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Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula Review

By: Carl Laron on July 11, 2017

Bottom Line

Taste of the Wild is one of the least expensive grain-free foods you can buy. It's free of iffy byproducts and potentially allergenic soy, too. That's all great for cats, experts say, and it makes Taste of the Wild the best value in dry cat food.

Pros

  • No grains, soy or inferior byproducts
  • Contains probiotics
  • Inexpensive for a grain-free food

Cons

  • Involved in 2012 recall
  • Contains less meat than premium foods
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Breaking it down

Ingredient quality

Nothing fancy, but it's grain-free. Taste of the Wild doesn't boast the fresh-sounding, appetizing ingredient list you'll find on pricey cat foods like Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula (Est. $75 for a 12-lb. bag) -- but it's much better than the corn-soy-byproduct cocktails you'll find in the supermarket pet aisle, reviewers say. In the Rocky Mountain Feline flavor, "chicken meal" (ground-up chicken meat and bones) comes first, followed by peas and sweet potatoes. In the other flavor, Taste of the Wild Canyon River Trout (Est. $35 for a 15-lb. bag), trout comes first, followed by the nonspecific "ocean fish meal." The only caveat is that some vets say cats should only eat wet food to be sure they get sufficient moisture. But other experts say dry food is OK, and plenty of owners say their cats eat Taste of the Wild and are very healthy.

Product safety

Recalled in 2012 for risk of salmonella. Taste of the Wild dry cat food was involved in a 2012 recall by its maker, Diamond Pet Foods. Several Diamond-made brands of dry dog and cat food were recalled after some of them tested positive for salmonella. Taste of the Wild has not been recalled since, a search of the FDA's website shows. Taste of the Wild says it uses only U.S. ingredients, one top source reports. This is a point in its favor, because ingredients from China have been linked to contamination.

Value

Costs more than supermarket dry food -- but owners say it's worth it. Pound for pound, Taste of the Wild costs twice as much as major-brand supermarket dry cat food. But instead of less desirable ingredients typically found in those, such as corn, wheat gluten, meat by-products, and others, Taste of the Wild's ingredient list actually starts with meat (and it contains no grain whatsoever). That makes Taste of the Wild the better value, experts say. Owners give it overwhelmingly glowing reviews, saying they'll gladly pay more for healthier, happier cats.

Our Sources

Susan Thixton, Not Dated

Susan Thixton rates Taste of the Wild -- based on ingredient quality, safety and more. She discusses Diamond/Taste of the Wild's 2012 recall further on her blog, TruthAboutPetFood.com.

Editors of PetFoodTalk.com, Not Dated

Taste of the Wild earns four stars here. It's described as "a pretty decent source of nutrition for the cost." One concern is that, although the top ingredient in the Rocky Mountain Feline Formula is meat, it's followed by carbohydrate sources until the next meat appears at number five. Several additional meats, including some unusual ones, appear further down the list.

Editors of PetFoodRatings.Org, Apr. 17, 2013

Taste of the Wild earns a 4-star rating here as well. Again, concern is expressed about the non-grain carb sources being so high on the ingredient list, but the editors conclude "It's a good food, and one that I wouldn't shy away from feeding my own cats." Though this is an older review, the ingredients and safety track record of the food has not changed since it was published.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2017

Cat owners rave about Taste of the Wild cat food at Amazon.com, giving the Rocky Mountain and Canyon River Trout varieties a cumulative 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 2,000 reviews. Most say their cats love it and are healthier since they started eating it. However, several gave it low ratings after a 2012 recall for risk of salmonella, while others say that their cats don't like it.

Contributors to Chewy.com, As of July 2017

We spotted more than 530 reviews of Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain cat food at Chewy.com, where it earns a 4.7-star rating. It's recommended by 94 percent of those that have fed it to their cats.

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