Go! Solutions promises to provide expert-formulated solutions for your cat’s unique dietary needs, but is it a good choice for your special feline? Find out in our unbiased Go! cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Go! on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Go! 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 – 9/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 6/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 4/10
Overall Score: 6.8/10
In total, we give Go! cat food a 41 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.
Go! Solutions is a pet food brand dedicated to products that address specific needs, including food sensitivities, allergies, and digestive issues. The brand operates with a goal of “nourishing pets from the inside out,” providing solutions pet parents trust and pets love.
The Go! Solutions brand is owned by Petcurean, a family-owned Canadian company founded in 1999. Petcurean’s other brands include Gather™, Now Fresh™, and Summit™.
In addition to providing dietary solutions for pets, Petcurean is dedicated to sustainability. Their dry food packages aren’t currently recyclable, but their wet food cans are. Petcurean is currently working to make their packaging 100% recyclable and is starting to package some of their wet foods in recyclable cardboard cartons instead of cans.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Petcurean sources ingredients from North America with a focus on ingredients grown or raised near its production facilities. Exceptions to this rule include lamb and venison from Australia and New Zealand. Petcurean doesn’t mention supplement sourcing, so these ingredients are likely sourced internationally.
All Go! cat foods are made from meat sourced from animals that were deemed fit for human consumption by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). Their fruit and vegetable ingredients were also approved for human food use.
Though these raw ingredients were human-edible, Go! products aren’t fully human-grade because they’re made in a pet food processing facility and handled according to pet food production standards.
Go! Solutions cat food is produced in multiple facilities in the United States and Canada. All Go! kibble is manufactured in Ontario, Canada, while canned food production is divided between Ontario and New Jersey. Go!’s Tetra Pak products are manufactured in the United States and their Meal Mixers are manufactured in British Columbia.
Has Go! Cat Food Been Recalled?
Yes, Go! Solutions has one recall in the brand’s history, though it took place nearly twenty years ago.
In 2003, Go! foods manufactured in Texas were recalled after a series of reports that the food had made cats and dogs seriously ill. Symptoms included rashes, vomiting, and liver dysfunction. One report put the death toll over twenty, while an article from AVMA (the American Veterinary Medical Association) mentions 13 cases and says that six animals died.
How was Go! Food making pets sick? That’s not clear. In fact, we don’t really know that Go! Pet food was making pets sick at all.
An FDA investigation found that some Go! foods contained undisclosed and higher-than-acceptable levels of the chemical preservative BHA, but no one could confirm that this chemical was linked to the reports of illness. No other contaminant or imbalance was ever identified.
The company no longer manufactures products at the Texas facility involved in the recall and since 2003, hasn’t been associated with any reports of illness.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Go! Offer?
The Go! Solutions cat food lineup includes both wet and dry foods. Most address specific health issues, including coat health, allergies, and sensitive digestion.
Go! Solutions Carnivore foods are relatively high in meat and protein with low carbohydrate content, while Daily Defence™ recipes are designed to provide preventative care and support long-term health.
Go! Solutions Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Main Protein Source||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Go! Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Duck Recipe||Dry||Chicken||473 kcal/cup||$0.26 per oz||B|
|Go! Sensitivity + Shine Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Recipe||Dry||Duck||464 kcal/cup||$0.27 per oz||C|
|Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Minced Lamb + Wild Boar Recipe||Wet||Lamb||977 kcal/kg||$0.45 per oz||A-|
What Do Customers Think of Go! Cat Food?
This brand receives overwhelmingly positive customer reviews. On Chewy, Go!’s top three recipes receive four-to-five star ratings with most customers saying they’d recommend Go! to a friend. The foods are praised for palatability and digestibility.
“I have a cat with IBD, so I’ve been searching for a high quality since source protein. He’s also a picky wet eater. But this product has a great consistency, very moist and a nice layer of broth. Very pleased with this purchase.” – chris4, reviewing Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain-Free Duck Pate Recipe
“I originally gave this food a poor review, because my cats wouldn’t eat it. After several weeks of feeding it to my cats, which I now mix 50/50 with my old food, they like it fine. My cats seem to have more energy and just overall are healthier. This is why I bought this brand of food to start with. The people from Chewy were extremely sympathetic to me, because of my original review, and actually reimbursed me for the food. I tried to refuse the money, but they gave it to me anyway. I was and will be a loyal customer to Chewy, thank you.” – Petowner71, reviewing Go! Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey, + Duck Recipe
“This product contains chicken eggs which isn’t made clear on the label. Since the whole reason I bought this food is to avoid chicken or beef for my IBD cat I won’t be buying it again.” – Meret, reviewing Go! Sensitivity + Shine Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Recipe
“Our cats mainly eat canned food, but we give a little dry as a daily treat. I was forced to try a different brand due to a recall, and decided this one would do, although it has way too many fruit/veg in it. Our cat that thinks of dry food as “candy” and craves it continuously ate this food fine. The other cat who does not crave dry food would not eat this one at all, although will eat other brands. The kibble size is very small, although I do not think that was the issue. He seemed to dislike the smell of it.” – Kramer63, reviewing Go! Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey, + Duck Recipe
How Much Does Go! Cat Food Cost?
Go! cat food is a little bit more expensive than grocery brands, but it’s not among the priciest on the market. If you follow the company’s feeding guidelines for the average 10-lb cat, Go! dry cat food would cost roughly $0.44 per day. Go! wet cat food would cost closer to $2.50 to $3.33 per day.
Overall, Is Go! Cat Food a Good Choice?
Go! cat food appears to be one of the better brands you can buy. Their Carnivore line includes some of the lowest-carbohydrate dry cat food on the market. Their canned foods stand out with plenty of meat and minimal starch for species-appropriate nutrition.
Though some cats do well on their recipes, not all Go! foods are right for their target consumer. Some of their allergy-focused foods contain common allergens and, despite bearing the “limited ingredient” label, could have much shorter ingredient lists.
Note that after the 2003 Go! recall, an FDA investigation found that the food contained excessive levels of BHA—a preservative that wasn’t listed on the label. Though the company severed their relationship with the involved manufacturing partner and the brand hasn’t been recalled since 2003, this moment in their history is worth thinking about before you start feeding your cat Go!.
Where To Buy Go! Cat Food?
Go! cat food is sold in local pet food retailers throughout the United States and Canada and by distributors around the world. If you’re in the United States or Canada, click here to find a retailer near you. Otherwise, browse for a distributor in your country. Online retailers include Chewy, 1-800-Pet-Meds, Only Natural Pet, and Petflow.