Weruva Cat Food Review

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If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m passionate about species-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet. Cats shouldn’t eat dry food; even the grain-free dry varieties are too high in carbohydrates.

You can find many of the articles I’ve written about this topic in the Feline Nutrition section right here on this site. I also provide one-on-one consultations if you need help with transitioning your cat to a healthier diet.

What I look for in a food I feed and recommend

  • Protein is listed as the first ingredient on the label, and the meat/poultry used is fit for human consumption. If the meat is organic, that’s even better.
  • The food is grain-free (no rice, barley, or any other grains. Even though these are considered healthy in human nutrition, cats’ digestive tracts are not designed to digest the unnecessary carbs).
  • The food does not contain by-products, corn, soy, or any other fillers.

I am often asked what brands I recommend, and you can find a small list of recommended brands in my post The Best Food For Your Cat: My Recommendations. The brands listed are foods I have thoroughly researched, and feed to Allegra and Ruby. One of the brands I recommend and like is Weruva.

Weruva recently sent us a very generous sampling of some of their products. Since I rarely accept food for review, the girls were super excited when I opened the box!

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Why I like Weruva

The first thing I like about Weruva is that they don’t even make any dry food. I also like that you can actually recognize the ingredients in their canned formulas. I had asked for chicken and turkey flavors only – I limit fish to only an occasional special treat. Their chicken dinners look like the chicken fricassee my mother used to make!

According to the company, all of their formulas are produced in a human food facility using many of the ingredients and processes that are used in products made for people. Their  base proteins of chicken, beef and fish include only top quality muscle  meat, such as white breast chicken, whole tuna loins and select cuts of beef.

But as with any cat food, the true test is whether your cats will eat it. “Eating” may not be the right word to use in this context: Allegra and Ruby practically hoover up their Weruva meals. I alternate raw food with canned food, and of all the canned food I feed, Weruva is the paws down favorite, with Fowl Ball being a particular favorite at our house.

We got to test the new Cats in the Kitchen Pouches and Canned formulas, and they were all a big hit. I love that they have no vegetables at all in them, it’s all meat. Some of Weruva’s Cat Cuisine formulas do contain small amounts of vegetables and my girls usually just eat around them. These formulas are also slightly higher in carbs, so I prefer to use the all meat ones (and the girls are not complaining!).

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We also received a can of their new freeze dried chicken treats, which proved to be a big hit as well.

Weruva addresses a few concerns I have about the diets

There are a few things I don’t like about Weruva, and I discussed my concerns with David Forman, one of the company’s owners.

Their diets are made in Thailand.

I generally prefer foods that are manufactured in the US. David Forman explained: “Our foods are produced in a facility in Thailand that also makes food for people around the world, including the US and the strict EU and Japan. Similar to our USDA, there is a branch in Thailand called the Department of Livestock Development (DLD). The chickens we source in Thailand are part of an Animal Welfare Standard that sets forth ethical treatment guidelines that helps protect livestock and cattle at the farm, during transport and at the time of processing. Thailand is the 3rd or 4th largest poultry producer in the world for human consumption with much of it exported…so there is heavy regulation by the Thai government to ensure the ethical treatment of animals as well as high processing standards. The diets of the chickens is non-GMO.”

The taurine, and a few of the minerals, are sourced in China.

I generally don’t recommend diets with any ingredients sourced in China, but I wanted to understand why Weruva made this choice, given how much I like everything else about their diets. David Forman: “Indeed, country of origin has become a very important issue. What we have always maintained is that it is less about the country of origin and more about the quality control from a particular company and what proactive steps a company takes when they learn there is an issue. Many people are focused on “US only” production and feel it is the safest, but the reality about that is that the US has experienced and continues to experience higher rates of recall than most countries, including those in China.” Given the recent slew of pet food recalls, most of them for dry food, this point is well taken.

David continued to explain: “As it pertains to taurine, it does come from China. The last statistic I heard was that 98% of the world’s supply of taurine comes from China. I believe Japan produces the next highest amount, but when looking into sourcing from there, as supply is extremely limited in comparison to demand, new customers more or less get on a waiting list as the existing customers get priority. As to the other minerals from China, we have had no reason to doubt the quality of the ingredients or the availability thereof. While we do understand the concerns about China, suffice to say, sometimes unpopular decisions are still healthy ones.”

The diets are lower in calories than many other canned diets.

This isn’t so much a concern, as it is something I want you to be aware of – you may have to feed larger amounts to make up for the lower calories, as compared to other brands. However, chances are, your kitties won’t be complaining about that!

For more information about Weruva and their products, please visit Weruva.com.

I received free products from Weruva. Receiving the complimentary products did not influence my review.

204 Comments on Weruva Cat Food Review

  1. Sara
    June 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm (1 month ago)

    I currently feed my two 3yr old cats Wellness dry food in the morning and then they split a can of Weruva Cats in the Kitchen in the evening. One of my cats has been doing a lot of “scooting” on her bottom on the floor. We had her anal glands cleaned, but she’s still doing the scooting. The vet recommended increasing her fiber intake by trying some Royal Canin GI Fiber Response (dry food) in her diet. This did significantly decrease the scooting, but I don’t really like the ingredients and I’m wanting to start moving away from dry food. Do you have any wet food suggestions that might help decrease the scooting (or other ideas)? Also, what are your thoughts on the “Lamb Burgini” and “The Double Dip” (chicken and beef) versions of Weruva Cats in the Kitchen?

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    • Ingrid
      June 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm (1 month ago)

      I don’t blame you for not liking the ingredients in the Royal Canin diet. I would try adding some canned pumpkin to your cats’ meals (some cats even like it straight up). I also recommend adding a good probiotic to every meal. I haven’t taken a close look at the two formulas you asked about, but they sound okay to me. I prefer to avoid fish and it sounds like they don’t contain any, based on your description.

