Purina Cat Food Review

Angela Westfall
Published February 4, 2020

The giant Purina pet food company is the largest of its kind in the US. It combines detailed investigation of the ingredient sources with meticulous recipe formulation. Within the brand range, there are over a hundred individual products which vary by flavor, ingredients and taste. There is something for every cat within the Purina range, no matter what their age, lifestyle or health status.

Following some adverse publicity and product recalls in the last couple of decades, some cat owners have asked ‘Is Purina good for cats’ and the company has gone to great lengths to demonstrate that it is. If you are new the brand, check out our Purina cat food review and then make your choice. If you have any doubts about which food to give to your cat, consult your vet.

Purina Cat Food Review


A mouth-watering recipe wet cat food that complies with all the AAFCO standards for adult cat food formulations. It features pieces of white meat chicken in a delicate gravy that cats cannot resist. The recipe comprises a minimum of 11 % protein and 2 % fat. Together with the chicken, there are meat by-products, turkey and liver. Spinach delivers further nutritional benefit.

To produce a nutritionally complete meal, this Purina complete cat food has added micro-nutrients to suit the needs of adult cats. There are vitamins including thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), niacin (Vitamin B-3) and Vitamin A supplement. The added minerals include potassium chloride, ferrous sulfate and taurine for healthy eyes, intestines and heart.

Wet cat food

Pieces of white meat chicken

Delicate and delicious gravy

11 % protein

  • Brand: Purina
  • Model: 50000570188
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds


A high-quality dry cat food that will suit cats of all ages and complies with AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles. This kibble is packed with high quality meat protein and carbohydrate for energy. It contains a minimum of 32 % protein which is provided by real chicken as well as chicken by product meal and fish meal. The carbohydrate sources include whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal and rice.

There are essential fatty acids to keep your cat’s coat healthy. The added vitamins include Vitamin A and Vitamin E for a healthy immune system. There is also added calcium for healthy teeth and bones and taurine for healthy digestion, eyes and heart. Purina kitten chow reviews highlight the delicious taste and nutritional balance of this kitty food.

32 % minimum protein

Contains real chicken

 Whole grain wheat for energy

Added vitamins and minerals   

  • Brand: Purina
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds


A delicious cat treat for your kitty to savor. They can be soft or crunchy and are available in four delicious flavors. This product is a treat and is not a complete food so it must not make up more than 10 % of your cat’s total daily calorie intake. Each treat contains 1.8 kc.

The nutrient content of the treats comprises 23 % crude protein, 8 % crude fat, 3 % crude fiber and 30 % moisture (soft version). To make them delicious, they are packed with animal liver flavor but also contain wheat flour and corn gluten. The protein is provided by chicken by-product meal and there is gelatin for texture and added color and preservatives.

A delicious treat for cats

Each treat contains 1.8 kc

23 % crude protein

Contains animal liver flavor

  • Brand: Purina
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces


A dry cat food comprising multi-colored kibble that combine the delicious flavors of fish, turkey and liver. It provides all the nutritional requirements for adult cats. Purina dry cat food reviews emphasize the value and convenience of feeding a kibble diet to your cat.

This Purina cat food comprises a minimum of 32 % protein and a minimum of 9 % crude fat. There is also plenty of fiber (4 %). The mineral content delivers calcium (1 %) and phosphorus (0.9%). Your kitty will get plenty of energy as this food delivers 376 kcal/cup. The meat protein sources are primarily turkey by-product meal and fish meal. Vitamins such as folic acid and vitamin D-3 contribute towards overall good health.

Multi-colored kibble

Combined fish, turkey and liver flavor

Nutritionally balanced

Added vitamins and minerals

  • Brand: Purina
  • Model: U719259C
  • Weight: 14 pounds


This delicious wet cat food combines the irresistible flavor of salmon with a pleasing soft texture that cats love. It is 78 % moisture and is perfect for cats that do not drink a lot of water. The crude protein content is a minimum of 10 % for healthy growth and cell repair. There is also 5 % fat to provide plenty of energy and 1 % fiber for a healthy gut.

This food is suitable for cats of all ages. The protein is provided by meat by-products, poultry by-products and fish. Rice is a source of carbohydrates and energy. For all round good health, the mineral content includes potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate and dicalcium phosphate. All of these are needed for a healthy metabolism. There are also added vitamins including Vitamin E, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-3 and Vitamin A. There is added taurine to maintain excellent eyesight and gut and heart health.      

Combines flavor with a pleasing soft texture

Crude protein content is a minimum of 10 %

Contains meat by-products, poultry by-products and fish

Taurine for gut, eye and heart health

  • Brand: Purina
  • Model: 50285
  • Weight: 9 pounds

Purina Cat Food Review Buying Guide

Company Information

The full name of the company is Nestlé Purina Petcare. It is a US subsidiary of Nestlé and makes pet foods and products. Purina was formed in 2001 when Nestlé’s Friskies Petcare combined with Ralston Purina and became the largest pet food company in the US.

