MAC’s Unbiased Cat Food Review

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

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Mac’s 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 – 6/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Customer Experience – 7/10
  • Recall History – 8/10

In total, we give MAC’s cat food a 46 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.

About MAC’s

Based in Bavaria, Germany, MAC’s is a canned cat food brand catered to cats with food allergies and sensitivities. All of their recipes are gluten- and grain-free, plus free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. MAC’s also states that their recipes are made from the “best pieces of heart, liver, or lung and contains no bone meal or formed meat.”

Unfortunately, that’s about all the information we were able to find on this brand. We couldn’t find a brand website for MAC’s and there are limited independent reviews on there. The most information we could find was on ZooPlus.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

MAC’s cat food is made in Germany and the company appears to be based in Bavaria, but we were unable to find any specific information about where or how the products are made. According to the information on ZooPlus, MAC’s is made with 70% meat content and free from animal and bone meal as well as formed meat.

We weren’t able to find specific information about the sourcing of MAC’s ingredients. Most of their formulas appear to feature a combination of fresh meat and organ meats as well as some animal by-products and synthetic supplements.

Recall History

Our research didn’t reveal any product recalls for MAC’s cat food.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Mac’s Offer?

MAC’s offers a limited selection of canned cat foods featuring proteins like chicken, beef, veal, turkey, salmon, and duck. Their products are sold singly and in multipacks with options packed in jelly and pate style. They also have a line of single protein recipes for cats with food allergies.

What Do Customers Think Of Mac’s Cat Food?

Not only did we have a great deal of trouble finding specific information about MAC’s and their products, but we had some difficulty locating customer reviews as well. This isn’t particularly surprising given that MAC’s is a German company.

Of the reviews we found (mostly on ZooPlus), we get the sense that customers are satisfied with the quality of the food as well as its high protein content. There are some questions about certain ingredients like bananas and cranberries as well as one comment about a strange odor, but most of the reviews we saw were positive.

Let’s take a look at a few reviews from some of the most popular recipes from MAC’s.

Positive Reviews

“A good quality food with plenty of varied meat content in each pouch and free from the ingredients and additives that most other brands market and sell. The meat content is good as it includes the meat plus heart, liver, stomach and neck, giving a wider and more natural range of the animal meat protein source. MAC’s offer a good choice as a change and variety to Thrive Complete.”- Nta16 reviewing MAC’s Cat Multipack

“My cats like this, its very difficult to get such a good meat % for a reasonable price when your feeding 10 cats, of course, my Maine coons would eat felix all the time but it does them no good, but they love this and the high meat content means I am happy to feed it, though I am a little unsure why it has chunks of bananas in it.”– ­Andrea Abbott reviewing MAC’s Cat Saver Pack

Negative Reviews

“I used to buy MAC’s with Beef and my cat loved it! But last two months the meat in the cans is gray, smelly, lots of fat in it. From best wet food, MAC’s turn in to the worst s***e ever. What happened?”– Anna Pryzwecka reviewing MAC’s Cat 6 x 200g

MAC’s Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Can Our Grade
MAC’s Beef and Chicken Hearts Canned Cat Food Wet Chicken N/A €1.94 A
MAC’s Kitten Turkey, Beef, & Duck Canned Cat Food Wet Turkey N/A €1.50 A-
MAC’s VetCare Mono Sensitive Lamb Recipe Canned Cat Food Wet Lamb N/A €1.58 A-

#1 Mac’s Beef And Chicken Hearts Canned Cat Food

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Packaged in a large 400g can, this wet food recipe features chicken and beef as the primary ingredients. In addition to fresh chicken and beef muscle meat, this recipe contains several nutrient-rich organ meats including chicken heart and stomach as well as beef liver, lung, tripe, and heart.

Aside from these meat-based ingredients, this formula only contains mineral supplements to make it nutritionally complete. You won’t find any grains, fillers, or artificial additives.

