Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food Review

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Dr. Clauder’s cat food is made in Germany. The company was founded in the 1950s to produce top quality dog and cat foods, including prescription diets. Very popular, Dr. Clauder’s is sold in over 60 countries today. Find out more about Dr. Clauder’s cat foods in our unbiased review.

The We’re All About Cats Standard – Rating Dr. Clauder’s on What Matters

We have analyzed Dr. Clauder’s cat food and rated it according to our standards here at We’re All About Cats. Our grades are based on the species-appropriateness of the food, the quality of the ingredients, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. You can read more about our ratings here.

Here are our ratings for Dr. Clauder’s in these key areas:

Ratings

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

Overall Score: 7.3/10

About Dr. Clauder’s

Dr. Clauder’s was founded by Dr. Heinz Clauder in Hamburg, Germany in 1957. Dr. Clauder was a doctoral nutritionist. He was said to be a pioneer in the field of scientifically-developed nutritional supplements that provided the right product for an animal’s different live stages.
Dr. Clauder’s later merged with the IPH Group and expanded.

In 2007 Dr. Clauder’s celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary and moved its headquarters to Hamminkeln.

In 2011, Dr. Clauder’s achieved certification under International Featured Standard (IFS). IFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative-recognized standard for certifying the safety and quality of food products and production processes.

As of 2018, the company’s philosophy is “Responsible pet nutrition.” They produce approximately 400 pet foods and products today which are only sold via specialist retailers.

The company currently has about 100 employees. Dr. Clauder’s products are sold in approximately 65 countries. They have about 10 office dogs. (No word on how many office cats are in residence.)

Also, perhaps unique to Dr. Clauder’s, the company has its own training academy for sales training courses. It’s geared especially to pet supply retailers which help to sell their products.
The company website has translations available for multiple languages.

In general, Dr. Clauder’s appears to have a scientific, nutrition-oriented approach to pet food.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Dr. Clauder’s is now headquartered in Haminkeln in the lower Rhine Valley in Germany. According to the company’s website, it is a medium-sized, family-owned business. The company makes food and nutritional supplements for animals with a special focus on customer satisfaction.

The company is owner-managed, modern, and global. They take pride in producing the highest quality “Made in Germany” products. All products are made exclusively in Germany according to Dr. Clauder’s.

Along with a love of animals, creativity and innovation are also highly valued at Dr. Clauder’s. Sustainability and the responsible use of resources are very important to the company.

IFS certification helps ensure a high level of quality ingredients and high traceability of raw materials. It increases security and trust with the consumer.

Dr. Clauder’s has its own Research & Development department. The company also has its own nutritional experts.

Today Dr. Clauder’s is involved in seven different areas of pet products: dry nutrition, moist nutrition, function & care, functional snacks, beauty & care, hygiene, and anti-flea products.

Dr. Clauder’s makes premium pet foods including prescription diets for cats and dogs. They make dry cat food and wet canned food. In addition, the company makes BARF foods – “biologically appropriate raw foods” for owners who feed their cats a diet that is similar to the cat’s original diet.

The company doesn’t provide specific information about where their ingredients are sourced but says that they don’t use artificial additives. They also state that there are verifiable origins for their raw materials as you would expect with the IFS certification.

The company uses modern production techniques to make premium quality pet food, supplements, and pet care products but they do not provide details on their web site. Dr. Clauder’s does mention that they follow the European Union’s strict production guidelines.

Has Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food Been Recalled?

We did not find any recalls for Dr. Clauder’s cat food or other foods online. However, Dr. Clauder’s is sold in over 60 countries. It has been in business for over 60 years.

During most of that time, there was no Internet and few people kept records about pet food recalls. We cannot say that their food hasn’t ever had a recall.

It would almost be surprising if a 60-year-old pet food company has not had a recall at some point in time.

We can say that Dr. Clauder’s cat food has not had any recent recalls that we could find listed online.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Dr. Clauder’s Offer?

Dr. Clauder’s makes cat foods in three tiers of quality: Best Selection, Selected Pearls (High Premium dry food for cats), and Premium (415 gram cans and 100 gram pouches).

