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Purina Cat Food Review

Last Updated May 18, 2021

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

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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.

Find out more about Fancy Feast Cat Food.

Wet cat food

Pieces of white meat chicken

Delicate and delicious gravy

11 % protein

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

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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   

Specification:
  • Brand: Purina
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds

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Purina Whisker Lickin's Cat Treats

A tasty treat that promises maw lickin’ goodness in the name. Purina’s Lickin’s range has proven extremely popular with cat owners for some time now and with good reason. Not only are these delicious treats infused with chicken and seafood flavors, but they are also densely packed with protein, with chicken as the main ingredient.

As this is a treat, it should be given to your cat in moderation alongside their daily food intake. This 1.7oz pack contains both crunchy and chewy treats for a variety of textures. They also contain four fun shapes, which when crunchy help to provide tartar control and maintain your cat’s dental hygiene. All in a re-sealable pouch for lasting freshness.

Containing 2 textures for exciting variety.

Crunchy textured treats help with tartar control.

Handy re-sealable pouch.

A mixture of four delicious fun shapes.

Specification:
  • Brand: PURINA Whisker Lickin’s
  • Model: 00017800172622
  • Weight: 1.7 ounces

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Purina Cat Chow Naturals Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food

Hairball remedies and preventatives come in all shapes and sizes. Hairball prevention starts with the right diet, hopefully stopping your need for further remedies or intervention. This food is packed with high-quality protein that promoted easy digestion, which is key to keeping your cat’s digestive tract clear of hair. A healthy digestive system also benefits your cat’s weight, as it keeps your cat absorbing the proper nutrients.

Chicken takes pride of place as the no. 1 ingredient on the list, as a dense source of fiber. The food has also been packed with omega fatty acids to benefit your cat’s skin and coat. Additionally, Purina only uses high-quality protein to give your cat a headstart on muscle recovery after an active day, as well as keeping those same muscles strong.

Real chicken is the no.1 ingredient.

Includes omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.

A natural fiber blend to help with hairballs.

Contains high-quality protein for strong muscles.

Specification:
  • Brand: Purina Cat Chow
  • Model: 178121
  • Weight: 6.3 lb, 13 lb, 3.15 lb

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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.  

You may also like our Friskies Cat Food Review.    

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

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

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Purina Pro Plan Cat Food

Each Purina Pro formula is designed with a specific task in mind, with all ingredients carefully selected to suit that task. This delicious dry cat food has been created to suit cats with skin sensitivities and delicate stomachs. This perfectly balanced formula is achieved through the use of vitamin A and omega fatty acids to maintain your cat’s skin and coat.

The use of live probiotics in this recipe is ideally suited for keeping your cat’s digestive system running smoothly, as well as strengthen their immune system. Your cat’s digestive system will also benefit from the natural prebiotic fiber that is included in this formula. This decadent food has lamb as the first ingredient to guarantee that not only will your cat be well cared for, but they will also be treated with every meal.

Check out our Purina Pro Plan Cat Food Review.

Formulated for sensitive stomachs.

Contains live probiotics for digestion and immune health.

Includes vitamin A, omega fatty acids, and taurine for skin, coat & vision.

Natural prebiotic fiber for healthy digestion.

Specification:
  • Brand: Purina Pro Plan
  • Model: 38100144829
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs

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 Foods, 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.

  • Fancy Feast

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.

  • Purina Pro Plan

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

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Sharon Parry
Sharon is a Ph.D. scientist and experienced pet content writer. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a Cockapoo puppy. She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and turning it into easy-to-understand articles that offer practical tips. When it comes to our furry friends, she knows that there is always something new to learn!
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