Cat Food Nutritional Composition — sortable charts

Data compiled by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM - September 2012
Data provided by the respective companies - June - September 2012

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The charts below include:
  1. Canned/pouch foods commonly available
  2. Alternative and presciption foods:
    • Frozen - pasteurized with heat
    • Dehydrated - pasteurized with high pressure processing (HPP)
    • Dehydrated - no pasteurization
    • Raw - pasteurized with HPP
    • Raw - no pasteurization
    • Veterinarian-prescribed

The companion PDF chart lists canned food in ascending order of phosphorus level.

Please visit, as well as the bottom section of this chart, for more information regarding feline nutrition and other health care topics. Note that there is no dry kibble included here. See the Urinary Tract Health and Diabetes pages at for reasons why dry food is not recommended for cats. The main reasons are:

  1. Water-depleted diets do not promote urinary tract health and they significantly increase your cat's risk for very painful and potentially fatal urethral obstructions, as well as cystitis.
  2. Diets high in carbohydrates negatively impact the blood sugar level of many cats, predisposing them to diabetes.
  3. Cats are obligate carnivores and are designed to get their protein from animal sources, not plants (grains and vegetables).

If your cat is a dry food addict, please see Tips for Transitioning Dry Food Addicts to Canned Food.

Chart Notes

  1. Except as otherwise noted, the products listed are considered to be complete diets, rather than for supplemental feeding only.
  2. Inclusion of a product in this chart does not imply my endorsement. The chart is simply a compilation of data for many commercial options. This chart is a 'work in progress' and will be updated as I receive more data.
  3. Except where noted for Purina products (Friskies, Fancy Feast, FF Elegant Medleys, ProPlan, and Purina One), the data contained in this chart are from typical nutrient analyses - not 'guaranteed analyses' which are only minimum and maximum values making them inaccurate by definition. However, even the values below are not etched in stone so do not take them too literally since there can be substantial variation from batch-to-batch. For example, a higher fat content of the meat ingredients will decrease the protein and carbohydrate fractions, as well as decrease the phosphorus content and increase the caloric density.
  4. Most nutritionists prefer to consider nutrients on an energy (calorie) basis but dry matter figures are included for those readers who prefer to evaluate foods on a DMB.
  5. Blank cells = data not provided yet
  6. See below the chart for general nutrition and label reading comments as well as a discussion of why some companies are not included.


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P=protein • F=fat • C=carbohydrate • Phos=Phosphorus • kcal="calories"

