About Me

Hello,

My name is Jaime White.

I first thing I’d like to write is that I am just a regular cat owner. I have no training in the pet industry nor do I have anything to gain with this site. I am not affiliated to any company.

I love animals and have 3 cats. You can visit the Meet the Cats page to see them.

I decided to make a webpage that allows me to talk about something I feel strongly about.

For the longest time, I bought lower quality cat food. I didn’t know it was low quality; I had no idea about ingredients, or the guaranteed analysis, or how many calories my cats should be eating per day. I didn’t know anything about any of that.

After a few years my youngest cat, Izzy, started having urinary problems; urinary crystals. It didn’t last very long. As soon as I noticed he went straight to the vet. I am lucky because cats can die quickly from urinary crystals, especially males.

Then of course, I started to read about urinary crystals and what causes it. He likes dry food a lot, and that’s mostly what I was feeding him. Well what do you know? Dry food is a big culprit in the formation of urinary crystals.

That’s what led me to learn more and more about cat food and cat nutrition. I noticed that the cat food I was feeding my cats was of poor quality. It was filled with corn, rice, artificial preservatives, and added coloring.

So after reading upon this subject and looking at the various commercial cat foods on the market, this site was born.

This is just some of the information I have learned over the course of my findings. While a lot of research has been put into this site, rating cat food and such is mostly about opinion.

If you find you disagree with some of the information and reviews on this site, that’s okay. You are more than welcome to disagree.

I suggest using this information, as well as doing research of your own, to avoid making the same mistakes I made. I hope you enjoy the site and learn something new today.

You can contact me at admin@bestcatfoodforcats.com if you have any comments, concerns, or questions you want to direct my way. 🙂

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  1. Hi Jaime,
    I’ve just discovered this site and it is wonderful! I’ve been feeding my cats Applaws wet food for a couple of weeks and they Love it, but I’ve just discovered that it is not nutritionally complete. My kitties also eat dry food, so, I’m wondering if feeding them the Applaws dry food would be sufficient to supplement the lacking nutrients? Thanks for your help!

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

      The Applaws dry food is a quality cat food, as far as dry cat food goes. It has a rather low calorie content comparing it to other dry cat foods. It does have the supplementation that is needed; it is nutritionally complete dry food.

      I am personally against feeding a cat predominantly dry food but I do mix wet cat food with dry from time to time myself. Obviously we all have our opinions about dry food, but to answer your question feeding nutritionally complete dry cat food with a complementary wet cat food (as you are doing) is sufficient and Applaws is a great brand. 🙂

      (sorry for rather delayed response as well)

  2. Joanne Styslinger

    Your missing Farmina N&D (Italy) a very good cat dry food.

  3. Can you please review the dogswell nutrisca line? I have switched my dog to the dog line for being prone rare (silica) bladder stones as it has both no grains and no potato. She is doing very well, but i understand dogs and cats are different.

    My cats are also flutd and im looking to try the chicken dry food to supplement their canned due to cost.

    1. That is great to hear your dog is doing well with switching over to this brand of food. 🙂

      I will certainly add the cat food line to my ‘to do’ list. A quick look at the food and it does look like a good quality cat food!

  4. Thanks for these reviews! Can you please review Wild Calling canned cat food?
    I’ve been told they’re mostly single protein/protein specific foods, and don’t have carrageenan. Thanks.

    1. This is next on my ‘to do’ list. I’ll follow up with a link with it is online.

      Thanks for your patience as I get these reviews updated.

      1. Just a follow up, Wild Calling has now been reviewed.

        http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/wild-calling-cat-food-reviews-ratings/

        Thanks 🙂

  5. Hi Jaime, I was wondering if your could review PetSmart’s brand “Good Natured”. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Normally I try to stay away from ‘store brand only’ foods, but my list is getting shorter and shorter that I may have to expand!

      I’ll add it to the list and I’ll post a follow up when it is online.

      Thanks for your suggestion and patience while I update all the reviews. Almost done 🙂

  6. Thanks for all your work and generosity
    I do not understand your review of petcurean go turkey chick dry and canned. it seems to have all the earmarks of a great food . much like orijen and core turkey chick original. I would be most interested.dry food is a shortsighted choice and I’m a guilty pushover. Thanks.
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  7. Joni, Mr. Knightley and Violet

    Jamie, Thank you for doing this site! I am often wandering around my local pet shop with my phone on your site trying to buy the best food that my cats will eat and won’t break my bank. We all appreciate you!

    1. Comments like these make it all worth it.

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  8. Hello, what do you think of Nutrisource and if I can ask what do you feed your cats? Thanks!

