Cat food made with avocados? This calls for an in-depth analysis. Get the facts in our Avoderm cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Avoderm on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Avoderm and graded it according to the Cats.com standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. Here’s how it rates in each of these six key areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 7/10
- Product Variety – 7/10
- Price – 8/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 5/10
Overall Score: 7/10
We give Avoderm cat food a 42 out of 60 rating or a B grade.
Breeder’s Choice has been in the pet food manufacturing business since 1947. In the 1980s, Breeder’s Choice learned that a local avocado farmer had surplus crops. According to Avoderm legend, the company’s extensive research revealed the nutritional benefits of avocado for pets and a partnership was born.
The result was Avoderm, a brand of pet food that includes avocado in every recipe.
Wait…avocados in pet food? If listicles and infographics are to be believed, avocados are up there with chocolate and raisins in terms of foods your cat shouldn’t eat.
Yet for over 30 years, avocados have remained a central part of the brand’s identity and all Avoderm recipes. The inclusion of this ingredient has earned Avoderm fans and controversy. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Avoderm, including facts about the safety of avocados, where Avoderm is made, and where you can buy it.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Avoderm cat food is manufactured by Breeder’s Choice. This company operates one manufacturing facility located in Irwindale, California. Click here to learn more about the plant’s capabilities and standards.
Most of Avoderm’s primary ingredients come from North American suppliers, with some ingredients sourced from France, New Zealand, Thailand, and Peru.
Has Avoderm Cat Food Been Recalled?
Avoderm cat food has never been recalled, but their dog food has. In 2012, the FDA announced that Avoderm was recalling their Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Formula dry dog food due to potential salmonella contamination.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Avoderm Offer?
Avoderm’s cat food selection is varied. It includes dry and wet recipes. Some come in cans and some come in pouches.
Avoderm offers life stage-specific foods, including recipes for kittens, adults, and all life stages. You’ll also find a selection of health-oriented foods, including products for cats with hairballs, cats who need to lose weight, cats with food intolerances, and food intended to support skin and coat health.
And all of them contain at least a tiny bit of avocado.
The company gushes over this ingredient, claiming that it supports skin and coat health, provides vitamins A, C, E, and B6, and is rich in healthy fat.
But does it provide those benefits for cats? Not quite.
Cats are obligate carnivores. This doesn’t just mean they like to eat animals. It affects the way they digest and metabolize their food. As obligate carnivores, cats aren’t good at utilizing the nutrients in plant ingredients. This fact shows up in their inability to utilize those healthy fats present in avocado and their inability to utilize vitamin A from plants.
So there are a few problems with the idea of avocado as a superfood for cats. But while they’re not the nutritional powerhouses you might want them to be, avocados aren’t toxic, either.
While the pit, stem, and skin of an avocado may be unsafe, its fruit and oil—the components used in Avoderm foods—are generally considered safe for cats.
Avoderm Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Avoderm Natural Grain-Free Tuna & Crab Entree in Gravy Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.45 per oz||C+|
|Avoderm Natural Chicken Formula Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.34 per oz||B+|
|Avoderm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Formula Adult Dry Cat Food||Dry||$4.42 per lb||B|
What Do Customers Think Of Avoderm Cat Food?
The brand’s most enthusiastic fans claim that the food’s use of avocado-based ingredients support skin and coat health. Others have a vague respect for the foods’ ingredient quality.
Still, there’s a group of people who refuse to feed Avoderm out of worry that the food will make their cats sick. Disappointed customers usually talk about inconsistent product quality, with more than one customer saying that their cats will eat some cans and not others.