Best Selection is wet food for cats. It has very high meat content, the highest quality ingredients, a large selection of flavors (10+ flavors for adult cats, with special flavors for kittens and spayed/neutered cats), health benefits, and it’s well-accepted by cats.

Best Selection wet foods have no processed meat, no bone meal, no soy protein, no wheat or sugar, no artificial colors or flavorings, no preservatives, and no cassia gum.

Dr. Clauder’s dry cat food is for kittens, adults, and seniors (spayed/neutered). They also make dry food for indoor and outdoor cats. Some of their dry foods come in both grain free and grain-inclusive versions.

The company also makes complementary feed for cats. Complementary feed is often called supplemental feed in English-speaking countries. These supplements are not complete and balanced meals.

They are formulated to help your cat with specific health issues such as intestinal/hairball problems, gastrointestinal and digestive needs, reducing gas, providing extra protein to nursing mothers and kittens, and serums for better mobility and for healthier coat and skin.

You can also buy BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) foods for your cat. Dr. Clauder’s offers them in several different formulas: complete meals in a wide range of meat proteins; 100 percent meat with no vitamins or minerals added; and in the form of vegetable smoothies so you can add your own plant protein and vitamins. You can also buy various BARF oils, mineral, and vegetable mixtures to add to your cat’s own BARF meals.

Dr. Clauder’s Functional Snacks can be used to pamper your cat or for training, if your cat is willing. They are more than tasty treats. They also contain specific nutrients to help your cat’s physical needs. Various snacks are good for your cat’s skin and fur; digestive system; and immune system. There’s even an anti-hairball cream.

Dr. Clauder’s also offers products for cat dental hygiene, ear care, eye care, and cat litter.

Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food Reviews

#1 Dr. Clauder’s Best Selection No. 5: Chicken & Tuna with Spinach Cat Food Review

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We usually pride ourselves on being able to find reliable information for virtually every quality pet food we review. Dr. Clauder’s has proven to be a challenge. The company web site does provide nutritional information for their dry cat food and complementary feed but the page for wet foods (in English, at least) was consistently down when we were trying to collect information. In order to review a wet/canned food, we had to find a food that was sold online. We found Dr. Clauder’s Chicken & Tuna with Spinach.

Best Selection is Dr. Clauder’s highest quality cat food. It is a wet/canned line of foods with high meat content and high-quality ingredients. It also comes in a wide range of meat, fish, and poultry proteins. The Best Selection line of foods contains no processed meat, no bone meal, no soy protein, no wheat or sugar, no artificial colors or flavorings, no preservatives, and no cassia gum.

The ingredients in this food are as follows: chicken (chicken hearts, chicken meat, chicken liver, chicken stomachs, chicken necks), tuna, spinach, minerals, linseed oil, teucrium marum.
Nutritional additives: zinc (as zinc sulphate, monohydrate), manganese (as manganese-II-sulphate, monohydrate), copper (as cupric sulphate, pentahydrate), iodine (as calcium iodine, anhydrous), taurine.

You probably recognize most of these ingredients with the possible exception of teucrium marum. Teucrium marum is the shrub germander. Germander is native to the Mediterranean region. It’s long been used for medicinal purposes and was believed to help gout. It’s said that cats love it and that it’s good for the intestinal tract.

Spinach is high in vitamins and minerals. It is safe for most cats to eat – unless your cat has kidney or urinary tract problems. In that case, spinach can be problematic. Spinach is high in oxalates so if your cat has any pre-existing kidney or urinary tract issues, spinach can lead to the formation of crystals/stones. Cooked spinach could be less likely to cause problems.

This recipe comes in 200 and 400 gram containers and an 85 gram pouch.
Nutritional values for this recipe are crude protein 10.2 percent, crude fat 5.5 percent, crude ash 2.5 percent, crude fibre 0.4 percent, and moisture 80 percent.

