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.
There Are Also Fresh Cat Food Options to Consider
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.
Here are our favorite premium fresh cat food delivery companies you can choose from today. Most offer a heavy discount on your first order so you can see how your cat likes it .
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||Our Grade|
|Cat Person Chicken & Turkey Recipe Dry Cat Food||Dry||$0.34 per oz||B-|
|Cat Person Paté Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.53 per oz||A-|
|Cat Person Shreds in Broth Tuna Recipe Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.53 per oz||A-|
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.