Wondering if Cat Person could be a good choice for you and your cat? We tried it to find out.
After a couple of weeks analyzing Cat Person, I’ve concluded that this brand offers high-quality food, but it doesn’t have much—beyond aesthetics—setting it apart from other products. Cat Person’s meal plan isn’t much different from auto-ship delivery services offered by retailers like Chewy and Amazon. And while the food itself is good, it’s not outstanding.
While I wasn’t blown away by everything about Cat Person, it does have a few interesting qualities that could make it a good choice for some customers.
Keep reading to get all the details.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Cat Person on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Cat Person 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 – 8/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 4/10
- Customer Experience – 6/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7/10
We give Cat Person cat food a 42 out of 60 rating or a B grade.
Cat Person YouTube Video Review
In addition to performing our own qualitative analysis of the brands reviewed here, we submitted samples for analysis at an ISO 17025 certified food testing and analysis lab.
We bought the products at full retail price, and the entire testing process was funded by Cats.com without direct input or influence from the companies involved.
Analytical testing in a food chemistry lab gives us the exact macronutrient and micronutrient content of each recipe. The tests also look at microbial content, yeast, mold, and heavy metals, helping you ensure that you’re only putting the best in your cat’s bowl.
To access the lab reports for each food reviewed here, click the “view lab report” link in the product review.
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As a direct to consumer product, Cat Person cat food is only available on their site through the meal plan service or by choosing individual recipes.
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About Cat Person
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gone deep on Cat Person cat food.
In addition to researching Cat Person, we ordered several recipes and tried out the food with my two cats, Wessie and Forest. We weren’t sponsored by Cat Person or given free products in exchange for this review.
Based on that research and experience, here are the facts about Cat Person. Keep reading to get the details, like where it’s made, how the subscription works, how much it costs, and what my cats thought of this cat food.
Let’s start with a little background.
In March of 2020, the cat world got a new direct-to-consumer brand—Cat Person.
Launched in the startup incubator at Harry’s Labs, Cat Person offers a variety of on-trend products for cats. In addition to cat food, Cat Person sells a wide variety of items for stylish cat people, including beds, bowls, toys, and more.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Cat Person isn’t a cat food manufacturer. Instead, they rely on co-packers in the United States and Thailand to make their products.
Cat Person’s manufacturer in Thailand is primarily a human food supplier and, according to a customer service representative at Cat Person, cares deeply about sustainable ingredient sourcing, healthy oceans, safe and legal labor, and sustainable fishing. Whether it’s used in a wet or dry product, all of the seafood in their recipes is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified.
Similarly, they claim that their US-based food ingredient provider—maintains pet food manufacturing standards equal to those for human food and purchases responsibly and ethically-sourced meat and fish. The food is made in a solar-powered facility.
Cat Person’s treats are also manufactured in the United States. This manufacturer—primarily a human food producer—has been in the industry for over 50 years and, according to the company, sources high-quality ingredients and uses advanced manufacturing processes to produce exceptional food and treats.
Has Cat Person Cat Food Been Recalled?
No. As of April 2020, Cat Person has not been involved in any recalls.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Cat Person Offer?
Cat Person offers a total of 19 cat food recipes in both wet and dry varieties.
On the wet side, you have two texture styles—paté and shreds in broth—and each of those textures come in 8 flavors.
Those flavors are:
- Chicken & Duck
- Turkey & Chicken
- Salmon & Tuna
- Mackerel and Bream
If you’re interested in dry cat food, you can choose from 3 recipes:
- Chicken & Turkey
- Duck & Turkey
- Salmon & Tuna
All Cat Person foods are formulated to meet AAFCO’s nutrient guidelines for all life stages. While Cat Person doesn’t claim that their foods are human-grade, being manufactured in a human food processing facility—particularly one in the United States—suggests a level of quality that you wouldn’t find in your typical feed-grade pet food.
With no animal by-products on any of their ingredient lists, Cat Person foods appear to be made from highly-digestible, high-quality ingredients. Whether wet or dry, their recipes feature animal proteins as their primary ingredients. They’re made without controversial ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, carrageenan, and artificial colors.
Here’s What Happened When I Ordered Cat Person Food.
Cat Person offers two ways to buy cat food—just make an order of whichever recipes you want, when you want them, or via a cat food subscription service. I decided to experience their subscription service, which allows you to develop a meal plan and receive regular shipments of your preferred recipes.
It All Started On The Cat Person Website.
When you start creating your meal plan, Cat Person prompts you to enter information about your household, including how many cats you have, your cats’ names, which types of food you typically feed, and which—if any—ingredients your cats won’t or can’t eat.
Before you receive your fully-customized meal plan, Cat Person ships out a Sampler Box—for $25, the sampler box gives you two wet recipes and one dry formula, a guide to transitioning your cat’s diet, and a set of spoons and lids to help you store and serve your cat’s food.
