Blue Buffalo Cat Food Unbiased Review

Blue Buffalo cat food review

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We’ve taken a close look at Blue Buffalo and graded it according to the We’re All About Cats standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, product variety, price, ingredient quality, customer experience, and recall history.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Blue Buffalo on What Matters

We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 4/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 6/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Customer Experience – 6/10
  • Recall History – 3/10

Overall Score: 5.6/10

In total, we give Blue Buffalo cat food a 34 out of 60 rating or a C grade. Read on to learn more about Blue Buffalo and how we reached this conclusion.

Quick Look – Top Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeMain Protein SourcePrice per OunceOur Grade
Wilderness Grain-Free Adult ChickenDryChicken$0.18C
Wilderness Chicken High Protein Grain FreeWetChicken$0.23B-
Indoor Health Chicken & Brown RiceDryChicken$0.18C

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About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo was created in 2002 by Bill Bishop. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1961, Bishop began a long career in advertising and consumer products. Bishop is behind advertising and marketing programs for big names like Tropicana, Perrier, Nabisco, and American Express. He was the co-founder of SoBe and served as its COO until its sale to Pepsi in 2001.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Bishop brought his marketing acumen to a new project—Blue Buffalo. Named after Bishop’s 9-year-old Airedale terrier, Blue, the company was poised to go big on the burgeoning natural pet food market.

After sixteen successful years in the business, the company was sold to General Mills for $8 billion. Today, it’s America’s leading natural pet food company.

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Sourcing and Manufacturing

Blue Buffalo works with several manufacturers. According to a brand profile published by the Whole Dog Journal in 2012, these were Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, ANI/Vita-Line Products, CJ Foods, ProPet, Triple T Foods, and Tuffy’s Pet Foods.

In addition to these manufacturing partners, Blue Buffalo also manufactures its own products. It appears that the company operates manufacturing facilities in Joplin, Missouri and Richmond, Indiana.

Recall History

Blue Buffalo has been recalled several times since its creation in 2002. Here’s a summary of the company’s recall history.

2017

Starting with a packaging problem affecting a number of Blue Buffalo dog food cups, 2017 involved three unique recalls. Shortly after the packaging problem in February, Blue recalled several cans of Homestyle Recipe dog food due to possible aluminum contamination. In March of 2017, Blue Buffalo dog food was recalled due to potentially high levels of beef thyroid hormone.

2016

Blue Buffalo announced a limited recall of dog food due to excessive moisture levels and the consequent potential for mold contamination.

2015

Blue Buffalo had two recalls in 2015. The first involved a limited number of Blue Kitty Yums cat treats. The treats were found to contain propylene glycol, which is prohibited by FDA guidelines.

In autumn of 2015, the company recalled a single lot of chewing bones due to potential salmonella contamination.

2010

Blue Buffalo recalled several products due to what they described as a “sequencing error”, which may have lead to food contaminated with excess levels of vitamin D.

2007

Blue Buffalo was involved in the nationwide melamine recalls. The FDA confirmed the presence of melamine in rice protein concentrate in Blue Buffalo foods. This prompted a recall of all their canned dog food, all cans of their Spa Select canned cat food, all dog treats, and Blue Buffalo Spa Select Kitten dry food. After discovering that the manufacturer had allowed melamine contamination, Blue Buffalo severed their relationship with American Nutrition, Inc.

In addition to recalls, Blue Buffalo has been at the center of multiple controversies and lawsuits.

Purina accused Blue Buffalo of false advertising when Blue’s products tested positive for animal by-products, ingredients that Blue Buffalo claims are never present in any of their foods.

In response to this accusation, Blue Buffalo insisted that their ingredient supplier was at fault. Note that the ingredient supplier involved was Wilbur-Ellis, which was one of companies that imported melamine-tainted protein associated with the 2007 pet food recalls.

Blue Buffalo was also involved in a class-action lawsuit revolving around potentially toxic levels of lead in the brand’s foods. The lawsuit started when a dog named Coco died from kidney failure apparently caused by chronic lead poisoning. The case file states that the plaintiff sent Blue dog food to an independent lab for testing and confirmed that several varieties of the food contained excessive levels of lead. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.

In June of 2019, the FDA named Blue Buffalo among 16 pet food brands that may be linked to an increased risk of DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) in dogs and cats.