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  2. Patti
    June 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm (1 month ago)

    Please…I need help! I have a 4 month old bengal kitten and I am told she needs a food high in protein. Weruva only has about 10%. Natural Balance Wild Pursuit dry food (that I wanted to put her on) has 40%. I don’t understand and I don’t know what to do. Please guide me. Thanks.

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    • Joyce
      June 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm (1 month ago)

      Here’s what Weruva says on their can of Paw Lickin’ Chicken 64.7% protein 32.1% fat 3.3% carbs 103 cal in their 5.5oz and 56 cal in 3.3oz. Where did you get 10% from? Here is the link for that page:: http://www.weruva.com/weruva-cat-cuisine-nutrition.php. I agree, I don’t think dry is an option and if your baby is young. I would rather not get her used to something you’ll most likely have to wean her off later. Keep checking out this site. Concious Cat has saved me more times than I can count. Ingrid is patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable. You can trust her!! Best Wishes to you and your girl.

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      • Joyce
        June 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm (1 month ago)

        Forgive that typo please, typing fast. Conscious Cat!!

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      • Ingrid
        June 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm (1 month ago)

        The 64.7% is on a dry matter basis, Patti probably looked at “as fed.” It looks like Paw Lickin’ Chicken is 12% protein, and the other poultry flavors are all around 10% as fed.

        And thank you for your kind words, Joyce!

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  3. Gokmen
    April 29, 2015 at 1:02 am (3 months ago)

    Weruva is an incredibly high quality canned food. I switched to Weruva chicken for some time from Welness canned food (before that i used to feed her dry food wellness), i swithed to Weruva because i really liked the quality of Weruva, however after about 3 months, my cat does not seem to like it as much as she used to before. She will leave half of the food on the plate…

    I’ve started to get her Tiki Cat seafood. She is crazy about Tiki cat, like she used to be about Weruva at the beginning…

    My question is, i thought cats were a creature of habit…i feel like my cat just gets bored or the same food…

    any thoughts?

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  4. Merin
    April 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi,

    I am a mother to a one-year old cat, Angelo, and I want him to feed him the best possible diet out there. Right now I feed him grain-free dry food (free-feeding during night time) and Meow Mix wet food. I noticed Meow Mix has several negative ingredients you listed above, however I don’t know what to feed my baby as he was having a bit of loose stool and has started peeing on my bed (not something he usually does, and he still pees in his litter too). I did feed him raw food for one week – a long time ago – with ground chicken mixed with a bit of yogurt to help with bacteria and squash for fiber. Please suggest good healthy, preferably raw, food for affordable prices!

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  5. Max
    March 2, 2015 at 11:09 am (5 months ago)

    Thanks for the feedback. We don’t actually have any kitten-specific food any more so they are basically on adult or all life stages food. All we can do is watch her and see what happens. Since we are out during the day we don’t get to monitor what each kitten eats but when we are at home we can make a diligent effort to keep tabs. If it turns out that she is eating twice as much as our boy then we will need to attempt to feed them separately.

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  6. Max
    February 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm (5 months ago)

    I picked up some Weruva a few weeks ago because I was looking for foods without carrageenan. Weruva is what was suggested to me. Our two kittens like this food but when I looked over the ingredients I noted guar gum and xantham gum, two ingredients which are listed up there with carrageenan as no-nos. What do you think about that? I didn’t see that in your conversation with David. I don’t personally have any bad experience with any of these ingredients but we’re doing what we can to feed our kittens the best we can. We do have raw food but have put that on hold as our female has had some dietary issues (diarrhea, food poisoning!) so we removed that from their diet as a precaution. That was a shame since they both loved the raw food. No idea if that was the cause but the breeder suggested it might have been (she recommends high quality kibble but we use dry food as a free-feeding source).

    We will continue with Weruva Truluxe and probably add other Weruva products as well. We are still figuring out what is best for them and what they like. We tried Natures Variety Instinct and they didn’t touch it – not any of the flavours we tried.

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    • Ingrid
      February 28, 2015 at 7:26 am (5 months ago)

      All canned foods will have some sort of a binder in them, and while none of them are ideal, I prefer the other two over Carrageenan. I wouldn’t be so sure that the raw food was the cause of the dietary issues you’re seeing. Without proper diagnostics, you have no way of knowing what caused them. I do not recommend any dry food for cats, no matter how high a quality it may be. Here’s why: http://consciouscat.net/2010/04/05/the-truth-about-dry-cat-food/

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      • Max
        February 28, 2015 at 10:21 am (5 months ago)

        Thanks for your quick reply, Ingrid. Feeding pets is a complicated business with so many competing opinions. We free feed because we were told that kittens need constant access to food as they develop over the first year. At this point in time the only wet food we put out is Weruva Truluxe which I’ve read is low in calories. Kittens require a higher calorie diet so it’s confusing to us why one kitten seems, to me, quite overweight. She’s had two fecal tests and a diarrhea panel ($300 for those tests) and she’s been in antibiotics for three weeks because of food poisoning. We’ve never had an obese cat before so this is a new challenge, especially since we have to feed two cats in a controlled way. Thanks again for your feedback.

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        • Ingrid
          February 28, 2015 at 11:13 am (5 months ago)

          How old are your kittens?

          Free feeding is the leading cause of obesity in cats in general, although it’s rare that a kitten is overweight.

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          • Max
            February 28, 2015 at 11:29 am (5 months ago)

            They are both six months old. She is a blue Chartreux and he is a British shorthair. I say she’s overweight but she really just seems to have a big tummy. She doesn’t have a fat face or legs, just her belly. She has had tests and an ultrasound so we know there’s no fluid build up or anything like that going on.

