Tiki Cat Cat Food Review

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Tiki Cat is celebrated as one of the most radically carnivore-appropriate brands on the market, but is it a safe, nourishing choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Tiki Cat review.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Tiki Cat On What Matters

We’ve analyzed Tiki Cat and graded it according to the We’re All About Cats standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. Here’s how it rates in each of these six key areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 9/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 10/10
  • Product Variety – 8/10
  • Price – 5/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 10/10

Overall Score: 8.3/10

We give Tiki Cat a 50 out of 60 rating or an A- grade.

As part of our review process, we’ve submitted samples to an independent lab. You can see the full report here and here.

In addition to performing our own qualitative analysis of the brands reviewed here, we submitted samples for analysis at an ISO 17025 certified food testing and analysis lab.

We bought the products at full retail price, and the entire testing process was funded by All About Cats without direct input or influence from the companies involved.

Analytical testing in a food chemistry lab gives us the exact macronutrient and micronutrient content of each recipe. The tests also look at microbial content, yeast, mold, and heavy metals, helping you ensure that you’re only putting the best in your cat’s bowl.

To access the lab reports for each food reviewed here, click the “view lab report” link in the product review.

About Tiki Cat

Tiki Cat is owned by a company called Petropics. Before founding Petropics, Christine Hackett worked in research and development for Petco. While working with the retailer’s private label program, she became increasingly aware of the problems and potential in the pet food industry. In 2005, Christine and her husband, Robert, founded a pet food company of their own.

“A lot of midline premium brands, which still have a lot of grain and carbohydrates in them, lost traction to companies like mine”, Christine said in an article in The New York Times. Indeed, Tiki Cat has gained a following with its low-carbohydrate recipes, some of which are made from nothing but meat and supplements.

Since 2015, Tiki Cat has been a part of Whitebridge Pet Brands, a company formed by the merger of Cloud Star and Tiki Pet. Other brands in the Whitebridge portfolio include Dogswell, Catswell, and Buddy Biscuits.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Tiki Cat is made in Thailand and describes their manufacturing facilities as “award-winning human-grade canning plants”. These facilities meet international standards for human food production.

Tiki Cat explains that they source ingredients as close to their manufacturing plant as they can, including fish from Thai waters. Their fisheries are part of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and support conservation initiatives that help to protect marine environments. They’re certified by the International Dolphin Conservation Program, which aims to protect dolphins from tuna fishing.

Has Tiki Cat Cat Food Been Recalled?

Tiki Cat has never been recalled.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Tiki Cat Offer?

Tiki Cat focuses on wet food with a wide variety of canned and pouched recipes. They also offer a small selection of dry cat food. In total, the brand offers over 40 different flavors and textures.

Here’s a quick overview of the ten product lines Tiki Cat has to offer:

  • After Dark – A line of wet food that combines muscle meat and nutrient-rich organs.
  • Aloha Friends – A line of wet foods made with chicken or tuna and supplemented with pumpkin.
  • Born Carnivore – A limited selection of baked kibble diets that offer 44% protein on average and are made without potatoes, corn, rice, or wheat.
  • Essentials – This line includes two animal-based dry food recipes made with chicken, turkey, trout, and menhaden fish meal.
  • Grill – A line of wet foods made with fish-based proteins and garnished with shellfish like shrimp and prawns.
  • Luau – This line includes a variety of canned foods made primarily with shredded chicken and flaked fish like wild salmon and ahi tuna.
  • Velvet – A line of smooth mousses for cats who like to lap up their meals.
  • Kitten/Senior – These two lines include stage-specific recipes for kittens and seniors.
  • Special – A limited selection of mousses formulated to support specific health goals such as weight loss, healthy digestion, and skin & coat health.
  • Raw – A line of five raw food recipes made with premium animal proteins and bone broth, free from added carbohydrates.

All Tiki Cat recipes are free from animal by-products, grains, and potatoes. They’re made without artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

In addition to these complete and balanced recipes, Tiki Cat offers an assortment of treats and food toppers. Tiki Cat Broths, Complements, Special, and Velvet food toppers are rich in moisture and natural flavor. As far as treats go, Tiki Cat offers soft and chewy treats, crunchy treats, wet treat sticks, and fish fillets.

