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:


Natures Variety Chicken Meal Dry Formula



This dry food by Nature’s Variety is packed full of protein. While it is grain free the formula still has carbohydrates. Regardless, it is a quality cat food despite flaws.



Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food



From the same makers as Acana, listed below. The Orijen formula is an acceptable balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in a dry food.


wellnesscoreorgiWellness CORE Original Formula Dry Food



This Wellness CORE dry food has a high protein level while limiting the carbohydrate level. Some of the ingredients are not ideal however they don’t dominate this formula.


canidaepureessentialsCanidae Pure Elements Grain Free Dry Cat Food



This company prides itself on using as little ingredients as possible, but making sure these ingredients are high quality. Ingredients are present that are questionable in terms of providing nutrition.


acanawildpcandkAcana Wild Prairie Grain Free Dry Cat Food



Acana uses ingredients that are fresh and fit for human consumption. Protein levels are not as high and this formula can be interchanged with others that didn’t make the list.


More Brands

Some more brands that are worth checking out include:

Blue Buffalo
Natural Choice
Nature’s Logic


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  1. Petcurean is a much better food than you portray

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. can you please analyze 4Health grain free?

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

      Thanks 🙂

  5. 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:


  6. 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 🙂

  7. Some VERY useful information here!

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