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Home > Diet and Nutrition > USA Cat Food Brands Helpfulness Ratings

 


Overview


 

This is an alphabetical list of how helpful I have found the various US cat food brands to be when I have tried to obtain information about their cats foods for my food data tables.

 

This table is not rating the food composition or quality, it relates only to how responsive each brand has been to my enquiries.

 

I try to contact the manufacturers in writing, either via e-mail, web form or social media, so as to avoid any misunderstandings. It can be difficult for me at times because some of them want my address and I don't have a US address to give them. Why they need an address in the first place is beyond me, I really don't need glossy brochures, I just want cold hard facts.

 

Please check below before contacting me to ask about a food missing from the tables, because chances are I have tried and failed to obtain information, or perhaps the brand was introducing new foods for which the data were not available when I asked. I also skipped some brands, either because I know from experience that they are not helpful but also because this project takes a lot of time (two solid months) and I do have to sleep occasionally!

 

Generally speaking, smaller manufacturers are more helpful than the big players, though Hill's is a notable exception, providing all of its information on its websites throughout the world.

 

Many of the big players say that it is too difficult to provide the information because they make so many foods. I imagine they also make big profits, and should be prepared to spend some of them on providing information to their customers.

 

Some brands refuse to speak to me but are graciously prepared to speak to my vet. How many vets have the time to speak to cat food manufacturers about food choices for their clients' cats?

 

All things being equal, I would try to use the helpful manufacturers first, and vote with your feet when it comes to unhelpful manufacturers. You may also like to let them know you are doing so - twitter can be a particularly effective way of doing this. I created the hashtags #willhelpcats and #wonthelpcats, so feel free to use them as appropriate.

 

The contact details for the various brands are here.

 

These details relate to the USA, though the manufacturers' websites may offer links for Canada and other countries.

 

For manufacturers in the UK, click here.

 


Rating System


 

Provide the information on their website so I don't need to contact them.

I have to contact them but they provide the information promptly.

They provide information but take some time to do so, or can only provide guaranteed analysis.

They provide some information but not all, and stop responding to me.

They respond to my enquiries but never actually manage to give me any information.

Have not responded or refuse to engage with me.

 


Brands in Alphabetical Order


 

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Brand

My Experience My Rating
365 Everyday Value I have not been able to get the webform to work and no e-mail address is provided. They might be helpful, but I don't know because I can't reach them!
9Lives Used to respond helpfully, have refused to speak to me since the takeover by JM Smucker. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but can offer no reassurance that these are still accurate.

A


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Acana

Responded to e-mail after three days and supplied requested information. Sodium level for some foods not available at time of enquiry.

Adirondack

Company itself has stopped responding to my e-mails. PR company provided some information following a tweet but is unable to provide DMA figures and does not have data for all foods.

Addiction Have responded to my e-mails, but have never actually managed to provide any information.
Against the Grain Information is on their website, also respond promptly to e-mails.
Alley Cat Used to respond helpfully, have refused to speak to me since the takeover by JM Smucker
Almo Nature

Impossible to obtain meaningful data, they simply do not appear to understand the concept of dry matter analysis and say that their foods are basically just the same as their ingredients, so if I look up, say, chicken, that should be sufficient. The mind boggles.

 

Vitamin D intoxication caused by ingestion of commercial cat food in three kittens (2013) Wehner A, Katzenberger J, Groth A, Dorsch R, Koelle P, Hartmann K, Weber K Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery 15(8) reported on three kittens in Germany who became ill after eating a commercial food containing too much Vitamin D. One recovered, one was put to sleep, the third has ongoing kidney damage. The commercial food in question was Almo Nature Kitten with Chicken food. It had a declared amount of Vitamin D3 of 6488 IU/kg (dry matter) but analysis showed that the food actually contained 202,155 IU/kg (dry matter).

Annamaet

Responded to my e-mail after a week and provided the requested information.
Applaws Have responded to my e-mails, but do not have the information available. The UK side (Applaws is UK-owned) has not responded to my tweet.

Artemis

Responded on the same day to my initial e-mail, took a few days to obtain all the data.

Aunt Jeni's Information is on their website.
Authority

After a great deal of nagging, they managed to give me data for two foods. They then suddenly informed me that they will not share information outside the company because it is proprietary. Have ignored my tweet.

AvoDerm

Did not initially respond but did so when reminded ten days later and provided information for all their foods.

Azmira

It took a few e-mails from me but they did eventually provide the information, albeit only as guaranteed analysis.


B


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Best Feline Friend Information is on their website.
Beyond I know they received my enquiry but I have had no response.
Blackwood's

Company itself has stopped responding to my e-mails. PR company provided some information following a tweet but is unable to provide DMA figures and does not have data for all foods.

Blue Have consistently refused to speak to me since 2010. Will not even give me the information for their new therapeutic kidney diet!
Bravo! Information is on their website.

C


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Canidae Respond promptly to e-mails, provide information as requested.
Cats in the Kitchen Information is on their website.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Took a couple of weeks but provided all the requested information.

