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It’s one of the only USDA-certified cat food brands on the market, but can Organix cat food earn a place in your cat’s bowl? Find out in our unbiased review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Organix on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Organix 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 – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 9/10
- Product Variety – 5/10
- Price – 5/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 4/10
Overall Score: 6.2/10
We give Organix cat food a 37 out of 60 rating or a C+ grade.
Castor & Pollux has been in the pet food business since 1999, calling itself the first “branded, premium quality line of natural specialty food and supplies for pets.”
In 2003, the company introduced Organix, a line of USDA-certified organic pet food. In 2012, Merrick Pet Care, Inc. purchased Castor & Pollux. Three years later, Nestlé Purina bought Merrick, making it and all of its brands part of the second-largest pet food company in the world.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Castor & Pollux sources most ingredients from the United States. Some ingredients are sourced outside of the United States, including vitamins from Germany, Canada, and China, venison from New Zealand, and rabbit from France.
Organix products are made in Merrick’s Texas manufacturing facility. This company-owned kitchen is located in Hereford, Texas, and is certified by the USDA National Organic Program.
Has Organix Cat Food Been Recalled?
Castor & Pollux’s Organix brand has never been recalled, but at least one other Castor & Pollux brand has. In 2007, the company’s Natural Ultramix cat food line was recalled due to potential cross-contamination with melamine-tainted wheat gluten.
Merrick, the company that owns and manufactures Organix cat food, has issued several recalls. From 2010 to 2018, the company announced three recalls, with causes including potential salmonella contamination and potentially elevated levels of beef thyroid hormones.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Organix Offer?
As a full line of USDA-certified organic pet food, Organix products are produced without pesticides, artificial preservatives, added growth hormones, or antibiotics. Their ingredients aren’t irradiated, genetically engineered, or grown with synthetic fertilizers.
The Organix lineup includes both dry and wet foods. All of their ingredient lists start with organic free-range chicken or turkey. They don’t contain any corn, wheat, or soy.
Organix Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Castor & Pollux Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe||Dry||$5.76 per lb||C+|
|Castor & Pollux Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe||Wet||$0.60 per oz||B+|
|Castor & Pollux Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken Recipe||Wet||$0.59 per oz||B+|
What Do Customers Think Of Organix Cat Food?
A lot of people like Organix cat food, but the positive sentiment isn’t unanimous. For example, their popular grain-free Chicken & Sweet Potato dry cat food has a 4.1 out of 5 star rating on Chewy.
Here’s what a few happy and unhappy customers have to say about Organix cat food:
“Our Jack Russell has been on the dog version of this food for about a year now and is very healthy and happy. Our cat was on a different food and suddenly developed tummy troubles, so we put her on Castor Pollux grain-free organic chicken and sweet potato cat food and her tummy troubles have cleared up. She’s now a very happy and healthy kitty.” – Mack, reviewing Organix Grai-Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
“I do wish it was less expensive. I love the quality and consistency of the food and my cats love it too (they are not finicky). There’s always the same amount of food in each can and it really does not smell like that typical gross cat food smell.” – nmcrave, reviewing Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
“I used to give Organix a 5 star rating for having USDA organic & non-GMO ingredients. Our 5 cats liked the formula previously, but all of a sudden with the last shipment of 2 10# bags, none of the cats would touch it. The nice Chewy rep sent out 2 replacement bags. Still nobody would eat it. Chewy refunded my money, but I’m now questioning what has changed. Is it the fact that Nestle-Purina bought out Merrick/Castor & Pollux/Organix?? Sadly, I no longer have confidence in this brand.” – Daisy, reviewing Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
“this is the third product we’ve tried from this brand. since they’re the only ones i’ve found with organic meat, i really want to stick with the brand, but… this one has the smooth paté texture that my cat requires, but unfortunately she keeps throwing it up. her stomach is very sensitive to fiber (indigestible), so i suspect that may be the problem with these products. i hope they will offer a formula with a lot less of the pea, coconut, and veg/fruit etc in it. i will keep feeding it to her for now, but am still looking for better alternatives (we’ve tried nearly every cat food in existence at this point)” – Kitty, reviewing Organix Grain-Free Organic Chicken Recipe
How Much Does Organix Cat Food Cost?
Organix sits on the upper end of the mid-range price zone. It’s slightly more expensive than comparable non-organic brands. If you have a 10-lb cat, Organix dry food will cost about $0.52 per day and Organix wet food will cost closer to $3.06 per day.
Overall, Is Organix A Good Choice?
Organix is a good option for people who want to feed their cat organic food. Their wet foods stand out as a particularly good option with low-carbohydrate recipes featuring USDA-certified meat and no potentially-harmful thickeners.
If you’re not so interested in organic food, you might consider opting for a cheaper brand that offers nutritionally similar or superior food—Wellness comes to mind.
Where To Buy Organix Cat Food?
Organix cat food is sold in PetSmart and Petco stores around the United States and Canada, along with various other stores that stock pet food. Click here to search for a store near you.
If you prefer to shop online, you can find Organix through Petco and PetSmart’s websites, Amazon, Chewy, PetFlow, and Thrive Market.