Purina ONE Cat Food Review

Reviews November 27, 2020

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Purina ONE Cat Food Review

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Why Should You Trust this Review

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

About Purina ONE Cat Food

Purina ONE cat food is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare. Purina’s beginnings date back to 1894 when William H. Danforth partnered with George Robinson and William Andrews and founded the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company, to feed farm animals. The name of the company was changed to Ralston Purina in 1902. Purina established the first pet nutrition and care center at Purina Farms near Gray Summit, Missouri in 1926. Today it is known as the Nestle Purina Pet Care Center.

Purina ONE was introduced as a super premium cat food in 1986. Purina markets this line as natural with high-quality ingredients, claiming that these better ingredients can lead to better health

Purina ONE is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

Purina ONE Sourcing and Manufacturing

Parent Company/ Owned by  Nestle Purina PetCare
Company Net Worth 11.2 Billion
Dry Food ManufacturedSt Louis, Missouri
Wet Food ManufacturedSt Louis, Missouri
Number of Recipes 29
FDA Approved Yes

Recall History

Purina ONE cat food was recalled in 2011 two separate times due to potential salmonella contamination. Purina has had other recalls for other products multiple times since the company started making pet food in the 1950s.

Top 5 Recipes Reviewed and Analyzed

#1 Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein: 34.0% Min
  • Crude Fat: 13.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber: 2.0% Max
  • Moisture: 12% Max
  • Taurine: 1.5% Max

Ingredients

Chicken, Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal (Source Of Glucosamine), Beef Fat Naturally Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Wheat Flour, Liver Flavor, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Glycerin, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Sodium Bisulfate, VITAMINS [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)], Taurine, MINERALS [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], L-Cysteine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine. B415517


To better understand the Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken Dry Cat Food recipe, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

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

Rice Flour provides a source of energy and fiber as long as the bran and germ of the grain are included. We do not know if this is true with this ingredient and if brown or white rice was used.

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.

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


#2 Purina ONE True Instinct Natural Real Chicken Plus Vitamins & Minerals Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein: 35.0% Min
  • Crude Fat: 14.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber: 2.0% Max
  • Moisture: 12.0% Max
  • Taurine: 1.5% Max

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken meal, Pea Starch, Cassava Root Flour, Soy Protein Isolate, Soybean Meal, Beef Fat Naturally Preserved With Vitamin E, Dried Egg Product, Pea Protein, Canola Meal, Dried Yeast, Minerals (Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Bisulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Natural Liver Flavor, Soy Protein Concentrate, Glycerin, Amino Acids (L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, L-Cysteine, DL-Methionine), Vitamins (Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, folic acid, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin B-7, Vitamin K), Taurine


To get a better understanding of this Purina ONE True Instinct Natural Real Chicken Plus Vitamins & Minerals Grain-Free Dry Cat Food, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

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

Chicken meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as chicken but in higher concentrations.

Pea Starch is often used as a thickening agent due to its gelling properties. They provide carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and small amounts of beneficial vitamins but starch is made up of only about 40% peas.

Cassava Root Flour is often used in place of grains. It is a vegetable that is used to produce tapioca and is used as a thickening agent in pet foods. It is an unremarkable ingredient and offers very small amounts of vitamin C and fiber.

Soy Protein Isolate is a controversial source for cats, providing high protein content and a well-balanced amino acid profile. However, cats do not need this plant based food and some have soy allergies.


#3 Purina ONE Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein: 34.0% Min
  • Crude Fat: 14.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber: 4.0% Max
  • Moisture: 12.0% Max
  • Taurine: 0.15% Max

Ingredients

Turkey, Chicken By-Product Meal, Rice Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Oat Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Beef Fat Naturally Preserved With Vitamin E, Minerals (Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Dried Egg Product, Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Caramel Color, Vitamins (Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin B-7, Vitamin K), Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Taurine, Amino Acids (L-Lysine Monohydrochloride)


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this Purina ONE Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Cat Food.

Turkey is a high quality protein full of nutrients and is highly digestible. It is low in calories and high in Selenium and Tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.

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.

Rice Flour provides a source of energy and fiber as long as the bran and germ of the grain are included. We do not know if this is true with this ingredient and if brown or white rice was used.

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.


#4 Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein: 11.0% Min
  • Crude Fat: 5.0% Min
  • Crude Fiber: 1.5% Max
  • Moisture: 78.0% Max

Ingredients

Chicken, Liver, Chicken Broth, Pork Lungs, Trout, Natural Flavors, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Salt, Mono And Dicalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Guar Gum, Vitamins (Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-7, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3), Taurine


To get a better understanding of this Purina ONE Chicken Recipe Pate Grain-Free Canned Cat Food, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

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

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

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

Pork Lungs are considered a by-product of pork. Pork is a good source of protein but is a high fat meat.

Trout is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but raw trout contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of trout is extremely reduced. Therefore, it is important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to guarantee the product offers most of its protein from meat


#5 Purina ONE Healthy Kitten Chicken & Salmon Recipe Pate Wet Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein: 11.0% Min
  • Crude Fat: 6.5% Min
  • Crude Fiber: 1.5% Max
  • Moisture: 76.5% Max

Ingredients

Chicken, liver, chicken broth, pork lungs, salmon, natural flavors, minerals (potassium chloride, salt, mono and dicalcium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), guar gum, Vitamins (Vitamin E, choline, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-3, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-7, folic acid, Vitamin D-3), taurine


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this Purina ONE Healthy Kitten Chicken & Salmon Recipe Pate Wet Cat Food.

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

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

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

Pork Lungs are considered a by-product of pork. Pork is a good source of protein but is a high fat meat.

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. It can help strengthen the immune system and promote brain health as well as aid in controlling arthritis pain and fighting off high cholesterol.


Is Purina ONE a Good Cat Food?

Purina ONE cat food is a below average cat food with questionable fillers, corn, meals and animal by-products and tends to be high in carbohydrates. I would not recommend Purina ONE’s dry cat foods for your cat or kitten for those reasons.

When comparing to other store bought brands in the same price range, Purina ONE maybe competitive but still a low quality contender.

The Purina ONE canned and wet cat foods would be a better choice and do contain less fillers and and meals. While they do offer more protein and better quality meats, they are still high in carbohydrates.

Where is Purina ONE Cat Food Sold?

Purina ONE Cat Foods are available in most pet stores, grocery store chains and big box stores, although varieties may vary. You can also purchase Purina ONE 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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