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-|
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.
“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
“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.