar, artificial colors or flavors, fillers, or binders.
  • No ethoxyquin, BHA/BHT, or artificial preservatives.
  • Ingredients sourced in Canada, US, and New Zealand; taurine from Japan.
  • Manufactured in Boucherville, Canada by PLB International.
  • Not rated on Petsumer Report, but would likely receive 5/5 paws based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Both varieties contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • All Life Stages Chicken and Salmon contains alfalfa (an endocrine disrupter), but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list.
  • Only 1-2 of the first five ingredients are animal proteins (first ingredient in both is chicken meal).



ARTEMIS (Updated 2/2017)


Fresh Mix Feline Formula (0.1, 0.98)


PROS

  • No MSG or ethoxyquin.
  • All ingredients sourced in the US except vitamins from Japan.
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.
CONS
  • Contains tapioca (a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down).
  • Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • Dry foods manufactured by Diamond. Wet foods manufactured by Thai Union North America.

 


NUTRISOURCE by KLN (Updated 2/2017)


Senior/Weight Management (0.1, 1)


PROS

  • Dry foods manufactured at a company owned plant in Perham, MN (facility is certified to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety).Canned foods manufactured by Performance Pet Products in Mitchell, SD.
  • Ingredients are US only excluding vitamin/mineral premix from Asia (see below), organic turkey, duck, rabbit are sourced from France, and lamb is sourced from New Zealand.
  • Fish meal is preserved with mixed tocopherols; certified to be ethoxyquin free. 
  • Received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Vitamin/mineral premix may be sourced from China.
  • Contains multiple pea ingredients (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet).
  • Contains alfalfa (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list).
  • Contains brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).

 


PURE VITA by KLN (Updated 3/2017)


Grain Free Salmon (0.09, 1.2)


PROS

  • Dry foods manufactured at a company owned plant in Perham, MN (facility is certified to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety).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.
  • 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.
  • Current formulation would likely receive 2/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Contains multiple pea ingredients (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet). Pea ingredients make up four of the first seven ingredients.
  • Contains alfalfa (endocrine disrupter, but also has some health benefits; not a concern this far down the ingredient list).
  • Contains brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).
  • Supplements sourced from Asia.


PINNACLE (Updated 2/2017) 


Grain Free Peak Protein Recipe (0.09, 1.2)


PROS

  • Ingredients are human grade.
  • Grain free.
  • Dry food formulas are manufactured in their privately owned plant in California.
  • All of the ingredients in Pinnacle Peak Protein dry cat food are sourced in the United States.
  • New formulation would receive 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients (however, two of the first five ingredients are potatoes and potato protein - starches).

CONS

  • Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (a controversial synthetic Vitamin K).
  • Contains copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Potato protein is considered a quality ingredient, but whole potatoes are preferable.

 


AVODERM (Updated 2/2017)


Chicken and Herring Kitten (0.1, 0.98)

Salmon and Brown Rice (0.1, 1.09)


PROS

  • Dry dog and cat foods are manufactured in company’s privately owned plant in California. Canned cat foods are made in Thailand.
  • 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.
  • Both received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report (based on the first five ingredients).

CONS

  • Fourth ingredient is ground white rice (highly processed and does not provide quality nutrition like brown rice).
  • Contains avocado meal and avocado oil (controversial ingredients - 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).
  • Contains copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Does not appear to contain probiotics.



DR. GARY'S BEST BREED (Updated 2/2017)


Grain Free (0.1, 1.1)


PROS

  • All ingredients sourced in the US. Ingredients are EU approved.
  • Manufactured by Ohio Pet Foods in Lisbon, OH.
  • No ethoxyquin or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

CONS

  • Contains copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).
  • Contains brewer's dried yeast (possibly controversial ingredient).
  • Contains cellulose (a filler that's essentially wood pulp or sawdust).
  • Contains red lentils and chickpeas as 4th and 5th ingredients (unclear if quality ingredients).
  • Only one animal protein in the first 5 ingredients (first ingredient is chicken meal).


PREMIUM EDGE (Updated 2/2017)


Adult Hairball (0.1, 0.98)

Adult Finicky (0.1, 0.9)

Adult Healthy Weight (0.1, 1.09)

Senior (0.1, 0.87)


PROS

  • Manufactured in the US in MO, CA, AR, and SC.
  • Most ingredients sourced in the US; flax seed and barley from Canada, lamb from New Zealand and Australia, potato protein from Germany, dried chicory root from Belgium.
  • No MSG or ethoxyquin.
  • All varieties received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients

CONS

  • Manufactured by Diamond.
  • Some ingredients (i.e. folic acid, taurine) from China.
  • All varieties contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease). 
  • Adult Hairball and Senior contain powdered cellulose (a filler that's essentially wood pulp or sawdust). 
  • Adult Hairball, Adult Finicky, and Senior contain ground white rice as the third ingredient (highly processed filler which does not provide quality nutrition like brown rice).



SOLID GOLD (Updated 2/2017)


Winged Tiger with Quail (0.07, 0.83)

Nature's Harmony (0.1, 1.1)

Indigo Moon (0.09, 1.0)

Fit as a Fiddle (0.09, 0.9)


PROS

  • Dry foods manufactured by Crosswind Pet Food in Kansas.
  • 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.
  • Winged Tiger and Nature's Harmony received 5/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.
  • Indigo Moon and Fit as a Fiddle received 4/5 paws on Petsumer Report based on the first five ingredients.

CONS

  • Winger Tiger and Fit as a Fiddle contain tapioca (a complex carbohydrate which converts to a high amount of sugar when broken down). Tapioca is the third ingredient in Fit as a Fiddle.
  • Nature's Harmony and Fit as a Fiddle contain multiple pea sources (some pets experience gastrointestinal issues with large amounts of peas/pea proteins in the diet).
  • All varieties contain canola oil (a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets). Canola oil is the third ingredient in Indigo Moon.
  • All varieties contain copper sulfate (linked to liver disease).

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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

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

Four Muddy Paws

One Lucky Mutt

Lola and Penelope's

Murphy's Mutts & Cuts

Pawsitively Fintastic

Pet Connection

Pets in the City

Petsway

Three Dog Bakery

Treats Unleashed

Whisker Bones

Wolfgang's Pet Stop