Best Canned Cat Food

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. Honestly, rating cat food is all about opinion and more importantly, how a person’s cat responds to a certain food.

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.

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.

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 mostly nutritious. Grains are present in some of the formulas, not all of them are grain free. This is to show what kinds of grains to look for if your cat food does have grains present (which is common because not all of us can afford grain free).

To note: there are five different brands shown here. Each brand has many quality flavors of canned cat foods available. This is just one example of each brand.

Without further ado:


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. While not always important, 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 too harmful and may even provide added palatability.These extra fruits and veggie ingredients do drive up the carbohydrate levels though.

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.


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. The cat can go without these ingredients and they may even add extra carbohydrates. The main thing here is that the cat is receiving quality meat sources. 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.


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. However, it isn’t rich in omega-3 oils. Omega-6 and omega-3 should be in ratios of 10:1 or 5:1. Too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 is not a good thing.

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, so at least they are honest about it. 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.


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?

Overall, the minimizing of questionable ingredients such as wheat or corn is beneficial.

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

Natural Choice

The ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Pork Broth, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Sodium Phosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Salt, Taurine

Yes, there are a couple of ingredients listed that may have you thinking. As mentioned earlier, natural flavoring is a little questionable. The fact that it is natural and not artificial is better. Natural flavors can be obtained from less than desirable means though.

The majority of the main ingredients are meat or broth. Broth is not harmful, and while not nutritious is considered to a quality ingredient. Filler ingredients are kept to a minimum and this food is not loaded with carbohydrate sources.

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


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  1. I’m just concerned about the sodium selenite that’s present in all the examples you listed out. Is it not a harmful ingredient? If not (as I hope it’s only a teeny weeny bit of it in the can), then great list here

    1. You have every right to be concerned, this ingredient does have doubts attached. It has a bad reputation. It is being described as toxic even in low (and correct) amounts.
      Its true that Sodium Selenite is a more toxic form of Selenium as opposed to a natural form. Selenium is more toxic than other minerals too. Sodium Selenite is a cheaper form of Selenium, and companies will cut corners wherever they can.
      Any vitamin or mineral taken at high amounts will be toxic. This ingredient is present in cat food in small amounts so cats can experience the benefits of it. The concern really lies in the fact that this ingredient is in addition of other ingredients such as fish or whole grains. These ingredients also contain Selenium. So then you have a build up in cats.
      But, here is a study that shows cats are better at regulating Selenium and have more concentration of Se in the blood (compared to dogs) to begin with:
      The link (I’m sharing because this is free. I didn’t have to pay for this one nor would I post someone’s work for free if they are asking for a fee):
      The study also states that inorganic Selenium (Sodium Selenite) is no harsher on the liver than natural Selenium.
      That’s not to say that cats can NEVER experience Selenium toxicity.
      But I feel this ingredient can go either way. If you are concerned about high levels of Selenium being present, then I’d avoid this ingredient. But the levels in cat food should be safe for your cat to not experience anything negative.
      Either way, it is very hard to get away from this ingredient. If you look at any of the best canned cat food, they all have flaws unfortunately. Even canned foods that don’t have Sodium Selenite might have Copper Sulfate or Carrageenan or Sodium Tripolyphosphate or all of this. Commercial canned cat foods are definitely not perfect for our cats.
      I hope this was of some help :)

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