Which Cat Food Is Best? See What The Cats Decided...

I woke up around 7:00 AM, as usual, to prepare their breakfast.  Meow, meow....MEOW!  Except this morning, I was playing a taste test game with the three stooges.  I received many free samples when I attended the BlogPaws 2015 conference in Nashville last week. What better way to see which one my cats like, than to do a taste test?  Here we go...

Before

Before

The following brands are represented above:

  1. Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Duck Pate (CONTROL) - Wet
  2. The Honest Kitchen Grain Free Cage Free Turkey Recipe - Dehydrated
  3. Science Diet Grain Free Food - Dry
  4. Primal Pet Foods Freeze-Dried Grain/Corn/Wheat/Soy/Antibiotic Free Raw Turkey Formula - Dehydrated
  5. Natural Balance Gluten Free Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal Formula - Dry
  6. Dr. Harvey's Oracle Grain Free Corn/Wheat/Soy Free Chicken Food - Dehydrated
  7. Only Natural Pet Grain Free Soy Free Poultry Dinner - Dry
  8. Only Natural Pet Grain Free Chicken Dinner - Wet

The control group is the food that I feed my cats daily right now.  It was not provided free by the company.  I will note that Bailey has always had a preference for kibble, though I have not fed her kibble regularly in 4 years.  I occasionally use kibble as treats during clicker training.

Results:

  • Bailey (Brown Tabby)
    • First enjoyed #7
    • Ate most of #7
    • Ate #4, #7, and #8
    • Approached and did not eat #2, #3, and #4 (sniffed, but Asti already ate it all), #6
    • Did not approach #1 (control) and #5
  • Jack (Siamese)
    • First enjoyed #2
    • Ate most of#1 (control) and #2
    • Ate #1, #2 and #3
    • Approached and did not eat - None
    • Did not approach #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8
  • Asti (White/Orange Manx)
    • First enjoyed #1 (control)
    • Ate most of #4 
    • Ate #1, #2, #3, #4 and #8
    • Approached and did not eat - None
    • Did not approach #5, #6, and #7

My Observations and Thoughts:

  • All three cats spent the first 0:45 seconds of their dining experience at the food they ate at first. 
  • All three cats had a preference for a different food (lucky me!).
  • Bailey prefers all the kibble.  I had a feeling she would prefer it to all other foods in this experiment.  I was right.
  • I was really hoping that Dr. Harvey's would have been a higher contender in taste.  I was impressed by the company, the food and the values they hold.

My Picks:

  • #2 The Honest Kitchen Turkey Recipe for Cats
    • I love that this food is grain-free, uses cage-free turkey and is human grade.  The food is made in a FDA inspected facility.  The first two ingredients are turkey, eggs and pumpkin.  The package uses environmentally water-based inks.  It was easy to make, too.  All of this is so awesome!  What does this pet food company not do right?  I'm impressed!
    • 38.50% Crude Protein /  34.50% Crude Fat / 2.50% Crude Fiber / 4.50% Moisture
    • This food comes in two flavors: Chicken and Turkey.
    • Even though Bailey did not eat this food after she sniffed it, I still would feed it to her.  She has a preference for kibble, which I do not give her.  
  • #4 Primal Pet Foods Freeze-Dried Turkey Formula
    • I love that this food is free of grain, corn, wheat and soy.  The turkey has no antibiotics or added hormones.  It's also made in the USA.  Also, did I mention this turkey is raw?  Now, that's cool.  I've been considering a raw diet for my cats for awhile, but don't have the time to cook.  This could be a perfect solution.
    • 57.00% Crude Protein / 23.00% Crude Fat / 2.00% Crude Figer / 3.00% Moisture
    • This food comes in four flavors on their website: Chicken/Salmon, Turkey, Beef/Salmon and Pork.
After

After