Its origins date back to 1894 when William H. Danforth, George Robinson and William Andrews formed a company to supply farm animal food and called it the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company. In 1902, this was changed to Ralston Purina. Currently, it supplies almost a hundred pet food ranges.

Why Choose this Brand?

Purina has a long-standing and respected reputation as a premium pet food supplier. The company loves pets – the employees all have pets of their own, several pets attend the offices with their owners and art featuring pets grace the walls of their buildings. Purina have based their business model on a passion for pets. They actively forge partnerships with pet welfare organizations and work hard to raise awareness of how to look after a pet correctly. The company also prides itself on conducting cutting edge research into how to secure the wellbeing of pets.

The ingredients used in all the Purina cat food products are from trusted sources which have been fully investigated by experts. The livestock management practices of all the meat sources are inspected and 99% of the products are made right here in the US. Every ingredient is quality-checked before they are used.

The range includes products that are specifically designed for the needs of different pets including Seniors, kittens, indoor cats and cats with allergies.

Check out some of our guides, such as kitten food, cat food for indoor cats and hypoallergenic cat food.

Ingredient Analysis

Purina products are based on carefully balanced nutrition. The main components are listed here.

  • Protein: In Purina products, this essential nutrient for growth, repair, and energy is provided by high-quality meat and fish sources such as Arctic char, Catfish, duck and lamb and from a small proportion of plant protein ingredients such as potato and soy.
  • Carbohydrates: A small proportion of carbohydrates is needed to supply a sustained source of energy. It is provided by ingredients such as brown rice, dried beet pulp, and pea fiber.
  • Fats and oils: These nutrient-rich products are needed for a healthy coat and metabolism. They are included in Purina products in the form of fish oil, canola oil and beef fat. Amino acids include L-carnitine and taurine for heart health and good eyesight.
  • Vitamins and minerals: A careful blend of vitamins and minerals are included to promote overall health. Examples include calcium phosphate, manganese sulfate, folic acid, and Vitamin A.

Cat with white food bowl

Different Options of Purina Cat Food

There are many specialist products within the Purina brand. Some of the most popular options are listed here.

A veterinarian-recommended wet cat food that is full of moisture and made with real meat. It contains plenty of vitamins and minerals for overall health.

This range meets all of the nutritional requirements specified by AAFCO for adult cats. It delivers a minimum of 13.5% protein. The consistency is tasty chunks of meat or fish in a delicate broth with a carefully designed supplementation of vitamins and minerals.

These are packed with high quality ingredients which have been meticulously sourced. To these are added essential micro-nutrients.  The recipes are developed by pet nutritionists. The Beyond range of cat food includes grain-free, wet cat food, high-protein cat food and non-GMO recipes.

  • Friskies

The Friskies range of wet cat food comes in a staggering 60 varieties so you will always find one that your cat likes. They offer balanced and complete nutrition for adult cats and contain high-quality protein.

  • Deli-Cat

A dry cat food that you can buy as a 16-ounce box down to a 3.5 pound jug. It combines the flavors of fish, turkey, and liver and is nutritionally balanced.

  • Cat Chow

Cat Chow has a number of carefully formulated recipes that meet the specific needs of different types of cats. There are special recipes for adult cats, a natural recipe with real meat, a grain-free recipe, a recipe for indoor cats and a kitten recipe.

  • Kit & Kaboodle

A dry cat food available in bags ranging from 18 ounces to 30 pounds. It is available in four flavors and the kibble has been molded into fun shapes. This food is packed with nutrients to promote a healthy immune system, strong teeth, and bones and a healthy heart.

  • Muse

The Muse range is available as wet and dry cat food with an emphasis on delicious taste. Perfect for fussy eaters, this range is made from very carefully sourced ingredients that have been combined to give the best flavor and texture.

  • Pro Plan Veterinary Diets

This highly specialized range of cat food is designed to be used under the direction of your vet. They have been formulated to help with the management of a range of feline health conditions.

Within the Pro Plan range, there are a number of products to suit your particular cat. It contains wet and dry products and some have been specially formulated for cats over seven years old.

Pros & Cons

  • A very large and well-established company with the might of food giants Nestle behind it
  • Nearly all products are made in the US
  • Stringent control of source ingredients
  • Wide product range
  • Some recall issues due to contamination of ingredients
  • No all formulations are soy or corn free so it is important that you read the labels if your cat has allergies or health conditions
Angela Westfall
Angela Westfall
Angela has fostered, adopted, screened and saved cats for over 15 years. She is known as one of Central Ohio’s most passionate and knowledgeable cat enthusiasts. Her rescue, Angels Assisting Felines has partnerships with PetSmart and PetSuppliesPlus to help more cats find great homes.
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