Tiki Cat – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

#1 Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consomme Review

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View Lab Report

The food has 22 calories per ounce or 134 kcal per 6-ounce can.

This Tiki Cat recipe is made with nothing but chicken, chicken broth, sunflower seed oil, and an array of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Imagine buying a can of chicken at the grocery and instead of spreading it on a cracker, sprinkling in a variety of supplements to make it nutritionally appropriate for cats. That’s Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau.

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredient list.

The recipe centers around shredded chicken mixed with chicken broth and sunflower seed oil. This neutral oil is often added to wet foods as a fat source, but it lacks the diversity of carnivore-appropriate fatty acids found in chicken fat, fish oil, and other animal fats. The splash of sunflower seed oil brings the food’s total fat content to roughly 13.8% on a dry matter basis, which is significantly lower than the estimated 46% fat in a cat’s natural prey-based diet.

The food’s carbohydrate content is even lower than its fat content. This is one of the few cat foods that’s completely carbohydrate-free. Cats don’t require carbohydrates or starch, but is a zero-carbohydrate and zero-fiber food ideal for cats? Maybe not.

While it’s on the right track and certainly better than veggie-packed products, this food may be too digestible. It appears that cats require some form of fiber—ideally indigestible animal matter—to promote a healthy gut ecosystem. Without some form of fiber, cats may become constipated or develop other digestive issues.

All told, this food is rich in animal protein with low fat and no carbohydrates, including fiber.

It’s a stellar choice for cats with diabetes or IBD and anyone who’s tired of feeding their cat unnecessary plant ingredients.

The food has 24 calories per ounce or 147 calories per 6-ounce can.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Lactate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Magnesium Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 16%
Crude Fat: 2.6%
Moisture: 80%
Ash: 1.6%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 80%
Fat: 13%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 71.7%
Fat: 28.3%

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Sunflower Seed Oil

Common Allergens: Chicken

Pros

  • Rich in animal-sourced protein
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
  • Made without carrageenan
  • No carbohydrates

Cons

  • Relies on plant-sourced fat
  • Relatively low fat content
  • May not have enough indigestible matter

#2 Tiki Cat Hawaiian Grill Ahi Tuna Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review

Tiki Cat Hawaiian Grill Ahi Tuna Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

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Tuna appears to be the primary protein source in this wet cat food.

This canned food is almost no different from the canned tuna in water or oil you might find next to the sardines in the canned food aisle.

The recipe features tuna meat as the first ingredient followed by tuna broth and sunflower oil. Finally, it’s fortified with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to make it nutritionally complete for cats.

Again, sunflower seed oil isn’t an ideal fat source—cats require the fatty acids found in animal fat. Like the chicken-based food reviewed earlier, this recipe is low in fat with roughly 10% fat on a dry matter basis. Cats thrive on a high protein diet with moderate-to-high fat content and minimal carbohydrates. While Tiki Cat excels at providing the low carbohydrate content and high protein cats need, the brand tends to skimp out on fat.

As of 2022, the guaranteed analysis for this recipe has been updated based on recent testing. Tiki Cat now lists the fiber content as 0.5%, though we’re not sure where this fiber actually comes from. The fish broth used as the primary source of moisture has replaced tuna broth. As a vaguely named ingredient, we can’t be sure what fish the broth is sourced from, but we have no reason to suspect it’s a poor-quality ingredient.

Overall, the recipe is high in protein with low fat and low carbohydrate content.

The food has 25 calories per ounce or 151 kcal per 6-ounce can.

Ingredients

Tuna, Fish Broth, Sunflower Seed Oil, Calcium Lactate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Copper Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 16%
Crude Fat: 2%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 78%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 72.73%
Fat: 9.09%
Fiber: 2.27%
Carbs: 15.91%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 65.69%
Fat: 19.94%
Carbs: 14.37%

Ingredients We Liked: Tuna

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Sunflower Seed Oil

Common Allergens: Fish

Pros

  • High protein content from animal sources
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Minimal plant ingredients
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
  • No carrageenan

Cons

  • Low fat content
  • Relies on plant-sourced fat

#3 Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Chicken & Egg Grain-Free Dry Cat Food Review

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Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.

