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.

259 Comments on Weruva Cat Food Review

  1. Sandi
    March 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm (2 months ago)

    My 14 yr old female cat has just been diagnosed with Hyperthyroid and I’m trying to find the best diet according to the Vet Mark Petersen but it’s so difficult. She was raised on Blue dry/Salmon and Friskies Salmon pate because she hated any other flavors but fish. Now, we realize that a fish diet, affects the thyroid. She sees her vet every year and they noticed she’s lost weight but said nothing about potential Hyperthyroid issues or asked us about her diet either. She seemed the picture of health for 14 years but then boom, so it happened quite quickly.

    I’ve read every word on this site and also Dr. Petersen’s as well as Debra Zoran’s DMV pdf and my head is spinning. While I agree with everyone but there doesn’t seem to be a perfect food to match what we need for Cookie or I’m too confused to recognize it. High protein, low carbs, no grains, no soy, fillers, no junk and no fish and no dry food. Got it.

    We bought a couple cans of Tiki chicken, Puka Puka Luau
    & Koolina Luau to try it and she’s eating it but it’s not calorie dense so, she’s hungry. I feel like she’s a baby who’s eating every hr on the hr. Then I read this food is high in phosphorus and does that mean we’ll be creating kidney problems by feeding this to her?

    This search is giving me a headache trying to fit the medical situation to the right food requirement and making sure to not create any new medical issues with the wrong food. Tiki Cat has no grain, carrageenan, or flour which sounds good even tho it’s costly.

    I went to Amazon for the Weruva and people were complaining about potato starch being added to the food and their cats rejecting it. I have no idea if potato starch is a good or bad thing at this point but it’s a carb and too much is suppose to be a no-no or is that just for diabetic cats?

    I’m over saturated on reading and my brain hurts but I’ve got to buy something in the next few days and not begin a cat food roulette with Cookie because that can’t be good for her stomach and which she probably won’t go along with anyway. She’s obviously hungry by her asking to eat frequently (and she lost weight) but I’m not sure how to solve this dilemma with all these high protein food recommendations and if they’re a match for a cat with hyperthyroid. The vet is no help…they gave us Hills i/d the other day. yuck.

    Haven’t even touched on the expense. lol Tiki Cat is $4 a can and she’s suppose to eat 1 a day but she’s not right now because she only wants tiny bits every hour like a snack, eats it and walks away.

    1 can a day cost $120/mo & hyperthyroid meds @ $40/mo. That is close to $2k/yr not counting vet visits for blood testing T4(?) levels. I think we’re looking at aprox. $2400k a year to control the hyperthyroid issue.

    We’ve had cats over the years but none have had hyperthyroid. We did not realize hyperthyroid was so prevalent in cats either.

    If anyone has advice on the best food choice for a cat with hyperthyroid, I’d appreciate it.

    This is a great site. Thanks for all of your information.

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    • Ingrid
      March 21, 2016 at 4:40 am (2 months ago)

      I know it can be overwhelming, Sandi. I’d be happy to talk you through things if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

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      • Sandi
        March 21, 2016 at 9:00 am (2 months ago)

        Thanks Ingrid, I’ll keep that in mind. For now, I’m going to try a few of the brands I’ve researched and see how she reacts. I’m committed to the omnivore diet without getting into the raw foods if I don’t have to for now.

        I did find that Weruva’s Fowl Ball is carrageenan free and Nature’s Variety Instinct has a duck variety that has potential. I believe all the NVI are carrageenan free even tho they throw in peas,etc. which I’m not sure cats really need. Perhaps I can rotate all 3 brands Tiki, Weruva and NVI if she likes them and they’ll keep her satiated and she’ll gain some weight back.

        I also can’t let her train us to feed her every hour. lol She knows we’re wrapped around her little paw but that just can’t become the norm. We need to be able to go out of town and a caretaker has to take over who won’t want to move in so, Cookie can snack her way thru the day esp. during the summer where we will have to be concerned about how long these meats are on her plate here in the mid-South. That’s why the Blue dry cat food saved the day, when you had to leave town even just for a weekend, a caretaker’s visit was pretty simple.

        I’m grateful for your site and the helpful information, thanks again.

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        • Tom
          March 25, 2016 at 7:36 pm (2 months ago)

          Tiki $4 a can? Are those American dollars?

          Much cheaper than that on Amazon and also in the local pet stores. More like $2.25 a can.

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          • Ingrid
            March 26, 2016 at 4:34 am (2 months ago)

            I’ve never paid $4 a can, even in my local pet store.

