Pretty Please Cat Food Review

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

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Pretty Please Cat Food 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 – 6/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 8/10
  • Product Variety – 5/10
  • Price – 6/10
  • Customer Experience – 7/10
  • Recall History – 8/10

Overall Score: 6.7/10

In total, we give Pretty Please cat food a 40 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.

About Pretty Please Cat Food

Daniel Rotman is the founder and CEO of Pretty Litter which has been marketed as “the world’s smartest cat litter.” The company was founded in 2015 and was acquired by Mars in May of 2021.

Pretty Litter is a health monitoring cat litter that changes colors to provide insight into your cat’s health based on the pH of his urine. Pretty Please is the dry cat food manufactured and sold by Pretty Litter.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Pretty Please is a proprietary formula that, according to the brand, contains “a host of feline nutritionist-designed ingredients formulated to keep cats optimally healthy, energetic, strong, and living long.”

While Pretty Please is manufactured in the USA, the Pretty Litter website doesn’t provide much in the way of specifics about ingredient sources or manufacturing processes. One the packaging, you’ll simply find the statement, “Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.” Given the fact that Pretty Litter was acquired by Mars, Inc. in 2021, it’s safe to assume that Pretty Please is produced in one or more Mars-owned facilities in the US.

In terms of the ingredients themselves, Pretty Please contains 24 essential vitamins and minerals along with probiotics and prebiotics. There don’t appear to be any by-product meals, artificial additives, or other highly controversial ingredients.

Recall History

Pretty Litter is a fairly new company, having only been founded in 2015, and Pretty Please was only released within the last few years. The product has not been affected by any product recalls to date.

While Pretty Please has a clean recall history, the recent acquisition by Mars, Inc. is worth keeping an eye on. Mars, Inc. owns and manufactures other popular pet food brands like Whiskas, Royal Canin, Sheba, and Iams.

According to Healthy Pet Products, Mars Petcare has recalled over 1.8 million pounds of dry and wet pet foods over the last 8 years alone. We weren’t able to determine exactly where Pretty Please is manufactured, however, so we can’t say for sure whether quality and safety are likely to be an issue.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Pretty Please Offer?

The Pretty Please brand currently only includes a single recipe of cat food. Pretty Please is designed to be an add-on to a new or existing Pretty Litter subscription.

There currently is no option to order Pretty Please as a stand-alone product through the company website. Since Pretty Litter was acquired by Mars, Inc., the product has become available in Target and Walmart stores, so the same may eventually be true of Pretty Please cat food.

Pretty Please is a dry cat food formula made primarily from chicken and turkey meal. It is a grain-free formula designed for cats in all life stages.

What Do Customers Think Of Pretty Please Cat Food?

Pretty Litter is an incredibly popular product, so it’s no wonder the brand decided to expand by creating their own cat food. Popular cat litter brand Dr. Elsey’s did the same thing. Whereas Dr. Elsey’s has been in business since 1989, Pretty Litter is less than a decade old.

Not only is the Pretty Litter brand still in its infancy, but their dry cat food is even newer. I wasn’t able to find any significant number of customer reviews outside the Pretty Litter website. Though I couldn’t find many reviews for Pretty Please itself, reviews for Pretty Litter and the brand itself are abundant.

On the Better Business Bureau website, Pretty Litter has a number of complaints regarding poor customer service. Some customers complained about delayed shipments which is something I experienced with my own order. The order confirmation email included the following disclaimer: “Due to global shipping delays, it may take a little longer for your order to arrive.”

My order took about 10 days to arrive which isn’t horrible but is certainly much longer than expected, especially in comparison to major retailers like Chewy and Amazon. In regard to claims about poor customer service, I didn’t personally have any issues.

When I didn’t see an option to purchase Pretty Please as a stand-alone product I used the chat function on the website and was able to speak to a representative quite quickly. It’s certainly a little annoying that you have to first order Pretty Litter in order to be able to buy the food, but once your subscription is started you can remove Pretty Litter and keep buying the food if you want.

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

My order from Pretty Litter took 10 days to arrive and came in a standard cardboard box with no extraneous packaging. Pretty Please is sold in 5-pound bags and comes in a resealable bag.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag of Pretty Please is that it had a strong (not unpleasant) aroma. In fact, I had the bag sitting on my desk and my dog, Archie, wouldn’t stop staring and whining at it for a good 10 minutes. He clearly thought it smelled tasty.

My cats were immediately interested in the food and were perfectly happy to chow down as soon as the bowl hit the floor. I did notice that the kibbles are much smaller than average. It certainly wasn’t a problem for my cats and may even be a benefit for kittens or older cats.

Pretty Please Cat Food Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Ounce Our Grade
Pretty Please Ultra-Premium Cat Food Dry Chicken 447 kcal/cup $0.31 B-

Pretty Please Ultra-Premium Dry Cat Food

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The Pretty Please brand currently only offers one recipe of cat food and it is this grain-free, chicken-based dry food formula. This formula starts off strong with three high-quality sources of animal-based protein as the top three ingredients: chicken, chicken meal, and turkey meal.

