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Feline's Pride Gourmet Chicken

Est. $26 for a 3-lb. bag
Reviewed
January 2014
by ConsumerSearch

Pros
  • Complete raw nutrition -- close to a cat's wild diet
  • Whole meats, organs and bone
Cons
  • Very few resellers
  • AVMA cautions against unpasteurized raw food

Bottom line

Reviews rate Feline's Pride raw cat food very highly. It offers the closest thing to a wild diet in an easy-to-feed form -- but another raw cat food, Nature's Logic Canine and Feline Frozen Food -- Chicken (Est. $18 for a 3-lb. bag) , is easier to find in stores and costs a bit less.

Ingredient quality

Mimics a cat's natural diet. Veterinarian Lisa Pierson makes her own homemade cat food for her cats, but says Feline's Pride closely matches her own careful ratio of meat, bones and organs -- close to what cats would eat in the wild.

Feline's Pride balances raw meat (chicken, in this flavor) with finely ground bone, organs (chicken liver, gizzard and heart), along with some organic egg yolk, psyllium powder and added vitamins and minerals to make a complete, balanced, everyday diet for your cat. Feline's Pride says that 40 to 70 percent of its foods consist of "organic meats that are humanely raised in our immediate area" in Florida.

"It's not easy finding premade raw foods that are up to snuff," writes the reviewer at CatNutrition.org, but she adds that Feline's Pride is one of her favorites. Like Pierson, this reviewer makes her own homemade raw cat food, and she says Feline's Pride is extremely similar to her own personal recipe, which is "as close as I can come in my kitchen to reverse-engineering a mouse -- the perfect cat food." Still, some veterinarians caution against a raw diet, saying it could expose cats to harmful germs.

Product safety

Last recall was in 2010. In 2010, Feline's Pride recalled some of its raw chicken cat food due to salmonella contamination. Two weeks after the first lots were recalled, neither Feline's Pride nor the Food and Drug Administration had received any reports of salmonella infection related to the food. A search of the FDA's online recall database shows no further recalls for Feline's Pride.

The company's website says that its products are "manufactured under world class clean room conditions" and are "reviewed periodically by respected laboratories for consistency, purity, excellence, and nutritional content." Like Nature's Logic, Feline's Pride does not pressure-pasteurize its raw food to kill harmful germs. The American Veterinary Medical Association cautions against feeding pets unpasteurized raw animal protein, because it could harbor harmful germs. Some vets disagree with this, though, saying raw diets are best for cats.

Value

Shipping and handling costs add to the bottom line. Feline's Pride chicken formula raw cat food is available in sizes from three pounds to 20 pounds and at prices ranging from $4 per pound to $4.50 per pound. You can also get pricier flavors like turkey, Cornish hen, duck, and rabbit, as well as variety packs of different meats.

That pricing initially looks attractive compared to our Best Reviewed choice, Nature's Logic Canine and Feline Frozen Food -- Chicken (Est. $18 for a 3-lb. bag) . However, while Nature's Logic can be found in pet stores, Feline's Pride is available only from the company or a small network of resellers, so shipping and handling can add a substantial premium to the bottom line.

For example, 3 pounds of Feline's Pride chicken formula costs just $13.50, but handling and packing adds an additional $12 to that, for a total of $25.50, with options such as an extra ice pack or foil wrapping to make sure things stay frozen possibly adding a little more to the bottom line. On top of that, you'll need to add two-day priority mail shipping costs (the least expensive option offered).

Our Sources

1. CatInfo.org

Veterinarian Lisa Pierson advocates a raw diet for cats. Although she makes her own cat food, she names Feline's Pride to her list of good commercial brands.

Review: Commercial Foods, Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, Updated February 2013

2. FDA.gov

This press release details Feline's Pride's 2010 recall due to salmonella contamination.

Review: Feline's Pride Expands Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, July 15, 2010

3. AVMA.org

This page details the AVMA policy discouraging unpasteurized raw pet food.

Review: Raw Pet Foods and the AVMA's Policy (FAQ), American Veterinary Medical Association, Not Dated

4. CatNutrition.org

This raw food advocate recommends Feline's Pride as one of her favorite commercial raw cat foods, though she prefers to make her own and includes instructions on this site.

Review: Foodmaking, "Anne", Not Dated

5. IBDKitties.com

This website lists cat foods that are suitable for cats with feline irritable bowel disease (IBD). Feline's Pride makes the list of raw foods.

Review: Raw Food Products, Editors of IBDKitties.net, Not Dated

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