The 8 Best Cat Foods In India

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While dogs are the most popular pets in Indian households, cats aren’t far behind, and pet ownership is on the rise in India. In fact, India’s $430 million pet care market is one of the fastest-growing in the world.

As the pet care market in India expands, demand for high-quality pet food will continue to increase. What cat food brands are currently available in India and what should Indian cat owners be looking for when choosing a nutritious diet for their feline friend?

In this guide, we’ll briefly discuss what your cat needs in terms of nutrition. We’ll also talk about the kind of cat food you’ll find in India and introduce you to our top picks.

At A Glance: Best Cat Food To Buy In India

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Want a quick look at the best cat foods reviewed in this article? In the comparison table below, we’ve highlighted some of the most important features of each product. You’ll find more detailed information about each product later in the article.

#1
10.0
Picked by 31 people today!

Bruno's Wild Essentials Mackerel & Tuna

  • Three main ingredients are all animal-based
  • Contains well over 75% animal protein on a dry matter basis
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
#2
9.8
Picked by 31 people today!

Kennel Kitchen Chicken in Jelly Canned Cat Food

  • Contains two high-quality sources of animal protein
  • Made with nutrient-rich organ meat
  • Completely free from artificial colors and flavors
#3
9.5
Picked by 25 people today!

Farmina Matisse Chicken Mousse

  • Four out of five main ingredients are all animal-based
  • Packed with species-appropriate animal protein
  • May be a good option for cats with food allergies or sensitivities
#4
9.4
Picked by 21 people today!

Nurture Pro Longevity Chicken & Skipjack Tuna Wet Cat Food

  • Two of three main ingredients are animal-based
  • Packed with species-appropriate animal protein
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
#5
9.3
Picked by 18 people today!

Little BigPaw Chicken Mousse (Gourmet Tender) Wet Adult Cat Food

  • Made with a single source of high-quality animal protein
  • Contains fresh chicken and chicken liver
  • Salmon oil provides animal-based omega-3s
#6
9.3
Picked by 18 people today!

Acana Pacifica Fish Adult Dry Cat Food

  • Made with 100% fish protein
  • Supplemented with probiotics to support healthy digestion
  • Contains freeze-dried fish for natural flavor
#7
9.3
Picked by 18 people today!

Orijen Cat & Kitten Dry Cat Food

  • Contains meat from five animal sources
  • Rich in healthy animal-based fats
  • Made with freeze-dried organs for flavor
#8
9.3
Picked by 18 people today!

Arden Grange Grain-Free Fresh Chicken & Potato Dry Cat Food

  • Three of first five ingredients are all animal-based
  • Made with a single source of animal protein
  • Supplemented with prebiotics to support digestion

Why You Should Trust Us?

We’ve reviewed dozens of the world’s most popular cat food brands and hundreds of formulas. We’ve spent hours researching, contacting pet food companies, and analyzing labels. With the help of our cats, we’ve also accumulated hours upon hours of hands-on experience with different cat foods.

Based on that research, we’re bringing you an updated list of the best cat food brands and products available in India. We’ve researched the brands themselves and evaluated individual recipes to bring you our top picks.

But We Want Your Input, Too!

If you’ve come to us seeking recommendations for cat food in India before, you may notice that this article looks a little different than it used to. Based on reader input, we recently rewrote this article to reflect the current pet food market in India more accurately.

I (Kate Barrington) write all of the roundups in our International Cat Food series and I’m not afraid to admit that my scope is somewhat limited. I conduct thorough research to understand the pet food market as a whole in each country I cover, as well as the factors influencing current trends.

However, because I live in the United States, I don’t have access to the same resources that are available to some of our international readers. Reader comments on the first version of this article highlighted the truth of this fact.

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What Does Balanced Nutrition Look Like For Cats?

All felines have a biological requirement for meat in their diets, but that doesn’t mean a standalone diet of chicken, lamb, or other meat will sufficiently meet your cat’s nutritional needs. All animals require a delicate balance of nutrients.

While humans are omnivores able to obtain those nutrients from meat, grains, fruits, and vegetables, cats are not. They’re obligate carnivores.

Simply put, your cat’s body is designed to eat other animals. They have higher protein requirements than many other animals and they are better able to digest animal-based ingredients than plants. In fact, an article published in Scientific American notes that cats get a lot of their key nutrients from meat including taurine, arachidonic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.

In the wild, a cat’s diet is primarily made up of small pretty like rodents and birds which provide the protein and fats cats need. While some cats will snack on grass and other plants, these foods don’t provide much in the way of nutritional value and likely only serve as roughage.

It’s entirely possible to feed your cat a nutritionally balanced homemade diet, but pieces of chicken and bread won’t cut it. You need a recipe formulated by a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist to make sure your cat’s needs for essential nutrients will be met.

The alternative is to purchase a complete and balanced commercial cat food.

In the United States, most commercial cat foods are formulated in accordance with nutrient profiles researched and established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These profiles suggest that an adult cat’s diet should be comprised of a minimum of 26% protein and 9% fat.

Fortunately, many pet food manufacturers outside the U.S. use AAFCO guidelines in formulating their own recipes. Any cat food exported from the United States will also be formulated accordingly.