During the FDA’s investigation of a potential link between grain-free diets and an increased risk of DCM in dogs—and some cats—the agency named 16 brands most commonly fed to pets who developed heart issues between 2014 and 2019. Blue Buffalo was the sixth brand on the list and associated with 31 reports of heart disease in that 5-year period.

It’s important to note that this was not a recall and the FDA’s investigation remains inconclusive. 

What kinds of cat food does Blue Buffalo offer?

Blue Buffalo has five cat food lines. These are original BLUE, BLUE Freedom, which is a line of grain-free products, BLUE Basics limited-ingredient foods, meat-rich BLUE Wilderness, and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet, which is only available through veterinarians.

What do customers think of Blue Buffalo cat food?

To get an idea of what real customers are saying about Blue Buffalo, here are a few reviews selected from several popular recipes listed on Amazon and Chewy.

Positive Reviews

“My 6-year-old kitty loves this food. He can’t get enough of it. He was on Science Diet A/D food for a while when I first adopted him because he wouldn’t eat anything else. This food was a great next step for him, since it has a similar texture and some similar ingredients.”CatDog, reviewing Blue Buffalo Freedom Indoor Adult Canned Cat Food

“I started feeding Blue when my oldest cat developed diabetes. He has been on this food for 8 years and my vet says “ I don’t know what your doing but what ever it is keep doing because he is doing great. All my cats are on this….”Quacker, reviewing Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Dry Cat Food

Negative Reviews

“My older cat has grain allergies. The vet said this must have grain in it since she was sick while trying to eat it. The name is deceiving. I’m disappointed. My kitten loves Blue Buffalo”Debbi, reviewing Freedom Indoor Adult Pate

“I two years ago I moved from Purina to Blue Buffalo in an attempt to give Claire (my 6yo Ragamuffin) a more natural and healthy food source. Things went fine for a while until my vet started seeing elevated levels of calcium. Wasn’t a big deal at first, they were slightly elevated and we went on our merry way. Nine months later, I bring my cat in for another visit and she had lost 1lb (she maintained ~8lbs for years, so 1lb is a large decrease) and became hypercalcemic, her levels were continuing to increase. We started to panic because we weren’t sure what was causing this! Hypercalcemia can form as a result of many things, including idiopathic (unknown origin) but we started running tests to rule out cancer or kidney issues. The cancer marker test came back negative and her kidney function looked fine. Trying to rule out what environmentally could be causing this, we switched back to Purina and gave it three months. She gained her 1lb back and her calcium levels returned back to normal! There are a couple articles online that have hinted, in an attempt to supplement cat food to include their required vitamins and minerals, cat food companies use certain chemicals to use in that fortification. One of these is DL-Methionine, which is used in this Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice cat food. Now, I’m not a vet, animal food nutritionist or chemist but when we went back to Claire’s old Purina, she returned back to normal. Coincidence? I wouldn’t risk my cat’s health on it. Beware.”Matt, reviewing Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Blue Buffalo Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeMain Protein SourceCaloriesPrice per OunceOur Grade
Wilderness Grain-Free Adult ChickenDryChicken443 calories per cup$0.18C
Wilderness with Chicken High Protein Grain FreeWetChicken32 calories per ounce$0.22B
Indoor Health Chicken & Brown RiceDryChicken402 calories per cup$0.15C

All nutritional percentages in this table and hereafter are taken from the manufacturer’s guaranteed analysis. Exact nutritional percentages are not available. All calculated values are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and may differ from actual values. Blue Buffalo is the ultimate authority on their products, so please contact the company for more nutritional information.

Blue Wilderness Grain-Free Adult with Chicken Cat Food Review

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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Like all products in the Wilderness line, this food is grain-free and promises to deliver higher levels of protein.

The recipe starts with deboned chicken and chicken meal. Along with pea protein, these serve as the food’s primary protein sources. Menhaden fish meal and dried egg product appear later on the ingredient list.

Instead of grains like corn, rice, or wheat, the food contains peas and tapioca starch as its primary binding agents. Though these ingredients tend to look more appealing than grains, none of them are particularly nourishing for cats. They drive up the food’s carbohydrate content and their protein is generally less digestible than protein from animal sources.

The food is enhanced with what Blue Buffalo calls “LifeSource Bits”. These are pieces of kibble containing concentrated antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, the food contains a smattering of nutraceuticals, with probiotics, turmeric, and berries appearing near the end of the ingredient list.

