Is this iconic brand a healthy, safe choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Fancy Feast cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Fancy Feast on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Fancy Feast 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 – 8/10
- Ingredient Quality – 3/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 8/10
- Customer Experience – 6/10
- Recall History – 6/10
Overall Score: 6.5/10
We give Fancy Feast cat food a 39 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
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About Fancy Feast
Fancy Feast was created in 1982 and was likely the first cat food brand to capitalize on the “gourmet” concept. Though it’s now one of the cheaper brands on the market, Fancy Feast is advertised as a luxurious food experience for cats.
Three years after its inception, the brand was purchased by Purina, which later merged with Nestlé. As of 2017, Nestlé-Purina was the second-highest-earning pet food company in the world with over 12 billion dollars in revenue.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Most Purina products are sourced and manufactured in the United States. A few products are made in Thailand—Fancy Feast Purely, Broths, and Flaked Fish & Shrimp. Regardless of location, all products are made in company-owned facilities.
Has Fancy Feast Cat Food Been Recalled?
Fancy Feast cat food has never been recalled, but other Purina brands have been recalled multiple times. Click here to read our full Purina review and to learn more about the company’s recall history.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Fancy Feast Offer?
Fancy Feast includes over 100 recipes, including patés, broths, morsels in gravy, and two varieties of dry cat food. Here’s a summary of what Fancy Feast has to offer:
Wet Cat Food
- The Gourmet line is the original Fancy Feast, including a wide range of wet foods, including patés, morsels in gravy, sliced foods, milk-infused meals, foods with extra gravy, chunky paté, and more.
- Gourmet Naturals offers recipes similar to those in the Gourmet line, but Naturals foods don’t contain artificial colors or flavors.
- Purely Fancy Feast Natural entrées are made with chicken, seafood, or beef without by-products or fillers.
Dry Cat Food
- Gourmet Dry Cat Food is Fancy Feast’s original dry cat food.
- Gourmet Naturals Dry Cat Food is made without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Food Toppers and Complements
- Purely Fancy Feast Filets are filets of chicken or seafood.
- Gourmet Broths involve tender bites of chicken or seafood in broth.
- Fancy Feast Appetizers are delicate portions of chicken or fish in broth.
Fancy Feast Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Fancy Feast Classic Chicken Feast Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.25 per oz||B-|
|Fancy Feast Classic Tender Beef Feast Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.27 per oz||B-|
|Fancy Feast Gourmet Savory Chicken & Turkey Dry Cat Food||Dry||$0.29 per oz||D|
What Do Customers Think Of Fancy Feast Cat Food?
As one of the world’s leading cat food brands, thousands of people feed their cats this brand every day. Just as it’s earned multiple generations of loyal customers, the brand has garnered plenty of complaints.
Some customers observe that Fancy Feast can be inconsistent, saying that Fancy Feast’s quality and calorie content vary depending on the product’s manufacturing origin. Others blame Fancy Feast for making their cats sick, but these stories don’t seem to show a clear connection between the food and the illness.
Here’s what a few customers have to say about Fancy Feast:
“This is my boy’s favorite flavor of Fancy Feast. He loves it and always eats it really well. And I love that Fancy Feast Classic Pate line is generally low carb, low-to no grain, and meat based. Also no carrageenan for sensitive kitties. It’s really great bang for you buck and super tasty for your kitty!” – Emily13, reviewing Fancy Feast Beef Feast
“I’m tired of opening cans after cans of high end cat food, and they just walked away, refusing to eat. I’m tired of throwing my money into the trash can. Fancy Feast doesn’t have the fanciest reputation, but my cats like and eat it. So what can I say? I guess I will just deal with the artificial flavor and meat byproduct.” – Eleni, reviewing Fancy Feast Chicken Feast
“There are many other products which are healthier for your cat and have meat as the first ingredient; this one does not. I am trying to wean my cats off this and start them on something that is healthier.” – bearbaby, reviewing Fancy Feast Gourmet Savory Chicken & Turkey Dry Cat Food
“FF Classic Chicken Feast had been my cat’s favorite FF wet food for a couple of years. She would happily eat 1 can daily. But over the last year and half, she gradually began eating less and less. Now she refuses to eat more a bite or two. Even when I mix it with another mild chicken formula (Sheba). Like another reviewer, I noticed the product is DENSER and a MUCH DARKER COLOR. And I assume FF made a SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE FORMULA. Did they increase the amount of chicken BY-PRODUCTS, like LIVER, which my cat hates? Badly done, Fancy Feast.” – TortiMom8, reviewing Fancy Feast Classic Chicken Feast
How Much Does Fancy Feast Cat Food Cost?
Most of the Fancy Feast product lineup is inexpensive, but their product variety spans the price spectrum. Let’s take a look at the typical daily feeding costs of several Fancy Feast lines.
Their wet cat food costs about $1.63 per day if you choose the Classics line. Fancy Feast Medleys and Gourmet Naturals are both little more expensive at closer to $2.50 daily. If you buy the Fancy Feast Purely Flaked line, the food will cost around $4-$5 per day.
Fancy Feast’s dry food is significantly less expensive at around $0.29 per day.
Overall, Is Fancy Feast a Good Choice?
It really depends on which recipe you choose. There’s a lot of Fancy Feast cat food to try and a lot of variety between the various lines.
Fancy Feast’s Classic Patés and classic flaked recipes like Flaked Fish & Shrimp Feast are some of the lowest-carbohydrate products at this price point. They’re affordable options for cats with diabetes or those otherwise seeking low-carbohydrate food that won’t break the bank. In our article on the best kitten food, we recommended Fancy Feast’s turkey paté for kittens as one of the best options for kitten guardians on a budget.
If you try Fancy Feast’s natural recipes like Fancy Feast Purely White Meat Chicken & Shredded Beef, you’ll be putting good food in your cat’s bowl, but you’ll also spend a lot more than you might when buying comparable foods from another brand.
Unlike their wet foods, Fancy Feast’s dry food doesn’t give you much meat for your dollar. The brand’s dry recipes are some of the most carbohydrate-heavy and additive-laden kibble foods on the market.
Overall, Fancy Feast cat food appears to be a reliable, trustworthy economy choice. It’s a good option if you want to avoid excessive plant ingredients but don’t mind feeding your cat by-products or vaguely-named ingredients and are comfortable with some artificial additives.
Where To Buy Fancy Feast Cat Food?
Fancy Feast cat food is sold in pet specialty retailers, groceries, and big box stores around the world. Online, you can buy it on Amazon, Chewy, PetSmart, Walmart, Shipt, and Instacart.