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We’ve rated Dr. Marty on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Dr. Marty cat food review to learn how this brand stacks up.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Dr. Marty 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.
- Species-Appropriateness – 8/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 2/10
- Price – 4/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 8/10
Overall Score: 6.33/10
In total, we give Dr. Marty cat food a 42 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
As part of our review process, we’ve submitted samples to an independent lab. You can see the full report here.
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.
About Dr. Marty
The figurehead behind Dr. Marty pet food is Dr. Martin Goldstein. As one of the world’s leading veterinarians with over 40 years of experience, Dr. Marty knows pets. The Dr. Marty pet food brand began with a mission to help support pet health through his unique vision of animal nutrition.
Dr. Marty’s cat food is formulated using the principles of integrative medicine. This approach is designed to address the “full picture” of pet health, incorporating the best of traditional medicine and alternative therapies to yield the maximum result.
The story of Dr. Marty pet food actually began with Dr. Marty himself. When he was in his 20s, Dr. Marty was overweight and unhealthy, suffering from low energy and achy joints. After trying everything he could think of with no luck, Dr. Marty came across a book on Macrobiotic Diets and began following its guidelines. It didn’t take long for him to drop 20 pounds and he was so amazed with the results that he began incorporating macrobiotics into his veterinary practice.
Today, Dr. Marty’s brand has grown to help thousands of pets overcome poor health and restore their youthful vitality. Dr. Marty says the bottom line is:
“Your lucky pet can live a healthy, happy, more vibrant life… starting today.”
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Dr. Marty doesn’t provide much in the way of specific information about where their products are made other than to say they are freeze-dried in kitchens located in North America. Their food package states an address in Woodland Hills, CA as the company headquarters.
Here’s what Dr. Marty has to say about the quality of their products:
“Our pets are our best friends. They are constant companions, great cuddlers, offer endless amusement and entertainment, and never let us down. With all that dogs and cats do for us, it’s only natural we return the favor and do all we can to provide them with the best possible care. That’s where Dr. Marty Pets comes in. From top-quality dog food and cat food, to supplements for joint health, to probiotics for digestion, Dr. Marty Pets is here to provide your furry best friend with the best pet products available.”
Though Dr. Marty doesn’t offer specifics about the sourcing or manufacturing of their products, they do offer a 90-day money-back guarantee. The Happy Healthy Guarantee states that if your cat doesn’t love the product, you can return it within 90 days for a full refund on the purchase price.
In researching the Dr. Marty pet food brand, we didn’t find any evidence of prior recalls. It’s not uncommon for even high-quality brands like this to have a recall or two in their history, but it’s always a good thing when they don’t.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Dr. Marty Offer?
Dr. Marty offers a very limited selection of cat products including one recipe for freeze-dried cat food, one recipe for cat treats, and a single digestive supplement for cats. Both their food and treats are freeze-dried in a process that helps maximize the nutritional content.
The only cat food formula Dr. Marty has to offer is made with multiple sources of premium animal-based protein. The recipe begins with salmon, turkey, and whitefish then goes on to include several organ meats and an assortment of superfoods. This recipe is freeze-dried for freshness.
What Do Customers Think of Dr. Marty Cat Food?
When shopping around for cat food, it’s a good idea to do your research before choosing a brand. In addition to learning about the brand and its ingredients and processing methods, you should check out customer reviews. Reviews can tell you a lot more than the brand’s website about their customer service and about how well the products are received by cats.
In researching Dr. Marty’s cat food, we found there were plenty of brand reviews and customer ratings online. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) website had over 1,000 customer reviews and there were over 1,200 reviews on TrustPilot.
Let’s take a look at a few customer reviews for Dr. Marty.
“Apollo has enjoyed his new diet immensely; particularly the dry-freeze chicken treat. I find by adding just a little of them to his regular died of your dry food – it enhances his appetite. He can’t wait till eating time (4X a day).” -Marvin Thomas reviewing Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
“I have one obese kitty that I’m watching the weight drop off. Her belly used to drag on the floor…not anymore. She still feels heavy, but from what I’ve read she’s gaining muscle and loosing fat. My three dog’s meal is supplemented with Dr. Marty’s dog food and all three woof their meal down. Not one bite is left in their bowl.”- Patricia reviewing Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
“As much as I like the food and feel my cat has better energy and is less grumpy, I am frustrated by the cost! I know a bulk bag would cost less than the small bags they package in and it is so much more wasteful packaging when you also include the cardboard box it is shipped in! So the high cost and packaging has me on the fence about continuing to buy this product.”-Liz P. reviewing Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
“It took my cat about 2 weeks to acclimate to the new food. He now loves it. My only issue is at 2/3 cup a day a 12 oz bag doesn’t last long. The food is quite expensive compared to his old diet… but much better for him. I will continue with Dr. Marty’s products.”-Marta reviewing Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
What Did Our Test Cats Think?