In choosing a healthy diet for your cat, it’s best to stick with a recipe that meet’s AAFCO’s requirements for completed and balanced nutrition. This ensures that your cat’s minimum nutritional needs will be met, but it’s still your responsibility to choose a high-quality product. And remember, minimum does not mean ideal. Most cats can benefit from higher than minimum levels of protein and fat.

Learn more in our complete guide to feline nutrition.

Now that we’ve touched on the subject of feline nutrition, let’s take a closer look at the pet industry in India to determine what options are available and how they measure up in terms of quality.

The Pet Industry In India

According to a 2018 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the United States tops the pet ownership charts with more than 94 million cats (and over 90 million dogs). FEDIAF data suggests that European pet ownership had reached 90 million by the end of 2021 – that’s roughly equivalent to 46% of households.

Pet ownership is on the rise around the world and India is no exception.

Indian pet ownership was estimated around 15 million in 2016 but it’s growing rapidly. In fact, market research conducted by Euromonitor International suggests that India has the fastest rate of growth for dog ownership among 53 countries surveyed. Some estimates put India’s pet ownership rate of growth as high as 600,000 households per year.

While pet ownership is increasing quickly in India, federal regulations to protect those pets are still lacking in some areas. There are laws in place to encourage the ethical treatment of animals, but pet food regulations remain undeveloped.  

In 1960, Article 51A of the Constitution of India, Chapter 3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (PCA) was passed. This article states that, “It shall be the duty of every citizen to have compassion for living creatures.” Article 51A is similar to legislation that has been passed in other nations.

For example, the European Union (EU) adheres to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals which governs the treatment of companion animals. The UK in particular has the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 which specifies the duties owners and keepers have to meet the needs of their animals. In the United States, the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 helps protect animals kept in zoos and labs, but federal legislation protecting pets is limited.

In India, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) provides guidelines for the vaccination and sterilization of pets and for pet-related nuisances like excessive barking. Even these limited guidelines, however, are not consistently enforced. Some reports suggest that even existing national regulations have little effect in the absence of city-specific legislation.

How Is Pet Food In India Regulated?

Though developed nations like the United States may not have much in the way of national protections for pets, there’s one area in which regulations are bountiful: the pet food industry.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the safe manufacture and labeling of pet food. Any pet food imported into India from the United States is subject to FDA regulations. But what about pet foods produced domestically in India?

According to a blog published by Sathguru, a global management consulting firm, the animal feed industry is not stringently regulated in India. There are no regulatory standards in place regarding animal feed safety except in a few cases and, in those cases, the regulations only partially address the issue.

It was only in 2018 that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) mandated that commercial feed companies comply with relevant Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) regulations after a survey revealed concerns levels of aflatoxin in dairy samples.

While the FSSAI has plans to work with the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries to make improvements in the animal feed sector, the current lack of regulation leaves companies to create their own standards. Without regulations to encourage a scientific approach to voluntary standards, the potential for food safety issues is high and pets could pay the price.

In researching the pet food market in India, I uncovered a stark difference in quality among cat food products manufactured in India and those imported from elsewhere.

What Cat Food Brands Are Made In India?

The biggest domestic manufacturers of cat food in India are IB Group and Abis Exports.

PurePet and Drools both fall under the IB Group family of brands while Abis Exports is responsible for Meat Up and Let’s Bite. These four brands are incredibly similar in formulation and all of them offer low to moderate protein content along with low fat and very high carbohydrate content.

In fact, I evaluated the label for numerous dry cat foods from these four brands and the ingredient lists were nearly identical. All four were fish-based and loaded with cereals like corn and wheat. The lowest carbohydrate content of the four recipes was roughly 44% (dry matter) – two were 55%.

These India-made cat foods might be popular for their price and availability, but they won’t provide your cat with the protein- and moisture-rich, animal-based nutrition he needs to thrive.

Fortunately, I was able to find several cat food brands that are headquartered or manufactured in India. Bruno’s Wild Essentials and Kennel Kitchen are Indian pet food brands that offer an assortment of high-quality wet cat foods that outperform the dry foods mentioned above in terms of quality and species appropriateness.

The 8 Best Cat Foods In India: Our Top Picks

It’s easy to find cheap dry cat food in India, but responsible cat owners are more concerned with what’s actually good for their cats than what’s good for their wallets. This isn’t to say, of course, that you can’t find a decently priced high-quality cat food, but inexpensive foods like the Indian brands previously mentioned don’t tend to meet the All About Cats standards.

I’ve assembled a list of eight high-quality cat foods that appear to be readily available in India (at least online). These foods span the spectrum in terms of food type and texture, but they’re all brands I feel comfortable recommending.

Here are our top 8 picks for the best cat food in India:

#1 Bruno’s Wild Essentials

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Bruno’s Wild Essentials was founded by Mathi and Saranya in 2014. It is a family-run brand self-described as “an altruistic venture, dedicated to developing products that are a blend of healthy & nutritious.” Bruno’s offers a variety of wet and dry foods for cats and dogs. Bruno’s appears to be headquartered in India, but I couldn’t find specific information about where or how the products are manufactured.

