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Soulistic promises to “Feed Your Cat’s Soul”, but what about their health? Read our unbiased Soulistic cat food review to find out if this brand is a nourishing, safe choice for your cat.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Soulistic on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Soulistic 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 – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 9/10
- Recall History – 5/10
Overall Score: 7.1/10
We give Soulistic cat food a 43 out of 60 rating or a B grade.
Soulistic is a Petco-exclusive cat food brand made by Weruva, a family-owned pet food company based in the United States. Weruva was founded in 2006 by David and Stacie Forman and is known for meat-based, high-moisture food made with simple recipes and minimal ingredients.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Soulistic food is made in a Thai facility that also produces human food and maintains top level certifications from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC is a global agency that sets an international standard for food safety, packaging, storage, and distribution.
While Soulistic products are made in a facility that also processes food for people, they’re not considered human-grade food. The company says they avoid the term because it’s loosely-used and lacks a definition, but it’s also worth noting that a human food facility in Thailand has different standards than a human food facility inspected by the USDA.
For example, there’s evidence that Thai human food processing facilities may bring pet food ingredients, including “residues and waste from the food industries”, through their doors. A human food plant in the United States couldn’t legally do that.
Has Soulistic Cat Food Been Recalled?
Soulistic has never been recalled, but B.F.F. (Best Feline Friend), another Weruva brand, has. In 2017, Weruva recalled B.F.F. products sold in Australia due to insufficient levels of thiamine in the canned cat food. The recall was isolated to products made for and sold in the Australian market.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Soulistic Offer?
Soulistic offers wet cat food in cans, pouches, and cups. Their foods are broken up into three lines.
- Original Recipes feature a variety of proteins including chicken breast and whole fish loins.
- Pâtés are smooth puréed foods available in fish-free or chicken-free flavors, making them appropriate for cats with food sensitivities and allergies.
- Moist & Tender recipes have a chunky minced texture.
All of their recipes use bone-free cuts of meat, reducing the food’s ash content. They’re free of animal or plant by-products, grains, and gluten. None of their foods contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Soulistic Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Soulistic Good Karma Chicken Dinner in Gravy Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.3 per oz||B|
|Soulistic Aqua Grill Tilapia & Tuna Dinner in Gravy Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.3 per oz||B|
|Soulistic Moist & Tender Chicken Dinner in Gravy Wet Cat Food||Wet||$0.4 per oz||A-|
What Do Customers Think Of Soulistic Cat Food?
Customers appreciate the value of Soulistic cat food as a relatively low-cost alternative to Weruva. Most say their cats enjoy the food.
The brand gets a few complaints, but most negative reviews mention Soulistic cat food’s low calorie content and the inclusion of starchy thickeners. Other consumers are frustrated by the brand’s emphasis on fish-based foods.
“This food looks appetizing enough, but our cats just aren’t a fan of Soulistic chicken dinner. Probably their least favorite of all the Soulistic foods. Perhaps they dislike it because it’s made of white meat; the darker meat typically has more flavor. I gave two stars because the cats eat at least a little bit, but always leave some behind.” – AnnSa, reviewing Soulistic Good Karma Chicken Dinner in Gravy
“My cat has consistently enjoyed Soulistic wet food in gravy for almost 9 years! Under stress when we adopted him, he refused to eat. I stumbled upon this brand at Petco searching for food he would warm up to and not only did he begin eating again, he scarfs Aqua Grill down! Grain free ingredients make me comfortable that I’m feeding him quality food for optimal health.” – Jessica592010, reviewing Soulistic Aqua Grill Tilapia & Tuna Dinner in Gravy
“My cats really like this, but I have one with a serious fish allergy. I had gotten a few cases of it and at one point when I was feeding it I smelled fish. Sure enough, they have tuna in the ingredients! What is the point of adding ingredients that might cause a problem and not advertising them? My cat has been itching for weeks again and we were doing so well. They need to label it chicken and tuna, not chicken dinner. Not feeling it with Soulistic after this experience.” – Longtime pet person, reviewing Soulistic Moist & Tender Chicken Dinner in Gravy
“I bought this because it was supposed to be a less expensive form of Weruva cat food – (this is supposedly the Petco version of Weruva, made by the same company). My cats love the Weruva Mack and Jack, and this seemed to be the closest to that. This one is “in gravy”, and in a steel container that is somewhat hard to open. The first time, it splashed all over my clothing. From then on, I opened it in the sink. It seems to be about 1/4 “gravy” – which is extremely watery. The Weruva isn’t at all watery. And my cats don’t like it. The neighborhood cat who mooches liked it OK, but not as much as Fancy Feast, so she didn’t finish it, and the crows end up eating most of it. Rather expensive bird food. Will not reorder!” – Astrida, reviewing Soulistic Aqua Grill Tilapia & Tuna Dinner in Gravy
How Much Does Soulistic Cat Food Cost?
Soulistic cat food is a moderately-priced brand, but because it’s so low in calories, you’ll have to feed your cat a lot of it each day. Each time you pop open another can, your daily feeding costs go up. The company recommends that you feed 1 ounce per pound of bodyweight, so it would cost between $3 and $4 per day to feed a 10-lb cat Soulistic food.
Overall, Is Soulistic A Good Choice?
Soulistic cat food can be a great option for those who want to feed their cat meals made primarily from animal protein without fruits or vegetables, artificial additives, and non-nutritive fillers. While Soulistic is doing some things well, it has a few problems.
If your cat is allergic to fish or you want to avoid seafood-based cat food, the brand’s emphasis on fish-based meals will whittle down your options to just a few formulas.
You’ll also have to shop carefully if you want to limit your cat’s carbohydrate intake. Soulistic recipes vary widely in terms of carbohydrate content. Their recipes range from less than 1% carbohydrates up to over 24% carbohydrates on a dry matter basis.
Where Is Soulistic Cat Food Sold?
Soulistic is a Petco-exclusive brand. You can buy it in your local Petco or Petco Unleashed store and online through Petco.com or Amazon.