        • Sandi
          March 26, 2016 at 9:39 am (2 months ago)

          I’ve looked at the recipes to calculate the exact price. The pet store charges $3.45 per 6oz can of Tiki. Nature’s Instinct $3.15 per 5.5oz. and the cheapest is Halo $2.10.

          I realize Amazon is a bit cheaper but you have to buy 6 or 12 cans. I’m testing brands so that I don’t end up buying brands in bulk that she won’t eat.

          So far, she rejected 2 brands as well as rabbit from Nature’s Instinct but like the duck.

          My husband bought a can of Wellness forgetting it had carrageenan and he wanted to see what she would do and she didn’t want it. She liked Halo one day and then the next day she didn’t like it.

          I still need to call more stores to see who carries Weruva or order it from Amazon.

          I think, she thinks we’re now running a cat smorgasbord but so far, she seems to be enjoying all the focus on her favorite hobby…eating and it’s interesting that none of these companies’ canned foods have caused any tummy problems at all.

          This is an expensive area to live in so, I’m not surprised that these Brands are cheaper elsewhere. I’ve been to the grocery in less expensive areas and have seen the big difference in prices compared to here. Our postman even commented on how many boxes we get from Amazon…lol. He thought we were running a business but it’s just regular stuff which is cheaper on Amazon. Wait until he has to cart those boxes of canned of cat food to our door.

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          • Tom
            March 26, 2016 at 11:40 am (2 months ago)

            Eight cans on Amazon is somewhere between 20 and 25 dollars. I think your kitty will like it and if she doesn’t, donate it to a cat shelter and maybe it’ll be a tax deduction. I like Tiki Cat vs Weruva because the latter is apparently packed in an oily broth and Tiki is in water. I also agree with those who say stay away from seafood, even Tiki Cat’s seafood flavors. Cat’s in the wild don’t subsist mainly on fish, even if they get it now and then. It’s not good for them.

          • Sandi
            March 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm (2 months ago)

            Thanks Tom, she was just diagnosed with a Hyperthyroid and is on medication so, fish is a no-no since it has the highest iodine. I learned a lot from the vet Dr. Petersen. Our vet was clueless on diet and nutrition. It’s a shame we had to turn to the Web resources instead of the vet whom we pay a lot of money to care for our cat.

            90% fish diet is what she was eating for years. Salmon pates, Salmon Blue dry and real salmon from Whole Foods as well as roasted chicken.

            But we were clueless and had never heard of cats getting this disease. Our vet never said a word about how prevalent this is for older cats and she’s had the same vet for 14 years and we go every June as well as other appts for her sinus issues.

            She definitely loved Tik’s chicken but she may love it too much. One day she ate the whole can by 11:30 but still wanted more food that day.

            We think she’s eating so much because of the thyroid problem and hopefully, she’ll slow down once the Rx controls the iodine output.

            Meanwhile, she’s ravenous and now eats up to 15x’s a day…. small meals are her choice, not ours.

            I donated all her old unused canned cat food already. We use to buy her old canned food in bulk.

          • Ingrid
            March 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm (2 months ago)

            Both Wervua and Tiki are lower in calories than the pate style foods, so it’s not unusual that cats will eat more in terms of quantity. I suspect that her appetite will level out once her thyroid is regulated.

          • Sandi
            March 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm (2 months ago)

            Ingrid,
            We’re hoping when the medication kicks in, she’ll stop begging to eat so often. Nature’s Instinct Duck is more caloric but it hasn’t stopped her from wanting to eat it all day. She also needed to gain some weight.

          • Tom
            March 26, 2016 at 7:29 pm (2 months ago)

            @Sandi “She definitely loved Tik’s chicken but she may love it too much. One day she ate the whole can by 11:30 but still wanted more food that day.”

            She can’t eat more than you feed her. My kitty (7.5 lb) get four feedings a day, three of them Tiki Cat Chicken. Each Tiki feeding is a heaping TEASPOON! A can lasts her 3 or 4 days. Her 4th feeding is Nature’s Instinct Raw Boost Chicken dry food because she enjoys the crunch and it may be good for her teeth, but only about a heaping tablespoon of that. On that diet, she maintains her weight. Granted, she’s a small cat, but to eat a whole can in the morning…

            Do you think you might be overfeeding? It almost sounds like you are free feeding (letting your cat eat at will by keeping food available all the time). A feeding should be over in a few minutes and then the kitty should have a few hours to digest and rest.

