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DRY CAT FOOD COMPARISON CHART

Updated  May 22, 2016 with more dry cat foods.

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.

 

Additional links for the protein, fat, carbohydrates in most CANNED and  DRY cat foods.

 

Information about ingredients and cost were obtained from Chewy, Petfooddirect, Petco, Petsmart

Cat food prices are LIST PRICE but discounts available/includes shipping.  COST updated on April 3, 2016

Ingredients marked: red cereal GRAINS; blue 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.

CAT FOOD

 

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Protein %

Fat %

Carbohydrate %

K/cal per cup

COST

**includes shipping

Innova EVO

 

Turkey

Chicken

Chicken meal

Tapioca Starch

Chicken fat

Herring

50

22

8% Grain free

538

15.4# @ 3.90#

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Solid Gold

Indigo Moon

Chicken meal

Potato

Canola Oil

Peas

Chicken

Fish meal

42

20

Grain free

 

12# @ $4.17/#

Nature’s Variety

Instinct

Chicken meal

Chicken fat

Tapioca

Chicken

Fish meal

Tomato pomace

45

19

Grain free

448

12.1# @ $3.35/#

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Young Again Cat Food

Chicken meal

Pork protein consent

Poultry fat

Potato starch

Tomato pomace

Herring meal

50

22

5% Grain free

590

25# @ $4.36/#  **

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Orijen Cat and

Kitten

Chicken

Chicken meal

Chicken liver

Herring

Turkey

Turkey liver

42

20

15% Grain free

 

15# @ $5.00/#

CAT FOOD

 

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Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck

Duck

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Tapioca starch

Peas

Chicken fat

40

18

Grain free

 

11# @ $4.25/#

Taste of the Wild

Chicken meal

Peas

Sweet Potato Chicken fat

Pea protein

Potato protein

42

18

Grain free

390

15# @ $2.13/#

California Natural GF Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Peas

Chicken fat

Pea fiber

Sunflower oil

42

16

Grain free

 

15# @ $3.13/#

Pinnacle GF

Peak Protein

Chicken meal

Chicken

Potato protein

Potato flour

Chicken fat

Ocean fish

42

18

Grain free

 

4.5# @ $5.09/#

CAT FOOD

 

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Natural Balance LID Pea/Chick

Peas

Chicken meal

Chicken

Chicken fat

Pea Protein

Flaxseed

30

12

Grain free

 

10# @ $3.00/#

Young Again Cat Zero Carb Food

Chicken meal

Pork protein consent

Poultry fat

Soya oil

Fish oil

Herring meal

55

24

0% Grain free

590

25# @ $5.16/#  **

For more information

CAT FOOD

 

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Natural Balance

Chick/Turk/Quail

Chicken

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Dried peas

Garbanzo beans

Pea Protein

40

18

Grain free

 

10# @ $4.50/#

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Tapioca starch

Chicken fat

Peas

40

18

Grain free

 

12# @ $3.33/#

CAT FOOD

 

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Natural Balance LID Pea/Duck

Peas

Duck

Duck meal

Pea Protein

Canola Oil

Flaxseed

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# @ $2.88/#

Blue Buffalo

Wilderness Kitten

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Potato starch

Fish meal

Fish oil

40

20

Grain free

 

5# @ $4.80/#

Earthborn Holistic

Primitive

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Chicken fat

Peas

Potato

44

20

Grain Free

 

14# @ $2.89/#

Halo Spot’s Stew GF chick

Chicken

Eggs

Pea protein

Vegetable broth

Chicken fat

Peas

33

18

Grain free

 

11.5# @ $5.22/#

Castor & Pollux GF chick/potato

Chicken

Poultry meal

Pea protein

Peas

Potato protein

Tapioca

40

14

 

 

12# @ $4.75/#

Now Fresh GF Adult

Turkey

Potato flour

Peas

Potato

Pea fibre

Dried egg

31

18

Grain Free

 

16# @ $4.80/#

Wellness Core

Original Formula

Deboned turkey

Deboned chicken

Chicken meal

Whitefish meal

Herring meal

Peas

45

11

15% Grain free

 

12# @ $3.58/#

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Merrich Purfest Bistro GF chick

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Dried potato

Peas

Pork flavor

40

14

Grain free

 

12# @ $2.75/#

 

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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.