Overall, this food has slightly below-average carbohydrate content when compared to other dry foods, moderate protein content, and moderate fat.

As an economical dry food, this recipe is one of the better ones you can buy. It doesn’t contain any animal by-products or vaguely named ingredients. It’s free of artificial colors or potentially-harmful preservatives. And it contains several species of probiotic bacteria, promising to support better digestive health.

But it’s not great.

Pea protein takes up some significant real estate near the beginning of the ingredient list, indicating that this food’s protein may be more plant-derived than meat-based. And with its carbohydrate content lingering just under 30% on a dry matter basis, the food is significantly starchier than it should be, raising your cat’s blood sugar and potentially contributing to diabetes over time.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Calcium Chloride, Potassium sulfate, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Carnitine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, 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, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein: 40% min
  • Fat: 18.0% min
  • Crude Fiber: 4.0% max
  • Moisture: 9.0% max
  • Ash: n/a
  • Calories: 443 calories per cup

blue wilderness grain free adult chicken cat food estimated dry matter breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Chicken

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Pea Protein, Tapioca Starch, Potatoes, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal

Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs, Fish

Pros

  • Relatively low carbohydrate content compared to other dry foods
  • Cats like the flavor
  • No by-products or vaguely-named meals

Cons

  • Contains concentrated plant protein
  • Excessive carbohydrate content for carnivores
  • Dry food can never provide adequate hydration

Blue Buffalo Freedom Indoor Adult Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review

BLUE Freedom Grain Free Wet Cat Food

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According to Blue Buffalo, this food is formulated for the “special needs of cats who live indoors”. Like most cat food manufacturers, they identify these special needs as an inclination to develop lower urinary tract disease, hairballs, and obesity due to reduced activity.

The food targets these issues with the inclusion of cranberries to fight urinary tract infections, added fiber to potentially discourage hairball development, and relatively low calorie content.

It’s primarily made with a blend of chicken, chicken broth, and chicken liver, all of which are good sources of nutrition for your cat. While the ingredient list gets off to a good start, the food’s inclusion of carrots, sweet potatoes, and other plant ingredients make it look less and less like a species-appropriate recipe.

Compared to other canned foods, this product is high in carbohydrates with average protein content and moderate fat content.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Powdered Cellulose, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Fish Oil, Cranberries, Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein: 9.0% min
  • Fat: 6.0% min
  • Crude Fiber: 78.00%
  • Moisture: 81.5% max
  • Ash: 2.41%
  • Calories: 32 calories per ounce

blue freedom ddry matter breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Fish Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Flaxseed, Carrageenan

Common Allergens: Chicken

Pros

  • Primarily made from animal protein sources
  • High moisture food
  • Cats like the flavor

What We Didn’t Like

  • Excessive carbohydrate content

Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice Cat Food Review

Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice Cat Food

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This popular formula is marketed to indoor cat guardians. The company claims that the recipe addresses the unique needs of indoor-only cats, including a tendency to develop hairballs, urinary tract disease, and obesity. To combat these issues, the food is high in fiber, contains cranberries, and has moderate calorie content.

Its main protein sources are deboned chicken, chicken meal, and menhaden fish meal. These ingredients are followed by a medley of plant ingredients, including brown rice, barley, and oatmeal. But this recipe isn’t all grains. The food also contains peas and pea protein, ingredients that contribute both protein and carbohydrates.

The food is enriched with Blue Buffalo’s signature LifeSource Bits, which are enriched chunks of kibble containing concentrated vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Ultimately, this is a plant-based dry food with high carbohydrate content, moderate-to-high protein content, and moderate fat.

Like so many dry foods—especially those marketed for indoor cats—this recipe is a plant-heavy, carbohydrate-rich product that fails to honor your cat’s needs as a carnivore. It has all the nutrition your cat needs, but it’s not the species-appropriate ideal.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Peas, Pea Protein, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Starch, Powdered Cellulose, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Pea Fiber, Potatoes, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Cranberries, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Dried Yeast, 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, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein: 32% min
  • Fat: 15.0% min
  • Crude Fiber: 6.0% max
  • Moisture: 9.0% max
  • Ash: 8.12%
  • Calories: 402 calories per cup

blue buffalo indoor health chicken and brown rice dry matter breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Chicken

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Pea Protein, Potatoes

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Cats seem to like eating this food

Cons

  • Contains multiple sources of plant protein
  • High carbohydrate content
  • No dry food provides the hydration your cat requires

How much does Blue Buffalo cat food cost?

