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Cat Food: Ratings of Sources

Total of 22 Sources
1. TruthAboutPetFood.com
Dec. 1, 2013
The 2014 List
by Susan Thixton
Our AssessmentSusan Thixton, author of PetsumerReport.com (below), also maintains this blog. She digs deep into the world of pet food and nutrition, researching ingredients, reporting on news and recalls, and more. She now publishes an annual list of the pet foods she would feed her own pets. The 2014 list includes 10 cat food brands, all from small companies. It's available for a donation, starting at $10.
2. PetsumerReport.com
As of January 2014
Cat Foods
by Susan Thixton
Our AssessmentHere, Susan Thixton reviews and rates cat foods based on their first five ingredients. If Thixton deems all five to be quality ingredients, the food gets 5 paws; four quality ingredients, 4 paws, and so on. (Canned food can earn a maximum of 4 paws because the extra water or broth -- although beneficial -- doesn't count as a quality ingredient here.) Thixton reports on each company's manufacturing facilities, supply chains, controversial ingredients, etc. This is an excellent site for checking out specific brands, both big and small. There are plenty of five-paw brands here that don't make her personal favorites list at TruthAboutPetFood.com, though, and vice versa.
3. FDA.gov
As of January 2014
Recalls & Withdrawals
by U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Our AssessmentThe FDA posts pet food recalls on its website, organized by date. This is the place to find out whether a cat food you're using -- or considering using -- has been recalled.
4. About.com
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Top Canned Cat Food
by Franny Syufy
Our AssessmentThis is an excellent site for all-around cat information. About.com cat guide Franny Syufy names her choices for the best canned cat foods in this list, all of which she says "could form a sound basis for your cat's diet," ordered in the preference of her own cats. Natural Balance leads the list, with Syufy complimenting the company on its testing program. Although each cat food gets only a short write-up, the site does address almost every imaginable question about cat food, and the background information articles are helpful.
5. About.com
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Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats
by Franny Syufy
Our AssessmentHere, Franny Syufy lists the best dry cat foods. She says she would feed any of them to her cats and rotates through several of the named foods.
6. CatInfo.org
Updated February 2013
Commercial Foods
by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM
Our AssessmentAlthough Lisa Pierson, a veterinarian, is a proponent of feeding cats a raw-meat diet, her site includes a list of what are called high-quality commercial canned cat foods. The list is based on nutritional information provided by the manufacturer rather than on testing, but the accompanying discussion explains the rationale for inclusion in extensive detail. Pierson also publishes an extensive table of nutritional information for commercial cat foods (but not dry foods).
7. RadioPetLady
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The List of Cat Crazy Approved Canned Foods
by Tracie Hotchner
Our AssessmentTracie Hotchner, author of "The Cat Bible" and host of the syndicated radio show "Cat Chat," names cat food brands that she feels are the best overall. (All are canned -- Hotchner advocates wet food as best for cats.) Elsewhere on the site, Hotchner says Weruva cat food is her favorite, and she names it "the official cat food" of Cat Chat.
8. RadioPetLady
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Cat Crazy -- Cat Food Supermarket Brands
by Tracie Hotchner
Our AssessmentOnly certain flavors of certain supermarket cat food brands have acceptable ingredients, Tracie Hotchner says. She lists them here, noting that shoppers should check labels carefully and feed fish-containing foods no more than three times a week, and liver foods only sparingly.
9. 1800PetMeds.com
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Comparison Center: Compare Your Pet's Food
by Editors of 1800PetMeds.com
Our AssessmentUsing an expert panel of "veterinarians, nutritionists and the knowledgeable staff" of its own pet supply website, 1800PetMeds.com compares cat foods' ingredients -- both premium and supermarket brands. It's easy to search and compare up to three foods at a time, and a handy chart lets you know which ingredients each food has and why it's good or bad. The advice here matches up well with other reliable sources, but several popular premium brands aren't rated.
10. PetFoodRatings.org
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Cat Food Listings & Reviews
by Christopher Eng
Our AssessmentThis website analyzes cat foods based on their ingredients and provides ratings for quality and price. Each food is discussed, and the author comments on strong points and weak ones. Cat foods are listed alphabetically rather than by score, but there's also a quick-reference table on the site that shows the scores at a glance. Some of the ingredient lists don't match up with the current products', so some of the information could be out of date.
11. CatNutrition.org
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Foodmaking
by "Anne"
Our AssessmentThis site has an excellent overview of raw food diets for pets. The author has really done her homework in terms of understanding the natural feeding habits of dogs and cats, developing recipes and recommendations for feeding according to natural guidelines. A nutritional breakdown of the recommended raw recipe is provided. If you are looking for an alternative to commercial cat foods, this is an excellent place to start your research.
12. IBDKitties.com
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Recommended Food
by Editors of IBDKitties.com
Our AssessmentThis website is dedicated to helping those with cats suffering from feline inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It includes a lengthy list of foods without low-quality grains, dairy products or certain additives and spices known to irritate cats with IBD. Most are higher-quality foods, but specific varieties of more popular supermarket brands that have a better ingredient profile and are known to be tolerated by cats with IBD are listed as well.
