Meow Mix Cat Food Review

Reviews January 4, 2021

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Meow Mix Cat Food Review

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Why Should You Trust this Review

  • I’ve been a cat mom of for 30 plus years
  • I have volunteered at cat shelters for over 15 years
  • I frequently confirm information with veterinarians
  • I did 12 hours of research on this cat food

About Meow Mix Cat Food

Meow Mix Cat Food is owned by Big Heart Pet Brands, a subsidiary of the J.M. Smucker company. Meow Mix cat food was first produced in 1974 and was originally owned by the Ralston Purina Company which is now Nestlé-Purina.

Meow Mix became popular with their catchy jingle, “Tastes so good, cats ask for it by name”.

Meow Mix dry food is made in the company’s facility in Decatur, Alabama. This manufacturing facility also makes Alley Cat products. Meow Mix wet cat food is made in Thailand.

Meow Mix Sourcing and Manufacturing

Parent Company/ Owned byBig Heart Pet Brands
Company Net Worth2.0 Billion
Dry Food ManufacturedSan Francisco, CA
Wet Food ManufacturedBloomsburg, PA
Number of Recipes28+
FDA ApprovedYes

Recall History

Meow Mix cat food has never been affected by FDA-issued recall.

2015-Meow Mix was involved in an extensive consumer-test.

Top 6 Recipes Reviewed and Analyzed

#1 Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 31.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 11.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber 4.0% Max
  • Moisture 12.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.1% Max

Ingredients

Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Beef Tallow (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Animal Digest, Calcium Carbonate, Turkey By-Product Meal, Salmon Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Phosphoric Acid, Choline Chloride, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Minerals [Ferrous Sulfate (Source of Iron), Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Taurine, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract


To better understand the Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food recipe, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Ground Yellow Corn may provide some beneficial nutrients to cats, but is not biologically appropriate. Corn is difficult to digest and pales in comparison to animal protein. Corn used as the primary ingredient in cat food is an inexpensive source of calories.

Corn Gluten Meal does contain protein but not the kind of protein that cats digest very well. Cats have to eat twice as much corn to get the same amount of protein that they would from animal proteins.

Chicken By-Product Meal is made up of the clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. This is a cheap way for pet food companies to keep the protein levels up and the production costs down. This is considered a “suitable” source of protein for pet food.

Soybean Meal is a common source of protein in many cat foods because it is less expensive than meat proteins. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors that have been known to produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake in cats.

Beef tallow is the fat extracted from rendered beef, and by law, must not be derived from chemically euthanized animals.


#2 Meow Mix Tender Centers Salmon & White Meat Chicken Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 31.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 11.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber 4.0% Max
  • Moisture 12.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.01% Max

Ingredients

Whole Ground Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Whole Wheat, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Animal Digest, Corn Syrup, Glycerin, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salmon Meal, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate (Used As A Preservative), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Dicalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Yellow 6, Taurine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yellow 5, Red 40, Natural White Meat Chicken Flavor, Dl-Methionine, BHA (Used As A Preservative), Rosemary Extract, Celery Extract


To get a better understanding of this Meow Mix Tender Centers Salmon & White Meat Chicken Dry Cat Food recipe, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Whole Ground Corn may provide some beneficial nutrients to cats, but is not biologically appropriate. Corn is difficult to digest and pales in comparison to animal protein. Corn used as the primary ingredient in cat food is an inexpensive source of calories.

Chicken By-Product Meal is made up of the clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. This is a cheap way for pet food companies to keep the protein levels up and the production costs down. This is considered a “suitable” source of protein for pet food.

Corn Gluten Meal does contain protein but not the kind of protein that cats digest very well. Cats have to eat twice as much corn to get the same amount of protein that they would from animal proteins.

Soybean Meal is a common source of protein in many cat foods because it is less expensive than meat proteins. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors that have been known to produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake in cats.

Whole wheat is a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Currently there is no conclusive evidence that shows whole grains are harmful to the general cat population. However a small percentage of cats may have sensitivities to grains.


#3 Meow Mix Classic Pate Mixed Grill with Real Beef, Tuna & Chicken Cat Food Trays

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 12.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 3.5% Min
  • Crude Fiber 0.5% Max
  • Moisture 78.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.05% Max

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Meat By-Products, Liver, Beef, Tuna, Chicken, Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphsphate, Potassium Chloride, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Calcium Sulfate, Natural Flavor, Choline Chloride, Carrageenan, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Glycine Complex, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this Meow Mix Classic Pate Mixed Grill with Real Beef, Tuna & Chicken Cat Food Trays.

Chicken broth is rich in vitamins, minerals and collagen. These components can help improve your cat’s digestion and overall immunity.

Meat By-Products include clean and nutrient-rich organ meats such as lungs, brain, spleen, liver, kidneys, stomach, and intestines. They can provide a good source of animal protein and fat in your cat’s diet depending on the quality.

Liver contains high amounts of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, trace minerals and is an amazing source of omega 3 and six fatty acids.

