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We’ve taken a close look at Weruva and graded it according to the Cats.com standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, product variety, price, ingredient quality, customer experience, and recall history.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Weruva on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Weruva cat food 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 – 9/10
- Product Variety – 7/10
- Price – 4/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 5/10
Overall Score: 6.2/10
In total, we give Weruva cat food a 41 out of 60 rating or an B- grade.
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.
Weruva offers a variety of wet cat foods that highlight species-appropriate animal protein with minimal plant ingredients. It scores well in species-appropriateness and ingredient quality, but its high price and recent involvement in a serious recall may be cause for concern. Continue reading to learn more about Weruva and whether or not it’s a good choice for your cat.
Weruva was founded in 2006 by David and Stacie Forman. The company’s name is derived from the names of David and Stacie’s three cats, Webster, Rudi, and Vanessa.
Weruva specializes in high-moisture foods made with simple animal ingredients and relatively low plant content. All of their foods are free from artificial ingredients, meat by-products, and carrageenan.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
Weruva partners with a pet and human food processing facility located in Thailand.The facility has earned an “A” designation from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard for human consumption.
The brand uses chicken and duck sourced near the Thai manufacturing facility, beef and lamb from Australia and New Zealand, and turkey from the United States. Their seafood ingredients are sourced from the Pacific Ocean.
Has Weruva Cat Food Been Recalled?
Weruva cat food has never been recalled, but the company’s B.F.F. brand was recalled in 2017 due to low thiamine levels. Insufficient levels of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) were linked to hundreds of cases of illness and several deaths. The recall involved an Australia-exclusive product line only. The affected products were manufactured in a single facility that doesn’t handle any other Weruva products.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Weruva Offer?
Weruva describes their foods as “fit for human consumption”, “fit for humans”, and specifies that their products are made in “human food facilities”, but steers clear of the “human grade” label. Their foods are primarily made from meat with minimal fruits and vegetables.
Weruva doesn’t offer any dry foods. All of their foods are moisture-rich and available in pouches or cans.
Weruva Cat Original
- Classic Cat – Weruva’s Classic Cat food includes five chicken and seven fish-based recipes. All of them are flaked or finely chopped foods with a meaty texture.
- Weruva Cat Patés – The company explains that these recipes contain the same ingredients used in their Weruva cat recipes, but with a pureed texture for cats who prefer something smoother. The patés are available in six canned flavors and eight flavors in pouches.
- Weruva Cat Stew! – Weruva Cat Stews are extra-juicy with chunks or shreds of meat, including chicken, turkey, and beef. There are six stews in pouches and six in cans.
Cats in the Kitchen
- Originals – Cats in the Kitchen Originals are inspired by home-cooked family meals, with recipe names like Lamb Burger-ini and Chicken Frick ‘A Zee. These foods feature shreds, flakes, and chunks your cat can bite into. Ten of these recipes are packaged in cans and six of them come in pouches.
- Cats in the Kitchen Paté Pouches – Weruva’s Cats in the Kitchen paté foods are packaged in single-serving pouches. All six paté recipes are named after 1980s hit movies, with titles like Meowiss Bueller and Cattyshack.
Truluxe is described as “premium nutrition for the most discriminating pets” and contains expensive meats not found in other Weruva products. There are ten canned foods in this line. Recipes include Peking Chicken, On the Cat Wok, and Meow Me a River with Basa in Gravy.
Weruva Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken||Wet||$0.43 per oz||B+|
|Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Love Me Tender Chicken & Duck in Gravy||Wet||$0.47 per oz||B+|
|Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Chicken Frick ‘A Zee Aus Jus||Wet||$0.41 per oz||A|
What Do Customers Think Of Weruva Cat Food?
Weruva is a well-respected cat food brand that receives primarily positive reviews on product listings and in online discussions.
To get an idea of what real customers are saying about Weruva, here are a few reviews selected from several popular recipes listed on Amazon and Chewy.
“I praise Weruva. They’re an amazing brand, low phosphorus and all natural ingredients. You can tell too, because the food smells real. This is my finnickys boy favorite flavor of the bunch. There is real strips of chicken and a light broth. Purrfect to use as a topper to kibble, or on it’s own. Also if your cat is prone to crystals, feed them this formula. Your kitty will need the moisture and they’ll go crazy for that yummy taste.” – Dana, reviewing Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken
“I swear this stuff is kitty crack. Seriously they need to either make these pouches larger for those of us with more than one or offer this flavor and formula in bigger cans. Healthy and they devour it” – Wobbely, reviewing Weruva Love Me Tender Chicken & Duck
“Personally I’m not a big fan of this flavor but my cats seem to love it. It is their current favorite, and we have been trying A LOT of brands and flavors lately. Almost every can has this nasty jelly-like substance on top that I have to scrape off, and the food at the bottom of the can is brownish (which I also have to scrape off). But, my cats don’t seem to mind and it doesn’t seem to be making them sick.” – GuyReviewing, reviewing Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Chicken Frick ‘A Zee
“It looks like shredded chicken but the shreds are so tough only one of my 6 cats would eat it although they all loved the juice. The cat that actually ate it passed a few of the shreds in his poo the next day. That’s one tough bird!” – Hairball, reviewing Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken
How Much Does Weruva Cat Food Cost?
According to Weruva’s feeding instructions of one ounce per pound of bodyweight daily, most of their foods will cost between $3.10 and $3.90 per day to feed the average 10-lb cat. Foods from the super-premium Truluxe line will cost more at around $5.50 per day.
Overall, Is Weruva A Good Choice?
If you’re looking for a high-moisture food made primarily from meat with minimal plant content, Weruva might be a good choice. Many of their products are virtually plant-free and low in carbohydrates, making them species-appropriate for your obligate carnivore.
On the negative side, their foods are expensive and low in calories, meaning that they cost over $3 and up to $5.50 or more per day. Many of their recipes contain starches and thickeners, bringing the carbohydrate content up to around 20% on a dry matter basis.
Where Is Weruva Cat Food Sold?
Weruva sold by the “finest specialty pet retailers across the world.” It’s sold in stores around the United States, Canada, Australia, Kuwait, and South Africa. Click here to find a retailer near you.
You can order it online through Chewy, Amazon, and Petco.com.