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DRY CAT FOOD COMPARISON CHART

Updated  January 20, 2018

What are you feeding your cat?

This is what we are feeding our cats and kittens.

 

NOT ALL GRAIN FREE CAT FOODS ARE EQUAL….the latest trend in grain free cat food is to include vegetable protein, for example peas, which are inexpensive compared to the cost of meat. The manufactures’ hope is that you will consider your diet appropriate for your cat.  Cats are carnivores and can only utilize MEAT protein. Any vegetables in a food are fiber and not metabolized.

 

· Some GRAIN FREE cat foods have a lower percentage of carbohydrates. The higher the MEAT protein percentage and fat percentage is: the lower the carbohydrate percentage.  Remember that the cats will eat less of the high meat protein food so it will cost you less to feed a top quality high protein GRAIN FREE cat food.

 

· Chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb, fish: excellent protein source

 

· Chicken meal, turkey meal, fish meals are more processed/concentrated: excellent protein source

 

· The EPA documents that euthanized cats and dogs from animal shelters can be rendered and used in pet food. Avoid foods containing: ANIMAL FAT, BY-PRODUCTS, generic “MEAT” and bone meal, ANIMAL DIGEST.  These products are marked in blue on the chart.

 

· The best fats in dry cat food are chicken and poultry fat.  Cats need 20-24% fat in their food.

 

· Cereal GRAINS are inexpensive protein/carbohydrates which do not supply the nutrition cats need.

 

· Diets high in carbohydrates may cause health issues: diabetes, obesity,  food allergies, and IBD. Cats do not need to be over weight to develop diabetes: long with a wealth of information.

 

· Because heat destroys TAURINE, the cat food may be lacking the necessary amount cats need to maintain optimum health.  I recommend adding a little taurine to any dry and canned food.  Taurine is available at a health food store.

 

· READ the cat food labels.  How to read a label to know how much and what kind of meat is present.

 

Know what you are feeding your cat! Read the post Food not Fit for a Pet  by Dr Wendell O. Belfield, D.V.M   A cat is a carnivore and NEEDS QUALITY MEAT.  This information convinces me that feeding a homemade raw diet.  I also am supplementing my cats’ diet with a very low carbohydrate 50% meat protein grain free dry food. 

 

The nutritional profile of a cat’s favorite food: an adult mouse.  Protein: 55.8. Fat: 23.6.

 

Diabetic cats will benefit from ZERO carbohydrate Young Again Cat food.  See information below in chart.

 

Link for the protein, fat, carbohydrates in CANNED .

 

Information about ingredients and cost were obtained from Chewy  and Jet.com

Cat food prices are LIST PRICE but discounts available/includes shipping.  COST updated on January 20, 2018

Ingredients marked: red cereal GRAINS; purple animal products; green vegetables; eliminate from your cat’s diet.

 

Evaluate a food by the ingredients that are before the fat.  Since you know the fat content, the other ingredients make up the bulk of the food.  Are they a grain, a vegetable or a meat?  Cats need meat.

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Please read the label on the cat food you are using.  If it contains cereal grains, you should consider selecting a high meat protein, low carbohydrate, grain free cat food.  Your cat will eat less of the higher quality foods because they contain more meat and are more digestibleThese foods will also help to build a strong immune system to keep your cat healthier.  Be sure to change your cat’s diet slowly.

 

Your cat will benefit from the proper diet and reward you with years of purrs.

Whiskas

Meaty Selections

Poultry By P meal

Ground corn

Wheat

Corn gluten meal

Soybean meal

Animal fat

35

13

 

368

15# @ $0.88/#

 

Solid Gold

Indigo Moon

Chicken meal

Potato

Canola Oil

Peas

Chicken

Fish meal

42

20

Grain free

455

12# @ $2.90#

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck

Duck

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Tapioca starch

Fish meal

Chicken fat

40

18

Grain free

447

11# @ $3.54#

Taste of the Wild Rocky MT

Chicken meal

Peas

Sweet Potato Chicken fat

Pea protein

Potato protein

42

16

Grain free

390

15# @ $2.06/#

Castor & Pollux  Chicken/Potato

Chicken

Chicken meal

Peas

Tapioca

Potato protein

Pea protein

34

13

Grain free

395

4# @ $6.75/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Natural Balance LID Pea/Chick