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Brand Group Flavor P F C mg Phos/ 100 kcals P F C Phos DM kCal
Addiction Some are unique protein diets - most cats have never been exposed to brushtail and buffalo. (Brushtail - small marsupial found in New Zealand.GameBrushtail & Vegetable Entrée444412542214196/6.5 oz
AddictionGameBuffalo Meatloaf42517542710180
AddictionPoultryDuck Confit & Sweet Potatoes39529502811189
AddictionGameHunter's Venison Stew434611542414178
AddictionGameRabbit & Blueberries45459562312175
AddictionSeafoodSalmon & Potatoes39529502811212/6.5 oz
AddictionPoultryTurkey, Cranberries, Apples47458562210172
AddictionSeafoodUnagi & Seaweed Entrée40529522811227/6.5 oz
AddictionGameVenison & Apples454511562313211/6.5 oz
ArtemisPoultryTurkey and Giblets32644409433661.94248
AuthorityPoultryChicken36613238513541.17210/6 oz
AuthorityKittenChicken & Lamb - Kitten3060102854235131.39233
AuthorityKittenChicken & Liver - Kitten35596262483391.26211
AuthorityPoultryChicken & Rice - Hairball365783624529101.59178
AuthorityLambLamb & Rice35605231513571.17185
AuthorityWeight controlLight Chicken & Rice3742212854521251.22161
AuthoritySeniorSenior Catfish & Rice37586297503381.43190
AuthorityPoultrySliced Chicken in Sauce45495284582671.28206
AuthoritySeafoodSliced Ocean Fish in Sauce4544113065422141.30186
AuthorityPoultryTurkey & Giblets345972224734101.09216
AvodermPoultryChicken & Duck/Gravy3546192164323240.9382/3 oz
AvodermPoultryChicken Chunks/Gravy53398234621990.9666/3 oz
AvodermWeight controlIndoor Weight Control3042272283621320.94151
AvodermSeafoodOcean Fish345882744833111.33182
AvodermMixSalmon & Chicken/Gravy3844182304622220.9775/3 oz
AvodermSeafoodSalmon/Consomme57450439692301.8682/ 3 oz
AvodermSeafoodSardine/Shrimp/Crab/Gravy5627172625912180.9768/3 oz
AvodermSeafoodSardines in Consomme61381380691811.5168/3 oz
AvodermSeafoodSwordfsh/Consomme63361271751821.1462/3 oz
AvodermMixTuna & Chicken w/Vegetables59402241701921.0081/3 oz
AvodermSeafoodTuna & Prawns71340278791501.0871/3 oz
AvodermSeafoodTuna/Crab/Gravy5329182576013201.0170/3 0z
BFF (Best Feline Friends)SeafoodTuna & Bonito Be Mine68302240781420.9664/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)MixTuna & Chicken69292234761320.9065/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)MixTuna & Chicken Chuckles69292234801420.9765/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)SeafoodTuna & Pumpkin Valentine64315243751561.0063/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)SeafoodTuna & Salmon Soulmates66322236771530.9665/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)SeafoodTuna & Shrimp Sweethearts64332236771620.9765/3 oz
BFF (Best Feline Friends)SeafoodTuna & Tilapia Twosome68302240791420.9864/3 oz
California NaturalPoultryChicken & Brown Rice286492824038121.42182
California NaturalSeafoodFish & Brown Rice3256123074331161.45164
California NaturalSeafoodSalmon & Sweet Potato365773414731101.59203
California NaturalGameVenison & Brown Rice3552133644528161.63163
Drs. Foster & SmithPoultryChicken296482044239111.05200
Drs. Foster & SmithMixChicken & Fish3645192544423231.09181
Drs. Foster & SmithPoultryTurkey3357102504632131.20200
EukanubaKittenEntrée with Gourmet Chicken42571253512911.08113/3 oz
EukanubaPoultryEntrée with Gourmet Chicken39601239493121.05177
EukanubaLambEntrée with Lamb & Rice385482304627100.97196
EukanubaSeafoodEntrée with Pacific Salmon37593241483141.08187
EvoPoultryTurkey/Chicken Cat/Kitten33643266473741.31200
EvoPoultry95% Chicken & Turkey25732155414940.88210
EvoBeef95% Beef29674234434261.24210
EvoGame95% Venison30656417423782.05218
EvoPoultry95% Duck26705251404471.35217
Fancy Feast Unfortunately, Purina lists the moisture, protein, fat, fiber, and ash as GA ('guaranteed analysis' minimums and maximums) with the same value for all products in a food 'family'. This leaves us with inaccurate values. However, I am including their products because they list different carb values for each 'family member' and list them under 'typical nutrient composition' so I am hoping that the values below for carbohydrate level are reasonably accurate. Note that the selections with 'gravy' or 'sauce' in the name are higher in carbohydrates than other selections. The values for phosphorus are based on GA moisture so are not completely accurate. They are probably fairly close to reality, or are listed higher than they actually are. All Fancy Feast cans are 3 oz.ChunkyChunky Chicken Feast51445637501852.2090
Fancy FeastChunkyChunky Chopped Grilled Feast50437454501871.6094
Fancy FeastChunkyChunky Turkey Feast50437624501872.2087
Fancy FeastClassicChicken Feast46514546502342.1091
Fancy FeastClassicChopped Grill Feast39574569452752.3091/3 oz
Fancy FeastClassicCod/Sole/Shrimp Feast6927478755932.2083
Fancy FeastClassicOcean Whitefish & Tuna Feast6927482355932.3082
Fancy FeastClassicSalmon & Shrimp Feast51445550501851.9089
Fancy FeastClassicSavory Salmon Feast38611369523421.7797
Fancy FeastClassicSeafood Feast60373714551432.3087
Fancy FeastFlakedChicken & Tuna Feast57358434641691.70102/3 oz
Fancy FeastFlakedFish & Shrimp Feast7921070180902.5089
Fancy FeastFlakedSalmon & Whitefish Feast60328458641481.70104
Fancy FeastFlakedTrout Feast55387395641881.60107
Fancy FeastFlakedTuna & Mackerel Feast573494056416101.6097
Fancy FeastFlakedTuna Feast593193976414101.50103
Fancy FeastGravy LoversBeef Feast/Roasted Beef Flavor Gravy5127223185011221.1066/3 oz
Fancy FeastGravy LoversChicken Feast/Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy5228203285011191.1067
Fancy FeastGravy LoversOcean Whitefish & Tuna Feast/Sauteed Seafood Flavor Gravy5228213555011201.2065
Fancy FeastGravy LoversSalmon Feast/Seared Salmon Flavor Gravy5228203285011191.1065
Fancy FeastGrilledBeef & Liver Feast in Gravy572518325509161.0072
Fancy FeastGrilledBeef Feast in Gravy582517362509151.1072
Fancy FeastGrilledChicken & Beef Feast in Gravy582516366509141.1072
Fancy FeastGrilledChicken Feast in Gravy5532132876115141.1271/3 oz
Fancy FeastGrilledLiver & Chicken Feast in Gravy582517395509151.2072
Fancy FeastGrilledSalmon & Shrimp Feast/Gravy5825173605510161.2070
Fancy FeastGrilledSalmon Feast in Gravy5825173305510161.1070
Fancy FeastGrilledSeafood Feast in Gravy5826163645510151.2071
Fancy FeastGrilledTuna Feast in Gravy5828142876212151.0768
Fancy FeastGrilledTurkey Feast in Gravy5825173605510161.2071
Fancy FeastGrilledWhitefish/Tuna Feast in Gravy582517362509151.1072
Fancy FeastKittenTender Ocean Whitefsh Feast53425689551852.5084
Fancy FeastKittenTender Turkey Feast41544474502752.0092
Fancy FeastMarinated MorselsBeef Feast in Gravy572518390509161.2082
Fancy FeastMarinated MorselsChicken Feast in Gravy572518423509161.3081
Fancy FeastMarinated MorselsSalmon Feast in Gravy562519418509171.3081
Fancy FeastMarinated MorselsTuna Feast in Gravy562420382509181.2075
Fancy FeastMarinated MorselsTurkey Feast in Gravy572518423509161.3082
Fancy FeastPoultryMinced Turkey Feast in Sauce572518390509161.2079
Fancy FeastPoultryTurkey and Giblets Feast39583355533331.6994
Fancy FeastRoastedChicken Feast612712419559101.2080
Fancy FeastRoastedTurkey Feast622711389991.1081
Fancy FeastSlicedBeef & Giblets Feast in Gravy542422467509201.5081
Fancy FeastSlicedBeef Feast in Gravy542423431509211.4081
Fancy FeastSlicedChicken Feast in Gravy562420445509181.4081
Fancy FeastSlicedChicken Hearts & Liver Feast/Gravy542423400509211.3084
