Carnilove is an international pet food brand. The company has headquarters in the Czech Republic and exports dog and cat food to 70 countries around the world. Carnilove values a traditional meat/prey diet for animals. Learn more about Carnilove cat food in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard – Rating Carnilove On What Matters
We have analyzed Carnilove 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 Carnilove in these key areas:
- Species-Appropriateness – 8/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 6/10
- Customer Experience – 6/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 7.7/10
We give Carnilove cat food a 46 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
Carnilove cat food is made with respect for the natural origin of cats. Their dry cat food contains 70-75 percent wild-origin meat and their fresh dry food contains 80 percent meat (including fresh meat). Their canned wet food for cats and kittens contains 55 percent real meat together with forest fruits, vegetables and herbs. All of their cat foods are grain-free and potato-free.
Carnilove’s cat foods are complete formulas. They have all of the nutrition that cats and kittens need to thrive including vitamins, fats, natural antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. You don’t need to add anything else for your cat’s perfect physical condition and immune system support.
According to Carnilove, their formulas correspond to the composition of a cat’s natural prey.
Carnilove is owned by Vafo Group, one of the most successful pet food businesses in Europe. Vafo was founded in 1994. It includes brands such as Planet Pet, Christopherus, Nutrican, Profine, Brit, Primadog, Canvit, HauHau, Primacat, Sams Field, as well as Carnilove.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Carnilove is made in the Czech Republic by a family with 20+ years of pet business experience. The company makes dry and wet pet food and snacks at four modern production plants in the Czech Republic. Carnilove is exported around the world to 70 countries.
According to the company, they have extensive experience in the field of canine and feline nutrition. Their professionals are also devoted animal breeders.
While Carnilove values natural ingredients and wild-origin meats, their production is certified in compliance with exacting qualitative criteria such as ISO 9001 and HACCP.
Carnilove doesn’t specifically state where their ingredients are sourced. However, the Czech Republic is in the European Union. It’s likely that most of their ingredients are sourced in Europe. The European Union has some strict requirements regarding the manufacture of pet foods.
Carnilove uses what they describe as “wild-origin” meats such as reindeer, duck, pheasant, turkey, lamb, wild boar, and salmon. These meats, fowl, and fish correspond to the composition of natural prey for dogs and cats. They provide important amino acids.
The cat foods also include forest fruits, vegetables, wild berries, and herbs since these are natural sources of important vitamins, antioxidants, and essential nutrients.
All of Carnilove’s foods are grain-free and potato-free. They contain no artificial chemicals, preservatives or flavorings.
Has Carnilove Cat Food Been Recalled?
We didn’t find any recalls for Carnilove pet foods online but we cannot say definitively that they have never had a recall. Many countries have only recently begun keeping careful records of recall data. However, as far as we can tell, Carnilove cat food has not been recalled.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Carnilove Offer?
Carnilove – Into The Wild cat food has been formulated for a cat’s natural dietary needs. Since cats are almost exclusively meat-eaters, their anatomy and metabolism are adapted to processing food from animal sources.
The company makes grain-free formulas that are rich in wild-origin meats such as salmon, turkey, duck, pheasant, lamb, reindeer, and wild boar. Other ingredients include forest fruits and herbs to provide essential proteins, fats, vitamins, and natural antioxidants for a cat’s perfect physical condition and immune system support.
Carnilove makes fresh dry cat food, dry food, wet canned food, pouches, and snacks for cats.
- Carnilove Fresh – Fresh Dry/Fresh Meat Formulas include: Fresh Chicken & Rabbit; Fresh Carp & Trout (recommended for sterilized cats).
- Carnilove Dry – Duck & Turkey (large breed cats); Lamb & Wild Boar (sterilized cats); Reindeer (outdoor cats); Salmon & Turkey (kitten formula); Salmon (adult cats with sensitive digestion; long-haired cats); Duck & Pheasant (hairball control).
- Carnilove Cans – Chicken & Lamb for adult cats; Turkey & Salmon for kittens; Chicken, Duck & Pheasant for adult cats; Turkey & Salmon for adult cats; Turkey & Reindeer for adult cats.
