We’ve taken a critical look at this iconic brand, evaluating Whiskas’ manufacturing, safety record, ingredient quality, and more. Get the facts in our unbiased Whiskas cat food review.
The Cats.com Standard—Rating Whiskas on What Matters
We’ve analyzed Whiskas 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 – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 4/10
- Product Variety – 3/10
- Price – 8/10
- Customer Experience – 8/10
- Recall History – 9/10
Overall Score: 6.5/10
We give Whiskas cat food a 39 out of 60 rating or a C+ grade.
Whiskas Cat Food Video Review
As part of our review process, we’ve submitted samples to an independent lab. You can see the full report here.
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.
The brand that would become Whiskas was created in 1936. Then called Kal Kan, it was one of the first pet food brands in existence. By the time the brand’s name changed to Whiskas in 1988, it was on track to become a staple in pantries around the world.
The brand is owned by Mars Petcare, one of the planet’s top-earning pet food companies which also owns other popular brands such as Iams, Royal Canin, Nutro and more. With international distribution and a presence in almost every grocery and pet food store, Whiskas is one of the most recognizable and well-known brands in the world.
Sourcing And Manufacturing
With Whiskas available in so many countries, it’s hard to pin down exactly where all of their foods are made. It appears that at least some of their products sold in the United States are made in Virginia by a co-packing company, so it’s easy to assume that the company partners with other manufacturers around the world.
If you want detailed information pertinent to Whiskas food sold in your country, contact your local Whiskas customer support team.
Has Whiskas Cat Food Been Recalled?
Yes, but only in Canada. After 60 years in the industry, Whiskas announced its first voluntary recall, which involved several varieties of dry cat food sold in Canada.
While the company attributed the 2021 recall to a raw ingredient not meeting their quality standards, retailer Costco Wholesale revealed that the cause was the potential for mycotoxin contamination.
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds created by certain types of mold. This mold most often develops on rice, corn, and other grains. To our knowledge, there were no reports of illness related to this recall.
What Kinds Of Cat Food Does Whiskas Offer?
Whiskas is a bottom-of-the-line budget brand focusing on old-fashioned, affordable foods. Their selection includes dry food and wet recipes packed into pouches. All of their recipes feature beef, poultry, or fish, either in combination or as standalone main ingredients.
Whiskas Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
|Product Name||Food Type||Price||Our Grade|
|Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Entreé||Wet||$0.07 per oz||C+|
|Whiskas Choice Cuts Chicken Dinner||Wet||$0.07 per oz||B-|
|Whiskas Tender Bites Favorite Selections Ocean Whitefish & Tuna in Sauce||Wet||$0.07 per oz||B-|
What Do Customers Think Of Whiskas Cat Food?
Whiskas is a popular brand. People around the world buy and rely on it every day—and cats like it, too. While most customers feed their cats Whiskas without ever writing a review, most of those who do have good things to say.
Whiskas gets some negative feedback, too. Reviewers on ConsumerAffairs, for example, give it an overall satisfaction rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Some say their cats got sick after eating Whiskas. Some say the food wasn’t fresh. Others found foreign objects in the food.
What, exactly, are real customers saying about Whiskas cat food? Let’s read a few customer reviews.
“Whiskas Tender Bites has been a “god send” for our thirteen year old domestic shorthair orange tabby Fireball. Poor thing went through a bout of depression after her bonded sister passed away. She lost any and all desire for food and treats. We didn’t want to give up on her because she had been diagnosed and treated for lymphoma a few years prior. So we felt like if she could get through that, she could get through this. She dropped down to a very alarming 4lbs, before we made the decision to start force feeding her. After several nights of baby food, kmr, broths, etc. she finally started to come back around to eating on her own.
We wanted her food to be as appetizing as possible, but didn’t have the money or resources to spend an arm and a leg on cream of the crop, better than human food cat food. She we tried Whiskas and she went CRAZY over it. She started out just lapping the gravy/juices but progressed into eating the meat bits. Once her appetite returned to normal, she couldn’t get enough! At one point, we were feeding her three packets a day to help her put on weight. And it worked… in less than four month she was back up to 6lbs.
I appreciate Wiskas Tender Bites as they are affordable (Amazon’s Subscribe and Save has the best deal), come in easy to open pouches and are apparently quite delicious. And while the ingredients may not be super duper organic and premium, real meat is the second ingredient next to water for processing. Plus… I mean… this food basically saved my kitty’s life and helped her get back into a much healthier weight range!” – Shaigirl, reviewing Whiskas Tender Bites
My cats just love it. Great product. It is convenient, fresh and tasty. The cats lick their plates and the kittens just love it too. I would recommend it in fact I do. When I sell a kitten I always suggest they feed the whiskas purrfectly chicken.” – Henri, reviewing Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Entree
“I agree with some of the other reviews regarding this product. The last several cases I have purchased have all dark meat and the gravy is dark. The feral cats I feed leave the meat. It is a waste. I will order it one or two more times, but if it continues to look like this, I will stop buying it.” – maggie, reviewing Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Entree
“I’ve got two kittens that don’t seem to mind this food. My 9 year old cat, at first sniff she walked away. But later on when she was too hungry, she’ll eat it. The two times that she has eaten, she has gotten ill. The first time, she threw up afterwards. Second time, she threw it up again, however, she remained sick for two days. She ended up with bloody diarrhea for a day and then less bloody soft but solid stool the second day. Honestly, I would not risk your furry loved ones health for a cheap cat food option.” – J W, reviewing Whiskas Tender Bites Favorite Selections
How Much Does Whiskas Cat Food Cost?
Whiskas cat food is one of the cheapest brands on the market. Their wet foods cost about $0.07 per ounce or roughly $0.63 per day for the average 10-lb cat. Whiskas dry cat food costs half as much per ounce and, if you’re feeding the same 10-lb cat, it would cost about $0.08 per day.
This makes Whiskas cat food some of the cheapest you can buy.
Overall, Is Whiskas A Good Choice?
Whiskas may be a good option if you’re looking for a flavorful, affordable, meat-based food, but their recipes aren’t the best.
Read the label closely to make sure you’re choosing one of their BHA and BHT-free recipes and avoid those that contain caramel color. If your cat seems to have a sensitive stomach, consider trying another brand that uses only named meats. Whiskas’ use of meat by-products makes it difficult to identify and eliminate problem ingredients.
Where To Buy Whiskas Cat Food?
Whiskas cat food is sold in groceries, big box stores, and pet food stores around the world. You can also find it online on Amazon, Chewy, Walmart, and other online retailers that sell pet food.