Peas

Chicken meal

Chicken

Chicken fat

Pea Protein

Flaxseed

30

12

Grain free

 

10# @ $3.00/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Natural Balance

Chick/Turk/Quail

Chicken

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Dried peas

Garbanzo beans

Pea Protein

40

18

Grain free

365

1.5# @ $6.66/#

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Tapioca starch

Fish meal

Chicken fat

40

18

Grain free

436

12# @ $3.25/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Natural Balance LID Pea/Duck

Peas

Duck

Duck meal

Pea Protein

Canola Oil

Natural flavor

30

12

Grain free

 

10# @ $3.00/#

PureVita  GF chicken/pea

Chicken

Chicken meal

Peas

Pea flour

Chicken fat

Natural flavors

32

18

Grain free

 

15# @ $2.60/#

Blue Buffalo

Wilderness Kitten

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Tapioca starch

Fish meal

Chicken fat

40

20

Grain free

461

5# @ $4.60/#

Halo Chicken/Chicken Liver

Chicken

Chicken liver

Dried eggs

Dried peas

Dried Chickpeas

Soy protein

33

19

Grain free

426

6# @ $5.27/#

Castor & Pollux GF chick/potato

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Sweet potato

Peas

Chickpeas

32

14

Grain Free

412

10# @ $4.80/#

Now Fresh GF Adult

Turkey

Potato flour

Peas

Potato

Pea fiber

Dried egg

31

18

Grain Free

 

16# @ $4.12/#

Merrich Purfest Bistro GF chick

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Dried potato

Peas

Pork flavor

40

14

Grain free

390

12# @ $2.75/#

9 Lives Plus Care

 

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Poultry By P meal

Whole wheat

Animal digest

Animal fat

31

9

 

 

12# @ $0.88/#

Purina Cat Chow

Poultry BP meal

Corn meal

Corn gluten meal

Wheat

Brewers rice

Soy flour

32

13

 

413

16# @ $0.85/#

Meow Mix Original

 

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Chick By P meal

Soybean meal

Beef tallow

Turkey By P meal

31

11

.

308

22# @ $0.73/#

Friskies Indoor

Delights

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Chick By P meal

Meat & bone meal

Soybean meal

Beef tallow

30

9

38

364

16# @ $0.74/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Royal Canin Feline Health

Chick By P meal

Brown rice

Corn gluten meal

Brewers rice

Chicken fat

Wheat gluten

34

16

 

 

15# @ $3.20/#

Royal Canin

Siamese

Chick By P meal

Wheat gluten

Corn

Wheat

Brewers rice

Chicken fat

35

14

 

344

6# @ $5.50/#

Royal Canin

Kitten

Brewers rice

Chicken By P meal

Corn gluten meal

Wheat gluten

Chicken fat

Egg product

34

16

 

 

15# @ $3.40/#

Pro Plan Focus Kitten Chicken 

Chicken

Brewers rice

Corn gluten meal

Chicken ByP meal

Animal fat

Soybean meal

41

18

 

531

7# @ $2.19/#

Iams ProActive Health Adult

Chicken

Chicken By P meal

Corn grits

Sorghum

Corn meal

Chicken fat

32

21

 

 

16# @ $1.50/#

Chicken Soup Soul Adult

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pearled barley

Turkey meal

Chicken fat

Peas

34

20

 

409

15# @ $1.92/#

Purina One

True Instinct

Chicken

Poultry ByP meal

Pea starch

Cassava flour

Soybean meal

Animal fat

35

14

Grain free

357

14.4# @ $1.84/#

Max Cat Adult

Roasted chicken

Chicken meal

Corn gluten meal

Wheat flour

Chicken fat

Brewers rice

Ground whole wheat

32

17

 

457

16# @ $1.69/#

Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Brewers rice

Sorghum

Barley

Fish meal

33

15

 

 

