Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals is a small, privately-owned company based in the United States. The company makes dog and cat foods with high quality, human-grade ingredients. Their foods are only sold through independent retailers. Learn more about Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard – Rating Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food on What Matters
We have analyzed Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals cat food and rated it according to our standards here at Cats.com. Our grades are based on the species-appropriateness of the food, the quality of the ingredients, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. You can read more about our ratings here.
Here are our ratings for Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals in these key areas:
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 7/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.5/10
We give Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals cat food a 45 out of 60 rating (75) or a B grade.
About Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals
Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals was founded in 2007, when a group of independent pet store owners met to discuss what was happening in the pet food industry. They were concerned that many premium pet food brands were being acquired by large corporations or investment groups. When control of these companies passed from the founders, the quality of the products often declined and prices went up. In many cases, the pressure for increased profits led to taking short-cuts with ingredients and processing as well as an increase in cost.
To continue to provide their customers with high quality pet food, these small business owners, who had devoted their lives to selecting the highest quality products for pets, pooled their funds to start Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals – the independent retailer-owned pet food.
Today, Grandma Mae’s is still controlled by independent business owners. According to Grandma Mae’s, they put pets before everything else, including advertising and a sales force.
Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals is also environmentally conscious. Their new Susta-Pak bags are made using a renewable resource that is biodegradable and carbon-neutral.
In addition, Grandma Mae’s supports military families. Up to a dollar of every purchase goes to providing free or discounted dog and cat food to families with members serving overseas.
In case you’re wondering, there really was a Grandma Mae (1899-1985). She inspired the owners as an early advocate and practitioner of healthy eating and exercise for both people and pets.
The company has headquarters in New York, New York.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
According to online information, Grandma Mae’s foods are manufactured for them at certified-organic facilities in New York and Ohio. These facilities were previously Southern Tier Pet Nutrition and Ohio Pet Foods. Today they are both part of BrightPet Nutrition which makes private label pet foods.
Grandma Mae’s states that the facilities that make their foods have earned three of the most stringent certifications that a pet food facility can have, including the highest level of organic certification in the US-Oregon Tilth Certification, and the European Union Certification. (Europe’s testing standards are tougher than those in the US).
The company also uses manufacturers in New Zealand and Thailand. The plant they work with is of the highest quality and makes other well-known and trusted brands such as Weruva.
Pet food quality also depends on its ingredients. Grandma Mae’s uses high quality ingredients sourced from family farms, non-GMO when possible.
Most ingredients come from the United States. To ensure the best quality product, a few ingredients may come from Canada, the UK, or Europe. Some examples of our sourcing include:
- No ingredients from China in any of our products
- Chicken from family farms in Ohio
- Duck Meal from France, for the best possible quality
- Grass-fed lamb from New Zealand
- Brown rice and other whole grains, legumes like peas, lentils and chickpeas, all grown in the US, and in a few cases in Canada
- Fish from the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, caught off either Norway, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, or the South Pacific off Chile, with fish meal processed onshore, not on ships. Onshore processing means we can avoid the preservative ethoxyquin, which is required with on-ship processing
- Vitamins from the US, Canada or Europe
Their manufacturing process involves a unique, low-temperature, slow-cooking method that retains high levels of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
All batches of Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals are sent to an outside lab and tested for Salmonella and other issues. Only when the batch is tested safe is it released for sale.
Grandma Mae’s original formulas were developed by Dr. Martin Glinsky and Dr. Tom Willard, two long-time leading experts in the field of Animal Nutrition. Dr. Glinsky has a PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois and worked in the field for over 35 years. He was one of the originators of the holistic fresh-ingredient category and was the original formulator of Innova. Dr. Willard had a PhD in Animal Nutrition from North Carolina State and, during his time, served as the full-time in-house nutritionist for manufacturers including the Iams Corporation and Performance Foods, among others.
Today Grandma Mae’s works with Animal Nutrition Expert Serge Boutet as well as Dr. David Dzanis. Serge Boutet is the previous manager of pet foods and nutrition for J.E. Mondou Ltee and Hagen Pet Foods. Dr. Dzanis has a DVM from Purdue and a PhD in Veterinary Nutrition from Cornell. He is also a Diplomate and past chair of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
Has Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food Been Recalled?
