Catit Cat Food Review

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We’ve rated Catit cat food on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Catit cat food review to learn how this brand stacks up.

The Cats.com Standard—Rating Catit Cat Food on What Matters

We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 9/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 5/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 8/10

Overall Score: 7.3/10

In total, we give Catit cat food a 44 out of 60 rating or a B grade.

About Catit Cat Food

Catit was founded in 1999 and is largely known for its interactive cat toys, pet fountains, and cat furniture. Catit products are designed with attention to both style and function to meet the needs of modern cat owners. In addition to the brand’s signature line of cat accessories, Catit has introduced a selection of food for cats.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

The Catit company is headquartered in Baie-d’urfe, Quebec, Canada and Catit products are available in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

Catit offers several lines of cat food products, most of which are made in Canada with regionally sourced ingredients. The exception is the Gold Fern line of air-dried foods which features ethically sourced proteins from New Zealand.

Recall History

To our knowledge, Catit cat food has never been recalled.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Catit Offer?

Catit's dinner-style wet foods have a very soft texture, almost between a mousse and a pate.

Catit’s dinner-style wet foods have a very soft texture, almost between a mousse and a pate.

Catit offers a variety of dry and wet cat foods as well as air-dried recipes, food toppers, and treats. The brand’s dry food selection consists of three kibble-style foods, and the Catit wet food lineup includes a variety of chicken- and fish-based dinners.

The Gold Fern line of air-dried cat foods includes three recipes: chicken, beef, and lamb & mackerel. These foods feature ethically sourced proteins from New Zealand including free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, and wild-caught fish.

In 2021, Catit debuted its Nuna line of insect-based cat food. The line includes two complete and balanced dry food recipes formulated with black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae and either chicken or fish.

What Do Customers Think Of Catit Cat Food?

Full of moisture and protein-rich shreds, Catit's Divine Shreds make for excellent food toppers.

Full of moisture and protein-rich shreds, Catit’s Divine Shreds make for excellent food toppers.

Catit is a popular brand among cat owners, but it’s primarily known for cat toys and accessories like the Senses line of interactive cat toys and the Catit Hooded Cat Pan. Catit’s lickable cat treats are reviewed favorably on Chewy, but customer reviews for Catit’s other cat food products are hard to find outside of Amazon.

On Amazon, Catit dinner-style wet foods have an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. The brand’s wet foods seem to go over well with finicky cats, though some reviewers were turned off by the gelatinous appearance of the dinner-style foods.

Let’s take a look at a few reviews from some of the most popular recipes from Catit.

Positive Reviews

“Five Stars for Flavour”

“I gave this cat treat five stars for flavour but I’ve never actually tasted it 😉 But you can take my cat’s word for it because she loves it and she’s very fussy. I like that there is quite a bit of broth in each package so I give it to her when it’s very hot out to help her stay hydrated. Also, my cat appreciates variety and I have never seen this product in any of my local stores.” – by Natalia Reviewing Catite Divine Shreds Wet Food Topper on August 3rd, 2022

“Great Quality, Poor Quantity – Jerky-like Pieces My Cats Love But Too Small Quantity For The Price”

“For the price vs the size of the bag & amount inside the bag, I think these are better suited to be given to your cats as occasional special treats rather than as a complete replacement for kibble/dry food. The bag is small and would run out very quickly if you used these to replace kibble/dry food or as a topper/mixer.

However, used as treats, I would say these are AMAZING. I held one piece out for each of my 3 cats, and all 3 took sniffs, their eyes widening with interest and accepted the pieces with much gusto. I even asked them do tricks to earn some more of these “treats” (high-five/paw-shake, etc.) and they were VERY eager to comply (and you know how stubborn cats can be sometimes). The look and feel of these pieces of cat food are like small pieces of jerky (similar to beef jerky).” – by AlexB Reviewing Catit Gold Fern Air-Dried Cat Food on February 12th, 2022

Negative Reviews

“Gelatinous And Nasty”

“My 2 cats both hated this food. And they are not picky eaters. It has a bizarre, gelatinous texture with shredded food inside. Smells bad (even for cat food). It’s also priced the same as much better brands, yet it seems so cheap and overly processed. I will not repurchase.” – by Arky Reviewing Catit Chicken Dinner with Tuna & Kale on January 27th, 2022

“Looks Good But Cat Didn’t Want Anything To Do With It”

“I tried to feed my cat to it for her birthday and I thought she would totally like it but she wasn’t interested at all. I tried many times to feed her with that but she wasn’t even curious. I’ll never buy it again just because I ended up throwing it away. Maybe other cats will like it. The ingredients are pretty good and I thought it would be different and interesting for my cat but sadly she wasn’t into it.” – by Freaky Yandere Reviewing Catit Divine Shreds Wet Food Topper on July 9th, 2021

What Did Our Test Cats Think?