13.5# @ $2.00/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Pro Plan Indoor Turkey & Rice

Turkey

Brewers rice

Wheat gluten

Corn gluten meal

Chicken meal

Egg product

40

14.5

 

 

16# @ $2.03/#

Natural Balance Indoor Ultra

Chicken meal

Brown Rice

Chicken

Salmon meal

Chicken fat

Duck meal

30

14

 

340

15# @ $2.67#

Science Diet Healthy Kitten

Chicken

Whole Wheat

Corn gluten meal

Chicken fat

Corn

Chick liver flavor

31

19

 

 

15.5# @ $2.58/#

Science Diet

Adult Indoor

Chicken

Whole wheat

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Powdered Cellulose

Pea Bran Meal

29.5

16

 

328

15.5# @ $2.66/#

Fancy Feast Gourmet Chicken

Brewer rice

Poultry By Product

Corn gluten meal

Animal fat

Corn

Soybean meal

34

17

 

513

12# @ $2.00/#

Science Diet Sensitive Stomach

Brewer rice

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Pork meal

Dried eggs

Corn

31

18

32

513

15.5# @ #2.90/#

Purina Deli  Cat 

 

Corn

Soybean meal

Corn gluten meal

Meat & bone meal

Animal fat

Turkey By P meal

28

10

 

370

3.5# @ $2.05/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Life Abundance

 

Chicken meal

Brown rice

Chicken fat

Egg product

Whitefish meal

Tomato pomace

33

21

28

 

16.5# @ $2.78/# ***

Science Diet Optimum Care

Chicken

Whole wheat

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Chicken meal

Beet pulp

31

19

 

504

16# @ $2.50/#

Science Diet

Indoor kitten

Chicken

Whole Wheat

Corn gluten meal

Chicken fat

Chicken liver flavor

Corn

31

19

 

 

7# @ $3.14/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

***Plus shipping

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

 

Earthborn Holistic Feline Vantage

Chicken

Brown rice

Pea protein

Oatmeal

Dried egg

Pea fiber

36

14

 

 

14# @ $2.09/#

Wellness  Complete Health

Boned chicken

Chicken meal

Rice

Ground barley

Ground rice

Chicken fat

33

19

 

 

12# @ $2.83/#

Iams ProActive Adult original

Chicken

Chick By P meal

Corn meal

Corn Grits

Beet pulp

Poultry By P meal

32

15

 

373

16# @ $1.38/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Nutro Natural Choice Kitten

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Chicken fat

Brewers rice

Brown rice

36

19

 

 

6.5# @ $3.69/#

Diamond Natural Kitten

Chicken

Chicken meal

Ground rice

Peas

Chicken fat

Potato protein

34

22

 

405

6# @ $2.18/#

Diamond Naturals Active Cat

Chicken meal

White rice

Chicken fat

Natural flavor

Fish meal

Flaxseed

40

20

 

400

18# @ $1.44/#

Before Grain Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Potato dehydrate

Turkey meal

Chicken fat

Sweet potato

36

18

Grain free

409

11.1# @ $2.52/#

Precise Holistic

Turkey & Chicken

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Peas starch

Pea flour

Chicken fat

Dried egg

38

20

Grain Free

437

12# @ $3.88/#

Acana Grassland

Lamb

Duck

Whole eggs

Lamb meal

Catfish meal

Goat meal

35

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $4.08/#

Acana

Meadowland

Chicken

Turkey

Chicken giblets

Chicken meal

Catfish meal

Turkey giblets

35

20

Grain free

 

4# @ $5.25/#

Hill’s Ideal GF Chicken & Potato

Chicken

Potatoes

Peas

Pea protein

Chicken fat

Potato starch

29

19

Grain free

 

11# @ $3.45/#

Now Fresh GF Kitten

Turkey

Potato flour

Peas

Potato

Dried egg

Canola oil

34.9

22.4

Grain free

 

8# @ $5.37/#

Fromm 4 Star Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pearl Barley

White Rice

Chicken broth

Sweet potato

32

19

 

 

