Healthiest Cat Food Brands

Healthiest Cat Food Brands

If you’ve taken the time to go to a search engine and ask it what the healthiest cat food brands are, there’s no doubt you’re a good person. But you don’t have time to do months and months of research – and that’s where we come in.

The first version of this article was written back in 2014 and we’ve been updating it ever since.

In our research, we’ve uncovered some surprising facts about cats and the food they should – and shouldn’t – be eating. Here are the main conclusions.

Cats Aren’t Meant to Eat Dry Food

Cereals and kibble have their place – they’re certainly more convenient for us humans. But if you’re talking about a cat’s nutritional needs, dry food is not right for felines.

The cats we bring into our homes descend from desert cats. There, where there’s little water, a cat gets its liquid from the food it eats. That’s why desert cats don’t get thirsty the way you or I would – they get all the water they need from eating the prey they catch.

Your Cat is Probably Dehydrated

Best Food for Your FelineSo think about it – if your house cat is only eating dry food it probably isn’t getting the water it needs. It has been said that house cats fed dry food live ‘in a constant state of dehydration’. Sure, cats will drink water from a bowl, but they will never get enough.

Dehydration Leads to Disease

If a cat isn’t getting enough water, it’s going to be vulnerable to getting deadly feline sicknesses like obesity, allergies, diabetes, bladder and kidney stones, and many, many more.

Only by eating a species-appropriate diet will cats get the water they need to stay healthy.

Wet is Healthier Than Dry

There are times when you might have to feed your cat dry food (because it’s more convenient for YOU), but in terms of THEIR health there’s a clear winner. Wet food, be it raw or canned, is the closest they will get to their natural diet.

Variation is Great

For maximum health benefits, rotate what your cat eats with 2-4 different brands of canned food that your cat likes. If you only serve the same food again and again your cat’s immune system will weaken and they might develop allergies.

Here are the brands we love and recommend – note that while canned food is best, we understand there are times you need to use kibble, so we’ve included the best brands for that too.

Recommended Healthy Cat Food Brands

1. Evo (Formerly Innova)

Innova was a big favorite of ours, so we were sad when the line was discontinued. The Evo line aims to combine a cat’s ancestral diet with modern nutritional know-how.

Which is all great. That’s why you get grain-free, high-protein products like this turkey and chicken formula. It’s all the goodness of canned food in convenient kibble form. Thanks, science!

Evo 2.2 Lb Grain Free Turkey And Chicken Formula Cat And Kitten Food (1 Pack), One Size
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Evo 2.2 Lb Grain Free Turkey And Chicken Formula Cat And Kitten Food (1 Pack), One Size
  • Grain Free Product
  • Formulated With Antioxidant Vitamins
  • Made In The Usa

2. Wellness

This particular brand has graced our lists many times before, and continues to hold a eminent place among the other foods as one of the healthiest and more well rounded alternatives to kibble and cheaper food options for cats.

It’s made with all-premium, all-natural ingredients with none of the garbage that will do more harm to your cat than good. There are different flavors, too, so if your cat loves it you can give them different protein sources from the same brand.

“This is one of the best canned, grain free foods out there,” one expert points out, “I highly recommend it.”

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Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Cat Food, Kitten Turkey & Chicken Liver, 5.5-Ounce Can, Pack Of 24
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Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Cat Food, Kitten Turkey & Chicken Liver, 5.5-Ounce Can, Pack Of 24
  • Protein-Rich: Deboned Turkey, Whitefish Meal & Deboned Chicken
  • Dha Supports Healthy Brain & Eye Development
  • Antioxdant Rich To Support Immune Health

3. Solid Gold

This brand offers a holistic approach to making cat food, so as you’d expect it’s grain-free, balanced, and perfect for kittens and cats of all ages and sizes. My cat is positively addicted to the tuna and tapioca in gravy version.

On top of being easily digestible, the creators of this food tell us its aroma is succulent enough to tempt even the pickiest of cats, saying, “with the help of this meal, you can keep your cat’s coat and skin healthy and shiny.” It is also said to improve feline immune systems, and keeps bones and teeth well fortified.

Solid Gold Shreds In Gravy Wet Cat Food; Five Oceans With Real Tuna (Formally New Moon), 16Ct/6Oz Can
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Solid Gold Shreds In Gravy Wet Cat Food; Five Oceans With Real Tuna (Formally New Moon), 16Ct/6Oz Can
  • New Name, Same Great Nutrition: Solid Gold New Moon Blended Tuna Is Now Solid Gold Five Oceans Blended Tuna! Holistic Grain And Gluten Free...
  • Delicious Shreds In Gravy: Serve On Its Own As A Complete And Balanced Meal, Or Serve As A Meal Compliment Or Topper
  • Responsibly Sourced, Nutrient-Dense Ingredients: Ocean Caught Tuna In A Savory Gravy Makes A Delicious And Nutritious Meal

4. Nature’s Variety

They are the official pet food partner of Best Friends Animal Society and provides over 1 million meals of Instinct to their adoption centers. As you’d expect, it’s high-quality fare from top to bottom, and made with cat biology firmly in mind.

Nature'S Variety Instinct Original Grain Free Chicken Meal Formula Natural Dry Cat Food By, 12.1 Lb. Bag
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Nature'S Variety Instinct Original Grain Free Chicken Meal Formula Natural Dry Cat Food By, 12.1 Lb. Bag
  • Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Grain-free and gluten-free nutrition. No corn, no wheat, no soy, no fillers
  • Protein-rich diets made primarily from animal ingredients as your cat would eat in nature

5. Nature’s Logic

This is a brand that does its best to provide a quality product, but has more problems than the others on the list finding recipes that cats really go for. That’s a shame because their intentions are spot on.

If your cat loves the taste, great! But maybe start with a small pack and see how your cat responds to the flavor.

Nature'S Logic Duck And Salmon Feast Canned Feline Food 5.5Oz, Medium, Case Of 24
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Nature'S Logic Duck And Salmon Feast Canned Feline Food 5.5Oz, Medium, Case Of 24
  • Nature'S Logic Duck And Salmon Feast Canned Feline Food 5.5Oz, Case Of 24
  • Grain And Gluten Free
  • Made For All Life Stages

We hope you enjoyed our article about healthy Cat Food Brands! Check out some other cat food articles here.

Last update on 2019-02-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API