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Lotus Cat Food Review

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Lotus cat food is a California-based company characterized by juicy stews, patés, and oven-baked kibble wrapped up in whimsical, earthy packages.

Their foods are some of the most expensive on the market and they’re often mentioned on lists of the best cat food. But is Lotus a good choice for your cat?

The Cats.com Standard—Rating Lotus on What Matters

We’ve taken a close look at Lotus and graded it according to the Cats.com standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, product variety, ingredient quality, price, customer experience, and recall history.


  • Species-Appropriateness – 8/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 9/10
  • Product Variety – 8/10
  • Price – 4/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 10/10

Overall Score: 7.8/10

In total, we give Lotus cat food a 47 out of 60 rating or an A- grade.

About Lotus

Lotus was created in 2003 by the owners of Centinela Feed and Pet, a pet specialty store in Los Angeles.

Over the years, the store owners watched manufacturer after manufacturer sacrifice quality for cost-effectiveness. Some of their customers’ favorite brands reduced ingredient quality or adopted new manufacturing processes in order to cut costs and increase profit margins.

When one of their top-selling brands switched to extrusion instead of baking their dry food, they saw an opportunity.

In 2003, Lotus sold their first dog food. Later, they developed the first commercially-available oven-baked dry cat food.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Lotus sources ingredients primarily from the United States and Canada with a focus on ingredients grown or raised near their manufacturing locations. Exceptions to this rule are green-lipped mussel, lamb, and lamb meal sourced from New Zealand.

All of their vitamins and minerals are sourced from Europe, with the exception of biotin, which they buy from a supplier in India.

Lotus dry foods are manufactured in a bakery in Canada. Their wet foods are made in a company-owned micro-cannery in California, where the foods are produced and packed in small batches.

Has Lotus Cat Food Been Recalled?

As of January 2019, Lotus has never been recalled.

What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Lotus Offer?

Lotus sells both dry and wet cat food.

Their dry food is baked and never passes through an extruder. The baking process takes about three times longer than extrusion, but, Lotus says, it enables them to use twice as much meat and allows the food to retain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids present in the fresh ingredients. One of their five dry recipes is grain-free, but most of them are made with whole grains.

Lotus offers two lines of canned cat food. One is the Just Juicy line, which is made up of six moisture-rich recipes featuring shredded meat in broth.

The other wet food line includes five paté foods. All Lotus canned foods are hand-packed in BPA-free cans and are made without xanthan gum, guar gum, or carrageenan. None of their recipes contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Lotus Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product Name Food Type Price Our Grade
Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Wet $0.88 per oz B+
Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Wet $0.84 per oz B+
Lotus Oven-Baked Duck Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food Dry $8.54 per lb C

#1 Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review

Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

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

Just Juicy foods are high-moisture stews made from shredded meat and gravy.

This leading recipe features venison as the first ingredient, with meat constituting 95% of the entire recipe. Shredded venison is set in a venison broth thickened with agar-agar and potato starch.

This Just Juicy stew is primarily made from venison, an unconventional protein source not found in many cat foods. Because venison isn’t common in cat food, this recipe is a popular choice among cats with food sensitivities who can’t stomach the standard fare of turkey, chicken, and beef. It’s a simple recipe with a single protein source and no common allergens.

Both sunflower oil and salmon oil are used as fat sources. While sunflower oil isn’t a species-appropriate fat, salmon oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Overall, this meat-based food is high in protein with moderate fat and moderate carbohydrate content.

Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew contains 84.1 calories per 2.5 ounce can.


Venison, Venison Broth, Carrots, Potato Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Salmon Oil, Choline Chloride, Agar-Agar, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Ingredients We Liked: Venison, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Potato Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 13%
Crude Fat: 3%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 78%
Ash: 8.1%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 59.09%
Fat: 13.64%
Fiber: 2.27%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 64.08%
Fat: 35.92%


  • High protein content
  • No plant protein
  • Single protein source
  • Made from high-quality ingredients
  • Excellent for cats with food allergies and sensitivities
  • No potentially-harmful artificial ingredients


  • Unnecessarily high carbohydrate content
  • Expensive

#2 Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food Review

Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

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

Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew is essentially shredded pork set in a pork-based broth. The broth is thickened with potato starch and agar-agar.

Both olive oil and salmon oil are used as fat sources. Salmon oil is a carnivore-appropriate source of omega-3 fatty acids and can help promote a lustrous coat and supple skin.

In addition to meat, broth, oil, and supplements, the food contains carrots, which aren’t species-appropriate and add unnecessary starch to the recipe.

Overall, this is a meat-based food with high protein, low fat, and moderate carbohydrate content.

There are about 62.8 calories in each 2.5 ounce can.


Pork, Pork Broth, Carrots, Potato Starch, Monosodium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Olive Oil, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Agar-Agar, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sodium Selenite.