Fancy FeastSlicedSalmon & Chicken in Gravy582517362509151.1081
Fancy FeastSlicedTurkey and Giblets Feast/Gravy572518358509161.1081
Fancy FeastSlicedTurkey Feast in Gravy572518390509161.2081
Fancy FeastTenderBeef & Chicken Feast40555502482762.1094
Fancy FeastTenderBeef & Liver Feast44515525482352.0094
Fancy FeastTenderBeef Feast51445637501852.2093
Fancy FeastTenderLiver & Chicken46514598502342.3080
Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys See the comment for Purina products under the Fancy Feast section above. All products in this category are 3 oz in size.FlorentineChicken/Greens/Sauce5632123745914131.3871
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysFlorentineSalmon/Greens/Sauce5926153375510141.1073
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysFlorentineTuna/Greens/Sauce5826163645510151.2070
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysFlorentineTurkey/Greens/Sauce6026143415510131.1074
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysPrimaveraChickenPrimavera/Veggies/Gr eens/Sauce5426204415611211.6065
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysPrimaveraSalmon/Veg/Greens/Sauce5526193065611201.1066
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysPrimaveraTunaPrimavera/Veggies/Green s/Sauce5428182655712190.9864
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysPrimaveraTurkeyPrimavera/Veggies/Gre ens/Sauce5426203315611211.2067
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysShreddedChicken/Greens/Broth632215453649151.6084
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysShreddedSalmon/Greens/Broth632215340649151.2086
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysShreddedTuna/Greens/Broth632215340649151.2088
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysShreddedTurkey/Greens/Broth652212350649121.2088/3 oz
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysSouffleChicken/Cheddar Cheese/Greens462232289459321.0079
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysSouffleChicken/Egg/Greens532621640459181.9081
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysSouffleSalmon/Egg/Greens532621673459182.0079
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysTuscanyChicken/Rice/Greens/Sauce5225233715611251.4064
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysTuscanySalmon/Rice/Greens/Sauce5225232925611251.1065
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysTuscanyTuna/Rice/Greens/Sauce5124252865611271.1065
Fancy Feast Elegant MedleysTuscanyTurkey/Rice/Greens/Sauce5225222955611241.1067
FelidaeCat & Kitten326092024636131.04188
FelidaePoultryChicken & Rice2862102204238151.16188
FelidaePure Elements286292074339141.09154
FelidaeSeafoodPure Sea306281984639121.05149
Friskies See the comment regarding Purina products under the Fancy Feast section above. Note that the selections below with 'gravy', 'sauce', or 'rice' in the name are higher in carbohydrates. The Classic Pate selections are the lowest in carbohydrates. All products are 5.5 oz.Classic PateChicken & Tuna Dinner in Sauce415093874523101.5187
FriskiesClassic PateCountry Style Dinner4050103324523111.3187
FriskiesClassic PateLiver & Chicken Dinner415093614523101.4171
FriskiesClassic PateMariner's Catch40536393532981.8169
FriskiesClassic PateMixed Grill4049113544523121.4171
FriskiesClassic PateOcean Whitefsh & Tuna Dinner49439417501891.5171
FriskiesClassic PatePoultry Platter415094384523101.7187
FriskiesClassic PateSalmon Dinner41517499452381.9185
FriskiesClassic PateSea Captain's Choice49439473501891.7171
FriskiesClassic PateSeafood Entrée49439445501891.6171
FriskiesClassic PateSupreme Supper41518416452391.6156
FriskiesClassic PateTurkey and Giblets Dinner41518338452391.3187
FriskiesFlakedTuna & Egg in Sauce573584155514101.4171
FriskiesFlakedTuna in Sauce573584125514101.4172
FriskiesGravy SensationsBeef & Chicken in Gravy5230184065513191.5138
FriskiesGravy SensationsChicken in Gravy5625193495510191.2138
FriskiesGravy SensationsOcean Whitefsh in Gravy5625194655510191.6135
FriskiesGravy SensationsSalmon in Gravy5330173835513181.4131
FriskiesGravy SensationsTuna in Gravy5625193495510191.2135
FriskiesGravy SensationsTurkey and Giblets in Gravy5330173835513181.4135
FriskiesMeaty BitsBeef in Gravy5328193325011181.1148
FriskiesMeaty BitsChicken Dinner in Gravy5429173705011161.2148
FriskiesMeaty BitsGourmet Grill5329183355011171.1148
FriskiesPrime FilletsChicken & Tuna in Gravy5725183845510181.3130
FriskiesPrime FilletsTurkey Dinner in Gravy5234143185716161.2132
FriskiesPrime FilletsWith Beef in Gravy5625194075510191.4134
FriskiesPrime FilletsWith Chicken in Gravy5725184015510171.4132
FriskiesPrime FilletsWith Salmon & Beef in Sauce5625193495510191.2134
FriskiesPrime FilletsWith Whitefish & Tuna in Sauce5725183865510171.3130
FriskiesSavory ShredsBeef in Gravy4342152975020171.2135
FriskiesSavory ShredsChicken in Gravy4442143245020161.3130
FriskiesSavory ShredsChicken/Salmon/Gravy Dinner4443133025020151.2132
FriskiesSavory ShredsOcean Whitefish/Tuna in Sauce4442142995020161.2133
FriskiesSavory ShredsSalmon in Sauce4443133025020151.2132
FriskiesSavory ShredsTurkey & Giblets/Gravy4342153465020171.4132
FriskiesSavory ShredsTurkey/Cheese/Gravy Dinner4442142995020161.2132
FriskiesSavory ShredsWhitefish/Sardines/Sauce4442143245020161.3134
FriskiesSelects IndoorChunky Chicken & Turkey Casserole/Brown Rice/Greens442432308419301.0144
FriskiesSelects IndoorClassic Chicken Entrée/Brown Rice/Greens3437294613214271.5145
FriskiesSelects IndoorHerbed Salmon/Rice/Greens3436314513214291.5144
FriskiesSelects IndoorOcean Whitefish Dinner/Rice/Greens402436273369320.9141
FriskiesSelects IndoorSeafood Bake/Rice/Greens442432308419301.0140
FriskiesSelects IndoorTurkey Dinner/Brown Rice/Greens402436230369330.7144
FriskiesSeniorChicken & Tuna Dinner in Gravy4435213045017241.2146
FriskiesSeniorLamb & Rice in Gravy4435212645017241.1124
FriskiesSeniorSalmon Dinner in Sauce4542134265019141.7156
FriskiesSeniorTurkey & Giblets Dinner4341154145019181.7154
FriskiesSpecialBeef & Chicken Entrée35605242453261.1181
FriskiesSpecialBeef & Liver Entrée35605241453261.1181
FriskiesSpecialSliced Chicken in Gravy5035151665516160.6138
FriskiesSpecialTurkey & Giblets Dinner37585189453060.8166
FriskiesSpecialWhitefish Dinner37594351453051.5172
FriskiesSpecialWith Salmon38557228452781.0149
FriskiesTasty TreasuresChicken & Cheese in Gravy5524203315510201.2134
FriskiesTasty TreasuresChicken, Tuna & Cheese in Gravy5524213585510211.3131
FriskiesTasty TreasuresOceanfsh, Tuna & Cheese in Gravy5524203455510201.2129
FriskiesTasty TreasuresTurkey & Cheese in Gravy5524213585510211.3128
Go!PoultryChicken, Turkey, Duck34625309483671.5212
HaloMixChicken & Beef3355113044430151.40136
HaloMixChicken, Shrimp, Crab3652122384728151.0880/3 oz
HaloPoultrySpot's Pate Chicken31664303433851.49196
HaloSeafoodSpot's Pate Whitefsh47485466562461.93154
HaloSeafoodSucculent Salmon266492273838131.14161
HaloPoultryWholesome Chicken3255132014229170.92136
HaloLambWholesome Lamb3355122364330151.08141
HaloPoultryWholesome Turkey3159102154333141.04150
Holistic SelectMixChicken & Lamb286482224239111.15190
Holistic SelectPoultryDuck & Chicken2761122163836171.08196
Holistic SelectSeafoodOcean Fish & Tuna3157122274233171.10178
Holistic SelectSeafoodSalmon & Shrimp335982644734111.30189