I ordered a sampler box that included a box of chicken paté, shredded tuna in gravy, and a bag of Chicken & Turkey kibble. Sample packs are only available with a combination of dry and wet cat food, so even if your cat only eats one or the other, the sample pack will still contain both.
Once you’ve confirmed your sampler box, you’re also signed up for a meal plan, which includes a variety of foods chosen based on your household’s needs. Unless you pause, cancel, or update your subscription, Cat Person automatically sends out a shipment of these recipes every four weeks. This meal plan is fully-customizable, both when you’re ordering and at any time later in your subscription.
The Food Was Shipped Out The Next Day And Arrived Within The Week.
Cat Person ships your products for free. The food was shipped out the day after I placed the order and arrived about 5 days later.
Inside the box were two packs of wet cat food, containing 5 containers each, and a 2-lb bag of dry food. The box also contained a guide to transitioning my cats to Cat Person food, a kibble scoop, and a couple of lids and spoons for easy storage.
And to make things a little more fun, you can convert the cardboard box into a puzzle toy and ball for your cat. It was fun to assemble the puzzle and, while my cats haven’t yet played with the ball, they did seem curious, and, after an application of catnip spray, Wessie loved rubbing his face all over the box and popping his nose into the holes.
Then I Tried It Out With My Cats.
Over the next couple of weeks, I asked my cats to give Cat Person a try.
They ate all three recipes, with the Chicken & Turkey kibble and Tuna Shreds in Gravy coming in as favorites. Forest, in particular, seemed to dig the Chicken & Turkey kibble, while Wessie liked the tuna, but was less enthusiastic about the food in general.
We’ll go into a little more depth on my cats’ reactions when we review the recipes individually.
Managing My Account Was Easy.
Unlike some other meal delivery services that start assembling your next box without warning, Cat Person notified me three days before my next shipment was prepared. This gave me plenty of time to prepare and, if I wanted, to cancel my subscription.
While some other companies demand that you email them with your interest in canceling or have a complicated account management center, Cat Person makes cancellation hassle-free. It was easy to access my account and cancel the subscription with a click.
Note, however, that getting in touch with the company can be a challenge. You can only reach them by text or email. If you feel most comfortable working with a company that you can contact via phone call, Cat Person probably won’t be the best choice for you.
Cat Person Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price per Ounce||Our Grade|
|Cat Person Chicken & Turkey Recipe Dry Cat Food||Dry||$0.34||B-|
|Cat Person Paté Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.53||A-|
|Cat Person Shreds in Broth Tuna Recipe Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.53||A-|
First off, let’s talk about Cat Person’s Chicken & Turkey kibble.
This food comes in a smooth, sturdy bag that’s hard to damage and easy to handle. Thanks to the easy pull strip and resealable closure, it’s easy to open and keep the food fresh.
The food is composed of relatively small, chunky, disc-shaped extruded kibble pieces, mixed with chewy chunks that Cat Person calls “chicken chunks”. Presumably made with dehydrated chicken, these add some variety to the kibble.
The ingredient list is slim and straightforward, without much besides meat, peas, and supplements. The food is composed of 64% chicken and turkey. Peas and pea protein constitute 24% of the recipe. A combination of chicken fat and salmon oil serve as species-appropriate sources of fatty acids, while flaxseed and dried tomato pomace add fiber to the recipe.
What Did My Cats Think Of Cat Person Chicken & Turkey Recipe Dry Cat Food?
Neither Wessie nor Forest eat a lot of dry food, but Forest is certainly the kibble enthusiast between the two. So it wasn’t any surprise that she scarfed this food down. There was no hesitation here—she was immediately enthused. Wessie, however, was a little bit less excited by this dry food. He ate it, but he didn’t seem thrilled.
According to the guaranteed analysis, this food is at least 50% protein and 25% fat with roughly 32.5% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.
A chart provided by the company says that these values equate to 45% calories from protein, 45% calories from fat, and 10% calories from carbohydrates.
I like that this food is primarily made from meat ingredients and emphasizes clearly-named inclusions rather than vaguely-labeled rendered meals and by-products, but this ultimately is not your high-quality carnivore’s diet. It’s a pea-packed, plant-rich food with more starch than your cat requires.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Turkey, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Dried Tomato Pomace, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Glycerine, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Taurine, Cane Molasses, Lactic Acid, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Citric Acid (Used As A Preservative), Rosemary Extract.
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Fat, Salmon Oil
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Peas, Pea Protein
Common Allergens: Chicken
- Primarily made with animal-derived protein
- Features animal-derived fat instead of plant oils
- Doesn’t contain any of the most common irritating additives
- Contains pea protein, a concentrated source of plant protein
- A high-carbohydrate food
- Doesn’t have the moisture your cat needs
The second food we’ll look at is Cat Person’s chicken paté. Like all Cat Person wet foods, this paté comes in a little plastic container with a pull-off lid. These packages aren’t the easiest to handle. The lids are almost as difficult to remove as Sheba’s notorious peel-tops.
