From Felix to Whiskas, read on to find out which cat food brands provide the most bang for their buck and which ones are the favourites of purring feline customers.
We polled 1,558 members about the brands of cat food they purchase and feed to their feline companions in order to find out which brands receive excellent marks and which brands are not well received. Members shared their opinions with us regarding every facet of the food they feed their cats, including the cost-effectiveness of the food, the quality of the ingredients, and how their cats react to the meal. Find out which brand of cat food was deemed to be the best, as well as which brands were deemed to be the worst, having received dismal scores that were below 50 percent. The results of our survey will help you determine which low-cost options at the supermarket are worth purchasing (and which ones you should avoid), as well as which premium products are worth the additional investment. In addition, you will be provided with professional guidance on how to select the most appropriate diet for your cat.
What is the finest brand of food for cats?
Your pet will be able to fulfil their nutritional needs with any commercially produced pet food in the UK that is labelled “complete” and complies with the rules established by the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PFMA). However, according to Justine Shotton, who is the president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), meals “should be customised to the cat’s lifestyle, age, breed, and any health issues.” Therefore, it is in your best interest to consult a veterinarian when you obtain a new cat.
The most cherished brands of cat food
The most impressive overall score belongs to Royal Canin, putting them at the top of the leaderboard. Customers were blown away by the high-quality of the product’s components, and it is the only brand to have received five stars for the positive response it received from the animals. Customers were not as enthusiastic about the range of flavours that were offered, which is why it was only given two stars in that category. Felix was not too far behind James Wellbeloved and Purina One, both of which received similarly positive evaluations for the quality of the ingredients and the responsiveness of the pets to the meal. James Wellbeloved and Purina One were both not too far behind Felix. If you want a wide selection of flavours, some decent brands to consider are Whiskas, Felix, Gourmet, and Sheba. These four brands were the only ones to receive four stars for the breadth of their flavour offerings.
The best brands of cat food sold in supermarkets
Although Waitrose and Tesco own-brand cat feeds performed the best among supermarket options, neither particularly stood out, coming in at a joint score of 56 percent to place in the middle of the pack. Aldi comes in close second and is often seen as offering superior value for the money. Own-brand cat food sold by Lidl and Asda placed dead last among all the other products evaluated in our survey, failing to win over customers (or their feline companions).
Where to get the most reputable brands of cat food.
Royal Canin can be purchased from a variety of retailers including Amazon, Pets at Home, and Zooplus.
You may get James Wellbeloved from retailers such as Amazon, Pets at Home, and Zooplus.
You can purchase Purina One from Iceland, Waitrose, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s respectively.
Amazon, Pets at Home, and Zooplus are all online retailers that carry the Hill’s brand of cat food.
There are four different supermarkets that carry Felix: Iceland, Waitrose, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s.
The best affordable food for cats
Calculating how much money you really spend on your cat’s food each month might be difficult due to the multiple recommended serving sizes and the varying sizes of the packages themselves. We have compared the monthly prices of some of the most popular brands of cat food, as well as the brands that scored the highest and lowest in our poll, assuming that the cats consume dry food only and weigh an average of 4 kilogrammes.
How to decide which brand of cat food is the finest.
Picking the appropriate diet for your cat can have a significant impact on both their physical and mental well-being. Some of the following are indications that your cat is consuming a diet rich in nutrients: eyes that are brilliant and clear a coat that is lustrous and devoid of dandruff plenty of zeal and zest for life a lack of excess body fat, which allows you to feel their ribs and see where their waist is. Cats make their food selections based on the aroma, the feel of the food, and how it makes them feel once digestion has begun. It is recommended to leave food out for them because they have a tendency to “graze,” or consume tiny amounts frequently throughout the day (unless they are eating too much and putting on weight). Complete meals offer a balanced variety of critical nutrients and are a one-stop solution, whereas complementary foods must be coupled with other foods in order to form a complete balanced diet. Commercial cat food is categorised as either complete or complementary.
Which type of food is better for the health of my cat, dry or wet food?
The question of whether of the two is superior than the other has been the subject of some discussion. The British Veterinary Association has stated that there is not enough data to advocate one treatment over another because there are benefits associated with both options. A veterinarian will be able to provide advice on the food that is most appropriate. You have the option of feeding your cat either wet food or dry food, or a combination of the two. The term “complete” refers to the fact that a pet food must have, in the appropriate amounts, all of the nutrients that an animal needs in order to maintain proper body function. You may find out if the manufacturer of the pet food brand you buy is a member of the PFMA by checking the organization’s website. After that, the flavour preferences of your specific pet and the amount of money you are willing to pay are the primary considerations to make.
Wet versus dry food for cats
The popularity of wet cat food can be attributed to the fact that cats typically find it very appetising. However, because the suggested amounts of feeding are typically higher, the cost of purchasing them is higher. According to the results of our poll of members, ninety-two percent of cats are fed a dry diet. Wet foods have a tendency to increase a cat’s risk of developing dental disease, therefore owners who give their pet wet food should also be sure to check their pet’s teeth often. Dry foods are typically the least expensive option, in addition to being the most convenient to feed and store. Your cat’s teeth and gums will benefit from the dry food that you leave out for them to nibble on throughout the day. Dry food can be put out all day. As the prevalence of obesity in domesticated animals continues to skyrocket, the amount of food you give your four-legged friend is of critical importance. When shopping for food for your cat, the PDSA has some recommendations on what to look for and what to avoid. Here are those suggestions.
