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5 Great Wet Cat Foods Recommended For Healthy Cats

Updated on December 1, 2014

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Best Wet Cat Food? The Debate Continues and the Food Keeps Getting Better

Do you ever feel like figuring out the best food for your cats is impossible?

We do sometimes.

As more attention has been turned toward improved pet food, the latest discoveries can make your head spin with suggestions that conflict and even contradict.

For some of us, it's next to impossible to get our cats to eat even what we're convinced is best wet cat food 100% of the time. You can show 'em the research, but the cats won't read it.

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Our fifteen year old black cat Billy, for example, goes immediately from happy slurping to hunger strike when wet food gets parked in front of him too many times in a row.

He refuses to explain. He just waltzes away and pouts somewhere, making sure we can see him, of course.

Since Billy's pretty skinny after two recent surgeries, we have no choice but to compromise, breaking out the dry food to help him get back up to his old, muscular form.

Almost all the experts (at least those not paid by cat food manufacturers) tell us that the healthiest cat food is, not just wet, but raw.

The Problem with Raw Food for Cats

Well-balanced wet foods more closely follow the diets cats evolved to thrive on and, as experiments have shown, chose for themselves when offered a variety.

Most of us, though, know how difficult it is to get our cats to accept raw or any other kid of unfamiliar food. Even more of a problem is finding time to shop for and make a fresh raw diet every day.

How many of us even prepare our own food fresh daily?

And as experts have also explained, the worst cat food is also raw - when its not prepared expertly and with the best ingredients.

Most raw food sold over the counter or prepared at home also requires supplements to be added for the complete, balanced nutrition the best non-raw brands include.

All things considered, the best cat food is very likely the best wet cat food because it's the one we have the greatest chance of getting them to eat.

We love our cats, and we're as devoted to their health as we are to that of our children and other dependents. They count on our making choices that meet their needs in the most beneficial way.

It may take time to convert your cat to wet food, and it may prove impossible to get them all the way. We started trying to change our cats when they were adults.

Change doesn't come easy with cats, and they all still get about 50% dry food.

This makes it all the more important to stick with the best wet cat food, getting as much of it into their diets as you can without making meal times stressful.

Something New Our Cats Love - Weruva - Wet Food for Cats

My wife's always searching for new and better foods for our guys, foods they love that are also good for them.

Weruva stirs both Sam's and Billy's appetites, and they (and my wife, who researched the manufacture and other details) endorse Weruva.

We buy by the case to save $$$$.

I and Love and You - Wet Cat Food with a Gift for Names

Not only is this a great company, but they know that feeding cats well should have a lot of fun in it. Whimsical product names are a brilliant idea.

Blue Buffalo Cat Food - Wet Food With Maximum Nutrition

What you get from Blue Buffalo cat food is natural ingredients, high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

They also include what they call "LifeSource Bits," the equivalent of once a day vitamin and mineral supplements, with antioxidants for cats.

Our cats love Blue Buffalo.

Best Canned Cat Food From Nature's Variety - Instinct - Holistic Nutrition

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nature's Variety is proud of their Made in America label.

What keeps grocery store cat food off the best list is dependence on overseas, especially Chinese, ingredients and manufacturing.

With Nature's Variety Instinct label, you can be sure the ingredients making of some the best canned cat food available are what they label says they are and that the manufactured has verified it in their own facililty.

Instinct Original Grain Free Real Lamb Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food by Nature's Variety, 5.5 oz. Cans (Case of 12)
Instinct Original Grain Free Real Lamb Recipe Natural Wet Canned Cat Food by Nature's Variety, 5.5 oz. Cans (Case of 12)

Their claim is for holistic, balanced nutrition, and as many experts recommend, the formula is good for cats of all ages. If your cats are of a variety of ages, no need to open more than a single can for any feeding.


Of The Best Cat Food Brands, Merrick Stands Out - Enthusiastically Approved by Billy and Sam

In converting our cats to more and more wet food, we followed recommendations by Dr. Jean Hofve for the best cat food brands.

