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Sheba claims that it’s “What Cats Want™”, but is it a good choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Sheba cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Sheba on What Matters
We’ve taken a close look at Sheba 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 key areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 6/10
- Ingredient Quality – 6/10
- Product Variety – 5/10
- Price – 9/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.2/10
In total, we give Sheba cat food a 43 out of 60 or a B grade.
Quick Look – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Cat Food||Wet||$0.38 per oz||B-|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Cat Food||Wet||$0.72 per oz||B+|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat Food||Wet||$0.36 per oz||B+|
Sheba is a cat food brand created and manufactured by Mars, Inc., the world’s highest-earning pet food company. In addition to Sheba, Mars owns and manufactures over 40 pet brands, including Whiskas, Royal Canin, Iams, and Crave.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Most Sheba cat food is manufactured in the United States. Their Signature Broths line is made in Thailand and Sheba Meaty Tender Sticks treats are made in Austria.
According to a Sheba brand representative, most, but not all, of their ingredients are sourced from North America. Sheba doesn’t specify exactly where all of their ingredients are sourced. Like all Mars brands and subsidiaries, Sheba participates in Mars’ Responsible Sourcing program and holds suppliers to the Mars Supplier Code of Conduct.
Has Sheba Cat Food Been Recalled?
Sheba cat food has never been recalled, but its parent company has announced numerous recalls of other Mars cat food brands.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Sheba Offer?
Sheba offers a slim selection of wet cat food and treats. Thanks to the brand’s focus on wet food, Sheba products are meat-heavy with minimal starches, plant protein, and other plant ingredients.
Sheba foods contain a combination of named meats and vague items like “fish” and “meat by-products”. Some Sheba recipes contain “added color”, a vague title referring to a variety of FDA-approved color additives, including synthetic dyes.
All Sheba cat foods are sold in twin packs of individually sealed 1.3-ounce servings. Though the portions are small, they enable cat owners to provide fresh entrees without any messy leftovers.
Sheba Perfect Portions are divided among the following product lines:
- Premium Pates
- Cuts in Gravy
- Garden Medleys
This brand also offers a small selection of Meaty Tender Sticks cat treats made with animal proteins like tuna, salmon, and chicken. These treats are soft and chewy which makes them easy to break into pieces. They also come individually wrapped to ensure freshness.
Sheba Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entrée Cat Food||Wet||$0.38 per oz||B+|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree||Wet||$0.72 per oz||A-|
|Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy||Wet||$0.36 per oz||A-|
What Do Customers Think Of Sheba Cat Food?
Most Sheba reviews are positive. Reviewers like that Sheba food is grain-free, meat-based, and affordable.
That said, Sheba also receives a number of complaints, with most of them revolving around packaging and quality control.
Customers complain that the Purrfect Portions plastic trays are hard to open, messy, and too small. At least two Chewy reviewers said that they found bugs in their Sheba food, but it’s unclear who was at fault or how widespread the problem was. Another trend among negative customer reviews? Green food. Several customers say that, upon opening a package of Sheba, they found that the food was discolored.
Let’s take a look at a few real customer reviews of popular Sheba cat foods.
“Jake likes them, I like thar they are grain free, gluten free (no kidding, wheat gluten to thicken sauces is all it takes for Jake to throw it back up – and if you watch, gluten is in some grain free food!), pre-portioned, and that Chewy’s has such a deal on the bigger mixed packs :).” – DebD, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Beef Entrée
“She jumps right up to her dish every night waiting to be served. And just a hint, shake it down away from where you open it and the gravy doesn’t come spilling out when you pop them open. I love they are just the right amount. No leftovers to try and seal up and she has a fresh meal every day. I use this to supplement her dry food. I also love that I can get these in just chicken since she turns her nose up at anything fish flavored (never thought I’d see a cat do that).” – Kristi, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy
“More difficult to open and juice sprays when you break seal. Canned is cleaner and easier. Plus you get a little more with cans” – khamel, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Whitefish & Tuna Entrée
“I got this package today, and I’m giving it 2 stars mainly because my cat only loves this variety so I’ll keep ordering it and the customer service over the phone was fast and simple..but my package today was infested with beettle larva and the smell that came from the package was horrendous. I immediately called and got a new package sent out. Customer service was great but oh my gosh, I’ve never had to deal with something like this. The expiration date on the food was 2019 so I don’t understand why these bugs would be all over this as well as the smell being so bad. I hope to not deal with this again in the future.” – Ollie, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Roasted Chicken Slices in Gravy
How Much Does Sheba Cat Food Cost?
Sheba is one of the more affordable cat food brands on the market per ounce and it’s easy to find in stores. Because Sheba cat foods are sold in small servings and have low calorie content, however, it can be pricey to feed as a staple diet.
Averaging about $26 for a 24-piece case of 2.6-ounce twin packs, Sheba cat food costs about $0.38 per ounce. This puts Sheba in a similar price range as Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo wet foods, but it is more highly rated than both these brands.
To feed the average 10-pound cat Sheba cat food, it would cost between $2.49 and $2.92 per day. It may be most cost effective to use Sheba cat food as a supplemental diet.
Overall, Is Sheba a Good Choice?
Sheba cat food certainly isn’t flawless, but it’s a fairly affordable brand and it’s one of the easiest to find. It’s sold in pet stores as well as grocery stores and general retailers.
This brand primarily uses named sources of animal protein, though there are typically a few vaguely named organ meats and fats thrown in. Sheba cat foods have been reformulated somewhat recently and no longer contain meat and poultry by-products. This resulted in a bit of a price hike but makes the food a more appropriate choice for cats.
Sheba receives primarily positive customer reviews and hasn’t ever been recalled, so it appears to be a reliable, safe brand.
Where Is Sheba Cat Food Sold?
Like most Mars cat food brands, Sheba is available in a variety of stores, ranging from pet specialty retailers to big box stores and groceries. Online, you can find it on Petco.com, Chewy, Amazon, and other online retailers that sell cat food.
We are not affiliated with Sheba or Mars, Inc. in any way.
If you have a complaint or question regarding quality control issues, ingredients, or media related to Sheba cat food, you may get in contact with Sheba customer support via their contact form.