    1. My sincerest apologies for my late reply. With the holiday season, things got a little hectic!

      I have added NutriSource to the site, it can be found here:

      http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/nutrisource-cat-food-reviews-ratings/

      My cats are not overly particular eaters. One likes canned food over dry. One likes dry food over canned. And the other likes chicken. So what I do is I mix dry food with the canned food, and feed them predominantly chicken based cat foods. Each is happy and it has been working well.

      As for brands, I like to mix it up every now and then. Not once every couple of weeks, more so every half year to a year. They were on Innova cat food until it got discontinued. Now I have them on Nature’s Variety Instinct Chicken for dry and for canned right now is Petsmart’s Authority Chicken Pate. To me, that is an excellent food for a low price. Very comparable to more expensive brands such as Wellness.

      Thank you for your comment, and your patience!

  9. I went to Pet Supplies Plus to get new food. My cats didn’t like Purina Pro Plan. And from your ratings, it was probably a good decision to stop using pro plan. The store recommended Merrick Purrfect Bistro Duck/Turkey recipe. I didn’t know they were bought by Purina recently. Do you have any concerns with Merrick’s quality since it is now owned by Purina? I don’t want to start my cats on this new food if you think the new ownership will affect quality. Do you have any recommendations for dry food with minimum of 40% protein for 2-3 year old cats? Thank you.

    1. Hello, thanks for your question.

      Yes, Merrick’s new ownership is a concern. The ingredients in the formula have changed, and many flavors got axed. Many subtle changes can occur in a cat food formula that can easily go unnoticed because the ingredients itself do not change. The AAFCO has guidelines in place in regards to what makes a cat food nutritionally complete, but there’s so much room for interpretation. It’s hard not to believe that a major corporation such as Purina is not exploiting this. But that’s just my opinion.

      Some recommendations of dry food with a min. of 40% protein (as taken from each company’s guaranteed analysis on their website):

      Nulo’s Freestyle dry are all min. 40% protein (each flavor). Most of the Medalseries dry as well.
      Orijen’s Cat & Kitten, Regional Red, Six Fish Cat (Both Canada and US versions, just take note that the ingredients differ)
      Taste of the Wild’s Rocky Mountain Feline
      Young Again’s Premium High Protein Cat Food (all Young Again dry is high protein)
      Wysong’s Epigen, Epigen 90

      Thanks 🙂

  10. Hi Jaime- Thanks for all the great information without any inflammatory commentary. I am in cat rescue and am always looking for wet food that comes in large cans. Precise Naturals has some, and the ingredient list looks better than average. I’m wondering if you’ve looked at their food.

    1. Hello,

      First off, excellent to read you are in cat rescue 🙂

      Thank you for the wonderful comment about not having inflammatory comments. I really do try to be objective as possible with the reviews, even though ‘reviews’ basically means ‘my opinion of something.’

      Thanks for the suggestion as well. You are right, the ingredients list certainly looks better than average. Reviews for Precise can now be found here:

      http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/precise-cat-food-reviews-ratings/

      Thanks again 🙂

  11. Hi,

    which do you think is a better food, wellness core dry food for cats or Nutro natural choice duck and potato? My cat currently eats the nutro natural choice dry but I was wondering if there is a better option. He’s very picky. Thanks.

    1. Hello, thanks for the question.

      Both these dry foods, the Wellness CORE original dry food, and Nutro Natural Choice Grain Free Duck and Potato are very comparable. Wellness CORE contains 3860 kcal/kg. The Nutro Duck and Potato contains 3800 kcal/kg. Both use ingredients such as potatos and peas to compensate for the lack of grains. I’d say if your cat is picky and likes the Nutro Natural Choice Duck and Potato dry, then no reason to switch to the Wellness CORE IMO. 🙂

  12. What do you think about Lotus Chicken & Vegetable Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food or the Lotus product in general?

    1. Hello, thanks for the question.

      Lotus cat food reviews can now be found here:

      http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/lotus-cat-food-reviews

      Thanks again 🙂

  13. Jaime, thanks for compiling these reviews. Can you review Soulistic?

    1. My sincerest apologies for not getting the Soulistic reviews done earlier!

      They can be found here: http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/soulistic-cat-food-reviews-ratings/

      Thank you 🙂

  14. Love the website, but you need to put on each product the Guaranteed Analysis. There are cats that need low fat, low carb diets, and the like. If the Guaranteed Analysis was listed on each product it would be a great help. On your website I learned so much about the toxins they put in food, and which to avoid, I still need to know the percent of how much protein, carbs, fat, and other stuff is in each since my cat has a few medical issues that make that information very handy to have. Thanks for making such a great website available.

  15. Jaime,

    Also, how do you rate Red Barn cat food? I also tried that and the cat absolutely loved it. Thanks.

