The 7 Best Premium Dry Foods to Buy for Cats in 2017

Delicious and nutritious options for your feline friend

Young kitten eating from blue bowl
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Providing nourishing food for your cat is key to a long, healthy life. Plus, they have to actually enjoy the food, too. Perhaps they prefer salmon over chicken, or need a grain-free diet to ensure a calm stomach. Whatever dry food you choose for your cat to nosh on, all of the types we’ve provided here are delicious and nutritious.

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    With a variety of flavors and protein sources, Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Dry Cat Food is sure to satisfy your cat’s taste buds. Each flavor has limited ingredients to ensure healthy digestion and limit upset stomachs. Plus, the first ingredients always include green peas and the main meat source—chicken, duck, salmon, or venison. All of the flavors are grain free, and provide a balanced, daily nutrition that includes omega-3 and six fatty acids for a shiny, healthy coat, with fiber and...MORE protein for easy digestion and sustained energy. Varieties include green pea and chicken, green pea and duck, green pea and salmon, green pea and venison, as well as a salmon and chickpea indoor formula, and a turkey and chickpea indoor formula. Bag sizes include 2, 4.5, 5, 8, and 10 pounds.

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    Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Natural Dry Cat food is a high-quality choice for adult cats that want a natural meal without wheat. Flavors include salmon and brown rice or chicken and brown rice. Both contain real meat as the first ingredient, and don’t contain ground corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-products, nor artificial flavors or preservatives. Your cats will get plenty of fiber and prebiotics that aid in digestion, including beet pulp and taurine, an amino acid that supports a healthy heart and...MORE healthy vision. Bag sizes include 3, 6, and 14 pounds.

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    For a grain-free food that isn’t crazy pricey, go with Purina’s Beyond Natural Grain Free Ocean Whitefish and Egg dry cat food. There is no ground corn, wheat, or soy added to this kibble, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. In fact, ocean whitefish is the first ingredient, followed by chicken meal and pea protein. Ocean whitefish provides amino acids, while chicken, pea protein and eggs provide lean protein. The entire meal also provides fiber and carbohydrates for energy, as...MORE well as a complete set of daily vitamins and minerals. Bag sizes include 3, 5, and 11 pounds.

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    Sometimes we overload our furry friends with treats. If that’s the case and your little guy or gal needs to slim down, feed them Blue Buffalo Life Protection Dry Adult Cat food in the chicken and turkey flavors, or the Chicken Weight Control Formula, which is available in seven and 15 pound bags. Both have high-protein, deboned chicken (with no by-product) as well as a plethora of whole grains and veggies, like brown rice, spinach, pomegranate, and apples, to provide antioxidants and vitamins.

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    If you are sticking with a raw diet for your feline friend, opt for Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Dry food. Varieties of this food come in chicken, duck, and rabbit. All meals include high-protein kibble mixed with raw, freeze dried meat. Plus, your cat will receive prebiotics for healthy digestion, omega-3 and six fatty acids for a smooth coat, and antioxidants for a healthy immune system. No grain, potatoes, corn, wheat or soy, and no artificial colors or preservatives. Bag...MORE sizes include 2 pounds, 4.5 pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, and 11.3 pounds.

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    In the EVO Grain Free cat and kitten food, you’ll find no grain products, but also no gluten or potato products. The rest of the ingredients are high quality, like lean turkey and chicken as well as eggs, and fruits and vegetables to pack the food full of necessary vitamins and minerals, like apples, carrots, pumpkin, and alfalfa sprouts. The bag contains 15.4 pounds of food.

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    In each of the flavor varieties of the grain-free Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Dry Cat food, your cat will get LifeSource Bits, special kibble pieces that contain specific vitamins and minerals to keep your adult cat healthy and active. Along with vitamins and minerals and high-quality pure protein, the kibble also contains sweet potatoes for complex carbs, cranberries, blueberries, and carrots that contain antioxidants to support the immune system, and other essentials that aid in...MORE healthy muscles, hair, heart, eyes, and digestion. Flavors include chicken, duck, and salmon. Bag sizes include 2, 2.5, 5, 6, 11, and 12 pound bags.

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