          • Ingrid
            March 27, 2016 at 4:55 am (2 months ago)

            Here’s more information on how much to feed (and amounts will vary based on the calories in a food, which can vary widely): http://consciouscat.net/2015/08/10/how-much-should-i-feed-my-cat/

            The myth that dry food cleans teeth is one that just won’t die. If it were true, dentists would tell us to chew on dry crackers! Most cats don’t chew kibble long enough for any of the scraping action that is the theory behind this myth to kick in. What little they do chew shatters into small pieces. Some pet food manufacturers offer a “dental diet” that is made up of larger than normal sized kibble to encourage chewing, but in my years at veterinary practices, I’ve seen many cats swallow even those larger size pieces whole. Additionally, dry food actually leaves a carbohydrate residue in the cat’s mouth that actually encourages growth of tartar and plaque.

    • Eileen Cronin
      March 31, 2016 at 2:09 am (2 months ago)

      I can sympathize with what you are going through. My Penelope was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about 18 months ago and what a nightmare. The meds , methimazole, didn’t work well for her so I had to bite the bullet and get her the radio iodine injection. Overnight she was back to her old self. Until that time, after the diagnosis, she was so finicky about her food…taste buds changing daily. The disease causes that. The radio iodine treatment is expensive, but in the long run does not cost any more than wasted, expensive food and regular blood tests and vet visits required with methimazole use. The meds, if they work for your kitty, should kick in pretty quickly and the finicky food behavior and ravenous will stop. With hyperthyroidism the body is not assimilating most of the food nutrients anyways…that’s why they’re hungry all the time. I do want to add a few comments on Weruva…make sure you read all the labels (like any pet food actually) and don’t assume that their labeling is consistent. For instance, the pouch food, Cats in the Kitchen…”Love Me Tender” states on pouch front that it consists of chicken & duck in gravy. Turns out that it also has tuna, which is listed in the ingredients, but the surprise is that it actually has more tuna than duck in the mixture. I called Weruva to inquire and was told that the owner feels the onus is on the customer to check ingredients and that the description of the recipe is not misleading. I disagree. Like you I didn’t want Penelope eating tuna and this was her favorite. Check out the brand First Mate. It’s a Canadian company and their food is also manufactured in Canada in a company owned facility. The 2 flavors that I feed Penelope are Chicken and Duck. They actually smell like the roasted version would right out of the oven. The ingredients are limited. The poultry is free-range and it’s carageenan, gum, grain and gluten free. Even the can is BPA free. One of the best can foods for our kitties. Good luck!

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      • Ingrid
        March 31, 2016 at 5:42 am (2 months ago)

        As much as I love Weruva as a brand, the answer you got when you called them infuriates me, Eileen! “The onus is on the customer to check ingredients?” That’s precisely what’s wrong with the pet food industry in general, sigh.

        I had not heard of First Mate, but it looks good at first glance. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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        • Eileen
          April 1, 2016 at 1:43 am (2 months ago)

          Yes, it infuriated me too Ingrid! Actually first I was shocked and then infuriated. I would be interested in hearing your opinion of the First Mate. They seem to be doing a lot right, but I’m so afraid that eventually, to meet demand, they too will cut corners like the others.

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          • Ingrid
            April 1, 2016 at 6:24 am (2 months ago)

            I’m concerned about potato being listed as the third ingredient on their formulas – that could potentially be a lot of starch.

          • Eileen
            April 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm (2 months ago)

            Knowing that too many carbs aren’t good for kitties I was also concerned so I called them about it and they had assured me that it was no more than 1-2%…the meat being 98-99%. They said since they don’t use any gums or carageenan the potato is needed to hold it together.

          • Tom
            April 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm (2 months ago)

            Cats shouldn’t need supplementary carbs. As obligate carnivores who, in nature, don’t eat potatoes, carrots, or blueberries, they should be able to get all of their nutrition from a diet consisting of meat, meat, and meat. While the do munch on grass, that seems NOT to be for any nutritional value in the grass, but more perhaps as “roughage” to help move hairballs through the system.

      • Sandi
        March 31, 2016 at 10:41 am (2 months ago)

        Eileen,
        Thank you so much for the First Mate recommendation. The response from Weruva is very disappointing and shows a lack of compassion for cats and owners who need information on the food source to keep them healthy. I can’t wrap my head around this company’s inability to have empathy for cats who are sick and owner’s who are worried about them and trying to do the right thing. Considering ( I’ve read) that hyperthyroid disease in cats is so prevalent, you’d think they’d be more aware of why mentioning tuna or any fish source in cat food was necessary. Also, I just learned that some cats are allergic to fish.

        My vet mentioned no fish restrictions after Cookie was diagnosed but when I called her and mentioned that Cookie wouldn’t eat (or drink) anything but tuna=iodine (which we didn’t want to give her but she refused food and water) only then did she say to not feed her tuna or fish and she sold us methimazole pills to give her while we were waiting for the compound gel to arrive in 5 days. We then purchased Tiki which has a broth and she started eating again.

