Top 6 Weight Control Dry Foods for Cats

As cats become more sedentary (between 6 and 8 years), they tend to gain weight if continued on their normal diet. Excess weight can be contributory to a number of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Here are my top choices for dry "lite" foods for cats based on quality of ingredients, guaranteed analysis, and my test cats' reactions to the listed foods. Please be advised that many of these formulas contain rice, which is an allergen to some cats. You are...MORE advised to always read the ingredients and check with your veterinarian for approval of any special ingredient cat food.

In addition, cats on a primary diet of dry food should always be given a ready supply of fresh, cool water. I recommend the use of automated water fountains, such as the Drinkwell Platinum. I have used the Drinkwell for several years, after trying several other brands and models, and finally settled on the Drinkwell Platinum.The Drinkwell Platinum fountain has a capacity of 186 ounces, is made of BPA-Free plastic design, which is top-shelf dishwasher safe.  It is also available at Amazon

  • 01 of 06
    Innova Low Fat Dry Cat Food
    Innova low-fat dry cat food. PriceGrabber

    For my cats, Innova has been at the top of the line in commercial cat food and the low-fat formula is no exception. However, since Natura Foods announced the retirement of the owners and sale to Proctor & Gamble, ie, Iams, I will be carefully monitoring the ingredients, once the "honeymoon" period is over.

    Top named ingredients include Turkey, Chicken, Barley, Brown Rice, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Herring, Rice, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavors, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with mixed...MORE Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Apples. More nutritional information may be found on the manufacturer's website.

  • 02 of 06
    Photo of Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Cat Food
    Natural Balance reduced-calorie cat food. Amazon.com

    My cats love all the Natural Balance formulas, including the reduced calorie version. Please observe that this formula is not grain-free. Some cats are allergic to rice.

    Top Listed Ingredients: brown rice, chicken meal, chicken, oat groats, lamb meal, oatmeal, potatoes, and duck. Guaranteed analysis includes protein at 30.5% dry matter and fat at 10%.

    More Nutritional Information:

    Feeding Guidelines:
    3,215 kilocalories/kg (385 kilocalories/cup)

  • 03 of 06
    Wellness Lite Dry Cat Food
    Wellness Lite dry cat food. PriceGrabber

    Top ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Rice, Ground Barley, Ground Rice, Whitefish Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Chicken liver, Oat Fiber, Cranberries, Olive Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Cranberry Extract Powder, Cranberry Fiber, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins

    Manufacturer's Feeding Guidelines
    Guaranteed Analysis
    Provides 3490 kcal/kg

  • 04 of 06
    Photo of Chicken Soup for the Soul Weight / Mature Cat
    Chicken Soup for the Soul Weight / Mature Cat. Amazon.com

    Contains Ingredients
    Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, turkey meal, white rice, powdered cellulose, peas, potatoes, potato protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, ocean fish meal, flaxseed, turkey, duck, salmon, sodium bisulfate, egg product, potassium chloride, DL-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, dried chicory root, L-Carnitine, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca...MORE schidigera extract,  "Chicken Soup" hit the ground running when it was first introduced.

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  • 05 of 06
    Royal Canin Vet Diet Calorie Controlled
    Royal Canin Vet Diet Calorie Controlled. PriceGrabber

    Nutritional Info:

    •High protein to preserve lean muscle in cats

    • Balanced nutrients to make sure your cat's system gets all the nutrients it needs even with reduced food
    • Lowered fat and carbohydrates to encourage fat burning in your pet
    • Boosted L-carnitine to increase your pet's metabolism
    • Increased antioxidants to slow aging and boost your cat's immune system
  • 06 of 06
    Photo of Nutro Natural Choice Weight Loss Dry
    Nutro Natural Choice Weight Loss Dry. Amazon.com

    My cats have been fans of Nutro from day 1, although we have practiced formula rotation since our oldest guys were kittens. 

    Ingredients
    Chicken, Pea Protein, Brewers Rice, Chicken Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Split Peas, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Oat Fiber, Potato Protein, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Rice Bran, Salmon Meal, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate,...MORE L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Proteinate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement

    Package instructions are also given for both weight loss and maintenance, based on age and weight of the cats