Holistic SelectPoultryTurkey & Barley2761122103936171.05200
Hounds & GatosBeefBeef316092504537141.29194
Hounds & GatosPoultryChicken29692241454431.29202
Hounds & GatosMixLamb & Duck Liver33633244493851.25193
Hounds & GatosMixLamb/Chicken/Salmon30663225454151.17195
Hounds & GatosPorkPork296924032.17202
Hounds & GatosMixRabbit & Duck Liver39565402472861.71161
Hounds & GatosSeafoodSalmon42562373553021.71176
Hounds & GatosMixTrout & Duck Liver41554366553051.71176
IamsKitten PateGourmet Chicken3852102654928141.22112/3 oz
IamsBeefAdult Pate w/ Beef3650152384627191.08176
IamsPoultryAdult Filets w/ Chicken in Gravy3650142754526181.22156
IamsPoultryAdult Pate w/ Chicken3550152414527191.08172
IamsPoultryAdult Pate w/ Chicken/Liver3551142404527191.0894/3 oz
IamsPoultryAdult Pate w/ Turkey & Giblets3454122304630161.08194
IamsLambAdult Pate w/ Lamb & Rice3447192534325241.12182
IamsSeafoodAdult Cuts w/ Salmon3651142784526181.23163
IamsSeafoodAdult Cuts w/ Tuna3650142704626181.19159
IamsSeafoodAdult Pate w/ Ocean Fish3649142574626181.14180
IamsSeafoodAdult Pate w/ Pacific Salmon3748142574725181.14181
IamsSeafoodAdult Pate w/ Seafood Sampler3749142654725181.1793/3 oz
InnovaCat & Kitten345882794633111.35201
InnovaWeight controlLower Fat Adult3744193994421231.67152
MerrickCalifornia Roll3549162064325190.88163
MerrickCowboy Cookout52425202622160.84162
MerrickGrammy's Pot Pie504282375820100.97152
MerrickNew England Boil4446103885122111.57133
MerrickOcean Breeze42508420492491.71141
MerrickSouthern Delight40554328512951.44146
MerrickSurf N Turf49473229582340.95160
MerrickThanksgiving Day Dinner4048122024924140.86150
MerrickBeefBG 96% Beef41581163573310.7976/3.2 oz
MerrickMixBG 96% Quail & Chicken33662506494122.6479/3.2 oz
MerrickPoultryBG 96% Chicken31672341444031.7389/3.2 oz
MerrickPoultryBG 96% Turkey31672178484230.9585/3.2 oz
MerrickSeafoodBG 96% Salmon29692439424232.2480/3.2 oz
MerrickSeafoodBG 96% Tuna37612450503422.1382/3.2 oz
Nature's Logic Uses whole foods for nutrients as opposed to synthetic vitamins; currently involved in feeding trials; at this time, not labeled as complete diets.PoultryChicken37603366523541.8241
Nature's LogicMixDuck & Salmon29701213434311.1229
Nature's LogicGameRabbit28721234404311.2252
Natural BalanceLimited Ingredient DietsChicken & Green Pea3156132274131181.08220/6 oz
Natural BalanceLimited Ingredient DietsDuck & Green Pea2857162523832221.22215
Natural BalanceLimited Ingredient DietsSalmon & Green Pea3850123514625151.49200
Natural BalanceLimited Ingredient DietsVenison & Green Pea3751124024726151.76200
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesChicken & Chicken Liver3944173964621201.6370
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesChicken & Giblets3448183244224231.470/3 0z
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesChicken & Salmon3447193664224231.5770
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesCod/Chicken/Sole/Shrimp3846164024623191.770
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesMackerel & Sardine4141183424619211.3670
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesSalmon/Tuna/Chicken/Shrimp3844173444622211.4570
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesTurkey/Chicken/Duck3646174744323211.9970
Natural BalancePlatefulls PouchesTurkey/Salmon/Chicken3545203584222241.5170
Natural BalanceStewsCatatouille66304274741451.0845/3 oz
Natural BalanceStewsLand 'n Sea54388331621891.3250
Natural BalanceStewsLife's A Beach59347591621572.1970
Natural BalanceStewsO'Fishally Scampi6535244721610.9445
Natural BalanceStewsPurrrfect Paella69301301771411.1755
Natural BalanceStewsSea Brulee66322297741521.1750
Natural BalanceUltraChicken & Liver Pate2958132774033181.34215
Natural BalanceUltralndoor Chicken3054162694030211.26215
Natural BalanceUltraOcean Fish4343143945222171.67200
Natural BalanceUltraOriginal3156132764231181.32200/6 oz
Natural BalanceUltraReduced Calorie3053172783929221.27180
Natural BalanceUltraSalmon3651133684627171.64200
Natural BalanceUltraTuna with Shrimp4144143255123181.41175
Natural BalanceUltraTurkey & Giblets3452142804529191.32200
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeBeef29683248434241.31214
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeChicken31673302444041.53202
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeDuck29701191434421.01205
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeLamb28702262424231.36238
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeRabbit220
Nature's VarietyInstinct - grain-freeVenison356533048371.59222
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainBeef & Liver153
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainChicken & Tuna3652122554527151.12147
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainDuck & Chicken148
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainLamb & Liver165
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainSeafood3453133014327161.30135
Nature's VarietyPrairie - contains grainTurkey & Liver3549163434325201.48129
Newman's OwnMixBeef & Liver4139202785020251.20140/3 0z
Newman's OwnPoultryChicken & Brown Rice3059102114335151.05185
Newman's OwnMixChicken/Salmon/Brown Rice3060102094336141.05185
Newman's OwnPoultryTurkey & Brown Rice286392064238131.06192
Newman's OwnPoultryTurkey/Vegetables/Brown Rice2861102014137151.02193
Nutro Natural Choice Active Health = Adult; Mature Health = Senior, Healthy Growth = Kitten.NC Active HealthChicken & Liver Formula Chunks in Gravy425082225326110.9884/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Active HealthOcean Fish & Tuna Formula Chunks in Sauce385492724828111.2283/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Active HealthSalmon & Ocean Fish Formula Chunks in Sauce415182085226100.9183/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Active HealthTurkey & Giblets Formula Chunks In Gravy345792534631121.1986/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Healthy GrowthBeef & Chicken Formula3453133304428171.50100/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Healthy GrowthChicken & Lamb Formula3255132934331171.3991/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Healthy GrowthChicken & Liver Formula Chunks in Gravy4051102015127120.9084/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Healthy GrowthSalmon & Ocean Fish Formula Chunks in Sauce405282845127101.2684/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Healthy GrowthTuna & Chicken Formula3454123164429161.4599/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Active HealthChicken & Giblets Formula Chunks In Gravy4248101995024120.8374/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Active HealthChicken & Rice Formula3551142634426181.16167
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Active HealthOcean Fish & Rice Formula3844193184421221.31160
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Active HealthTurkey & Liver Formula Chunks In Gravy415091755025110.7585/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Active HealthWhitefish & Tuna Formula Chunks In Sauce474493045421101.2174/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Mature HealthChicken & Lamb Formula3646182944524231.30172
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Mature HealthChicken & Turkey Formula Chunks in Gravy33616204483691.0373/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Mature HealthChicken & Turkey Platter4142172045021200.8773/3 oz
