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Purina One Cat Food Review

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How does Purina ONE compare to other Purina brands and could it be a good choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Purina ONE cat food review.

The Cats.com Standard—Rating Purina ONE on What Matters

We’ve analyzed Purina ONE 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 – 6/10
  • Product Variety – 8/10
  • Price – 8/10
  • Customer Experience – 7/10
  • Recall History – 4/10

Overall Score: 6.7/10

We give Purina ONE cat food a 40 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.

About Purina ONE

Purina ONE was introduced in 1986 and was Purina’s first venture into the world of super-premium pet food. It’s marketed as a natural brand and features what Purina calls high-quality ingredients, claiming that these better ingredients can lead to better health.

With so many other Purina brands to choose from, how is Purina ONE different and how does it compare to its siblings in the Purina family?

Compared to other Purina brands, ONE is closest to Pro Plan and Beyond. Purina ONE is the cheapest of the bunch and on average, appears to have the highest protein content. Compared to Beyond, it has more controversial ingredients like artificial colors, corn gluten meal, and animal by-products.

Compared to Pro Plan, it has fewer artificial ingredients and its marketing expert formulation and veterinarian-approved foods.

Ultimately, the differences between Purina ONE and other brands are subtle, varied, and best evaluated on a product-by-product basis.

Sourcing And Manufacturing

Like virtually all Purina foods, Purina ONE is primarily manufactured in the United States in Purina-owned facilities. Most Purina ingredients are sourced from North America, but depending on availability and manufacturing location, the company may obtain ingredients from other countries.

Has Purina ONE Cat Food Been Recalled?

Purina ONE cat food was recalled twice in 2011 due to potential salmonella contamination. Other Purina brands have been recalled multiple times since the company started making pet food in the 1950s. You can learn about Purina’s full recall history on Petful.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Purina ONE Offer?

Purina ONE has a wide variety of wet and dry foods in grain-free and grain-inclusive varieties.  You can choose from the standard Purina ONE or Purina ONE True Instinct, a line of dry and wet foods that are rich in protein without any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Purina ONE Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Price Our Grade
Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food Dry $1.88 per lb C
Purina ONE Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Cat Food Dry $2.08 per lb C
Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Wet $0.36 per oz A-

#1 Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food Review

Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.

Each bag of this food contains a combination of crunchy kibble and “meaty tender morsels”.

The food features chicken as the first ingredient, but with rice flour and corn gluten meal the next two ingredients, this doesn’t look like a meat-based food at all.

As an additional source of animal protein, the food contains chicken by-product meal. There are plenty of unknowns here. What’s the chicken by-product meal primarily composed of? Organs? Bones? Connective tissue? Digestibility, nutritional value, and ingredient handling are all in question.

Beef fat is the food’s primary fat source. It’s a good one. Animal fat is rich in the fatty acids that cats need.

The ingredient list goes on to include a series of carbohydrate-heavy plant ingredients, including various forms of soy, wheat, and corn.

Though Purina ONE is touted as a natural brand, this product contains caramel color, that infamous brown dye known to sometimes contain a carcinogenic chemical called 4-MEI.

Overall, this food is low in protein with low fat and high carbohydrate content.

There’s not much about this food that stands out from other kibble products. It’s a corny, wheaty, crunchy food with caramel color and plenty of soy. Cats love the way it tastes and some customers say their cat is thriving on it, but we can’t recommend it as a nutritionally excellent choice.

The food has 366 calories per cup.


Chicken, Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal (Source Of Glucosamine), Beef Fat Naturally Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Wheat Flour, Liver Flavor, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Glycerin, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Sodium Bisulfate, VITAMINS [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)], Taurine, MINERALS [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], L-Cysteine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine.

