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Triumph promises high-quality food at an economy price, but is it any better than the average food at the grocery? Find out in our Triumph cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Triumph on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Triumph 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 – 6/10
- Ingredient Quality – 7/10
- Product Variety – 6/10
- Price – 9/10
- Customer Experience – 6/10
- Recall History – 4/10
Overall Score: 6.3/10
We give Triumph cat food a 38 out of 60 rating or a C+ grade.
The Triumph brand was created by Sunshine Mills, a US-based pet food company founded in 1949. The company originally operated as an animal feed company, entering the pet food business in 1960. Since then, it’s created several pet food brands, including Evolve, Hi-Tor Veterinary Select, Sunshine Pet Treats, and Triumph.
The Triumph brand focuses on “quality food & treats for a naturally healthy pet”. It’s described as a super-premium line that provides digestibility, ingredient quality, and flavor.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Triumph cat food is manufactured in several facilities. Dry food production is divided between seven company-owned facilities in the United States, while their wet food is made by third-party manufacturers in the United States and the Netherlands.
Has Triumph Cat Food Been Recalled?
In 2017, Sunshine Mills recalled Triumph’s Ocean Fish canned cat food due to the potential presence of a “foreign material” in the cans.
While the 2017 recall was the only one that involved Triumph cat food, Sunshine Mills has issued multiple recalls over the years. In 2018, the company recalled several varieties of food due to elevated vitamin D levels. Over 10 years earlier, Sunshine Mills dog biscuits were involved in the far-reaching melamine recalls.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Triumph Offer?
Triumph cat food comes in both dry and wet varieties.
The wet food comes in either cans or cups. Cupped recipes feature shredded meat in gravy, while Triumph’s canned line features paté-style foods.
The brand’s dry food lineup includes the Free Spirit line of grain-free food and the original line, which includes grain-based ingredients.
Triumph Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Triumph Chicken ‘N Liver Formula Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.17 per oz||B|
|Triumph Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food||Wet||$0.21 per oz||B-|
|Triumph Wild Spirit Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Cat Food||Dry||$2.46 per lb||C+|
What Do Customers Think Of Triumph Cat Food?
Triumph is largely regarded as a healthy alternative to other economy brands. Most customers seem to respect the foods’ ingredient quality and nutritional merits, but cats aren’t in such certain agreement. A healthy number of buyers say their cats refused to eat Triumph foods.
Let’s read a few positive and negative reviews from real Triumph cat food customers.
New With This Brand
“Im fostering grandpa Rex- a senior fiv+ cat that will be going to a sanctuary next week. He cannot eat dry food as he got dental surgery two days ago leaving him with the canines only. He has to eat soft food-patè-and my friend recommended me this brand as the canned food is nutritious, enticing smell and still affordable. Grandpa Rex loved it! He would still hiss at me but calm down once he heard the can being opened. He eats least half of the can per meal, three times a day :)” – by Ruth, reviewing Triumph Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food on 15 Jun 2019
Good Food For A Good Price
“This food meets all the basic requirements for cat food for me. It has no by products or artificial ingredients. Made in the US, no recalls that I can find. Our cats like it compared to other similar foods we’ve purchased and it hasn’t made our cats sick. We have a dozen cats and certain brands would end up making everyone throw up or avoid the food altogether, so we know it was the food when you see a large group of cats sick or avoid a food. The kibble is nice and small for cats and kittens. There are only 2 flavors which is a down side because my cats do get a little sick of it I think. I try to add eggs or milk, cream etc sometimes to make it more exciting. I know the ‘professionals’ will tell you to keep pets on the same diet forever, but thats ridiculous. Animals get sick of the same thing just like we do. so, my only complaint is lack of flavor choice…and, this brand has a canned food that our cats LOVE and can be mixed in with the dry for extra flavor and variety. Same good ingredients and made in the US. Most of our cats turn their nose up at canned food but love this brand.” – by Mama26kids, reviewing Triumph Wild Spirit Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Cat Food on 7 Nov 2019
“Introduced this to my two kitties. One ate it right away the other wasn’t happy about it, but ate it the next day. They’ve been eating if for a week and I’ve noticed their poop is smelling really bad. They’ve had no other changes to their diet. I’m going to go back to the Chicken Soup brand.” – by AnaNG, reviewing Triumph Chicken n’ Liver Formula Canned Cat Food on 4 Jun 2019
Don’t Do It!
“I read the reviews here, and looked at the ingredients and decided to slowly switch our cats over to this. The deal for the price was pretty good. I’ve had a rough time finding a decent food for my cats that’s affordable. The transition went seamlessly however, about two weeks after they started this food they had diarrhea. They actually refused to eat it. I ran out and got a bag of Taste of the Wild and they happily devoured it. About 48 hours later the diarrhea subsided. I decided to do a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of the Triumph and the Taste of the Wild just to see, and I’ll be darned if they didn’t pick eat all the Taste of the Wild and leave this food in the bowl… Smart little things. Overall my experience wasn’t great. I wouldn’t recommend this food. I wish it had turned out differently.” – by creativecobra, reviewing Triumph Wild Spirit Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Cat Food on 16 Apr 2015
How Much Does Triumph Cat Food Cost?
Triumph cat food is some of the cheapest you can buy.
In terms of price, their wet formulas are on par with Friskies or Fancy Feast. The Chicken n’ Liver Formula costs about $0.80 per day to feed a 10-lb cat. If you opt for Triumph’s dry food, your expenses will be even lower at around $0.16 per day.
Overall, Is Triumph A Good Choice?
Triumph’s strong point is its price.
In contrast to similarly-priced products, Triumph foods don’t contain any animal by-products. Instead, they appear to emphasize high-quality, readily-digested ingredients. They skip synthetic additives like dyes and flavors. They don’t contain any potentially-harmful preservatives.
For the price of Friskies, you get cat food on par with some of the mid-range options at the pet specialty store.
Aside from the cost factor, the brand fails to do anything particularly impressive. Considering its use of potentially-harmful carrageenan and relatively high carbohydrate content, Triumph cat food doesn’t earn any top ratings in the nutrition department.
This is a good option to consider if you want something better than the typical budget brands, but it’s not one of the best we’ve reviewed.
Where To Buy Triumph Cat Food?
Triumph is available in all 50 United States and over 30 countries worldwide. Buy Triumph foods in big box stores, groceries, discount stores, feed stores, and select pet specialty retailers.
Online, you’ll find Triumph cat food on Chewy, Amazon, and other online retailers.