How to Choose Healthy Cat Food for Fluffy

January 14, 2018

Choosing healthy cat food poses questions and problems.  We look for healthy ingredients, try to avoid the bad ones and pray Fluffy will eat what we select. Felines are finicky creatures and often change their minds. It’s a learning  process. But what if someone made it easier for you? researches all kinds of products to help consumers make wise choices in their buying decisions. A recent study of cat food conducted by the team led to their review of numerous brands of cat food, producing a guide to help consumers choose the safest and healthiest formulas for their feline pets.

The research team avoids bias by not interviewing manufacturers of the products they review, and they do not accept sponsorships for reviews.  All research is done in-house by the Seattle-based team, and they begin by reading all text available on a product. As stated on their website, they spend “weeks analyzing scientific studies, lab results, historical trends, and user experiences. We zero in on the authorities of a category and parse through their opinions to learn what really matters.”

97 veterinary professionals were consulted for the cat food review, along with hundreds of cat owners. The team cat-tested, as well as analyzed hundreds of foods. The group analyzed 1759 cat food formulas before narrowing the list down to the 8 that fit their chosen criteria. They spent 300 hours researching the cat food industry and studied the science of what cats actually need for an optimum diet.  The source of cat food brands also played an important role.

The team’s graphic comparing the ingredients of cat food brands they approve versus grocery store brands speaks for itself.


Healthy cat food infographic


How Specific Cat Foods Were Eliminated

In choosing which cat food formulas to omit from their list of approved brands, the team used 4 criteria.

1.  Any formula where an identifiable meat was not the first ingredient was automatically eliminated.

2.  Automatically deleted were foods that contained controversial ingredients, such as artificial colors and dyes, chemicals, or preservatives .

3.  The team removed foods that contained rendered ingredients, sugar, and questionable items that might be potentially harmful to a kitty.

4. They removed foods based on the manufacturer’s history of recalls and took into account customer satisfaction.

Lauren's pet dines on healthy cat food.

Lauren of with her cat, “Bo.”


My contact with the team explained that “Brands that were eliminated based on their manufacturing location aren’t all necessarily ‘bad.’ Rather, we assumed the position of someone choosing a cat food for the very first time and felt that this was criterion upon which to come to a choice.”

The Final Approved List of Cat Foods

  1. Addiction Grain Free Canned Cat Food
  2. Blackwood Chicken Meal and Field Pea Recipe Grain Free Dry Cat Food
  3. Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch Grain Free Natural Dry Cat & Kitten Food
  4. Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food
  5. Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew Grain Free Canned Cat Food
  6. Now Fresh Grain Free Adult Recipe Dry Cat Food
  7. Redbarn Naturals Salmon and Delilah Grain Free Canned Cat Food
  8. ZiwiPeak Daily Cat Cuisine Venison and Fish Canned Cat Food

Before publishing this article, I quickly reviewed each of the 8 preferred, healthy cat foods that made their approved list and would happily feed any of them to my own felines.  In fact, I do alternate the Fromm Gold Holistic Adult Dry Cat Food with another brand for Chico and Lucy.

Chico eats healthy cat food.

The difficulty with cats happens when you try to coordinate their picky appetites with the budget and what’s really good for them. Our now 11 and 12-year-old kitties have gone through many brands of food over the years, as we tried to keep them happy, please our budget and feed them healthy cat food. At least now, when our two fur-balls decide they no longer care for the current brand I’m feeding them, I will go to this list of trusted options, thanks to


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