The Best Dry Cat Food

The Best Dry Cat Food

Let’s face it, dry food is appealing to many because it is very convenient for the owner. Many people ‘free-feed’ their pets, which is frowned upon, but that’s the reality. Who am I to say ‘stop that’? The key is to find the best dry cat food that suits your cat.

Dry food is widely considered unhealthy to cats mainly because of the moisture content. As expected, dry food doesn’t have high moisture content. On average, it is around 10%. Compare it with wet food, which contains on average 75%. Big difference. What that means is that you have to make sure that the cat has water readily available at all times, to ensure that your cat compensates for the low moisture content of the dry food. So if the cat doesn’t have a water source, that’s when a lot of problems can occur.

Another of the many issues with dry food is the high amount of grains and fillers present.

Here is a real life bad example of one of the dry foods located on the market:

Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soybean meal, whole grain corn, fish meal, dried yeast, powdered cellulose…

The first ingredient is turkey, we’ll give them that. But look that all the crap that follows it. Soybean meal? Really?

So we are looking for a dry food that has a real meat source, and minimum grain/plant sources and fillers present…

The Best Dry Cat Food

Here are some examples of that:

First Couple of Ingredients:

Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor

First Couple of Ingredients:

Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Pumpkinseeds, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal

First Couple of Ingredients:

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Turkey Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Pea Protein, Duck

These are considered the best dry cat food available on the market. Why? Look at the ingredients listing I provided you with. You don’t see any of the grains/plant fillers present as often as the bad example above. Sure, they are STILL THERE. With dry food, it’s hard to eliminate that stuff completely. But it’s not loaded with it.

These are 5 dry commercial cat foods that are of good quality. You will find questionable ingredients, but the protein count is good and fillers are kept to a minimum. These can be considered the best dry cat food on the market:


Farmina N&D Skin and Coat Quail



This dry food by Farmina has a great meat protein source along with a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.



Merrick Limited Ingredient Chicken



This grain-less formula from Merrick is definitely limited ingredient. There are few unnecessary ingredients; however there are still carbohydrate sources present.


petcureangatherchickenPetcurean Gather Chicken



This Petcurean formula differs from the other Petcurean formulas as it really limits the unwanted ingredients usually found in dry food. This formula uses USDA organic meat protein sources and provides balanced nutrition.


wysongepigen90Wysong Epigen 90



This is one of the best commercial dry cat foods on the market. All meat protein sources with really no filler ingredients.


youngagainpremiumhighproteinYoung Again Premium High Protein



This dry food is packed with a high protein percentage because it uses highly digestible protein sources. It limits the unwanted ingredients and provides a species appropriate diet as much as a dry food can.

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  1. I’ll just add at huge THANK YOU for providing this resource.

  2. How can Origen Cat and Kitten dry get 4 paws on one page and 3.5 on another????? The veracity of this website makes me wonder even more now. Help

    1. You are correct, and I apologize for that. This page had not been updated in quite some time after reviewing many commercial cat foods. It has now been updated to be more consistent with the rest of the site. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  3. Love your site. Could you please analyze Life’s Abundance both wet and dry?

  4. Petcurean is a much better food than you portray

  5. Hi there!

    My cat has a sensitive digestive system and I’ve tried several different brands. Royal Canin(Indoor, Hairball, Beauty & Skin, Indoor Senior), Acana (Pacifica and Grasslands), Nutrience, Oven Baked, Vetdiet…

    I’m not really sure what to do at this point. I mean, she’s healthy and there’s medically nothing wrong with her, but her stool reeks and they’re not as hard as they should be.

    Any magical brand you suggest? I’m thinking of adding digestive enzymes to her food at this point…

  6. I love your site!! Can you review the new orijen cat and kitten? They recently changed production from canada to kentucky and the ingredients are different now, thanks!!

    1. Thanks for the update. I believe the Canadian versions can still be purchased in Canada (and perhaps even online), so those reviews will remain online. The new USA Kentucky formulas have now be added to the Orijen reviews page:

      Thanks again 🙂

      1. Joanne Styslinger

        As a retailer I have been told that you can no longer purchase the canadian recipe only the kentucky line.

  7. can you please analyze 4Health grain free?

    1. Absolutely, 4Health reviews can now be found here:

      Thanks 🙂

  8. Who is the author of this site, please site credentials and qualifications Thanks.

    1. Check out the About Me page for a little more information about myself:


  9. Could you analyze Nutrience brand too

    1. Hello, thank you for your suggestion. I can most certainly analyze Nutrience. I will post a follow up with a link when it is ready to go.

      Thank you again 🙂

  10. Some VERY useful information here!

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