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Last updated: 25 Jun 2020

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Review

Key features

Grain-free food

Provides balanced diet

Highly digestible protein sources

Species-specific probiotics

Key features

Grain-free formula

Peas and sweet potatoes provide digestible energy

High-quality protein from roasted venison and smoked salmon

No artificial flavors colors or preservatives

Key features

Protein rich

Fatty acid blend for skin and coat

Gravy gives moist texture

Optimal amino acid profile

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Angela Westfall
Published 14:46 pm

Taste of the Wild is a cat food brand that has developed a good reputation over the years for its ethos of mimicking the kind of food that your feline would have eaten in the wild. There are none of the artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives that some pet food contains. Plus, there are no grains or fillers, which is great if your cat has sensitivity to these things. At the same time, it is still formulated with the vitamins, minerals, and other positive ingredients that your cat needs for healthy functioning. In this blog post, we have selected five Taste of the Wild cat food varieties and followed this up with a guide that gives you more information about the brand in general.

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Review

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Helping your cat to get the lean, strong muscles they need for healthy functioning, roasted quail and duck offer high quality protein in Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain food. Added to the high protein ingredients are fruits and vegetables that provide nutrients and antioxidants. It has also been infused with various vitamins and minerals.

Everything comes from worldwide sustainable sources, and there are plenty of things that are not featured including artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. There is also no grain, corn, wheat, or other filler ingredients, which helps to aid your cat’s digestion. The proprietary probiotics are designed to survive and thrive in your cat’s GI tract.

Contains taurine for healthy heart and eyes

Omega fatty acid blend for shiny coat and healthy skin

Antioxidants from fruit and vegetables

All life stages nutrition

Specification:
  • Brand: Taste of the Wild
  • Model: 9625
  • Weight: 5.1 pounds

2

This wet canned food offers grain-free nutrition to your feline friend. Real trout is the primary ingredient, which is rich in protein for the development and maintenance of your cat’s muscles. Nutrients come from blueberries, raspberries, and sweet potatoes.

Providing an optimal amino acid profile, the fatty acid blend has been put together for the good of your cat’s skin and coat. There are no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors that are at risk of upsetting your cat’s stomach and giving them issues such as diarrhea and vomiting.

Highly digestible

No grain, wheat, corn, or filler

Fruits and vegetables as superfoods

Contains prebiotic fibers

Specification:
  • Brand: Taste of the Wild
  • Model: 418652
  • Weight: 2 pounds

3

As you would come to expect from Taste of the Wild, the ingredients center on high protein content. This time, it is provided by roasted venison and smoked salmon. Supplementing this protein are added vitamins and minerals and superfoods that contain antioxidants, which support your pet’s immune system.

The ‘wildness’ in the brand name refers to the ethos of using natural ingredients, which also means that there are no artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors. Plus, there is no wheat, corn, grain, or filler ingredients – as we have come to expect with Taste of the Wild. What it does contain is a fatty acid blend that boosts your cat’s skin and coat

Supplemented by vitamins and minerals

No wheat, grain, corn, or filler

Contains fatty acid blend

Tasty formula

Specification:
  • Brand: Taste of the Wild
  • Model: 74198609673
  • Weight: 15.3 pounds

4

This bundle of different flavored cat food features the grain-free formulation that you would expect from Taste of the Wild. Real meat and fish protein sources include salmon, venison, and trout. Plus, there are the usual antioxidants from fruit and vegetables.

As this is a wet food formula, it contains some of the moisture that your kitty needs to keep hydrated. There are 12 tins – 6 of each flavor, so you can build some variety into your cat’s diet to keep them interested.

Grain-free formula

Antioxidants from fruit and vegetables

Real meat and fish protein sources

Probiotics maximize nutritional benefits

Specification:
  • Brand: Taste of the Wild
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds

5

The final choice on our list is one that contains an optimal amino acid profile. It is packed with protein to support the development of muscles which are strong and lean. Added fruit and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals.

This is a highly digestible type of food which as proprietary probiotics that are specifically designed to thrive in the digestive tract of your four-legged friend. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives added to it.

Trout and salmon river formula

Grain-free

Supplemented with fruit and vegetables

Antioxidants from fruit and vegetables

Specification:
  • Brand: Taste of the Wild
  • Model: 418589
  • Weight: 15 pounds

Taste of the Wild Cat Food Review Buying Guide

Now that we have given an overview of five of the best Taste of the Wild cat food options out there, we now come onto the buying guide section where we will aim to provide some of the answers to questions which may still be unanswered. First, we have the company information where we tell you more about this history of the business. Next, we will provide some information on why you should choose this specific brand. And then we come onto an ingredient analysis, before ending with a pros and cons section.