Featured Recipe: Bruno’s Wild Essentials Mackerel & Tuna Shreds in Gravy Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Mackerel, Fish Broth, Tuna, Modified Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil

This formula features three animal-based ingredients at the top of the list including fresh mackerel and tuna. The only other main ingredients are modified tapioca starch as a thickener and sunflower oil as a source of added fat.

Sunflower oil is less biologically valuable for cats than an animal-based fat like salmon oil would be, especially considering it is comparatively low in omega-3 fatty acids. It does, however, contain vitamin K which supports blood and bone health.

Like the previous formula, this cat food is very low in fat and calories. While it contains over 77% protein measured on a dry matter basis, the fat content is only 11%. Considering the minimum AAFCO-recommended fat content is only 9%, this is very low.

This wet food formula might be best for adult cats who are prone to weight gain or used as a protein supplement for kittens and active cats.

Ingredients

Mackerel (45%), Fish Broth, Tuna (5%), Modified Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil, Yeast Extract, Minerals Premix, Oligosaccharide, Vitamins Premix.

Minerals & Vitamins Premix Ingredients

Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Potassium Iodide.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 14%
Crude Fat: 2%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 82%
Ash: 2%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 77.78%
Fat: 11.11%
Fiber: 2.78%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 74.24%
Fat: 25.76%

Ingredients We Liked: Mackerel, Tuna

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Modified Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil

Common Allergens: Fish

What We Liked:

  • Three main ingredients are all animal-based
  • Contains well over 75% animal protein on a dry matter basis
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Short, simple list of highly digestible ingredients

What We Didn’t Like

  • Relies on plant-based fats
  • Very low in fat and calories

#2 Kennel Kitchen

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Kennel Kitchen is based in India and uses farm-fresh, regionally sourced ingredients as much as possible. Their pet food recipes are free from fillers like corn and soy, and they don’t contain any synthetic colors, flavors, or artificial preservatives.

Featured Recipe: Kennel Kitchen Chicken in Jelly Canned Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Water, Gelling Agents, Taurine

This canned food formula is made with an incredibly simple list of ingredients that starts with fresh chicken and chicken liver. Not only are these species-appropriate sources of animal protein, but they’re highly digestible for cats. This recipe might be a good choice if your cat has a sensitive stomach.

Aside from chicken and chicken liver, this recipe only contains water for moisture and vegetable gelling agents. While the specific gelling agents aren’t named, they’re likely some kind of gum (like guar gum or locust bean gum) or a seaweed derivative like carrageenan or agar agar.

Because the specific gelling agents aren’t named, it’s difficult to tell whether they’re potentially harmful to your cat. Gums generally aren’t considered toxic but can contribute to digestive difficulties in some cats. Carrageenan, on the other hand, has been identified as a potential carcinogen.

Overall, this recipe is very high in protein with high levels of animal fat. The downside is that it’s fairly high in carbohydrates and contains some unnamed ingredients.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Water, Gelling Agents (Vegetable extracts), Taurine, Vitamin D3, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Niacin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Choline Chloride, Calcium D, Pantothenate.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 8.5%
Crude Fat: 5.3%
Crude Fiber: 0.6%
Moisture: 81.2%
Ash: 1.6%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 45.21%
Fat: 28.19%
Fiber: 3.19%
Carbs: 14.89%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 35.17%
Fat: 53.25%
Carbs: 11.58%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Gelling Agents

Common Allergens: Chicken

What We Liked:

  • Contains two high-quality sources of animal protein
  • Made with nutrient-rich organ meat
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Completely free from artificial colors and flavors

What We Didn’t Like

  • Contains some vegetable thickener

#3 Farmina

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Farmina is an Italian pet food company that was founded in the 1990s as a collaboration between an English food research company and an Italian livestock feed producer. The brand is currently owned by the Russo Magimi company and partners with the Chair of Animal Nutrition at the University of Naples Frederico to formulate pet foods informed by the latest scientific findings.

Featured Recipe: Farmina Matisse Chicken Mousse Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, Herring, Chicken Liver, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein, Rice

This recipe features fresh chicken as the primary ingredient, supplemented with additional protein from herring, chicken liver, and hydrolyzed animal protein.

The term “hydrolyzed” may trigger warning bells in your mind but this ingredient is nothing to worry about. In fact, hydrolyzed animal protein is a great option for cats with food allergies and intolerances.

Hydrolyzed animal protein is simply animal protein that has been broken down into pieces too small for the immune system to recognize. It provides all the nutritional benefit of animal protein without the risk for triggering an allergic reaction. The only potential problem here is that the source for this animal protein isn’t listed.

The only other main ingredient on the list is rice. While not inherently harmful, rice is a starchy carbohydrate that doesn’t provide much in the way of nutrition for cats. It’s also often used as a filler but, fortunately, the carb content of this recipe is still fairly low.

Overall, this protein-packed formula offers an animal-based source of nutrition for your cat with plenty of healthy fats and fairly low carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Chicken, Herring, Chicken Liver, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein, Rice, Vitamins, Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 11%
Crude Fat: 7%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 78%
Ash: 3%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 50%
Fat: 31.82%
Fiber: 2.27%
Carbs: 2.27%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 38.6%
Fat: 59.65%
Carbs: 1.75%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Herring, Chicken Liver, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Rice

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish

What We Liked:

  • Four out of five main ingredients are all animal-based
  • Packed with species-appropriate animal protein
  • May be a good option for cats with food allergies or sensitivities
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration

What We Didn’t Like

  • Has some starchy carbohydrate
  • Contains unnamed animal protein

#4 Nurture Pro

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Nurture Pro delivers “curated nourishment” for cats and dogs including both wet food and dry food options. This company is based in Singapore and they formulate all of their recipes using natural ingredients in order to promote optimal health.

