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Monge is the largest dog and cat food manufacturer in Italy. Find out if their natural superpremium cat food would be good for your cat in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard – Rating Monge On What Matters
We have analyzed Monge 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 Monge in these key areas:
- Species-Appropriateness – 9/10
- Ingredient Quality – 9/10
- Product Variety – 10/10
- Price – 5/10
- Customer Experience – 9/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 6.9/10
We give Monge cat food a 52 out of 60 rating or an A grade.
Monge has been making pet food in Italy since 1963. The company has a pet food factory in Monasterolo di Savigliano, in the Italian province of Cuneo. All departments of the company are housed. Monge has over 300 professionals and 120 sales people.
The company makes both wet and dry foods and foods for dogs and cats.
Monge Superpremium was introduced in 2009. The company exports to more than 90 countries around the world. They serve Australia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Western Europe.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Monge has a 106,000 square meter production and logistics facility at their main site in northern Italy. They produce both wet and canned pet foods at their site. In 2013 they opened their latest facility to produce dry pet food – the most modern facility in Europe.
Monge details their commitment to safety and quality here. Since their foods are made in Italy they are part of the European Union and follow their directives.
The company uses tins and trays that are recyclable. Eighty percent of the energy the company uses is self-produced. Most of the waste produced by their factory is separated by type and sent for recycling. The company also works on other ways to be sustainable.
We didn’t find information about where ingredients are sourced. The company says they use fresh meat and fish along with non-GMO ingredients. They also don’t use artificial colors or preservatives.
Overall, Monge has a dozen different product lines for cats with 79 formulas.
Some of the company’s other brands include Monge VetSolution, Monge Bwild, Gemon, Lechat, Special-Dog, Excellence, Simba, and Leo. Monge’s annual revenue in 2019 was $350,000,000.
Has Monge Cat Food Been Recalled?
We didn’t find any notices for Monge recalls. There was a statement from Monge to clarify something about the fish used in one of their LeChat formulas but there was no recall.
Please note that we are not able to access pet food recall information for all countries online. Even in countries where the information is available, most recalls only go back a few years.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Monge Offer?
Monge Superpremium cat food comes in a mind blowing variety of formulas for adult cats, kittens, and seniors. There are special formulas for sterilized (neutered/spayed) cats, cats with special urinary needs, hairball recipes, and indoor cat recipes. Recipes include monoproteins, chunkies in jelly, pate, and flakes. Proteins include chicken, trout, duck, veal, mackerel, beef, turkey, buffalo, pork, rabbit, and tuna.
Most Monge Superpremium recipes are wet/tinned foods but they also have some formulas in pouches. In addition, Monge makes several Monge Natural Superpremium dry cat foods.
Monge Cat Food– Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Primary Protein||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Monge Flakes Only Beef||Wet||Beef||35 kcal per oz||£10.49 per lb||A|
|Monge Chunkies of Chicken with Squid||Wet||Chicken, Tuna||22 kcal per oz||£17.29 per lb||A|
|Monge Natural Superpremium Adult Rich in Chicken||Dehydrated||Chicken||394 kcal per 100g||£3.13 per lb||A-|
Monge Cat Food Reviews
#1 Monge Flakes Only Beef
This is a monoprotein food. The only source of protein is beef.
Monge Flakes Only Beef is a monoprotein food. It is made up of 70 percent beef. The rest is nutritional additives such as vitamins and minerals. Beef is the only source of meat used in the food. This is a complete and balanced food for cats.
In the U.S. this food might be comparable to a limited ingredient diet (LID).
This food is steam cooked. It’s made to be highly digestible with a soft texture for your cat.
The only other ingredients in the food are vitamins and minerals.
You should be aware that Monge puts a note on their page that states the following:
“Formulated with unique animal protein source, it may contain traces of other sources of protein.” This could be due to cross-contamination during the manufacturing process or for some other reason. If your cat is highly allergic to other animal proteins, this statement is worth noting. Monge makes seven other Flakes Only recipes if your cat needs a different meat protein.”
This is a grain-free formula with no dyes or preservatives.
Each can is 80 g or 2.8 ounces. Monge doesn’t provide calorie information but our estimate came out to about 35 calories per ounce.
Monge Flakes Only Beef appears to have good meat content from a single source. It’s higher in fat that than most cat foods so this is something to consider.
Composition: Beef 70% (Equal To 100% Of Meat Used), Minerals.
