Best cat foods for 2022: Top wet and dry brands to keep your pet happy

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They say a dog is man’s best friend but let’s face it, it’s a toss up. We’ve become closer than ever to our feline friends especially because of lockdown and they deserve nothing but the best.

Cat food can be a bit of a minefield to navigate as there are a plethora of options available to us; wet, dry, raw or cooked. Keeping our kitties happy and healthy is essential but it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to their nutrition, especially because fussy felines will be sure to let you know they don’t like what you’ve laid out for them.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to our four-legged companion’s food, and it’s usually best to determine the right one for your cat depending on their age and preferences. But whatever they prefer we know how important it is to keep your furry feline in optimal health throughout their life - and if it’s kind on the bank balance too, well that’s just a win-win.

So here is a carefully curated list of the best cat foods, featuring insight from my own two felines (Ingo and Tiago). Each of these offer your cat a balanced diet and enough protein so they can run, chase and stalk to the best of their abilities.

Lovebug Complete and Balanced Insect Based Adult Dry Cat Food

The clue is in the name with this because your cat is sure to go wild for this munch. It’s got everything your furry friend needs, including Taurine, and an irresistible kibble crunch to ensure to the optimum health of teeth and gums. Instead of the usual proteins like chicken, beef and fish, this features seemingly strange choice of insects, which give your cat the same level of protein. If your cat suffers from of a delicate tummy, have no fear because this is hypoallergenic and really easy to digest.

Buy now £12.99, Natusan

Gourmet Ocean Delicacies

This contains fine morsels of fish with a savoury sauce so your cat won’t be able to resist. Even fussy felines are drawn to the tantalising scent of the whole shrimp in the food. This is made with simple yet high quality ingredients and served in pouches to ensure that every meal is fresh. My cats have loved lapping up the gravy and saving the flakes for after. This is highly nutritious and your cats fur will be thick and soft after just a few servings.

Buy now £4.50, Tesco

Applaws Mixed Selection

If you’re wanting to keep your cat on a natural diet, this will top your list. The broth that these come in are packed full of nutrition and there are a variety of different flavours for the pickiest of your pets. It contains fish which is a natural source of Omega 3, chicken breast for Omega 6 and 75 per cent tuna fillet, because sometimes it’s true that our animals eat better than us. This is also a complementary food which means it can be served alongside dry food for total nutrition.

Buy now £11.49, Pets at Home

Whiskas

Ah Whiskas, the reliable cat food brand that is kind on the wallet. This food is 100 per cent complete meaning that is doesn’t need to be served alongside anything else to still maintain optimal nutritional value. It contains a balanced mineral level to support a healthy urinary tract and Zinc which helps to achieve a shiny coat and skin. My cats seem to be a huge fan of the tuna.

Buy now £3.30, ASDA

Smalls

Smalls was founded on the belief that cheaper cat food can often contain grains and unnecessary ingredients. The brand also believes that in kibble nutritional value is sometimes lost through the cooking process so it offers freeze-dried raw food which retains all the benefits of a high protein diet. It comes in three different proteins; bird, other bird and water bird. One of the best things about this brand is that you can input details about your cat and then receive a trial box full of recipes for your cat. Gourmet, I think so.

Buy now £35.00, Smalls

Lily’s Kitchen White Fish and Salmon Dry Food 2kg

This is truly the crème de la crème of cat food. Formulated with 70 per cent freshly prepared fish, this is truly the yummiest cat food (according to my feline friends). This blend doesn’t contain any grains and it’s complete and balanced, meaning your cat won’t need anything else in terms of nutrients. Feel free to serve this alongside wet food for some variety, but alone it is packed full of goodness and even caters to cats with allergies.

Buy now £19.34, Amazon

James Wellbeloved Grain Free Adult Turkey And Veg 10kg

This cat food caters specifically for our four-legged pals who are sensitive to cereals, so it contains absolutely no grains. It has a number of natural ingredients and turkey which works wonders for their digestive system. It contains cranberry extract, Yucca extract for reduced odour, Omegas 3 and 6, prebiotics for a heathy gut and a number of antioxidants to support a healthy immune system.

Buy now £38.99, Pets at Home

Meowing Heads Paw Lickin’ Chicken Wet Food

This brand takes pride in formulas that enhance the health of a cat’s life. The formulas are carefully curated to replicate a cat’s natural diet, so they are packed with protein with 93 per cent chicken and beef - and absolutely no grains. It’s full of natural ingredients and slow cooked, because your cat deserves the best.

Buy now £1.39, Pets At Home

Felix As Good As It Looks Doubly Delicious Cat Food Fish

This label has inspired a nation of cats to be called Felix. It really does contain the most mouth-watering range of textures and flavours for cats - if the spotless bowls that it leaves in its wake is anything to go by. There’s a variety of salmon and sardine, trout and mackerel, saithe and salmon and herring and trout, which will keep your furry friend very happy indeed. The formulas are packed with essential nutrients to keep them nourished and to ensure a balanced diet.

Buy now £3.95, Sainsburys

Katkin

This is truly a fresh take on cat food. It is 100% whitefish, salmon and turkey liver and the formulas are created by veterinary nutritionists which gives your cat the highest quality ingredients possible. Each product is locally sourced and the meals are steam cooked. In order to preserve the freshness, each of the pouches are frozen fresh, to preserve their natural nutrition. They are delivered straight to your door, what could be easier.

Buy now £1.75, Katkin

Royal Canin British Shorthair Adult 2kg

Royal Canin creates food that has been specially formulated for your cats breed to give the specific nutrition that it needs. It contains nutrients to supports healthy fat digestion, Omega 3 for bones and joints, and minerals to support your cats heart. This can also be served alongside their wet food which comes in delicious gravy. Purrfect.

Buy now £24.69, Pets at Home

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