D


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Dad's Took a few days and provided all the requested information.
Darwin's Have responded to my e-mails, and have tried to provide information, but sadly it is not in usable form.
Dave's Petfood Have not responded to repeated e-mails or a tweet.
Diamond Have not responded to repeated e-mails or tweets.
Dogswell Responded after a few days and a few e-mails, but could only provide guaranteed analysis figures.
Dr Tim's Respond promptly to e-mails, provide information as requested.
Drs Foster & Smith Respond promptly to e-mails, provide information as requested. Data for new foods not yet available.

E


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Eagle Pack Responded the same day and provided all the requested information.
Earthborn Holistic Took a few days but were able to provide all the requested information.
Evanger's Have given me data for a couple of foods, are working on the others.
EVO Information is on their website.
Evolve Have not responded to webform enquiries. Responded to my tweet giving me a contact but I have heard nothing since.
Exclusive Responded within a couple of days and provided all the requested information.
EZComplete Information is on their website.

F


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Fancy Feast We have written merrily back and forth via e-mail and twitter. Have I obtained the data for a single food from them? Nope. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but can offer no reassurances that these are still accurate.
Farmina Provided information for some of their foods after a couple of weeks. No response received re the remaining foods.
Feline Caviar Took about a week but provided all the requested information.
Feline Cuisine Took about a week but provided all the requested information.
Feline Natural Responded within a couple of days to my initial enquiry with dry food data but have not responded to further requests for the canned food data.
FirstMate Took about three weeks (including the Christmas holiday period) but provided all the requested information.
Fresh is Best Information is on their website.
Friskies We have written merrily back and forth via e-mail and twitter. Have I obtained the data for a single food from them? Nope. They want to mail it to me, which is tricky. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but can offer no reassurances that these are still accurate.
Fromm Information is on their website.
Fussie Cat Provided information for some of their foods after a couple of weeks. No response received re the remaining foods.

G


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Gather

Respond promptly and even send the data in a format personalised for my food data tables.

Go!

Respond promptly and even send the data in a format personalised for my food data tables.

Grace Information is on their website.
Grandma Lucy's Respond to e-mails but do not understand the concept of DMA analysis so are unable to assist.

H


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Halo Responded the same day, though it took a little time to obtain all the information. Data for their new foods are not yet available.
Health Extension Took a few days but were able to provide all the requested information, though some of it was as fed so I had to crunch the numbers.
Hill's Information is on their website.
Hi-Tor Have not responded to webform enquiries. Responded to my tweet giving me a contact but I have heard nothing since I wrote to that address.
Holistic Natural Took a few days but were able to provide all the requested information.
Holistic Select Responded the same day and provided all requested information.
Horizon Responded within a day and provided all requested information.
Hound & Gatos Responded promptly with the data for a few foods, have not heard anything about the remaining foods despite sending them e-mails and tweeting.

I


Brand

My Experience My Rating
I And Love and You Responded within a couple of days and provided the requested information.
I Luv My Cat Sent me inaccurate information and did not respond to further enquiries.
Iams Did not initially respond to e-mail enquiries, but responded via twitter with the requested information.
Impulse Responded the same day, though it took a little time to obtain all the information. Data for their new foods are not yet available.
Instinct Responded to my e-mail within a day and provided the requested information.
Instinctive Choice

Responded on the same day to my initial e-mail, took a few days to obtain all the data.


K


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Kasiks Took about three weeks (including the Christmas holiday period) but provided all the requested information.
Koha Responded the same day and provided all requested information.

L


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Life's Abundance

Responded on the same day to my initial e-mail, took a few days to obtain all the data.

Lotus Responded to my e-mail within a day and provided the requested information. The information differs from that on their website and they have not responded to repeated requests for an explanation of this.

M


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Meow Mix Used to respond helpfully, have refused to speak to me since the takeover by JM Smucker. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but have no idea if these are still accurate or even whether all the foods listed still exist.
Merrick Respond promptly and provide all the requested information. The information on the recently introduced foods is not yet available.
Muse They provided some information to a member of my support group. I have not yet tried contacting them myself because I have a pitifully poor success rate with Purina to date.

N


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Natural Balance Used to respond helpfully, have refused to speak to me since the takeover by JM Smucker. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but have no idea if these are still accurate or even whether all the foods listed still exist.
Natural Planet Information is on their website, though numbers need crunching and no calorie information provided.
Natural Value Respond to e-mails but have not provided any information to date.
Nature's Logic Information is on their website.
Nature's Recipe Used to respond helpfully, have refused to speak to me since the takeover by JM Smucker. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but have no idea if these are still accurate or even whether all the foods listed still exist.
Newman's Own Responded within a couple of days and provided the requested information.
Now!

Respond promptly and even send the data in a format personalised for my food data tables.

