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Could this Chewy brand be the low-cost, high-quality food you’ve been waiting for? Find out in our comprehensive American Journey cat food review.
The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating American Journey on What Matters
We’ve analyzed American Journey and graded it according to the We’re All About Cats standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. Here’s how it rates in each of these six key areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 6/10
- Ingredient Quality – 7/10
- Product Variety – 7/10
- Price – 8/10
- Customer Experience – 9/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.6/10
We give American Journey cat food a 46 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
About American Journey
This Chewy-exclusive brand was launched in 2017. It’s marketed as top-notch pet food at an accessible price. It checks all the boxes of on-trend natural food, but good prices, pretty packaging, and fashionable formulations do not a great cat food make.
In this review, you’ll learn the facts about American Journey, finding out where it’s made, getting the details on the brand’s recall history, and getting the details on whether or not their recipes meet our standard of excellence.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
American Journey cat food is made by an unnamed manufacturer located in Kansas. Their ingredients are primarily sourced from the United States, along with a few countries around the world, including Mexico, China, Chile, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Has American Journey cat food been recalled?
No. American Journey pet food products have never been recalled.
What kinds of cat food does American Journey offer?
American Journey cat food is available in grain-free wet and dry recipes. Their wet foods come in either a paté or minced in gravy consistency. The lineup includes both single and multiple-protein recipes. Protein sources include chicken, turkey, beef & chicken, and salmon.
American Journey Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price per Ounce||Our Grade|
|American Journey Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Recipe||Dry||$0.15||B-|
|American Journey Grain-Free Salmon Recipe||Dry||$0.17||B-|
|American Journey Paté Turkey & Salmon Recipe||Wet||$0.26||B+|
Turkey appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.
Like so many grain-free kibble products, this is a high-carbohydrate dry food that uses pea protein and peas instead of off-trend corn, soy, and wheat. Let’s take a closer look.
In addition to peas, the food contains a generous amount of turkey, chicken, menhaden fish meal, and eggs. In addition to protein sources, the food contains a sprinkling of on-trend fruits and veggies. These include blueberries, spinach, apples, carrots, and pumpkin.
In addition to the standard variety of synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, the food contains probiotics to support a healthy gut microbiome.
Overall, this food has high protein content, moderate fat, and moderate carbohydrate content.
Though it has some good qualities—presumably high-quality protein in comparison to oft-used animal by-products and slightly lower carbohydrate content when compared to other dry foods—it isn’t the best food you could give your cat. Dry food is, in general, not the most nourishing option and this food is a particularly mediocre one. Nothing here really stands out as particularly good or bad.
The food contains 395 calories per cup.
Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Tapioca Starch, Dried Egg Product, Pea Protein, Peas, Deboned Chicken, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Pea Fiber, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Inulin, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Salt, Spinach, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, L-Carnitine, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract.
|Crude Protein||40% min|
|Crude Fat||15% min|
American Journey Turkey & Salmon Dry Cat Food Estimated Dry Matter Macronutrient Breakdown
Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Fat, Probiotics
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca Starch, Pea Protein,
Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs, Fish
- Features a diverse array of nourishing animal-sourced ingredients
- Contains probiotics to support healthy gut microbiota
- Relatively low carbohydrate content compared to other dry foods
- Free of potentially-harmful artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
- High carbohydrate content
- Low moisture content may lead to chronic dehydration
Salmon appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.
This dry food is similar to the last one we reviewed. Instead of deboned turkey and chicken, it places salmon at the head of the ingredient list.
The food contains a mix of fresh salmon muscle meat, salmon meal, and menhaden fish meal. Dried egg product is added as a fourth source of animal protein.
It contains pea protein, peas, and tapioca starch as binding agents. These ingredients increase the food’s overall carbohydrate content and make it a relatively species-inappropriate product. Other plant ingredients include canola oil, flaxseed, pea fiber, and trace amounts of carrots, cranberries, apples, and other nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.
The food is fortified with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, plus probiotics for digestive and support and overall health.
Overall, this dry food has moderate protein content with moderate fat and high carbohydrate content.
Like the first product on the list, this is a middling food. There isn’t anything about it that is particularly special. It is a good upgrade from by-product laden, brightly colored foods on the grocery shelf, but it still isn’t the most carnivore-appropriate food you could buy.
The food has 410 calories per cup.
Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Tapioca Starch, Menhaden Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Pea Protein, Peas, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Pea Fiber, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, DL- Methionine, Salt, Spinach, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, L-Carnitine, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract.
|Crude Protein||40% min|
|Crude Fat||15% min|
American Journey Salmon Recipe Estimated Dry Matter Macronutrient Breakdown
Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Salmon, Probiotics
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca Starch, Pea Protein, Peas, Canola Oil
Common Allergens: Fish, Eggs
- Slightly low carbohydrate content than other dry foods
- Appears to contain high-quality meat ingredients
- Free of artificial colors, flavors, and potentially-toxic preservatives
- High carbohydrate content
- High-moisture cat food is preferable to kibble
Turkey appears to be the primary protein source in this wet cat food.
Finally, let’s take a closer look at one of American Journey’s wet foods. This product is primarily made from turkey, turkey liver, and salmon. These nourishing animal ingredients are whipped into a paté and stabilized with a triad of thickeners that includes cassia gum, guar gum, and xanthan gum.