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Mature HealthChicken & Vegetables3552133004628171.38177
Nutro Natural ChoiceNC Indoor Mature HealthSalmon & Tuna Entrée3256122134432171.04194
Nutro Natural ChoiceWeight controlNC Weight Management Chicken & Liver Formula Chunks in Gravy4638163065218181.2270/3 oz
Nutro Max CatKittenKitten Chicken & Liver3357103474532141.6797/3 oz
Nutro Max CatKittenKitten Chicken & Ocean Fish3059113184133151.52103/3 oz
Nutro Max CatKittenKitten Chicken & Ocean Fish3059113184133151.52103/3 oz
Nutro Max CatWeight controlLite With Turkey & Chicken3443233004121271.25105
Nutro Max CatSeniorSenior Chicken & Lamb3340272963919321.22155
Nutro Max CatMixBeef & Egg3654101884830140.8884/3 oz
Nutro Max CatMixChicken & Lamb2953182633829241.23185
Nutro Max CatPoultryChicken & Liver3254152984229191.38165
Nutro Max CatPoultryChicken Supreme365591734830120.8176/3 oz
Nutro Max CatMixLamb & Turkey Cutlets3753102724829131.2481/3 oz
Nutro Max CatSeafoodOcean Fish3054173683828221.66185
Nutro Max CatSeafoodSalmon Entrée4147122795124141.2076/3 oz
Nutro Max CatSeafoodSeafood & Tomato Bisque4144152744922181.1569/3 oz
Nutro Max CatPoultryTurkey & Chicken Liver375392134929120.9881/3 oz
Nutro Max CatPoultryTurkey & Giblets3157122664232171.28174
Nutro Max CatPoultryWith Savory Duck385481975029100.9173/3 oz
Nutro Max CatGameWith Savory Venison375482145030110.9979/3 oz
OrganixPoultryTurkey & Spinach2459161313535230.65206
OrganixMixTurkey with Salmon2562131433737190.73225
OrganixMixTurkey with Seafood2557181393533250.68202
OrganixPoultryTurkey/Brown Rice/Chicken2561151313636210.66215
PinnacleMixChicken & Ocean Fish27685175414270.93196
PinnacleMixChicken & Tuna32635221453771.10183
PinnacleSeafoodOcean Fish32644231463761.14170
PreciseMixMixed Grill296472064339111.08207
PreciseSeafoodOcean Fish3849132604826171.16172
PreciseSeafoodSimmered Seafare3949122635026151.17165
PreciseBeefFlaked Beef4043173034822201.28159
PrecisePoultryFlaked Chicken3650143354626171.49168
PrecisePorkFlaked Pork4243152595021191.09159
PreciseSeafoodFlaked Salmon/Tuna/Trout4146143365023171.44158
Pro PlanMixBeef & Chicken Entrée in Gravy5725173435510171.1573/3 oz
Pro PlanBeefBeef, Carrots, Rice in Gravy5125243655611261.3968/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryChicken & Liver Entrée44534509502542.0598/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryChicken & Rice Entrée in Gravy5529162566013180.9870/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryChicken, Tomato, Pasta in Gravy5225223735611241.3969/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryChunky Chicken Entrée50445639501852.2389/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodSalmon & Rice Entree in Sauce5233152385515160.9372/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodSalmon & Rice Indoor Care5322253189251.1478/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodSalmon, Shrimp & Rice5326213485611221.2870/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodSole & Vegetable59281356111274/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodTrout & Pasta5426203525611211.2867/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodTuna Entrée in Sauce5927142906212151.0768/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodTuna, Shrimp & Rice5326213355611221.2265/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryTurkey & Giblets54369382501491.2380/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryTurkey & Pasta in Gravy5326223775611231.3971/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryTurkey & Rice in Gravy5625193495510191.2071/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryUrinary Tract Health Chicken in Gravy Entrée4840131385720150.5881/3 oz
Pro PlanWeight controlWeight Management Turkey & Rice622512430559111.3278/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryWhite Meat Chicken & Vegetable5725193966111201.5065/3 oz
Pro PlanSeafoodWhitefish & Salmon49492662502022.3691/3 oz
Pro PlanPoultryChicken, Pasta, Spinach, in Gravy Data not available.
Pro PlanMixChicken, Tuna & Wild Rice Data not available.
Pro PlanSeafoodSeafood Stew Data not available.
Pro PlanPoultryTurkey & Cheddar Cheese in Gravy Data not available.
Pro PlanPoultryTurkey & Vegetable in Gravy Data not available.
Pro PlanKittenChicken & Liver43552436553031.9898/3 oz
Pro PlanKittenSalmon & Ocean Fish46513462552641.9699/3 oz
Pro PlanKittenWhitefish & Tuna48456522552172.0999/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsBeef & Brown Rice39538648412382.3699/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsChicken & Brown Rice37576428493282.0294/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsChicken & Brown Rice - Kitten36585380503381.8398/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsCod & Shrimp Entrée40545601412352.1493/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsSalmon & Brown Rice31654207464061.0899/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsTuna & Mackerel Entrée44488577411871.8690/3 oz
Pro PlanSelectsTurkey & Wild Rice39538632412392.3293/3 oz
Pro PlanSeniorChicken & Beef Entrée38558430452791.82
Pro PlanSeniorSalmon & Tuna Entrée39565442452761.82
Purina ONEBeefBeef in Gravy5725183125510171.0573/3 oz
Purina ONEBeefBeef Pate45505530502352.0595/3 oz
Purina ONEPoultryChicken in Gravy5532132756115141.0771/3 oz
Purina ONEPoultryChicken Pate40582438523132.0093/3 oz
Purina ONESeafoodTuna in Sauce5725173285510171.1069/3 oz
Purina ONEPoultryTurkey in Gravy5826163475510161.1571/3 oz
Purina ONEPoultryTurkey Pate46513469502331.7795/3 oz
Purina ONESeafoodWhitefish Pate59392734501422.1887/3 oz
Royal CaninKittenBabycat405182985026101.2977/3 oz
Royal CaninKittenKitten4842102855720121.1877/3 oz
Royal CaninAdult5432142616014151.0068/3 oz
Royal CaninDigest Sensitive4436202515017231.0065/3 oz
Royal CaninInstinctive 12 +4239201594919230.6575/3 oz
Royal CaninInstinctive 7+5228202075612220.7866/3 oz
Royal CaninIntense Beauty5036142295717160.9174/3 oz
Royal CaninSpayed/Neutered5429172425612180.8863/3 oz
Royal CaninWeight controlUltra-Light6129102966212101.0556/3 oz
Science DietBeefBeef Entrée3145241723822280.72171
Science DietPoultryChicken Dinner3342251344121300.57156
Science DietPoultryChicken Entrée2851221603628290.74175
Science DietPoultryHairball Control Chicken Entrée3148211593623250.65168
Science DietSeafoodHairball Control Seafood Entrée3045251613521290.65165
Science DietPoultryIndoor Chicken Entrée3048211593623250.65168
Science DietSeafoodIndoor Seafood Entrée3248201713823230.70165
Science DietWeight controlLight Liver & Chicken Entrée3433331893614340.69138
Science DietMixLiver & Chicken Entrée3444221664222260.70167
Science DietSeafoodOcean Fish Dinner3541241444220280.60155
Science DietSeafoodSalmon Entrée2946241673624300.72163
Science DietSeafoodSeafood Entrée3346221783923260.75157
Science DietSeafoodTuna Dinner3739241514319290.62152
Science DietPoultryTurkey & Giblets Entrée2951201653727260.73178
Science DietPoultryTurkey Entrée2945261703523320.73162
Science DietCulinary CreationsChicken Dinner in Gravy3144251783922310.77156
Science DietCulinary CreationsOcean Fish Dinner in Sauce3642221604421270.68155
Science DietCulinary CreationsRoast Beef Dinner in Gravy3045251623723320.71143
Science DietCulinary CreationsTuna Dinner in Sauce3442241554221290.66155