Ingredients We Liked: Pork, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Carrots

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 13%
Crude Fat: 3%
Crude Fiber: 0.5%
Moisture: 78%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 59.09%
Fat: 13.64%
Fiber: 2.27%
Carbs: 25%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 50.42%
Fat: 28.25%
Carbs: 21.33%


  • Rich in nourishing animal protein
  • Single source of protein
  • No potentially-harmful artificial ingredients


  • Very expensive
  • Excessive starch

#3 Lotus Oven-Baked Duck Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food Review

Duck and duck meal appear to be the primary protein sources in this dry cat food.

This popular oven-baked food is Lotus’ only grain-free dry recipe. It’s made with whole green peas, sweet potatoes, and tapioca starch instead of corn, soy, wheat, and other grains typically used as dry cat food binders.

The recipe features duck as the first ingredient, followed by duck meal as a concentrated source of animal protein. Pork liver is added as an additional source of animal-sourced nutrients. The food also contains protein from turkey meal and dried egg product, but doesn’t appear to contain plant protein concentrates commonly found in other dry cat foods.

The food contains fat from a mixture of animal and plant sources—olive oil, soybean oil, and salmon oil.

Overall, the food has moderate protein content, low fat, and high carbohydrate content.

Each cup of Lotus Grain-Free Duck dry cat food has about 417.7 calories.


Duck, Duck Meal, Pork Liver, Whole Dried Green Peas, Dried Egg Product, Pea Fiber, Tapioca Flour, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Brewers Dried Yeast, Organic Soybean Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Natural Yeast Flavor, Olive Oil, Salmon Oil, Carrots, Apples, Clams, Garlic, Blueberries, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sea Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera, Inulin, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Solubles, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Solubles, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Solubles, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Rosemary Extract.

Ingredients We Liked: Duck, Pork Liver, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Green Peas, Pea Fiber, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Potatoes, Soybean Oil, Olive Oil

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: 35%
Crude Fat: 15%
Crude Fiber: 5.25%
Moisture: 10%
Ash: 6.5%

Dry Matter Basis

Protein: 38.89%
Fat: 16.67%
Fiber: 5.83%
Carbs: 31.39%

Caloric Weight Basis

Protein: 35.11%
Fat: 36.55%
Carbs: 28.34%


  • Primarily made from animal protein sources
  • Made from high-quality meats
  • Contains species-appropriate salmon oil
  • No potentially-harmful artificial ingredients


  • Expensive
  • Excessive carbohydrate content

What Do Customers Think of Lotus Cat Food?

Lotus receives primarily positive customer reviews, earning most of their product listings three and four-star ratings. Customers appreciate the ingredient quality and most say their cats loved the food.

The food’s inconsistency is a common theme in negative reviews. Unhappy customers say that some cans are full of water with only a few shreds of meat. Others say the cans arrive partially full. Then there’s the fact that Lotus is one of the most expensive cat food brands on the market. Even happy customers complain about the food’s price.

Positive Reviews

“This stuff is great. It costs a billion dollars but I think it’s worth it. After many food rotations, switching between the lotus duck and chicken is always a success. My Persians know, on the one hand that it isn’t a treat, so it isn’t like a fur flying feed circus, but it’s gratifying to NEVER throw out a full bowl of kibble because it’s always yummy for them. This stuff is really great quality and is a favorite of my cats! Recommend. (And I love the artwork on the bag!)”calire, reviewing Lotus Oven Baked Duck Dry Cat Food

“This brand of cat food was a big hit with our male cat. He loves the juice and completely licks his bowl clean whenever I give it to him. I was having trouble getting him to eat so I tried this brand. Yes, it is expensive, but I like that it’s made in California, the cans are BPA free… and he’s worth it!” samantha21, reviewing Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew

Negative Reviews

“My cats LOVE this venison stew. However, NO SINGLE CAN is filled all the way to the top. You don’t really see much meat, you only see water. It’s not “JUST juicy,” it’s “WAY TOO juicy.” NOT BUYING AGAIN. Very disappointed. I’d rather buy ziwi peak’s venison can. At least I know I’m paying for the meat.”vicky, reviewing Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew

“I have fed 2 of our cats Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew for cats for a number of years and have loved the product. In the past few months, their pork was darker and the can was at least half water. I directed my concern to Lotus and they contacted me back almost immediately. They acted very concerned, said they had an employee who didn’t follow directions. The problem is resolved, that I should contact them if I come across any more of the cans and give them the lot numbers. I did, leaving a message over a week ago. Have not heard a peep. I well known retailer (not the big “Pet” names) I purchase from said they didn’t understand why Lotus did not recall their product. I wonder the same. I now have 2 cats that don’t care for Lotus pork anymore. I have limited foods I am able to feed these cats due to allergies. I am continuing to try the product by ordering more, hoping to never see the watery pork again. That Lotus’ problem is truly resolved. I’m extremely disappointed in Lotus. They allowed a sub standard product to be sold to consumers after the realized they had a problem. No effort whatsoever to remove it from retailers. I hope their product returns to former standards and that my cats will accept it again as eagerly as they did in the past.”Rider, reviewing Lotus Just Juicy Pork Stew

How Much Does Lotus Cat Food Cost?