    John

    1. Thank you for another suggestion. 🙂

      Redbarn can now be found here: http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/redbarn-cat-food-reviews/

      1. Thank you as well, I take your reviews as my first consideration before buying cat food.

        John

  16. Thank you so much for this site, i’m truly grateful for the information, and it has taught me about reading food labels so I can use it for foods that are not reviewed here, or have new formulations.
    You mention in a lot of reviews that seafood-containing food is not ideal long-term for cats, but you don’t mention that cats with urinary issues shouldn’t have it at all. My oldest, who’s 4, just had a major UTI 3 weeks after I switched to Orijen Cat & Kitten. It has tons of fish. He’s never had a UTI before, and thank God there were no crystals, but he suffered a lot and we paid a lot at the vet. I thought the reason seafood was frowned upon by some was because of the rank quality of the fish that ends up in cat food, and Orijen supposedly uses fresh , wild caught, preservative-free fish, so I wasn’t worried about feeding it to them. A lot of the reading I’ve done since says that there are many connections between urinary (and other) problems and fish, regardless of the quality. I seriously had no clue.
    He’s also a hard-core dry addict which doesn’t help matters! I’m trying more wet foods with him, but it is a work in progress.
    It was hard finding a grain-free, fish-free dry, that would also accommodate our 2 kittens, but I settled on Merrick Purrfect Bistro Kitten. It has salmon oil, and more potatoes than I’d like, but that is still far better than most others. Still waiting to see if they can all tolerate it.
    Thanks again for this site, and maybe pass on the info about the fish-UTI thing.

  17. Hi Jaime, I’m impressed with all of the information you’ve assembled here! Thank you! I have been looking for an independent food rater! I looked at the lists and just wonder if you have an opinion of Nulo freestyle? It was highly recommended by a cat lover and is a pate style which is all my 3 cats will eat (strangely enough). Anyway, if you have an opinion, I would be interested.

    I too had no clue about the bad effects of dry food and the ingredients in the “vet recommended” foods. I fed it for years!!!! I’m so upset that I’ve subjected my cats to such poor quality food filled with junk carbs! I hope I’m not too late to get them going on a much better canned food diet. It is a bit limiting due to the pate thing though :/ They don’t really like the Instinct brand either, which I know is a good food 🙁

    Thanks and happy tails!

    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, it means a lot to me 🙂

      Truth is I never even heard of that brand before. I can certainly look into it and add it to the site. I’ll post a link when it is up and ready (in a day).

      Thanks again!

      1. Just to follow up, Nulo is now featured.
        Here is the link: http://bestcatfoodforcats.com/nulo-cat-food-reviews/

  18. If you can answer that’d be great i need some advice. i found your papge after researching what i can do for my cat. I have a cat with severe crystals and stones he can not have any magnesium the only thing working so far to keep him urinating somewhat well is the vet gave me ammonium chloride after being on it for 5 months now he has rapidly lost weight i give him extra food and varies vitamins and milk to help him gain weight but hasnt helped i saw your bit with methionine does this work well on cat with stones and crystals? and can you suggest somethign to help him gain weight back no joke he lost 9 pounds in 5 months from the ammonium chloride i am so scared he is going to die from lack of weight and vitamins.

    1. I am so sad to hear this. My cat suffered from crystals as well, but nothing like this. Also, I am assuming you are talking about struvite crystals.

      Methionine is good, but the right amounts. Methionine helps the urine become acidic, and too much causes other types of crystals because the urine becomes too acidic.

      L-methionine powder can be mixed with cat food to assist with the crystals. With this however, you have to monitor urine pH levels, as L-methionine powder is an acidifier. You can talk to the vet about this before attempting to use it. There is also DL-methionine. Stick with L-methionine.

      Stay clear of canned food that has fish in it. Like you said, your cat cannot have magnesium, and fish has high levels of magnesium in it.

      As for foods to help with weight gain you want foods that have good protein sources: meaning real meat. No by-products. Nothing with grains or wheat. Also no or few fruits and veggies in the food.

      However, if your cat cannot have any magnesium at all, most cat foods have at least some magnesium. No grains or filler ingredients make the magnesium count low, but it doesn’t eliminate it completely.

      A good-protein/low carb/grain free canned food is good.

      An example:

      Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey Canned Cat Food

      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

      The magnesium level is low.

      More information here: http://www.evopet.com/products/1401

      It does have some questionable ingredients but overall pretty solid for a store bought food

      Talking to your vet about this food or another is probably a good idea.

      Another suggestion is a raw meat diet. But it does take a lot of research and takes up a lot of time.

      I hope this was of some help to you. 🙂

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