Boreal cat food is made in Canada. The company uses Canadian ingredients as much as possible. Most of their foods use a single protein source and low glycemic index carbohydrates. Learn more about Boreal cat food in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard – Rating Boreal Cat Food on What Matters
We have analyzed Boreal cat food and rated it according to our standards here at Cats.com. Our grades are based on the species-appropriateness of the food, the quality of the ingredients, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. You can read more about our ratings here.
Here are our ratings for Boreal in these key areas:
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.8/10
We give Boreal cat food a 47 out of 60 rating (78.33) or a B+/A- grade.
According to Boreal, the company has been working in the field of pet nutrition for some 30 years. We couldn’t pin down an exact date for when the company started.
Boreal uses mainly Canadian ingredients in their pet foods. Most of their foods use a single source of protein. They also “lean heavily” on peas and beans, along with antioxidants and a prebiotic package for taste and digestive and health concerns.
The company states that they are trying to reduce the “wrong” kind of carbohydrates and focus on low glycemic index (GI) starches. They think this will keep our pet feeling full longer and keep blood sugar levels fro spiking.
They also use Availa®Pet, an easily absorbed trace mineral package containing zinc, iron and manganese in all of their pet foods for its health benefits.
Boreal states that their diets are similar to the ancestral diets of cats and dogs that inhabited arboreal forest regions in North America ages ago.
The company has headquarters in Ontario, Canada.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Boreal’s dry foods are made in Ontario. These foods use green whole peas and northern white beans that are grown in Canada’s prairie provinces and in southern Ontario.
The meats used in their dry foods come from Canadian-raised chicken, turkey, duck, and sustainable salmon farms. Their lamb is imported from Australia.
Boreal’s wet foods are made from sustainable sea products raised in British Columbia and Thailand. Some of their canned foods are produced in Thailand.
Boreal provides descriptions and definitions of their ingredients (in detail) on their web site.
Has Boreal Cat Food Been Recalled?
We didn’t find any recalls for Boreal pet foods online. Most records in North America only go back to about 2009 so any recalls prior to that time would be hard to find.
What Kinds Of Food Does Boreal Offer?
We often complain that pet food companies devote more attention to dog foods than cat foods. It’s hard to make that complaint about Boreal. The company has several product lines for cats in both dry and wet formulas. Their dry foods include a formula for indoor cats and one for senior/less active cats.
They make six dry recipes including “original,” “proper,” and “functional” foods. They make 13 wet food recipes.
Their foods come in a wide range of meat proteins, and grain-free and grain-inclusive formulas. All of their recipes are potato-free. The grain-free formulas are also gluten-free. All of their cat foods contain organic zinc. Boreal also says that they are low carb and use peas and beans.
- Original Chicken Grain Free
- Original Fish Trio Grain Free
- Boréal Original Turkey and Trout
- Proper Chicken Meal Low Carb Grains
- Functional Indoor Cat
- Functional Senior and Less Active Cat
- Cobb Chicken, Canadian Duck & Atlantic Salmon
- Cobb Chicken, New Zealand Lamb & Angus Beef
- Cobb Chicken and Atlantic Salmon
- Cobb Chicken and Chicken Liver
- Cobb Chicken and Canadian Duck
- Cobb Chicken and Heritage Turkey
- Pork and Trout
- Heritage Turkey & Trout
- Red Tuna, Carrot & Green Pea in Gravy
- Red Tuna With Shrimp in Gravy
- Red Tuna With Whitefish in Gravy
- Red Tuna With Gravy
- Red Tuna With Chicken in Gravy
Boreal Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Primary Protein||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Boreal Cobb Chicken, Canadian Duck & Atlantic Salmon canned food||Wet||Chicken||105 kcal per 100g||$7.31 per lb||B+|
|Boreal Proper Chicken Meal Low Carb Grains cat food||Dry||Chicken||3510 kcal per kg||$3.91 per lb||A-|
|Boreal Red Tuna with Gravy for cats||Wet||Tuna||105 kcal per 100g||$10.14 per lb||A-|
What Do Customers Think Of Boreal Cat Food?
Most of the customer reviews we found come from Homesalive.ca in Canada. We only found a few negative comments and they weren’t very negative.
Our 2 farm cats, the hobo cat who has moved in uninvited AND my Mom’s indoor cat all apparently like this food because we’re oftening refilling feeders! They seem healthy and happy on it. The longhaired one in particular looks to have an extra silky coat since I added this kibble to the rotation. – by Carrie V. reviewing Boréal Original Cat Food – Chicken on 12 Apr 2021
My cats love it. I give it to my black cat because she had IBD and it lessens her symptoms. The B vitamins help her with managing the condition. It also has prebiotics and she loves it. This gets mixed with royal canin dental cause both my cats love each and they will fight if one gets one type and the other gets the other. My wife lived in the US.
A and her cat was on blackwood farm cat food. So our black cat is a bit spoiled by food quality but it helps her IBD and the quality of food is great. It took a while to find a food that the black cat loved. by Braam C. reviewing Boréal Original Cat Food – Chicken on 10 Jan 2020
Bland looking pate. – by Anita D. reviewing Boréal Canned Cat Food – Cobb Chicken, New Zealand Lamb & Angus Beef on 19 Apr 2021
It needs to be stirred and is pretty soupy. 2 cats are happy with it, one won’t eat it. – by Amber R. reviewing Boréal Canned Cat Food – Cobb Chicken & Canadian Duck on 29 Apr 2021
Love the large can option for a great price. I just wish it had a little more moisture. It sticks to the spoon like glue, making it annoying to get out of the can. – by Alecia P. reviewing Boréal Canned Cat Food – Cobb Chicken & Canadian Duck on 30 Apr 2020
How Much Does Boreal Cat Food Cost?
Boreal cat food is a more expensive cat food in Canada. It starts around $22.99 for the 2.26 kg (5 lb) bag of dry cat food. The 5.4 kg (12 lb) bag of of food is around $50.99. This makes it more expensive than many well-known brands in North America.
We found Boreal canned food for about $4.29 per 13 ounce can. A case of 12 13-ounce cans was priced around $45. Prices may vary depending on where you find the products. Many online retailers currently reported that they were sold out of the canned foods.
Overall, Is Boreal Cat Food A Good Choice?
Yes, Boreal cat food seems like a very good food. Some of the foods may be better than others, depending on whether you like plant-based protein in your cat’s diet. We would give an extra nod to some of the foods that have fewer (or no) peas and beans.
How Do You Order Boreal Cat Food?
According to the company, Boreal made a business decision not to sell to the larger retail pet stores. They prefer to sell through independent pet specialty stores. It’s easiest to find Boreal cat foods in Canada at some of these stores. You can also find Boreal on Homesalive.ca.
You can also look for local stores that sell Boreal pet foods on their web site.