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Tiki Cat is celebrated as one of the most radically carnivore-appropriate brands on the market, but is it a safe, nourishing choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Tiki Cat review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Tiki Cat On What Matters
We’ve analyzed Tiki Cat 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 – 9/10
- Ingredient Quality – 10/10
- Product Variety – 8/10
- Price – 5/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 8.3/10
We give Tiki Cat a 50 out of 60 rating or an A- grade.
About Tiki Cat
Tiki Cat is owned by a company called Petropics. Before founding Petropics, Christine Hackett worked in research and development for Petco. While working with the retailer’s private label program, she became increasingly aware of the problems and potential in the pet food industry. In 2005, Christine and her husband, Robert, founded a pet food company of their own.
“A lot of midline premium brands, which still have a lot of grain and carbohydrates in them, lost traction to companies like mine”, Christine said in an article in The New York Times. Indeed, Tiki Cat has gained a following with its low-carbohydrate recipes, some of which are made from nothing but meat and supplements.
Since 2015, Tiki Cat has been a part of Whitebridge Pet Brands, a company formed by the merger of Cloud Star and Tiki Pet. Other brands in the Whitebridge portfolio include Dogswell, Catswell, and Buddy Biscuits.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Tiki Cat is made in Thailand and describes their manufacturing facilities as “award-winning human-grade canning plants”. These facilities meet international standards for human food production.
Tiki Cat explains that they source ingredients as close to their manufacturing plant as they can, including fish from Thai waters. Their fisheries are part of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and support conservation initiatives that help to protect marine environments. They’re certified by the International Dolphin Conservation Program, which aims to protect dolphins from tuna fishing.
Has Tiki Cat Cat Food Been Recalled?
Tiki Cat has never been recalled.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Tiki Cat Offer?
Tiki Cat focuses on wet food with a wide variety of canned and pouched recipes. They also offer a small selection of dry cat food. In total, the brand offers over 40 different flavors and textures.
Here’s a quick overview of the ten product lines Tiki Cat has to offer:
- After Dark – A line of wet food that combines muscle meat and nutrient-rich organs.
- Aloha Friends – A line of wet foods made with chicken or tuna and supplemented with pumpkin.
- Born Carnivore – A limited selection of baked kibble diets that offer 44% protein on average and are made without potatoes, corn, rice, or wheat.
- Essentials – This line includes two animal-based dry food recipes made with chicken, turkey, trout, and menhaden fish meal.
- Grill – A line of wet foods made with fish-based proteins and garnished with shellfish like shrimp and prawns.
- Luau – This line includes a variety of canned foods made primarily with shredded chicken and flaked fish like wild salmon and ahi tuna.
- Velvet – A line of smooth mousses for cats who like to lap up their meals.
- Kitten/Senior – These two lines include stage-specific recipes for kittens and seniors.
- Special – A limited selection of mousses formulated to support specific health goals such as weight loss, healthy digestion, and skin & coat health.
- Raw – A line of five raw food recipes made with premium animal proteins and bone broth, free from added carbohydrates.
All Tiki Cat recipes are free from animal by-products, grains, and potatoes. They’re made without artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
In addition to these complete and balanced recipes, Tiki Cat offers an assortment of treats and food toppers. Tiki Cat Broths, Complements, Special, and Velvet food toppers are rich in moisture and natural flavor. As far as treats go, Tiki Cat offers soft and chewy treats, crunchy treats, wet treat sticks, and fish fillets.
In addition to performing our own qualitative analysis of the brands reviewed here, we submitted samples for analysis at an ISO 17025 certified food testing and analysis lab.
We bought the products at full retail price, and the entire testing process was funded by Cats.com without direct input or influence from the companies involved.
Analytical testing in a food chemistry lab gives us the exact macronutrient and micronutrient content of each recipe. The tests also look at microbial content, yeast, mold, and heavy metals, helping you ensure that you’re only putting the best in your cat’s bowl.
To access the lab reports for each food reviewed here, click the “view lab report” link in the product review.
Tiki Cat – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consommé||Wet||$0.65 per oz||A-|
|Tiki Cat Hawaiian Grill Ahi Tuna Grain-Free Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.48 per oz||A-|
|Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Chicken Luau Grain-Free Dry Cat Food||Dry||$6.19 per lb||B|
What Do Customers Think of Tiki Cat Food?
Tiki Cat food receives overwhelmingly positive reviews. Customers like the food’s low carbohydrate content and simple recipes. The brand is popular among cats with IBD, diabetes, and other sensitivities. The Grill and Luau lines are particularly popular, while After Dark receives mixed reviews.
In 2018, an unusual complaint started popping up in customer reviews. Several buyers report finding gray meat in their cans of Tiki Cat. The company maintains that the gray color is a normal result of cooking and doesn’t affect the food’s safety.
