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Maintenance Food for Healthy Adult Cats


These are my top choices of quality canned food for maintenance in cats (for adult cats). Any of them could form a sound basis for your cat's diet, or you could do as I suggest, and rotate brands and formulas. Several of these foods contain brown rice or other grains. I prefer a grain-free diet for my own cats because of their ages and health issues. Younger cats in good health could likely eat such foods on occasion, but rotating to non-grain varieties would still be advised. Also, many of the foods have other high carbohydrate ingredients, such as sweet potatoes or pumpkin. While there are nutritional reasons to add these ingredients, they may not be advisable for diabetic cats.

Having that in mind,  these are all foods my own cats have eaten and enjoyed at one time or another. As we all know, cats will sometimes turn up their noses today at yesterday's favorite. The bottom line is that the best food is wasted, if your cat won't eat it, so don't be too focused on the numbers.

You may also post one or more reviews of canned cat foods, even those you tried, but your cat didn't like. Please only review one food at a time.

Natural Balance Canned Cat Foods

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Like the other foods chosen here, Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance contains no by-products. My cats' favorite formula is Indoor Ultra Formula. Its top named ingredients are Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Duck, Salmon, Carrots, Brown Rice Flour, and Fish Meal. It has a pleasant aroma, a nice paté consistency, and my test cats dive into it every time it is served.

Guaranteed analysis: Crude Protein 9% min, Crude Fat 5% min, Crude Fiber 1% max, Moisture 78% max, Taurine 0.05% min, Ash 1.9% max, Magnesium 0.025% max.

Natural Balance maintains its own testing center for seven known toxins including melamine, for its Buy with Confidence program - a huge plus, in my opinion.

BPA Can Lining:Natural Balance canned cat foods do NOT have BPA lining in the 3.5 ounce and five ounce cans.


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Nature's Logic Duck & Salmon Canned Cat Food

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Nature's Logic claims to have no wheat, corn, rice, soy, potato or chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or trace nutrients.

Ingredients: Duck, Duck Broth, Poultry Liver, Salmon, Poultry Heart, Dried Egg Product, Porcine Plasma, Motmorillonite Clay, Cottage Cheese, Cod Liver Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Apple, Dried Apricot, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Artichoke, Dried Blueberry, Dried Broccoli, Dried Carrot, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Cranberry, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Dried Pumpkin, Rosemary, Dried Spinach, Dried Tomato, Egg Shell Meal. Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Egg Product, Animal Plasma, Flaxseeds, Montmorillonite, Cottage Cheese, Brewers Yeast, Cod Liver Oil, Egg Shell, Apple, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Tomato Powder, Parsley, Blueberry, Cranberry, Apricots, Spinach, Artichoke, Broccoli, Carrots, Pumpkin, Kelp, Chicory Root, Rosemary.

Guaranteed analysis: Crude Protein (min) 42.8%
Crude Fat (min) 42.8%
Calcium (min) 1.3%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min) 4.05%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min) 0.99%
Phosphorus (min) 1.1%Crude Protein (min.): 35.7% Crude Fat (min.): 25.0% Crude Fiber (max.): 10.7% Moisture (max.): 72.0%

BPA Can Lining: As of 2010, Nature's Logic does not have BPA lining in its 5.5 ounce cans. At that time, the company was working to find 13.2 ounce cans without BPA lining.

Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken Canned Cat Food

Weruva Paw-Lickin' Chicken Canned Cat Food
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Weruva has long been a favorite among cats who prefer juicy canned food rather than pate. It comes in a number of other varieties, many fish or seafood based.

Top listed Ingredients: Chicken (boneless, skinless white breast meat), tapioca starch, sunflower seed oil, dicalciuum phosphate, xanthum gum, choline chloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate heptahydrate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid, ferrous sulfate monohydrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate monodydrate, vitamin D3, copper sulfate pentahydrate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamins

BPA Can Lining: In 2010, a representative from Weruva told a caller from TruthAboutPetFood.com, "Our manufacturing partner makes their cans on premises and the raw materials used for the can production are free of BPA."

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Halo's Spots Stew for Cats - Chicken Flavor

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Spots Stew contains no chemicals, fillers, or by-products.


Chicken broth, chicken, carrots, celery, yellow squash, zucchini, chicken liver, pasta, green peas, green beans, turkey, calcium citrate, barley, oats, dicalcium phosphate, soy sauce, dried kelp, garlic, zinc gluconate, ascorbic acid, copper gluconate


Moisture (maximum)88.00%
Crude Protein (minimum)3.50%
Crude Fat (minimum)1.50%
Crude Fiber (maximum)1.50%

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Wellness Chicken Canned Cat Food

Wellness Canned Cat Food
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Wellness presents an enigma to cat owners who appreciate the quality of the food. Some cats love it and will dive right in, while others turn their noses up at it every time. It's on the high end of the price range, so I'd suggest buying a can or two, before investing in a whole case.

Top ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Flaxseed, Squash, Cranberries. Guaranteed analysis (converted): Protein 45.45%, fat 22.27%, fiber 4.55%

ConsumerSearch.com says: "Although it's not quite as ideal as Halo canned cat food, Wellness is still pretty good in its own right and a touch less expensive. That makes Wellness canned cat food worth considering.Wellness Chicken Formula is one of a family of Wellness canned cat foods that have been very well received by critics and landing at the top, or near there, in most reviews that we've seen."

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Newman's Own Chicken and Brown Rice

Newman's Own Chicken Cat Food Canned
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Paul Newman's signature cat foods use Bell & Evans Chicken. These chickens are fed a 100% natural all-vegetable diet with NO antibiotics. The named grains are also grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizer.

First named ingredients: Organic Chicken, Sufficient Water for Processing, Ocean Whitefish, Brown Rice, Flaxseed, Oat Bran, Guar Gum, Dried Kelp. Although pricer than most other premium foods, Newman's Own is well worth rotating in your cat's diet. Several other formulas are available.


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Evolve Natural Canned Chicken Formula

My cats' reaction to Evolve is also an enigma. The food smells absolutely wonderful, and is a nice, juicy paté. They loved it when I first introduced it to them, but recently have been spurning it - a shame, because its ingredients are excellent, and the price is very reasonable. Top named ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Ocean Fish, Brown Rice, Carrots, Cranberries, Cottage Cheese, and Peas. Guaranteed analysis: Crude protein 45.5%, crude fat 27.27%, fiber 6.82%
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Innova EVO Canned Cat Food

Innova EVO, made by Natura Pet Products, has to score high on any list of cat foods. The canned variety is no exception. Ingredients: Turkey, Chicken, Turkey Broth, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Herring, Carrots, Whole Eggs, Salmon Meal, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Seaweed Extract, Apples, Tomato Flakes, Cottage Cheese, Herring Oil, Potassium Chloride, Apple Fiber, Inulin, Vitamin C, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Sunflower Oil, Beta Carotene, Vitamins/Minerals
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Nature's Variety Homestyle From the Prairie Canned cat Food

Nature's Variety Homestyle Prairie Turkey-Liver Stew
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My four male cats gave mixed results for several varieties. However, my female, Jenny, who has refused all canned food previously, liked the Turkey and Liver Stew flavor. She cautiously sniffed it a couple of times, then hunkered down and ate a respectable sized portion of the 5 oz. can.

Partial List of Ingredients: Beef Broth, Beef, Beef Liver, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Egg Whites, Potato Starch, Spinach, Oat Fiber, Carrots, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Barley, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Sunflower Oil, Menhaden Fish Oil, Vitamins and minerals. Also includes Rosemary, Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale.

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