CatfoodDB's Unbiased List Of The Best Wet Cat Foods



Updated! Product ratings have been tweaked, and the top wet cat foods list has been adjusted to match. More info here.

After months of research and analyzing information from 2400+ cat food products from over 140 brands, I'm excited to be able to report on which wet cat food products ranked the best!

Every cat is different, so there is no one single best wet cat food. 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 wet cat food for your situation.

However, analyzing all the data has shown me there are definitely different tiers of quality across the 1500+ wet cat food products I've looked at. Below you'll find 12 of the best wet cat foods that scored the highest using my fact-based, unbiased analysis of each product using the manufacturer's published nutritional information.



Analysis Criteria

When looking to find the highest quality cat food product, 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.

For the purposes of this list, a wet or canned cat food is any variety that contains more than 20% moisture as reported by the manufacturer. However, varieties labelled as a raw, freeze-dried, dehydrated or frozen diet have been excluded as those formulas are different enough to warrant their own list in the future.

Additionally,specialty varieties were also excluded from this list. These speciality foods include all veterinary diets, and well as products specifically developed for kittens or senior cats. Cats requiring these specialty diets have their own unique dietary concerns and their products should often be evaluated on different criteria.

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 12 products below scored highest of all the products in the CatFoodDB database, each earning either 9 or 10 paws for their nutrition levels and ingredient lists. All are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and are free of starchy fillers and by-products.

Note however that this is by no means the full list of the best products reviewed here on CatFoodDB. In fact, choosing just 12 varieties was a really hard task, and in the end the raw numbers chose the winners - the products below had the highest scores, lowest calculated carbohydrate values and highest amounts of protein. However, it's important to keep in mind that the 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 is the one that meets their individual needs.


#1: Petcurean - GO! Fit + Free Grain Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Pâté Recipe

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood, dairy and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken and turkey
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#2: Tiki Cat - After Dark Chicken & Lamb

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: lamb and seafood
Primary Proteins: chicken
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#3: Nature's Logic - Feline Rabbit Feast

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: rabbit and pork
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Rawz Turkey & Turkey Liver Pâté

#4: Rawz - Turkey & Turkey Liver Pâté

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: None
Primary Proteins: turkey
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#5: Nutro - Adult Cat Food Chunky Loaf Salmon & Tuna Dinner

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: salmon, chicken and tuna
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#6: Feline Natural - Frozen Chicken and Venison Feast

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: chicken and venison
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#7: Wellness - Core Pate Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Liver

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: chicken and turkey
Similar Varieties: Core Pate Turkey & Duck
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#8: Merrick - Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Grammy's Pot Pie

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood and eggs
Primary Proteins: chicken and duck
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Soulistic Tri-Fusion Tuna With Grilled Salmon, Beef & Duck Dinner - In Gravy

#9: Soulistic - Tri-Fusion Tuna with Grilled Salmon, Beef & Duck Dinner - In Gravy

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: beef and seafood
Primary Proteins: tuna, salmon, beef and duck
Similar Varieties: Chicken Dinner in Gelée
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#10: Stella & Chewys - Duck Duck Goose Frozen Dinner Morsels

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: None
Primary Proteins: duck and turkey
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#11: Only Natural Pet - Wild Ocean Delight

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: seafood
Primary Proteins: tuna and salmon
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#12: Weruva - TRULUXE Quick 'N Quirky - With Chicken & Turkey in Gravy

CatFoodDB Rating:
Allergens: None
Primary Proteins: chicken and turkey
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Want more top rated cat food products? Check out CatFoodDB's Best Dry Cat Foods and CatFoodDB's Top Hypoallergenic Cat Foods!



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