The food gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil.This anti-inflammatory ingredient supports skin and coat health.
Overall, this food has high protein content with moderate fat and moderate carbohydrate content.
Overall, this food is comparable to products from Wellness Complete Health or other brands competing in the premium canned cat food arena.
It has both good and bad qualities—good points include apparently high quality protein sources and no artificial colors or flavors. On the negative side, it contains a few ingredients that cats don’t need or benefit from. Flaxseed and blueberries aren’t an essential part of the felne diet. Ingredients like this edge the carbohydrate content close to the 11% mark, which is a little bit higher than ideal.
The food has 407 calories in each 12.5 ounce can or about 33 calories per ounce.
Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Salmon, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Guar Gum, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Cranberries, Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Thiamine Mononitrate, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.
|Crude Protein||10% min|
|Crude Fat||6.0% min|
American Journey Turkey & Salmon Recipe Wet Cat Food Estimated Dry Matter Macronutrient Breakdown
Ingredients We Liked: Turkey, Turkey Liver, Salmon, Fish Oil
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Guar Gum, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum
Common Allergens: Fish
- Rich in animal-sourced nutrients
- Relatively low carbohydrate content
- One of the most economical cat foods you can buy
- Doesn’t contain carrageenan, artificial colors, or artificial flavors
- Contains several thickening gums
- Carbohydrate content is a little bit higher than ideal
What do customers think of American Journey cat food?
Based on forum comments and customer reviews, people like American Journey cat food—mostly because it is a fantastic value.
According to customer reviews, dry foods are more well-liked than their wet foods, which get lukewarm ratings. Even the popular Turkey & Salmon pate recipe gets middling reviews, with a whopping 20% of customers giving it just one star. Most unhappy reviewers say their cats didn’t like the way the food tasted or refused to eat it.
“My family of five cats have a choice of three high quality dry cat foods. All high protein, no grains. All three bowls are always kept full for them to eat when they chose to eat. Every kitty sniffs through the three choices and ALWAYS comes back to American Journey Turkey & Chicken. ALWAYS. They will eat the other two choices if one of their sibling kitties is eating with them. They do like the other two as well, but American Journey is their favorite. To me the cost to value ratio is excellent. My kitties are healthy and content. They have lots of energy and look wonderful. I recommend this brand to my friends.” – TJinUT, reviewing American Journey Turkey & Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food
“At the time of writing this, this wet food cost $18.89 for 12 cans of 12.5 oz each, $17 if you chose to Autoship. This means that for the 150 ounces you get, the unit price per ounce is only $0.13, $0.11 if you Autoship. To compare, one of the cheapest and most accessible wet food brands you can find, Fancy Feast (I chose the cheapest 24 pack option Chewy offered at the time, Classic Salmon & Shrimp Feast), is about $0.16 per ounce and you get 72 ounces per each 24 pack of 3 ounce cans. American Journey’s Turkey & Salmon pate also contains no by-products and is grain-free with comparable protein, fat, and fiber contents plus more taurine. I have two adult ( two years old when writing this) cats and give them each a quarter of a can of this wet food daily, plus their dry food of course. They really seem to like the food, although they are not the pickiest when it comes to wet food. Other reviews are right, this pate has a very soft consistency as well as a slickness to it. I don’t find the smell offensive, it’s very standard compared to some wet foods containing salmon. The cats and I are big fans of this product.” – Marli, reviewing American Journey Turkey & Salmon Wet Cat Food
“I switched to this brand several months ago and noticed that the longer I fed it to my feral cats they were increasingly hungry until I had bumped the serving size up to almost 2-3 times more. They are now shedding and their fur is dull and dry. I will not be continuing to purchase this brand but will switch back to a previous one. The only reason I tried this brand was to give them some variety.” – MissPepper, reviewing American Journey Turkey & ChickenRecipe Dry Cat Food
“I have been trying many brands and flavors of wet foods recently to find one that both of my 7 month old kittens like. One of them was recently diagnosed with IBD and put on a grain and chicken free diet, which meant waving bye to their old favorite Science Diet. I have very mixed feelings about this American Journey food. On the one hand, both my boys love the taste and texture. And my IBD guy seems to do OK on it so far. I love the price point and large can size. However, we are about halfway through our case and have one can that is severely dented (definitely from the manufacturer, not Chewy, as the box was fine)It’s so deeply dented that I will just throw it away. I have also had two cans so far full of little bone fragments. So far, none that would pose a choking hazard, but still gross. So I don’t think I will purchase this food again because there seems to be some definite quality control issues.” – Megan, reviewing American Journey Turkey & Salmon Wet Cat Food
How much does American Journey cat food cost?
American Journey cat food is one of the cheaper foods on the market. It costs about $0.30 to $0.38 per day to feed an average cat one of their dry recipes. If you opt for one of American Journey’s wet cat foods, that price will be a little higher, averaging around $1.63 per day.
Overall, is American Journey a good choice?
If you want to get a pretty good food at a pretty good price, consider American Journey. Its competitive edge is spelled out in dollars and cents. American Journey wet food is nutritionally similar to brands like Wellness Complete Health at a slightly lower price and its dry food is a few cents per ounce cheaper than similar grain-free kibble.
Where to Buy American Journey Cat Food
You can only buy American Journey cat food on Chewy.com. This pet product retailer ships to home addresses in the contiguous United States only.