Updated June 16, 2020 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Canned Cat Foods

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in March of 2018. As a pet owner, you protect and care for your cats, but you can't always make them eat. If your feline friends are finicky and refuse to touch the dry kibble you leave out for them, one of these wet, canned cat foods may help to have them licking their bowls clean. There are options containing meat and fish in various consistencies, so there's sure to be one to suit your furry friend. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Feline Natural Perfect

2. Purina Beyond Canadian Duck

3. Reveal Premium Nutrition

Editor's Notes

June 12, 2020:

Choosing the right canned cat food can feel overwhelming. There are many conflicting reports on what's good and bad for cats to consume over the long term, and many vets can't seem to agree on whether ingredients linked to certain health issues are fine in small doses, or even whether wet or dry food is more beneficial.

So when reassessing this list, we took a balanced approach to ensure our selections avoid low-grade or detrimental ingredients, favoring high-quality recipes with a balanced nutrient profile and companies that take ethics seriously, with no recalls or ones that were transparent and few and far between. And while some additions, like meat byproducts or carrageenan, can be off-putting, there isn't definitive proof that they cause harm. Still, we favored foods that eschew some of the scarier ingredients, preservatives, and artificial components.

Today we said goodbye to a few options in favor of superior brands of higher quality, like replacing Purina Friskies Tasty Treasures with Reveal Premium Nutrition. This food supplement is truly a limited ingredient option, but that means that it's meant to be used in conjunction with other foods and not as the sole item in a cat's diet. Because wet food provides moisture content, but isn't ideal for gum health, many pet parents choose to strike a balance between the two, and Reveal is perfect for that.

We also brought on Feline Natural Perfect, a highly-lauded option that goes above and beyond to source extremely high-grade ingredients, like grass-fed chickens and sustainably-caught fish. The recipes are made without GMO ingredients, fillers, legumes, plant protein, starch, preservatives, gum, or binders and are made fresh in New Zealand with natural water.

Tiki Cat is another great brand, and we decided to replace the old Napili version with the extremely-popular Tiki Cat Grill line. For those on the hunt for a budget-friendly choice that still prioritizes quality and ethics, we added Purina Beyond Canadian Duck. It's also grain-free, which is helpful for kitties with allergies. For more options in a similar vein, check out our list of grain-free cat foods.

Special Honors

Nom Nom Nom Nom develops meals for cats and dogs in conjunction with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to ensure each recipe is balanced with fresh, whole, natural ingredients and properly pre-portioned for pets. A subscription gives you access to high-protein, high-moisture food made to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles. nomnomnow.com

Smalls If you're dealing with a picky eater, consider testing out the fare from Smalls. They are a subscription-based meal delivery service that creates high-protein food made with human-grade ingredients. Their offerings are formulated to help cats get more liquid out of their diet, which is a common problem for many. You can customize meal plans based on the health goals, habits, and preferences of your pet. smallsforsmalls.com

4. Tiki Cat Grill

5. Royal Canin Intense Beauty

6. Purina Pro Plan Focus

7. Fussie Cat Premium Tuna with Salmon

8. Purina Fancy Feast Gourmet

9. Royal Canin Aging 12+

10. Hill's Science Diet


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on June 16, 2020 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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