This chicken recipe is one of Tiki Cat’s most dry cat food products. Like all Tiki Cat dry foods, it’s baked rather than extruded which helps preserve some of the nutritional integrity of the raw ingredients.

The ingredient list begins with deboned chicken, followed by chicken meal as a concentrated form of animal protein. Dehydrated chicken and dried egg provide supplemental sources of animal protein and animal-based chicken fat is the primary source of added fat.

Tapioca flour is added to help give the food structure and increases the food’s carbohydrate content. Ground whole flaxseed is added as a source of ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. It’s followed by both chickpeas and peas, legumes commonly added to grain-free cat foods.

Salmon oil is a second source of animal-based fat and provides animal-based omega-3s which are more biologically valuable to cats then plant-based omega-3s. The food is also supplemented with brewers dried yeast, an ingredient rich in B vitamins.

The ingredient list concludes with a variety of synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids added to make the food nutritionally complete. Like most dry foods, it’s fairly high in carbohydrates (27%) but certainly not as high as many on the market.

Overall, it’s high in protein with moderate fat and moderate carbohydrate content.

The food has 495 calories per cup.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Dehydrated Chicken, Dried Egg Product, Tapioca, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Whole Flaxseed, Chickpeas, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Inulin (Prebiotic), Salmon Oil, Pumpkin, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Preservative), Citric Acid, Tannic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 43%
Crude Fat: 19%
Crude Fiber: 3.5%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 10%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 47.78%
Fat: 21.11%
Fiber: 3.89%
Carbs: 16.11%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 41.49%
Fat: 44.52%
Carbs: 13.99%

Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Chicken, Dehydrated Chicken Liver, Chicken Fat, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca Flour, Ground Whole Flaxseed, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Peas

Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs

Pros

  • Made from named meats rather than vaguely-labeled meals and by-products
  • Rich in animal protein
  • Relatively low carbohydrate content
  • Highly palatable recipe
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

Cons

  • High carbohydrate content

What Do Customers Think Of Tiki Cat Food?

Tiki Cat food receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. Customers like the food’s low carbohydrate content and simple recipes. The brand is popular among cats with IBD, diabetes, and other sensitivities. The Grill and Luau lines are particularly popular, while After Dark receives mixed reviews.

In 2018, an unusual complaint started popping up in customer reviews. Several buyers report finding gray meat in their cans of Tiki Cat. The company maintains that the gray color is a normal result of cooking and doesn’t affect the food’s safety.

Reviews seem to back the company up on this—it doesn’t appear that any cats have gotten sick after eating the discolored Tiki Cat food.

Positive Reviews

“My vet is fiercely pro raw diet for cats. They should only be eating protein. They don’t have the proper enzymes to digest veggies, fruits or grains. That’s what makes their poops smelly. And dry kibble is truly not at all good for cats, none of it. So I had to stop the kibble, which was hard for Bella, but she knew it was for her health. The vet also knew that just raw was going to be too costly for my budget so she recommended three from Tiki Cat: Chicken, Chicken with Egg,and After Dark liver, gizzards, hearts. The latter has less organ meat and more broth than the two shredded chicken ones. I mix a can of After Dark with a can of either shredded chicken choice, and give Bella 3/4 raw and 1/4 mixed canned chicken. Her coat is now amazing, she lost her extra belly fat, and her poops don’t smell at all! The vet says that of the cats she sees with chronic illness, 90% of them completely recover when switched to a raw diet. I am sold! And I love the prices here at Chewy’s and that you are never penalized by trying something that doesn’t work for your pet.” –  BellaMom, reviewing Tiki Cat Koolina Luau Chicken with Egg in Chicken Consomme