Featured Recipe: Nurture Pro Longevity Chicken & Skipjack Tuna Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, Skipjack Tuna, Coconut, Lysine, Vitamin A Supplement

This formula starts off strong with fresh chicken and skipjack tuna as the top two ingredients. In fact, these are the only main ingredients other than coconut.

Chicken is a lean source of animal-based protein and skipjack tuna is rich in skin- and coat-supporting omega 3s. While there is some concern about mercury in fish, skipjack tuna is one of the safest options because they are so small. The smaller the fish, the less mercury is likely to accumulate in the fish’s body over the course of its lifetime.

While this wet cat food offers plenty of protein and moisture, there are two things worth considering before you buy.

First, keep in mind that this is a multi-protein formula and both proteins are common cat food allergens. While cat food allergies aren’t incredibly common, both chicken and fish are two of the proteins more likely to trigger allergies in sensitive cats.

Second, the total fat content of this recipe is very low which means the calorie count is low as well. This could be a benefit for overweight cats, but it might not be calorie-dense enough for a growing kitten or a very active adult cat.

Ingredients

Chicken, Skipjack Tuna White Meat, Coconut, Lysine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Iron Oxide, Iron Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Green Tea Extract, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 18%
Crude Fat: 0.3%
Crude Fiber: 1%
Moisture: 83%
Ash: 1%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 105.88%
Fat: 1.76%
Fiber: 5.88%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 96.11%
Fat: 3.89%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Skipjack Tuna

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Coconut

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish

What We Liked:

  • Two of three main ingredients are animal-based
  • Packed with species-appropriate animal protein
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Free from grains, fillers, and artificial additives

What We Didn’t Like

  • May be too low in fat/calories for some cats
  • Contains two common allergens

#5 Little BigPaw

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Little BigPaw is based in the United Kingdom. This company was founded in 2016 and is currently distributed in more than 40 countries worldwide. Little BigPaw uses only British-sourced meat and fish, but they prioritize low carbon footprint animal ingredients, so they don’t use beef, lamb, or pork.

Featured Recipe: Little BigPaw Chicken Mousse (Gourmet Tender) Wet Adult Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients:

This formula features fresh chicken and chicken liver as the main ingredients. Both are excellent sources of species appropriate animal protein and chicken liver is packed with nutrients like folate, niacin, and vitamins E, A, and C.

While this food is mostly animal-based, it does contain sunflower oil. Salmon oil, however, is the main source of added fat and provides skin- and coat-supporting omega-3s while sunflower oil is rich in omega-9s like oleic acid.

Overall, this is a fairly high protein and high fat wet cat food with fairly high carbohydrate content for a wet food. As a single protein formula, it may be a good option for cats with food allergies as long as they can tolerate chicken.

Ingredients

Chicken (50%), Chicken Liver (20%), Vitamin A, Taurine, Vitamin E, Iron Sulphate, Zinc Sulphate, Manganous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Calcium Iodate, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10.5%
Crude Fat: 8%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 75%
Ash: 3.5%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 42%
Fat: 32%
Fiber: 2%
Carbs: 10%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 32.38%
Fat: 59.91%
Carbs: 7.71%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Sunflower Oil

Common Allergens: Chicken

What We Liked:

  • Made with a single source of high-quality animal protein
  • Contains fresh chicken and chicken liver
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Salmon oil provides animal-based omega-3s

What We Didn’t Like

  • Fairly high in carbohydrates

#6 Acana

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Acana is one of two brands manufactured by Champion Petfoods, a Canadian company. Champion Petfoods was founded in 1985 and is now sold in over 70 countries worldwide. This brand only sells dry cat food recipes, most of which are made with at least 70% animal protein.

Featured Recipe: Acana Pacifica Fish Adult Dry Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Boneless Herring, Herring Meal, Pollock Meal, Boneless Flounder, Boneless Pacific Hake

This dry cat food is made in Canada with regionally sourced, wild-caught fish. It’s an entirely fish-based recipe, so it might be a good option for cats who are allergic or sensitive to other common proteins.

Boneless herring is the main ingredient, followed by four additional sources of fresh or dried fish. While canola oil is the main source of added fat, this recipe also contains herring oil. With the herring oil and all the fresh fish ingredients, it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids to support your cat’s skin and coat.

While this recipe contains plenty of animal protein sources, it’s still very high in carbohydrates. Starchy chickpeas, lentils, and green peas appear within the top ten ingredients along with a handful of other legumes and pulses.

Overall, this is a moderate protein, fairly high-fat formula with very high carbohydrate content. It also lacks the moisture your cat needs for optimal hydration.