13. ZooToo.com
As of January 2014
Pet Products: Cat Foods
by Editors of and contributors to ZooToo.com
Our AssessmentZooToo.com is among the best places to read owner feedback on cat food. You can sort the listings by canned or dry, and the number of reviews and the ratings are displayed on the main page. Many of the most popular foods have garnered enough feedback to show definite trends, but lots of foods get similar grades. A few foods and treats are singled out as Editor's Picks, with short write-ups explaining why, but the editors' qualifications aren't listed.
14. Only Natural Pet Store
As of January 2014
Natural Cat Food
by Contributors to OnlyNaturalPet.com
Our AssessmentThis online pet food and supplies retailer invites readers to review the cat foods they have tried. Ratings are provided right on the main page, along with the number of reviews. Several of the natural foods sold here have amassed more than 100 reviews. Most get fairly high ratings, but a few stand out with perfect or nearly perfect scores.
15. PetFoodTalk.com
As of January 2014
Cat Food Reviews 2012
by Carolyn Glatz
Our AssessmentHere, you'll find reviews (with star ratings) for many popular cat food brands on the market. Carolyn Glatz, a writer who "has raised over 32 cats, 21 dogs and various other exotic animals," describes her "ideal cat food" (one with lots of protein and all of the nutrients cats need) and measures other foods against the ideal. She lists a few 4- and 5-star brands as "Best Cat Food" -- Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Orijen, Halo and Newman's Own -- but plenty of other brands get 4 or 5 stars, and it's not clear why they don't make the list. Glatz has not updated this list since 2012.
16. Cheapism.com
Updated Nov. 7, 2012
Cheap Cat Food Buying Guide
by Elizabeth Sheer
Our AssessmentBased largely on user reviews from sites like Amazon.com, this site recommends two best cheap cat foods: Trader Joe's canned and Purina One Smartblend Adult Variety dry. The writer does mention some expert opinions, including those of veterinarian Lisa Pierson from CatInfo.org.
17. Petco.com
As of January 2014
Cat Food
by Contributors to Petco.com
Our AssessmentThis is the website of the giant pet store chain. It shows each food's rating right on the main page -- but you'll need to click through to the product page to see how many reviews each food has accumulated. Many cat foods get no more than one or two reviews, and the reviews themselves are less structured than those at other user-review sites. The website does single out a few top-rated cat foods -- those with high ratings and lots of reviews.
18. GreenLittleCat.com
July 2, 2009
The Natural Cat Food Throwdown -- And the Winner Is…
by Holly Tse
Our AssessmentThis cat lover evaluates six of the top health-food cat food companies for their environmental commitment to sustainability, looking at their supply chains and other environmental practices. Based on the companies' replies to her emails and phone calls, the two winners are Natura Pet Products, maker of Innova and Evo cat food, and Petropics, maker of Tiki cat food. In a short May 2010 update, the author revokes the award from Natura foods (Innova and Evo) in light of the company's acquisition by Procter & Gamble.
19. Buzzillions.com
As of January 2014
Cat Food Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentThis site consolidates reviews from other sites and also adds reviews of cat food submitted directly. Canned cat foods from Hill's Science Diet, Avoderm, Natural Balance and PetGuard maintain high scores with at least a dozen user reviews each, as do Pinnacle, Orijen and Taste of the Wild dry cat foods.
20. PetSmart.com
As of January 2014
Cat Food
by Contributors to PetSmart.com
Our AssessmentPetSmart.com sells more than 150 specific cat foods, and although owners review and rate them, it's tedious to browse the reviews. You can't sort the list of cat foods by overall rating, and most that get reviews in the first place (many have no feedback at all) seem to get very high ratings anyway. The site could be useful, however, if you want to check out what other cat owners say about a few specific items once you've narrowed down your choices.
21. RateItAll.com
As of January 2014
Cat Food Brands
by Contributors to RateItAll.com
Our AssessmentRateItAll.com is a consumer opinion site. Like most such sites, the quality of the reviews varies greatly, and most are not very long. Many well-known and specialty brands receive ratings, but few currently have enough reviews and ratings to make their overall scores significant. Canned and dry foods, as well as foods for dogs, receive reviews or ratings within the brand listings, diminishing the value of the scores still further.
22. GoodGuide.com
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Best Cat Food Ratings
by Editors of GoodGuide.com
Our AssessmentGoodGuide.com rates more than 600 cat foods, with a lengthy explanation of its science-based methodology. Unfortunately, there's little explanation of why specific cat foods get the ratings they do. For example, Wellness Core dry food -- from a top-rated company, according to several reliable sources -- is considered one of the worst foods here. It gets very low scores for "environment" and "society," but nowhere do the authors explain what the company does that's so bad. Some of this website's top-ranked cat foods get dismal ratings from top experts elsewhere.
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