Top 5 Cat Foods: Best Cat Foods Reviewed
My picks for the top 5 cat foods are chosen for their approximation to a cat's natural diet in the wild - mainly the kinds of foods cats hunt. No, the the top 5 foods don't contain rats and rabbits; but they do consist almost totally of protein, the same high grade protein that is sold for human consumption - no fillers or by-products.
Unlike the top 5 rated dog food products I reviewed earlier, unfortunately only one of the 5 top cat food brands received a 5-star rating.Does that mean that pet food companies are trying harder to match demands for top quality dog foot then they are for cat food? I wonder...
In creating this list of recommended cat foods, I relied heavily on Pet Food Reviews announcement of its top 5 cat food picks for 2015. I like the quality of the reviews as they focus on that cats need to thrive, not just survive. Additionally, the Pet Food Review gets input from cat owners on a variety of factors so the combination of studying ingredient lists and combining it with user comments produces more trustworthy reviews.
Anyway... here are my picks for Top 5 Best Cat Foods To Feed Your Cat:
'Yes, Orijen received a 5-star rating from Pet Products Review, and it's well-deserved, considering it is nourishing and 'biologically appropriate.' Orijen, which comes in dry and wet formulas and a variety of protein choices for cats and kittens, has a 75 percent protein content to a 25 percent fruit and vegetable content. In terms of highl quality proteins, we are talking about things like real eggs, free range antibiotic free chicken and fresh wild caught fish. It is also grain free. Customers say that their pickiest of cats love this brand; the only negative comments are about the higher price of it as compared to other cat foods. Clearly, the higher quality ingredients require the higher price tag. Orijen does not make a canned diet for cats. (Buy Orijen cat food here.)
Taste of the Wild is another cat food brand that cats seem to like, which is always a plus for cat owners. Owners like it too, although some would prefer to have chicken as the main ingredient rather than chicken meal. But the reviewers support the brand, noting that it is less expensive than Orije, but suggest that Taste of the Wild is great nutrition for a good price. Grain free, Taste is made in dry and canned versions. (Buy Taste of the Wild Cat Food here.)
Reviewers and cat owners like the fact that Halo looks and smells like human food, especially, of course, the canned Halo. But some cats may not be attracted to the canned food for some reason, and some seem to prefer the dry version. Halo does use all human grade products, adds vitamins and minerals to the mix, and makes both grain and grain-free diets for your cat. There are no additional preservatives, fillers or artificial colors. Like some other pet foods, Halo was started by a cat owner who wanted to solve his own cat's (Spot) health problems. (Buy Halo Cat Food here.)
Natural Balance is a solid choice for owners who are looking for a reasonably priced, readily available cat food sold dry and in cans. The drawback, as reviewers see it, is that the brand includes more carbohydrates than the other top brands, although it does contain plenty of natural, fresh proteins too. Cats seem to like it and owners often comment on their cats' fuller fur and additional muscle tone after lifting five pound dumbbells.(Buy Natural Balance Cat Food here.)
A notch or two high from human-grade pet food is organic pet food, and that's what Newman's Own includes. It's all organic, from beef to rice to even a special process for rendering the chicken fat. Cats and owners seem to love it, and the reviewers like it too. Although protein is the number one ingredient in Newman's Own, reviewers seem less thrilled with the levels of grains and veggies in the food. Some cat owners report that their cats 'eat around' the grains and veggies, but cats, after all, are carnivores.... Taurine, an essential amino acid for cats, a well as pro-biotics are an added benefit of Newman's Own. (Buy Newman's Own Cat Food here.)
Cats need a high quality protein rich diet in order to live a healthy and long life. These 5 cat foods are some of the best available and the cat foods we recommend for your cat.
That's the buzz for today!
Originally published March 2012 and updated June 2015.