If you’ve been looking for highly palatable but affordable cat food for your finicky feline companion, you’ve probably bumped into Meow Mix a few times, a brand that’s been in the pet food manufacturing business for over 40 years. Made popular by their tagline “tastes so good, cats ask for it by name” and accompanying jingle, the brand is well-known and well-loved by pet parents and their kitties all over the world. While undoubtedly delicious enough to entice even the pickiest of eaters, is this food really good for your cat? Find out in our comprehensive and unbiased Meow Mix cat food review where we take a close look at the company and the ingredients they commonly use in their recipes.
Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food is one of the brand’s most popular kibbles – and for a reason. This dry food is incredibly tasty thanks to its flavorful ingredients such as salmon, chicken, ocean fish, and turkey, and crunchy texture thanks to corn. The taste is truly delicious, and the perfect blend of the various nourishing ingredients is guaranteed to put a smile on your finicky feline’s face.
That said, the formula is not the healthiest out there because the first two protein sources are corn, not animal meat. Still, the food does contain all the essential vitamins and minerals, so it’s 100% complete and balanced. It’s quite rich in overall protein, which is crucial for your kitty’s muscle maintenance and overall health and well-being. And thanks to salmon and fish, there are plenty of essential fatty acids, which are vital for healthy skin and shiny coat. Overall, a well-balanced, crunchy kibble that is the perfect choice for picky eaters.
30% of protein and 11% of fat
Contains chicken, turkey, salmon, ocean fish and grains
Fortified with all essential vitamins and minerals
Highly palatable kibble with crunchy texture
If your cat likes nothing better than juicy moist food, we recommend Meow Mix Wet Food in poultry and beef flavor. This variety pack is not only delicious, but also quite healthy as it’s made with real chicken, turkey, beef or fish. It comes conveniently canned in 2.75oz cups, making it easy to serve, whether on its own or mixed with dry kibble.
There are three “tender” flavors: chicken and liver, chicken and beef, and turkey and giblets, all served in a creamy, tasty sauce for maximum enjoyment. The ingredients in all three recipes are quite good, as there are plenty of animal proteins, including tuna, chicken, beef and turkey, plus easily digestible grains and added vitamins and minerals for complete nutrition for both adult cats and kittens.
Between 10% and 11% of protein
Three flavors different flavors for maximum enjoyment
Contains multiple animal protein sources
Suitable for both adult cats and kittens
If you’re looking for something really special to entice your kitty to eat their dry food, we recommend checking out Meow Mix Tender Centers recipe. This kibble has a crunchy outer shell and a meaty, tender center so even the pickiest cat won’t be able to resist it.
Made with multiple protein sources, including chicken, salmon and turkey, this Meow Mix dry cat food is quite rich in overall protein, making it ideal for growing and active cats. Aside from poultry and fish, the formula also contains easily digestible grains, including corn which is the first ingredient. Since it’s supplemented with all important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, the food 100% balanced and complete. Overall, a solid choice if you’re looking for super-tasty Meow Mix kitten food that can also be fed to adult cats.
31% of protein and 11% of fat
Crunchy outer layer and meaty center
Made with easily digestible proteins
Balanced nutritional content
Another Meow Mix wet cat food we really liked is Simple Servings Variety Pack. This pack comes with individual, mess-free cups that are super-simple to open and serve. Each cup is packed with nourishing, easily digestible ingredients, including real fish and veggies, making it perfect for feeding on its own, or mixed with your kitty’s regular dry food.
With three different flavors – tuna and salmon, tuna, shrimp and whitefish, and tuna and ocean fish – this pack is the ideal pick for finicky eaters as each recipe is bursting with seafood flavor. Aside from these protein sources, the food also contains some healthy veggies such as peas and carrots, as well as added vitamins and minerals.
From 11% to 12% of protein
No meat or filler by-products
Comes in three different flavors
Irresistible taste and nutritious ingredients
Unlike most Meow Mix kibbles, this one is free from added flavors, making it perfect for sensitive cats. To provide a complete and balanced nutrition, it’s enriched with essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, including taurine for eye and heart health.
36% of protein, 12% of fat
Made with quality chicken protein
Contains optimal amount or level of minerals and vitamins
The Meow Mix company was established in the year 1974. The original owner was the Ralston Purina Brand, today known as Nestlé-Purina. But the ownership of the Meow Mix company has changed several times over the 40 years period: it was initially bought by the Del Monte brand, which also owned the Big Heart Animal or Pet labels; then, the company was acquired by Cypress Group, only to return to Del Monte brand soon after. Today, the Meow Mix Cat Food products are sold under the Smucker Brand name.
The Meow Mix dry meals are manufactured in USA, in a facility in Alabama to be precise, however, the wet recipes are manufactured in Thailand. Interestingly, most of their wet formulas tend to be better in terms of ingredients.
The Meow Mix label has not suffered from any product recalls since its establishment. However, in the year 2015, an advocacy organization conducted research and found contaminants in the Meow Mix Tender Centers Feline Food and several animal foods. Meow Mix Tender Centers Food was found to contain excessive levels of mycotoxin, which is a naturally occurring toxin produced by fungi (typically found in corn and wheat). That said, Meow Mix has never been officially recalled and is considered as one of the safest pet foods in the market.
The brand offers several recipe varieties, including Meow Mix Hairball Control for kitties with hairball issues, grain-free recipes for cats intolerant to grains, and many more.
Alright, so there are plenty of reasons to give Meow Mix cat food a try. But what about the ingredients commonly used in their recipes? Are they good enough for your kitty? Let's take a closer look.