          • Ingrid
            February 28, 2015 at 11:54 am (5 months ago)

            At six months, you can usually start feeding kittens like adult cats. However, as mentioned in the review, Weruva is lower in calories than other brands, so you’ll need to adjust quantities accordingly.

  7. Paula
    February 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm (5 months ago)

    Hello,
    I have an older cat who needs to gain weight. I’ve been going through all the brands of cat food and I’ve offered him all the meats food following the Holistic diets, but it has been a hit and miss. Some days he will eat FF, but not consistently. I recently went to Pet Value and bought a variety of small cans. He ate up the BFF immediately and no throw up! I am very happy.

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  8. Gokmen
    February 16, 2015 at 1:37 am (6 months ago)

    Nobody ever talks about whether or not the cans of Weruva are a complete diet.

    Can i just feed my cat cans of ONLY Weruva, everyday?

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    • Ingrid
      February 16, 2015 at 7:14 am (6 months ago)

      Yes, Weruva is a complete diet.

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  9. debera delgatto
    January 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm (6 months ago)

    i would never feed my cat anything from thailand or anywhere in ASIA. period!!!!!!!

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  10. Lisa
    January 21, 2015 at 10:09 am (6 months ago)

    Hi,

    I recently started feeding my cat Weruva after getting a sample can from a pet shop and being surprised that my cat inhaled it. I’ve been feeding her dry because I always ended up throwing out most of the can if I buy wet, and it’s such a waste of money.

    I noticed two things you wrote, though. One: Are veggies like peas and carrots really not beneficial for cats? She liked the plain chicken & gravy recipe, but I bought the ones Wyeth pumpkin, peas and carrots because I thought it would add nutrients. Is it really better for her to eat nothing but chicken and added vitamins?

    I also didn’t realize that Weruva cans are lower in calories than others (although, looking at it, it does make sense). I’ve only been feeding her the food for a few days now, but I’ve been trying to stick to one 5.5oz can per day and a few dental treats for when she’s still hungry. She’s overweight, so lower calories would be good for her — but is it *too* low, especially going from a dry-only diet?

    Thanks!

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    • Ingrid
      January 21, 2015 at 10:49 am (6 months ago)

      As obligate carnivores, cats don’t really need veggies. They are used as a source of added vitamins in some formulas. A good rule of thumb is that an active, healthy 8 pound adult cat will eat about 240 calories a day, but cats can vary greatly in their nutritional needs.

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  11. RK
    January 11, 2015 at 12:02 am (7 months ago)

    We had a cat show up at our house about 2 months ago. We of course fed it and it stayed! After sending out neighborhood emails with no one claiming the cat we are proud to call “Kitty” our new pet! We took the cat this week to the vet and she test positive for Feline Leukemia. She has no signs of it yet, and is as energetic as ever. According to the vet, she is maybe a year old. I have been doing research on Feline Leukemia and one of the recommendations is for the cat to have a well balanced diet. Do you know of any brands that would nutritionally be better for her?

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  12. Annemarie Carlson
    December 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi Ingrid, Happy New Year…I recently switched my 14yr old male to Weruva pouches/ he loves the duck/chicken and the plain chicken in the can with the gravy…I was wondering if the fish one was bad for him?? I heard that fish in a cats diet isn’t the best route, I don’t give it to him only once in awhile as a treat, lol..he loves it :)..just thought you could comment on it for me, you always give great advice! Anne

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  13. Andrea
    December 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi Ingrid!

    I was just reading some scary comments on Amazon regarding Weruva, and I wanted to know if you have had any complaints similar to these? One cat owner said he switched to Weruva and the cat became ill with kidney failure.

    I am researching brands to switch to, because I am going to cease any dry food (they get very little but want to stop because one of my cats is overweight). Right now I have them on Nature’s Balance wet food (grain free) but it’s not on your list. Just curious as to what are the “bad” ingredients are. I am thinking of making the switch to Weruva, Nature’s Variety or Soulistic (depending on what they like best).

    Here are the ingredients to the Chicken and Green Pea formula: Chicken, Chicken broth, Chicken liver, Pea flour, Natural flavor (what is this?!) Salmon Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Cranberries, Di calcium phosphate, guar gum (which I read is bad news), Potassium Chloride, Choline chloride, Taurine, Salt, Flaxseed, Parsley, Yucca extract, Carageenan, Zinc sulfate, Ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, Copper sulfate, Folic acid, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, and a few other supplements like Niacin and Riboflavin.

    Geez, after actually typing all that out it seems like way too many ingredients! Maybe there’s my answer.

    Thank you for any insight and wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

    Best,
    Andrea

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    • Ingrid
      December 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm (7 months ago)

      I believe this Amazon review refers to concerns about Vitamin K in Weruva’s formulas and concerns about kidney issues. If you scroll through the earlier comments on this post, you’ll see that this issue was addressed in a response to a similar question.

      As for your question about ingredients in Natural Balance’s food, I can’t comment on all of the ingredients, but I stopped trusting Natural Balance when they sold out to Del Monte. Here’ s my list of recommended brands: http://consciouscat.net/2012/03/22/the-best-food-for-your-cat/

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      • Andrea
        December 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm (7 months ago)

        Ohhhh! I didn’t know they sold out to Del Monte, crum. It’s just like researching cruelty-free beauty products, a lot of good CF companies end up selling to L’Oreal or the like. Thank you for that tip!

        Thank you also for clearing up the Weruva question, I’ll scroll up to read through the threads again. I plan on only buying land animal varieties so hopefully won’t have that issue to deal with.

        Thank you for taking the time to answer!