Compared to other brands positioned as super-premium and natural, Blue Buffalo is relatively inexpensive. For example, if you have a 10-lb cat who needs about 200 calories per day, Blue Buffalo Freedom canned food will cost you around $1.40/day.

That makes it just a little bit more expensive than budget brands like Friskies and Fancy Feast.

Overall, is Blue Buffalo a good choice?

Blue Buffalo cat food is popular and well-loved, but it’s far from perfect nutritionally or in terms of quality.

Most Blue Buffalo foods contain considerable amounts of plant matter. Worse than the brand’s reliance on plant-heavy recipes, Blue Buffalo has been recalled multiple times during the last decade. These incidents suggest deficits in quality control and transparency from Blue’s suppliers and manufacturing partners.

Blue Buffalo, therefore, isn’t a brand we’d recommend for most cats.

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Where is Blue Buffalo cat food sold?

Blue Buffalo is available almost anywhere you can buy cat food. You’ll find it in grocery stores, pet specialty retailers, and more. Online, it’s available on Amazon, Chewy, and other web retailers.

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About the author


Mallory Crusta is a writer and adventurecat enthusiast on a mission to make cats’ lives extraordinary. She’s one of the founders of Wildernesscat – a site for happy, healthy, and adventurous cats who are fueled by nature. Visit Wildernesscat for radically natural cat nutrition, home remedies, and lifestyle inspiration.

16 thoughts on “Blue Buffalo Cat Food Unbiased Review

  1. AvatarSusan Ward

    I have a 17 year old siamese and I thought that.
    Last year I was going to lose her do to her health we try so many different treatments and none of them were working out for her we changed her Diet to Blue and now a year later she is so much healthier and happier and her fur and skin is back to normal she is so much more energetic and playful like a kitten THANK You for every thang and PUMPKIN thanks you to for giving her a second chance to be happy again….

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  2. AvatarSherry Maltman

    I feed my cat Blue Diamond / Buffalo Basics moist & dry Turkey/ Potato cat food & he seems to be really healthy & use to give him the regular Blue chicken brand & seemed not to work for him so switched when & all Cat Vet in Ventura said try the turkey / Patato, but I keep seeing reviews & alerts on the Blue Diamond / Buffalo products for Dogs & Cats. So I worry like other pet owners if I’m feeding my cat the right Brand of food!! Would like to know if I’m feeding cat the best food on market , it seems they have had law suits!! My cat was itching & seemed to not do good on the Chicken Brands of Blue !!! Sherry in California!!!! Can I get some help here to know if ant pet should be on Blue Diamond / Buffalo Brands????????

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    1. Mallory CrustaMallory Crusta

      Hi Sherry,

      It’s great that your cat is doing well on Blue Buffalo’s turkey and potato recipes, but since you’re—rightfully—concerned about the safety of Blue Buffalo products, I’d recommend exploring turkey-based or chicken-free foods from other brands. There’s a whole world of limited-ingredient cat food out there and you’ll find a lot of brands with better reputations than Blue Buffalo.

      Good luck finding something that works for both you and your cat!

      Take care,

      Mallory

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  3. AvatarCheryl M

    Just doing a lot of research on line. Our kitty has an abnormality with her kidneys. Without going into a lot of detail, this is the only brand of food I’ve found that has limited ingredients, lower than 29% protein, and a real meat as the first ingredient. She is drinking water right after she eats it, but I only started it last night and gave her 2 handfuls each time she asked for food. I’m not a huge Blue Feeds fan as she started showing signs of kidney issues at 5 months of age, but like I said, this is the only one I can find. All other dry foods are over 30% protein. She does get some K/D, but doesn’t eat the solid pieces ,only licks the jelly out. Which she has done the whole 4 years of her life, and usually will walk away from any wet food. So I’m curious on your thoughts of this food for kidney issues. (Not an email spammer, the email is my horses name, it raises eyebrows. lol).

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    1. Mallory CrustaMallory Crusta

      Hi Christy,

      Thanks for commenting. Feeding a cat with kidney issues is always difficult and no food is perfect. Blue Buffalo’s kidney diet is one such imperfect food. It covers the kidney disease essentials, but is it nutritionally stellar? Certainly not.