We can convert these figures into the dry matter basis for the food. This means removing the water from the figures to see what remains. If we do this we find that the food contains 51 percent protein, 27.5 percent fat, 2 percent fiber, 12.5 percent ash, and 7 percent carbohydrates. We estimate that the food has 96 calories per 100 grams (approximately 3.5 ounces).

Ingredients

Composition: 66.2% of chicken (chicken hearts, chicken meat, chicken liver, chicken stomachs, chicken necks), 30.6% from tuna, 2% spinach, 1% minerals, 0.2% linseed oil, 0.1% teucrium marum. Additives/kg: Nutritional additives: zinc (as zinc sulphate, monohydrate) 25mg, manganese (as manganese-II-sulphate, monohydrate) 1.4mg, copper (as cupric sulphate, pentahydrate) 1mg, iodine (as calcium iodine, anhydrous) 0.75mg, taurine 1,500mg.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10.2%
Crude Fat: 5.5%
Crude Fiber: 0.4%
Moisture: 80%
Ash: 2.5%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 51%
Fat: 27.5%
Fiber: 2%
Carbs: 7%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 40.87%
Fat: 53.52%
Carbs: 5.61%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken (including the organs and heart muscle)

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Spinach can be a problem if your cat has kidney or urinary tract issues; most cats can eat cooked spinach in small amounts without any problems

Common Allergens: Chicken, tuna

Pros

  • Dr. Clauder’s Best Selection wet foods are very high in meat protein
  • Dr. Clauder’s Best Selection line of foods contains no processed meat, no bone meal, no soy
  • protein, no wheat or sugar, no artificial colors or flavorings, no preservatives, and no cassia gum
  • The company has its own Research & Development Department; and their own nutritionists

Cons

  • Information is skimpy about ingredient sourcing and manufacturing
  • Detailed information about the foods is hard to find in English if you are outside Europe
  • since they are not sold on sites such as Amazon

What Do Customers Think Of Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food?

We didn’t find many customer reviews for Dr. Clauder’s online. This might be due to the fact that it’s a German brand and our search engine is English-based. Or, it could be because Dr. Clauder’s is mostly sold through specialist retailers instead of outlets such as Amazon where people usually leave reviews.
Here’s what we found.

Positive Reviews

Syed Samra – October 14, 2020
recommended, timely delivery, thanks

Negative Reviews

Dr.Clauder’s Anti-Hairball Malt Soft Paste 100 G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
Verified Purchase
My cats won’t touch this stuff.

How Much Does Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food Cost?

It’s always tricky trying to convert cat food costs, especially when Dr. Clauder’s is sold in over 60 countries. We found one Russian review that said Dr. Clauder’s cat foods were widely available in supermarkets. It also stated that most of the foods could be described as economy foods. That might be true in Russia but it doesn’t appear to fit elsewhere.

Our calculations for some of the dry food prices found that they were selling for about $4 per pound in American dollars. We found a 4kg bag of dry kitten food for 30.83 euros ($36.39 American).

You can buy 100 gram pouches of Dr. Clauder’s wet cat foods online for about 0.50 euros. Best Selection wet cat foods (85 grams) is sold for about 0.90 euros.
BARF meals are more expensive with Dr. Clauder BARF Chicken Complete food for dogs and cats 800 g coming in at 5.1 euros.

Overall, Is Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food A Good Choice?

Yes, we think Dr. Clauder’s foods look very good overall. This is a company that appears to be based on science and nutrition. The IFS certification adds reassurance. It has had a solid reputation for over 60 years. Check the individual recipes to make sure you find ones with ingredients suitable for your cat.

How Do You Order Dr. Clauder’s Cat Food?

Dr. Clauder’s is mostly sold through specialty sources. If you are in one of the countries where Dr. Clouder’s is sold, you can use Shopfinder to locate a store.

About Carlotta Cooper

Carlotta Cooper is a long-time contributing editor for the weekly dog show magazine DN Dog News. She's the author of The Dog Adoption Bible, a Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) award winner. In addition, she is an American Kennel Club Gazette breed columnist and the author of several books about dogs and other animals. She has been reviewing pet foods and writing about dog food for more than 10 years.

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