We’ve rated Savage cat food on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Savage cat food review to learn how this brand stacks up.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Savage Cat Food on What Matters
We’ve rated the brand on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 10/10
- Ingredient Quality – 10/10
- Product Variety – 10/10
- Price – 6/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 7.8/10
In total, we give Savage cat food a 47 out of 60 rating or a B+ grade.
About Savage Cat Food
Savage Pet is a California-based raw pet food company that was founded in 2014. The first Savage Cat Food product was originally developed for the founder’s Maine Coon cat, Mr. Smithwicks. The brand’s raw cat food products were first made available in stores in 2016.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Savage cat food is manufactured by Savage Pet in El Cajon, California using US-sourced ingredients. The food is prepared raw and is not subjected to high-pressure processing (HPP).
Both their certified organic chicken and antibiotic-free duck are raised by Pitman Farms in California and their humanely-raised lamb comes from Superior Farms in Dixon, CA. Savage uses rabbits sourced from sustainable farms, and their quail are raised locally in Southern California.
To our knowledge, Savage cat food has never been recalled.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Savage Offer?
Savage offers raw cat food formulated with chicken, duck, and rabbit and lamb. They also offer frozen treats for dogs and cats such as raw duck feet and heads, quail eggs, and split quail.
When it comes to their raw cat food products, Savage cat foods come in either 3-ounce packets or larger tubs. The packets are designed to simplify portioning and thawing while the tubs are ideal for multi-cat households.
The primary difference between the two products is that the individual packets contain diced muscle meat while the tubs contain finely ground food. Older cats and cats with dental issues might prefer the ground food while chewing the diced meat may help support healthy teeth and gums in other cats.
What Do Customers Think of Savage Cat Food?
Savage Pet appears to be a fairly small company, though their products seem to be fairly easy to find. That being said, I couldn’t find more than a handful of reviews for Savage Pet products. The brand doesn’t have any reviews on Trustpilot or other major review sites, though they do have close to 1,000 followers on their Facebook page.
Reviews appear to be enabled on the Savage Pet website, but there is only one posted:
“The breeder told us all her kittens are started on raw food and to be sure to have some of this on hand. Our new little guy really likes his Savage Cat. He had been exposed to other foods and she said to feed him what he was used to. This is the first thing he cleans off his plate.” – Scout Reviewing Savage Cat Food Chicken Recipe on Mary 21, 2022
Given the lack of reviews online, I wasn’t really able to get a feel for the average customer’s experience with Savage Cat Food.
What Did Our Test Cats Think?
To test Savage Cat Food, I ordered one large tub each of the chicken, duck, and rabbit + lamb recipes. My order arrived quickly and was packaged in an insulated cardboard box with dry ice to keep the food completely frozen.
Savage cat food has a finely ground texture that was very easy to scoop when thawed. I appreciated the sturdy plastic tub and the twist-on lid was perfect for fridge storage. My one complaint would be that the tubs do take quite a while to thaw, but I imagine the 3-ounce packets would thaw much quicker.
My cats aren’t used to eating raw food, so I wasn’t surprised that they were a little skeptical of Savage cat food. I liked that Savage offers a recipe made with rabbit, though I would have preferred a single-protein formula over the rabbit and lamb combination.
Savage Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Main Protein Source||Calories||Price||Our Grade|
|Savage Cat Food Chicken Recipe Raw Cat Food||Raw||Chicken||36 kcal/oz.||$0.83 per oz||A|
|Savage Cat Food Rabbit & Lamb Recipe Raw Cat Food||Raw||Rabbit||35 kcal/oz.||$1.25 per oz||A|
|Savage Cat Food Duck Recipe Raw Cat Food||Raw||Duck||40 kcal/oz.||$0.83 per oz||A|
How Much Does Savage Cat Food Cost?
Savage cat food is sold in 3-ounce packets and 12- or 24-ounce tubs. If you purchase the smallest size available, prices range from $0.83 to $1.25 per ounce. Pricing is the same for the chicken and duck recipes while the rabbit & lamb formula is more expensive.
To feed the average 10-pound cat Savage cat food, it would cost between $4.15 and $7.14 per day. You can reduce your costs slightly, however, by purchasing the food in bulk or starting a membership.
Overall, Is Savage Cat Food a Good Choice?
Savage Cat Food offers a limited range of products but the formulas they do offer are very species-appropriate. All three recipes contain over 50% crude protein measured as dry matter and the fat content ranges from around 23% to 36%.
One thing I appreciate about Savage cat food is that they make an effort to meet a diverse array of dietary needs and preferences. I also like that, in addition to detailed advice for transitioning from different types of cat food, they provide tips for feeding picky eaters, speedy eaters, and special needs cats on their home page.
As a raw cat food, Savage cat is fairly pricey but the quality of the ingredients and the formulation of the food seem to justify the cost. The objective quality of the product seems high, but it is a little concerning that there is a lack of customer reviews online to confirm or refute this assumption.
Where Is Savage Cat Food Sold?
Savage cat food appears to be widely available in independent and specialty pet food stores. You can also order it online through the Savage cat food online shop. If you order through Savage’s online shop, you can place a one-time order or start a membership and receive shipments every 2 to 8 weeks.