Pet Nutritionist Ranks Wet Cat Food

Pet Nutritionist Ranks Wet Cat Food

We take a look at Fancy Feast, Friskies, Authority, Nulo, Wellness, Rawz, Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin, Hills Science Diet, Taste of the Wild, Diamond Naturals, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, FirstMate, Fussie Cat, Sheeba, and Weruva. Which cat food is the best? Which is the worst?

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45 Comments

  1. Kaylee Tyler on October 19, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Please stop spreading the lie that by products are bad for your pet. by products are things like organ meats that are VITAL to your pets health. these are things that have been in their diets since the beginning of time. please don’t take nutrition advice from ANYONE but your vet and vet nurses, not randos on the internet.

  2. Gab on October 19, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I would love for you to do one of these with all boutique foods- Dave’s, Stella and Chewy’s, etc. or maybe a Top 20?

  3. Aleister Lily White on October 19, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Why do vets always recommend Royal Canin and Purina Pro Plan then? Also, in the wild, cats eat the byproducts like skins, guts, and bone, so why is it bad in processed food?

  4. Mary Ellen on October 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

    I need to look at the rest of your channel, but my cat (who was basically street/almost feral) for years only wants to eat things that are essentially cat junk food. I would love to give him super excellent food and I’ve tried courses of different kinds, but I’m at a loss because all the nutrients and the best cat food (and I would literally buy the best I could possibly find, money isn’t a real object within reason) but it doesn’t matter if he won’t EAT them.

  5. Sarah Wardlow on October 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Happy to see Nulo and Wellness in the Hell Yeahs! We use Nulo for our adult and Wellness for our kitten. The big thing I like about both is that they have 12.5 oz cans, which reduces cost a bit and makes it easier to tailor portion sizes to our cats’ needs. Slicing up a 12.5 oz pate like a canned cranberry sauce certainly isn’t for everybody, and especially if your cat doesn’t like cold food out of the fridge, but it works for us. Nulo wins my general preference over Wellness just because their 12 oz cans have pull tabs, and Wellness takes a can opener. Only two words of caution for Nulo – 1) it is cat and kitten (so enough fat and protein to support a kitten), and our adult cat is getting the slightest bit plump on it. She may get cut back a little unless the new kitten gets her exercising more. 2) The salmon and mackerel flavor is quite oily, and gave our cat the runs, which stank from one end of the house to the other. No such difficulties for the chicken/turkey and duck/tuna. A cat with a different constitution might have no trouble, but we’re sticking to the birdy ones for her.

  6. Josh Yates on October 19, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Hello! I seriously appreciate this video and have a question! I’ve heard from people that an all wet food diet is bad for your cats teeth? And that they need a some dry food in their diet as well. Is this true? Or where does that even come from. A short answer would suffice, I’m just curious if I need to be buying separate foods haha. Thank you!

  7. Sunny664 on October 19, 2022 at 9:42 am

    My cat loves friskies and perfect portions a little too much. I think there’s something sort of addictive going on

  8. TheSilverVixen on October 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Curious to know your thoughts on Petco’s brand, Wholehearted? I have a very particular Siamese who won’t eat any other ‘cheaper’ pate and she only eats pate because she only has a couple teeth left lol

  9. Kyaira Marie on October 19, 2022 at 9:45 am

    My cat won’t even try that stuff. She likes the yucky food

  10. Chloe sarie on October 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    My cats love instinct. One of my cats is very picky and eats more wet food than dry compared to the other cat, but I’ve never seen their fur so healthy and then so happy until we switched food to instinct

  11. blackygreen92 on October 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Well my cat won’t eat the fancy stuff, the weirdo.

  12. Roger S on October 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Funny you should mention taking a screenshot. Before you said that I said to myself "I’m going to take a screenshot so I can reference". Ha! Thank you for doing what you do.

  13. Lyle Artain on October 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    the first three "pee pee poo poo" foods all had the purina logo. Looks like purina kind of sucks. No wonder the stray cat I was taking care of got diareahh and bad gas. She’s way better after switching to meowmix and another kibble. I also give her CORE wet food packets because i read CORE was a good brand of cat food. I would love to see you check out the CORE brand and let me know what you find. There was a sale at Pet Smart (located in AZ) [Also I don’t support PetSmart but my friend who gave me a ride to check furball’s chip gets stuff from there for their dogs and I ran out of wet food and they offered to pay for everything]

  14. Vegan Conservative on October 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Another Warning sign: When the ingrediant is something like "Chicken" (Hill’s) then their is NO guarantee that the chicken is muscle meat. It could consist partly or solely of chicken eyeballs, beaks, intestines, offal, anus, claw points. You don’t know because legally all those are ‘chicken’.

