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.

369 Comments on Weruva Cat Food Review

  1. Mary Meyrovich
    August 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm (3 months ago)

    My cat is 4 years old, had urinary problems a year ago so we switched him from dry food to strictly canned soulistic turkey and chicken only. He’s been doing great on this for past year until recently. Now he has chronic diarrhea, multiple times a day. Any recommendations?

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    • Ingrid
      August 5, 2019 at 5:11 am (3 months ago)

      I believe I replied to your Facebook message yesterday. If you haven’t already done so, get him checked out by your vet. You can try adding a probiotic to his food to see if that helps, but chronic diarrhea can be an indicator of a serious health problem and should not be taken lightly. As for probiotics, I recommend these two: http://amzn.to/YRaNcE and https://amzn.to/2Kj4Mat

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      • Mary Meyrovich
        August 5, 2019 at 5:38 pm (3 months ago)

        Yes thank you, I wasn’t sure which site was best to message on. I took him to the vet today, 450.00 for xrays, blood work, fluids, and meds but Nothing showed up. Said it could be colitis so put him on an antibiotic. They tried to get me to switch his food to Science diet or Royal Canine even though he’s been on this soulistic for a year now and has done great. We previously tried Science diet a year ago when he was diagnosed with urinary problems but he was vomiting on it so switched to soulistic after reading your suggestions. They told me NOT to feed any grain free food because it can cause heart disease? I’ve never heard of that. I really don’t want to switch his food unless it’s absolutely necessary. I’ve ordered the digestive aid with probiotics you suggested and really hope it works.

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        • Ingrid
          August 6, 2019 at 5:36 am (3 months ago)

          There have been reports that supposedly link grain-free diets to an increase in DCM in dogs, and the FDA is currently investigating. We don’t really know enough yet to know whether there is a link, and most likely, if there is, the culprit is not the lack of grains, but something else. You may find this article enlightening: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/08/05/nutritionally-related-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-dogs.aspx Dr. Becker’s analysis makes more sense to me than anything else I’ve read, and while her article is about dogs, I suspect that the same will probably be true for cats as well. I do not agree with your vet’s advice to not feed grain-free food – I believe it’s premature, given how little we know about this issue.

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          • Mary
            August 26, 2019 at 7:38 pm (3 months ago)

            Thanks so much for the information. I’ve been using Dr. Goodpets feline digestive enzymes with probiotics like you suggested but he still has chronic diarrhea about 7 times a day. The vet recommended switching food but II didn’t want to use the Science diet he suggested. I noticed your list includes the canned instinct. He claims both chicken and eggs can be a common allergen which the soulistic contains so was going to try him on the instinct turkey pate limited ingredient diet. Both the protein and fat content is higher though so wondering what you think?

      • Ava Goldman
        August 16, 2019 at 1:37 pm (3 months ago)

        I agree with Ingrid. I’ll link some other articles from experts below, which I think explain the issue more fairly and objectively. Anyway, in the first place, why would the FDA release such an inconclusive study’s findings and still implicate certain grain-free brands? It’s counterintuitive. I’d like to think this flaw should be enough to raise people’s eyebrows. Yet most of what I see lately on this over-a-month-long issue are simple links of the dated FDA report and initial articles written mainstream media. In other words, people are only seeing the list! Few are even reading the details of the study, and this just contributes to the panic. Again, the FDA HAS NOT LINKED DCM WITH GRAIN-FREE PET FOOD. Let’s not be too quick to ride the bandwagon against grain-free, everyone. I hope the posts below help clarify things.
        https://thrivingmutts.com/dcm-and-grain-free-dog-food/?fbclid=IwAR3nagD-Hjh_DG4OZTTG5F1Hmnq-NdQcXYiFP_Uftzz7wtQYNaSaTPwXrl8
        https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-news/fda-investigating-potential-link-between-diet-and-heart-disease-in-dogs/?fbclid=IwAR2y6nzHHazgvmHitbYBW_KSj7wF27eSpmGAttF7CAk2rIe8VS8mwX2h4MA

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  2. Kate
    June 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm (5 months ago)

    I have found that Weruva sneaks tuna into most of their wet food. The front label lists some ingredients, leading you to think it is, for example” “chicken and pumpkin” but when you read the fine print on the back, it contains TUNA. In fact, most if not all of their pate food contains tuna. And my cats don’t like the stew type foods, that do not contain tuna, but do contain carbs like peas and carrots.

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  3. Pej
    February 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm (9 months ago)

    well the main problem with that is my cat refusing to eat any sort of turkey.
    dry wet or treat

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  4. brit
    January 17, 2019 at 11:09 pm (10 months ago)

    Have been using Wellness canned cat food (chicken or turkey) as they no longer have carrageenan in their product. Seems to be a decent food plus can get a large 15oz can. I do use Rawz kibble as treats

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