- Carnilove Pouches – Wild-origin Fillets in Gravy. Complete food or delicious topping for kibbles. Unique types of meat. No grains, no potatoes, no GMO, no soy, no preservatives, no colorants. High meat content 85 percent.
- Carnilove Cat Pouch Multipack – Rich in Rabbit enriched with Marigold; Rich in Trout enriched with Echinacea; Rich in Wild Boar enriched with Chamomile; Rich in Pheasant enriched with Raspberry Leaves; Rich in Duck enriched with Catnip; Rich in Quail enriched with Dandelion Leaves; Rich in Turkey enriched with Valerian.
- Carnilove Snacks – Crunchy Duck with Raspberries; Crunchy Salmon with Mint; Semi-Moist Chicken with Thyme; Semi-Moist Sardines enriched with Parsley
Carnilove Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Primary Protein||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Carnilove Turkey & Reindeer canned/wet food for adult cats||Wet||Turkey||1050 kcal per kg||£7.48 per lb||A|
|Carnilove Fresh Carp & Trout||Dry||Carp||3630 kcal per kg||£4.07 per lb||A-|
|Carnilove Duck & Pheasant (hairball control) for adult cats||Dry||Duck||3800 kcal per kg||£5.89 per lb||B+|
What Do Customers Think Of Carnilove Cat Food?
We found lots of reviews for Carnilove online on various pet supply websites. The majority of reviews were positive about the food with occasional comments that some cats hated the food, as you would expect. Most websites reported that over 90 percent of customers would recommend the food to other buyers.
Great flavour combination for cats with allergies/intolerance. Partly shredded and partly pate. Enjoyed by my cat – by Saffy on 06/13/2020
The only wet food my cat will eat… – by Rosie Evison on 06/28/2020
My cat enjoys it so far. It’s good value. I wish it was more accessible and I could get a free shipping on it from somewhere but anyway, 100% recommend. – by D.H. on 03/12/2021
Tried it on my fussy cat – turned her nose up at it… – by Sue Mitchell on 11/11/2020
Note: This was a five-star review but we are putting it in the negative column since the customer notes that s/he has trouble getting the food.
I have trouble getting hold of this brand in any flavour. Cat loves it. Is a mix of pate and shredded and leaves her very satisfied. Dispatched promptly. Would buy again. – by Saffy on 06/08/2020
How Much Does Carnilove Cat Food Cost?
A 100-gram can of Carnilove cat food costs about £1.35 in the UK. There can be some variation depending on the formula and ingredients. A case of 12 cans is about £16.20.
For their dry/fresh meat formulas, a 400-gram bag costs about £4.99.
Carnilove’s dry cat foods in 400-gram packages usually cost between £3.95 and £4.15, depending on the ingredients. Their dry foods are available in 2 kg bags as well for about £13.45. Bags of 6 kg cost £35.95.
Overall, Is Carnilove Cat Food a Good Choice?
We think that Carnilove cat food is a very good choice for cats. Wild-origin meats, with added vitamins and minerals as necessary, can be a healthy diet for your cat. Your house cat might not eat reindeer in the wild but she will probably appreciate the meat.
As far as we can tell, the ingredients in the foods are good quality, meeting EU regulatory standards. The dry and dry/fresh formulas do contain peas and chickpeas which are not ideal for cats.
If you are buying one of these formulas for your cat, we suggest that you read the ingredients to make sure these plant sources of protein are not near the top of the ingredient list. In small amounts they shouldn’t be a problem for your cat.
The company that owns Carnilove has been in business for over 20 years, owns multiple pet food companies, and is still expanding which is usually a good sign.
How Do You Order Carnilove Cat Food?
Carnilove is exclusively imported and distributed in the UK by BSB Products.
We found Carnilove available on various pet supply web sites in the UK and other countries. The food is also sold through Petco in Asia. Carnilove is also available on Amazon.com.uk.
We did notice that many formulas (not all) were currently out of stock on Amazon.com.uk, whether because of Covid-19 or supply chain issues. You may need to search a little if you are looking for Carnilove cat food but the food is available on pet supply web sites.
You can also purchase it through BSB, the Carnilove distributor in the UK. Many recipes are currently sold out on the BSB site but they should be the first to restock when Carnilove ships the food to the UK.