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  14. Jessica d
    November 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm (8 months ago)

    My cat recently was diagnosed with urine crystals. The prescription dry food they wanted me to feed him was working but I read the ingredients and its horrible for him, all grains and junk to make him fat. I was told this was the only thing he could eat the rest of his life. After reading the ingredients I went to my local pet store and found wervua cat food. I also got a bag of dry food spot stew. I decided to feed him wet food twice a day and a very small amount of the spot stew in between. Do you think this is safe for him? Or should I listen to the vet? I also hAve 2 other cats that have to eat his diet as well. I do not want the crystals to return. Help!

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    • Ingrid
      November 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm (8 months ago)

      I would eliminate the dry food altogether. Cats with urinary tract issues need moisture in their diet. Weruva does contain a lot of moisture, and can be an excellent choice to help maintain urinary tract health. Whether it is the right diet for your cat depends on the types of crystals he has. I would recommend working with a holistic vet in determining the best diet.

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    • Joyce
      November 24, 2014 at 3:33 am (8 months ago)

      Hi Jessica,
      I hope you don”t mind my two cents. My boy Casey not only had a crystals issue, but had to have an emergency Perineal Urethrostomy surgery. The Vet also recommended the same SO Urinary diet. They offered it dry as well as wet, but thanks to Ingrid I took Casey off all dry food months prior. However, you”re right, the food the Vet recommends is indeed crap. So, I found Weruva, long story short, it’s excellent quality, and lower in calories so feeding them a little more often is a good idea depending on their weight, age, energy & health, but Weruva also has treats you can add to their diet. A little variety, and another way to add the necessary calories. Good for you that you’re on top of this for your kids. This is an excellent website for a plethora of good information. Glad you found it!! Best of luck!!!

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      • Ingrid
        November 24, 2014 at 6:28 am (8 months ago)

        Thank you for sharing your experience, Joyce, and thank you for your kind words about my website!

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  15. Jessica
    November 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm (9 months ago)

    Hello, I will be moving back to the US soon and can’t wait to feed our cat a better food (we’re in South America). I was strongly considering Weruva but I just noticed that their food contain either Tricalcium Phosphate or Dicalcium Phosphate. I read that they could be toxic to the body. What are your thoughts on this ? Thanks !

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    • Ingrid
      November 12, 2014 at 10:50 am (9 months ago)

      Tricalcium Phosphate and Dicalcium Phosphate are natural products used to supplement calcium and phosphorus. I’m not aware of scientifically-based reports of toxicity.

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      • Jessica
        November 13, 2014 at 9:37 am (9 months ago)

        Good to know, thanks !

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  16. Annemarie Carlson
    August 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm (11 months ago)

    I was wondering if it’s okay to feed my male feline a few different brands of food at once, someone told me not keep switching..he’s been on NV canned only, (got rid of the kibble) and I have introduced him to Tiki Cat & Weruva canned also..sometimes he throws up like a foamy substance, I was wondering if that would be bad for him…and also I feel sometimes he has a harder time going to the bathroom because of the protein diet..I have been trying some pumpkin for fiber but he’s not too thrilled ..Anne

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    • Ingrid
      August 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm (11 months ago)

      My experience with grain-free diets has been that cats don’t usually have a problem switching from one brand or protein to another, and I do, in fact, recommend feeding a variety of different proteins and brands.

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  17. Ayesha
    July 18, 2014 at 12:33 am (1 year ago)

    When I initially started feeding Weruva I really liked it. It was less than Tiki, but like it in ingredients. My last case came with too much gravy compared to the amount of meat. My cat has a sensitive stomach and only seems to be able to tolerate pure foods. I can’t afford to to feed this food as she eats one of the 5.5 oz cans a day. She is not overweight so this is not too much food to eat. Due to the amount of gravy it is necessary to feed more extra.

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    • ayesha
      November 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm (8 months ago)

      Since writing this I tried weruva chicken again and have found that the ratio of chicken to gravey has improved. Thank you!!! My cat can happily eat this food and be adiquately fed while enjoying your product. I buy by the case and it is the only food my cat can tolerate other than the occasional fish dinner.

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  18. Carla
    July 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello, gang!
    I adopted a semi-feral kitty born from a house cat forced to live in a garage last October. I even kitten-sat for his sister for a few weeks until renovations on her forever home were complete. When I first took them in, they had a lot of digestive issues at 8-10 weeks old, likely due to the cheapest food being put out for them and mama cat. They were so small I wasn’t even sure they were 8 weeks yet, so I started them on a high quality formula, which helped a little, then I tried various foods that didn’t help much. I put them on a raw meat diet and that solved their systems and they gained weight, but the meats in the stores near me always seem to spoil too quickly (my fridge is fine) and not knowing whether or not there were antibiotics present, I consulted the vet at a local zoo I volunteer at and he recommended supplementing with a dry balanced food, so I went with Blue Wilderness. I didn’t see him drinking a lot from his water dish, and I decided to hunt for some wet food. He liked Tiki Cat at first, but quickly tired of the fish – and most of the cans in the variety pack I got have fish in them. Chewy.com accidentally sent me a box of Weruva pouches, and so I fed him one and he gobbled it up fast! I still supplement him with the Blue Wilderness, 1/4 cup a day and ordered 3 boxes each of the non-fish menus on Chewy. Thanks for your review, it makes me feel good about the purchase. He’s not a lap cat (which makes me sad), but he does give me 5-10 minutes of cuddle and purr every night when I go to bed – just hops up, licks my neck and kneads on my chest a bit to show is appreciation and then he’s gone to protect us while we sleep.

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      • Carla
        July 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm (1 year ago)

        Done! I will feed out the rest to the neighborhood skinnies who never seem to get enough to eat. We have two little mama kitties who are undersized. It’s better than what they get now. I will continue to augment Oreo’s diet with raw meat when I feel confident about the quality. I usually just buy a little extra than what I need to prepare for him.