  15. Melissa Stephan on October 19, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Me, an obsessive cat mom, crying with relief to see my cats food in the top tier.

  16. Chloe on October 19, 2022 at 9:47 am

    It would be nice to know your interpretation of some of the ingredients — a lot of your rankings seem to be based only on the transparency of the ingredients (ie, telling us it’s chicken and not just "poultry") but what meats and cuts are good for our cats? What type of diet does research show is good?

    Also, I know Blue Buffalo can cause upset tummies in some cats, or that some studies show that grain free diets are linked to disease, so information about trends like that would be helpful. Also curious for things like thickeners or the clay especially — is the literature on the clay positive? Sounds like something I’d want more details about before trusting the company that it’s good.

    No hate btw, just an idea for further rating of cat foods if you ever do it 🙂

  17. cvawter44 on October 19, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Instinct chicken just changed their formula and my cats won’t touch it now.

  18. Andrea Emmett on October 19, 2022 at 9:50 am

    would be awesome if you could talk about the percentages of protein, fat, and carbs for all of these.

  19. M S on October 19, 2022 at 9:52 am

    I feed my cats raw with a completer!

  20. Lost pelican on October 19, 2022 at 9:53 am

    I found a kitten a few years back and found that she got itchy & uncomfortable eating what I thought was the best/better pet food available at the regular grocery store. I switched her to Fromm’s (surf & turf) which she seems to like a lot. Does anyone else use this brand?

  21. Kayla James on October 19, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I was nervous waiting for the review of Sheba. I’m on a budget and financially struggling so that’s the best I can do right now. I was actually happy when you put it in the "yucky" category because that means its not the worst. Not the best, but not the worst. I personally feel it should go in the "cheers" category when considering the overall financial recession we are currently experiencing and the fact it is decent quality for the price.

  22. Phoebe The Cat on October 19, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I have a question about transitioning my cats food. My cat ate Fancy feast and Friskies. I would like to transition her to eating the better types in this video… so right now I am feed her a tiny bit of the Rawz Mixed in with the fancey feast or Friskies and I will slowly add more. However, my question is, can I transition her to eating multiple brands of the good stuff? Like Rawz AND tiki or Welness? (Just how she eats Friskies and fancy feast now) and how would I go about transitioning multiple brands?

  23. TallyG on October 19, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Any thoughts on why almost all canned cat food now-a-days is "grain free". I have read that this may be having negative health affects yet it continues to be the trend. Also my two cats seem to crave things like flour, corn leading me to think something is missing from their diet (they will literally eat sourdough, one of them loves corn chips & popcorn though I try to keep her away from them). Thanks.

  24. Christine Schueler on October 19, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Thank you!

  25. Leafpon on October 19, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for the video! Im adopting a cat soon and wanna be prepared. I think Im gonna go with Tiki Cat, the ones in Chefs Kiss seem a bit too pricey for me…

  26. Vegan Conservative on October 19, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Warning sign: when it says "Tuna and Duck" but the tuna and/or duck is down below something like ‘chicken’… the manufacturer is kind of lying and not by me considered trustworthy. They should not fudge the truth with front of the label.

  27. Joe Berg on October 19, 2022 at 10:01 am

    hi! I have a question. regarding the first mate – my cat has diabetes and I’ve been trying to find him a wet food that he likes high in protein and low carbs. He is obsessed with the First Mate Chicken wet food. Are you able to tell me how many carbs is in it ? its stressing me out so bad. he won’t eat the tiki cat chicken which surprises me.
    The ONLY thing he’s eating right now is "Almo HQS" like chicken drumsticks, salmon, etc.

  28. GS on October 19, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Hello, can you please look into Animonda Carny, Raw Paleo and Nuevo? Most of the brands in this video are not in my country (only some of the yucky ones :/) We feed our cats these 3 brands and switch again for some time to chicken meat, liver, heart etc. ♡

  29. Ashley Maginnis on October 19, 2022 at 10:07 am

    This makes me feel good about giving my cats Tiki Cat! They love it.

  30. 以然 on October 19, 2022 at 10:08 am

    I am giving my cat Monge Delicate and Cindy Recipe Signature can food. Do these brands available there? Arre they good?

