Kit and Kaboodle cat food is a product line made by Purina in the United States. They offer dry food, wet food, and treats. Aimed at the budget consumer, Kit and Kaboodle is one of the least expensive cat foods in the market. It is also high in plant protein.
Learn more about Kit and Kaboodle cat food in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard – Rating Kit and Kaboodle Cat Food on What Matters
We have analyzed Kit and Kaboodle 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 on the Cats.com website.
- Species-Appropriateness – 4/10
- Ingredient Quality – 4/10
- Product Variety – 5/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 5/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 5.83/10
We give Kit and Kaboodle cat food a 35 out of 60 rating (58.33%) or a D grade.
About Kit And Kaboodle
We didn’t find much background about Kit and Kaboodle though the brand has been around for at least a couple of decades. It has always played second fiddle to Purina’s Cat Chow and their other more expensive cat food lines.
Purina, or more formally Nestle Purina Petcare, is an American subsidiary of the corporate giant Nestle which is based in Switzerland. Purina is based in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the largest pet food companies in the world.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
According to Purina, 99 percent of Purina pet food products sold in the U.S. are manufactured in their own facilities in the U.S. Purina has more than 20 pet food manufacturing facilities in the United States.
The company sources most of their ingredients for their American-made foods from the U.S. but they don’t give many details about the ingredients. The company does provide a source map to show where certain ingredients come from. Every ingredient used is traceable back to the source.
You can see a photo here of all of the proteins used in their foods, including things like soybean meal and corn gluten meal.
Purina states that it is likely that the grains used in their foods include genetically-modified grains since they make up a large portion of the grains grown in the United States. GMO grains are routinely combined with non-GMO grains.
Purina also has some of the most extensive quality checks in the pet food industry. They perform 100,000 quality checks per day from the time ingredients arrive, as the food is being made, until it is shipped.
Some pet lovers dislike Purina because of its size and the perception that it uses lower quality ingredients. In general, the company doesn’t make boutique-style foods. However, they do have subsidiary companies that make organic pet foods and use natural, highly sustainable ingredients. Some of their foods are very high in quality. Purina also invests in nutritional research for pets and uses board certified veterinary nutritionists on-staff to formulate their foods. They have a wide range of pet foods, some better than others.
Has Kit and Kaboodle Cat Food Been Recalled?
No, we didn’t find any recalls for Kit and Kaboodle. There are several pages online that state categorically Kit and Kaboodle has never had a recall.
However, Susan Thixton, on The Truth About Petfood website, reports that several consumers made complaints to ConsumerAffairs.com in 2014 that there were some 11 cats that died after eating Kit and Kaboodle. Caveats here: that was nearly 10 years ago; and feeding a food is not proof that the food caused a death. That’s all we know about those complaints.
What Kinds Of Food Does Kit and Kaboodle Offer?
Most of the Kit and Kaboodle food we found online and in local stores was dry kibble in very large bags. Purina has wet food and treats shown on their site but they appear to be less common at online retailers.
- Kit and Kaboodle Original Dry Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Indoor Dry Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Outdoor Dry Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Bits and Bites with Turkey in Sauce Wet Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Bits and Bites with Chicken in Sauce Wet Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Pate with Liver and Chicken in Sauce Wet Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Pate with Ocean Whitefish in Sauce Wet Cat Food
- Kit and Kaboodle Crunchy Chicken Cat Treats
- Kit and Kaboodle Crunchy Chicken and Cheddar Cat Treats
- Kit and Kaboodle Crunchy Salmon, Tuna & Shrimp Cat Treats
Kit And Kaboodle Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Main Protein Source||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Kit and Kaboodle Original Dry Cat Food||Dry||Chicken||3534 kcal per kg||$0.53 per oz||C-|
|Kit & Kaboodle Pate With Liver and Chicken in Sauce Wet Cat Food||Wet||Liver, chicken||1020 kcal per kg||NA||C+|
|Kit and Kaboodle Crunchy Chicken Cat Treats||Dry Treats||Chicken||3821 kcal per kg||NA||D-|
What Do Customers Think Of Kit And Kaboodle Cat Food?
We found a mix of reviews for Kit and Kaboodle.