“My long-haired cat Lorenzo had been eating a different brand of high quality food but over the past couple of months his coat was spiky and greasy looking and he had tons of dandruff. Since spiky fur can be a sign of illness, I took him to the vet for a check-up even though he was acting perfectly normal. All tests came back perfect. The vet found no sign of illness. We talked about trying different food and a friend recommended Avoderm. Lorenzo has been eating Avoderm for about a month now and it seems to have taken care of the problem. His coat is fluffy and shiny with no dandruff. It took him a couple of days to get used to the flavor but now he loves it, as do my other 2 cats.” – Chickpanda, reviewing Avoderm Natural Chicken & Herring Meal Dry Cat Food
“Jake, at Chewy, suggested three different foods that my finicky cat might like. I bought all three and the only one she absolutely loves is the AvoDerm. It is the first time in the ten years that I have had her that she has cleaned her plate completely upon eating the food. Usually, if there any liquid in the pate, she will lick it up and leave the food. But there is no liquid in this pate, which is soft and even smells good, and nevertheless, she gobbles it up. I’m in heaven. I had to donate the Miko and the American Journey, two other brands that were suggested, but I am thrilled to have found her something she will eat without having to starve herself into submission. Thanks, Jake!!” – Ebonylight, reviewing Avoderm Natural Chicken Formula Canned Cat Food
“I’ve been buying Avoderm Tuna and crab for at least 8 years and the last 2 years (and probably 3 or more years) there have been too many cans with bad/stinky/no good crab in each case of 24 (small cans). I didn’t say anything until 2019(August). I told Chewy and they immediately credited me. It kept happening and the next time I told Chewy they contacted the company (Breeder’s Choice) about my complaint. Someone from B.C. emailed me and gave me a “canned” explanation about how the food meets all their standards etc. I even started taking pictures of the opened cans with the crab that was no good/stinky that my cats won’t eat. The rest of the cans that are ok are very good and my cats love it, but I kept track and out of 10 recent cases (24 cans per case- small cans= 240 cans) there were 70 cans I had to throw out. Even if you take the bad crab out, the tuna has that horrible smell and the cats won’t eat the tuna either. I even sent pictures to the company Breeder’s choice and got the same type of standard email back saying that they had done inspections and the product meets all of their quality standards. Although Chewy will refund you for any cans with the bad crab I can’t imagine they’ll want to keep doing it. I’m so tired of opening cans and never knowing if it’s going to be good or bad and then having to throw it out, wash out the can for recycling AND have to keep track of how many cans had bad crab so I can get a refund that I finally decided to just stop buying it. It’s a real shame because our cats loved the product but I’m disgusted that a company thinks it’s acceptable for a customer to pay so much money for their product and it’s ok for them to put up with 70 bad cans (only crab is bad) out of 240 total (10 cases). It’s making the customer help them keep their costs down by making us pay for the crab that goes bad instead of them throwing it out. It’s bad business practice and for a loyal customer who’s been buying it for about 8 years so I don’t recommend it on this basis. If they’d stop putting the bad crab in I’d buy it again but they deny it and I’m tired of paying for the privilege of tracking it and throwing it out and trying to get my money back. Also, recently there are times I’ve pulled out up to 6 cans in a row out of the case that all had the bad crab. Here’s just 1 of the pictures of the clumps/globs of stinky bad crab” – Rboysmom, reviewing Avoderm Tuna & Crab Canned Cat Food
“After several presentations none of my five cats would have anything to do with it. A real waste of money.” – pickyconsumer22, reviewing Avoderm Natural Chicken Formula Canned Cat Food
How Much Does Avoderm Cat Food Cost?
Depending on which formulas you buy, Avoderm ranges from economical to expensive. For example, their wet food ranges from about $1.56 to $3.15 per day if you’re feeding a typical 10-lb cat. Their dry food is significantly cheaper, with daily feeding costs adding up to around $0.14 per day.
Overall, Is Avoderm A Good Choice?
Whether or not Avoderm is a good choice depends on which recipe you choose and what you’re looking for. If you pick the right formula—like the chicken formula canned food reviewed above—Avoderm might be an economical, species-appropriate choice.
If you’re interested in Avoderm as a solution for your cat’s skin and coat health, it’s probably not the best choice. You’d be better off exploring brands that feature anti-inflammatory, nourishing omega-3s from animal sources. Consider foods that contain salmon oil, menhaden fish oil, and green-lipped mussel. Many brands fit this description, with Feline Natural, Ziwi Peak, and Vital Essentials standing out as top-rated options.
Where To Buy Avoderm Cat Food?
You can buy Avoderm cat food in feed stores and pet specialty retailers. Click here to find a retailer near you. If you’d rather shop online, look for Avoderm on Amazon, Chewy, PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, Jet, PetFlow, or PetProducts.com.