Timberwolf Cat Food Review

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Formulated to exceed the minimum nutritional standards set by AAFCO, Timberwolf cat food offers a rich source of species-appropriate animal protein supplemented with the essential amino acid taurine. Timberwolf is pricey, but is it worth the cost? Find out in our in-depth Timberwolf cat food review.

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

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Timberwolf 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 – 8/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 9/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 7/10
  • Customer Experience – 9/10
  • Recall History – 9/10

Overall Score: 8.1/10

In total, we give Timberwolf food a 50 out of 60 rating or a A grade.

About Timberwolf Cat Food

Founded in 2000, Timberwolf is a small, independently owned and family-operated pet food company. Timberwolf’s products are formulated to mirror the nutrition your pet’s ancestors would receive in the wild. According to Timberwolf, this includes animal proteins, nutritional fats, and carbohydrates.

Timberwolf’s tagline is, “Pet foods the way nature intended.” They offer both dog food and cat food, but only dry food formulas.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

This brand is headquartered in Windermere, Florida. Though it was once produced by Diamond Pet Foods under the name Timberwolf Organics, it is now privately owned. I wasn’t able to determine exactly where the food is produced, but the packaging carries an American, Canadian, and UK flag. Neither was I able to find any specific information regarding the sourcing of ingredients.

Timberwolf has a very extensive FAQ page and one of the more interesting questions addresses the fact that the food is extruded and not baked. The brand claims that baked food cooked at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or more results in the starches being converted into dextrins.

By contrast, Timberwolf uses a low-temperature extrusion process that cooks the food between 200 and 225 degrees for 15 minutes or less. This process gelatinizes the starches quickly and, according to Timberwolf, retains more nutrients.

Recall History

Founded in 1999, Timberwolf has a long history of producing high-quality pet foods. They’ve never had a product recalled by the FDA, but they did voluntarily recall two dog food recipes in 2008. The recall was triggered by reports of sick dogs, though no definitive cause for the problem was determined. No cat food products have ever been recalled.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Timberwolf Offer?

Timberwolf only offers dry cat food, and their selection is limited to three recipes. All three are rich in protein primarily from animal sources.

What Do Customers Think Of Timberwolf Cat Food?

Despite being on the market for over two decades, Timberwolf doesn’t have a strong online presence in terms of customer reviews. There are no reviews for the two products available on Amazon and only two reviews posted on the Timberwolf website.

In both reviews on the Timberwolf website, customers gave the recipe 5 stars. One customer commented that the recipe was a hit with her picky eater and the other found that the formula helped her underweight cat gain weight and improved the condition of her coat.

Though I couldn’t find any negative reviews of Timberwolf cat foods, potential complaints would likely be related to the price of several recipes and the lack of variety in their product lineup.

Here are the two customer reviews you’ll find on the Timberwolf website:

Positive Reviews

The best cat food on the market

“Over the years we have tried many different brands of dry cat foods trying to find the one best suited for our cats. One of which used to be feral and was used to a wild diet. We have struggled to maintain weight on her as the other foods would make her stomach upset. Since she has been on Serengeti Platinum she has gained a healthy weight, hasn’t had any stomach issues, has had an increase in energy and has a beautiful shiny coat. This food even smells great, the freshness and the herbs come through the aroma.” – by Modern Gypsy Farms reviewing Timberwolf Legends Serengeti Dry Food on March 4, 2017

Thank you

“I’ve spent hours researching cat foods (do I love my cat?). I am always hesitant to switch to something else because cats are so finicky, but I decided to go hell for leather and purchased your Serengeti about 6 months ago, well needless to say since I am writing this review, it went well – no better than well. My cat loves it and she seems to be really blooming. I had no problems with her litter box which is also a big plus.” – by Minnie Mouse reviewing Timberwolf Legends Serengeti Dry Food on February 28, 2017

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

To test Timberwolf cat food, I ordered all three of their dry food formulas. The food arrived in a plain cardboard box with no excess packaging material.

The food packages were very sturdy, and I appreciated the resealable closure. My cats like to chew on cat food bags, but these held up pretty well against their sharp teeth. The aroma of the food was fairly strong (which is probably why they tried to get into it on their own), but certainly not unpleasant.