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Beef Fat

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Wheat Flour, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Caramel Color

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 34%
Crude Fat: 13%
Crude Fiber: 2%
Moisture: 12%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 38.64%
Fat: 14.77%
Fiber: 2.27%
Carbs: 44.32%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 32.51%
Fat: 30.19%
Carbs: 37.3%


  • Contains animal-sourced fat


  • Very high carbohydrate content
  • Contains caramel color
  • No dry food delivers the moisture your cat needs

#2 Purina ONE Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Cat Food Review

Turkey and chicken by-product meal appear to be the primary protein sources in this dry cat food.

This Purina ONE food is sold as a solution for cats with sensitive skin and stomachs, claiming that its omega fatty acids help to keep the coat lustrous.

Purina says the food is highly-digestible for sensitive systems, though it’s not clear how it’s any more digestible than other Purina ONE dry foods. Nonetheless, it seems to work for the people who feed it. Five-star reviews represent 88% of the feedback on Chewy and numerous customers believe the food is responsible for solving their cats’ digestive issues.

But what’s this food really made of? The food’s first ingredient is turkey, followed by chicken by-product meal. Considering that chicken by-product meal is a dense, dehydrated ingredient, it appears that this is a meat-based food.

In addition to all that meat, the food contains rice flour, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, oat meal, and ground corn. At 33% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis, this food is definitely on the high-carbohydrate side.

Beef fat serves as the food’s primary fat source. Later on the ingredient list is a touch of soybean oil.

The food is fortified with synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, along with a smidge of dried carrots and peas. It contains caramel color—the same dye so common in cola drinks and so often contaminated with a carcinogenic chemical.

Overall, this dry food has moderate protein content with moderate fat and high carbohydrate content.

Though customers seem to agree that this Purina ONE food is a solution for digestive issues and skin problems, this recipe looks similar to most other grain-inclusive dry foods. With chicken and eggs appearing on the ingredient list, it’s not a limited-ingredient food and probably not a good choice for cats with allergies and food intolerances.

The food has 430 calories per cup.


Turkey, Chicken By-Product Meal, Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Oat Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Beef Fat Naturally Preserved With Vitamin E, ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS AND OTHER INGREDIENTS: Minerals (Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Dried Egg Product, Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Caramel Color, Vitamins (Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin B-7, Vitamin K), Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Taurine, Amino Acids (L-Lysine Monohydrochloride).

Ingredients We Liked: Turkey, Beef Fat

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Oat Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Caramel Color

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 34%
Crude Fat: 13%
Crude Fiber: 4%
Moisture: 12%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 38.64%
Fat: 14.77%
Fiber: 4.55%
Carbs: 42.05%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 33.15%
Fat: 30.78%
Carbs: 36.07%


  • Made with animal-sourced fat


  • High carbohydrate content
  • Contains caramel color
  • Contains multiple common food allergens
  • No dry food delivers the moisture your cat needs

#3 Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review

Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this wet cat food.

Finally, let’s review one of Purina ONE’s most popular wet formulas. This product is a chicken-based paté. The grain-free paté is primarily made from animal ingredients, with chicken meat, liver of unspecified origins, pork lungs, and trout leading the ingredient list.

Aside from guar gum as a stabilizer and thickener, this food doesn’t contain any fluffy plant ingredients. No carrots. No peas. No starch.

It contains “natural flavors”, an ingredient usually made from hydrolyzed animal tissues. That’s the last ingredient before a long list of synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that make each meal nutritionally complete.

Overall, this food is rich in animal protein with moderate fat and low carbohydrate content.

This food has everything we look for in a canned product—low carbohydrate content, plenty of protein from named cuts of meat, a mix of muscle meat and organs for maximal animal-sourced nutrition, and to top it off, the paté is thickened without carrageenan. This is a solid silver-star product.

The food has 91 calories in each 3-ounce can or 30 calories per ounce.


Chicken, Liver, Chicken Broth, Pork Lungs, Trout, Natural Flavors, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Salt, Mono And Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Guar Gum, Vitamins (Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-7, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3), Taurine.

