KatKin Cat Food Review

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We’ve rated KatKin on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our KatKin cat food review to learn how this brand stacks up.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating KatKin 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 – 9/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 9/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Customer Experience – 9/10
  • Recall History – 7/10

Overall Score: 8.1/10

In total, we give KatKin cat food a 50 out of 60 rating or an A- grade.

NOTE: These ratings are based on an in-depth exploration of the brand and reading dozens of customer reviews. I was not able to personally test the cat food given that KatKin is a UK-based company.

About KatKin

KatKin is an exclusively fresh nutrition and wellness brand for cats based in the UK. It is KatKin’s mission to provide cats everywhere with access to a fresh, species-appropriate diet that enables them to live happier, healthier, and longer lives.

This brand uses only the freshest human-grade ingredients in their formulas and they personalize each recipe to your cat’s specific calorie requirements. You simply provide some basic information about your cat and his dietary preferences and KatKin takes care of the rest.

Dr. Justin Shmalberg, whose name you may recognize from Nom Nom, is the veterinary expert responsible for formulating KatKin’s fresh cat food recipes. All of these recipes conform to FEDIAF standards and AAFCO recommendations.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

What sets KatKin apart from traditional cat food companies is the fact that they prepare their foods using a gentle steam cooking method to eliminate the threat of food-borne pathogens without destroying the nutritional integrity of the food. Every recipe is made with 100% fresh meat and high-quality produce then frozen fresh to lock in the goodness.

When it comes to their recipes, KatKin is extremely transparent. You don’t have to create an account to view their formulas like you do with some subscription services. Simply visit the Recipes tab and click on each recipe to view the list of ingredients and nutritional values.

All of KatKin’s recipes are prepared in their human-grade, company-owned kitchen located in Park Royal, London. All ingredients are sourced in the UK and every one of KatKin’s suppliers conforms to the UK Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations.

Recall History

To our knowledge, KatKin has never had a product recall. It’s important to recognize that UK pet food companies aren’t regulated by the FDA. They are, however, held to the standards determined by the FEDIAF, the trade body representing the European pet food industry.

What Kinds of Cat Food Does KatKin Offer?

KatKin is an exclusively fresh cat food company. They currently offer six fresh cat food recipes (though certain parts of their website reference seven recipes), all made with human-grade ingredients. Their formulas are primarily meat-based and supplemented with KatKin Nutrient Mix, an expertly formulated nutrition blend.

Here’s a list of KatKin’s fresh food recipes:

These recipes are made with 100% fresh meat and organs with no added carbohydrates. Aside from the meat, organs, and nutrient mix, the only other ingredient is fish oil.

What Do Customers Think of KatKin Cat Food?

Because KatKin is based in the UK, I wasn’t able to order samples of the food myself. This makes it all the more important to read customer reviews for the brand. KatKin has over 580 reviews on TrustPilot.com, over 90% of which are “Excellent” or 5-star reviews.

Many customers have commented that their order arrived quickly and their cats seemed to like it. Some noticed a visible improvement in the quality of their cat’s coat and others noticed a reduction in vomiting and other symptoms related to sensitive stomach. Several customers noted that they’d like to see a fish recipe included in the lineup, but most were pleased with the recipe selection.

In reading reviews for KatKin I got the impression that their customer service team makes a strong effort to ensure customer satisfaction. Almost every review on TrustPilot had a response from the company and customers who complained about their delivery updated their reviews with positive comments about KatKin’s attempts to remedy the issue.

Let’s take a look at a few customer reviews for KatKin.

