Here are our top choices of quality canned food for maintenance in adults cats. Any of them could provide a sound basis for your cat's diet, or you could rotate brands and formulas. Several of these foods contain brown rice or other grains, though some people prefer a grain-free diet due to age and health issues. Younger cats in good health could likely eat these foods on occasion, but rotating to non-grain varieties would still be advised. Also, many of the foods have other high... carbohydrate ingredients, such as sweet potatoes or pumpkin. While there may be nutritional reasons to add these ingredients, they may not be advisable for diabetic cats.
As we all know, cats will sometimes turn up their noses today at yesterday's favorite. The bottom line is that the best food is wasted if your cat won't eat it, so don't be too focused on the numbers.
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Like the other foods chosen here, Natural Balance contains no by-products. Its top-named ingredients are chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, duck, salmon, carrots, brown rice flour and fish meal. It has a pleasant aroma, a nice paté consistency, and test cats dive into it every time it is served.
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Nature's Logic claims to have no wheat, corn, rice, soy, potato or chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or trace nutrients. Primary ingredients include duck, duck broth, poultry liver, salmon, poultry heart and dried egg product. Fruits and vegetables include apple, apricot, artichoke, blueberry, broccoli, carrot, cranberry and spinach.
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Wellness presents an enigma to cat owners who appreciate the quality of the food. Some cats love it and will dive right in, while others turn their noses up at it every time. It's on the high-end of the price range, so try a can or two before investing in a whole case.
Top ingredients include chicken, chicken liver, turkey, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
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Paul Newman's signature cat foods use Bell & Evans chicken. These chickens are fed a 100% natural all-vegetable diet with NO antibiotics. The named grains are also grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer.
First named ingredients include organic chicken, sufficient water for processing, ocean whitefish, brown rice, flaxseed, oat bran, guar gum and dried kelp. Although pricier than most other premium foods, Newman's Own is well worth rotating in your cat's diet. Several... other formulas are available.
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The food smells absolutely wonderful and is a nice, juicy paté. However, some cats love it while other spurn it - a shame, because its ingredients are excellent, and the price is very reasonable. Top named ingredients include chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, turkey, ocean fish, brown rice, carrots, cranberries, cottage cheese and peas.
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Innova EVO, made by Natura Pet Products, has to score high on any list of cat foods. The canned variety is no exception. Top ingredients include turkey, turkey broth, chicken broth, chicken meal, herring, carrots, whole eggs and salmon meal.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Cats may offer up mixed results for several varieties. Some cats that have refused all canned food previously like the Turkey and Liver Stew flavor.
Ingredients include beef broth, beef liver, chicken, sweet potatoes, egg whites, potato starch, spinach, oat fiber and carrots. Also includes rosemary, artichokes, cranberries, pumpkin, tomato, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, kale.