Ingredients

Boneless Herring, Herring Meal, Pollock Meal, Boneless Flounder, Boneless Pacific Hake, Chickpeas, Red Lentils, Canola Oil, Green Peas, Green Lentils, Yellow Peas, Herring Oil, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Dried Kelp, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Spinach Greens, Carrots, Apples, Pears, Cranberries, Freeze-Dried Herring, Freeze-Dried Hake, Freeze-Dried Flounder, Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 37%
Crude Fat: 20%
Crude Fiber: 3%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 7.5%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 41.11%
Fat: 22.22%
Fiber: 3.33%
Carbs: 25%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 34.24%
Fat: 44.94%
Carbs: 20.82%

Ingredients We Liked: Boneless Herring, Herring Meal, Pollock Meal, Boneless Flounder, Boneless Pacific Hake, Herring Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Chickpeas, Red Lentils, Canola Oil, Green Peas, Green Lentils, Yellow Peas, Sun-Cured Alfalfa

Common Allergens: Fish

What We Liked:

  • Made with 100% fish protein
  • Supplemented with probiotics to support healthy digestion
  • Contains freeze-dried fish for natural flavor
  • Rich in omega-3s for skin and coat health

What We Didn’t Like

  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs
  • Very high carbohydrate content

#7 Orijen

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The second brand manufactured by Champion Petfoods, Orijen was also largely a dry food-only company until recently. Orijen now offers a limited selection of wet cat foods, though they don’t appear to be available online in India. Orijen’s cat foods are manufactured in company-owned kitchens in Alberta and Kentucky.

Featured Recipe: Orijen Cat & Kitten Dry Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Fresh Chicken Meat, Fresh Turkey Meat, Fresh Whole Eggs, Fresh Chicken Liver, Fresh Whole Flounder

This Orijen dry food features sixteen animal-based ingredients at the top of the list. Fresh chicken and turkey appear to be the primary sources of protein, supplemented with fresh fish, eggs, and poultry organs. Chicken fat is the main source of added fat with herring oil for additional omega-3s.

Like the Acana recipe above, this formula still contains a significant amount of carbohydrate from starchy plant ingredients like peas, lentils, and beans. These ingredients can be difficult for cats to digest, and they are much less nutritionally valuable for cats than plant ingredients.

This dry food recipe is a little higher in protein than the previous Acana formula but similar in terms of fat and carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Fresh Chicken Meat, Fresh Turkey Meat, Fresh Whole Eggs, Fresh Chicken Liver, Fresh Whole Flounder, Fresh Whole Herring, Fresh Turkey Liver, Fresh Chicken Heart, Fresh Turkey Heart, Fresh Chicken Necks, Dehydrated Chicken, Dehydrated Turkey, Dehydrated Whole Mackerel, Dehydrated Whole Sardine, Dehydrated Whole Herring, Chicken Fat, Whole Red Lentils, Whole Green Peas, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Yellow Peas, Lentil Fiber, Whole Pinto Beans, Whole Navy Beans, Dehydrated Chicken Cartilage, Herring Oil, Freeze-Dried Chicken Liver, Freeze-Dried Turkey Liver, Fresh Whole Pumpkin, Fresh Whole Butternut Squash, Fresh Whole Zucchini, Fresh Whole Parsnips, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Whole Red Delicious Apples, Fresh Whole Bartlett Pears, Fresh Kale, Fresh Spinach, Fresh Beet Greens, Fresh Turnip Greens, Brown Kelp, Whole Cranberries, Whole Blueberries, Whole Saskatoon Berries, Chicory Root, Turmeric Root, Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Lavender, Marshmallow Root, Rosehips, Zinc Chelate, Copper Chelate, Choline Chloride, Enterococcus faecium.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 40%
Crude Fat: 20%
Crude Fiber: 3%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 8%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 44.44%
Fat: 22.22%
Fiber: 3.33%
Carbs: 21.11%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 37.18%
Fat: 45.15%
Carbs: 17.66%

Ingredients We Liked: Fresh Chicken Meat, Fresh Turkey Meat, Fresh Whole Eggs, Fresh Chicken Liver, Fresh Whole Flounder, Fresh Whole Herring, Fresh Turkey Liver, Fresh Chicken Heart, Fresh Turkey Heart, Fresh Chicken Necks, Dehydrated Chicken, Dehydrated Turkey, Dehydrated Whole Mackerel, Dehydrated Whole Sardine, Dehydrated Whole Herring, Chicken Fat, Dehydrated Chicken Cartilage, Herring Oil, Freeze-Dried Chicken Liver, Freeze-Dried Turkey Liver

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: le Red Lentils, Whole Green Peas, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Yellow Peas, Lentil Fiber, Whole Pinto Beans, Whole Navy Beans

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish

What We Liked:

  • Contains meat from five animal sources
  • Rich in healthy animal-based fats
  • Made with freeze-dried organs for flavor
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Contains a significant number of plant ingredients
  • High carbohydrate content
  • Doesn’t provide the moisture your cat needs

#8 Arden Grange

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Arden Grange was founded in 1996 on a core philosophy of “nutrition without compromise.” This brand offers a variety of naturally hypoallergenic dog and cat foods made without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. The brand says all of their ingredients are “included for their nutritional value to promote optimum health and vitality.”

Featured Recipe: Arden Grange Grain-Free Fresh Chicken & Potato Dry Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients:

This dry food starts off strong with three out of the five top ingredients being animal-based. It’s made with a single source of animal protein (chicken), including fresh chicken and dried chicken meal. Chicken oil (or chicken fat) is the only source of added fat.

