What every best Cat Food has:
- More meat, less grain in the top five ingredients.
- No corn, wheat or soy as carbohydrate sources.
- No artificial preservatives.
Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe looks remarkably like a home-cooked stew for people. Experts say its chunks of butcher-quality meat are great for cats. It does contain veggies, but is grain free. Preservatives are all natural, and Spot's Stew is free of any controversial ingredients, the cans are free from BPA, and the company has a spotless (no pun intended) recall record. See our full review »Buy for $19.54
It's pricey, to be sure, but experts and cat owners point to Ziwi Peak as one of the best cat foods you can buy. It is made in New Zealand, a country with high food-safety standards, and the Ziwi Peak brand has never been recalled or withdrawn. Made using free-range, sustainably raised animals, the limited ingredient lineup makes Ziwi Peak lamb an especially good choice for cats with food allergies.Buy for $39.24
Natural Balance Original Ultra Formula is a lot cheaper than other premium cat foods that meet reviewer approval, but that's because it includes more cost-cutting grains. That's offset by lots of high-quality meat and other ingredients, however. The company's safety record isn't as perfect as some, but it's responded by putting a comprehensive product testing program in place. See our full review »Buy for $32.02
Although some experts say cats need wet food to stay hydrated, others have no problem with a high-quality dry food. Made from fresh meats, fish, eggs and produce, Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula's grain-free, natural ingredients make it the best dry cat food you can buy. The company has a good safety record and the food has never been recalled in North America. See our full review »Buy for $66.18
Unlike supermarket cat kibble -- which is usually a stew of corn, soy and byproducts -- Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula is free of all of the above. Meat is the main ingredient, which experts say is far better for cats. While it's pricier than low-quality kibble, Taste of the Wild is one of the least expensive grain-free dry cat foods you can buy. See our full review »Buy for $30.99
While this dehydrated cat food is not quite raw (the manufacturer steams ingredients for better food safety), The Honest Kitchen Grace is a relatively economical way for cat owners to feed their charges a diet that comes very close to what a cat would eat in the wild. A single 4 pound box can feed a typical cat for around a month. The ingredient quality is top notch, too.Buy for $55.36