Catit's air-dried cat food from the Gold Fern line has a jerky-like texture and appearance.

Catit’s air-dried cat food from the Gold Fern line has a jerky-like texture and appearance.

To review Catit cat food, I ordered one bag of Gold Fern air-dried cat food, two wet food tubs, and one wet food pouch, all directly through Catit’s online store.

I tested Catit’s Gold Fern Gently Air-Dried Lamb & Mackerel recipe which is sold in a resealable 14-ounce bag. The first thing I noticed was the product’s pungent aroma – my cats noticed it too. The food has an appearance and texture similar to jerky, though a little bit drier without being crumbly.

For wet food, my cats and I tested Catit’s Fish Dinner with Salmon & Green Beans, Chicken Dinner with Duck & Potato, and Divine Shreds Chicken with Tuna & Carrot recipes.

Both Catit’s chicken and fish dinners came in plastic 2.8-ounce (80g) tubs. They’re sold individually on Catit’s website which was convenient for testing but might not be cost-effective for daily feeding. The food itself was very soft and the texture was somewhere in between a mousse and a pate with chunks of meat and vegetables.

Catit’s Divine Shreds are marketed as food toppers. They contain a lot of liquid with very fine shreds of chicken or fish and small bits of vegetables. My cats enjoyed all of the Catit wet foods.

Catit Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Main Protein Source Calories Price Per Ounce Our Grade
Catit Gold Fern Air-Dried Lamb & Mackerel Cat Food Air-Dried Lamb 4,250 kcal/kg $0.89 A-
Catit Chicken Dinner with Salmon & Green Beans Wet Cat Food Wet Chicken 22.5 kcal/oz. $0.78 B
Catit Old Maple Farm Dry Cat Food Dry Chicken 3,945 kcal/kg $0.23 C

#1 Catit Gold Fern Air-Dried Lamb & Mackerel Cat Food

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The Gold Fern line of air-dried foods from Catit is marketed as a no-hassle alternative to raw food. It’s made in New Zealand with ethically sourced and humanely raised ingredients. All three recipes are supplemented with New Zealand green-lipped mussel as an animal source of omega-3 fatty acids and joint-supporting glucosamine and chondroitin.

This Lamb & Mackerel formula appears to be largely animal-based, consisting primarily of lamb muscle meat, whole mackerel, and lamb organs. Green-lipped mussel and fish oil deliver animal-sourced essential fatty acids and the only added carbohydrate is inulin, a source of dietary fiber.

Overall, this appears to be a moderate-protein, high-fat recipe with low carbohydrate content. The main downside is that it isn’t a strong source of hydrating moisture for your cat.

Ingredients

Lamb, Mackerel, Lamb Kidney, Lamb Liver, Natural Flavoring, Green-Lipped Mussel, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Inulin, Brewer’s Yeast, Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols, Taurine, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 36%
Crude Fat: 35%
Crude Fiber: 2%
Moisture: 16%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 42.86%
Fat: 41.67%
Fiber: 2.38%
Carbs: 13.1%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 27.27%
Fat: 64.39%
Carbs: 8.33%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Lamb

Mackerel

Lamb Kidney

Lamb Liver

Green-Lipped Mussel

Fish Oil

None Fish

Pros

  • Animal-based with low carb content
  • Relies on animal-sourced fats from fish oil
  • NZ green-lipped mussel provide omega-3s
  • Very nutrient- and calorie-dense

Cons

  • Not a strong source of hydrating moisture
  • Fairly expensive at $0.89/ounce

#2 Catit Chicken Dinner with Salmon & Green Beans Wet Cat Food

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As a wet food, this Catit Chicken Dinner recipe is much higher in moisture than the previous formula. It relies primarily on animal protein from chicken, tuna, salmon, and eggs with chicken liver as a species-appropriate source of essential nutrients and animal fats.

Though moderately high in crude protein and fat – measured as dry matter at around 43% and 18.7%, respectively – this recipe’s high carbohydrate content limits its species-appropriateness for cats. It is also very expensive, priced over $2 for a 2.8-ounce tub. The food also contains several gum thickeners which have been known to cause loose stools in some cats.

While this may not be the most cost-effective or species-appropriate choice as a staple diet, the food’s soft texture and high moisture content make it a decent option as supplemental food for older cats.