Reviews seem to back the company up on this—it doesn’t appear that any cats have gotten sick after eating the discolored Tiki Cat food.
“My vet is fiercely pro raw diet for cats. They should only be eating protein. They don’t have the proper enzymes to digest veggies, fruits or grains. That’s what makes their poops smelly. And dry kibble is truly not at all good for cats, none of it. So I had to stop the kibble, which was hard for Bella, but she knew it was for her health. The vet also knew that just raw was going to be too costly for my budget so she recommended three from Tiki Cat: Chicken, Chicken with Egg,and After Dark liver, gizzards, hearts. The latter has less organ meat and more broth than the two shredded chicken ones. I mix a can of After Dark with a can of either shredded chicken choice, and give Bella 3/4 raw and 1/4 mixed canned chicken. Her coat is now amazing, she lost her extra belly fat, and her poops don’t smell at all! The vet says that of the cats she sees with chronic illness, 90% of them completely recover when switched to a raw diet. I am sold! And I love the prices here at Chewy’s and that you are never penalized by trying something that doesn’t work for your pet.” – BellaMom, reviewing Tiki Cat Koolina Luau Chicken with Egg in Chicken Consomme
“I love the Tiki Cat brand and ingredients, and my cats really enjoy Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna. I tried Tiki Cat Succulent Chicken which looked like home cooked real chicken, but neither cat would eat it. Can’t figure them out. They love Halo Wet Indoor Chicken but they won’t touch the other Halo varieties. So although I control the quality parameters, my cats really control what I buy. I will definitely continue to purchase Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna because it’s one thing we all agree on.” – Marie, reviewing Tiki Cat Hawaiian Grill Ahi Tuna
“I’ve been a long-time user of Tiki Cat varieties. Within the past few months, the chicken in the chicken varieties is now GRAY! I contacted Tiki and was told that, while visually appealing, this occurs due to the cooking process. Um, never once have I ever seen gray chicken over the previous two years (the gray meat started showing up a few months ago). Basically, I got my fur baby towards the end of 2015 and this problem started showing up mid-2018. I don’t understand how the gray chicken that’s now showing up is because of the cooking process when it was NEVER that way before. I reported this to Chewy to try to get some assistance because I keep getting the same response from Tiki. I didn’t even buy it from Chewy this time because I didn’t want to buy it in a bulk case due to this gross gray chicken. Somebody has to do something to fix this. I’m sorry, but would YOU eat gray chicken? I don’t care how many times I’m told it’s “perfectly safe,” *I* personally don’t trust gray chicken. The woman at Chewy was super-nice and helpful. I really hope Tiki fixes this problem ASAP. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CANS AND REPORT THIS, TOO, IF IT HAPPENS TO YOU!” – msmw, reviewing Tiki Cat Puka Puka Luau Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consomme
“I have been buying this brand of cat food for over 5 years now from my local pet store. Chewy seemed more convenient and I could get the food shipped monthly so I placed an order before leaving for a two week trip so my cat sitter wouldn’t run out of food while I was gone. All three cases of this food had mold/graying meat on top. The Chewy customer service was super helpful and refunded my purchase right away. I won’t be buying online again though. :(” – Alison, reviewing Tiki Cat Koolina Luau Chicken with Egg in Chicken Consomme
How Much Does Tiki Cat Cost?
Tiki Cat isn’t the cheapest brand on the market, but their dry foods are fairly affordable. The average cost for Tiki Cat wet food ranges from about $0.35 to $0.55 per ounce. For a 10-pound cat, it would cost between $2.96 and $5.00 per day to feed the recipes reviewed above.
Like most cat food companies, Tiki Cat prices their dry food lower than their wet recipes. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore dry food costs about $0.50 per day.
Overall, Is Tiki Cat a Good Choice?
Tiki Cat’s wet foods are some of the most protein-rich, low-carbohydrate products on the market. With some of their foods offering zero carbohydrate content, Tiki Cat foods are an excellent option for cats with diabetes or IBD. In particular, the After Dark line is an outstanding choice. It’s a line of species-appropriate food combining both muscle meat and organs for a wide spectrum of animal-sourced nutrients.
Their dry foods are—like virtually all dry foods—relatively high in carbohydrates and fail to deliver the moisture cats need, but they’re better than the average kibble, offering significantly higher meat inclusions and lower carbohydrate content.
Considering that the brand has never been recalled, Tiki Cat appears to be both nutritionally superior and trustworthy. On the negative side, Tiki Cat foods are more expensive than most. You might spend close to $5 per day to feed your cat one of the brand’s wet recipes. Multiple cat homes or those with large or active cats will spend even more.
Where To Buy Tiki Cat?
Tiki Cat is available in independent pet stores and chains. Use their store locator to find a retailer near you. Online, you can buy it from PetSmart, Petco, Chewy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers that sell cat food.