        I’ve been reading food labels constantly and some are disappointing when they advertise one thing and then you find fish or fish oil in the labeled ingredients. Why do these companies think ‘fish’ has to be added to all cat foods when the wild cat diet does not include fish? And you never get the % of fish either. Dr. Petersen said he doesn’t mind a little fish now and then but how do you know how much fish is too much when these companies don’t or won’t tell you?

        We are going to stay the course with the methimazole-Gel and check her levels in a couple of weeks. If we go the way of radio Iodine injection, it’s unavailable here so, we’d have to take her out of town to have this done.

        Cookie has gone crazy over duck by Nature’s Variety Instinct and she loves Tiki chicken. So, First Mate sounds like it’s in the same vein. Yeah!

        I joined the Hyperthyroid Yahoo group but so far, into my reading I’m finding…. they’re fans of a raw meat diet (rabbit) and adding in the taurine,etc. I’m not sure I’m ready to go in that direction.

        Again, thanks for this recommendation.

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        • Ingrid
          March 31, 2016 at 11:05 am (2 months ago)

          It looks like only two of Fist Mate’s flavors are fish-free, so read labels carefully, Sandi!

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          • Sandi
            March 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm (2 months ago)

            Thanks Ingrid. I noticed FirstMate puts Iodine in the Chicken formula. Chicken is part of a low iodine diet so, I probably won’t buy First Mate since the Rx’s job is to lower the iodine level and it doesn’t make sense to feed her more iodine.

          • Eileen Croninekc
            March 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm (2 months ago)

            Re: First Mate…yes there are only 2 flavors without fish, the ones I mentioned….chicken and duck…which they identify clearly on the labels. You won’t find any fish oil etc. in the ingredients. Re: the iodine…in order for the food to be considered a complete, balanced diet, a small amount of iodine, along with other supplements, is required by federal regulators. The reason you won’t find iodine itemized on other brands is because of the excessive amounts of it found in fish, fish oil, carageenan and other gums that more than fulfill the minimum requirement of regulators. The only pet food that does not have iodine is the prescription food such as Hill’s but then that’s full of meat by-products and excessive preservatives etc that more than likely include remains of other animals’ thyroid glands that could already be full of iodine. I still feel that a regulated, controlled amount of iodine is better than by-products, carageenan and gums. If you have questions about First Mate you should give them a call. Btw, I heard that they’re soon coming out with a lamb recipe. Good luck!

    • Julie
      April 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm (1 month ago)

      Y/d tinned cat food and y/d dry pellets. My Jessie’s thyroid level was 110, should be between 10-50. Three weeks later her levels went down to 35 and her heart rate has come down too. It’s saved her life and she’s a different cat now. Must remember though no other treats allowed, no other types of cat or human foods and leave out plenty of water. Top tip from vet as the food can be a bit claggy and paté like. Mush up food, don’t flatten it, add tablespoon of water and to make food more tantalising sprinkle a thin layer of Thrive 100% dried chicken over the top. The secret of y/d is it had no iodine in it. Im in the UK and order it on line in bulk. Not cheap but worth it. Think its made in Germany. Lots of good luck

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      • Sandi
        April 21, 2016 at 10:59 am (1 month ago)

        Julie,
        Thanks. My vet doesn’t recommend y/d. Cookie is doing well on the Rx and her thyroid #’s have come down. The Rx is Methimazole transdermal cream that we put in her ear which cost $440 a yr.

        We’re rotating a few brands of no grains high protein foods and she’s gaining back the weight she lost, loves the new foods and her energy is way up.

        The high protein foods have changed her. For 14 yrs she happily stayed in our fenced-in backyard off and on during the day from April-Oct. She has access to a screened back porch and the back door is open if she wants to come inside the house also. But….she must have started looking for ways to leave the backyard and she found one. So, we’d find her in our neighbor’s yard and showing up at our front door wanting to be let in!

        She’s an indoor cat with backyard privileges so, it scared us to find her leaving our yard. She has a lot more energy from the new foods which may have be causing this urge to roam.

        We found out how she was leaving our yard and corrected it. So far, she’s hasn’t left the yard.

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        • Jan
          April 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm (4 weeks ago)

          Hi Sandi,

          I am new to the site. I understand your frustration about cat food. I have one cat that is diabetic and another one that has hyperthyroidism and slight kidney problem. I always am reading labels, making sure there are no carbs – what so ever in the cat food (no potatoes, peas, alfalfa, etc.). It is difficult.

          I wanted to let you know, I had the radio active Iodine procedure done on another one of my cats and it was well worth the money. It cost me $1500 and I have save that in prescription drugs. It is something to look into.

