What Kind of Cat Food Does Canidae Offer?
Considering the size of the company, the variety of cat food they offer is quite wide. Every pet owner will find the right product for their kitty's taste without breaking the bank. Still, there are no options for addressing health conditions, and most products are designed for cats of all ages, from kittens to senior kitties. The four main Canidae maintenance cat food lines include:
- Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Diet. The premium line of cat food relies on a mix of animal protein from fish and poultry to provide your kitty with plenty of energy. The kibble is freeze-dried raw coated, making it an instant hit. The protein-to-fat ratio of 38 to 16 is perfect for energetic adult kitties.
- Canidae Pure Limited Ingredient Diet. The most affordable of all pet food varieties, this line features kibble crafted with a minimal number of core ingredients. With fish or poultry as the first ingredient and a variety of whole products, like sweet potatoes or peas, this line is ideal for allergy-prone cats with sensitive tummies.
- Canidae All-Life-Stages. This line's vet-formulated products are ideal for households with multiple pets tired of juggling food bags and varying nutritional needs. The high-protein (over 30%) formulas are free of preservatives and artificial ingredients, and you won't find soy, wheat, corn, or other 'fillers' in the kibble.
- Adore Grain-Free Canned Cat Food. The line includes half a dozen wet food options that range from your standard chicken with veggies to a combination of sardine and mackerel as the primary protein source. All products I've found are broth-based and easy on the tummy, with around 11% protein on average.
Canidae Grain-Free Pure Ancestral Diet Turkey & Salmon
To mimic the diet of tigers, lions, and other feline ancestors of your kitties, Canidae formulated this kibble with various protein sources and whole foods. Unlike many mass-produced pet foods, this product is free of 'filler' ingredients and full of healthy goodies, like digestion-facilitation bacteria, flaxseed, alfalfa, vitamins, and minerals. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives inside the bag, and the byproducts are absent too.
On the not-so-bright side of the Canidae cat food ingredients list are potatoes and various 'meals', including lamb, chicken, and duck. Turkey and salmon do proudly take the first two spaces on the list, but the presence of these alternative protein sources keeps the price manageable, though still around $40 for a 10-pound bag.
While the high protein (38%) and fat (16%) levels are perfect for kittens and active adult cats, they might be too high for the less energetic feline seniors of the household. Be careful when introducing this kibble and use smaller portions to prevent uncontrollable weight gain.
- 38% of protein from turkey and salmon
- Bags of 2.5, 5, and 10 pounds available
- Includes healthy bacteria for better digestion
- Cooked kibble covered with raw ingredients
- Not for the picky eaters among kitties
- Might not be ideal for senior cats
Canidae Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken Recipe
Designed with sensitive tummies and digestive troubles in mind, this streamlined recipe contains far more than 8 ingredients, though the rest are mostly vitamins, minerals, and ‘good’ bacteria. Chicken takes the first place on the list of components, followed by chicken, turkey, fish, and lamb meals to provide extra protein, while potatoes and peas add the much-needed fiber and a moderate amount of carbs.
It's your best bet if your cat is allergic to grains, as there are none in the bag. There's also no soy or corn and zero antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, or artificial flavors. The company relies on natural flavors and a combination of whole ingredients to make kibble desirable for a kitty of every age.
I would be happy to recommend this recipe for every allergy-prone kitty, if not for the not-so-glowing Canidae dry cat food reviews I've found online. Apparently, the kibble is on the dry side, and many picky eaters seem to ignore it. However, switching from a regular cat food filled with artificial flavors is always a struggle, and Canidae may seem like a less delicious option to your kitty if she's used to all those flavor enhancers.Pros:
- Chicken is the first on the ingredient list
- Protein to fat ratio is 35 to 18
- Safe components for easy digestion
- Small, dense, and hard kibble pieces
- The list of ingredients is actually longer than 8
- Mediocre reviews online
Canidae All-Life-Stages Chicken Meal & Rice Formula
If you're tired of fussing with three different bags to feed the kitties of all ages, this recipe will be a blessing. It's simple and nutritious enough to supply all the necessary nutrients to kittens, adult and senior cats. With chicken meal as the primary protein source and brown rice, egg, fruit, and veggies to round up the formula, this kibble has everything your kitty needs to stay healthy and active.
One of the few Canidae cat food problems is a substantial amount of carbs and fat in the formula. It's great for young, energetic felines but could be a bit over the top for a senior cat of the household. If you choose this formula, keep an eye on the portion size and reduce it in case you notice unchecked weight gain.Pros:
- Nutritious formula for all breeds and ages
- Available in 4, 8, and 16-pound bags
- Great for households with two or more cats
- Chicken meal as the primary protein source
- 20% of fat and 28.5% of carbs might be too much for older cats
- Not universally loved by picky eaters
Canidae Adore Grain-Free Salmon & Whitefish in Broth
Cats can be so particular about their food that finding the right formula is a chore, but this Canidae salmon cat food seems to have struck gold. It's a rich stew with chunks of whole salmon, tuna, and whitefish that will have your kitty mewling in anticipation of every meal. Besides, you can serve this wet food as an entree or couple it with kibble to adjust to new food easier.
The stew is grain-free, though the fish broth and fish chunks are made better by adding carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas. This combination is ideal for allergy-prone cats, especially those with digestive issues. Like most canned formulas, this product is less nutritious than kibble, but it still scores 11% of protein and only 1.5% of fat.
Buying this canned food is an investment, so don't be surprised a 24-count case of 5.5-oz cans will cost over $50. Plenty of Canidae canned cat food reviews are griping about the rates, but if you don't make it your kitty's every meal, you could certainly afford to make the stew a small daily treat.Pros:
- Protein-rich formula based on fish
- Beloved even by picky eaters
- Works with kibble and on its own
- Price tags can get overwhelming fast
- Largish chunks of meat inside the can
- Occasional quality control issues