I have researched cat food for quite a while now. Cats are carnivores, meaning that their bodies are not designed to process grains, etc. They also have a tendency not to drink as much water as they should (since, in nature, they get much of their fluids from food). Raw meat is ideal for cats (see recipes online), but my cat has IBS and is also finicky. She just loves the shredded Wellness brand (chicken, and chicken & beef). It's grain free, and contains needed liquid ("gravy") to keep her kidneys functioning properly. Our vet was pleased that we had researched proper cat nutrition, and she approves of the Wellness brand, along with a few other grain-free brands. It is more expensive than, say, Friskies, but it is MUCH healthier. The comparison would be feeding your child a healthy diet vs. feeding your child potato chips every day. This is a very nice cat food.
I recently ordered 2 cases of this cat food. It arrived damaged.In both cases 6 or 8 cans had expolded and most of the other cans were dented. I returned both cases to my local Petco. I did recieve a refund for an even exchange.My cat loves this food and the reason I orderedit was because my local store does not carry enough on the shelf. I need to go to the store weekly and I thought ordering 2 cases online would be better for me. However it was a huge inconvience for me and will not be ordering online again.
I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Tiki Cat's shredded chicken, and this is an OK substitute. I use Wellness cubed chicken food intermittently to make feeding our cats less expensive, and they liked this Wellness type too (after some hesitation by one of the cats).
But it's a smaller portion, so I end up giving our two cats 1.5 cans (the 5.3oz size) to share each time instead of 1 can. The other Wellness cat food is 5.5 oz, and Tiki Cat is 6oz, so 5.3oz is just not enough.
The food seems to be high quality, made up of shredded meats. But a lot of the volume is this "jelly" that the meat is mixed with, so it seems that you don't get that much meat for your money. That also probably contributed to why out cats were still hungry after sharing just 1 can, besides the smaller can volume. If your cats eat less or need portion control, maybe this is would be OK.
Although our cats like it, I may go back to the Wellness cubed chicken canned food instead because of the larger serving size and since those cans are mostly filled with cubed meat (not jelly).
All three of our cats devoured this food within minutes. Great choice for grain-free, plus no fish base, which is very helpful for our dsh with recurring urinary issues. A bit pricey, but worth it for us since there's no waste! Highly recommend.
The newly discovered Signature Selects series is a huge hit. (Thank God for not having to go through the trouble of returning those boxes.) Chicken & Beef gets the bowl empty very quickly. Finally a good stew that's grain free, healthy and does not have a fishy base (i.e. is not based on tuna plus other fishes or seafood)! This allows our picky eater to enjoy a balanced diet with both delicious meat stews and fish/seafood in alternation. The cat also liked chicken&turkey, but the favorite is chicken&beef, paws down. She likes Wellness patés as well, but the stews have more sauce and, apparently, are much more fun to eat.
I try to get a variety of canned foods into my cat's diet. However, his sensitive stomach and allergies to seafood make it a bit of an obstacle at times. I try to buy mostly cans with the simplest ingredients. Wasn't thrilled to see 'dried egg product' in this, not sure why that's a necessary ingredient. Anyway, my cat is really not finicky, I thought he would love this- he loves shredded or flaked canned with lots of sauce/gravy, which this has. This confirms that my kitty just does not like Wellness brand! I've tried other varieties on him, he wants nothing to do with it. This one, he gave it a sniff and walked away, never came back. Some others he ate begrudgingly (I swear) and only bits. I know Wellness to be a higher-quality brand with many options, so that kind of stinks. This is the only brand he does not like, so, if you ask him, I'm sure he'd give this one paw.
I was feeding my kitty chunky canned food that contained grains and gluten. He was throwing up all the time, (I tried the vet and they don't know), so I tried many other brands that did not contain gluten or grains just to test it out and this food was the only food that he could eat that is most like his favorite (plain chicken), and he will eat this as leftovers which he will not do with any other cat food. Plus, the best part is he stopped throwing up!