Beef is considered an important protein source. It also provides omega-3 and the omega-6 fatty acids which helps with skin and coat.

Tuna is a great source of protein and safe for cats when not fed consistently. Its great for immunity boosting, muscle growth and tissue growth.


#4 Meow Mix Kitten Li’l Nibbles Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 36.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 15.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber 4.5% Max
  • Moisture 12.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.015% Max

Ingredients

Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Soybean Meal, Beef Tallow (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ocean Fish Meal, Animal Digest, Salmon Meal, Turkey By-Product Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Taurine, Minerals [Ferrous Sulfate (Source of Iron), Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], L-Lysine, Red 40, Dl-Methionine, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract


To get a better understanding of this Meow Mix Kitten Li’l Nibbles Dry Cat Food recipe, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Chicken By-Product Meal is made up of the clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size. This is a cheap way for pet food companies to keep the protein levels up and the production costs down. This is considered a “suitable” source of protein for pet food.

Brewers Rice is considered a whole grain that is filled with antioxidants and fiber. It is considered empty calories for cats and is a carbohydrates cats do not need.

Corn Gluten Meal does contain protein but not the kind of protein that cats digest very well. Cats have to eat twice as much corn to get the same amount of protein that they would from animal proteins.

Ground Yellow Corn may provide some beneficial nutrients to cats, but is not biologically appropriate. Corn is difficult to digest and pales in comparison to animal protein. Corn used as the primary ingredient in cat food is an inexpensive source of calories.

Soybean Meal is a common source of protein in many cat foods because it is less expensive than meat proteins. Soy contains enzyme inhibitors that have been known to produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake in cats.

 


#5 Meow Mix Tender Favorites with Real Tuna & Whole Shrimp in Sauce Cat Food Trays

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 12.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 1.8% Min
  • Crude Fiber 1.5% Max
  • Moisture 82.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.05% Max

Ingredients

Tuna, Fish Broth, Ocean Fish, Shrimp, Soybean Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Salt, Calcium Sulphate, Vitamins [Vitamin E, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulphite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity)], Minerals (Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulphate Monohydrate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Sodium Nitrite, Color


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this Meow Mix Tender Favorites with Real Tuna & Whole Shrimp in Sauce Cat Food Trays.

Tuna is a great source of protein and safe for cats when not fed consistently. Its great for immunity boosting, muscle growth and tissue growth.

Ocean Fish has a lot of heart-healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and is part of a balanced diet for cats. Unfortunately we do not know what type of fish is used in this recipe.

Shrimp is a low-calorie food that is chock full of protein. It contains nutrients and antioxidants like vitamins B12 and E, zinc, iodine, copper and omega 3.

Soybean oil is a beneficial ingredient, if farmed responsibly and processed minimally, offering Omega-3 fatty acids to balance Omega-6s in fish oil.

Natural & artificial flavors if flavor comes from plant, animal, or even mined source, it can be called natural. With no additional information as to the origins or nature of the flavor, we do not know if it has been derived naturally or chemically. Artificial flavors are meant to increase flavor but are made in a laboratory and are not recognized as food in the digestive system.


#6 Meow Mix Real Chicken in Gravy Grain-Free Cat Food Trays

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 9.0% Min
  • Crude Fat 3.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber 1.0% Max
  • Moisture 82.0% Max
  • Taurine 0.05% Max

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Tapioca Starch, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Natural Flavor, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite), Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Spinach, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Taurine, Carrageenan


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this Meow Mix Real Chicken in Gravy Grain-Free Cat Food Trays.

Chicken broth is rich in vitamins, minerals and collagen. These components can help improve your cat’s digestion and overall immunity.

Chicken is a good source of protein, low in fat, low in sodium and is a low-carb food.

Dried egg product is eggs separated from shells and is considered a quality protein. They are highly digestible, and they provide a great source of antioxidants and nutrients.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including healthy beta-carotene.

Tapioca starch is a highly digestible food source and is important in dry food for shape, texture and density of kibble. This is very important, as mouth feel and the structure of the kibble.


Is Meow Mix a Good Cat Food?

With the use of low-quality ingredients, mystery protein sources, questionable fillers, artificial colors & flavors, and animal by-product meals, I would say it isn’t a good cat food.

When considering the Meow Mix dry food ingredients there are several fillers within the first 5 ingredients, which offer felines nothing nutritionally. In addition to that there many low-quality grains, low animal protein content, inclusion of wheat, by-products, and meals too high on list.

While the wet food recipes are better than the dry food, they are not great. When compared to other wet and canned cat food brands the protein is a bit lower. Also, there are by-products, unspecified fish, wheat flour, soy, rice, and other fillers high on the ingredient list of most recipes.

Where is Meow Mix Cat Food Sold?

Meow Mix Cat Foods are available in most grocery store chains and big box stores, although varieties may vary. You can also purchase Meow Mix online through Amazon, Chewy, and various pet food retailers.

Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.
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