9 Lives Plus Care

Tuna & Egg

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Poultry By P meal

Whole wheat

Animal digest

Animal fat

31

12

 

 

12# @ $1.50/#

Purina Cat Chow

Poultry BP meal

Ground corn

Wheat flour

Corn gluten meal

Soybean meal

Brewer Rice

31.5

11

37

 

16# @ $1.44/#

Meow Mix Original

 

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Chick By P meal

Soybean meal

Beef tallow

Turkey By P meal

31

12

.

 

16# @ $1.39/#

Friskies Indoor

Delights

Ground yellow corn

Corn gluten meal

Chick By P meal

Meat & bone meal

Soybean meal

Beef tallow

30

9

38

 

16# @ $1.22/#

Whiskas

Meaty Selections

Poultry By P meal

Ground corn

Corn gluten meal

Animal fat

Wheat flour

Nat poultry flavor

35

13

 

 

15# @ $1.40/#

 

CAT FOOD

 

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Royal Canin Selective 40

Chicken meal

Corn gluten meal

Rice

Brown rice

Chicken fat

Wheat gluten

31.5

14.5

 

 

3# @ $7.00/#

Royal Canin

Siamese

Chick By P meal

Wheat gluten

Corn

Corn gluten meal

Chicken fat

Brewers rice

36

14

 

 

6# @ $5.83/#

Royal Canin

Kitten

Brewers rice

Chicken By P meal

Corn gluten meal

Wheat gluten

Chicken fat

Egg product

34

16

 

 

15# @ $4.13/#

Pro Plan Kitten Chicken – Rice

Chicken

Brewers rice

Corn gluten meal

Poultry By P meal

Egg product

Animal fat

40

16

 

 

16# @ $2.69/#

Iams ProActive Health Adult

Chicken

Chicken By P meal

Corn grits

Sorghum

Corn meal

Chicken fat

32

21

 

 

16# @ $1.50/#

Chicken Soup for Cat Lovers

Chicken

Chicken meal

Pearled barley

Turkey meal

Chicken fat

Peas

30

20

28

 

18# @ $2.57/#

Purina One

Smartblend

Chicken

Brewer rice

Corn gluten meal

Poultry By P meal

Wheat flour

Animal fat

37

13

 

 

16# @ $2.13/#

Max Cat Adult

Roasted chicken

Chicken meal

Corn gluten meal

Wheat flour

Ground rice

Poultry fat

Ground whole wheat

32

18

 

 

16# @ $2.31/#

Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Brewers rice

Sorghum

Barley

Fish meal

33

15

 

 

13.5# @ $2.00/#

CAT FOOD

 

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Pro Plan Indoor Turkey & Rice

Turkey

Brewers rice

Wheat gluten

Corn gluten meal

Chicken meal

Egg product

40

13.5

 

 

16# @ $2.69/#

Natural Balance Ultra Premium

Chicken meal

Brown Rice

Chicken

Salmon meal

Chicken fat

Duck meal

34

17

 

 

15# @ $2.49#

Science Diet Healthy Kitten

Chicken

Whole Wheat

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Wheat gluten

Chick liver flavor

33

23

 

 

15.5# @ $3.53/#

Science Diet

Adult Indoor

Chicken

Whole wheat

Corn gluten meal

Animal fat

Powdered Cellulose

Pea Bran Meal

29.5

16

 

 

15.5# @ $3.23/#

Fancy Feast Gourmet Chicken

Brewer rice

Poultry By Product

Corn gluten meal

Animal fat

Corn

Soybean meal

32

16

 

 

12# @ $2.08/#

Science Diet Sensitive Stomach

Brewer rice

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Pork meal

Dried eggs

Corn

31

18

32

 

15.5# @ #3.55/#

Purina Deli  Cat 

 

Brewers rice

Soybean meal

Corn gluten meal

Meat & bone meal

Ground corn

Beef tallow

32

9

 

 

3.5# @ $2.29/#

CAT FOOD

 

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Life Abundance

 

Chicken meal

Brown rice

Chicken fat

Egg product

Whitefish meal

Tomato pomace

33

21

28

 

16.5# @ $2.78/# ***

Science Diet Ideal Balance Mature

Chicken

Brewer rice

Pea protein conc.

