CatfoodDB's Unbiased List Of The Best Kitten Foods


Best Kitten Foods

Kittens are so much more than just tiny cats. In addition to their extreme adorableness they're growing like crazy, often doubling their weight in just a few short weeks. They also have ton of energy; if you've ever seen your kitten run around and wrestle with their litter mates, toys or even their human's feet, you'll understand.

So it's no wonder kittens have different nutritional needs compared to adult cats. Most significantly, in order to support their tiny, growing energetic bodies, kitten food is typically more calorie dense then regular adult cat food. But just as in adult cat food, it's important that a good kitten food consist of quality protein sources and fats, and not be full of cheap carbohydrate fillers or undesirable preservatives.

After months of research and analyzing information from CatFoodDB's extensive collection of over 2700+ cat food products from over 160 brands, I'm excited to be able to report on which kitten foods ranked the best!

Every cat is different, so there is no one single best kitten food. As with adult cats, allergies, health concerns, price and even the pickiness of your particular feline will all play a part in helping you determine what is the best kitten food for your situation.



Analysis Criteria

When looking to find the highest quality kitten foods, I'm primarily looking at two different properties of each particular variety. Pet foods manufactured in the United States and Canada are required to publish this information, so it makes sense that products can be compared against each other this way.

Kittens in particular need high calorie foods, but these calories need to come from quality fat and protein sources. As with their adult cat counterparts, quality kitten foods should not include any cheap fillers or other undesirable ingredients.

For the purposes of this list, we only looked at products that were specifically marketed to and labelled as appropriate for kittens.

Ingredients

Each product is given a score based on an analysis of its ingredient list. Those with a named protein or protein meal (ie "chicken" or "chicken meal") as their first ingredient are scored highest. Products with named proteins and meals in their top 5 ingredients are also scored better than those products without. Note that a generic "meat" or "fish" ingredient doesn't count as a protein in my evaluations; I find it rather suspicious that a manufacturer is unable or unwilling to identify the source of the protein!

Products listing by-products, or bulk-adding fillers and grains in their top ingredient positions are scored lower. Additionally, any questionable preservatives included in the ingredient list will also reduce the product's score.

Nutrition

By law in North America, every commercially prepared cat food must publish a 'Guaranteed Analysis' that describes the percentages of protein, fat, fiber and moisture that are contained within the product. Although these aren't exact values, they do allow us to approximate and compare the total amount of protein and carbohydrates that are contained in each product.

Similar to their ingredient score, each product is also scored based on its nutritional analysis - those products that have higher amounts of protein and lower amounts of carbohydrates reported in this nutritional breakdown are scored higher.

The Results

The 16 products below scored highest of all the products in the CatFoodDB database, 8 or more paws for their nutrition levels and ingredient lists. All are high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates, and are free of starchy fillers and by-products.

It's important to keep in mind that protein and especially the carbohydrate numbers are only estimated values. Although each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis that defines each product's maximum values of fiber and moisture in addition to its minimum values of protein and fat, exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values, including carbohydrates, are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and may differ from actual values. Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. The best food for your cat or kitten is the one that meets their individual needs.


Best Wet Kitten Food


Instinct - Real Chicken Recipe For Kittens

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: beef, seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, beef and salmon
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NutriSource - Chicken, Turkey, Lamb & Fish Kitten Formula

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: lamb, seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, turkey and lamb
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Authority Kitten Grain Free Chicken Paté

Authority - Kitten Grain Free Chicken Paté

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken
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James Wellbeloved Grain Free Turkey Kitten

James Wellbeloved - Grain Free Turkey Kitten

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: turkey
Similar Varieties: Grain Free Lamb Kitten
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Nutrience Natural Kitten Turkey & Chicken Pâté

Nutrience - Natural Kitten Turkey & Chicken Pâté

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: turkey and chicken
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Wellness - Core Pate Kitten Chicken & Turkey

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: turkey and chicken
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Natural Balance - Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Salmon & Duck Kitten Food

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, salmon and duck
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Chicken Soup for the Soul - Kitten Wet Food

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, salmon and turkey
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Nutro - Kitten Food Soft Loaf Chicken Recipe

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: chicken
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Best Dry Kitten Food


Instinct - Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Kittens

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: lamb, seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, turkey, salmon and menhaden fish
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Orijen - Cat & Kitten (USA)

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken, turkey and mackerel
Similar Varieties: Cat & Kitten (Canada)
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Performatrin - Ultra Grain-Free Kitten Recipe Cat Food

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: turkey, chicken and duck
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Simply Nourish Source High Protein Kitten Food

Simply Nourish - Source High Protein Kitten Food

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: chicken and turkey
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Nulo - freestyle Cat & Kitten Turkey & Duck Recipe

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: turkey, menhaden fish and cod
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Merrick - Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Healthy Kitten Recipe

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken and turkey
Similar Varieties: Backcountry Kitten Recipe
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Nutrience Grain Free - Turkey, Chicken, Herring

Nutrience - Grain Free - Turkey, Chicken, Herring

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: turkey and chicken
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Has your cute kitten already grown up into an adorable yet larger adult cat? Check out CatFoodDB's Best Dry Cat Foods and CatFoodDB's Best Wet Cat Foods!



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