Company Information

Owned and operated by one family, Taste of the Wild is inspired by the food that the ancestors of our domesticated felines. Everything is made in the USA in five facilities. All of the ingredients go through a careful vetting process, whether they come from local areas or from worldwide. The company was founded in 1970 by two brothers-in-law. It is now part of the Diamond Pet Food brand that includes several other brands. There are a couple of main lines of food: River Canyon and Rocky Mountain. Both come in wet and dry varieties.

Taste of the Wild is probably best-known for being manufacturers of dog food who have developed a good reputation amongst owners. They have become popular as grain-free food options available at an affordable price.

Young cat eating at home from its bowl. Female hand adding food

Why Choose this Brand?

Taste of the Wild has a good reputation amongst customers for the quality of their food, and this is also reflected in the fact that many cats enjoy the taste. One of the main aspirations of the brand is creating quality food at affordable prices. Real meat and fish are central to their food, which is important for cats as they are carnivorous creatures who require protein from sources such as these. All manufacturing and packaging are undertaken in the US, which is important for people who have a passion for buying local.

This is a company which is continually innovating. A new line under the name Taste of the Wild Prey cat food has been specially designed to contain a single protein source. This one is specifically made for cats who have sensitive stomachs, who maybe struggle with mixed ingredients.

Ingredient Analysis

Protein from real meat is a core component of Taste of the Wild cat food. They always use meat, fish, or fowl as their number one ingredient.

All Taste of the Wild cat food is grain-free, which is important for felines who have sensitive stomachs and allergies. Also, there is the recognition that grains are not species-appropriate ingredients for cat food. All are also free from artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

Taste of the Wild cat food is always enriched with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Antioxidants come from these sources, helping to give your cat a healthier immune system.

Taurine content is ranked highly, which is shown to be an important compound for cats in maintaining a healthy heart and eyes.

Another ingredient that is worth mentioning is the patented probiotic Viable, which is added after cooking in order to maintain integrity.

Taste of the Wild cat food also contains an optimum Omega Fatty Acid blend of omega-3 and omega-6 which work together to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Full of Meat: The number one advantage is the high meat content. No matter which variety you choose, this is always the top-listed ingredient, ensuring that your cat gets plenty of protein from trusted sources. High-quality protein helps the development of lean, strong muscles.
  • Superfoods: Taste of the Wild food always contains fruit and vegetables as Superfoods. One of the main advantages of these is the antioxidant content, which is a major plus in boosting your kitty’s immune system and keeping them healthy.
  • Affordable: While there are some good-quality ingredients contained within Taste of the Wild pet food, it is still a relatively affordable option compared to other premium cat food brands.
  • No Artificial Products: Unlike some of the cheaper and less reliable cat food brands, there are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Also, they don’t have any corn, grain, wheat, and other fillers.
  • Trusted Ingredient Sources: Checking where the ingredients come from is important when you are buying a pet food. Everything is made in the USA, but the ingredients come from trusted and sustainable sources from around the world. Advanced food safety protocols are followed to keep the trusted status that the brand has developed over the years.
  • Highly Digestible: A lot of felines suffer from stomach upset of some description, but this food has been designed with digestible advantages in mind. First, there is the grain-free formula and lack of artificial ingredients. But there are also proprietary probiotics that are designed to survive and thrive in the GI tract.
  • Good Reviews: As you can tell from perusing some Taste of the Wild cat food reviews, they are very strong amongst previous customers, which gives you reassurance that you are making a good choice for your kitty.
Cons
  • High in Carbohydrates: On the downside, some of the wet cat food is higher in carbohydrates than it needs to be, and this is not an energy source that your cat needs as much as others.
  • Contains Plant-Based Proteins: While Taste of the Wild cat food contains protein from meat, its content is often inflated with plant-based protein, which is not something that felines specifically require for healthy functioning.
  • Product Recalls: There are have been some Taste of the Wild cat food recalls, but none since 2012. The overarching brand Diamond have had some product recalls in the more recent past.

Top view of bowl and can with pet food on wooden surface

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of positive points to Taste of the Wild as a food choice for your kitty. This is a brand with a strong ethos of using real meat products in its food, and it is supported by fruit, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals. And compared to some of the other premium brands on the market it is an affordable choice. In this review post, we have given you some potential options for food that you can buy for your cat, as well as a general overview that tells you more about the company as a whole.

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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