Top 5 Cat Foods: Best Cat Foods Reviewed

Which is the best cat food for your cat? My picks for the top 5 cat foods for 2015 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...

 

How We Picked Our Top 5 Recommended Cat Foods 

The Pet Food Review recently announced its top 5 cat food picks for 2015. I like the quality of the reviews from this source.  I took their top 5 picks, double checked the ingredient lists looking for human grade ingredients and then scoured the reviews and comments from users on Amazon, Walmart and Petsmart to come up with our own recommended Top 5 Cat Foods.

Anyway... here are my picks for Top 5 Best Cat Foods To Feed Your Cat:

 

1.  Orijen Cat Food

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'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. (See reviews for Orijen cat food here.)

 

2. Taste of the Wild Cat Food

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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. (See reviews for Taste of the Wild Cat Food here.)

 

3.  Halo Cat Food

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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. (See reviews for  Halo Cat Food here.)

 

4. Natural Balance Cat Food

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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.(See reviews for Natural Balance Cat Food here.)

 

5.  Newman's Own Cat Food

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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. (See reviews for 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.

Sources: Cat Food ReviewsAmazon, Walmart and PetSmart

SEE ALSO:
10 Best Products For Your Cat...Sold on Amazon
Top 5 Dog Foods for 2015

  

Originally published March 2012 and updated yearly. Last updated June 2015. 

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Lady Bee
Pet News
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Sep 11, 2012
by Anonymous
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Similar results as to what

Similar results as to what i've found for dog food too! Is that a coincidence or are these brands just setting the bar higher?

I know Orijen is doing very well for themselves. Halo, I have heard, every single cat loves Halo products. They aren't cheap, but they aren't the most expensive either.. which is nice! Taste of the Wild being a Diamond food scares me a bit. Natural Balance seems to have their stuff together too!

See: fixyourpet.org/dogs/top-dog-food-brands-of-2012

Sep 27, 2012
by Anonymous
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NO DRY FOOD IS OK FOR CATS.

NO DRY FOOD IS OK FOR CATS. I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH IT COSTS OR HOW GOOD IT SUPPOSEDLY IS! ALL CATS SHOULD BE ON A CANNED FOOD DIET. EVEN CANNED FANCY FEAST IS BETTER THAN ORIJEN DRY. and if you keep feeding your cat dry foods......diabetes is more than likely eminent! if your vet tells you its ok to feed dry food....run the other direction and find a good holistic type vet and you will get better info and your cat will live a much longer, healthier life!

Oct 5, 2012
by Anonymous
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I really am sick and tired

I really am sick and tired of the "DANGER, DANGER" warnings about kibble cat food! My first 2 cats were fed whatever dry cat food I found at the supermarket (mostly Purina One). They both lived to 19 years old and were in great health until their last year. On the other hand, my sister had siblings - 1 died at 6 years old; the other at 9 due to kidney failure. My belief is that cats are like people; some live long lives in spite of "bad" food and "bad" habits - others die young. I am feeding my cats higher quality foods that are mostly grain free. They eat kibble and it's supplemented with canned food every night. My oldest is 13 and in great health.

Jan 27, 2013
by Anonymous
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My o my how did cats ever

My o my how did cats ever survive a single day as pets before the proliferation of wet canned food? Its amazing there are even any cats around and they are not all extinct having been killed off by kibble!

Aug 26, 2014
by Anonymous
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the best cat food on the

the best cat food on the market is by far blue buffalo canned food

Jan 16, 2015
by Anonymous
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Natural Balance was bought

Natural Balance was bought out by Del Monte, so did the quality go down? My cat got sick on Blue Basics dry - the food was a lighter color than usual - might be a fluke thing, but am scared to try it again. Have never tried Orijen. My cat liked Instinct rabbit, but vet said the raw coating was dangerous. Newman's Own good, but the wet food gave my cat gingivitis and the dry contains soy. Vet said wet food causes dental problems. Food best if ingredients from USA, not China. GMOs not good for people or pets, so organic good. Maybe try to make my own (with vet's help) if I can't find a good brand. I'm still searching...

Mar 17, 2015
by Anonymous
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~~you only need to have 1

~~you only need to have 1 male cat (rarely a female) develop crystals or worse yet stones in their urinary tract due to dry food without the SO index!...my boy blocked 4 times, in 1 incident, & had to have surgery to save his life....cost...$5000...so pay now for dry food with a SO index, only found at vets (in Canada anyway), a totally wet food diet or pay later!...cats are carnivores & never ate fruits or veggies that I know of....

Jun 23, 2015
by Anonymous
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I can't help but notice this

I can't help but notice this article post date is 6/3/15 yet the URL is "..cat_food_reviews_2012" and there are comments dating back to 2012. Since the ingredients change over time, how old is this info exactly? Many thanks!

Jun 23, 2015
by kat
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The article was first

The article was first written in 2012 but has been updated every year since then and was last updated June 2015. We check reviews and ingredients list and user comments over the past year to come up with the list.  The information is accurate as of June 2015. 

Jul 1, 2015
by Anonymous
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Multiple lawsuits have been

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against The Blue Buffalo Company claiming, among other things, that the company falsely represents that pet food does not contain ingredients – such as chicken/poultry by-product meals and corn – when it actually does contain these ingredients. The lawsuits were transferred to another court where several related lawsuits making the same allegations will be heard together. To learn more look up these cases:

◾Fisher et al v. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. et al, Case No. 14-cv-5937, C. D. CA.
◾Teperson et al v. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd et al, Case No. 14-cv-1682, S. D. CA.
◾Delre et al v. Blue Buffalo Co., Ltd, Case No. 14-cv-768, D. CT.
◾Renna et al v. Blue Buffalo Co., Ltd., Case No. 14-cv-833, D. CT.
◾Mackenzie et al v. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., Inc., Case No. 14-cv-80634, S. D. FL.
◾Stone et al v. Blue Buffalo Company Ltd., Case No. 14-cv-520, S. D. IL.
◾Keil et al v. Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., Case No. 14-cv-880, E. D. MO.
◾Hutchison et al v. Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., Case No. 14-cv-1070, E. D. MO.
◾Andacky et al v. The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., Case No. 14-cv-2938, E. D. NY.

I decided to try a 12oz bag

I decided to try a 12oz bag of Orijen "Cat & Kitten" dry chicken
kibble for Jean Grey, our neighborhood Brazilian Shorthair, based on
this article's recommendation. Jean Grey prefers better-quality wet or
canned food (Whiskas, Spot's Stew from Halo, etc) but the Orijen lasts through the day without her wolfing it down so I consider it a good alternative to wet food.

Steve Levenstein
Creature Features
PetsLady.com

Jul 10, 2015
by Anonymous
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You should try Acana. Trust

You should try Acana. Trust me, your cat will thank you:-)

Jul 22, 2015
by Anonymous
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My cats love cantaloupe. One

My cats love cantaloupe. One loves a lot of different fruits and berries. She cries for muscadine grapes, which is bad for her, I have to eat them outside. I only give fruits occasionally and tiny bits. Crack open a cantaloupe and they come running.

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