UPDATE: Redbarn cat food has been discontinued. While some products may still be available in stores, Redbarn cat food is not currently in production as of July 2022. According to a customer service representative, the brand is hopeful that it may resume production in the future. Redbarn hopes to have updates about relaunching their cat food line later in 2022.
Redbarn calls itself “Simply the Best”, but is it the best choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Redbarn cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Redbarn on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Redbarn 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 – 8/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 6/10
- Price – 9/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 6/10
Overall Score: 7.5/10
We give Redbarn cat food a 45 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
The story of Redbarn began in the mid-1990s. Lifelong friends Jeff Baikie and Howie Bloxam turned their friendship into a business partnership to co-found Redbarn in 1996. For over 25 years, Redbarn has operated as a family-owned business, and they intend to stay that way.
The company originally focused on food rolls and bully sticks for dogs. In 2014, Redbarn introduced a line of paté and stew foods for cats. Their foods are economically-priced and focus on plenty of meat without a lot of unnecessary fluff.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Though originally produced in their own kitchens, Redbarn co-founders realized the need for more space. In 1998 they purchased their first production facility in Long Beach, CA. By 2010, however, they’d outgrown that facility as well. Today, about 80% of Redbarn’s food manufacturing and all of their cat food production occurs in their USDA-inspected plant in Great Bend, Kansas.
All of Redbarn’s meat and poultry ingredients are sourced in the United States, but the company doesn’t specify the origins of other ingredients. They do, however, have a Quality Assurance team that runs over 3,500 physical, chemical, and microbiological tests each week to ensure the safety of their products.
Has Redbarn Cat Food Been Recalled?
Redbarn cat food has never been recalled, but their dog chews have been. In early 2018, the company recalled a single lot of bully sticks due to potential salmonella contamination.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Redbarn Offer?
All Redbarn cat foods are low-carbohydrate, meat-rich canned products available in a variety of stew and paté-style recipes. They’re gluten-free, grain-free, and made with minimal plant content. They don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and they’re thickened without any carrageenan.
Redbarn Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Redbarn Naturals Lamb Pate Skin & Coat Grain-Free Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.33 per oz||A-|
|Redbarn Naturals Turkey Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review||Wet||$0.33 per oz||A|
|Redbarn Naturals Beef Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review||Wet||$0.22 per oz||A|
What Do Customers Think of Redbarn Cat Food?
Most customers like Redbarn cat food. Customer review sections, discussion boards, and comment sections are full of people with good things to say about Redbarn. The biggest complaint people have about this brand is that some of its stew recipes tend to be extremely watery.
“I was struggling to find a decent wet cat food that met my expectations. Most had ingredients I did not like and was not comfortable feeding my little ones. I saw this one online, read great reviews, and absolutely approved of the ingredients. Once I opened the can and the aroma was out, my cats came running! They all (3 of them) love this food. The bowls are always licked clean lol. Also, as a side note it improved their skin..they had some dry flaky skin which has gotten a lot better since I started using this food. This food is expensive for me, but I find it worth it since my babies love it and it is improving their well being.” – Mandii, reviewing Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté Skin & Coat
“My cats really like it. I like that it’s Carageenen free. The can is very full so it is a satisfying meal even divided by 3. Texture is a dense pate food so I add water to loosen it a little. No complaints from the kitties on this one.” – Kittymom, reviewing Redbarn Naturals Turkey Paté
“This food is great for the ingredients. Mostly meat no junk. I like it because it is very moist and my cat likes the real moist loose texture in a pate. Even though it is in chunks it looks like is formed in a mold and not just pieces of real meat. I thought he would like it because it was so moist but he won’t eat it. He might eat part of a new food I give him but as time goes on he will let me know that he doesn’t want it. I wish it came in smaller cans because he doesn’t like leftovers either. So now I’m out the cost and will have to donate it.” – Logan, reviewing Redbarn Naturals Beef Stew
“I read all the reviews and seemed other people’s cats liked. Admit I was skeptical, lamb? Don’t think I tried lamb before, looks like may not try again. Not one of 13 cats will touch, keep trying hopefully somebody will think not so bad! Frustrated, seems the better the ingredients less likely they will eat and have tried a lot of cat foods!” – Farmerjane, reviewing Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté Skin & Coat
How Much Does Redbarn Cat Food Cost?
While cost certainly isn’t the only factor to consider when shopping for cat food, it can help you choose between similar brands. Compared to similar brands, Redbarn is quite economical. On average, Redbarn wet cat food costs about $0.30 per ounce with some recipes being a little more and others a little less.
Breaking it down by daily feeding costs, it would cost between $1.50 and $1.76 per day for a 10-lb cat. That’s comparable to brands like Sheba and some Fancy Feast recipes which are generally lower in quality.
Overall, Is Redbarn a Good Choice?
For just a few cents more than the average canned food at the grocery, Redbarn offers species-appropriate recipes with what appear to be high-quality ingredients. It may not be the best brand on the market, but it’s better than a number of major brands available at a similar price point.
With some formulas on the dry side and others containing more water than meat, Redbarn is less consistent than some other brands. Nevertheless, this brand’s positive qualities seem to outweigh the negatives and make it worth a try.
Where To Buy Redbarn Cat Food?
Redbarn cat food is available in independent pet specialty retailers, pet retail chains, farm and ranch stores, and some hardware stores. Use Redbarn’s store locator to find a retail location near you. If you’d rather shop online, you can buy Redbarn cat food on Chewy, Amazon, and other online pet food retailers.