The next three ingredients are plant-based and, unfortunately, very starchy. Grain-free foods often include beans and legumes in their formulas and Pretty Please is no different. I generally prefer to avoid peas and beans in cat food, aside from the fact that plant ingredients aren’t species-appropriate.

While the overall carbohydrate content of this formula is higher than I’d like, it’s certainly not as high as many dry cat foods like Meow Mix or even Blue Buffalo.

Generally speaking, there’s nothing special about this recipe. It is pretty high in protein and contains pre- and probiotic supplements to support healthy digestion, but it still contains too many plant ingredients for my liking. As a dry food, it’s also important to remember that this recipe doesn’t contain the moisture your cat needs for optimal hydration.

The benefit of this product is its convenience. Being able to order both your cat litter and your cat food from the same company is nice, and you can adjust your subscription based on the number of cats in your household. It seems to be fairly easy to make changes in your customer account online.

Overall, Pretty Please is a high-protein dry cat food with moderate fat and carbohydrate levels.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Dried Peas, Dried Chickpeas, Tapioca Starch, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Fish Meal, Salt, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharide, Dried Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Methionine Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Monoitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 40%
Crude Fat: 16%
Crude Fiber: 4%
Moisture: 12%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 45.45%
Fat: 18.18%
Fiber: 4.55%
Carbs: 31.82%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 37.43%
Fat: 36.36%
Carbs: 26.2%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Chicken

Chicken Meal

Turkey Meal

Chicken Fat

 

Dried Peas

Dried Chickpeas

Tapioca Starch

Tomato Pomace

Flaxseed

Chicken

Fish

Pros

  • Three sources of high-quality animal protein
  • Nutrient-rich chicken fat as the primary added fat
  • Free from corn, wheat, soy, and artificial additives
  • Small kibble size ideal for kittens and smaller cats

Cons

  • Doesn’t provide the moisture your cat needs
  • Significant carbohydrate content

How Much Does Pretty Please Cat Food Cost?

You can only purchase Pretty Please cat food as an add-on to a new or existing Pretty Litter subscription. When you start a new Pretty Litter subscription, you can get a bag of Pretty Please for $14.99. After your first delivery, however, the regular price is $25 per bag.

Pretty Please recommends feeding an 8-pound cat about ½ cup of food per day. At the regular cost of $25 per bag, that averages to a daily feeding cost around $1.25 per day.

Overall, Is Pretty Please Cat Food A Good Choice?

Pretty Please appears to be an above-average dry cat food in terms of ingredient quality and carbohydrate content, but it isn’t outstanding.

This recipe is rich in animal protein from high-quality sources like chicken and turkey meal, but it also contains several unnecessary plant ingredients including starchy peas and tapioca. The total carbohydrate content is lower than average for a dry food, but it may not be low enough to justify the cost. At $25 a bag, Pretty Please won’t break the bank but it’s significantly more expensive than similarly-rated  brands like WholeHearted or Health Extension.

The best reason to buy Pretty Please is if you’re already a Pretty Litter customer and you want to simplify your life. It’s convenient to be able to purchase your cat litter and cat food from the same company, and Pretty Litter is a high-quality product we recommend anyway.

As a standalone product, Pretty Please isn’t our top choice for cat food, especially considering the lack of information about ingredient sourcing and manufacturing. Based on the information available, however, we didn’t see any major red flags and the ingredients list seems fairly well balanced.

Where Is Pretty Please Cat Food Sold?

Pretty Please cat food is currently only sold through the Pretty Litter website. You’ll need to start a new Pretty Litter subscription to buy it or add Pretty Please to an existing subscription. You cannot purchase Pretty Please on its own unless you have an existing subscription.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Pretty Please Cat Food Review

  1. Rina

    My cat is very picky, but he really loves PrettyPlease. It is a bit expensive, but worth it. His litter box rarely smells. I also noticed he is not constantly draining his water bowl. On his old food, he was constantly always out of water, worried me. I was told to switch food and since I already use their litter I got a sample, and OMG he was sooooo happy. Wags his tail and talks (Siamese) when he hears the bag LOL. This a keeper!!!!!

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  2. Avatar photoKate Barrington

    Unfortunately, Pretty Litter won’t let you order the food only unless you already have an account. You’ll need to order the litter once and tack on the food. After that first order, however, you can remove the litter and buy food only.

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  3. Madine Chaney

    My cats love this over others. I love the fact their poops are all constant
    in size and odorless…a win win.

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    1. Avatar photoKate Barrington Post author

      Hi William! You can make adjustments to your subscription by logging into your Pretty Litter account. Hope this helps!

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  4. William Miller

    Why should I have to do this when I didn’t order the pretty cat food in the first place . Y’all took upon to send me the food, all I wanted was the cat litter.

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  5. Avatar photoKate

    Sorry William, we are an independent informative site. We have no affiliation with Pretty Litter, we just do reviews. You’ll need to interact with the company directly.

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  6. Debrann Lastra

    What is your recommendation for the best dry cat food on the market? Also… best wet food?
    I give wet food for breakfast & dinner with dry for afternoon and night grazing.

    Thank you for your time.
    DA

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