Review: The Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats

Real Chicken or Lots of By-Products?

Goodlife Recipe Food
GOODLIFE Adult Dry Cat Food. Amazon.com

Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats is a relatively new dry food intended for your pets available at big box stores like WalMart and Costco. The bag highlights its ingredients, noting that it contains real chicken, brown rice and garden greens, with no artificial flavors or preservatives. They promise that there are no fillers to bulk up the food. 

At most stores, Goodlife Recipe Food is a budget-friendly option for most owners.

While premium cat foods and wet foods are typically recommended, it's important to have a range of options available at different price points so that all consumers can afford good food for their pets. 

Taking a Closer Look at Ingredients

The back of The Goodlife Recipe bag identifies six key ingredient groups, which makes Goodlife "naturally balanced" within its food group pyramid. Those groups, reading from the top of the pyramid down, are:

  • Natural nutrient-rich vegetables
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Real natural chicken
  • Healthy oils
  • Natural whole grains
  • Antioxidants

Note, however, that the protein content falls toward the middle of the pyramid; this in a product for obligate carnivores, while the base of the triangle  of starch.

Furthermore, there are a number of other ingredients in addition to the six that are highlighted prominently, including ground corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat, chicken, whole grain brown rice, natural poultry flavor, dried peas, dried beet pulp, wheat flour, rice, brewers dried yeast, salt, potassium chloride, wheat gluten, choline chloride, titanium dioxide, calcium carbonate, dried spinach, dried tomatoes, dried carrots, skim milk powder and a long list of vitamins and minerals.

Each variety or flavor may have slightly different makeups and quantities in their food, so check the full list of ingredients before purchasing. The complete list of ingredients is available on the product's website. 

Overall Considerations

Compared to premium cat foods and wet foods, in particular, Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats Ranks below them.

 The large quantity of corn, and the placement of chicken by-product meal well ahead of "chicken" simply does not qualify this food as a premium food.  If you read the glossary definition of chicken by-product meal, you'll find that intestines and chicken feet are common ingredients, and their health benefits are dubious.  

For budget-conscious shoppers, Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats may be better than other options available in this price range. But if possible, it's recommended that you spend a bit more to get a food with purer ingredients and fewer by-products and chemicals. Buying the best food you can afford can help prolong your cat's life and improve his quality of life. While premium foods are more expensive, they can help prevent other health issues that would otherwise cost you in veterinarian bills. 

In summary, while Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats has some good key ingredients, its by-products and add-ons are problematic and concerning. Owners are urged to find another alternative that works for their pet and their budget.