Positive Reviews

“Today was Katie Kat’s first day on Katkin food. The smell was enough to get her excited. I didn’t even get her bowls off the counter before she dived right in. Looks like this new diet is going to be hugely successful. Thank you to everyone at Katkin. They provide a really personal service and are really friendly.”– TP

“We tried KatKin, I was very impressed, my fussy Siamese less so. We tried other foods but she turned her nose up and we went back to KatKin. (Mostly because it didn’t make me balk when serving it up) She got used to it second time around and we’re now sticking with it! Excellent customer service and follow-up.”– Mel Eldridge

Negative Reviews

“It seems decent, and the packaging is lovely and seems like it would be very healthy. Unfortunately my cats refuse to touch it. So much so, that they’ve pushed it out of their bowl during trial period. Even my dogs (who usually try to polish off the cat food) won’t go near it. Even with the little chicken powder. I also felt it was quite expensive.”– Katrina Hutchings

“Unfortunately my cat Maise didn’t take to it, I persisted with it for 2 weeks but she just wouldn’t eat the food. I very much wanted it to work, I tried everything. I have nothing bad to say about KatKin, they were very good, however it is what it is.”– Peter Falk

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

Unfortunately, because KatKin is a UK-based company, I wasn’t able to test the food myself. That being said, I do have some comments about the sign-up process and some overall impressions about KatKin.

As I’ve made abundantly clear, KatKin is a fresh cat food subscription service that sends you regular deliveries of fresh frozen cat food. During the signup process, KatKin collects the kind of information you’d expect – details about your cat’s sex, age, breed, and weight. What I appreciated was that KatKin also asks about your cat’s body condition.

Body condition is often a better indicator of optimal health in pets than body weight alone. KatKin asks you to indicate whether your cat’s body is skinny, just right, chubby, or obese and they provide a visual for each option to help you make the right selection. This information helps KatKin determine your cat’s caloric requirements, so they send you the right amount of food.

I also appreciated the degree to which KatKin allowed me to customize my cat’s plan. They offer six different recipes along with an assortment of extras like treats and food toppers.

KatKin Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Day Our Grade
Cluck! Chicken Recipe Fresh Chicken 127 kcal/100g ~£1.75 A+
Baaa! Lamb Recipe Fresh Lamb 162 kcal/100g ~£1.75 A+
Quack! Duck Recipe Fresh Duck 148 kcal/100g ~£1.75 A+

#1 KatKin Cluck! Chicken Recipe Fresh Cat Food

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This recipe is made with 100% fresh chicken thigh, liver, and heart as the primary ingredients. In fact, these are the only ingredients aside from the KatKin Nutrient Mix.

KatKin comments that they use “only the finest, human-grade ingredients” and it certainly seems to be true. We love that this recipe is packed with high-quality animal protein and rich in moisture but contains a negligible amount of carbohydrate – only 0.10% fiber.

Overall, this is a meat-based recipe packed with animal protein with low fat and negligible carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Fresh Chicken (Thigh, Liver, Heart), Minerals, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Zinc Chelate, Iron Chelate, Manganese Chelate, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate, Potassium Iodide, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 17.4%
Crude Fat: 6.4%
Crude Fiber: 0.1%
Moisture: 74.4%
Ash: 1.7%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 67.97%
Fat: 25%
Fiber: 0.39%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 52.82%
Fat: 47.18%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Fresh Chicken None Chicken

Pros

  • Packed with high-quality animal protein
  • No added carbohydrate ingredients
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives
  • An excellent source of moisture for your cat

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Arrives frozen, must thaw before feeding

#2 KatKin Baaa! Lamb Recipe Fresh Cat Food

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Like the previous recipe, this formula starts out strong with fresh lamb as the primary ingredient. Where this formula differs is in the addition of fish oil which increases the total fat content a little bit.

I love that this recipe contains fresh lamb meat along with lamb heart and liver – these are excellent sources of essential minerals as well as supplementary protein. I’d prefer to see the fish oil come from a named source (like salmon oil), but it may simply be a difference in European pet food labeling.