          I also have to pay for insulin and needles for my diabetic cat. Insulin costs me almost $300 every 5 months and needles $14 every 3 months.

          I am looking into Petite Cuisine cat food. Looks interesting. I am also going to look in Weruva – Soulistic Brand. Do you have any suggestions on that brand? It would be appreciated.

          I have 7 cats in total, so my cat food bils and vet bills add up.

          My cats are indoor cats, but they have an outside fenced in kennel – about 18′ x 8’with deer netting on the top so they can’t climb out. It also has a 8′ x 12′ x 11’H structure that they can go in. It also has a loft, windows, door with a cat door for the winter. They love it. Can go outside any time and I don’t have to worry about them. Just call me the crazy cat lady of our neighborhood.

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          • Sandi
            April 30, 2016 at 11:39 pm (4 weeks ago)

            Hi Jan,
            Thanks for your recommendation on the radio active procedure. We haven’t decided on that yet. We’d have to take her out of town because there’s no one in our town who does that procedure.

            So far, the Rx is managing the thyroid. I don’t know if that will change so, we’re going month by month at this point and blood test are in her future so, we’ll see how well the Rx works over time.

            I did not order Weruva and it’s not sold in my town. I believe Ingrid who runs this site is the expert on Weruva. I settled on Tiki Cat, Puka,Puka chicken but it’s expensive so, for 7 cats that could be an issue. I also feed Cookie Nature’s Variety Instinct in Duck & Lamb. She goes wild for both of these brands but on Tiki days…she acts like she’s addicted to it and begs all day to be fed. I also tried Earthborn Holistic Chicken Catccitori but it has gravy so, I’m not sure I’ll keep buying it. She loves it though. I’ve also tried ‘Limited ingredients diet’ in the Nature’s Instinct brand.

            I haven’t heard of Petite Cuisine, thanks, I’ll look into that one. It’s been difficult researching all these cats foods but no one store carries all the brands. I ended up ordering them from Amazon after sampling them and getting Cookie’s approval. She didn’t like everything we purchased but surprisingly, none of them had any adverse impact on her tummy. I took that to mean, that they were all a better grade of ingredients than cheaper cat foods. I also think she enjoyed the testing phase.

            Check the customer reviews on Amazon for Weruva.

            Thanks again for your recommendation. It’s nice to hear from someone who’s actually done the procedure for their cat.

  2. Samantha
    February 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm (3 months ago)

    I’ve just started my research on the best cat diet and have learned so much. It’s crazy to me how I’ve had 6 cats in my life time, my friends cats, my sisters cats, brothers cats..they all eat dry food. And they all live to be 16+. It’s also interesting how no one really knows this information about dry food vs wet food unless they put real effort into looking it up. Even shelters and organizations I volunteer for don’t use the FREE wet food given to them. They have boxes and boxes of it. This is all so weird to me. I’ve been reading all these comments hearing about diarrhea, food poisoning, etc. and my cats have been and are fine at home with their dry food. I’m just so confused on what to do! I’ve already read the article on why to switch to wet food too

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    • Ingrid
      February 24, 2016 at 5:57 am (3 months ago)

      One of the reasons why the information about why dry food is not a good nutritional choice for cats is not easily available is because of the massive amounts of marketing dollars pet food companies put into selling their food. Dry food is cheaper to produce because grains and fillers are cheaper than quality meat ingredients.

      I hope that after doing your own research, you’ll come to the conclusion that wet food is a better choice for cats. Yes, some cats will live well into their teens on dry food, just like some humans seem to live into their nineties on a diet of processed foods and junk food. But are they as healthy as they could be?

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    • Waunita
      February 24, 2016 at 10:46 am (3 months ago)

      It IS very hard to understand it all and separate the correct information from what is just someone’s opinion. My cats have lived to very old ages eating dry food but I have always given them wet food once or twice daily also so maybe that has been helpful. I’ve always heard wet food will cause teeth problems causing tarter buildup or decay because they are not getting the dry food to clean their teeth. I did find out recently that the Soulistic brand wet food except for a couple varieties DOES NOT contain carrageenan so that may be a good choice. We can just do the best we can.

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      • Ingrid
        February 24, 2016 at 11:06 am (3 months ago)

        Sadly, the myth that dry food cleans teeth is one that just won’t die, and unfortunately, many vets also perpetuate it. Most cats don’t chew their kibble long enough for any of the scraping action that is the theory behind this myth to kick in. What little they do chew shatters into small pieces. Some pet food manufacturers offer a “dental diet” that is made up of larger than normal sized kibble to encourage chewing, but in my years at veterinary practices, I’ve seen many cats swallow even those larger size pieces whole. Additionally, dry food actually leaves a carbohydrate residue in the cat’s mouth that actually encourages growth of tartar and plaque.