The kibbles were very small and round. My cats really seemed to enjoy the Ocean Blue fish formula. Testing the other two recipes was a little trickier because one of my cats is allergic to chicken, but the food was well received all-around.

Timberwolf Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Ounce Our Grade
Timberwolf Legends Ocean Blue Feline Formula Cat Food Dry Salmon 4,418 kcal/kg $0.57 B
Timberwolf Legends Serengeti Feline Formula Cat Food Dry Chicken 4,455 kcal/kg $0.21 B
Timberwolf Legends Wild & Natural Feline Formula Cat Food Dry Chicken 4,480 kcal/kg $0.31 B

#1 Timberwolf Legends Ocean Blue Feline Formula Cat Food

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Formulated with fresh salmon and several fish meals, this dry food formula is packed with species-appropriate animal protein. In fact, with a crude protein content of 50% as fed, it’s much higher in protein than the average dry cat food.

This recipe does, however, contain pea protein, a concentrated source of plant protein. It’s difficult to tell exactly how much it contributes to the overall protein content, but it could be significant given its fourth-place position on the ingredients list.

The primary source of added fat in this recipe is plant-based as well and there are a number of starchy ingredients like dried peas and dried potatoes.

Overall, this is a high-protein, fairly low-fat, grain-free formula made without any artificial additives. It may contain more fiber than the average cat needs, and it doesn’t provide the moisture your cat needs for hydration.

Ingredients

Salmon, Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Pea Protein, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Meal, Egg Albumin, Tapioca Starch, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Taurine, L-Tryptophan, Inulin, Dried Spinach, Dried Apples, Dried Blueberries, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Pumpkin, Minerals (Zinc Methionine Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 50%
Crude Fat: 16%
Crude Fiber: 4%
Moisture: 10%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 55.56%
Fat: 17.78%
Fiber: 4.44%
Carbs: 22.22%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 45.93%
Fat: 35.7%
Carbs: 18.37%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Salmon

Salmon Meal

Herring Meal

Fish Meal

Pea Protein

Canola Oil

Tapioca Starch

Dried Peas

Dried Potatoes

Fish

Pros

  • Animal-based protein as the top three ingredients
  • Greatly exceeds AAFCO minimum requirements for protein
  • Completely free from by-products and artificial additives
  • Balanced omega-6 and omega-6 content

Cons

  • Contains plant protein concentrate
  • Contains several starchy plant ingredients
  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs

#2 Timberwolf Legends Serengeti Feline Formula Cat Food

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Obligate carnivores like your cat need a diet made from primarily animal ingredients. While this formula contains five sources of animal protein, it also contains beans and legumes like chickpeas and lentils. These ingredients are packed with carbs and can be hard for your cat to digest.

Chicken fat and salmon oil are the only sources of added fat, both of which are rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids.

Like the previous formula, this recipe contains a significant number of plant ingredients, though it doesn’t contain any plant protein concentrates. The fiber content is a little lower as well, but so is the overall protein content.

This is Timberwolf’s most affordable recipe, and it comes in the largest bag. Overall, it’s nutritious dry food with moderate protein and fat content but low moisture content.

Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Chicken, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat, Herring Meal, Whitefish Meal, Peas, Dried Beets, Lentils, Dried Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Herbal Blend: (Cinnamon, Rosemary, Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Fennel Seed, Basil, Fenugreek, Ground Ginger, Peppermint, Thyme), Kelp, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Vegetable Blend: (Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Tomatoes), Flaxseed, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dehydrated Alfalfa, Natural Flavors, Vitamin Mix: (B5, B12, E, B2, B1, B6, Folic Acid, A, Niacin, Biotin, D3), Chelated Mineral Mix: ({Proteinates} (Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Cobalt), Dried Eggs, Dried Whey, Dried Cranberry, Dried Blueberry, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Prebiotics: (Inulin, Fructoligosaccarides, Mananoligosaccarides), Methionine, Carrots, Taurine, Lecithin, L-Carntitine, Rosemary Extract, Probiotics: (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtillis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Enterococcus Faecium, Bifidobacterium Psoudolongum), Yucca Schidigera.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 36%
Crude Fat: 18%
Crude Fiber: 2.5%
Moisture: 9%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 39.56%
Fat: 19.78%
Fiber: 2.75%
Carbs: 37.91%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 31.52%
Fat: 38.27%
Carbs: 30.21%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Chicken Meal