Science DietKittenChicken Dinner3649151774625190.78155
Science DietKittenCulinary Creations Chicken Dinner in Gravy3451162524327201.13155
Science DietKittenCulinary Creations Roast Beef Dinner in Gravy3449172094426210.94153
Science DietKittenLiver & Chicken Entrée4047132204924160.95210
Science DietKittenSalmon Entrée3850122064926150.93191
Science DietKittenTurkey & Giblets3949122095025160.93205
Science DietMatureBeef Entrée3345221653922260.69162
Science DietMatureChicken Dinner/Gravy3342251344121300.57156
Science DietMatureChicken Entrée3246221603923270.69168
Science DietMatureTuna Dinner/Gravy3739241514319290.62155
Science DietMatureTurkey Entrée2941291553520350.64160
SoulisticCansAqua Grill4830221915514250.7775/3 oz
SoulisticCansCelestial Feast47494250602651.1175/3 oz
SoulisticCansDouble Happiness67284262731351.0066/3 oz
SoulisticCansGood Karma631919180688200.6875/3 oz
SoulisticCansHarvest Sunrise5225231735811260.6872/3 oz
SoulisticCansNautical Nirvana63308228721490.9179/3 oz
SoulisticCansPolynesian Picnic62353239711640.9668/3 oz
SoulisticCansPure Bliss5230182066114200.8379/3 oz
SoulisticCansShrimply Divine7220827075980.9964/3 oz
SoulisticCansSurf 'N' Earth622992556913100.9975/3 oz
SoulisticCansSweet Salutations5227211985913240.7972/3 oz
SoulisticCansUpstream Dream65287234721370.9069/3 oz
SoulisticPouchesAutumn Bounty5424221766011250.6962/3 oz
SoulisticPouchesGood Karma6022192086510210.8060/3 0z
SoulisticPouchesIsland Illusion4928232275413250.8863/3 oz
SoulisticPouchesLuna Tuna5433132376416150.9767/3 oz
SoulisticPouchesMidnight Delight5228202255713220.8765/3 oz
SoulisticPouchesTriple Harmony5427192176012200.8361/3 oz
TikiPoultryKoolina Luau (Chicken)86144218861.52136
TikiPoultryPuka Puka Luau (Chicken)732730382121.19182/6 oz
TikiSeafoodBora Bora Luau68302642711322.33126
TikiSeafoodHana Luau65341276761711.14177
TikiSeafoodHanalei Luau762435483111.35150
TikiSeafoodHawaiian Grill693130078151.20172
TikiSeafoodLanai Luau70292348771321.35153
TikiSeafoodMakaha Luau64351723671512.68129
TikiSeafoodManana Grill643528376171.17187
TikiSeafoodPapeeko Luau79213928591.48162
TikiSeafoodTahitian Grill504944363261.95179
TikiMixHookena Luau (Fish & Chicken)70291337801311.33168
TikiMixNapili Luau (Fish & Chicken)81194198681.55155
TikiSeafoodHonolulu Luau (Fish & Rice)5430162656214181.06151
TikiSeafoodMolokai Luau (Fish & Rice)5524202276111220.87136
TikiSeafoodWaikiki Luau (Fish & Rice)5530153036214171.21150
TikiSeafoodWaimea Luau (Fish & Rice)5231172475915200.99146
Trader Joe'sPoultryChicken/Turkey/Rice3157122144433181.07182
Trader Joe'sSeafoodOcean Fish/Salmon/Rice3356112404632151.16176
Trader Joe'sSeafoodTuna51.61
Trader Joe'sPoultryTurkey & Giblets325992354534131.16180
TriumphKittenSeafood - Kitten (or adult)365493454729121.58185
TriumphKittenTurkey - Kitten (or adult)3653112954729151.36182
TriumphPoultryChicken & Liver2862101914138140.98215
TriumphSeafoodOcean Fish3850122794927151.27166
UltramixPoultryChicken - Indoor3349182714125231.19160
WellnessContains riceChicken & Lobster2961112644036151.31196
WellnessContains riceSalmon & Trout276582484039111.28208
WellnessContains riceSardine, Shrimp & Crab3450162934426201.30163
WellnessCORE - grain-freeBeef, Venison, & Lamb34615171483670.85210
WellnessCORE - grain-freeChicken/Turkey/Chicken Liver326082154636111.08218
WellnessCORE - grain-freeIndoor4444123485221141.43148
WellnessCORE - grain-freeKitten36586255503381.23195
WellnessCORE - grain-freeSalmon/Whitefish/Herring3750132694726171.20192
WellnessCORE - grain-freeTurkey & Duck38575265523281.28188
WellnessCubedChicken335793274431131.5187/3 oz
WellnessCubedTurkey & Salmon3653123474528151.5583
WellnessGrain-free look for the yellow triangle stating 'Grain Free'Kitten28675216434271.15223
WellnessGrain-freeBeef & Chicken31654226463961.17194
WellnessGrain-freeBeef & Salmon30646207443991.06196
WellnessGrain-freeChicken & Herring34606303483481.48189
WellnessGrain-freeTurkey & Salmon37585299503371.44182
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesChicken & Chicken Liver3354133144329161.4379/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesCrab & Herring385392064828120.9270/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesDuck with Shrimp3653111654729150.7672/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesSalmon & Chicken3949122914724151.2467/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesSalmon & Tuna3653113174628141.4376/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesTuna4838142595518161.0466/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesTurkey & Chicken3354132784429171.2780/pouch
WellnessHealthy Indulgence pouchesTurkey & Duck375491874930120.8673/pouch
WellnessMincedChicken3258103184332131.4888/3 oz
WellnessMincedTurkey & Salmon3652133734527161.6384
WellnessSlicedChicken3258103274332131.5287/3 oz
WellnessSlicedTurkey & Salmon3552123764427161.6683
WeruvaChicken and BeefFunky Chunky5229192016014230.82101
WeruvaChicken and BeefGrandma's Chicken Soup5326211936112240.7797
WeruvaChicken and BeefGreen Eggs & Chicken563592306818110.97102
WeruvaChicken and BeefNine Liver593392007016100.84101
WeruvaChicken and BeefOn The Cat Wok53434163692350.74115
WeruvaChicken and BeefPaw Lickin' Chicken65323196771640.82103
WeruvaChicken and BeefPeking Ducken622991957214110.7996
WeruvaChicken and BeefSteak Frites45495118622870.57132
WeruvaSeafoodAsian Fusion62371295731811.22111
WeruvaSeafoodMack and Jack7822033784901.2693
WeruvaSeafoodMarbella Paella62371253731811.05111
WeruvaSeafoodMediterranean Harvest
WeruvaSeafoodMeow Luau64333253751641.04105
WeruvaSeafoodMideast Feast61327202701580.81116
WeruvaSeafoodOutback Grill62371562681712.1589
WeruvaSeafoodPolynesian BBQ64306390811671.57141
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansChicken Frick 'A Zee51472174672630.8178/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansFowl Ball41554180573200.8981/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansFunk in the Trunk63298250721490.9951/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansGoldie Lox66304252751451.0154/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansKitty Gone Wild60355412681651.6253/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansLa Isla Bonita51463166672550.7787/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansLamb Burger-ini454782365825101.0577/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansSplash Dance50464292342461.3078/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansThe Double Dip484582486123101.1066/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - cansTu Two Tango57385343681961.4358/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouches1 If By Land, Two If By Sea5529162006314190.0860/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouchesChick Magnet483616157591800.6770/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouchesLove Me Tender5627172056413200.8262/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouchesMack Jack and Sam5329182126114210.8560/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouchesPumpkin Jack Splash671914258728140.9653/3.2 oz
WeruvaCats in the Kitchen - pouchesPumpkin Lickin' Chicken6325121957112140.7761/3.2 oz
ZiwipeakLambLamb32662224484131.18220/6 oz
ZiwipeakMixLamb & Rabbit36621280513621.39207
ZiwipeakMixVenison & Fish435926058331.25198