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        • Waunita
          February 24, 2016 at 11:38 am (3 months ago)

          Again I have learned something new…thank you! I worked for a vet years ago and learned so much that has been helpful over the years (especially with my horses) but alot of advancements have been made with cat and dog feeding and I’d say much for their better health. So if I stay with high protein what about the Carbs-Fat-Phos-Potass-or Sodium amounts? My kidney kitty isn’t real thrilled with the Weruva shredded chicken every day, he’s more of a patte guy so I’ve been mixing Soulistic patte with Weruva when he slacks off eating and he is happier. I’ve mixed other brands now and then just to keep his interest and then go back to the raw shredded till he gets bored. I tried cooking chicken, skinning and deboning and he didn’t want it at all! Can you recommend the best patte style? Thank you SO much.

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  3. Waunita
    February 9, 2016 at 11:44 am (4 months ago)

    Although I live on a farm my 8 kitties are pampered more indoors than out but enjoy lounging on the porch when the weather suits them. No close neighbors but every couple years a new kitty is dumped then we socialize, spay or neuter and spoil. Feeding can be expensive so I do have dry food available (Pro Plan is their favorite) and feed canned for breakfast. The kitties that passed the past several years were 20, 16 and 14 so not too bad. I currently have one kitty with kidney disease, I’ve been feeding Instinct frozen raw and canned chicken variety. He likes dry the best so I also use Instinct dry and add water. I tried raw chicken and he doesn’t want it but will eat it from a can. I would like to increase the canned for my other kitties so would like a recommendation that is somewhat cost effective for 7. Also the best variety of Weruva (or other brand) for the kidney disease kitty. We have one dog that is 16 and runs around like a puppy, we’ve always feed what we thought was high quality no grain dry and wet and added a fish oil pill daily. Would fish oil be helpful for all the kitties also. Thanks for any info since I’ve been very confused.

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    • Ingrid
      February 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm (4 months ago)

      Weruva is a good choice for cats with kidney disease due to its high moisture content. You’ll also want to look for formulas that are low in phosphorus (you’ll need to contact Weruva for that information as it’s not disclosed on labels.) Fish oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is though to have some benefit in preserving kidney function. Look for a comprehensive article on what to feed cats with kidney disease here on The Conscious Cat soon. I would encourage you to eliminate all dry food. Adding water to dry food is not a good idea – unless it’s eaten quickly, it can easily breed bacteria and mold.

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      • Waunita
        February 24, 2016 at 10:52 am (3 months ago)

        I ordered the chicken from Weruva and he liked it ok to start but isn’t interested much now so I’ve added a couple patte types and that makes him happy. I had read that chicken was the best for kidney disease cats and to avoid any salt type ingredients like fish or salmon. As for Fish Oil…do you add straight from the pill? We’ve done that for our dogs since puppies and one is 16 and one is 14 and both move like youngsters. I understand about the dry food with water and I only put a couple mouthfulls down so it won’t set around but thank you for the heads up on that.

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        • Ingrid
          February 24, 2016 at 11:07 am (3 months ago)

          Some cats will take fish oil “straight up,” others will prefer it to be mixed in with food.

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  4. Ayesha
    February 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm (4 months ago)

    When I last wrote it was with concern that the formula (Paw lickin chicken) I was giving my cat had too much gravy and not enough meat. That has since changed and the meat is abundant. My cat ate it all up at every feeding. Since that time I have added another cat to my home. Both cats were gobbling the Weruva without hesitation until a couple of weeks ago. Lately they have been rejecting the food and the gravy is somewhat different. Several weeks ago my older cat refused to eat the last can in the case I had ordered. When I finally threw it away and opened a new can from a new case she ate it without hesitation. More recently the cats will reject the food on and off. With the newest case of food I ordered this month I found a small green leaf sitting on the top of the food. Has the processing or inspection of how the food is made changed in any way? Does anyone have any concerns about the food? My older cat can still only eat this one kind of food. I have fed my other cat Soulistic and it appears to be the same. I will try it on the older cat to see if she can tolerate it in case they both continue to reject the Weruva.

