Evolve is described as super premium food at a budget-friendly price. Is it good enough for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Evolve cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Evolve on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Evolve 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 – 6/10
- Ingredient Quality – 6/10
- Product Variety – 5/10
- Price – 9/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 4/10
Overall Score: 6.2/10
We give Evolve cat food a 37 out of 60 rating or a C+ grade.
Evolve is owned by Sunshine Mills. This Alabama company was founded in 1949 and started manufacturing pet food in the 1960s.
Besides its own brands, Sunshine Mills manufactures food for private label, producing food for brands including Abound, Natural Life, Nature’s Promise, and Orlando. Sunshine Mills’ own brands include Triumph, Hi-Tor, and more. The Evolve brand offers the ingredients and formulations you’d expect from a super-premium brand at an affordable price.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Sunshine Mills manufactures Evolve products in their company-owned US facilities. Their ingredients are sourced primarily from the United States.
Has Evolve Cat Food Been Recalled?
Evolve pet food has been recalled multiple times.
In November of 2018, several varieties of Evolve dog food were recalled due to elevated levels of vitamin D. This nutrient imbalance prompted the recall of multiple Sunshine Mills-manufactured products in late 2018.
In March of 2007, the company recalled Evolve kitten food due to melamine contamination.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Evolve Offer?
Evolve cat food is available in dry and wet varieties.
Evolve’s dry selection is slim. They offer a handful of grain-free and grain-inclusive varieties. Whether grain-free or made with grains, Evolve dry foods are free of corn, soy, and wheat.
The brand’s wet selection is divided into cans and plastic trays. The foods in trays are described as “Evolve Classic Crafted Meals”. They provide a smaller serving size appropriate for delicate appetites and topping bowls of dry food.
Evolve Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Evolve Classic Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Cat Food||Dry||$2.53 per lb||C-|
|Evolve Seafood Formula Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.26 per oz||B|
|Evolve Chicken Formula Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.26 per oz||B|
What Do Customers Think of Evolve Cat Food?
Evolve’s customer reviews are generally positive, but it doesn’t get consistently great palatability scores. A noticeable number of customers say their cats didn’t like Evolve food, particularly their dry recipes.
“I have a very picky cat who is 13 years old. She refuses to eat kibble so I feed her canned foods. She’s lost a bit of weight because I haven’t been able to feed her the expensive brand she likes lately. I am happy I found evolve. I got my order today which shipped fast and my cat Cloud took right to it. Thank Goodness. I’m happy with the ingredients because I’m picky about what I feed her. We are both happy customers and I look forward to ordering this in the future. Hopefully she will love the other flavors.” -by Yowler123, reviewing Evolve Seafood Formula Canned Cat Food on 31 Aug 2016
“I’m pleased with Evolve dry cat food for my two 9-yr-old cats. They’re indoor cats, and in the last couple of years, have slowed down and gained a little weight. Boy cat was beginning to get too big to be healthy. Likely pre-diabetic. Girl cat is still a healthy weight but somewhat prone to throwing up. On our budget, and after comparing brands, I chose Evolve about six months ago. Both issues have subsided significantly.” -by BubbaChloe, reviewing Evolve Classic Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe on 7 Mar 2018
“While my cats like the taste, there is so much water/liquid in relation to solids it’s not worth the money. And, the amount of liquid is giving my kittens very soft stool. Would be fine for individual cats who need more fluid in their diet.” -by RussBlu, reviewing Evolve Chicken Formula Canned Cat Food on on 30 May 2019
“I have never once in the years of running a cat rescue come across a food that my ENTIRE household (30+) doesn’t like, but I found it with this one! I’m sad because personally I like the ingredients and it’s a good quality food, but 3 bags in and they turn their noses up. They’re only reluctantly eating it because it’s the only thing they have. Off to try something else I guess!” -by Sckit, reviewing Evolve Classic Deboned Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe on 27 Jun 2019
How Much Does Evolve Cat Food Cost?
Evolve is a budget brand. If you have a 10-lb cat who needs 200 calories a day, you’ll end up spending about $0.18 per day to feed him Evolve dry food and closer to $1.08 per day to feed him Evolve wet food.
Overall, Is Evolve a Good Choice?
Evolve cat food appears to use better ingredients than most brands in the same price bracket, but it’s not one of the best brands you can buy. Their dry food, for example, skips the harmful synthetics and appears to contain higher-quality meats than the average economy kibble, but its high carbohydrate content makes it a distinctly species-inappropriate option.
Similarly, Evolve’s wet foods are free of artificial ingredients and nameless animal by-products, but they contain rice, carrageenan, and high-carbohydrate fruits and vegetables.
Where To Buy Evolve Cat Food?
Evolve cat food is sold in retailers scattered around the United States and Canada. Most of their retailers are concentrated along the coasts. Click here to search for an Evolve retailer near you.
If you can’t find a retailer in your area or prefer to shop online, you can shop for Evolve on Chewy or buy it straight from the Sunshine Mills store.