It promises limited-ingredient, gum-free food for sensitive cats, but is KASIKS a healthy choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased KASIKS cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating KASIKS on What Matters
We’ve analyzed KASIKS 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 – 8/10
- Product Variety – 5/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 7.5/10
We give KASIKS cat food a 45 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
The KASIKS story begins in the 1980s when fisherman and entrepreneur Mike Florian started a business called the Taplow Company. The company originally sold fish feed, but the staff guard dogs couldn’t seem to stop eating the stock. According to company legend, the Taplow team went to work developing food that would satisfy the dogs and keep them out of the fish food.
Apparently, they were successful. The company’s first venture into dog food was called FirstMate. The company later introduced Skoki and KASIKS. Today, we’ll focus on the latter, a line of limited-ingredient food for dogs and cats.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
KASIKS is made in a company-owned cannery in British Columbia, Canada. The company maintains control over every part of the manufacturing process, supervising sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution.
The company claims that all of their ingredients and processes are cruelty-free. The animals used in their products are humanely raised, transported, and slaughtered according to Canadian regulations. They only use wild-caught fish from sustainable fisheries.
The company doesn’t perform any laboratory research on animals. Instead, they gather performance data from a network of breeders, animal rescue groups, and their own pets.
Has Kasiks Cat Food Been Recalled?
It doesn’t appear that KASIKS has ever been recalled.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Kasiks Offer?
KASIKS is a wet food-only brand. Each of their formulas features a single source of animal protein like chicken, turkey, or salmon. They even offer a recipe made with eco-friendly insect protein. The Fraser Valley formula contains protein from black soldier fly larva to complement the sole source of animal protein, boneless salmon.
Their wet foods are packaged in BPA-free cans and are free from potentially problematic thickeners like carrageenan and guar gum. In place of artificial binders and thickeners, KASIKS wet foods rely on natural starches like pea starch to maintain their ideal thickness and palatable paté texture.
Of their decision to include carbohydrates in their canned foods, KASIKS comments: “Carbohydrates have some important body functions and can have a protein-sparing effect in the body. If the diet supplies adequate carbohydrates, protein will be spared from being used for energy and can instead be used for tissue repair and growth. Furthermore, carbohydrates also supply carbon skeletons for the formation of amino acids by the body.”
KASIKS cat food comes in 5.5-ounce and 12.2-ounce cans.
KASIKS Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|KASIKS Cage-Free Chicken Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.45 per oz||B+|
|KASIKS Wild Coho Salmon Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.46 per oz||A-|
|KASIKS Cage-Free Turkey Formula Grain-Free Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.45 per oz||B+|
What Do Customers Think Of Kasiks Cat Food?
There’s not a lot of talk going on about KASIKS, but most discussions are positive. Customers appreciate the brand’s decision to avoid gum-based thickeners and admire its limited-ingredient formulations.
“I researched 50-60 brands of canned cat food and Kasiks (made by FirstMate) is by far the best. Limited ingredients and nothing unnecessary like carrageenan, guar gum, xanthan gum, etc. Even among premium brands, it’s almost impossible to find a food without these types of additives/thickeners. It’s a very moist pate, but not soupy or runny. Very easy to stir (ingredients can separate so it needs to be stirred). I ordered a case of Turkey and my very picky male cat ate about 4 cans and then refused to touch it again (despite coaxing and several future attempts). I gave the remaining cans to my other 3 (2 females, 1 male) and they ate it, but soon the male turned his nose up at it too. The girls finished off the case. The picky eater LOVES the salmon variety (for many reasons I only feed fish two meals a week) and has been eating the chicken formula everyday for 7 months now. Salmon and chicken Kasiks formulas are popular with the others too.” – KatsMeow, reviewing KASIKS Turkey Formula
I recently went on the “war path” against “gums”, particularly carrageenan, but the other questionable gums as well. It is getting quite difficult to find wet foods without the cancer-causing additives. We have to look to our Northern neighbors who make a delicious, kitty-palatable food which is very wet and tasty for ALL of my tribe of kitties, young and senior. Thank you KASIKS for this and the turkey formula” – joanne, reviewing KASIKS Chicken Formula
“We have 3 cats and have a rotation of anywhere between 2-4 fosters. NO ONE liked this food!! Some cats wouldn’t touch it, and others would eat a few bites and then snub it. My one cat who did sort of eat it, broke out a few days after I fed it to her and she eats other grain-free chicken foods just fine. While the ingredients are truly top notch and the price is very reasonable, no one will really eat it. Which has NEVER happened with the sheer number of cats we have- usually someone will like it.” – felinas, reviewing KASIKS Chicken Formula
“This appears to be a great food so I was surprised and very disappointed when our two spoiled inside fatty cats would not eat this and neither would our outside feral cats!” – CJasper, reviewing KASIKS Turkey Formula
How Much Does Kasiks Cat Food Cost?
Let’s say you have a 10-lb cat. You’d need to feed him about 8.5 ounces of KASIKS to provide the roughly 200 calories he needs per day. Your expenses would break down to about $2.21 per day.
Overall, Is Kasiks A Good Choice?
The KASIKS brand is pushing the pet food envelope. Dozens of brands have turned their backs on grains, potatoes, and other naughty-list ingredients, but few have dared to ditch gums. KASIKS has. This spirit of innovation is also apparent in one of the company’s newest additions to their pet food lineup, the Fraser Valley Grub Formula, an exciting experiment in insect protein.
Though their selection isn’t particularly large and they’re not one of the best-known brands on the market, KASIKS cat food appears to be safe, trustworthy, and made from high-quality ingredients.
As is true for many commercial cat foods, KASIKS food contains more carbohydrate than we typically like to see, but at least they avoid some of the more problematic ones like corn, wheat, soy, carrageenan, and gums. As long as you stick to one of their lower-carbohydrate recipes like the Coho Salmon Formula, this brand is worth trying.
Where To Buy Kasiks Cat Food?
You can buy KASIKS in pet specialty stores throughout Canada in the United States. The brand is also sold through online retailers, including Amazon and Chewy.