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  19. Joyce
    June 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Ingrid,

    Just wanted to let you that your advice about Casey being allergic to the chicken being more from the sourcing than the brand was right on. Before I reached out to you, I kept changing his food, (he became ridiculously finicky) as I said and I was having such trouble trying to find like quality as Weruva, but low calories. So, since your email I went ahead and purchased chicken flavor in other high quality brands. He’s doing fine. Of course I want to just go back to Weruva but they haven’t yet responded to my query about the chicken source possibly changing, so I really don’t want to risk it at this time.
    Also, Casey gained some weight back since off the Weruva Diet. I’m having trouble pinning down the number of calories my kids should get daily. Do you know a good resource I can find accurate info? Everyone has a different number. Casey & Maggie are 8 & 4 respectively. They’re Norwegian Forest Cats so that’s not a very little breed, but Casey could use to lose about 3 – 4 lbs. Can you tell me anything that might help?

    Thanks BUNCHES!!! You’re the best!!!

    Joyce

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    • Ingrid
      June 29, 2014 at 8:25 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks for the follow up, Joyce! I would stick with the brands that work, too, rather than switching back to Weruva right now.

      Weruva is lower in calories than other brands, so,that’s probably why Casey gained weight. Calorie needs vary for individual cats. I would just cut back on the amount you feed a little to adjust for the increased calories in the brands you feed now.

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  20. Tom
    June 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello. A year and a half ago we brought home a new kitten and while researching the best food I came upon your comments on Weruva and since that day the only food I fed our cat is Weruva. Her favorite is the tuna in gravy. However, today I’m a bit angry with this company. In the past they have offered a 3 and 5.5 oz can. I always buy the 5.5 oz which is about 1.99 per can. I had heard they were discounting the 5.5 oz cans and are only make 6 oz and I guess it’s true because I haven’t been able to find the 5.5 anywhere. So today, in desperate need of the tuna I went to three pet stores which now only sell the 6 oz and every store has this at 2.99 per can – A DOLLAR more for the addition of .5 oz. Six oz really is too much and 3 is too little. Now I’m forced to pay an extra dollar a can (she is fed twice a day so it’s $2 per day more) for a size I don’t need. I’m really angry with Weruva and I can’t get through to them. There site seems to be down. Has anyone noticed this? Best, Tom

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    • Ingrid
      June 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)

      I can’t comment on pricing of the brands I recommend, Tom, that’s out of my realm. What I can tell you is that Weruva has three lines (well, actually four, they also make the BFF line, but they’re all fish based, and I don’t recommend fish-based foods.) Of the other Weruva lines, the basic line is the most economical, followed by the Cats in the Kitchen Line. They recently introduced their Tru Luxe line, which is more expensive than the others, but to me, doesn’t seem all that different from the basic line. You may want to look online for better pricing, Chewy.com in particular usually has great prices on food.

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      • Will
        June 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm (1 year ago)

        I’m with Ingrid . . . avoid the fish and get your kitties on a chicken diet. the Weruva chicken products (without veggies) are great and healthy for your kitty. Just looking at Chewy.com as Ingrid suggested, they show a case of 24 – 6 oz. cans for a price that equals around $ 1.67 a can. Even their Tru Luxe Kawakawa tuna and gravy is less than $2.99 in Chewy.com. Good luck!

        http://www.chewy.com/cat/weruva-cats-in-kitchen-chicken-frick/dp/43930

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        • Will
          June 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm (1 year ago)

          And here’s a link to another Weruva that I know Allegra and Ruby love. Again, the price here is $ 1.67 can for 6 oz.

          http://www.chewy.com/cat/weruva-cats-in-kitchen-fowl-ball/dp/43931

          Also, watch for discount coupons from various pet stores like Petco and Petsmart. There’s a 20% off coupon today for folks who shop at Petco – good for use instore or online. Petco’s “Soulistic” brand is made by Weruva and from what I can tell by the labeling and the contents, it’s the same first-rate food for less money. Soulistic “Good karma Chicken” is $12.72 a case retail for 8 – 5.5 oz cans. That’s $1.59 a can. Take 20% off of that, and you’re down to $ 1.27 a can! Not bad.

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          • Ingrid
            June 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

            Yes, Allegra and Ruby do love their Fowl Ball, Will! Thanks for providing the pricing info.

    • Lola
      July 9, 2014 at 10:28 am (1 year ago)

      Tom,
      If you are interested, Weruva also makes Soulistic. It is made for, and sold only at PetCo.

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  21. Steve
    May 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Dear Ingrid:
    Hello this is my first post. I have been feeding Weruva to my little fuzzball for a few months now because she suffers from bladder stones. We originally fed her Sheba before it was discontinued and Widget really enjoyed it. When she was one year old I was forced to move across state after a messy break up and that is when her bladder issues began. After trying many different foods to adjust her to a low uric acid diet I stumbled across Weruva at my local Agway. Widget did not care for any of the urinary tract specific foods I tried and the supermarket brands, as you are probably well aware, contained too much processed material for my liking. I eventually settled on Stella and Chewy’s Chick, Chick, Duck freeze dried food. It was healthy, nutritious and she liked it but at $25.00 a bag I couldn’t afford to keep her on it. Then I found Weruva. It has ingredients that I approve of, it was nutritious, and most importantly, she loves it. Her diet consists of fresh meat and both Weruva wet (in the packets) and dry (it is a relatively new product) foods. Since then Widget has been able to void normally and no longer cries when she goes. She has also gained 18 ounces, going from 4lbs to 5 1/2 pounds. She is still tiny, she always has been, but she is happy and healthy. I cannot begin to express the positive change that Weruva has brought about in my little cat. Thank you and best regards.