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    • Joyce
      February 7, 2016 at 12:53 am (4 months ago)

      Ayesha, When I finally transitioned my kids to Weruva, they decided the Paw Lickin’ Chicken was the one they preferred. My older guy, Casey, was doing well on it, losing weight as I had hoped & my little one Maggie was enjoying meal time even more than ever. But, just like you, after a while I started noticing some inconsistencies. I ignored them because I saw nothing on the can or anywhere, that anything had changed. However, suddenly Casey started having chronic loose stools and started to go outside the litterbox. The loose stools turned to diarrhea, and Maggie started having loose stools. This was the ONLY food they were eating. Nothing else. Unfortunately I had to stop feeding it & put them back on the only diet they would agree to eat. The bowel movement issue cleared up almost instantly & so did the litterbox issue. The only advice I got which seems to make sense was that the manufacturer changed their poultry provider. I contacted Weruva but they did not respond to two emails. I was disappointed. I still am, because it’s been over a year I think and I really wanted to try going back again, but I really did get a little leery to be honest. Now I’m glad I didn’t because I would really be angry if I transitioned back and found the issues you’re finding. I don’t think my response was helpful to your situation right now, but you asked if anyone else has concerns. It’s too bad if the quality has been compromised, it seemed like a perfect product.

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    • Laura
      February 8, 2016 at 8:57 am (4 months ago)

      Dear Ayesha, and Joyce (who replied to Ayesha),
      I feed my boy Weruva’s Nine Liver most of the time, which has always been up to par, and although I have since reduced the PawLickinChickn to almost nil slowly over time, I havent seen inconsistencies.
      HOWEVER, I just noticed, on Weruva’s website, they have a new line, “TRULUX”, which is more expensive and holds to higher standards. One flavor, “Quick’n Quirky” is based on the “customer favorite” PawLickinChickn, only upgraded, and with turkey. Check it out.
      This might explain inconsistencies. Perhaps they’ve slacked, and are lacking in oversight whilst focusing on their new, more “lux” line. Disappointing, I’m sure, being that it was/is, as they acknowledge, a “customer favorite”.
      If you’d prefer less gravy, Tiki Cat has a chicken flavor (“Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consomme”) that is just shredded chicken, with a light broth/consomme. Mostly chicken, so much so, some might call it dry (Although it only looks dry after my boy has the broth first, comes back for the chicken).
      (Our regimen: I feed my fat older Cat Weruva Nine Liver and the aforementioned Tiki Cat Chicken, with a small daily snack of “Raw Goats Milk Yogurt with Chia Seeds”. Occasional raw meals, which Id like to increase. )

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      • Joyce
        February 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm (4 months ago)

        Hey Laura!! Thanks, that was seriously helpful! I will take a look when I get home later. Maybe I can make some slow changes. It’s kind of irritating however if they slack on what already seemed pretty perfect, only to create another version of perfect but perhaps add a flavor, AND make it more expensive. I rescued my kids from bad breeders. I’ve got 2 here in CA and 2 more rescues in my home in AZ – (my g/f lives there, they are well cared for) But it’s increasingly difficult to do the best for them when I’m struggling already. Can it really be the best they can do or is it really ALL about manipulation for a profit? I totally get they absolutely have a right to do what they want, I guess it just doesn’t ring well when a company touts their dedication to the health & well being of pets but then makes that available to the fortunate few who can afford it. It’s a fine line to taking advantage, I feel. I give up alot to give & do for my kids. Having them is worth everything I do … but what happens when there’s nothing left to trade? Not really looking for a response. Just venting. Thanks again Laura. Great information.

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    • karen
      February 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm (3 months ago)

      Ayesha, I am just reading your comments and am so thankful to hear, since I had the same thing happen in our household. And please note, for Laura: I was feeding Trulux. So stopped feeding this brand and was feeding Tiki but my two weren’t eating that either. I tried Instinct Raw and changed from Instinct LI dry to Wellness indoor and just noticed Soulistic doesn’t list carrageenan anymore and thought I’d try it. But after reading this, I think I am going to try Honest Kitchen….I am using their bone broth now…has anyone tried this brand yet???

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  5. Karen
    February 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm (4 months ago)

    What about Soulistic – Is its parent co. Wherever? Is Soulistic of lesser quality?

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    • Ingrid
      February 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm (4 months ago)

      I think it’s comparable.

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      • Karen
        February 13, 2016 at 11:33 am (3 months ago)

        Thanks Ingrid! I don’t understand how Weruva can make a less expensive cat food w/similar ingredients that’s of the same quality. I had stopped Weruva awhile back bc I got a bad batch (I bought it by the case), cat’s got diarrhea so we tried Tiki. Soulistic had carrageenan so didn’t bother. Now, it has more flavors without it so I bought some. It’s soooo confusing, as I have to have a food without fish/fish oils too. I also feed Instinct Raw mixed w/ Honest bone broth.

