We’ve rated Leonardo Food on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Leonardo Cat Food review to learn how this brand stacks up.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Leonardo Cat Food On What Matters
We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 6/10
- Customer Experience – 9/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.8/10
In total, we give Leonardo food a 47 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
NOTE: These ratings are based on an in-depth exploration of the brand and reading dozens of customer reviews. We’re not able to personally test the cat food given that Leonardo is a brand based in Germany.
About Leonardo Cat Food
Leonardo is a German family-owned cat food company that was founded in 1963. This company is known for their unique Thermal-Mix-Procedure which utilizes steam pressure instead of mechanical friction to prepare their dry foods. Leonardo claims that, not only is this process gentler on the ingredients, but it’s better for the environment.
The company is currently represented by Dr. Jürgen Wigger and his sister, Ulrike Petershagen. They are the second generation to run the family business. Like their predecessors, they maintain time-honored traditions in their own families and in running the family business.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Leonardo cat food is formulated by a team of nutritionists and veterinarians, though the brand website doesn’t provide any specific information about who they are. They do, however, provide plenty of information about how their products are made.
Unlike many commercial cat food companies that use extrusion to produce their dry foods, Leonardo has developed their own technique: the Thermal-Mix-Procedure.
As is true for traditional cat foods, the process starts with the fresh ingredients being blended together. From there, however, it is gently steamed and formed into bite-sized pieces without the use of mechanical friction. The food is then gently dried twice – outside then inside – to keep it fresh without the use of preservatives. Finally, the food is coated in oil for flavor.
Leonardo cat food is manufactured at a company-owned production site located in the Münsterland region of Germany. They use fresh meat in both their dry and wet foods, sourced from local suppliers.
To our knowledge, Leonardo has never had a product recall. It’s important to recognize that European pet food companies aren’t regulated by the FDA. They are, however, held to the standards determined by local governing bodies including the European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF), the trade body representing the European pet food industry.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Leonardo Offer?
Leonardo offers a variety of moist and dry cat foods. Their recipes are formulated to support the vitality, health, and life expectancy of cats, so they are designed around a holistic nutritional concept.
When it comes to their moist food products, Leonardo offers both canned food and pouches. They offer formulas for adult cats as well as kittens, all made with premium animal proteins like beef, rabbit, and duck. The Drink line of complementary food pouches helps encourage cats to drink more water.
Leonardo dry foods are divided into three product lines:
- Fresh Meat
In addition to traditional adult cat food formulas, Leonardo offers recipes for kittens as well as “light” recipes to support healthy weight.
What Do Customers Think Of Leonardo Food?
Because Leonardo is based in Germany, I wasn’t able to order samples of the food myself. This makes it all the more important to read customer reviews for the brand. Again, however, I had a difficult time finding independent reviews of their products.
Leonardo allows customers to leave reviews on their website but, unsurprisingly, most of them are in German. Using Google Translate, I was able to translate some of them:
“I liked it very much. The high meat content is good with the taurine and the salmon oil.” – Reviewing Leonardo Adult Fish Dry Cat Food
“I mix it with Applaw’s chicken breast in broth and there is never anything left. Perfect for additional fluid intake. It couldn’t be healthier. Our three cats give it an all-paws rating. Their favorite is the salmon Drink recipe.” – Reviewing Leonardo Drink Salmon
“My cat Milka liked the food very much. She immediately ran to her food bowl. The food makes a good impression, the consistency is great, and the smell is not the same as with other feeds. The accompanying information material was also good, and you were informed about the ingredients. This was definitely not my last food from Leonardo, and it will definitely end up in the shopping cart next time I visit Fressnapf.” – Reviewing Leonardo Adult Fish Dry Cat Food
NOTE: Because Google Translate often provides a literal translation, some of these reviews have been rephrased for syntax.
Overall, we’ve given Leonardo a B+ rating. This puts it on par with brands like American Journey and Fussie Cat in areas like species-appropriateness and ingredient quality. Leonardo offers a variety of wet and dry food options similar to popular brands like Wellness, though they do not offer single-protein recipes like you might find from Koha or Caru.
Leonardo Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Main Protein Source||Price||Our Grade|
|Leonardo Adult Fish Dry Cat Food||Dry||Salmon||£4.6 per lb||B-|
|Leonardo Fresh Beef Dry Cat Food||Dry||Beef||£6.3 per lb||B-|
|Leonardo Pure Poultry Canned Food||Wet||Poultry||£0.2 per oz||B|
Overall, Is Leonardo Food a Good Choice?
It’s difficult to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of a cat food brand that isn’t sold in the US, especially when the website is originally written in another language. The UK version of the Leonardo website is fairly informative, however, and I was able to glean enough information to get a decent impression of the Leonardo brand as a whole despite being unable to test the products.
What I appreciate most about the Leonardo brand is their transparency. While they don’t provide specific information about who formulates their recipes, they go into great detail about where and how they are processed. I also appreciate that they use local suppliers for their fresh meats.
In terms of the recipes themselves, quality and species-appropriateness varies. Most of the protein seemed to come from animal sources, though most recipes contained unnecessary plant ingredients.
All of the recipes I reviewed listed animal ingredients at the top of the list, though many were vaguely named. There’s no reason to assume these are low-quality ingredients, however – it could simply be a difference in pet food labeling requirements that specific sources do not need to be named.
On the whole, Leonardo may be a good option for some cats, though it’s hard to comment on the price and availability. I’d certainly recommend their wet foods over their dry foods based on carbohydrate content alone, but I’d prefer to see named sources for their animal proteins.
Where Is Leonardo Food Sold?
Leonardo is a European cat food company like Applaws and Blink! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to determine exactly where to find Leonardo cat food because the website doesn’t list any of the brand’s suppliers. Based on a few customer comments, however, it seems like the brand is sold in German pet food stores like Fressnapf.
You may also be able to purchase it from German online retailers, though Leonardo doesn’t appear to sell directly through their website.