Best Canned Cat Food

By | December 29, 2012



What is the best canned cat food for your cat?

This question is actually a pretty tough question to get the answer for. Go to one site for a brand name, and of course they will give you their product as the answer. Go to another site that is owned by a company; however you are not aware that it is, and they will give you their product as the answer.

The answer is not as cut-and-dry as it would seem. A lot of it has to do with opinion. Our answers: we stand by 100%, whereas another person may believe that a 100% organic cat food is the best. Another may believe that raw canned food is the best.

In terms of good quality vs. bad quality, the majority of us cat owners can agree on what we consider bad quality cat food. However, as mentioned, good quality is a bit trickier.

So why are we any better? We do not claim to be. However, we will give you our reasons as to why we picked what we picked as the best canned cat food.
First thing is first: what makes cat food healthy, or ‘the best’?

Refer to the healthy cat food brands chart for a simple explanation of the difference between a quality cat food brand and a poor cat food brand. What I like to do is go to the company’s website and see if they freely give away information about their product? If they are proud of their product and have nothing to hide, then all the information should, or would, be shown.

Next, look at the top five ingredients listed. Are they good ingredients that you’d want your cats to eat? The top 5 isn’t the be all and end all of cat nutrition; however it is a good indicator of what the rest of the ingredients may look like.

Finally, another good indicator is simply reputation. Does this company have a history of recalls or any bad publicity? Is the brand just another brand under a large corporation that promotes many products? Or is this a company that is solely focused on pet food and ensuring pets get the proper nutrition? These may seem like silly questions, however if you look deeper into it, they are not.

The top 5 (brands) shown here are made from ingredients that are nutritious, beneficial, good quality, and have the approval of 2 of my cats. (The 3rd enjoys one kind and one kind only).

To note: there are five different brands shown here. Each brand has many quality flavors of canned cat foods available. We are just showing more brand variety.

Without further ado:

Merrick

This Company comes with a very good reputation. The consensus among cat owners is that this is one of the top commercial brands out there on the market. I cannot disagree.

Merrick Grammy's Pot Pie Canned Cat Food

The ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey Liver, Fresh Red Jacket New Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Snow Peas, Fresh Whole Red Delicious Apples, Potato Starch-modified, Olive Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cassia Gum, Carrageenan, Flax Seed Oil (For Omega -3), Poultry Seasoning (Thyme, Sage, Rosemary) Choline Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex,d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Lecithin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Glucoheptanate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin,Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

The only thing I would have to say I would like to be removed is the potato ingredients. Even then, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a top notch canned cat food. Even when you open it, it has a very decent smell and looks like the ingredients listed. That is always a positive. Chicken is the first ingredient listed. That is the number one thing I look for.

There are veggies and even apples listed in the ingredients. Even though it is not essential, these added ingredients are not harmful and may even provide added palatability.

A controversial ingredient that is listed here is carrageenan. And it is also listed for others down this post as well. In fact, it is trickier than you would think to find a quality cat food without this ingredient in it. Carrageenan has been associated with causing GI problems for cats. However, at this point it is not known for sure how much of this ingredient in the canned food causes what degree of problems.

All-in-all, this canned cat food provides a well balanced meal and is quite nutritious.

Wellness

Wellness Turkey Formula Canned Cat Food

The Ingredients:
Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken, Chicken Broth, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Zucchini, Cranberries, Blueberries, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Iron Proteinate (a source of Chelated Iron), Beta-Carotene, Zinc Proteinate (a source of Chelated Zinc), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Proteinate (a source of Chelated Cobalt), Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate (a source of Chelated Copper), Folic Acid, Manganese Proteinate (a source of Chelated Manganese), Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.
This is a naturally preserved product.

Looking at the ingredients listed, it’s hard not to like this food and put it up there with the best. This cat food is packed with nutritious ingredients. Real sources such as turkey, chicken liver, and chicken provide the cat with essential nutrients that wouldn’t be acquired from wheat or corn sources.

Veggies such as squash, zucchini, and cranberries are also present. They aren’t essential to cat nutrition; however they are not harmful either. The main thing here is that the cat is receiving quality meat sources, so additional vegetable sources are fine and don’t present a red flag. A situation where it would be alarming is if there were only vegetable sources and no quality meat sources.

Whenever you see the word ‘chelate’ or ‘proteinate’ it is a good thing. Essentially it means that your cat is receiving added health benefits that it would normally otherwise not receive. While words that are hard to grasp such as ‘cobalt proteinate’ and ‘copper proteinate’ sound like they would be harmful to a cat, they in fact are not. They are completely safe in this situation.

This company gets high points for providing a quality product with quality ingredients, and no artificial flavoring, coloring, or preservatives.

Weruva

Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken Canned Cat Food

The ingredients:
Chicken (Boneless, Skinless, White Breast), Water Sufficient For Processing, Potato Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Look at that, Weruva even points out that the chicken source they use is indeed boneless, skinless, white breast. Yum. That’s a superb source of meat.

Sunflower seed oil is a source of Omega-6 for the cat. Omega-6 oils have added health benefits for the cat. This includes healthy skin and coat, normal growth, and proper structure. This added ingredient in this food is very beneficial.

Potato starch is the ingredient that stands out in this list. It is not necessarily bad. It depends on how much is used, and for what purpose. Now, I already did the research here and it seems that Weruva uses a small amount of potato starch as a thickener, so the food isn’t completely watery. They claim that this ingredient has no nutritional use. It is purely there as a thickening agent. If that is the case, then the need to worry about its inclusion is minimal.

Overall, this food has a great meat source, with no use of artificial coloring, flavours, or preservatives.

Evo

EVO 95% Chicken & Turkey Canned Cat Food

The Ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Guar Gum, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Herring Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Taurine, Sunflower Oil, Sodium Phosphate, Beta Carotene

Another food that has top notch meat products listed within the first couple of ingredients. An ingredient that they could have been less vague about is the listing of ‘natural flavor.’ Natural flavor of what exactly?

The company listed their ingredients differently than how much is present in the food. It is quite easy to see all the mineral sources within the food, all the vitamin sources, and the additional beneficial ingredients as well. There are many of each present. The words ‘chelate’ and ‘supplement’ appear often, which is always a good sign.

This is another quality brand of pet food with many quality flavors available on the market.

Natural Choice

This one has the endorsement of my 3rd cat. This is the only brand and flavor that he will eat. And this is a picky eater. He is known to turn down real chicken and turkey in favor of cat food. My other two love it as well, making this canned cat food the ultimate best in my opinion.

Nutro Natural Choice Mature Health Senior Chicken and Turkey Platter Canned Cat Food

The ingredients:
Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Egg Product, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Ground Rice, Guar Gum, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), L-Carnitine, Beta Carotene, Niacin, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Yes, there are a couple of ingredients listed that may have you thinking. Egg Product would be one. That’s usually egg that is not fit for human consumption. While eggs itself isn’t the scary part, cats can have eggs, it’s the word ‘product’ that can leave you guessing.
However, the top ingredients listed for this product is really solid. I feel confident and comfortable feeding my cats this brand, and they have responded very well to it.

Note: All these ingredients are taken from, and are freely available, on the respective company’s website.

 

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