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  6. Marsha Andrews
    December 15, 2015 at 5:51 am (5 months ago)

    I’ve just had a chance to scan your site, but I get the impression that it is not good to give cats fish. That’s what I always thought. But now the pet stores are selling B.F.F. cat food in pouches which is very fishy although combined with lamb etc. They say that this is a good quality cat food. The pouches drive me crazy and often will squirt that icky smelling fish gravy like food on me – not impressed, but my cat is crazy over this food. I can’t understand why they would package it like this, but the more important thing is that I think ‘Boots’ has a voracious appetite for this food because of the fish. I’m from Canada. Should I try and make him stick it out with Halo? There’s a store I can buy the pate kind which is the only one he’ll eat. God pets are picky!

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    • Ingrid
      December 15, 2015 at 7:17 am (5 months ago)

      I only recommend the Weruva flavors that don’t contain fish, and I don’t recommend BFF since all the flavors have tuna in them. You can find my other recommended brands here: http://consciouscat.net/2012/03/22/the-best-food-for-your-cat/ I’m pretty sure many of these brands are available in Canada, or can be ordered from Amazon.

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      • Pat
        January 21, 2016 at 9:03 am (4 months ago)

        But this is not a raw meat preparation, is it? You wrote that “The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet.”

        Seems to me that they are not the same thing at all. While I think that this company is doing many things right, canned is not raw.

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        • Ingrid
          January 21, 2016 at 9:19 am (4 months ago)

          Weruva diets are canned diets – I never said anything different in this article or anywhere else.

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  7. Susan Y
    December 14, 2015 at 11:32 pm (5 months ago)

    Hello,

    I was doing more research on Weruva and I was disappointed to find out that some of their canned wet food does have Carrageenan listed as an ingredient. See the link here for their ingredients listed on their website: http://www.weruva.com/cat-cuisine-mack-and-jack.php

    Back to square one 🙁

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    • Ingrid
      December 15, 2015 at 7:19 am (5 months ago)

      That is correct Susan, some of Weruva’s formulas have carrageenan, but many are carrageenan-free. Unfortunately, you’ll have to read each individual label.

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  8. Sara
    June 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm (11 months 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 (11 months 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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      • Becca
        December 5, 2015 at 5:34 pm (6 months ago)

        Actually, I’ve been feeding my cat the Lamburgerini–with the assumption that it does not have fish in it. She loves it, and I wanted to make it a central protein. But the ingredient list reads (from the beginning): Fish Broth, Lamb, Tuna. It also smells like fish (which makes sense). My cat loves fish, and I’m sure this is part of the reason she likes the Lamburgerini. She doesn’t really like the chicken, and won’t touch the beef.

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  9. Patti
    June 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm (11 months 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 (11 months 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 (11 months ago)

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

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      • Ingrid
        June 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm (11 months 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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    • Patti
      August 10, 2015 at 9:57 am (10 months ago)

      I wasn’t reading the label correctly. I ended up switching from Weruva to Newman’s Own Organics, but now I’m really concerned because there is carageenan and guar gum in the Newman’s. I understand Weruva has neither, but the ingredients are not organic. Such a dilemma…….why can’t a company produce an organic, carageenan/guar gum free canned food? It would make life so simple. I give my cats the Cats in the Kitchen pouches in the evenings, which they LOVE.

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      • Ingrid
        August 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm (10 months ago)

        I agree, in an ideal world, all cat food would be organic and carrageenan-free, Patti!

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  10. Gokmen
    April 29, 2015 at 1:02 am (1 year 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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  11. Merin
    April 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm (1 year 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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  12. Max
    March 2, 2015 at 11:09 am (1 year 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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  13. Max
    February 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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.

  14. Paula
    February 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm (1 year 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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  15. Gokmen
    February 16, 2015 at 1:37 am (1 year 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 (1 year ago)

      Yes, Weruva is a complete diet.

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  16. debera delgatto
    January 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm (1 year ago)

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

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  17. Lisa
    January 21, 2015 at 10:09 am (1 year 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 (1 year 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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  18. RK
    January 11, 2015 at 12:02 am (1 year 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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  19. Annemarie Carlson
    December 31, 2014 at 5:41 pm (1 year 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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  20. Andrea
    December 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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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  21. Jessica d
    November 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)

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

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  22. Jessica
    November 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)

        Good to know, thanks !

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  23. Annemarie Carlson
    August 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  24. Ayesha
    July 18, 2014 at 12:33 am (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  25. Carla
    July 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  26. Joyce
    June 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  27. Tom
    June 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)

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

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  28. Steve
    May 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  29. Lola
    February 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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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  30. 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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.

  31. 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)

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

          • Anna
            January 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)

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

  32. 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)

        I’m really sorry to hear that, Judith.

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      • Will Hodges
        May 5, 2014 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

        Yipes!

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        • Joyce
          May 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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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