A comprehensive and marketable food for cats that is approved by the PFMA. Mea – cats are unable to be vegetarians because they require taurine, which can only be obtained by the consumption of animal protein. Feeding based on life stage is when you buy food for your cat that is appropriate for their age, such as kitten food, senior food, etc.
Too many snacks Milk – cats have a difficult time breaking down the sugar that is included in cow’s milk, which can lead to digestive issues. Providing cats with scraps of food might make them finicky eaters and throw off the balance of their diet. If you want to alter the foods that your cat eats, the easiest way to do it is to gradually introduce the new food by combining it with the old food over the course of a week or so. This will help your cat acclimate to the new diet.
Should I give my cat raw food specifically made for cats?
In recent years, raw pet food has grown increasingly popular (especially for dogs), despite the fact that most professionals do not advocate it, particularly homemade versions of the product. There is a risk of nutritional deficiencies linked with giving raw food (for example, low taurine in cats or high vitamin A), and there are risks involved with handling raw meats – both for pets and members of the family. This information was provided to us by Justine Shotton of the BVA. The Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) states that commercially prepared raw cat food marked as “complete” has been formulated to provide the nutritional balance a cat needs in its daily diet, so if you are eager to switch, this is a safer bet. Some manufacturers produce frozen and freeze-dried raw cat food in both complete and complementary varieties. We were told by only 4% of the members that they provide their cat raw food on a regular basis. Only seven percent of those people indicated they would never switch back to eating dry or wet food again.
Is my cat on the heavy side?
The health and well-being of obese pets is the primary focus of veterinarians. According to the information provided by Cats.org.uk, the standard definition of an overweight cat is one that is more than 15 percent heavier than their optimal weight. Cats gain weight when they consume more food than they require, and it may take some time and some effort to get them back into shape once they have gained weight. You can obtain pet food on a diet from your veterinarian, and many veterinarians also conduct weight control clinics where they offer checkups, some of which are free of charge, to assist you determine whether or not the diet is successful for your pet.
Performing a weight check on your cat
Very little muscle, prominent ribs, spine, and hipbones, and absolutely no body fat.
A slight layer of fat resting above the hipbones, exposed ribs and spine, and a clearly defined waist.
The waist is smooth and tucked in, the ribs, backbone, and hips can be felt but are not prominent, and the abdominal fat pad is only apparent.
There is no waist, it is difficult to feel the ribs, backbone, and hipbones, and there is an expanded fat pad in the abdominal region.
The body is round, and you can’t feel the ribs, the backbone, or the hipbones. There is a fat pad hanging under the cat.
Is my cat obese?
Spot the indicators Cats.org.uk suggests looking out for: Fatty deposits on their arms and face Thicker fat pads over their ribs and spine Hard to feel your cat’s ribs owing to fat covering them Your cat’s belly is rounder and may even have a ‘pad’ of fat that sags down No apparent waist Backbone may be coated with huge fatty deposits and can’t be touched or seen. If you believe your four-legged pet could be overweight, get in a consultation with your local vet for advice and an action plan.
How much should I feed my cat?
Ensure you’re giving your pet the exact quantity by measuring out each meal on a set of weighing scales. A few extra bits of kibble or jelly might not seem like a lot, but they can dramatically contribute to weight gain. Most commercial cat food comes with feeding instructions on the container based on your cat’s weight and activity levels. If you’re unsure, ask your vet. Your vet will be able to advise you on how often you should be feeding your cat, depending on its specific needs.
Should I get hypoallergenic cat food for my pet, which suffers from allergies?
It would appear that some pets have a sensitivity or intolerance to particular substances and additives, which can result in a wide range of issues. Lethargy, aggressive or hyperactive behaviour, persistent skin and ear problems, slime and jelly being passed with the stools, gas, bloating, and weight gain or loss are common signs of this condition. It would appear that colourings, sweets, wheat, milk, and soya are the foods that people have the most trouble digesting. It is obvious that not all pets are susceptible to these problems, but it is recommended to get in touch with your veterinarian if the symptoms keep cropping up again and again.
The cat under my care is not eating.
It’s not always because they’re picky eaters, even if your cat doesn’t seem interested in their food. Could there be a new member of the family, either in the form of an animal or a human infant? Or perhaps you’ve just lately altered their eating location or purchased a new dish. A cat’s behaviour, such as being less interested in their food, can be influenced by unexpected shifts in their environment. Provide your cat with a calm and comfortable space to eat, preferably one that is free from noise and other potential distractions. Even if your cat doesn’t seem interested in eating, make sure to keep offering them food and clean water. If you monitor their behaviour and provide them what they need, they should be back to normal within a few days. In most cases, there is not much reason for concern if your cat appears to be healthy, happy, and lively, and if their coat is in good condition and their eyes are clear. Take your cat to the veterinarian if you notice that they have stopped eating for an extended amount of time.
What about food for the cat?
Cat treats are on the rise, despite the fact that they are not as popular as their dog counterparts; currently, 34 percent of our members give goodies to their cats on a daily basis, while another 16 percent do so on a twice-daily basis. However, treats are included toward the total amount of food that is given to your pet on a daily basis, and you should take this into account when you are measuring out food for them. According to what Justine Shotton shared with us, “Feeding too many treats can be a case of murdering our dogs with kindness.” [Citation needed] Use a set of weighing scales to determine how much of each meal you should be giving your feline companion and then measure it out on the scales. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) suggested the following strategy: “Owners can store some kibble and feed it during the day as treats.” But, more than treats, pets adore it when their owners give them a hug and spend quality time with them.