    Sincerely,
    Steven D. Howard and Widget

    P.s. Have ever reviewed, or thought of reviewing, Stella and Chewy’s?

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    • Ingrid
      May 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad Widget is doing so well on her Weruva and fresh meat diet, Steve. Since the only “dry” product Weruva makes are their freeze dried treats, I’m assuming that’s what you’re referring to?

      Stella and Chewy’s is on my list of recommended brands: http://consciouscat.net/2012/03/22/the-best-food-for-your-cat/

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      • Steve
        May 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm (1 year ago)

        Ingrid:
        Sorry, I meant to say freeze dried. It truly amazes me that companies can get away with some of the ingredients they use. Widget loves Purina Happy Cat but I limit how much she gets because the ingredients are so terrible. I essentially give it to her as a treat now and then but not as a regular part of her diet. With all the news over the last few years about unhealthy foods for humans why is it that healthier options for pets is only a recent campaign? Cats really do improve the quality of their pet-parent’s life so I find it shocking that so many cat foods consist of mainly industrial floor sweepings.

        ~Steven

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  22. Lola
    February 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Did you ask them why all the fish flavors? If you did, can you include their explantion in your review?
    Their explanation, on Facebook, was:

    “We have five flavors coming out on this line with NO Fish! While we do have five with fish, the good news is that they are are all small breed, bone free, low ash, low mg, low ph, (all lower than a lot of our competitors’ poultry items) wild caught, sustainable…”

    I dont feed any foods that contain fish, but if I was going to… Weruva would be it.

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    • Ingrid
      February 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm (1 year ago)

      I did not ask about the fish flavors, Lola. I don’t recommend feeding fish, except as a very rare occasional treat.

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  23. Karen
    January 28, 2014 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks! Do u have any suggestions?! I’ve always had cats but because if ur website, I’ve decided feed my cats only wet and high quality foods. But I’m still new to this! Should I be too concerned with high levels of phosphorous? Thanks a million!!!

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    • janine
      January 21, 2015 at 1:15 am (6 months ago)

      Hello, just a quick comment about phosphorus – I agree about not being too concerned about phosphorus content for a kitten. But if anyone reading this has a cat with CKD (chronic kidney disease) you need to be very careful about phosphorus. I have a 14 year old cat who suffers with CKD and finding a commercial brand moist food with low phosphorus can be difficult. Thankfully, Weruva fits the bill!! And they seem to be one of the few companies who actually list the phosphorus content. Yay Weruva!!

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      • Ingrid
        January 21, 2015 at 7:31 am (6 months ago)

        You’re absolutely right, Janine, phosphorus is a concern for cats with kidney disease.

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        • Annemarie Carlson
          January 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm (6 months ago)

          Hi Ingrid
          I have been feeding my 14yr old male Weruva for about 6mos now..he absolutely loves it, I only feed him the duck/chicken pouch & the can of the chicken with gravy..as he doesn’t care for the pumpkin flavor..my question to you or comment is sometimes I feel he’s not getting enough? He
          seems to be a bit more hungry since I started him on this food. thanks Anne

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          • Ingrid
            January 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm (6 months ago)

            As I mentioned in the review, Weruva is lower in calories per weight than other brands, so you may have to adjust feeding amounts a little.

  24. Karen
    January 28, 2014 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    Hi! I just adopted a kitten and am trying to feed him the best food available. I am concerned with what seems like limited calories, carbs and phosphorous for a kitten. Should I be worried with this brand? I feed him Tiki for a day until I saw the amount of phosphorous that was included in their foods. Then I bought Weuva and now it seems like it may not have enough calories. Please advise. Thanks for your website; it has helped me tremendously.

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    • Ingrid
      January 28, 2014 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

      Weruva is lower in calories than other brands, so you’ll have to adjust the amount you feed for a kitten. If your kitten eats well, the larger quantities may not be an issue, but there are other, more nutrient dense foods on the market that may be a better choice for a growing kitten.

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        • Ingrid
          May 6, 2014 at 5:35 am (1 year ago)

          As I mention in the review, Weruva is lower in calories than other canned foods, Joyce, but I don’t think 84 calories is correct. According to Wervua’s website, a 5.5 ounce can of Paw Lickin Chicken have 103 calories.

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          • Joyce
            May 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm (1 year ago)

            Hi Ingrid,

            Oh I know, I read your post. I was just letting them know the calorie count that I had found.

            I asked Weruva at one time and I have emails from them going from 84 to 103. I’m not sure if they had changed something in the interim and didn’t inquire because I really needed to get Casey to lose some weight. After surgery and subsequent infections he stopped playing. Just ate & slept, and gained weight. I needed to do something to drop a couple lbs and decided to just give him 2 cans of the Weruva PLC. But I needed to know that I wasn’t starving Maggie May who is 4 years old and very energetic. That’s why I had been perusing different sites. I had 2 counts from Weruva and just wanted a mid point. My kids love Weruva. I’m really glad you had so much info on the site. You are the reason I stopped giving my kids dry. Casey’s vet wanted to give him CD dry and I just decided that I would rather not do that. I changed Vets (for various reasons trust me) and his new vet loves Weruva too! Thanks for all the great info!!

          • Ingrid
            May 8, 2014 at 5:21 am (1 year ago)

            I’m so glad you decided to take Casey off dry food, Joyce. It always makes me happy to hear that the information I provide here helped yet another kitty eat better.