To review Dr. Marty, we ordered a bag of Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast freeze-dried raw cat food as well as a bag of Squeeki’s Delight salmon treats. Our order arrived in a standard cardboard box with an Easy Start-Up Guide. This guide provides important information about Dr. Marty’s products including tips for transitioning your cat onto the food. It also provides feeding recommendations by body weight and tips for rehydrating the food with water to make fresh food for your cat.
The first thing we noticed was that the bag of food was very small – it only contains 12 ounces of food. Plus, because it is freeze-dried raw food rather than kibble it is very lightweight. The pieces of food themselves were a little larger than the average piece of kibble but still appropriately sized for a cat. We also noticed the food had a strong aroma. In fact, it didn’t take long after opening the bag for our test cats to come running. All three were immediately interested in the product.
We were very impressed by the quality of Dr. Marty Nature’s Feast cat food. There are absolutely no artificial additives and no fillers, just high-quality animal protein and superfoods. In fact, this formula doesn’t require the addition of synthetic supplements to ensure nutritional balance which puts it at the high end of the spectrum for quality. It’s very expensive but the price is justified.
In testing Dr. Marty’s freeze-dried salmon treats, we were pleased to find the bag was packed very full, considering a single bag costs more than $25. The treats themselves had a strong salmon aroma and, again, our test cats were very interested. The one concern we had with the treats is that they come in fairly large pieces – you may need to break them up for easier feeding. We also found that some of the longer pieces of salmon skin were tricky for our test cats to eat because the texture was less crunchy – they had to chew on the piece for a while before being able to swallow it.
Overall, our test cats were big fans of Dr. Marty’s freeze-dried food and treats. We loved the quality of the ingredients and had no major issues. The only downside is the hefty price tag.
Dr. Marty Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Product Type||Main Ingredient||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food||Freeze-Dried||Salmon||246 kcal/cup||$4.99 per oz||A|
|Squeeki’s Delights Treats||Treats||Salmon||4205 kcal/kg||$4.99 per oz||A|
|Feline Prime Digestive Supplement||Supplement||Bone Broth||4 kcal/scoop||$2.33 per day||A|
All nutritional percentages in this table and hereafter are taken from the manufacturer’s guaranteed analysis. Exact nutritional percentages are not available.
All calculated values are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and may differ from actual values. Dr. Marty is the ultimate authority on his products, so please contact the company for more nutritional information.
How Much Does Dr. Marty Cat Food Cost?
Dr. Marty’s cat food is one of the highest quality cat foods we’ve come across, so it should come as no surprise that it’s pretty pricey. A single 12-ounce bag of Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food costs just under $60 which averages to about $4.99 per ounce. The product is well worth the cost, however, because it is packed with premium animal protein and nutritionally balanced without the use of synthetic supplements. Plus, it is freeze-dried which helps it retain more nutritional value.
Other Dr. Marty’s products are equally expensive. A single bag of Squeeki’s Delights freeze-dried salmon treats costs $26.95 and a single container of Feline Prime digestive supplement is $69.95. If you want to save money on Dr. Marty’s food, buy in bulk. You’ll save 5% by purchasing three bags of food or 10% by buying six bags at once. You’ll get 10% and 15% savings, respectively, on their other products.
Overall, Is Dr. Marty Cat Food a Good Choice?
We were very impressed with Dr. Marty’s cat food and other cat-friendly products. We found them to be significantly more expensive than the typical dry or canned cat food, but the price is justified by the quality of the product. Most importantly, Dr. Marty’s freeze-dried raw cat food is packed with animal protein and nutritionally balanced without the need for synthetic supplements.
In addition to being loaded with quality nutrition, Dr. Marty’s products have a strong aroma that our test cats loved. They were immediately interested in the food from the second we opened the bag and even our test dog came running.
The primary downside to Dr. Marty freeze-dried cat food is the hefty price tag, though it’s also worth mentioning they only have one recipe to choose from and, as a multi-protein recipe, it may not be ideal for cats that suffer from food allergies or sensitivities. In fact, it contains several common allergens including fish and chicken. For cats who have no food sensitivities, however, it is an excellent choice.
Where Is Dr. Marty Cat Food Sold?
The best place to buy Dr. Marty cat food is online through the brand’s website. When you shop through Dr. Marty’s website, you have the option to purchase one bag, three bags, or six bags of food at a time. You’ll pay full price for a single bag, but you’ll receive 5% or 10% savings when you buy in bulk.
At this time, Dr. Marty cat food isn’t available in stores or elsewhere online.