Inside of that package, the paté itself is incredibly smooth and soft, almost liquefying when I added a little water to it. The food is very close to a purée and may be a good choice if your cat has missing teeth or difficulty eating firmer foods. It has a real chicken smell, reminding me of chicken baby food.
The food is primarily made from chicken, with chicken and chicken broth its first two ingredients. Combined, these two ingredients constitute 88% of the recipe. The food contains dried egg as a secondary protein source, representing 5% of the total recipe.
The food contains tapioca as a thickener in lieu of guar gum and other gums that stabilize paté style foods. Sunflower oil serves as a source of fat.
What Did My Cats Think Of Cat Person Paté Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food?
My cats ate this food, but neither of them went wild over it. They ate it gradually, then left a lot of it to dry up in their bowls overnight.
According to the guaranteed analysis, the food is roughly 60% protein, 30% fat, and 10% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis or 30% protein, 60% fat, and 10% carbohydrates on a calorie-weighted basis.
That’s a solid species-appropriate nutrient distribution.
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Dried Egg, Tapioca, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Natural Flavor, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Dried Celery, Zinc Oxide, Reduced Iron, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K Activity).
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Dried Egg
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca, Sunflower Oil
Common Allergens: Chicken, Egg
- Rich in highly-bioavailable protein from animal sources
- Primarily made from chicken
- Low carbohydrate content
- Free of the most common potentially-harmful ingredients
- Has an extremely soft consistency
- Relies on fat from sunflower oil
This is a shredded food made primarily from tuna. This recipe is juicy, so you have to be careful to avoid splashing broth on your counter when you peel the lids off of each cup.
Inside of each package, the food is 95% tuna and fish broth.
The rest of the recipe contains tapioca, sunflower oil, natural flavors, and an array of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that make each meal nutritionally complete.
What Did My Cats Think Of Cat Person Shreds In Broth Tuna Recipe Wet Cat Food?
Both of my cats seemed to enjoy this recipe. I think they liked both its taste and juicy, shredded consistency.
I had some difficulty finding the dry matter nutrient values of this recipe. The percentages in the guaranteed analysis don’t quite add up, meaning that the minimums and maximums listed there are probably significantly different from the actual values in the recipe.
When I contacted Cat Person for more information, they explained that they were working on typical nutritional analyses and sent over a chart with all of the nutritional information as a percentage of calories. This chart showed that the tuna shreds were 55% protein, 45% fat, and 10% carbohydrates as a percentage of calories.
Overall, it looks like a protein-rich diet and a carnivore-worthy source of all the nutrition your cat requires.
Tuna, Fish Broth, Tapioca, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Celery Powder, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Reduced Iron, Salt, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K Activity).
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
Ingredients We Liked: Tuna
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Tapioca, Sunflower Oil
Common Allergens: Fish
- Primarily made from nutrient-rich tuna
- A protein-rich diet
- Low carbohydrate content
- Doesn’t contain any of the most common harmful additives
- Contains sunflower oil instead of animal-derived fats
How Much Does Cat Person Cat Food Cost?
That depends on which foods you choose.
Cat Person’s wet foods cost $7.25 per sleeve or $1.45 per 2.75-ounce cup. If your cat’s average-sized and needs about 200 calories per day, he’ll need almost 3 containers of food daily, adding up to around $4.35 per day.
Considering that Cat Person cat food doesn’t offer anything much different from many other high-protein, meat-based wet foods—many of which you can find for a much lower price—this cost doesn’t quite seem justified.
Cat Person kibble is significantly cheaper at about $0.34 per ounce. If your cat is like most and eats about 2 ounces of food per day, that adds up to about $0.68 per day. This puts Cat Person kibble in the mid-premium part of the price spectrum.
Overall, Is Cat Person A Good Choice?
Especially if you opt for their wet recipes, Cat Person is a good choice for those who want a high-protein, meat-based food in a stylish package. With plenty of protein options and two textures to choose from, Cat Person has all the variety you need to satisfy finicky cats, multi-cat homes, and cats with allergies or sensitivities.
Having been manufactured in plants that double as human food processing facilities and including clearly-named meats as their main ingredients, Cat Person foods appear to be higher-quality than a lot of other products on the market.
But I’m not sure that any of this justifies this brand’s price.
Unlike some similar companies, Cat Person doesn’t give you custom-portioned meals or add anything really special to the food. The little spoons and lids were a great touch and I loved the kibble scoop, but the food itself doesn’t look like anything we haven’t seen before.
Where To Buy Cat Person Cat Food?
As a direct-to-consumer product, Cat Person cat food is only available on their site through the meal plan service or by choosing individual recipes. If you’re not happy with anything about the food or your experience within 30 days, Cat Person will refund your purchase.
Cat Person ships for free via FedEx Smartpost to addresses within the contiguous United States.