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When I was first approached to review a new quality natural cat food product, I was pretty enthusiastic at the concept of a wholesome line of cat food intended for marketing in stores like Walmart, KMart and grocery store chains. Indeed, when I received a sample bag of The Goodlife Recipe food for cats, my cats eagerly scarfed it up. The bag is attractive, and advertises "with real chicken, brown rice, and garden greens" on the front, along with "no artificial flavors or preservatives - no fillers - taste guarantee." Sounds pretty good, right? read more...

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April 25, 2007 at 9:42 am
(1) Mazlynn says:

I also don’t like the inclusion of “animal fat”, since my recent reading of “Food Pets Die For” mentioned “animal fat” as one of the products of rendering, where rendered animals may include euthanized animals, resulting in the euthanasia drugs getting into the pet food.

After reading that, I decided to err on the side of caution and not feed any of the products that could result from that process, including “animal fat”.

I agree that this food doesn’t count as premium food. It’s kind of sad to see companies trying to take advantage of the owner’s interest in feeding better foods to their pets by putting pretty color pictures of health looking meats and veggies on the bag, instead of actually using those quality ingredients in the food.

January 23, 2008 at 10:24 am
(2) ken says:

My cat Bubbie Tom just loves the goodlife cat food. He leaves the others alone.

February 23, 2008 at 9:00 pm
(3) Ray says:

I am still researching cat food. So far I have quit feeding foods with artificial colors and preservatives and fillers. Am feeding my cats Goodlife right now. Under the Ingredients it reads “The Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats With Real Chicken, …, is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.” I would not recommend anything that does not meet AAFCO. Still looking and researching.

April 9, 2008 at 6:31 am
(4) chris says:

Hello everyone. Keep in mind that just because cats like a certain food does not mean it is good for them. Goodlife is one of many crappy foods that taste very good to cats and has good marketing.

April 9, 2008 at 6:55 am
(5) Ingo says:

Is it any wonder that the bags are bright colored? The corporations are marketing to HUMANS not CATS. Cats don’t shop. Try feeding them human food like my family does. It’s cheaper and you know with absolute certainty what you cats are getting.

April 9, 2008 at 8:26 am
(6) Rae says:

Jeez! What’s next? Vegan Organic cat food? Don’t laugh, people will buy it!

April 9, 2008 at 10:32 am
(7) Niles says:

What is all the fuss about animal fat in pet food? Animals are just that – animals. We humans have made them into fragile vegetarians against their wills. The big cats in the wild don’t eat plants, they eat meat.

October 15, 2010 at 5:53 am
(8) Jenny says:

There is no wheat gluten listed in the ingredients. There is wheat flour and there is corn gluten meal.

October 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(9) Franny Syufy says:


I took the ingredients directly from a bag of the product when I wrote the review a few years ago. Perhaps the ingredients have changed since then; however, the product’s website chooses NOT to reveal the ingredients. If you can find a list online of the current ingredients, feel free to post the URL here, and I will be glad to make any necessary corrections to my review.

May 20, 2011 at 11:11 am
(10) Gabriella Young says:

I have been feeding my cat the Good Life Recipe for approx. 4-5 years, and it seemed to be the best diet for him. However, recently, I purchased two small bags with the chicken and rice formula, and the first bag of food, almost killed my cat. Shortly after I started feeding him, he became very sick, and I was told to change his diet right away. I am feeding him IAMS formula right now, and he is once again healthy. I have a brand new bag of Good Life Recipe that I have never opened, and I wouldn’t dare offer it to anyone else. I will not recommend this diet anymore, it is obvious the ingredients have changed!!!!!!!

December 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm
(11) Sharon Linzey says:

I live in Iraq and brought three Persian kittens with me. I was home in the U.S. two weeks ago and bought this giant bag of the Goodlife Recipe for my kitties. All three of them have diahrea and are throwing up. I can’t get them to stop and I can’t get any other cat food over here. I am at a loss as to what to do. I have a few cans of another brand of wet food and they scarf that up, but even when I add fresh chicken to the GoodLife Recipe food, they won’t stop vomiting and having diahrea. The bag is not expired. WHAT TO DO? It’s like they are poisoned. I have checked the Cornell Vet Website and it appears that they are.

December 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(12) Peggy says:

My cat loves Goodlife Recipe, however, they never give any coupons
as they have been “RESTOCKING” for a year or so now ??????

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