Dried egg

Brown rice

Animal fat

34

22.4

 

 

15# @ $2.47/#

Science Diet

Indoor kitten

Chicken

Whole Wheat

Corn gluten meal

Pork fat

Wheat gluten

Chicken liver flavor

39.5

24.5

 

 

15.5# @ $2.84/#

CAT FOOD

 

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CAT FOOD

 

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***Plus shipping

 

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# @ $4.00/#

Iams ProActive Adult original

Chicken

Chick By P meal

Corn meal

Corn Grits

Beet pulp

Poultry By P meal

32

15

 

 

16# @ $2.50/#

CAT FOOD

 

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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 meal

Ground rice

Peas

Chicken fat

Potato protein

Fish meal

34

22

 

 

6# @ $2.00/#

Diamond Naturals Active Cat

Chicken meal

White rice

Chicken fat

Natural flavor

Fish meal

Flaxseed

40

20

 

 

18# @ $1.39/#

Natures Variety Ultimate Protein

Chicken

Tapioca

Ground flaxseed

Chicken fat

Natural flavor

Tomato pumace

47

17

Grain free

 

10.5# @ $8.10/#

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Before Grain Chicken

Chicken

Chicken meal

Potato dehydrate

Turkey meal

Chicken fat

Sweet potato

36

18

Grain free

 

11.1# @ $3.52/#

Precise Holistic

Turkey & Chicken

Turkey meal

Chicken meal

Peas starch

Pea flour

Chicken fat

Dried egg

38

20

Grain Free

 

12# @ $3.88/#

Acana Grassland

Lamb

Lamb meal

Duck

Pollock meal

Duck fat

Green lentils

35

20

Grain free

 

15.4# @ $3.80/#

Acana Wild Praire Cat/Kit

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Turkey

Chicken fat

Chick peas

35

20

Grain free

 

15# @ $3.83/#

Hill’s Ideal GF Chicken & Potato

Chicken

Potatoes

Peas

Pea protein

Chicken fat

Potato starch

33

23.2

31.8 Grain free

 

11# @ $4.82/#

Now Fresh GF Kitten

Turkey

Potato flour

Peas

Potato

Dried egg

Canola oil

33

20

Grain free

 

8# @ $6.19/#

Fromm 4 Star Game Bird

Duck

Duck meal

Pea protein

Turkey

Whole dried egg

Peas

35

18

Grain free

 

15# @ $4.40/#

Purina Beyond GF fish and egg

Whitefish

Chicken meal

Pea protein

Pea starch

Cassava meat

Dried egg

35

14

Grain free

 

11# @ $3.41/#

Orijen 6 Fish

 

Salmon

Herring

Salmon meal

Herring meal

Pollock meal

Flounder

42

20

16% Grain free

 

5# @ $8.60/#

Orijen Regional

 

Wild Boar

Lamb

Beef

Beef Liver

Pork

Herring

40

20

Grain free

 

5# @ $7.90/#

Canidae GF Pure Elements

Chicken

Chicken meal

Turkey meal

Potato

Peas

Chicken fat

35

18

Grain free

 

15# @ $3.55/#

Iams GF Chicken Turkey

Chicken

Chicken meal

Peas

Pea starch

Turkey

Tapioca starch

33

15

Grain free

 

11.2# @ $3.30/#

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Petcurean Go!

 

Chicken meal

Chicken

Turkey

Duck meal

Turkey meal

Salmon meal

48

18

Grain free

 

16# @ $3.75/#

 

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# @ $5.15/#

 

Precise Holistic Adult

Chicken

Chicken meal

Brown rice

Oatmeal

Chicken fat

Egg product

32

20

 

 

15# @ $4.33/#

 

Evangers Pheasant & Whitefish

Pheasant

Whitefish

Sweet potato

Canola oil

Peas

Duck

33

17

 

 

15# @ $3.83/#

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