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Pork Lungs, Trout

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Guar Gum

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 11%
Crude Fat: 5%
Crude Fiber: 1.5%
Moisture: 78%
Ash: 3%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 50%
Fat: 22.73%
Fiber: 6.82%
Carbs: 6.82%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 44.64%
Fat: 49.28%
Carbs: 6.09%


  • Rich in animal-sourced protein
  • Made without animal by-products
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Made without carrageenan
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives


  • Contains vaguely-named liver

What Do Customers Think Of Purina ONE Cat Food?

On Amazon and Chewy, Purina ONE product listings receive primarily positive reviews. For example, Purina ONE’s popular Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken dry food has over 500 reviews on Chewy and 97% of reviewers say they’d recommended it to a friend.

What are customers saying about Purina ONE? Let’s take a look at a few positive and critical reviews to see what people are saying about this brand.

Positive Reviews

“I have always fed my cats Purina which they love! My senior male has always had digestion issues but up until recently he had been throwing up 1-2x per week. He’s a picky eater but after reading the reviews on this formula I decided to make the switch. After few weeks the problem is COMPLETELY gone and my cat really enjoys the food. Both cats are actually really excited to eat now. This has been a life saver! Didn’t have to go to the vet!” DannyCat, reviewing Purina ONE Sensitive Skin & Stomach

“I like that chicken is the first ingredient listed. Not sure if “grain free” is all that important but I try to offer this as an alternative to their ProPlan chunky chicken entree. I will never understand why cat food manufacturers insist on mixing vegetables into food for carnivores but my kitties are staying with real meat products.”Rosemary, reviewing Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Paté Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

Negative Reviews

“Thought this would be soft but it is hard. It says tender,to me that would mean soft. It wasn’t my one cat is 18 yrs old and I needed soft food cause his teeth are almost gone. He can’t eat hard food. He eats can with gravy and that has to have a lot of gravy or sauce. My other one is a kitten and his is all soft and milk.” Broth, reviewing Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

“Cats don’t like canned food that doesn’t have a fair amount of Juice, auspice or broth/gelatin. This is a huge fail for many grain free types.I shake the can to before I consider buying it for an idea of liquid ratio. My cats won’t eat chunky meat or carrot bits or peas, but it they are blended to pate’ & there’s plenty of broth I know it will be a hit.”kdale, reviewing Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Paté Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

How Much Does Purina ONE Cat Food Cost?

Among Purina brands targeting the super-premium market, Purina ONE is the most economical.

Looking at it in terms of daily feeding costs, it would cost about $2.30 per day to feed a 10-lb cat Purina ONE wet cat food. If you chose a Purina ONE dry formula, your daily costs would be significantly lower at around $0.18 per day.

Overall, Is Purina ONE A Good Choice?

Purina ONE has some great recipes—think the canned chicken paté reviewed above—and some that are little better than the colorful kibble on the grocery store shelf.

If you want to get the best Purina ONE has to offer, opt for their canned food and skip the True Instinct line—True Instinct canned recipes use wheat gluten to plump up the protein content. Not exactly true to the cat’s instinct to eat meat.

Where To Buy Purina ONE Cat Food?

Purina ONE is widely-distributed and sold in groceries, big box stores, and pet specialty retailers. If you’d prefer to buy it online, you can order Purina ONE through retailers including Amazon, Chewy, PetSmart, Walmart, and Target.

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Note: The values in our nutrient charts are automatically calculated based on the guaranteed analysis and may not represent typical nutrient values. This may lead to discrepancies between the charts and the values mentioned in the body of the review.
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About Mallory Crusta

Mallory is the Head of Content at Cats.com and an NAVC-certified Pet Nutrition Coach. Having produced and managed multimedia content across several pet-related domains, Mallory is dedicated to ensuring that the information on Cats.com is accurate, clear, and engaging. When she’s not reviewing pet products or editing content, Mallory enjoys skiing, hiking, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She has two cats, Wessie and Forest.