Nutritional Additives/Kg: Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate): 2,750 Iu/kg, Vitamin D3 154 Iu/kg, Vitamin E (All-rac-alpha-tocopherol-acetate) 15.5 Mg/kg, Selenium (Sodium Selenite 0.10 Mg/kg) 0.05 Mg/kg, Manganese (Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 23 Mg/kg) 7.5 Mg/kg, Zinc (Zinc Oxide 43.8 Mg/kg): 35 Mg/kg, Copper (Copper (Ii) Sulphate Pentahydrate 11.7 Mg/kg) 3 Mg/kg, Iron (Ferrous (Ii) Sulphate Monohydrate 75.9 Mg/kg) 25 Mg/kg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 0.6 Mg/kg) 0.4 Mg/kg, Taurine 500 Mg/kg.
Ingredients We Liked: Beef, Grain-free, No Dyes Or Preservatives, Non-GMO Ingredients
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: None
Common Allergens: Beef
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- No dyes or preservatives
- 70 percent beef
- No Carrageenan
- No GMO ingredients
- More fat than most cat foods
- Possibility of cross-contamination with other animal proteins
#2 Monge Chunkies of Chicken with Squid
The primary protein sources in this food appear to be chicken, tuna, and squid.
The first ingredients in this food are listed as chicken (60 percent), tuna (10 percent), and squid (5 percent). These are all good sources of animal/fish protein.
Other ingredients include rice and FOS (Fructo Oligo-Saccharide). FOS is a natural prebiotic and a good source of dietary fiber.
The food also contains just a few additives: Vitamin A 2000 IU/Kg, Vitamin D3 200 IU/Kg, Vitamin E (Alfa-tocoferol) 25 mg/Kg.
As long as your cat isn’t allergic to chicken or the seafood, we don’t see anything here that would be problematic.
Moisture 80.0%, Crude Protein 16.0%, Crude Fat 0.3%, Crude Fibre 0.5%, Crude Ash 1.0%
Each can is 80 g or 2.8 ounces. Monge doesn’t provide calorie information but our estimate came out to about 22 calories per ounce.
This food seems to have high protein content. Fat is low and carbohydrates are moderate.
Composition: Chicken 60%, Tuna 10%, Squid 5%, Rice, Fos (Fructo Oligo-saccharide)
Nutritional Additives/Kg: Vitamin A 2000 IU/Kg, Vitamin D3 200 IU/Kg, Vitamin E (Alfa-tocoferol) 25 mg/Kg.
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Tuna, Squid, Fos
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: None
Common Allergens: Chicken and Tuna can be allergens for some cats
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- No corn, wheat, or soy
- No dyes or preservatives
- No Carrageenan
- Some people won’t like rice in cat food
#3 Monge Natural Superpremium Adult Rich in Chicken
Monge has a remarkable range of foods for cats that includes both wet and dry foods. If your cat prefers dry food or likes both dry and wet, Monge has multiple kibbles in different proteins – many of them monoproteins. Many of their dry foods are also specialized for particular health needs.
In the case of Monge Natural Superpremium Adult Rich in Chicken, this dry cat food is a good choice for adult cats. It’s a complete food that’s formulated with chicken as the main ingredient. In fact, chicken, both dehydrated and fresh combined, is the first ingredient.
It also contains salmon oil, a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, to help your cat have soft, shiny fur. That can help cats that have problems with shedding and hairballs.
The formula is enriched with XOS (Xylo-oligosaccharides) and MOS (mannan-oligosaccharides), prebiotics that promote intestinal wellness.
L-carnitine is an amino acid helps maintain muscle mass by turning fat into energy; while vitamin C supports your cat’s immune system.
This food contains no added dyes or artificial preservatives.
Monge Natural Superpremium Adult Rich in Chicken appears to have good quality ingredients and it’s made by a company that uses fresh meat and fish along with non-GMO ingredients, no artificial colors, and no preservatives. This looks like a good dry cat food.
This food contains 394 Kcal per 100 grams (estimated).
Composition: Chicken (26% Dehydrated Meat, 10% Fresh), Rice, Animal Fat (Chicken Oil Purified To 99.5%), Hydrolysed Animal Protein (Liver), Dried Beet Pulp, Corn Gluten, Dried Egg (2%), Fish (Dried Salmon), Fish Oil 2% (Salmon Oil Purified To 99.5%), Minerals, Brewer’s Yeast, Pea Fibre, Yeast Products (Manno-oligo-saccharides Mos 1%), Xylo-oligosaccharides (Xos 0.3%), Products From The Processing Of Herbs (Rose Hip 0.1%), Yucca Schidigera (0.1%).
