In this unbiased review, we’ll take a closer look at the food cats ask for by name, determining whether or not Meow Mix cat food is a healthy, safe choice.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Meow Mix on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Meow Mix 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 – 4/10
- Ingredient Quality – 4/10
- Product Variety – 6/10
- Price – 8/10
- Customer Experience – 5/10
- Recall History – 7/10
Overall Score: 5.7/10
We give Meow Mix cat food a 34 out of 60 rating or a C grade.
About Meow Mix
Meow Mix was created in 1974 and was originally owned by the Ralston Purina Company—now Nestlé-Purina. The Meow Mix brand went from owner to owner through the next forty years, first being sold to Del Monte Foods, which was the owner of Big Heart Pet Brands at the time. Meow Mix was acquired by an equity firm called Cypress Group, then returned to Del Monte Foods ownership.
In 2015, the J.M. Smucker company bought Big Heart Pet Brands. As part of the J.M. Smucker Big Heart Pet Brand family, Meow Mix is sold by the same company that owns 9Lives, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Rachael Ray Nutrish, and other brands.
Meow Mix is perhaps best known for its tagline—“the food cats ask for by name” and accompanying jingle. The brand is economical, offers a respectable product variety, and is easy to find in stores around the world.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Meow Mix dry food is made in the company’s facility in Decatur, Alabama. This manufacturing facility also makes Alley Cat products. Meow Mix wet cat food is made in Thailand.
The company doesn’t provide information on its sourcing practices.
Has Meow Mix Cat Food Been Recalled?
Meow Mix has never been recalled.
In 2015, a consumer advocacy group crowdfunded a study of contaminants in eight pet foods, including Meow Mix Tender Centers cat food. Meow Mix Tender Centers had the highest mycotoxin mold contamination of all the foods tested and these levels were considered “high risk”.
Mycotoxins are created by fungus or mold and commonly grow on grains like wheat and corn. Consumption of mycotoxins can cause acute illness or, if ingested in small amounts over time, may result in chronic suppression of the immune system, cancer, and kidney and liver toxicity.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Meow Mix Offer?
The Meow Mix lineup includes both wet and dry food.
Meow Mix dry varieties include Original Choice, Tender Centers, Bistro Recipes®, Hairball Control, Indoor Formula, Kitten Li’l Nibbles®, and Seafood Medley.
The brand’s wet varieties include Tender Favorites®, Simple Servings®, Classic Paté, and Paté Toppers.
The brand also offers a variety of cat treats.
Meow Mix Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food||Dry||$1.24 per lb||D|
|Meow Mix Tender Centers Salmon & White Meat Chicken Dry Cat Food||Dry||$1.27 per lb||D-|
|Meow Mix Tender Favorites with Real Tuna & Whole Shrimp in Sauce||Wet||$0.23 per oz||C+|
What Do Customers Think of Meow Mix Cat Food?
Meow Mix has been a cat food leader for over 40 years. Their food is affordable, easy to find, and cats like it. Multiple generations of cats have grown up and grown old on Meow Mix.
Like most top-selling cat food brands, Meow Mix’s popularity comes with some serious complaints.
While customer reviews on Meow Mix’s product listings are primarily positive, other platforms paint an uglier picture of the brand. On Consumer Affairs, Meow Mix has an average rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars. It’s no surprise that there are complaints about Meow Mix.
What’s unsettling is that there’s some consistency among those complaints. Multiple people said their cats started vomiting blood or bleeding rectally after eating Meow Mix. Several said their cats recovered after the Meow Mix food was withdrawn.
In 2014, 381 people signed a petition asking Meow Mix to issue a recall in light of multiple reports in 2013 and 2014 of severe vomiting, vomiting blood, and death after eating Meow Mix.
Again, people around the world feed their cats Meow Mix without incident. When your cat gets sick, the last food they ate is an easy potential culprit to blame, but not necessarily the right one. At this point, we don’t know if Meow Mix has made cats seriously ill.
“I’ve tried to feed my cats the highest-quality food I can afford, especially since one of them has had cystitis and the other is elderly and has a poor appetite. I tried this even though it’s not one of the top brands nutritionally, and they both love it. At least it’s chunks of recognizable seafood. They eat their Science Diet along with it, so I’m glad I tried it!” – drelseyfan, reviewing Meow Mix Tender Favorites with Real Tuna & Whole Shrimp in Sauce
“I have fed my cats every fancy, holistic, grain-free, healthy cat food over the last forty years! After a short while, they always turn their noses up, especially the elders, and I resort to Meow Mix and a few other old stand-bys to mix in and get them to eat! American cats!! Junk food lovers to be sure! But actually, in the ‘old days,’ we didn’t have fancy foods, and the cats were all healthy and never got cancer and the weird conditions they succumb to now.” – SluggersMom, reviewing Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food
“I found a piece of the top wrapping in the food. There is also VERY HARD pieces of dark stuff in there. Little or no shrimp and not good smelling.” – terri, reviewing Meow Mix Tender Favorites with Real Tuna & Whole Shrimp in Sauce
“ALL MY 13 CATS ARE THROWING THIS AND THE TUNA ONE I TRIED. MEOW MIX JUST DOESN’T AGREE WITH MY CATS.” – ANIMALLOVERINPA, reviewing Meow Mix Tender Centers Salmon & White Meat Chicken
How Much Does Meow Mix Cat Food Cost?
Meow Mix is one of the cheapest cat food brands on the market.
If your cat weighs about 10 lbs, Meow Mix dry food costs roughly $0.08 to $0.10 per day, making even economy brands like Purina Cat Chow look expensive by comparison. Meow Mix wet food is a little bit pricier and will cost closer to $1.65 per day.
Overall, Is Meow Mix Cat Food a Good Choice?
Meow Mix isn’t the best cat food you can buy.
Whether wet or dry, Meow Mix cat food contains artificial ingredients, added colors, and other additives that could harm your cat over time. Their dry foods are some of the most grain-laden and carbohydrate-loaded products on the market.
If you choose to buy Meow Mix, opt for their wet varieties, which offer a carnivore-appropriate distribution of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Where To Buy Meow Mix Cat Food?
Meow Mix cat food is sold worldwide. It’s available in groceries, big box stores, and other stores that sell pet food. You can buy it online through a host of online retailers, including Chewy and Amazon.