Lotus is expensive, particularly if you feed your cat wet food. The food has a very high cost per ounce. On top of that, you’ll need to feed more ounces per day compared to other foods. Lotus foods, particularly those in the Just Juicy line, are very moisture-rich, translating to low calorie density.

For example, Lotus recommends feeding a 10-lb cat four and a quarter cans of Just Juicy Pork Stew each day. At 78 cents per ounce, this adds up to $8.29 per day. Lotus’ dry cat food is considerably less expensive at around $.79 per day.

Overall, Is Lotus A Good Choice?

If you’re willing to pay for it, Lotus wet cat foods are some of the best on the market. Lotus foods are meat-rich with little or no plant protein, emphasize high-quality ingredients, and are available in a range of limited-ingredient recipes for cats with food sensitivities and allergies.

That said, you can find equally nutritious foods at a lower price. Lotus out-costs brands like Hound & Gatos and Weruva, both of which offer recipes just as biologically appropriate as the ones Lotus sells.

Where Is Lotus Cat Food Sold?

You can buy Lotus almost anywhere, but they focus on pet specialty stores. You won’t find it in any big box stores like Target or Walmart, nor will you find it on grocery store shelves.

Online, you can buy it through Chewy, Pet Food Direct, Hearty Pet, Pet360, and Amazon.

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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. small mallory photoMallory Crusta Post author

      Hey Cheryle, the only ingredients we’d consider to be “artificial” in this context would be artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors. Synthetic additives generally don’t fall into this category, even though they are technically artificial. Still, I don’t like the broad labeling of “artificial ingredients” myself, so I’m changing it to be more explicit about the meaning. Thank you for your comment and question!

  1. Sheila

    I’ve just discovered this food last week for my CKD cat. He loves the venison and I’m ecstatic as I really thought he might be on his last leg because he wasn’t eating and getting dehydrated. There are definitely a good number of other cat foods that are species appropriate, but the difference is the texture and I’m assuming, taste. They won’t eat H&G or weruva. I think H&G doesn’t have the right texture and is very dry for a wet cat food. Even adding warm water doesn’t entice them more. I would love it if they would eat the weruva wx line, but they won’t. I think the chicken must be bland tasting and everything else is fish…which they have never liked and fish isn’t really great for cats anyway…although weruva seems to add tuna to most of there foods.

    Phosphorus binders are supposed to be tasteless, or at least the one I have is. However. My cats still seem to know there’s something added to their food and won’t finish it. I truly wish that these companies would follow weruva’s example and make low phosphorus foods for CKD cats that are made with different proteins.

    I have 3 cats…2 with CKD. I can’t feed lotus to them all for every meal because it would cost me close to $30 a day to provide them appropriate calories. No one can afford $900 a month for cat food! That’s more than double my own grocery bill.

    So, I feed my 17 year old 3 cans a day and leave out some lower phosphorus dry food that he likes and hopefully that’s enough. My 2nd oldest gets about the same, while my young, healthy 8 year old cat gets another brand of cheaper food and dry food.

    I feel bad giving them any dry food at all….as I’ve always fed raw in the past, but none of them seem Ed to like any of their raw food anymore. Lamb. Pork, or chicken. And it was all homemade to save money. They loved it for years…until the last 2 years.

    Oh well, we do what we can. I like this lotus food. I just wish other companies would take notice of their recipes and make cat foods juicer. It seems most cats prefer that

    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta Post author

      Hi Sheila! Feeding a cat with presumed CKD myself, I can very much appreciate these challenges! I wonder if you might be able to find some other good options from Tanya’s guide here.

  2. Jill Salzarulo

    My cats ate the Lotus Just Juicy Venison Stew very happily for 2 cases I ordered from Chewy. The last case I received however, they won’t touch. I ordered a replacement case from Amazon and they won’t touch that one either. The food doesn’t smell or look the same as it did. I don’t know if they just made some bad batches or what, but I’m very disappointed. This food is pricey and I’m really not happy about wasting two cases of the stuff.

  3. Linda L.

    I started my two 14 year old cats on this about 9 months ago – I have a cat with IBD who is a picky eater and can not tolerate chicken, fish or beef. I have tried every food imaginable, he eats two bites and walks away and he puked at least 3 times a week – it was a struggle to keep his weight up. Then I found this food, He literally is obsessed with Lotus Venison. He actually begs for food now and eats 2-3 cans daily, and he hasn’t vomited once since I started him on it. It is costing me a fortune but I thought well worth it. The boys had their annual check up a few weeks ago – their urine is concentrated, but blood tests came back with very high kidney values. The only thing I changed this year was the food. I am now feeding one of my cats Weruva (the food I fed them most of their life) and we will retest in a month to see if his levels decrease – if they do, then I am going to have to switch my other cat too. My vet emailed Lotus a few weeks ago to see if other cats who switched to this food also start reporting high kidney values, but she never got a response from them. I will let you know once we retest in January.