If you'd prefer your cats eat organically, reviews highly recommend Newman's Own canned cat food. It's mostly USDA-approved organic chicken with no artificial ingredients -- and all profits go to animal charities.
Organic, high-grade ingredients. Newman's Own says all of its pet foods are more than 70 percent organic and use only "human-grade" ingredients. In the Chicken and Brown Rice cat food, organic brown rice is the fifth ingredient, after organic chicken, water, poultry liver and ocean whitefish.
Some experts say cat food really shouldn't contain any grain, because cats haven't evolved to digest it well. They're strict carnivores. Still, one such critic -- Tracie Hotchner, author of "The Cat Bible" and host of the syndicated radio show "Cat Chat" -- recommends Newman's Own. (Hotchner's father, author A.E. Hotchner, founded Newman's Own with his friend, actor Paul Newman.)
Another top source gives Newman's Own Organics canned cat food the highest possible rating. This source wishes it didn't include carrageenan, a seaweed-based thickener that some animal studies have linked to intestinal problems. But the source praises Newman's Own for adding chelated minerals, which are easy for cats to absorb.
A spotless recall history. Newman's Own pet food has never been recalled, a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recall database shows. In fact, several cat owners say they started feeding Newman's Own because it was one of the few safe brands during the notorious 2007 pet food recall, in which tainted ingredients from China were added to hundreds of American pet foods, poisoning many pets and killing some.
One top source points out that Newman's Own Organics gets all of its ingredients from the United States and uses no genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. Its cat food cans are bisphenol A (BPA)-free, avoiding a chemical that studies have linked to reproductive problems, cancers and other diseases.
All profits go to animal charities. Newman's Own Organics canned cat food -- which contains grain -- costs less than grain-free premium cat foods like the top-rated Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe (Est. $1.60 for a 5.5-oz. can) .
Newman's Own Organics does cost more than non-organic premium cat foods with grain, such as Natural Balance Indoor Cat Formula (Est. $1.20 for a 6-oz. can) . Still, cat owners who like Newman's Own Organics tend to agree with one Amazon.com customer: "Paying a little more for a quality organic diet and not a bunch of by-products is well worth it."
Like all Newman's Own products, Newman's Own Organics pet food donates all after-tax profits to charity -- animal charities, in this case.
Susan Thixton, author of the blog TruthAboutPetFood.com, thoroughly investigates pet food brands (including Newman's Own) and the foods themselves on her subscription website, PetsumerReport.com. She rates canned foods on a scale of 1 to 4, based on ingredient quality, ingredient sources and more.
Review: Newman's Own Cat Food, Susan Thixton, As of January 2014
Newman's Own Organics Chicken and Brown Rice makes this list of the best canned cat foods by Franny Syufy, About.com's guide to cats. Syufy picks the foods based on overall quality, listing them in order of her cats' preference.
Review: Top Canned Cat Food, Franny Syufy, Not Dated
Tracie Hotchner, author of "The Cat Bible" and host of the syndicated radio show "Cat Chat," publishes a short list of cat foods that she considers high-quality. Newman's Own makes the list. It's worth noting, however, that Hotchner's father helped found the Newman's Own brand.
Review: The List of Cat Crazy Approved Canned Foods, Tracie Hotchner, Not Dated
Over 200 customers here give Newman's Own Organics canned cat food 4 out of 5 stars, on average. Most say their cats love it and it has improved their health, but about one in five gives it a low score -- usually because their cats won't eat it.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Canned Cat Food, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014