I usually feed my indoor cat friskies indoor and I feed a feral colony KK..that was up until last week! I was scooping the KK food when a few pieces fell to the floor and my cat sniffed and proceeded to eat them..then look at me and meow for more! She absolutely loves this food and now only wants it and hardly touched her friskies! So I guess I’ll be making a switch lol. I did read the negative reviews and was worried. The first bag I got was the old formula- large light pieces. The bag I just got today from dollar general was the new formula- dark and smaller. Seeing the new bag got me worried but I guess I shouldn’t have! My cat still gobbled it up and asked for more. If she suddenly changes her mind in a few days I’ll update but so far she seems to like it as much as the old formula. The feral kitties eat anything I give and they are both formulas too 🙂 – Reviewed on Purina.com by Littlez81 a year ago
Best Dry Cat Food.
I have been using this since it came on market years ago. Mix with mild water lightly and wait a couple of minutes before serving. No need to add anything else. All cats love it and finish completely. Both domesticated and wild cats. The cost was always a factor because I first tried it due to its good price . Although the price has increased several times now ( even by reducing bag weight ) it is still comparatively a good value. – Reviewed on Walmart.com by dennis 2 weeks ago
Harmful, NO real- meat, RED DYE
I bought this food because it looked like it had good stuff in there for my kitty, but the first two day he ate it he was throwing up and pooping red. He’s litter box trained and hasnt had an accident ever but he went all over our house like he couldn’t control it. Not to mention it was bright red and soft. So I just thought maybe he just has to adjust. And he did he doesn’t throw up or poop all over the house. But his poop in the litter box is still red. I got to thinking maybe the food has red pieces maybe that’s why it’s red. I did some research on Kit kaboodle on their ingredients/ problems people had things of that nature. Come to find out there is NO MEAT it’s basically corn, corn and soybeans dyed different colors there’s less than 1% of the chicken, liver, turkey and ocean fish! And the liver that’s in it is liver FLAVORING! I was appalled that this company is a company by Nestle the” hot chocolate company”. I don’t recommend at all and have thrown my $22 in the trash! If you are on a budget a small bag would be okay but do NOT buy in bulk and give your kitty this everyday! So many toxins very unsafe for your kitty! Have a great day! – Reviewed on Walmart.com by catlover102 4 months ago
The feral cats don’t like it, but the racoons do
I got this for the feral cats in my neighborhood I care for. They don’t seem to like this. It just sits there, mostly uneaten… Until what I think is racoons come along and make a mess of things, eating it all up. (Possibly the opposum I saw a couple months ago. But the messes has been worse, like with racoons.) The cats aren’t usually that picky. They will mostly eat what I have. In the 3 years I’ve fed them, there have only been a couple of the super cheap brands they refused to eat. It’s hard to say why they don’t like it. It has been really humid here. So maybe it tastes soggy to them. And I did just get this switched over about a week before July 4. With all the fireworks going off, it always throw off their eating habits. But they still aren’t eating it a week later. – Reviewed on Target.com by Darcy Mama 9 months ago
How Much Does Kit And Kaboodle Cat Food Cost?
Kit and Kaboodle cat foods are inexpensive compared to other brands in the United States.
Dry Kit and Kaboodle is available online in several different size bags. The 13-lb bag is $13.31 at Walmart; 16 lbs is $14.28; 22 lbs is $18.68; and the 30 lb bag is $25.28.
We couldn’t find the wet foods online at this time even though Purina still has them on their site.
We found the treats for $3.99 for the 9 ounce package.
Overall, Is Kit and Kaboodle Cat Food A Good Choice?
Opinions online are mixed about Kit and Kaboodle. Some people like it and say that their cats love it. Many people buy it to feed to ferals. Other cat lovers say that their cats vomited after eating it.
Judging by the ingredients, the dry food might be okay to feed a cat colony if money is a concern. The wet foods (which we can’t find right now) appear to be a little better quality than the dry food.
As for the treats, we would recommend avoiding them. There are lots of safe preservatives and antioxidants that can be used in cat foods and treats. Purina doesn’t have to use BHT which could make your cat sick.
Overall, Kit and Kaboodle is a lower quality brand but it is very inexpensive. We would recommend choosing a better food with better ingredients if you can afford it. This it not one of Purina’s better brands.
How Do You Order Kit And Kaboodle Cat Food?
You can purchase Kit and Kaboodle dry foods and treats at many grocery stores and big box stores such as Walmart and Target. You can also order the food online from Amazon, Petflow, and other pet food retailers. Good luck finding the wet foods. Perhaps they will be back on the shelves soon.