“I love the Tiki Cat brand and ingredients, and my cats really enjoy Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna. I tried Tiki Cat Succulent Chicken which looked like home cooked real chicken, but neither cat would eat it. Can’t figure them out. They love Halo Wet Indoor Chicken but they won’t touch the other Halo varieties. So although I control the quality parameters, my cats really control what I buy. I will definitely continue to purchase Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna because it’s one thing we all agree on.”Marie, reviewing Tiki Cat Hawaiian Grill Ahi Tuna

Negative Reviews

“I’ve been a long-time user of Tiki Cat varieties. Within the past few months, the chicken in the chicken varieties is now GRAY! I contacted Tiki and was told that, while visually appealing, this occurs due to the cooking process. Um, never once have I ever seen gray chicken over the previous two years (the gray meat started showing up a few months ago). Basically, I got my fur baby towards the end of 2015 and this problem started showing up mid-2018. I don’t understand how the gray chicken that’s now showing up is because of the cooking process when it was NEVER that way before. I reported this to Chewy to try to get some assistance because I keep getting the same response from Tiki. I didn’t even buy it from Chewy this time because I didn’t want to buy it in a bulk case due to this gross gray chicken. Somebody has to do something to fix this. I’m sorry, but would YOU eat gray chicken? I don’t care how many times I’m told it’s “perfectly safe,” *I* personally don’t trust gray chicken. The woman at Chewy was super-nice and helpful. I really hope Tiki fixes this problem ASAP. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CANS AND REPORT THIS, TOO, IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!” msmw, reviewing Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consomme

“I have been buying this brand of cat food for over 5 years now from my local pet store. Chewy seemed more convenient and I could get the food shipped monthly so I placed an order before leaving for a two week trip so my cat sitter wouldn’t run out of food while I was gone. All three cases of this food had mold/graying meat on top. The Chewy customer service was super helpful and refunded my purchase right away. I won’t be buying online again though. :(”Alison, reviewing Tiki Cat Koolina Luau Chicken with Egg in Chicken Consomme

How Much Does Tiki Cat Cost?

Tiki Cat isn’t the cheapest brand on the market, but their dry foods are fairly affordable. The average cost for Tiki Cat wet food ranges from about $0.35 to $0.55 per ounce. For a 10-pound cat, it would cost between $2.96 and $5.00 per day to feed the recipes reviewed above.

Like most cat food companies, Tiki Cat prices their dry food lower than their wet recipes. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore dry food costs about $0.50 per day.

In terms of price and quality, Tiki Cat is on par with other premium brands like Koha and Hound & Gatos. It’s less expensive than one of our favorite brands, Ziwi Peak.

Overall, Is Tiki Cat A Good Choice?

Tiki Cat’s wet foods are some of the most protein-rich, low-carbohydrate products on the market. With some of their foods offering zero carbohydrate content, Tiki Cat foods are an excellent option for cats with diabetes or IBD. In particular, the After Dark line is an outstanding choice. It’s a line of species-appropriate food combining both muscle meat and organs for a wide spectrum of animal-sourced nutrients.

Their dry foods are—like virtually all dry foods—relatively high in carbohydrates and fail to deliver the moisture cats need, but they’re better than the average kibble, offering significantly higher meat inclusions and lower carbohydrate content.

Considering that the brand has never been recalled, Tiki Cat appears to be both nutritionally superior and trustworthy. On the negative side, Tiki Cat foods are more expensive than most. You might spend close to $5 per day to feed your cat one of the brand’s wet recipes. Multiple cat homes or those with large or active cats will spend even more.

Where To Buy Tiki Cat?

Tiki Cat is available in independent pet stores and chains. Use their store locator to find a retailer near you. Online, you can buy it from PetSmart, Petco, Chewy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers that sell cat food.

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About Mallory Crusta

Mallory is the Head of Content at All About Cats. Having produced and managed multimedia content across several pet-related domains, Mallory is dedicated to ensuring that the information on All About Cats is accurate, clear, and engaging. When she’s not reviewing pet products or editing content, Mallory enjoys skiing, hiking, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She has two cats, Wessie and Forest.