According to Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals, their foods have never had a recall. We didn’t find any suggestion of a recall online.
What Kinds Of Food Does Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Offer?
Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals offers both kibble and canned cat foods. Their kibble is available in three grain-free recipes and two grain-inclusive formulas.
The company also has 16 canned recipes in pate, gravy, and dinner styles. The meals come in a variety of different meat, poultry, and fish offerings.
Many of the foods are suitable for all life stages but Grandma Mae’s also makes several foods that are designed for a specific life stage.
All of Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals’ cat foods, both dry and canned, are “uristic,” which means they are designed to promote long-term urinary tract health. The cat foods contain a high level of methionine, an amino acid which raises the acidity of urine, helping to break down urine crystals and in turn, reducing inflammation of the urinary tract.
Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Primary Protein||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Grandma Mae’s Grain Free Chicken Meal & Herring Meal Recipe for Cats & Kittens||Dry||Chicken||3700 kcal per kg||$4.24 per lb||C|
|Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Mackerel & Sardine Dinner||Wet||Fish||823 kcal per kg||$7.15 per lb||B+|
|Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Duck Meal Recipe for Cats & Kittens||Dry||Duck||3525 kcal per kg||$4.17 per lb||B+|
What Do Customers Think Of Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food?
We found lots of customer reviews for Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals online from sites such as Amazon.com.
Our local pet store owner recommended this food as a very good and also affordable grain free option for our cat. Online research supported this, and so we tried it out. Our cat loves the food, and this bag lasts a good long time. For me, getting this is a no brainer. – George, reviewing Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Grain Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food 12 LB Chicken & Herring Recipe on December 13, 2016
We have a Siamese cat who is about 15 years old. Late last year, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. She has never liked canned food, but I finally found one with low phosphorus that she would eat. (I will not feed the prescription foods.) After several months, she went on strike against the canned food. Most dry foods have higher phosphorus levels than recommended for cats with kidney disease (1% or more) but when I was “label shopping” I found this food, with a MAX of .63% phosphorus.This is by far the lowest I have found in a quality dry cat food. And the best thing of all, she LOVES it!!! She would usually eat a little, wait, eat a little more, wait … which is difficult when there are three other cats in the house. But ever since we started her on this food, she cleans her whole bowl at one sitting. (She gets fed twice a day.) I am so thankful for this healthy food that works perfectly for our Kidney Kitty. Our other cats may get switched over as well! – brdrcol, reviewing Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Grain Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food 12 LB Chicken & Herring Recipe on August 17, 2016
Our 2 cats do not like it. We have to mix it with their previous (much cheaper) food. We have h ad it about 2 months and they MAY be starting toi accept it by itself – Anonymous, reviewing Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Grain Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food 12 LB Chicken & Herring Recipe on January 14, 2018
Ingredients appear to be good however out of 10 cats none of them will touch it. – catsonly, reviewing Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Grain Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food 12 LB Chicken & Herring Recipe on September 29, 2019
How Much Does Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food Cost?
We found a range of prices for Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food online. The 3-lb bags of dry food seemed to start around $18. We found 6-lb bags around $30-32. The 12-lb bags were between $45-50.
For the canned foods, we found them between $51-55 for a case of 24 cans (5.5 ounce cans).
Overall, Is Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food A Good Choice?
It depends. We think Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals wet foods look good. You should look at the foods to make sure they don’t contain any ingredients that might bother your cat, such as tapioca for obese or diabetic cats. Otherwise, we like the wet foods.
For the dry foods, we have some concerns about the grain-free foods just because they have so much plant protein (peas, lentils, chickpeas). We would avoid those foods. However, the grain-inclusive dry foods look good. They are high in animal protein.
We would compare this brand to Blackwood, American Natural Premium, and Whole Earth Farms.
How Do You Order Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals Cat Food?
Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals sells through independent retailers. You can check their web site to find a retailer in your area.
You can also buy their food on Amazon.com and from some other online pet food sellers. We did not find their food on Chewy.com.