      It’s a very plant-heavy food brimming with pea derivatives. Though it’s one of the few dry kidney diets that features meat as the first ingredient, I suspect that peas and other plant ingredients take up more nutritional space than does deboned chicken.

      Given its flawed formula and Blue Buffalo’s troubled history, I might consider another kidney diet–at least as a supplement to the Blue Buffalo food. In our article on the five best foods for cats with kidney disease, we recommend Royal Canin’s Renal Support S as the best dry food of its kind. Meat isn’t the first ingredient, but Royal Canin has a good reputation and the formula appears to be slightly lower in phosphorus, which I’m sure is an important consideration for you.

      Ultimately, there currently is no such thing as a perfect food for cats with kidney disease. There’s always compromise. The Blue Buffalo food might be the right compromise for you. Or you may choose to rotate it with other renal diets. Alternatively, I wouldn’t ignore the possibility of feeding a non-prescription food or exploring the option of a higher-protein, phosphorus-restricted diet. It’s a nontraditional approach and would take more time and research, but it could be worth it.

      Hope this helps!

      Take care,

      Mallory

      P.S. Thanks for mentioning the email address! Your horse has a delightful name.

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      1. AvatarAlex

        Please, you shouldn’t in good faith be recommending a dry food to a kidney deficiency cat.

        To the OP: put kitty on a wet or raw food and maybe she’ll recover. Good luck.

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  4. AvatarSarah

    I am doing research on the best all- natural wet food for cats that INCLUDES everything they need in their diets without all of the unnecessary fillers and artificial things. Can you point me in the right direction as to where to go? I just switched my kitty to purina pro plan because it was the best one I could find at the price point I can afford at the moment.

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    1. AvatarSajg

      Make your own. It’s very easy takes no time. Chicken quarters are always a great base. Low boil it all in one pot. Good luck!

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  5. AvatarKaia

    Hey,

    Great site. I noticed that the pet foods are rated based on recall history/nutritional value etc. How about lab testing for contaminates? Heavy metals/ lead etc are often found at dangerous levels based on previous lab studies, I feel like that would be one of the biggest deciding factor for how to rate a pet food.

    I’m honestly completely lost right now in terms of which brand of food I should feed my cat. I looked at the clean label and their top rated brands for low contaminates tend to be the cheaper lower nutrient brands. Not to mention that they are controversial in their funding/result transparency. I look here and a lot of the top rated brands are not available in any of our local pet foods.

    Is there a brand that you recommend for dry and wet that is more easily accessible?
    Are lab tests for contaminates considered in the rating?

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  6. AvatarBrittany S

    Hi, I have my 4-month-old kitten on Blue Buffalo Freedom Indoor Kitten Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food. I switched her from Hill’s Science (foster program’s food) because I have Celiac. However, she has been pretty gassy on her new food. I noticed the kitten recipe isn’t included in the Blue Buffalo review. Would you please include this? I’m concerned that I could be feeding her something that isn’t healthy.

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    1. Mallory CrustaMallory Crusta

      Hi Brittany, thank you for your comment. We will consider adding this recipe to the review, but for now, here’s my take on the food.

      While the food has some good qualities, like the use of high-value fats like chicken fat and fish oil, prebiotics and probiotics for digestive support, and the fact that it delivers the nutrients kittens need to thrive, it’s still a plant-heavy product that loads your kitten up on carbs. I’m guessing that the gassiness is coming from the fact that the food contains peas and pea protein as primary ingredients.

      It appears that nutritionally, the Blue Buffalo food is likely a bit better than the Hill’s Science Diet, but you also have to consider both company’s histories. While Hill’s has a good record of quality control and safety, Blue Buffalo has some red flags in its past. Neither are perfect—a more meat-heavy food would be ideal—but the Blue Buffalo is certainly not that far ahead of the Hill’s diet your kitten was eating previously.

      I’d consider a grain-free food made without legumes—perhaps even a wet kitten food. Hope this helps!

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    1. Mallory CrustaMallory Crusta

      Hi Angela! Blue Buffalo Bursts are decent as far as treats go; anything without animal by-products and artificial colors is going to be a better choice than the competition. Sure, they’re high in carbohydrates and not nutritionally ideal, but they’ll work as an occasional treat.

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