15# @ $4.67/#

Purina Beyond GF fish and egg

Whitefish

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Pea starch

Cassava flour

Dried egg

35

14

Grain free

467

11# @ $1.95/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Earthborn Holistic

Primitive

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Potatoes

Chicken fat

Whitefish meal

Dried eggs

38

20

Grain Free

445

14# @ $2.28/#

Wellness Core

Original Formula

Deboned turkey

Deboned chicken

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Peas

Herring meal

45

18

Grain free

497

11# @ $3.55/#

Orijen Regional

 

Beef

Wild boar

Goat

Lamb

Lamb liver

Beef trie

40

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $6.31/#

Canidae GF Pure Elements

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Potato

Peas

Chicken fat

35

18

Grain free

 

10# @ $3.00/#

Iams GF Chicken Turkey

Chicken

Chicken meal

Peas

Pea starch

Turkey

Tapioca starch

33

15

Grain free

 

11.2# @ $3.30/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Wysong Vitality

 

Chicken

Chicken meal

Fish meal

Turkey meal

Brown rice

Peas

36

16

 

 

5# @ $2.80/#

Natural Planet Organic

Chicken

Chicken meal

Yellow peas

Flaxseed

Barley

Oats

30

14

 

 

6.6# @ $4.92/#

Precise Holistic Complete

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Pea starch

Pea flour

Chicken fat

Egg product

38

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $2.88/#

Evangers Pheasant & Whitefish

Pheasant

Whitefish

Sweet potato

Canola oil

Peas

Duck

33

17

Grain free

 

12# @ $3.07/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Crave with Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Split peas

Chicken fat

Tapioca

40

18

22.3% Grain Free

 

10# @ 3.30/#

Farmina N&D Chicken

Chicken

Dehy chicken

Potato

Chicken fat

Dehy whole egg

Herring

44

20

Grain free

436

3.3# @ 6.06/#

Nature’s Variety

Instinct

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Fish meal

Chicken fat

Tapioca

43

19

Grain free

488

11# @ $3.54/#

Orijen Cat and

Kitten

Chicken

Turkey

Flounder

Whole eggs

Mackerel

Chicken liver

40

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $4.92/#

Natures Variety Ultimate Protein

Chicken

Tapioca

Chicken fat

Flaxseed

Natural flavor

Tomato pumace

47

17

12% Grain free

 

10# @ $4.50#

Petcurean Go!

 

Chicken meal

Chicken

Turkey

Duck meal

Turkey meal

Salmon meal

48

18

Grain free

 

16# @ $3.75/#

 

Orijen 6 Fish

 

Salmon

Herring

Salmon meal

Herring meal

Pollock meal

Flounder

42

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $5.67/#

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

**includes shipping

Young Again Cat Food

Hydrolyzed pork

Chicken meal

Poultry fat

Potato starch

Tomato pomace

Herring meal

50

22

5% Grain free

590

25# @ $4.36/#  **

For more information

Young Again Cat Zero Carb Food

Hydrolyzed pork

Chicken meal

Poultry fat

Soya oil

Fish oil

Herring meal

52

26

0% Grain free

590

25# @ $5.16/#  **

For more information

Wysong Epigen Chicken

Organic Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Potato protein

Meat protein iso

Chicken fat

60

15

5.5% Grain free

 

5# @ $3.38/#

 

CAT FOOD

 

1st ingredient

2nd ingredient

3rd ingredient

4th ingredient

5th ingredient

6th ingredient

Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

Dr. Elsey Chicken

Chicken

Dried eggs

Pork protein iso

Gelatin

Chicken fat

Flaxseed

59

18

 Grain free

554

6# @ $7.90/#

Wysong Epigen 90

Chicken meal

Organic Chicken

Meat protein iso

Chicken fat

Gelatin

Natural flavor

63

16

5.3% Grain free

 

5# @ $5.50#

 

American Journey turkey

Deboned turkey

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Tapioca starch

Dried egg

Pea protein

40

15

Grain Free

395

12# @ $2.08/#

Wellness Core

Turkey/Duck

Turkey

Turkey meal

Peas

Pea protein

Pork meal

Canola Oil

38

18

Grain free

496

11# @ $3.64/#