While the moisture content of this product is unlisted, it’s likely similar to other dry foods in the range of 9% to 11%. Using an estimated moisture content of 10%, the dry matter protein content of this recipe is about 34% and the fat content about 21%. This makes the carb content very high.

Both potato and pea starch are very starchy ingredients that provide little to no nutritional value for cats. Though they’re less concerning than fillers like corn, wheat, and soy, these plant ingredients can still be considered fillers because they primarily serve to bulk up the product.

Overall, this is a moderate protein, moderate fat dry cat food formula with high carbohydrate content. It’s also worth noting that no dry food contains the moisture your cat needs for optimal hydration, so consider supplementing your cat’s moisture intake with a wet food topper or bone broth.

Ingredients

Fresh Chicken (26%), Potato (26%), Chicken Meat Meal (25%), Pea Starch, Chicken Oil, Egg Powder, Chicken Digest, Krill, Yeast Extract, Malt Extract, Pea Fibre, Minerals, Prebiotic FOS, Prebiotic MOS, Cranberry Extract, Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, Nucleotides, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 31%
Crude Fat: 19%
Crude Fiber: 2.2%
Ash: 7%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 31%
Fat: 19%
Fiber: 2.2%
Carbs: 40.8%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 26.28%
Fat: 39.12%
Carbs: 34.59%

Ingredients We Liked: Fresh Chicken, Chicken Meat Meal, Chicken Oil, Chicken Digest, Krill

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Potato, Pea Starch

Common Allergens: Chicken

What We Liked:

  • Three of first five ingredients are all animal-based
  • Made with a single source of animal protein
  • Supplemented with prebiotics to support digestion
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very high carbohydrate content
  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs

And 3 Complementary Cat Foods

While the complete and balanced cat foods listed above are some of the highest quality options available in India, they’re also pricier than domestic brands like PurePet and Drools.

Your cat deserves the most species-appropriate nutrition you can consistently afford which generally means a meat-heavy wet cat food. If you’re working with a limited budget and dry food is the most economical option, consider supplementing your cat’s diet with a high-protein, moisture-rich wet cat food topper. Complementary cat foods typically come in small portions so they’re easy to feed and you can mix up the flavors to keep your cat guessing.

Here are a few of our favorite complementary cat food brands available in India:

#1 Applaws

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Applaws in a pet food company based in the United Kingdom that is sold by specialty pet retailers throughout Western Europe, North America, and Australia. The brand was founded in 2006 and primarily offers complementary wet cat foods for the Indian market.

Featured Recipe: Applaws Salmon Mousse Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Salmon, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Gelling Agent, Red Pepper Extract

This mousse-style wet cat food from Applaws is a complementary cat food, so it doesn’t provide complete and balanced nutrition. It does, however, have plenty of moisture and animal-based protein to offer which makes it a great supplement to a dry food diet.

Fresh salmon is the main ingredient, followed only by sunflower oil, vegetable gelling agents, and red pepper extract.

Salmon is a species-appropriate source of animal protein and also provides skin- and coat-supporting omega-3 fatty acids. I’d prefer to see an animal-based fat like chicken fat or salmon oil instead of the sunflower oil. I’d also prefer to see the vegetable gelling agents named, though it’s probably something like locust bean gum or carrageenan.

This recipe could be a good choice for cats allergic or sensitive to proteins other than fish and the mousse texture is lightweight and easy to chew for older cats and kittens.

Ingredients

Salmon (44%), Sunflower Oil (1.6%), Vegetable Gelling Agent, Red Pepper Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10%
Crude Fat: 2.5%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 86%
Ash: 1%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 71.43%
Fat: 17.86%
Fiber: 3.57%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 62.22%
Fat: 37.78%

Ingredients We Liked: Salmon

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Sunflower Oil

Common Allergens: Fish

What We Liked:

  • Made with a single source of animal protein
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Light texture easy for senior cats and kittens to eat

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not a complete and balanced food
  • Relies on plant-based fat

#2 Schesir

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Schesir is an Italian brand of pet food that offers both dry and wet food products for pets. The company was founded in 1999 and remains committed to ethical and sustainable practices. They use traceable ingredients, and their recipes are free from added colors and preservatives.

Featured Recipe: Schesir Tuna & Chicken in Natural Sauce Canned Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients:

This wet cat food is made with fresh tuna and chicken as the main ingredients. Tapioca starch is the only other inclusion, added to help improve the food’s consistency.

Like the Applaws formula above, this recipe is intended for complementary feeding only. It’s a great way to boost your cat’s protein intake or to add a little extra moisture to his diet. Serve it over dry food or offer it as a treat.

Schesir cat foods are all cruelty-free and dolphin-safe. Their packaging is 100% recyclable as well and all wet foods are steam-cooked and prepared by hand.

