Canidae PURE Cat Food Review

Canidae PURE Cat Food Review
Lots of meat and fish
High quality product

Canidae PURE cat food is the most premium offering from the Canidae company in America. It’s sold in many countries worldwide and has a great track record of reliability and decent quality.

Being grain-free and limited ingredient it could be a good option for cats suffering intolerances, itchy skin, or incessant scratching.

But is it a great cat food? Read this review and you’ll find out the truth…

Canidae PURE review (for cats)

There’s a range of Canidae cat foods targeted at digestive health, joints, and indoor cats, but if you read that review you might find yourself back here as the PURE range is the better option.

Simply put, cats are obligate carnivores, so when I start seeing a load of grain and vegetable ingredients I question whether the reason is profit rather than nutrition. When I studied pet nutrition it was clear fact that cats need a diet comprised mostly of animal ingredients, and simply witnessing their eating habits confirms this.

Let’s take a look at the chicken recipe…

We find potato as one of the top ingredients in Canidae PURE cat food, which is like, yeah, not something a cat would eat. That said, all kibbles have some form of starchy carb to hold the kibble together, and thankfully in this food it’s the only carbohydrate.

It’s nice to see three of the top five ingredients (the main ones in this food) are meatschicken, chicken meal, and turkey meal. This tells us a decent amount of the 37% protein in the food comes from readily digestible meat proteins. Your cat will thank you for this.

The fifth of those top five ingredients is peas, which although not ideally suited to cats, will add protein and fiber. I’m sure for Canidae it serves to keep production costs down, but that also makes it affordable. You can buy kibbles with more meat, but for a much higher price – I’m thinking Acana / Orijen here as an example.

20% fat from animal sources is good to see too. Chicken fat in this case as a decent inclusion.

We’ve covered the main ingredients but the good stuff doesn’t end there. Most manufacturers add a load of rubbish further down the ingredients, but with Canidae PURE we find lamb meal and menhaden fish meal as yet more animal inclusions.

Menhaden fish meal is worth a special mention as this will really help boost your cat’s skin and coat, not to mention organ health and wellbeing. It’s a great source of natural omega fatty acids (omega 3 / omega 6), and something your cat should definitely have in their diet.

Salmon oil tucked away in the depths of the ingredients is another great source of omega fatty acids and a quality animal inclusion rather than cheaper alternatives (canola oil for example).

Canidae PURE cat food is one of the best commercial products I’ve seen over the years, and I hardly ever hear anything bad said about the food. It’s at the high end price wise, but still cheaper than others.

Compare the ingredients of Canidae PURE to something in the supermarket and you’ll see a world of difference.


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Ingredients of Canidae PURE cat food (Chicken recipe):

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Chicken Fat, Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Natural Flavor, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Taurine, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (A Preservative), Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract. Contains A Source Of Live Naturally Occurring Microorganisms.

Guaranteed analysis

The guaranteed analysis of Canidae PURE cat food (Chicken recipe):

Protein(min) 37%
Fat(min) 20%
Crude Fibre(max) 3%
Carbohydrates *Estimated 24.5%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.
8 Total Score
Canidae PURE Cat Food Review

  • Lots of meat and fish
  • High quality product
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