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Alternative and prescription foods

Pasteurization is done by hydrostatic high pressure, aka high pressure processing (HPP), or with heat.

Freeze dried/Dehydrated foods: ADD WATER!
Never feed a water-depleted diet. See Opie's pictures at's Urinary Tract Health page - for a good look at the tremendous suffering often caused by feeding water-depleted diets to cats. Cats do not drink enough water from their water bowl to make up for the deficit in water intake when fed dry foods. Cats do not have a high thirst drive. Many veterinarians have reported a significant decrease in urinary tract cases when dry food is removed from the diet and water-rich diets are fed instead.

The non-raw, non-veterinarian-prescibed products below are not as heavily processed as canned foods. See comments regarding raw diets and making cat food below the following chart, list items #10 & #11 (page 26 in the PDF version of this page).

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Frozen - PasteurizedCountry Pet Heated to 176 degrees F for 10 minutes then blast frozen.Lamb & Chicken - cat food (with added taurine)346832848391.5945/oz
Frozen - PasteurizedCountry Pet Heated to 176 degrees F for 10 minutes then blast frozen.Chicken - dog food I am including the dog food which has the same level of supplementation as the cat food except that extra taurine is not added. However, taurine is present in meat and organs in large amounts so the dog food may be sufficient since this product is 100% meat/organs (versus grains and vegetables) and is not heavily processed. That said, if feeding the dog food as a substantial part of a cat's diet (>50%), add ~100 - 150 mg/day of taurine which is easy to source.416237550311.6037/oz
Frozen - PasteurizedCountry Pet Heated to 176 degrees F for 10 minutes then blast frozen.Lamb - dog food I am including the dog food which has the same level of supplementation as the cat food except that extra taurine is not added. However, taurine is present in meat and organs in large amounts so the dog food may be sufficient since this product is 100% meat/organs (versus grains and vegetables) and is not heavily processed. That said, if feeding the dog food as a substantial part of a cat's diet (>50%), add ~100 - 150 mg/day of taurine which is easy to source.25714331354061.6155/oz
Frozen - PasteurizedFreshpet This food is very expensive on a calorie basis. One reason is that it is very high in water at ~84%. Note that it only has 80 calories per 5.5 ounces whereas other foods have 2 - 2.5 X more calories. Most cats require at least 180 - 225 calories per day. Therefore, you will need to feed a lot of this food to meet your cat's caloric needs.Cup - Chicken & Shrimp4736181415317200.5780/5.5oz
Frozen - PasteurizedFreshpetCup - Turkey & Liver4332251374915280.5480/5.5oz
Frozen - PasteurizedFreshpetCup - Whitefish & Salmon4632221425215240.5580/5.5oz
Frozen - PasteurizedFreshpet Contains 60% water. This is lower than the average canned food at 78% but much higher than dry kibble at 7-10%. Keep in mind that high dietary water promotes urinary tract health.Vital Meal (semi-moist) Chicken, fish, egg40564234533151.10218/cup
Frozen - PasteurizedFreshpet Contains 60% water. This is lower than the average canned food at 78% but much higher than dry kibble at 7-10%. Keep in mind that high dietary water promotes urinary tract health.Roasted Meal - (semi-moist) Chicken w/carrots, spinach375492294929121.05213/cup
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Heat PasteurizedAddictionBrushtail & Berries Entrée34353137163497/oz dry
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Heat PasteurizedPrimal The Primal chicken diet is pasteurized with HPP/the beef diet is not; every batch is cultured for salmonella and e.coli prior to shipment.Chicken & Salmon42571250553111.15157/oz dry
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Heat PasteurizedNature's Variety Pasteurized with HPP; not complete and balanced - for intermittent/ supplemental feeding only.Beef
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Heat PasteurizedNature's VarietyChicken
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Heat PasteurizedNature's VarietyLamb
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedHonest Kitchen Steamed to 140 - 165 degrees F before dehydrating; all raw ingredients are tested for salmonella and e.coli; all batches are tested for salmonella, e.coli, and listeria post-processing/ prior to shipment.Grace2961102354035151.15629/dry cup
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedHonest KitchenProwl2654201783530260.84576/dry cup
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedPrimalBeef & Salmon406035054331.64161/oz dry
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedZiwipeak Testing for pathogens is performed weekly.Lamb286482684845111.59139/scoop
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedZiwipeakVenison306193484941121.98133/scoop
Freeze Dried/Dehydrated - Not pasteurizedZiwipeakVenison & Fish325993065139121.71131/scoop
Raw - PasteurizedNature's Variety Pasteurized by hydrostatic high pressure, aka high pressure processing.Beef26705121384270.6265/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyBison not a complete diet - for supplemental feeding only (low in taurine but can add on your own ~150 mg/day)27694513404162.6265/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyChicken25741116394810.6465/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyDuck32662494443732.3665/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyLamb23761152364920.8465/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyOrganic Chicken277312942460.6965/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyRabbit29701339434411.7965/oz
Raw - PasteurizedNature's VarietyVenison327115144400.7265/oz
Raw - PasteurizedPrimal Frozen Formulas The poultry diets are pasteurized with HPP/the other diets are not. Every batch is cultured for salmonella and e.coli prior to shipment.Chicken & Salmon34642367483731.8147/oz
Raw - PasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasPheasant386222747310.9747/oz
Raw - PasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasQuail43534261532751.1344/oz
Raw - PasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasTurkey426123156331.0745/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasBeef & Salmon36586241483281.1353/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasRabbit60383639611632.2939/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedPrimal Frozen FormulasVenison46486338532371.3745/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedBravo Balance Blends Chicken: chicken, chicken frames; Turkey: necks; Beef: beef and beef bones; high phosphorus infers high bone content.Chicken36631416493622.0031/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedBravo Balance BlendsTurkey38592552513232.5635/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedBravo Balance BlendsBeef57376371681871.5434/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedDarwin's Source: all necks - very high bone content.Turkey454788195825113.7344/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedFeline's Pride Chicken source: thighs (lower bone content); Turkey, Duck, CH, Rabbit: whole carcass - much better than backs, necks, or frames - however, note the high phosphorus content for the rabbit.Chicken38611200553721.0332/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedFeline's PrideCornish Hen415922559351.1331/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedFeline's PrideDuck29692273464531.5042/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedFeline's PrideRabbit68311928691313.2921/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedFeline's PrideTurkey514928667261.3026/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedNature's LogicBeef22771135385410.80245/patty
Raw - Not pasteurizedNature's LogicChicken29683288383641.30245/patty
Raw - Not pasteurizedNature's LogicRabbit28721234404311.20245/patty
Raw - Not pasteurizedRad Cat Every batch is cultured for salmonella and e.coli and held for a negative result prior to shipping. Boneless, skinless thigh and leg meat is used for the poultry diets. Other boneless cuts (e.g. shoulder) are used for the lamb diet. Bonemeal is used for balance. Meat and organs are sourced from a single-species for each variety but chicken yolks are used for all three products.Chicken525030266271.3538/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedRad Cat Every batch is cultured for salmonella and e.coli and held for a negative result prior to shipping. Boneless, skinless thigh and leg meat is used for the poultry diets. Other boneless cuts (e.g. shoulder) are used for the lamb diet. Bonemeal is used for balance. Meat and organs are sourced from a single-species for each variety but chicken yolks are used for all three products.Lamb27712140444740.7952/oz
Raw - Not pasteurizedRad Cat Every batch is cultured for salmonella and e.coli and held for a negative result prior to shipping. Boneless, skinless thigh and leg meat is used for the poultry diets. Other boneless cuts (e.g. shoulder) are used for the lamb diet. Bonemeal is used for balance. Meat and organs are sourced from a single-species for each variety but chicken yolks are used for all three products.Turkey55423311662131.332/oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedHill'sc/d w/Chicken3642221604421270.68163
Veterinarian-PrescribedHill'sc/d w/Seafood3838241734518280.71147
Veterinarian-PrescribedHill'sd/d - Duck2954171633829220.75189
Veterinarian-PrescribedHill'sd/d - Venison2856161583730210.73197
Veterinarian-PrescribedHill'st/d (DRY kibble)3139302043518340.80265/cup
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsIntestinal Plus3727362473912380.92169
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsMaximum Calorie Plus296291594137140.80333
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsRenal Plus2645281343323350.58199
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsSkin & Coat Plus3353142174329181.00185/6 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsUrinary-O Plus3156131544231180.72191
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsUrinary-S Plus3350171674227230.76191
Veterinarian-PrescribedIamsWeight Loss/Mobility Plus4034252244616290.90172
Veterinarian-PrescribedPurinaDH - DRY (kibble)3732314004014331.5270/cup
Veterinarian-PrescribedPurinaDM39583263533351.27191/5.5 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedPurinaDM Savory Selects5139102466119121.03171
Veterinarian-PrescribedPurinaOM Savory Selects5139103235617111.22124
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninCalorie Control 5.8 oz Pate5530142801.0392/5.8 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninCalorie Control 3 oz Morsels in Gravy5025252400.9949/3 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninCalorie Control - High Fiber3240291600.74141/6 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninDD - DRY2933382000.82287/cup
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninGastrointestinal High Energy3249202601.39189/5.8 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninGastrointestinal Moderate Calorie3832302801.3664/3 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninHypoallergenic Selected Protein Duck3251171700.92196/5.9 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninHypoallergenic Selected Protein Rabbit3549163101.64173/5.9 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninHypoallergenic Selected Protein Venison3144252801.52161/5.6 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninRecovery RS385672501.32183/5.8 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninRenal LP Modified 6 oz Pate216614800.47219/6 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninRenal LP Modified 2.5 oz Morsels in Gravy215821800.4884/2.5 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninUrinary SO 5.8 oz Pate3247211700.81142/ 5.8 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninUrinary SO 3 oz Morsels in Gravy3346221700.8476/3 oz
Veterinarian-PrescribedRoyal CaninUrinary SO Moderate Calorie4134251900.8460/3 oz