    • Anna
      January 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Karen, congrats on adopting a kitten! :-)

      I just wanted to let you know not to worry about “limited carbs,” in fact, that’s exactly what you want. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore cannot digest the carbs found in plant-based foods. So avoid all cat food that includes grains (like wheat, corn, rice), soy, starches, etc. since they are no good for a cat. I think less than 10% carbs is what to look for, but it’s not an exact science… Carbs are cheap fillers that only lead to overweight cats and diabetes. Also be weary of “pretend” protein sources, cats cannot digest those either (peas and pea protein are unfortunately common). It’s all about the meat! :-)

      As far as your kitten getting enough calories, I believe that the recommendation is to free-feed kittens when they’re really little. Then I think you feed 4 times/day until they reach 6 months of age, then decrease to 3 times/day. We just adopted a third cat, he’s 6 months old, and we were told to feed him 3 times/day. At around 1 year I think you can feed 2 times/day. Our kitten was used to eating a mix of dry and wet food at the shelter, but we’re slowly weaning him off the dry food (our two adult cats no longer get any dry food). Good luck with your kitten!

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      • Ingrid
        January 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm (7 months ago)

        Ideally, you should aim for 5% or less vegetable content, but it’s pretty challenging to find commercial diets that meet that requirement.

        Good for you for weaning your new kitten off of dry food, Anna!

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        • Anna
          January 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm (7 months ago)

          Yes, I wish I could find canned food that is less than 5% carbs and that our cats also like, but they only like gravy-style meals, so that’s basically impossible. Add trying to avoid fish, carrageenan, and sneaky by-products, and I’ve had to settle for less than 10% carbs (although even that rule goes out the window sometimes when our cats get tired of some brand for a while)… So we switch each day between Wellness Signature Selects (beef + chicken), Weruva Cats in the Kitchen (beef + chicken), Earthborn Holistic (chicken), Wellness grain-free pouches (chicken), and the occasional Soulistic can (chicken).

          PS. Writing this post made me look into the ingredients in Earthborn Holistic chicken dinner, and it includes carrageenan! Argh! Just sent them an email urging them to remove the ingredient. Fingers crossed I’m not the first one to contact them.

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          • Ingrid
            January 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm (7 months ago)

            Wellness Signature Select contains carrageenan, too, Anna. I believe all of Wellness’ canned products do.

          • Anna
            January 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm (7 months ago)

            I checked just now on Amazon, Petco, and Wag.com, and the Wellness Signature Selects don’t. Phew! I didn’t check every single flavor, and I’ve noticed that for some brands, it seems to depend on the flavor (which is odd). For example, I saw now that all of Soulistic’s “dinners in gelee” contain carrageenan, while none of the ones “in gravy” do (at least according to Petco’s website). It would be great if they labelled each can “carrageenan free” just like they do with “grain free” (or just stopped using it). Maybe if there is enough consumer pressure?

          • Ingrid
            January 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm (7 months ago)

            I only checked the chicken flavor. You’re absolutely right, sometimes, it depends on the type of flavor, which probably has something to do with how well the other ingredients in a particular formula bind without the addition of carrageenan.

          • Andrea
            January 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm (7 months ago)

            Is it because carrageenan is seaweed that it’s not good for the kitties? I know veggies are considered a carb and not necessary for kitties, but if it’s in a binder is it enough to worry/not buy the food?

          • Anna
            January 6, 2015 at 11:00 am (7 months ago)

            Hi Ingrid!

            One last update on the carrageenan stuff. Like I said yesterday, I emailed Earthborn Holistic asking them to remove carrageenan from all their canned cat food. They responded! Here is what Cindy Montgomery (VP, Marketing Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.) said in her email:

            “Our Chicken Catcciatori will be shipping out soon without carrageenan along with three new formulas. It will take a little time to reach the stores but that change is already in motion.”

            Whoopee! :-) Seems like the manufacturers are catching on. Thanks for all the great work you do educating cat guardians about feline nutrition (and other important topics).

          • Ingrid
            January 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm (7 months ago)

            That’s great news, Anna. It’s always nice to hear that a company is responding to consumer requests.

  25. Tom Randall
    January 14, 2014 at 11:38 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Ingrid and all.

    Just a quick update on how we’re doing with the Weruva. These last cases we’ve gotten have seemed much better there is a much more consistant amount of the gravy in the cans. We’re currently feeding our kitties a combination of the Nature’s Variety and Weruva, they like them both but all of them tend to take a lot longer to eat up their helpings of the Weruva, maybe because of the bigger pieces of chicken, I’m not sure. In any case I just wanted to mention that it seems a lot better since I had brought up the problem with the gravy before so it looks like they have addressed this.

    Best regards,

    Tom Mary Beth and the Furrries.

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    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm (2 years ago)

      I’ve noticed the same thing, Tom: more consistency in the amounts of meat, and less gravy. My girls take longer to eat the Weruva than other brands, too – but that’s because it’s “real food” and they have to chew!

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      • Will Hodges
        May 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm (1 year ago)

        One of our kitties, Anya, takes longer to eat her Weruva chicken, too. So we sometimes actually cut up the chicken strips her the food to make the bites smaller. Then she “hoovers” it down just like Oscar. This is great food!

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    • Judith Smith
      May 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm (1 year ago)

      Ugh! My cat has enjoyed Weruva Pumpkin Jack for 8 months. Last week we found a solid bone measuring 1 1/2 inches in a food pouch. When we contacted the company owner, his response was anything but satisfactory. We will be going back to an American made product.

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      • Ingrid
        May 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm (1 year ago)

        I’m really sorry to hear that, Judith.

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      • Will Hodges
        May 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm (1 year ago)

        Yipes!

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        • Joyce
          May 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm (1 year ago)

          Oh wow ……. I JUST ordered that yesterday for Casey, because he sometimes has been having bouts of loose stools. Now I’m not just concerned about that in particular but what else could go wrong if they aren’t really showing concern for this? PLEASE keep us in the loop.