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient for Processing, Chicken, Tuna, Salmon, Carrot, Potato Starch, Chicken Liver, Eggs, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Locust Bean Gum, Sodium Carbonate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 6.5%
Crude Fat: 2.8%
Crude Fiber: 0.9%
Moisture: 85%
Ash: 2.8%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 43.33%
Fat: 18.67%
Fiber: 6%
Carbs: 13.33%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 42.48%
Fat: 44.44%
Carbs: 13.07%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Chicken

Tuna

Salmon

Chicken Liver

Eggs

Potato Starch

Locust Bean Gum

Xanthan Gum

Guar Gum

Chicken

Fish

Pros

  • Moderately high in protein and fat
  • Rich source of hydrating moisture
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
  • Soft texture is easy for older cats to eat

Cons

  • Very expensive, costing nearly $0.80 per ounce
  • High in carbohydrates

#3 Catit Old Maple Farm Dry Cat Food

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Made with Canada-sourced poultry and Pacific wild-caught fish as the top four ingredients, this dry cat food recipe appears to be primarily animal-based. Chicken fat, cod liver, and fish oil offer species-appropriate sources of fat with supplemental protein and animal-based omega-3s from salmon and pollock.

While the food relies primarily on animal-sourced proteins and fats, it does contain pea protein – a concentrated source of plant protein. Peas, chickpeas, and sun-cured alfalfa meal also likely contribute to the food’s crude protein content. These ingredients also add to the carbohydrate content which is over 25% measured as dry matter.

Overall, this is a moderate-protein, high-fat dry cat food with high carbohydrate content. It is also low in hydrating moisture as a dry cat food product but is among Catit’s most cost-effective cat foods.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Deboned Turkey, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Pea Protein, Peas, Chicken Fat, Lentils, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Chickpeas, Sweet Potatoes, Cod Liver, Fish Oil, Salmon, Pollock, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Calcium Propionate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Dried Chicory Root, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Spinach, Broccoli, Apple, Blueberry, Cranberry, Banana, Tomato, Juniper Berry Extract, Ginger, Fennel, Chamomile, Peppermint Leaf, Liquorice Root, Turmeric, Valerian Root, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chondroitin Sulphate, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, L-Carnitine.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Crude Protein: 40%
Crude Fat: 18%
Crude Fiber: 3.5%
Moisture: 10%

Dry Matter Basis

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Protein: 44.44%
Fat: 20%
Fiber: 3.89%
Carbs: 31.67%

Caloric Weight Basis

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Protein: 35.65%
Fat: 38.96%
Carbs: 25.4%

Ingredients We Liked Ingredients We Didn’t Like Common Allergens
Deboned Chicken

Deboned Turkey

Chicken Meal

Turkey Meal

Chicken Fat

Dried Egg Product

Cod Liver

Fish Oil

Salmon

Pollock

Pea Protein

Peas

Lentils

Chickpeas

Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal

Chicken

Fish

Pros

  • Contains eight sources of animal protein
  • Relies primarily on animal-based fats
  • Cost-effective at around $0.23 per ounce
  • Free from artificial colors and flavors

Cons

  • Contains several plant proteins
  • No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs

How Much Does Catit Cat Food Cost?

Catit cat food is expensive, especially if you buy the wet in individual packages. A 2.8-ounce tub of Catit Chicken or Fish Dinner was priced at $2.19 in January 2023, making the per-ounce cost about $0.78. Buying a 30-pack Catit Dinner Bistro Box cost $54.99, dropping the per-ounce price to about $0.65. Divine Shreds wet food toppers were priced at $1.69 each or $17.99 for a multipack of 12 pouches.

At the time of purchase, Catit Gold Fern air-dried food cost $12.50 for a 14-ounce bag. The price appeared to be marked down from $24.99, however, so I’m not sure whether it was a temporary discount or not. At $12.50 per bag, the per-ounce cost of Catit Gold Fern was under $1 which makes it significantly less expensive than Ziwi Peak’s air-dried cat food.

The cost to feed a 10-pound cat Catit wet food would be about $6.93 per day whereas the daily cost to feed Catit Gold Fern air-dried food would only be about $1.25. Catit’s traditional dry cat foods are their most cost-effective product and would cost about $0.41 per day for a 10-pound cat.

Overall, Is Catit Cat Food A Good Choice?

With their high carbohydrate content, the cost of Catit dinner-style wet foods doesn’t appear to be justified. You could pay less for a higher-protein, lower-carb wet food from Tiki Cat or Hound & Gatos. Catit kibble is much more cost-effective but also has a high carbohydrate content and makes heavy use of peas and lentils.

Perhaps the most species-appropriate choice in Catit’s lineup is the Gold Fern line of air-dried foods. Though much less hydrating than wet food, Catit’s air-dried food has 16% moisture compared to 10% moisture in the average kibble and, because it’s so calorie-dense, isn’t much less expensive to feed than Catit’s wet foods.

Where Is Catit Cat Food Sold?

While you can find a variety of Catit toys and treats on Chewy, this online retailer doesn’t currently sell Catit’s wet or dry cat food. The best place to find Catit’s full product line is on the brand’s website or on Amazon. Some independent pet retailers and animal feed stores appear to carry a limited selection as well.

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About Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and is the published author of several self-help books and nutrition guides. Also an avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats, Kate’s love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care and nutrition. Kate is also a blogger for a number of organic and natural food companies as well as a columnist for several pet magazines.

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