Additives: Nutritional Additives/kg: Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate) 20,000 Iu/kg, Vitamin D3 1,400 Iu/kg, Vitamin E (All-rac-alphatocopheryl-acetate) 100 Mg/kg, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): 200 Mg/kg, Selenium (Sodium Selenite 0.2 Mg/kg) 0.09 Mg/kg, Manganese (Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 32 Mg/kg) 10.4 Mg/kg, Zinc (Zinc Oxide 150 Mg/kg): 120.4 Mg/kg, Copper (Copper (Ii) Sulphate Pentahydrate 13 Mg/kg) 3.3 Mg/kg, Iron (Iron (Ii) Sulphate Monohydrate 110 Mg/kg) 39.2 Mg/kg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.8 Mg/kg) 1.17 Mg/kg; L-carnitine 700 Mg/kg; Technically Pure Dl-methionine: 2,500 Mg/kg, Taurine 2,400 Mg/kg.
Technological Additives: Antioxidants: Tocopherol Extracts From Vegetable Oils.
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg, Fish, Fish Oil (Salmon Oil), Prebiotics, Yucca Schidigera
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Pea fibre
Common Allergens: Chicken, Egg, And Fish can all be allergens for some cats
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- Monge uses fresh meats and fish in their foods (and some dried meat and fish)
- No artificial colors or preservatives; non-GMO ingredients
- Prebiotics and vitamin C help keep your cat healthy
- Contains fish/salmon oil as a source of omega-3 fatty acids
- Contains a few ingredients with generic names but some of them appear to be over 99 percent identified as quality ingredients
What Do Customers Think Of Monge Cat Food?
We couldn’t find many English-language reviews for Monge cat foods. We found some in Singapore and Hong Kong but they were all positive. A few other non-European sites have the foods for sale but there are no reviews posted yet.
“My fussy cats are actually okay with this brand! It is protein rich, low in grain , good value and so far its keeping them healthy!” – Chris, Singapore
“We love this dry food. Mummy was pouring the kibbles in our food box and my Brother, Mocha couldn’t wait! He just started eating quickly….
We love the kibble and we shed lesser furs. Our Pawmy is happy that we are happy.” – Khairon Bee, Singapore
How Much Does Monge Cat Food Cost?
To be honest, we don’t know how much it costs where you live. We didn’t find Monge for sale in the U.S. On this Singapore web site, the 1.5 kg bag of dry Monge Superpremium kitten food is $22 in local currency. That would be about $16 in U.S. currency.
Prices may vary in different countries. Shipping costs could also affect the price.
Overall, Is Monge A Good Choice?
Yes, we do believe that Monge Superpremium is a very good brand. It offers great variety for cats of different ages and health conditions. It has many different meat proteins from which to choose – and places an emphasis on animal protein for cats. These foods have no dyes or preservatives and they are non-GMO.
In addition, this company has been in business for over 50 years. They have a large professional staff and the company continues to grow. Monge also has high production standards and the certifications you look for in a good company.
If you are in the United States or in other areas where Monge is not very common, it would be helpful if the company could provide more information about their foods. Companies like Farmina have successfully transitioned into these markets. It would be good to see more of Monge as well.
Where Can You Buy Monge Cat Food?
We weren’t able to find Monge for sale on U.S. web sites. There were a just a few offerings on UK sites. Most of the Monge food we found for sale was in Singapore and Hong Kong. Our English-language search engines may have overlooked some French, Italian, and other sites that sell the food.
We did find a few bloggers that mentioned or wrote about the food but there were no customer reviews.
Hi I am looking cat food distribution for UAE we have very good experienced team so if you are interested for Special Cat distribution contact with us thanks.
Hi Ahmed, this is not the place to discuss business partnerships with Monge—we are a review blog and do not represent the company, so you’d be better off contacting Monge directly here.
Thank you for the review. I’m in Australia and wanted to buy this for my cat but there’s hardly any information on the brand in English.
We’re very happy the review was helpful. Please let us know how the food works for your cat.