Ingredients

Tuna, Chicken Fillets, Tapioca Starch.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 15%
Crude Fat: 0.3%
Crude Fiber: 0.1%
Moisture: 83%
Ash: 0.9%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 88.24%
Fat: 1.76%
Fiber: 0.59%
Carbs: 4.12%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 91.3%
Fat: 4.43%
Carbs: 4.26%

Ingredients We Liked: Tuna, Chicken Fillets

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca Starch

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish

What We Liked:

  • Made with two high-quality sources of animal protein
  • Rich in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Very limited list of ingredients, highly digestible

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not a complete and balanced recipe
  • Contains some added starch

#3 Sheba

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A familiar brand around the world, Sheba is manufactured by Mars, Inc. It belongs to the same family of brands as other big names like Royal Canin and Whiskas, both of which are also available in India.

Featured Recipe: Sheba Tuna Fillets and Whole Prawns In Gravy Adult Wet Cat Food

First 5 Ingredients: Water, Tuna, Whitefish, Prawns, Modified Starch

This recipe features a short list of ingredients but contains three different types of animal-based protein. Fresh tuna and prawns are easy to identify. Whitefish is simply a generic term used for various species of white-fleshed, mild-flavored fish.

Other than protein and water, this recipe just contains two ingredients to enhance the texture of the food and one to enhance the flavor.

The product page doesn’t specify the source for the modified starch, so it’s difficult to judge its quality. That being said, carbs serve no nutritional purpose for cats and, like the guar gum, this ingredient is only used to thicken the product. Guar gum has been known to contribute to digestive upset in some cats.

Overall, this complementary cat food could be an inexpensive option if you want to boost your cat’s protein and moisture intake. Just keep in mind that it does contain artificial flavor and added starch.

Ingredients

Water, Tuna, Whitefish, Prawns, Modified Starch, Guar Gum, Flavor.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Ingredients We Liked: Tuna, Whitefish, Prawns

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Modified Starch, Guar Gum

Common Allergens: Fish

What We Liked:

  • Contains three sources of animal-based protein
  • High in moisture to support your cat’s hydration
  • Highly appealing flavor and aroma for cats

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not a complete and balanced recipe
  • Contains artificial flavor

Where To Buy Cat Food In India

As is true virtually anywhere, you can find cat food both online and in stores in India. You can even find popular cat food brands on Amazon.in. If you live near a bigger city like New Delhi or Mumbai, there are plenty of brick-and-mortar pet stores to choose from.

One of the largest national chains with a dozen locations across India is Heads Up for Tails. In Uttar Pradesh, PUPS Pet Care Store, Creche & Grooming is a popular choice. New Delhi offers nearly two dozen options like NAPPETS India, Value Pets India, and King Pets World. In Mumbai, pet owners seem to like Dogs World India, Ohh My Dog, and Chew Central.

Unless you live near a major metropolitan area, the best place to shop for pet food in India may be online. While international retailers like Amazon do sell in India, you’ll find the best selection from domestic pet retailers.

Heads Up For Tails offers a generous selection of pet foods and accessories – this is the primary resource I used to compile my list of recommendations. Chew Central is another great option. Based in Maharashtra, India, Chew Central carefully selects products from reputed manufacturers to ensure safety and quality.

Other online pet food retailers in India include:

If none of the commercially available options seem quite right, you always have the option to make your own cat food.

Homemade cat food can be incredibly nutritious when properly formulated by a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist. It’s not always the most economical option, but if you have the time and financial resources to give your cat a biologically appropriate raw food diet, he’ll thank you for it.

Learn more about making homemade cat food here.

Final Thoughts

While it may be challenging to find a high-quality, species-appropriate cat food manufactured in India, there is no shortage of options for commercial cat foods.

Take the time to learn the basics about your cat’s nutritional needs and how choosing a nutritionally balanced and species-appropriate diet will impact your cat’s long-term health. If you’re shopping for cat food in India, one of the recipes reviewed above might be a good place to start.

If you want to support your cat’s health for the long-term, choose a cat food made with high-quality ingredients, specifically quality protein from animal sources.

Want more? Check out our guide to the best cat food brands here.

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About Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Also an avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats, Kate’s love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care and nutrition. Kate is also a blogger for a number of organic and natural food companies as well as a columnist for several pet magazines.

9 thoughts on “The 8 Best Cat Foods In India

  1. Andy

    Well, this was a massively disappointing read.

    Instead of including the actual good brands that are in fact available in India, this article seems to have been written based on 2 minutes of Google research, rounding up whatever the search engine threw up at the top and arguably some of the worst food in the market. Drools and Purepet are so terrible for cats that even shelters avoid using them if they can afford to. You’ve accurately pointed out the cons in the products reviewed, but I can’t for the life of me imagine why this is the list of products that you would pick out in an article title “best cat foods in India”. This roundup is actually harmful, because a first time pet owner might end up here and decide to pick out of this list, assuming you to be a credible authority.

    “When it comes to cat food available in India, there isn’t a whole lot of variety.” Somewhat accurate, but completely absurd as a claim within the context of this article, since it cannot be more evident that you’ve not done your research at all.

    Here, let me do your job for you.

    The brands you want to look at instead would be Farmina, Orijen, Acana, NurturePro, Little BigPaw, Applaws—all of which are available in India and can be considered the absolute best in the market (not without faults, ofc).

    Note: To establish credibility, I am from India, active in the cat rescue and adoption community for 7+years, have done extensive personal research on cat food and nutrition, and have 5 cats at home that eat only out of these brands.

