Asked by: Olof Velindro
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Is Friskies canned cat food bad?

Last Updated: 12th April, 2020

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This includes Friskies, 9-Lives, Fancy Feast, etc. Canned food is healthier than dry food because: The protein in canned food is more apt to be higher in animal-based protein versus plant-based protein – contrary to most dry foods. Keep in mind that we are feeding cats (strict carnivores) not cows.

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In this manner, is Friskies wet food bad for your cat?

Friskies wet is actually one of my regular rotation canned foods because it's well accepted by the cats, readily available, and quite affordable. Friskies and Fancy Feast are two wet food brands that are actually relatively good and budget-friendly and quite a few other members feed it to their cats too.

One may also ask, why is Friskies cat food bad? The high proportion of animal byproduct, offal, and vegetable derivatives (especially corn) in brands like Fancy Feast and Friskies leads some concerned cat people to describe them as "McDonald's for cats": highly processed, innutritious, species-innappropriate junk food.

Considering this, is there a recall on Friskies canned cat food?

There is no current Friskies cat food recall. Since at least 2018, internet rumors have been circulating that certain cans of Friskies cat food, usually paté varieties, are “contaminated” and making cats sick. Some people even claim their cats or kittens have died as a result of eating the food.

What is the healthiest wet cat food?

The 5 Top-Rated Wet Cat Foods

  • Our Top Pick: Purina Fancy Feast Creamy Delights.
  • Our Runner Up Pick: Sheba Perfect Portions Paté
  • Best Budget Pick: Meow Mix Seafood Selections.
  • Best Kitten Wet Food: Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free Paté for Kittens.

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Edelweis Trew

Professional

What wet cat food do vets recommend?

  • THE BEST WET CAT FOOD. American Journey Grain-Free Canned Cat Food, $23, Chewy.
  • THE BEST CAT FOOD FOR KITTENS. Hill's Science Diet Kitten Dry Cat Food, $20, Amazon.
  • THE BEST FOOD FOR ADULT CATS. Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Cat Food, $20, Amazon.
  • THE BEST SENSITIVE STOMACH CAT FOOD.
  • THE BEST CAT FOOD FOR ALL LIFE STAGES.

Aniria Bairos

Professional

Which is better 9 Lives or Friskies?

There is a small difference between the fat content of Purina Friskies and 9 Lives. We can see that Purina Friskies guarantees about 2.50% more fat than 9 Lives. For wet cat foods, 9 Lives and Purina Friskies provide roughly the same amount of fat. Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Aliaksandr Gentz

Professional

How bad is Fancy Feast?

It is considered “bad” for cats because the ingredients are not as high quality as many other wet foods. It contains “ by-products” and other ingredients that are often considered to be unhealthy for cats. With that being said, Fancy Feast is the only food that my 20 year old cat will eat.

Aynoa Sklavenitis

Explainer

What is the healthiest cat food?

Here are our top picks for the best affordable cat food:
  • Weruva Classic Cat Food.
  • Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Dry Food.
  • Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Protein Real Meat Premium Dry Cat Food.
  • Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free Canned Food.
  • Wag Wet Cat Food, Chicken & Giblets Recipe.
  • Eagle Pack Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food.

Yonghua Ondrayta

Explainer

Is Friskies or Fancy Feast better?

Fancy Feast is a slightly better quality food, as most flavors have more muscle meat than byproducts, and Friskies is mostly byproducts. However, that's not a super huge deal. One thing to watch out for is that Friskies does contain small amount of rice, Fancy Feast does not, so the Fancy Feast is lower carb.

Aizea Kistenpfenig

Explainer

What is the healthiest cat food for an indoor cat?

The 5 Top-Rated Cat Foods for Indoor Cats
Editor's Picks Brand Rating
Best Overall Purina Beyond Grain Free, Natural, Adult Dry Cat Food 4.5
Runner Up Nutro Max Indoor Cat Adult Dry Cat Food 4.4
Best Budget Buy 9Lives Dry Cat Food 4.4
Best Wet Cat Food for Indoor Cats Purina Friskies Indoor Adult Wet Cat Food 4.2

Claudette Vornhecke

Pundit

Is it bad to give my cat treats everyday?

Treats that aren't complete and balanced should account for no more than 10% of a cat's total daily calorie intake as these will dilute your cat's daily nutrient intake. You should also be on the lookout for treats with high amounts, of salt and sodium, as they may cause trouble for your cat.

Sevdalina Smidl

Pundit

Is Friskies good for diabetic cats?

I receive many emails each week asking for food recommendations for diabetic cats. Answers: Many cats do well on Friskies Classic Pates and Fancy Feast. Stay away from food with gravy – they are high in carbohydrates. The same is true for most food with sauces.

Kenai Cancio

Pundit

Where is Friskies canned cat food manufactured?

Like most other Purina products, Friskies is manufactured in the United States from primarily North American ingredients.

Roscoe Thonsen

Pundit

Has Friskies 7 been discontinued?

We're sorry to share that Friskies 7 has been discontinued. While we appreciate your loyalty over the years, this was a difficult decision. We'd be happy to talk through current products that may be appropriate for your cat's needs, so please send us a Direct Message.

Hassna Ludea

Pundit

Is Friskies cat food killing cats?

Friskies canned cat food with serial number ending in 1157 and 1159 is injuring/killing cats. Please check to see if you have these cans and throw them away!

Devorah Berchtold

Teacher

Who owns Friskies cat?

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Afrika Mordecai

Teacher

What is Friskies cat food made of?

Friskies dry cat food is packed with low-value plant ingredients like corn gluten meal and soybean meal and rely on vaguely-named animal by-products instead of named meats.

Hmida Majchcza

Teacher

What is in Friskies dry cat food?

Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Beef Tallow Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Hulls, Liver Flavor, Meat And Bone Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Salmon Meal, Salt, Natural Flavor, Choline Chloride, Dried Cheese Powder, Parsley Flakes,

Narcisa Latas

Teacher

Is there a recall on Purina Cat Chow?

In June 2011, the Purina Company issued a voluntary recall for one lot of their Purina Cat Chow Naturals recipe due to potential salmonella contamination. In March 2016, the Purina Company issued a voluntary recall for one lot of Pro Plan Savory Meals tubs due to inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals.

Liberato Blanquez

Reviewer

Does Friskies cause diarrhea?

Sometimes, it can be the preservatives in the food causing diarrhea. Some cats are very sensitive to certain preservatives and only a tiny amount will upset their stomach. Almost all of the Friskies flavours have fish in them, including the poultry ones, so you will still have an issue if fish is the problem.

Jasminka Stemper

Reviewer

Is there a recall on Fancy Feast cat food?

No, according to our research, Fancy Feast has never been recalled. The brand offers more than 100 varieties of cat food including dry food, wet food, and broths. According to the brand's website, Fancy Feast is the #1 selling wet cat food brand in the United States.

Grigor Pelica

Reviewer

Is Friskies or Meow Mix better?

Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fat. For wet cat foods, Purina Friskies typically provides a little more fat (about 2.81% more). With regards to wet cat food, Meow Mix and Purina Friskies also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Kane Hodar

Reviewer

What brand of cat food do vets recommend?

Best dry food for healthy indoor and outdoor cats
VanDuzer recommends a few options to choose from. “I like Purina One Natural Dry Cat Food, Purina Pro Plan, Hill's Science Diet or Royal Canin. But she rarely recommends grain-free options.