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      • Will Hodges
        May 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm (1 year ago)

        I’d be really interested to read or hear from you what the owner said.

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      • Ingrid
        May 8, 2014 at 5:25 am (1 year ago)

        I emailed David Forman, Weruva’s president, last night, and got this response a few hours later. I hope this helps explain.

        “As you may know, even tuna products for human consumption will occasionally have bones in them. In fact, some labels on human food tuna products state that the product may contain bones, and they state this because not matter how good the processing, it is impossible to remove bones 100% of the time in canned fish items. The same holds true in even the finest of restaurants that serve fish.

        Though bones may be present, they become brittle during the cooking process. And similarly, on the Chicken of the Sea website regarding its salmon product that has bones, “The high heat sterilization process softens the bones and skin to the point where they can be easily mashed and blended into salads, casseroles and other delicious dishes.” The cooking process is the retort process, and we perform this as well.

        Does a customer want to see bones? Probably not. It is a delicate balance. We believe in “what you see is what you get”, and this means that a customer can see and identify everything we use. We can accomplish this because we flake meat off the bone and hand pack the meat into cans. Though we have an excellent system in place, as do other tuna canning entities, despite best efforts per elite international human food processing standards, it is inevitable that bones will be present. The other option would be to completely blend our formulas, but this will eliminate the customer’s ability to identify the cuts and quality.

        Thailand is a world leader when it comes to canning fish by hand, and there is limited if any hand processing of fish into cans in the US. US pet facilities manufacture by machine, and everything is blended. So certainly, in Thailand, we can blend the same exact formula and if any bones were missed in the preparation and sifting, they would not present an issue as they would not be visible after blending. And if someone claims that bones are an issue, even if blended, they will be hard pressed to find any pet food at all.

        US manufacturing is rarely bone free because chicken, the most popular protein source, has an industry definition that allows chicken bones to be called “chicken” on an ingredient statement. Yes, according to the industry and law, chicken is equated to chicken bones. In that regard, manufacturers regularly use fish frames and chicken frames, both highly inclusive of bone, and they blend them into pate and they need only label them as “tuna” or “chicken”. We, of course do not go this route, one of the reasons being that we, as well as our customers, will never know the meat to bone ratio. As mentioned, we prefer “what you see is what you get” even if it means bones may be present—and we can only state this because we have an excellent system to prevent bones, albeit it is not perfect…but again, no fish processing system is.

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        • Lola
          June 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm (1 year ago)

          Thanks for contacting Weruva, Ingrid, and posting their side of the story!

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        • Jude
          February 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm (6 months ago)

          Funny about those bones…My sister and I started eating high-quality canned red salmon since we were old enough to eat real food. And we would always fight to get the string of vertebral bones which were in the center of each can. The were pleasantly crunchy and had a delicious, though indescribable taste. I still eat that salmon and still go for the bones, although now both my Siamese cats will also horn in to get some. The lesson here is what you heard from Weruva is correct: fish bones in properly cooked fish are edible and not harmful in any way.

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          • Max
            April 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm (3 months ago)

            I hope I’m responding to the correct post (Dee 4/28/2015) but it’s hard to tell with the way the Reply links are lined up.

            Do you have links to your findings? I mean, if you’re going to call someone out on something the least you can do is provide some evidence. I did a quick search and did not find countless stories. When I told my vet about this food she admitted to never having heard of it but when she did some research, she didn’t tell me any horror stories.

            For the record, we only sometimes feed our kittens Weruva now as it seems that a wet food diet was giving our Blue Chartreus diarrhea. Now that we have switched to mostly dry food, the diarrhea has gone. Our breeder told us that this breed is sensitive to rich diets and she only feeds her cats / kittens kibble.

        • Dee
          April 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm (3 months ago)

          I think you are being paid by Weruva. Everything I research…besides your site…has horror stories of cat owners who thought they were feeding their cats a good diet by feeding Weruva. But instead ended up with pets close to death. There are countless stories of kidney and liver failure after a diet of Weruva. This company is a wolf in sheeps clothing. I don’t think I’ll be following the advice on your site any longer. Be honest with your followers!

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          • Ingrid
            April 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm (3 months ago)

            I was not paid by Weruva for this review. In cases where I am receiving compensation for product reviews, I fully disclose this. Regardless of payment received, my reviews will always reflect my honest opinion.

          • Will Hodges
            April 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm (3 months ago)

            Dee . . . one thing I can tell you . . . . Ingrid King is honest. My observation in reading her blogs on a daily basis for the past two years has been that she is more concerned about the health and wellbeing of our cats than she is about making a buck. She works very hard to research and recommend the best products out there, and numerous times she has indicated in a review that a particular product or food might not be an ideal fit for every cat. My personal experience with Weruva has been very positive, and I received that food recommendation from reading The Conscious Cat. I feed my cats Weruva “meat only” products frequently, and have found them to be high quality and much enjoyed. Perhaps some of the other sources you are hearing from may have another agenda, but I believe that anyone who loves and respects cats like Ingrid does would never intentionally compromise their health and wellbeing for any reason.

          • Max
            April 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm (3 months ago)

            I replied to the wrong post so here it is again in case it was missed….

            Do you have links to your findings? I mean, if you’re going to call someone out on something the least you can do is provide some evidence. I did a quick search and did not find countless stories. When I told my vet about this food she admitted to never having heard of it but when she did some research, she didn’t tell me any horror stories.

            For the record, we only sometimes feed our kittens Weruva now as it seems that a wet food diet was giving our Blue Chartreus diarrhea. Now that we have switched to mostly dry food, the diarrhea has gone. Our breeder told us that this breed is sensitive to rich diets and she only feeds her cats / kittens kibble.

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