Chicken

Chicken Fat

Herring Meal

Whitefish Meal

Dried Chicken Liver

Salmon Oil

Peas

Lentils

Chicken

Fish

Pros

  • Five sources of animal-based protein
  • Nutrient-rich chicken fat as the primary added fat
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids from fish and salmon oil
  • Supplemented with probiotics for digestive support

Cons

  • Contains several starchy plant ingredients
  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs

#3 Timberwolf Legends Wild & Natural Feline Formula Cat Food

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Similar in the nutritional makeup of the first formula, this dry food recipe is packed with protein from numerous animal sources. It does contain pea protein as the fourth ingredient, however, and lists a significant number of other plant ingredients.

Chicken fat provides a nutrient-rich source of animal-based fat, but this recipe doesn’t contain the salmon oil found in other recipes. It does contain fish meal, but the omega-3 fatty acid content of the formula is still fairly low.

Like the other dry food recipes, this cat food is nutritionally complete for all life stages. It’s free from low-value grain fillers like corn, wheat, and soy as well as artificial additives.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Meal, Egg Albumin, Tapioca Starch, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Inulin, Taurine, L-Tryptophan, Dried Spinach, Dried Apples, Dried Blueberries, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Pumpkin, Minerals (Zinc Methionine Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Citric Acid (Preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 50%
Crude Fat: 16%
Crude Fiber: 4%
Moisture: 10%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 55.56%
Fat: 17.78%
Fiber: 4.44%
Carbs: 22.22%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 45.93%
Fat: 35.7%
Carbs: 18.37%
Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Chicken

Chicken Meal

Turkey Meal

Chicken Fat

Fish Oil

 

Pea Protein

Tapioca Starch

Dried Peas

Dried Potatoes

Chicken

Pros

  • Top three ingredients are high-quality animal proteins
  • Chicken fat and fish oil as animal-based fat sources
  • Exceeds AAFCO minimum requirements for protein
  • Free from by-products and artificial additives

Cons

  • Made with several starchy plant ingredients
  • Contains plant protein concentrate
  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs

How Much Does Timberwolf Food Cost?

Priced between $0.21 and $0.57 per ounce, Timberwolf cat food can be fairly expensive. This puts Timberwolf in the same price bracket as other premium brands like Nature’s Variety Instinct and Organix (Castor & Pollux). The cheapest recipe, Serengeti, is lower in protein than the other two which likely affects the cost, but it doesn’t contain the pea protein found in the other two recipes.

For a 10-pound cat, the recommended daily serving is about ¾ cup. The daily cost to feed your cat Timberwolf cat food ranges from about $0.32 to $0.90, depending which recipe you choose. Though certainly not as cheap as Meow Mix, it’s more economically priced than Ziwi Peak and The Honest Kitchen.

Overall, Is Timberwolf Food A Good Choice?

Pet owners who prefer the convenience of dry food over canned food may find Timberwolf to be a good option. With three recipes to choose from, you can find a recipe that suits your price point.

Every Timberwolf recipe lists an animal protein like fresh chicken or fish as the first ingredient. In fact, all three list animal ingredients as the top two or three ingredients. These formulas do, however, contain some plant protein and a significant number of other plant ingredients.

Another downside of Timberwolf cat food is that it doesn’t contain anywhere near the moisture content you’d find in wet food. Moisture is important for healthy digestion and my help reduce issues like hairballs. Wet food also tends to be a low carbohydrate option by comparison.

Though Timberwolf cat food isn’t perfect, it’s made with high-quality ingredients and rich in animal protein. It’s a pricier brand than Taste of the Wild or Wellness, but some of the higher protein recipes might be a good option if you prefer to feed dry food.

Where Is Timberwolf Food Sold?

The best place to buy Timberwolf cat food is directly on the brand’s website. You can find some recipes on Amazon and may be able to find it in local and independent pet retailers as well as specialty pet food stores.

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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.

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