Thanks so much for this! In the Philippines Monge is sold as a brand called “Special Cat” (label says it’s still manufactured by Monge) however the composition is about 15% meat and animal derivatives. Reading around it seems that might not be a great source of meat? What do you think? The breakdown though of composition of moisture, crude fat, protein etc. is more of less the same as shown here (breakdown is in petwarehouse PH, I won’t link so I don’t get tagged as spam), but would love your thoughts if this brand of Monge is still up to standard! 🙂
Hi Bernardine, thank you for your message. Yes, generally, we would consider meat and animal derivatives (as opposed to clearly-named/labeled animal parts) to be lower-value ingredients, but the nutritional value should be very similar to that of the foods reviewed here. The differences in ingredient quality are very difficult to quantify, especially when we don’t have access to all of the manufacturing details. Apologies that I couldn’t give you a more specific answer.
What about their dry food? is it just as good? what are the specifics?
Hi Sivan, thanks for your message. Monge has about 15 dry cat foods on their web site. They have a good variety of meat protein (turkey, salmon, chicken, rabbit, beef, trout, codfish, duck). They come in formulas for adult cats, sterilized cats, kittens, and seniors. They offer some special recipes such as “light” (lower fat content), hairball formula, urinary formula (for the reduction of struvite crystals), and an indoor cat formula. Looking at the ingredients, they appear to be comparable to the ingredients used in the wet/canned formulas. The recipes contain prebiotics that promote intestinal wellness. Many recipes also contain the amino acid complex L-carnitine which helps turn fat into energy. The foods contain no added dyes or artificial preservatives. The foods are made in Italy and the company uses no cruelty testing. Monge dry cat foods appear to be of the same high quality as their wet/canned foods. I hope this is helpful. Let us know if you have more questions about Monge or other foods.
Hi, i notice monge dry food indoor for 12 month old cat? My cat is 5 year old can she eat this.
Hi Masmilah, Yes. Monge’s dry indoor cat food is made for adult cats. It should be a good choice for a 5-year-old cat. Let us know how she likes it. 🙂
Hi, I recently found out that they offer renal support dry food and I am not sure if it is good
Since the renal care cat dry food usually have poor nutrition and ingredient source
I would recommend talking to your veterinarian about whether or not their renal diet is a good choice. From what I’ve seen on the ingredient list, this diet doesn’t look bad at all, and it seems it could be a promising option for cats with kidney disease.
Hi! I am Italian and Monge is considered a very high quality cat (and dog) food over here. They have a large amount of lines that cover almost all needs, most of the meat they use is certified organic (in Italy we call it Biologico) and if u need help to read/translate articles in Italian i will be gladly help u in doing so 🙂
Claudia, thank you so much for the support and for offering to help with translation! We will keep that in mind. Much appreciated. – Mallory
Maybe you know were buy this cat food in US?
Hello Sveta, good question. There do seem to be distributors who may sell Monge in the United States, but I’ve not been able to find any retailers selling it.
I can’t find too, I needs this food now
First of all congratulations for all the good work you are doing here. You are my main source when looking for cat food reviews.
I’m located in Easters Europe so many of the food from your blog are not available. My main site for purchasing cat food is Zooplus.
I saw that Monge’s dry food contains a high level of Carbohydrates , Rice and Corn Gluten. All 3 of them are not the best for a cat food least that’s the conclusion I have after reading your blogs and info from AAFCO and other big associations. Is Monge really such a good food containing this 3 elements that I’ve mentioned?
Currently I’m using Taste of the Wild but I know my cat can have a better food. Do you have any recommendations between Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Purizon, Carnilove, Applaws, Canagan, MAC’s, Instinct, Crave, Leonardo, Animonda, Almo Nature, Monge, Farmina?
Thank you for you work, I wish you a great 2023,
Hello there! Apologies for the late reply. No, Monge’s dry recipes are not the ideal cat food, but their wet foods are outstanding. Regarding the other brands you’ve mentioned, we’ve reviewed a lot of them already. Of the ones you listed, I would recommend Farmina, Instinct, Orijen, Carnilove, and Almo Nature as the best.
Hey there, a grade A was given. But I’m a little confused as rice and corn gluten are part of the ingredients. Help advice more pls.
I’m contacting the author of this guide to see if we should adjust the rating based on this comment. Thank you!
I was surprised and intrigued by the high rate of this brand and i just visited a local shop. Bought some monoprotein wet cans and took also the broacher. Im Italian and the broacher is in Italian. ALL the dry food formulas has as a second ingredients RICE, then (in order) animal fat, wheat, gluten from wheat, protein from potatoes, potatoes, fish oil, alge oil, brewery’s yeast, fibres from peas, … In all dry formulas meat content is between 26 – 30%