Overall, this is a meat-based recipe packed with animal protein with moderate fat and negligible carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Fresh Lamb (Trim, Heart, Liver), Minerals, Fish Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Zinc Chelate, Iron Chelate, Manganese Chelate, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate, Potassium Iodide, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 16.7%
Crude Fat: 10.8%
Crude Fiber: 0.3%
Moisture: 70%
Ash: 2.2%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 55.67%
Fat: 36%
Fiber: 1%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 38.9%
Fat: 61.1%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Fresh Lamb

Fish Oil

None None

Pros

  • Packed with fresh animal protein
  • No added carbohydrate ingredients
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives
  • An excellent source of moisture for your cat

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Arrives frozen, must thaw before feeding

#3 KatKin Quack! Duck Recipe Fresh Cat Food

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Compared to the previous formula, this duck recipe is a little bit lower in both protein and fat but higher in moisture. It still contains 100% fresh duck as the first ingredient and includes fish oil as well for an added source of omega-3 fatty acids.

One thing worth noting with this recipe is that it contains chicken heart. There’s nothing wrong with chicken heart as an ingredient, but if your cat is allergic to chicken you may want to avoid this recipe.

Overall, this is a meat-based recipe packed with animal protein with moderate fat and negligible carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Fresh Duck (Breast, Liver), Chicken Heart, Minerals, Fish Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Zinc Chelate, Iron Chelate, Manganese Chelate, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate, Potassium Iodide, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 15.9%
Crude Fat: 9.3%
Crude Fiber: 0.1%
Moisture: 72.6%
Ash: 2.1%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 58.03%
Fat: 33.94%
Fiber: 0.36%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 41.31%
Fat: 58.69%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Fresh Duck

Chicken Heart

Fish Oil

None None

Pros

  • Packed with fresh animal protein
  • No added carbohydrate ingredients
  • Free from fillers, by-products, and artificial additives
  • An excellent source of moisture for your cat

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Arrives frozen, must thaw before feeding

How Much Does KatKin Cat Food Cost?

As a fresh cat food subscription service, you can expect KatKin to cost more than the average kibble. The brand comments that their plans start at just £1.75 (~$2.43) per day.

Your daily cost will vary depending on your cat’s body weight and condition. Using the example of a 5-year-old female cat (spayed) who weighed 4.5kg (10lbs), KatKin estimated my cat’s daily calorie requirement at 200kcal which came to a daily price of £1.29 (~$1.79).

Overall, Is KatKin Cat Food A Good Choice?

Fresh cat food will always receive higher ratings from me than kibble or even canned food, but KatKin is one of the best fresh cat food brands I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. Not only does KatKin offer six different recipes, but they are all made with 100% fresh meat with no added carbohydrates – this makes it incredibly species-appropriate for your cat.

I wasn’t able to test the products myself but reading dozens of reviews leads me to believe that KatKin’s customer experience is top-notch. They seem very responsive, and their website offers complete transparency about their ingredients and formulas. It might be nice to see a fish recipe included in their lineup (as several customers commented), but I really don’t have anything bad to say about this brand.

Where Is KatKin Cat Food Sold?

Like many cat food subscription plans, KatKin is only sold online through the company’s website. Being based in the UK, KatKin only delivers to England, Scotland, and Wales, excluding the Scottish Highlands and Islands. You can start your subscription easily by clicking the “Build My Box” button on the website.

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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.

23 thoughts on “KatKin Cat Food Review

  1. Val

    Helpful review covering many questions I’d have. However the link you provide to Trustpilot keeps failing for some reason and I tried to put the company name in the search box and this also takes me to a ‘We have a problem page’ Thanks for your research on this company which offers food for our cats.

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  2. Val Basnett

    Always a possibility but I tried checking from 2 other devices and still same. Other searches within Trustpilot came ip fine too. Maybe it was a glich? Or gremlin, will try again. Ive ordered a trial myself now so hoping for good things

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Thanks for coming back with an update. This is very odd. I’ll ask for a third opinion, but I’m afraid we can’t do much if the link seems to be working on my end. Sorry about that!

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  3. Rachel Avelena

    Some of their recipes (Splash! and Bubble & Quack!) actually contain sunflower oil instead of fish oil Also, if there’s no recall history, why do you rate them 7?

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Rachel, thanks for the comment! We’ll get this article updated to make sure all of the information is accurate. I’m considering changing our rating system to make it a bit easier to understand—since comments like yours are common—but we currently take the length of time a company has been in business into consideration when creating these ratings. So a newer company like KatKin will get a few points knocked off simply because it hasn’t had time to prove its strengths. Hope that answers your question!

