Introduced in 1986, Purina One has over three decades of experience in manufacturing “premium” pet food, making it one of the oldest brands in the market. Marketed as natural, high-quality cat food, it is often recommended by veterinarians at least partly thanks to the brand’s wide offer of specialized recipes, including foods formulated for hairball control and for sensitive stomachs. But with so many Purina brands to choose from (Beyond, Pro Plan, Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, and more), how is Purina One any different and why should you choose it for your cat?
To help answer that question, we give you our unbiased Purina One Cat Food Review. Here, we examine five of the brand’s most popular recipes in detail and talk about the company itself, including their history, why you may want to give this brand a try, and more.
Specifically formulated for indoor cats to help minimize hairballs and maintain a healthy weight, Purina ONE Indoor Advantage Adult Cat Food features real turkey as the number one ingredient, plus a host of nutritious grains, legumes, and veggies.
Although packed with tasty ingredients, this food contains 10% less fat than other formulas, making it ideal for weight management. The added nutrients like omega-6 fatty acids help promote hair and skin health, while the natural fiber blend from grains aids in digestion and helps minimize hairballs. It’s worth mentioning that this recipe contains corn, chicken by-product meal and soybean meal – while not the best-quality ingredients one could ask for in cat food, we don’t mind them for two reasons: corn is incredibly easy to digest and provides extra fiber needed for hairball control, while the other two ingredients help increase the protein content without overwhelming the sensitive stomach of indoor cats. Overall, this is a nicely balanced dry cat food that fits virtually everyone’s budget, making it a good choice for most indoor cats.
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Real turkey as the main protein source
38% protein, 9% fat, 5.1% fiber
10% less fat than other formulas for a healthy weight
Helps minimize hairballs
Supplemented with vitamins, minerals and omegas
For kitties (and pet parents) who cannot stand grains in cat food, Purina ONE True Instinct Grain-Free may be the best choice. Made with chicken as the main ingredient, this dry formula contains 35% of protein, which is plenty for both indoor and outdoor pets. Unlike some Purina One recipes, this formula does not include any poultry by-products nor grains, making it a fine choice for sensitive cats.
This adult cat meal is a combination of crunchy and tender bites to provide texture variety and entice picky eaters. While tasty, the ingredients list is simple – chicken and chicken meal are the basis of the recipe, and there are canola meal, soybean meal, dried egg product and beef fat for those extra nutrients. The meal is 100% nutrition, meaning that every ingredient has nutritional value and contributes to whole body health. Of course, the formula is also enriched with important minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, including vitamins E and A for bright eyes, omega 6 fatty acids for a shiny coat, and taurine for a healthy heart.
Real chicken is the main protein source
35% protein, 14% fat, 2% fiber
Grain-free and by-product free
A combo of crunchy bites and tender meaty morsels
Enriched with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients
Specifically crafted for cats with sensitive stomachs, Purina ONE Sensitive Systems Adult Dry Cat Food contains ingredients that provide the right nutrients to support the immune system and easy digestion. Featuring real turkey as the main ingredient, the recipe provides 36 grams of high-quality protein, which is important for muscle growth and maintenance as well as a healthy heart.
Aside from turkey, the formula also contains turkey by-product meal and soybean meal, both of which are nutritious and easy to digest, as well as oatmeal and whole corn for that much-needed fiber content. Omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals are also a part of the ingredients list, all beneficial for overall health and well-being of cats. The recipe comes in bite-sized bits that have a crunchy texture to promote dental health. Like most Purina One foods, this formula too is free from all artificial additives – highly important for sensitive cats.Check out our review of the Best Cat Food for Sensitive Stomachs.
Real turkey makes the basis of the recipe
34% protein, 13% fat, 4% fiber
Whole corn and oats for extra fiber content
Supplemented with vitamins and minerals
Easy to digest, crafted for sensitive cats
Purina One Healthy Kitten Food is commonly recommended by veterinarians because it promotes growth and development and particularly brain development thanks to its high DHA (type of an omega-3 fatty acid) content.
Made with chicken, which makes up the basis of the recipe, this food contains 40% of protein, which is a pretty high amount to help support the needs of growing kittens. Aside from this, it also contains chicken meal and chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, as well as corn, carrots and peas. To provide that high DHA content, the formula includes fish oil, which is not only great for proper brain development, but also healthy skin and coat. The kibble has a crunchy texture which is useful for controlling and eliminating soft plaque. It’s worth noting that this Purina One Chicken and Rice cat food (the kitten version) does contain some additives, in particular, caramel color and liver flavor, which greatly help increase the palatability of the food (even the pickiest of eaters should love it!), but may not be ideal for sensitive kittens.
Real chicken is the main protein source
40% protein, 18%, 2.5% fiber
High in DHA to help support brain development
Enriched with important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
Extra crunchy texture helps minimize plaque buildup
For kitties who prefer wet cat food and some variety in their diet, Purina ONE Grain Free Cat Food Pate Variety may be an excellent option. This is a moisture-rich formula with either real meat, fish or poultry as the main ingredient, so it’s highly palatable plus great for increasing fluid intake.
Some of the ingredients that this variety pack boasts include beef, whitefish, fish, chicken, turkey, and of course, added vitamins and minerals for complete nutrition. While grain-free, all of the formulas contain some added natural flavor which helps increase the palatability of the food. This means they’re pretty much guaranteed to be liked even by the fussiest of cats, however, they may not be ideal for highly sensitive cats. Overall, this is a simple wet food that makes for a great topper or a meal on its own.
Made with either real meat, poultry, or fish
Simple but nutritious recipes
Fortified with minerals, vitamins and other nutrients
Makes for a great topper/mixer but can also be used on its own
If some of the Purina One recipes seem like something your kitty would enjoy and you’re considering purchasing one or two formulas, this buying guide is for you. Here, we take a closer look at the company, talk about the ingredients they typically use, as well as the reasons why you may want to give this brand a try. We also list some of the major pros and cons of feeding Purina One cat food, so stay tuned until the end!
Purina One is a brand of premium pet food that is (like all Purina brands) owned by Nestle Purina Petcare. The ONE stands for Optimal Nutrition Enhancement and is typically characterized by their first named ingredient being a type of meat, poultry or fish.
While the Purina company has been in existence since 1894, Purina One was the brand’s first venture into the world of premium pet food. Introduced in 1986, Purina One has over thirty years of experience in crafting and manufacturing cat and dog food, which is why the company generally enjoys a special status in the eyes of both regular consumers and veterinarians. Another thing that makes Purina One so popular is their affordable pricing – although they offer a wide range of products, including special formulas for urinary health, reducing hairballs, and more, their prices are always budget-friendly.
The brand also engages in a lot of pet welfare programs and has contributed to research that aims to make pets live better lives. For instance, they have invested over $19 million n pet welfare and pet communities across the US. They have also donated around 6 million pounds of pet food, litter, and treats to animal shelters and welfare organizations in need.
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