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  1. Kelly

    We’ve been buying the Purina One Dry cat food for years now, our cats loved it & it was an affordable price. Sadly I can’t say that anymore, for a 7.2 kg bag it’s now almost $50 at Wal-Mart and 33.99 at PetSmart :s Now due to our cats enjoying it so much & it being one of the better foods out there paying out $33.99 isn’t too bad but there’s no way in h*ll I’d pay nearly $50 for it, that’s a lii’ steep for Purina. I thought one of the draws of this brand was it’s affordability for everyone, has that changed for some reason??

    1. kateKate Barrington

      Hi Kelly! Unfortunately pet food manufacturers reformulate their products from time to time and that sometimes leads to price increases. If you’re looking for something more affordable, there are several things I’d recommend. They may even be higher quality than Purina, given the C grade we gave to Purina dry foods in our review (their canned foods are decent).
      We have a post on affordable cat food here:
      If you’re looking to buy something in bulk like the Purina, you could try something like Diamond Naturals which is about $30 for an 8kg (15lbs) bag. It’s very high in carbs, but has animal-based proteins and fats.
      Some of the Purina Beyond Simply Grain Free dry foods are affordable as well. This whitefish and egg recipe is $32 for 11lbs (5kg).
      Hope that helps!

  2. Joseph Stooksberry

    Hello. I need to find the lowest carb budget fry food possible. I’ve tried to locate one myself but I haven’t had much luck. I’ve seen that Purina One kitten had approx 24% carbs on a dry matter basis. That may work for us. Do you have any other suggestions? My delima is my amazing veterinarian said it would be fine to mix 25% of the lower budget dry foods with our Dr. Elseys. Dr. Elseys is almost carb free. We need to mix so the bag will last an entire month. Our vet said that is only acceptable if we find a food & stick to it so that if any recall or any problem occurs we can narrow it down to those two foods. I did the math & about 25% of a cheap food is what we would need to get the bag to last a whole month. Don’t worry, we feed low carb canned food & zero carb homemade as well so Junior & Sophia are hopefully getting proper hydration from the moistened kibble, water bowl, water fountain & canned. We unfortunately can’t afford Dr.? Elseys without splitting it a tad bit. 🙁 I would still prefer to find the lowest carb ultra budget food for that….something in the 20’s or lower. Some have up to 50%!! Big difference! So far we’re looking at Purina One Kitten. Our cats are perfectly healthy but we did find out both of their parents were very overweight & one had diabetes so we definitely want to prevent that with our cats. Thank you in advance & your hard work is very much appreciated!! 🐱

  3. Meg Christian

    As of March 2023, Purina has reformulated ONE Salmon. It smells like grain and my cats won’t eat it. As of this evening I am desperate to get away from all Purina brands.

    1. Mark B

      They must have changed it back because mine wouldn’t eat the new formula either, back in March, but they do now. In fact I had 2 cats who vomited after eating the new formula, which, looked like the turkey variety in color and texture. I stopped buying the stuff for about 3 months after that.

  4. Bob Kae

    I’ve been looking at all your reviews of wet and dry cat food and appreciate your research.
    But to make life easier,
    What do you feed YOUR cats?
    If it’s good enough for you. It’s good enough for me

    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta Post author

      Hey Bob, thanks for the comment and support. My answer to this question is complicated by the fact that my cats are 15 and ~11 years old, and one of them has been diagnosed with kidney disease. Therefore, their diet will be different than that of a younger cat. I feed them a mix of fresh and canned foods, including Weruva’s Wx line, Smalls fresh cat food, My Perfect Pet low-phosphorus fresh food, and a few different lower-phosphorus recipes from Weruva’s BFF line. Hope this helps in some way!

  5. Lara

    I see there is fish on the ingridients, what type of fish? If the flavor is chicken or turkey… why is there fish on the ingredients?

    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta Post author

      Good question. Many ingredients can appear in a cat food without showing up in its name, and “fish” is a very common one. This is a generic term that is used to describe a wide variety of fish species. Because we don’t know much about the type or quality of fish included, this vaguely-labeled ingredient is really not an ideal inclusion in cat food.