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      1. Rachel Avelena

        Hi Mallory,

        Would you be able to update your review on Katkin please? And maybe review other brands in the UK, such as Belle and Duke? Thank you

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  4. Colin MacKenzie

    This Katkin “food” resulted in my 13 year old cat ending up in Vet hospital for 3 days with gastrointestinal issues.
    The vet says he was poisoned and nearly died.
    I had been convinced by the marketing to give this muck a try as my little boy is 13 and a bit over weight.
    4 flavours gave him a runny bottom and the Gobble flavour nearly killed him.
    The vet says the food was badly contaminated with bacteria due to not being cooked sufficiently, then being frozen and defrosted.
    I followed the directions carefully, and only took out 2 pouches to defrost in the fridge at a time.
    I have several weeks supply that is going in the bin.
    It cannot be risked giving this to any other animal for fear of similar health problems.
    So… Don’t believe all the hype. This is 2 times the price of a regular grain free wet food, and 100 times more likely to cause health problems for your cats.

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    1. Dee

      Hi Colin did you get proof from your vet you could send to Kat kin ? Also did Katkin reply to this comment and enquire into this problem ? Generally interested to know … thank you

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      1. Gabs

        Dee, I had several spoiled pouches, especially the chicken (Cluck) and contacted them, they wanted me to order again. I decided to cancel all orders and avoid them, they do not care. The parcel was also delayed several times…

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  5. Lisa Williams

    Hi, I’ve just recmy first lot of katkins for 2 cats. They were already defrosted by the time I received them. Can I refreeze them now? Otherwise I’m going to have to bin them, as they only say 7 days once in the fridge. Thank you

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hey Lisa, sorry about the late reply! Yes, it’s okay to refreeze after the food has thawed, though I would want to make sure that the food was at least quite cold when it arrived; you don’t want to feed your cat spoiled food. I would check with KatKin as well to be 100% sure.

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  6. Julie Hall

    Hi, My cat Felix has been eating Katkin now for a week, I decided to try this food as was totally fed up with throwing more food away than he was eating, he just licked the gravy off.
    Katkn arrived and he just couldn’t wait to eat it, I followed the instructions by warming it in the microwave for 15 seconds, to be honest it smells really nice, I sprinkled on the sprinkles, just because it was there, but didn’t really need it.
    It is such a pleasure to see a completely clean dish now, yes it seems a little more expensive but this has no comparison to the amount I was throwing away.
    I would highly recommend Katkin

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      1. Margaret leonard

        My daughter bought this and her healthy cat passed away very suddenly and she gave me a pouch to try with our cat and it had to be put to sleep 4 days later , both cats having exact same symptoms, just seems like too much of a coincidence for me .

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        1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

          That’s extremely concerning, Margaret. I would save a sample of the food and send it to a lab if you can—at the very least, please mention what happened to your veterinarian and post about this on the company’s pages as well as this review. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, and I’m sorry about your loss.

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        2. Dee

          Hi Margeret
          Sorry for your loss of these cats it heartbreaking.
          Have you had PM done on both these cats to confirm speculations and do you have any veterinary proof ! Genuinely your feedback would be appreciated. Also, have you contacted KatKin’s and how did they reply ? Thank you

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  7. Gabs

    I am having massive issues with them lately, there seem to be spoiled batches especially with the chicken, apparently they expect you to freeze it all, the reason why I picked it for my cat was that it needs to be refrigerated, not frozen. The chicken pouches literally turned black, the company is not interested, since they are the most expensive company out there.

    I am not ordering again, for what they charge, my cat can get fresh meat from the butcher, the company doesn’t really care, the pouches were seriously disgusting but apparently still OK to eat for several month according to the best before date.

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    1. Avatar photoKate Barrington Post author

      That’s definitely concerning, Gabs! We’ll definitely take this information to heart and work on updating the review with any new information we can find.

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