The best wet cat food, according to our cats on some days, but not all, is Merrick's.

Merrick features "human grade ingredients," a claim that should surprise you.

I mean, that they would have to mention it at all. But the fact is that many cat foods, especially the best-known, heavily advertised grocery store brands, contain ingredients consider acceptable for human consumption.

Does't you cat deserve at least that much?

Merrick New England Boil Cat Food 5.5 Oz (24 Count Case)
Merrick New England Boil Cat Food 5.5 Oz (24 Count Case)

Our cats are selective, and they love New England Boil. It's been a real aid in helping us move them to more and more wet food.



We now know a lot more about what the best cat food are and have more good choices available than ever. Now, if we can just persuade the cats.

© 2013 David Stone

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    • David Stone1 profile imageAUTHOR

      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: It's an area where things are changing fast and good research is finally starting to accumulate. Thank you for commenting.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      My senior-citizen cat eats one small canof wet food per day (She is partial to fish.) She then self-feeds on dry. This seems to work well, as she is not greedy, and not overweight. She also gets upon asking catnip scented and flavored treats. These are strictly rationed and she has not become a beggar. Treats and food are all top-of-the-line commercial brand. I've never considered using anything else because she accepts these favorites so readily. She also has a bowl of fresh water and the outdoors available to her at all times. I think it's interesting that you and your wife have made a study of these foods. BTW, it was my long- time vet who told me to feed my cats (I have had more than one at a time.) both dry and wet food. I thank you for sharing your finds with us. This is certainly something to think about.

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @TanoCalvenoa: Not so different form people, Jonathan. We all have our preferences. With cats, I wonder it it get exaggerated because their lives are so constricted, they express themselves more strongly when and where they can.Thanks for the comment.

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      5 years ago

      We've had cats that will eat anything, and others that will only eat a particular brand (such as Fancy Feast). So funny how different each animal is from the other.

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @CherylsArt: They're interesting choices. Neither of our cats will touched textured, just the more classic pate types, and at that, they do best if we add water to make them even softer.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      I found out that our one cat likes the wet food that is textured, like little strings or pieces of meat. Neither one of them cares much for the pate styles. At least that's the way it is for now. : )

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @shellys-space: Bless her cat-loving heart. Thanks, CosmeticMom.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have to show this list to my MIL, she feeds all the cats in her neighborhood :)

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: It's all in the cat scan, Diana. They have their own preferences, and it's good to have a wide variety of good choice from which they can exercise their preferences.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I very much appreciated this cat food review as I have been upgrading my three felines to the best canned food that I can find. I knew about the high ratings of Blue Buffalo for dog food, but had not yet been introduced to their cat varieties. Will be interesting to do a taste test to see which of these is preferred by my beloved cats.

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @SteveKaye: Watch out for lick marks on the screen, Steve.

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      5 years ago

      My cats are picky and seem to only want Fancy Feast. I've heard of the brand you recommend, but I haven't tried it. I'm guessing they have it at PetCo or PetSmart.

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      5 years ago

      Olivia asked me to bookmark this page so that we can read it every day. Meow.

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @TanoCalvenoa: Brands fight for space at PetCo and PetSmart; so, you won't find most of them on the shelves. Merrick is an exception here in New York, but for the others, we have found that ordering on line is the best alternative. The prices are usually better. Here in the city, it also helps to have them delivered to your door and not have to haul them home on the subway.

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      6 years ago

      The very best wet cat food in a can is human grade quality, Demings Sockeye Salmon. Sure, you'll have to pay a little extra, but you'll save money in the long run, with reduced vet care bills, and the prolonged lifespan of your cherished family member. I suggest that people stay away from traditional cat foods in a can, many of them are loaded with fillers, i.e. like ash, which can lead to complicated urinary tract infections etc.., they also use low grade and often toxic sources of crappy protein....


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