Overall, this appears to be a primarily meat-based canned food packed with animal-based protein and fats with negligible carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Meat (min. 40% Chicken, min. 30% Beef) and Animal By-Products (Chicken Heart, Chicken Stomach, Beef Liver, Beef Lung, Beef Tripe, 10% Beef Heart), Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10.8%
Crude Fat: 7%
Crude Fiber: 0.3%
Moisture: 79%
Ash: 1.9%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 51.43%
Fat: 33.33%
Fiber: 1.43%
Carbs: 4.76%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 37.5%
Fat: 59.03%
Carbs: 3.47%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Beef

Chicken

Chicken Heart

Chicken Stomach

Beef Liver

Beef Lung

Beef Tripe

Beef Heart

Beef

Chicken

Pros

  • Packed with animal-based protein
  • Rich in healthy fats and moisture
  • Free from artificial additives
  • Very low carbohydrate content

Cons

  • Limited availability outside Germany

#2 Mac’s Kitten Turkey, Beef, & Duck Canned Cat Food

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Marketed for kittens, this canned food formula features turkey, beef, and duck as the primary proteins. You’ll find a nutritious blend of fresh muscle meat as well as organ meats from turkey, beef, and duck. The only other ingredient (besides mineral supplements) is carrots.

It’s unclear what makes this recipe kitten-specific. Compared to other recipes in the same multi-pack, this formula is actually lower in fat than all but two of the recipes with similar protein content. ZooPlus doesn’t provide calorie information for these products, so we’re unable to make that comparison.

Overall, this appears to be a primarily meat-based canned food packed with animal-based protein and fats with very low carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Meat (min. 35% Turkey, min. 20% Beef, min. 15% Duck) and Animal By-Products (Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Beef Heart, Beef Tripe, Beef Liver, Duck Heart, Duck Liver), Carrots, Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10.6%
Crude Fat: 6.5%
Crude Fiber: 0.4%
Moisture: 80%
Ash: 2.4%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 53%
Fat: 32.5%
Fiber: 2%
Carbs: 0.5%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 40.02%
Fat: 59.6%
Carbs: 0.38%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Turkey

Beef

Duck

Turkey Heart

Turkey Liver

Beef Heart

Beef Tripe

Beef Liver

Duck Heart

Duck Liver

Carrots Beef

Pros

  • Rich in moisture to support hydration
  • Packed with animal-based protein
  • Free from fillers and artificial additives
  • Low carbohydrate content

Cons

  • Contains some added plant ingredients
  • Limited availability outside Germany

#3 Mac’s Vetcare Mono Sensitive Lamb Recipe Canned Cat Food

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Similar to the other formulas we’ve reviewed, this canned food is made with a mixture of protein-rich muscle meat and organ meats. The main difference is that it is a single-protein recipe with lamb as a novel source of protein. This makes this formula a great option for cats with food allergies or sensitive digestion.

Aside from the animal-based ingredients, this recipe only contains carrots and mineral supplements. The carrots are likely included as a whole-food source of key vitamins, and they don’t significantly increase the overall carbohydrate content of the formula.

Overall, this appears to be a primarily meat-based canned food packed with animal-based protein and fats with very low carbohydrate content.

Ingredients

Meat (min. 70% Lamb) and Animal By-Products (Lamb Tripe, Lamb Stomach, Lamb Heart), Carrot, Minerals, Evening Primrose Oil.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 10.2%
Crude Fat: 7.2%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 76%
Ash: 2.4%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 42.5%
Fat: 30%
Fiber: 2.08%
Carbs: 15.42%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 32.5%
Fat: 55.71%
Carbs: 11.79%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Lamb

Lamb Tripe

Lamb Stomach

Lamb Heart

Carrot None

Pros

  • Packed with protein from a single source
  • Novel protein great for food allergies/sensitivities
  • Rich in moisture for hydration
  • Free from fillers and artificial additives

Cons

  • Contains some added plant ingredients
  • Limited availability outside Germany

How Much Does MAC’s Cat Food Cost?

Pricing on MAC’s cat food may vary depending on where you live, but a 6-pack of 400g cans seems to sell for between €11 and €12. For an 18-pack of 200g cans, you’ll pay about €25.

Overall, Is Mac’s Cat Food A Good Choice?

It’s difficult to get a full impression of MAC’s cat food brand because it is a German-based company with limited information available online.

From what we can gather off the product information on ZooPlus, however, MAC’s cat food appears to offer species-appropriate nutrition for cats. Their canned foods are packed with animal protein from muscle meat and organ meats with extremely limited carbohydrate content, if any at all.

While we love the ingredients in MAC’s cat recipes, we don’t know where the ingredients are sourced or how the products are made. Take this recommendation with a grain of salt and do your own research if you live in Europe where you may have more access to information about MAC’s cat food.

Where Is Mac’s Cat Food Sold?

As a German cat food company, MAC’s seems to have limited availability in the UK but may be easier to find in other parts of Europe. ZooPlus seems to be the best place to find MAC’s cat food online.

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.

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