General nutrition/Label reading/Data analysis

  1. Cats are obligate carnivores and are metabolically designed to consume diets with the following general composition:
    1. animal (not plant)-based protein (>50% calories),
    2. moderate fat (~20-45% calories),
    3. very low carbohydrate (1-2% calories),
    4. water-rich (~70%).
    Keep this in mind when choosing food for cats but also understand that pet food ingredients are profit margin-driven. Animal protein is more expensive than plant protein, fat, and carbohydrate sources (grains, potatoes, and vegetables). Therefore, there are not many diets on the market that mimic the above composition - except for the favorable water content found in all canned, not dry, foods.
  2. You will notice that many commercial diets are high in fat and/or carbohydrate. High-fat meat trimmings from the human market, not lean muscle meat, are what make their way into the pet food chain, and grains are less expensive than meat. However, keep in mind that the feline species is designed to process fat better than carbohydrate and the vast majority of cats do very well on the higher fat diets. For more information on the diet that obligate carnivores are designed to eat, see Dr. Zoran's article entitled "The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats" at
  3. Biological Value: Animal-based protein has a much higher biological value when compared to plant-based protein. Grains supply both protein and carbohydrate. Therefore, high carb diets often have much of their protein coming from plants. Consider not only the *amount* of protein in a diet but also the *source* of the protein. Diets using whole grains or glutens (gluten = plant-based protein) have a portion of their protein coming from low biological value sources. See for a discussion on biological value as it pertains to obligate carnivores.
  4. To expand on #2: How do we know how much of the protein is coming from animals versus plants when an ingredient list includes both animal and plant (grains/potatoes/vegetables) protein sources? The answer is, we don't know but we need to be aware of the 'ingredient splitting' issue. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. Consider this ingredient list: "Chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, wheat gluten." Consumers often focus on the fact that "chicken" is the first ingredient but when the grain fractions are added together, their contribution to the diet is greater than the meat. Meat is also higher in water than grains making it less protein-dense. This compounds the problem of grains contributing more to the protein level than the animal sources. This type of ingredient list does not represent an optimal carnivore diet. Meat 'meals' are a more concentrated source of protein but they are also very heavily processed which results in nutrient loss.
  5. Cats have a low thirst drive and are designed to get their water needs met by their prey or food bowl. Canned food (vs dry kibble) promotes urinary tract health and optimal systemic hydration which is especially critical for cats with kidney insufficiency. See Opie's pictures at's Urinary Tract Health page - for a look at the suffering that water-depleted diets very often contribute to. Please do not fall into the trap that so many people do by engaging in wishful thinking and assuming that your cat makes up the water deficit at the water bowl. Many studies have shown that when all water sources are considered (food and water bowl), cats eating dry food - even the "good drinkers" - consume ~50% the amount of water that a cat on canned food consumes. This is in spite of the fact that cats on water-rich diets rarely go to the water bowl.
  6. "Grain-free" does not necessarily mean "low-carb". Potatoes and peas are often used in "grain-free" products which *may* result in a high carbohydrate diet. This is why it is important to consider the composition (% calories from protein/fat/carbohydrate) and not just the ingredient list. The ingredient list does not tell you how much potato, rice, vegetable matter etc., is in a product. If the diet is low in carbohydrates, there can't be much of those ingredients in the product. Note that "gravy" foods tend to be high in carbohydrates.
  7. I do not favor feeding fish-based diets for several reasons:
    1. high allergy potential
    2. toxins/mercury levels
    3. PBDE levels (fre retardant chemicals with thyroid-disrupting properties)
    4. often high in phosphorus and magnesium
    5. significant addiction issues - the cat will not eat anything else.
  8. Pouches are typically high in water and tend to be expensive on a $$/calorie basis. I suggest looking for products with a maximum water content of 78%, versus 82% or 85%.
  9. 100% of a diet's calories come from protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Therefore: % protein calories + % fat calories + % carbohydrate calories = 100% This means that if, for example, a diet is appropriately low in carbohydrates, the diet will be higher in protein, fat, or both. It is like a three-way teeter totter - if one fraction goes up or down, one, or both, of the other two must increase or decrease accordingly.
  10. Raw diets: As is true of canned foods, not all raw diets are created equal. The two main issues to consider are:
    1. the bone content, and
    2. the steps taken to mitigate the risk of pathogens (e.g., pasteurization/culturing). The phosphorus content is a rough indication of how much bone is in the diet. When necks and backs are used, the diet will have a very high bone content which will result in excess mineral consumption as well as increase the chance of constipation.
  11. If you are interested in making your own cat food, see the Making Cat Food page at for a detailed discussion regarding safe preparation and sourcing, along with a recipe that I have been feeding to my own cats for 10 years. The peace of mind that comes with control over ingredients, composition (including the bone amount and how finely it is ground), and safety issues is priceless.
  12. There are two ways to generate the data contained in this chart:
    1. values are obtained from a nutrient database or
    2. the food is submitted for laboratory analysis post-processing.
    Method #2 is superior to #1. The vast majority of companies employ method #2. If specific details are required, please contact the company.

Companies contacted but not included

Companies vary greatly in their willingness to provide basic 'typical nutrient analysis' data. Many companies provided data promptly or they post the data on their website (gold stars to them) but it was necessary to call and email a number of companies many times before receiving any information.

The following three companies refuse to provide 'typical nutrient analysis' data, stating that it is "proprietary" information. By taking this stance, they are stating that consumers do not have the right to know the nutrient composition of the diets they are purchasing for their pets. It is up to the consumer to decide whether to support these companies with their purchasing dollars or to choose another company's products. Note that the information requested for inclusion on this list is not excessive and is freely stated on many pet food company websites. It is basic nutritional information that all pet food manufacturers should make readily available.

Blue Buffalo
A customer service representative provided carbohydrate values over the phone. Note that, despite being "grain free", all of the canned foods are high in carbohydrates, including the 'Wilderness Wild Delights'. The only diets that appear to be low in carbohydrates are the 'Wilderness' pate varieties - Kitten, Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, and Duck. However, I will not use or recommend products from any company that refuses to provide 'typical nutrient analysis' data for their diets.
By Nature
By Nature refused to provide any useful data.
Stella & Chewy's
This company required that I sign a confidentiality agreement before they would provide 'typical nutrient analysis' data for their macronutrients (moisture, protein, fat, fiber, ash). This would obviously defeat the purpose of gathering data for this chart and exhibits a lack of transparency.
Mars - Whiskas/ Sheba, and
both refused to provide 'typical nutrient analysis' data for inclusion on this chart. You will need to call and ask for "typical nutrient analysis", not "guaranteed analysis" or choose another product from the list above.

Missing data

Still waiting for data as of 10-4-12:

Need phosphorus data
Fresh Pet
Need all data
Nature's Variety
Need freeze-dried data; need data on several canned foods

Author's note

This chart required hundreds of hours of phone calls, emails, and data entry to compile. Obtaining data from some pet food companies was extremely time-consuming, and speedy data entry is not my forte. Although I tried to be very careful with data entry, mistakes may have occurred. If a value does not look correct, contact me at [email protected]. If you do not receive a response, contact the manufacturer for verifcation.

Many thanks to Janet & Binky for their pioneering work in supplying nutrient data for cat owners. Their food chart has helped us choose suitable feline diets for many years. (I think that Binky would be pleased to pass the baton to Robbie.)