Cat Food Chart

Last updated: Aug 16, 2021 (2 months ago)

Freeze-Dried Raw

Freeze-dried raw is another easy way to feed your ferrets raw, if you feel intimidated by a true raw diet. All you need to do is add water. It provides most of the benefits of a full raw diet, except it doesn't naturally clean their teeth as well since there is nothing tough to chew on (they usually include ground bone, but those pieces are too small).

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Score
A+
Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon

Freeze-Dried Raw

FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
A+
Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose

Freeze-Dried Raw

Duck Duck Goose
Chicken-Free
3 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
Score
A+
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Meals Chicken

Freeze-Dried Raw

Instinct Raw Meals Chicken
Single Protein Source
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat

Frozen Raw

Frozen raw and freeze-dried raw are basically identical, except the way they're stored. With freeze-dried raw, you need to add water to rehydrate it before feeding. Frozen raw is already hydrated, it just needs to be thawed.

Note: it's important not to microwave frozen raw food, since it often contains small bone pieces which could fracture. A safer way to thaw is to microwave a bowl of water and place the food in the hot water to soak.

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Score
A+
Stella & Chewy's Selects Chicken Medallions

Frozen Raw

Selects Chicken Medallions
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
A+
Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose

Frozen Raw

Duck Duck Goose
Chicken-Free
3 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
Score
A+
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Signature Frozen Bites Chicken

Frozen Raw

Instinct Raw Signature Frozen Bites Chicken
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat

Air-Dried Raw

Air-dried raw is a healthier alternative to kibble. But like kibble, it can be served straight from the bag! It's also great for transitioning since it can be mixed with kibble.

It generally a) contains no fruits or veggies, b) has limited ingredients, and c) has high protein and fat content. It provides most of the benefits of a raw diet except moisture. But it is a lot easier to prepare and less messy.

Like all raw foods, it is more expensive up front, but it can help you avoid costly health issues in the future.

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Score
A+
ZiwiPeak Chicken Recipe

Air-Dried Raw

Chicken Recipe
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
A+
ZiwiPeak Lamb Recipe

Air-Dried Raw

Lamb Recipe
Chicken-Free
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
Score
A+
Catit Gold Fern Chicken

Air-Dried Raw

Gold Fern Chicken
2 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat

Canned

A good canned food is much healthier than kibble. There are canned food options that are completely or almost grain- and starch-free. Canned foods also have a much higher meat concentration usually.

Another benefit of canned foods is that they provide moisture, which is essential for dental health and hydration.

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Score
A+
ZiwiPeak Wet Hauraki Plains Recipe

Canned

Wet Hauraki Plains Recipe
6 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
A+
Rawz Chicken & Chicken Liver Pate

Canned

Chicken & Chicken Liver Pate
Single Protein Source
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
A
Wysong Epigen Canned Chicken

Canned

Epigen Canned Chicken
Single Protein Source
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat

Kibble

Kibble can generally be left out for days without spoiling. However, it needs something (usually a grain) to bind all of the ingredients together to form its solid shape. Therefore most kibbles are high in fruit, veggie, and/or grain content, which is not great for cats. 

Notice how raw diets clearly advertise their meat percentage ("96% meat, organs, and bone" on Ziwipeak for example) but kibbles do not. They hide this information, which is why I don't have it for most of these foods yet.

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Score
B
Orijen Six Fish

Kibble

Six Fish
Chicken-Free
Single Protein Source
High Meat Percentage
Score
B
Acana Meadowlands

Kibble

Meadowlands
4 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
High Quality Meat
Score
B
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Duck

Kibble

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Duck
4 Protein Sources
High Meat Percentage
Middle Quality Meat