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Andy, thanks for the comment. One, I take personal responsibility for this article not being as good as it could be, and I’ve emailed Kate, the author of the piece, asking if she’d be interested in doing a rewrite. You’ve already been extremely helpful, but if you’re up for it, I’d love to make you a part of the article update process. Any quotes or insights for the updated version of the article would be hugely appreciated. Writing about this marketplace from ~13,000 kilometers away does tend to lead to some out-of-touch comments and advice, and I want to avoid this as much as possible. I’m sending you an email in case you’d like to continue the conversation.

      Best,

      Mallory

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    2. Avatar photoKate Barrington Post author

      Thanks for your honest input, Andy! It’s true that my research was limited by what brands are for sale online. I live in the US, so I can’t physically go to pet stores in India to check out the options.
      The goal here was more to provide information about some of the brands that seem to be the most popular/common in India so pet parents can make an educated decision whether these options are appropriate or not. Each of the articles in our international pet food series begins with brands that are manufactured in that country, so that’s why Purepet and Drools are at the top. I do see your point, however, that it might be a little misleading to include the word “best” if the intention is to do more of a review of the brand than a recommendation.
      It’s helpful to know from someone with experience shopping for pet food in India which other recognizable brands are available, so thanks! Like Mallory said, we’ll be revisiting this piece and would love your input on what other brands are readily available – especially in stores.

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  2. Pihu

    I agree Purepet and drools are absolute pathetic…..They can even lead to tumors in cats as I have seen in one cat which was sent to my place for breeding. When I asked the owner…she took these names as the main feed source for her cat..

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  3. Prash Patwardhan

    I am surprised that the article has been published whilst the author is apologizing for being thousands of miles away and not even familiar with brands selling in the Indian market. The article should have come up with a disclaimer that it is based on secondary research of a limited number of brands. The headline ‘8 Best Cat Foods in India’ is highly misleading and should be withdrawn immediately, not only because it’s a study based on a very limited number of brands but also because of the author’s understanding of cat food is limited.

    For instance one of the recipe’s has 20% liver content and while an occasional serving of liver is healthy for cats, overfeeding leads to vitamin A toxicosis, a silent killer of felines. To top that the same recipe has Vitamin A added separately. Needless to state that the author has only gone by the ingredient names and not the safe quantity required for particular pet species.

    Some researchers also feel that the only important part of pet food analysis is the first few ingredients. If the rest of the 20 ingredients are as bad as in bottom ranking foods, how much of a difference the first three can make. The % of which are often manipulated to get them in the first three or five of the ingredient list and if process wasn’t key, informed pet parents wouldn’t have gravitated to fresh and freeze dried options.

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Prash, we’ve done our best to provide valuable information to customers seeking products on the Indian cat food market. It’s true that we don’t have a formulator’s view of cat food, and we might have a limited ability (outside of lab testing) to evaluate the nutritional merits of each product, but the author of this article has written hundreds of articles on cat care and reviewed countless brands. All of our writers are trained to assess foods on both their ingredient lists and nutritional breakdowns, and because we recognize the imperfections of this method, we use laboratory testing on select recipes to verify that the foods deliver the nutrition they should. Outside of this, it’s not possible for anyone outside of the company to know exactly what’s in the food. As for the recipe you mentioned, you make a good point about the 20% liver content, but it is a nutritionally complete diet that should align with feline dietary needs. Until we can get lab reports on every one of the 100+ brands we’ve reviewed (which is our goal), looking at the label is the best we can do.

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  4. Prash Patwardhan

    Mallory

    I was surprised reading the article first but even more baffled by the replies. While on one hand you accept that article is not as good as it could be on the other you are arguing that your analysis and inference is perfect. The article headlines “The 8 best cat food in India” which by your own admission they are not. Can you imagine the disservice you are doing to the pet and pet parents through such highly misleading headlines.

    Pet parents should be enabled to make their purchase decisions on the right set of information and not false context. Erroneous articles like these are dangerous for the pets, pet parents and equally damaging for the industry. More often than not these half-baked reviews get shared and reposted as “gospel truth.” Both the reviewers and those reviewed need to do a better job when advocating for pets and hence I will request you to withdraw the article or rewrite and issue a public disclaimer at the earliest. And if you still insist that food with just 2 natural ingredients chicken & chicken liver is the best cat food, I will feel forced to take alternative measures in the interest of the cat community.

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    1. Avatar photoKate Barrington Post author

      Prash, one of the driving factors for my decisions regarding the order of the picks was the total carbohydrate content. I prioritized recipes that were primarily animal-based and therefore more carnivore-appropriate than other foods on the Indian pet food market. We at AAC prefer wet food to dry food for cats, so I populated the list with primarily wet food products but included a few dry options as well.
      The use of the word “best” in pieces like this will always be subjective. That’s why we include information about feline nutritional needs, so pet parents can make an informed decision regarding what is right for their specific cat. The only truly “best” food for cats might be a natural, whole-prey diet which simply isn’t practical for most pet parents. We trust our readers to understand the intent with which we present these picks and title the pieces to make them easier for people to find online.
      I’m sorry you were disappointed with the piece. Feel free to send us an email with constructive comments regarding picks that you feel are more appropriate.

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