Nulo Took about ten days but provided all the requested information.
Nutrience Referred me to their website which only has guaranteed analysis, with minimum phosphorus levels. Has not responded to me since.
NutriSource Information is on their website, though numbers need crunching.
Nutram Have not responded to my e-mail.
Nutro No response to various e-mails and a tweet, though they received my enquiries because they acknowledged receipt.

O


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Organix Responded the same day and provided the requested information.
Orijen Responded to e-mail (took a couple of days) and supplied requested information. The data for their new foods are not yet available.

P


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Party Animal Have not responded to repeated e-mails or tweets. Presumably too busy partying...
Performatrin Took about a week but provided all the requested information.
PetGuard Have not responded to repeated e-mails or tweets.
Petite Cuisine Used to respond promptly, but e-mail to my previous contact bounced back, no contact details on the website and a tweet to an employee (Petite Cuisine are not on twitter) went unanswered.
Pinnacle Responded within a day and provided all the requested information.
PMI Nutrition Responded within a couple of days and provided all the requested information.
Precise Information is on their website.
Premium Edge Responded within a couple of days and provided all the requested information.
Pride Responded within a day and provided the requested information.
Primal Have not responded to my webform enquiry.
Pro Pac Took a few days but were able to provide all the requested information.
Pro Plan We have written merrily back and forth via twitter. Have I obtained the data for a single food from them? Nope. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but can offer no reassurances that these are still accurate.
Prowl Information is on their website.
PureVita Most of the information is on the website. Have not responded to my enquiry about the suspiciously high sodium level in one food.
Purina We have written merrily back and forth via twitter. Have I obtained the data for a single food from them? Nope. They want me to call them, which is difficult. Since people have asked me not to delete older data, I have included data from 2014 but can offer no reassurances that these are still accurate.

R


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Rachael Ray Nutrish Have not responded to repeated e-mails or tweets.
Rad Cat Information is on their website.
RAWR Have not responded to my e-mail enquiry.
Rayne Information available on their website, also respond promptly to e-mails.
Redbarn Naturals Information available on their website apart from sodium, responded promptly to a request for the sodium data.
Regal

Responded promptly, but were only able to provide guaranteed analysis figures.

Royal Canin Declined to assist because they make so many different foods that it is too much work, though did provide information on their renal foods. Royal Canin Canada appeared more likely to help but I could not access their webform to complete my enquiry (perhaps becanse I am in a different country).

S


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Serengeti No response (other than automated responses so I know they have received my messages).
Sheba Provided information for some of their foods but have ignored requests for additional information.
Simply Nourish Have responded to my e-mails, but have never actually managed to provide any information.
Solid Gold Responded within a couple of days, provided a lot of information promptly but some of the figures were only available as guaranteed analysis.
Stella and Chewy's Told me they don't have any information available, and even if they did, I may not share it.
Soulistic Information is on their website.
SPORTMiX Responded promptly, but do not have the information available.
Spot's Responded the same day, though it took a little time to obtain all the information. Data for their new foods are not yet available.
Star Pro Information is on their website.
Summit

Respond promptly and even send the data in a format personalised for my food data tables.


T


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Taste of the Wild Responded promptly and provided the requested information, though it took a while to obtain all of it.
Tender & True Have responded to my e-mails, and have tried to provide information, but sadly it is not in usable form.
Tiki Cat Responded to e-mail (took a few days) and supplied requested information. The data for their new foods is not yet available.
Trader Joe Took a week to respond and provided the canned food data. Have not responded to requests for the dry food data.
Triumph Have not responded to webform enquiries. Responded to my tweet giving me a contact but I have heard nothing since I wrote to that address.

U


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Under the Sun Respond promptly to e-mails, provide information as requested.

V


Brand

My Experience My Rating
VeRUS Responded to e-mail within a couple of days and supplied requested information. The data for their new foods are not yet available.

W


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Wellness Responded the same day and provided all requested information.
Weruva Information is on their website.
Whiskas Respond to e-mails but have not provided any information to date.
Whole Earth Farms Respond promptly to e-mails, provide information as requested.
Wild Calling Responded within a day and provided all requested information.
Wysong Information is on their website.

Y


Brand

My Experience My Rating
Young Again Information is on the website, also respond promptly to e-mails.

Z


Brand

My Experience My Rating
ZiwiPeak Information is on the website.

Not Yet Contacted


I admit it, I stopped. Perhaps I will contact these brands in due course, but I need a break and to focus on other aspects of the website. Please note, some of these brands are Canadian or Italian and not widely available in the USA.
 
4Health Kirkland Pets 4 Life
Cat Chow Kit 'N Kaboodle President's Choice
Companion Krogers Primal
Compliments Lick Your Chops ProNature
Cornucopia Maxximum ProSeries
Country Pet Naturals Monge Pure Balance
Country Value Natural Life Redmoon
Deli-Cat Ovenbaked Tradition Robert Abady
Fresh Pet Select Nature's Harvest Sojos
Goodlife Recipe Nova Special Kitty
Great Choice Nutripe Urban King
Great Life Petreet Wegmans

 

 

 

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