  31. Skii Mask on October 19, 2022 at 10:09 am

    Okay, so I know when you said the ‘liver’ listed on pet food cans can be ‘anyone’s’, I know you meant any animal, but I just really find the idea that sometimes, when you donate your body to science, they feed it to cats, really funny

  32. Andrea Melissa on October 19, 2022 at 10:10 am

    I’d really like to know where you went to get school, or where you got your nutritionist trajnkng. I ask, because every board certified veterinary nutritionist I’ve spoken to recommends Purina Pro Plan, Hills, and Royal Canin as their top three food brands. Also, all of these brands have board certified veterinary nutritionists who formulate their food. I’ve looked into some of these smaller brands and when I ask if they have a veterinary nutritionist on staff, they always say no.

  33. Tia on October 19, 2022 at 10:13 am

    I’m not finished with the video yet, but I read through my kitten’s food and it seems to be a "oh hell yeah" so I’m very happy since this is my first cat and finding bulk wet kitten food(rescued her at an age where she shouldn’t be on any dry food or even solids tbh) was HARD! Especially since I don’t trust a lot of the big brands to make healthy pet food

  34. Malin Bergvall on October 19, 2022 at 10:13 am

    How about reviewing the actual nutritional content of the food in stead of judging them based on the size of the company and whether the package lists the farm the meat was produced at? The fact that the ingredient list contains the names of the specific cows it came from doesn’t tell me anything about whether it contains all the nutrients in the proper balance that my cat needs to be healthy. And considering the amount of overweight cats, having a bit of "filler ingredients" like corn can be very necessary for less active cats so they can eat enough to feel full without getting more energy from the food than they use up in a day.

    This list tells me nothing about which food would be best at keeping my cat healthy, it’s basically just a ranking of which one is most "exclusive" and expensive.

  35. misstsuki on October 19, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Cats a obligate carnivores, why would vegetables listed as a top ingredient be a Hell Yeah?????

  36. Betty Coltrane on October 19, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Let’s not forget, Purina is owned by Nestle who have been the epitome of corporate evil for decades, ever since they were giving away "free" baby formula in impoverished African countries.

  37. Cycles Of Strength on October 19, 2022 at 10:14 am

    How about the Meow Mix wet food?

  38. Yaz Valentin on October 19, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I’m definitely going into the pet store with a screenshot of this list. I didn’t have time and picked up whatever walmart had since I was getting the cat from a family member

  39. Irina A on October 19, 2022 at 10:19 am

    I tried the first two cans under the hell ya and my cat doesn’t seem to like this food. I’ll try the pro plan one under chefs kiss. She’s been on purina complete for 9 years without issues but with age and only dry food I’d like to add more canned food. She’s really picky.

  40. flawlix on October 19, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Fuck Blue Wilderness and any Blue foods tbh. I’ve fed most of the foods on this list at one time or another (a couple, like First Mate, aren’t available where I live). Blue consistently makes my cats ill, particularly my cat that has food sensitivities.

  41. M Robins on October 19, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Another great thing about Nulo is that it is available in 12.5 oz cans much more affordably than in the smaller cans. If you have more than one cat this makes a lot of sense.

  42. Tomi Nabach on October 19, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for actually fully clarifying what the issue with things like "meat by-product" and unnamed meats are. So many people just insist that these things are bad, and give you nothing when you try to ask WHY. You very clearly lay out that a lot of the issue here has to do with consistency…that if something is simply "poultry," one batch can be turkey while the other can be chicken, and that can clearly cause issues just for cats that are picky, or for cats with specific diets or food sensitivities. I do think it’s a shame that most "good" foods are a 30%+ markup on price, and, as mentioned, a lot of "convenient" grocery stores don’t even tend to carry "better" brands……it’s really sad that there’s an upcharge on feeding your pet food that is, ostensibly, safer, especially considering the dwindling middle class in the states. ://

    Again, though, thank you for your clarity in WHY you find certain ingredient listings to be suspect, rather than the typical circular logic that people tend to give of "it’s bad because it’s bad."

  43. Monika on October 19, 2022 at 10:25 am

    It’s weird how all vets recommend Royal Canin even though it’s so bad and so expensive

  44. Vegan Conservative on October 19, 2022 at 10:27 am

    I’m really hoping that Apex Partners leaves the Nulo employees and the recipes alone. (AP purchased Nulo back in May 2021) Apex is not exactly a model of morality as seen in Britain and the pensions of the Shoe Machinery company.

  45. saudade7 on October 19, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Why would inflammatory refined seed oil rich foods be in oh hell yeah!? Even people shouldn’t eat refined seed and vegetable oils, and cats don’t even eat plants at all (maybe cat nip)?

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