Civilized Pet Tip: The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar business; everyone wants their share. Many companies market trends in human diet that you may assume apply to your pets. This is often not wise. For example, grain free diets have now been associated with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and cats. To see the list of pet foods associated with DCM, click here. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s individual nutritional needs. Don’t believe what a pet store clerk promotes as what is best for your dog. Many online reviews are sponsored by pet foods. Pet food recalls happen, but less often with the brands your veterinarian will recommend. To read more about the dangers of raw pet food, click here. For the latest news on pet food recalls, please click here. Learn more about pet food standards and safety here. We believe in feeding pets quality food from companies with long established reputations. Quality food is love. Individual cats have individual dietary tolerance or sensitivities. Introduce new foods gradually because novel proteins can upset tummies. Make informed Civilized Choices for your pet.

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Purina is an American pet food company that has been making dog food since 1926 and cat food since 1963. Ingredients are sourced in the US and they are among the leaders in pet nutrition. Purina is a leader in pet food quality control and quality products.

Purina ONE Healthy Kitten Formula Cat Food. Real chicken as the first ingredient provides high quality protein for growing kittens. Made with DHA, a nutrient found in mother’s milk, to promote brain and vision development.

Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend Adult Cat Food with Real Chicken or Real Salmon uses real chicken as the #1 ingredient for the protein cats need to support strong muscles. Omega-6 fatty acids nourish and maintain healthy skin and a radiant coat. Provides 100% balanced nutrition for healthy cats.

Purina ONE Indoor Advantage Adult Dry Cat Food features real turkey as the #1 ingredient and 0% fillers. Natural fiber blend helps lower incidents of hairballs. This dry cat food also promotes a healthy weight, and the kibble helps reduce plaque buildup

Purina ONE Sensitive Systems Adult Dry Cat Food features nutritious turkey as the 1st ingredient among other high-quality ingredients and vitamins for your sensitive kitty’s complete nutritional needs. Available in 3.5, 7, 16 and 22lb bags.

Purina ONE Hairball Formula Adult Dry Cat Food . Chicken is the #1 ingredient in this easily digestible formula. Contains 0% fillers, which means that every ingredient has a purpose. Meets 100% of your adult cat’s nutritional needs with natural fiber to minimize hairballs.

Purina ONE Urinary Tract Health Formula Adult Cat Food maintains urinary tract health by reducing urinary pH and providing low magnesium content. Chicken is the #1 ingredient in bags of 3.5, 16 or 22 lbs or beef flavor in canned portions (see below). Purina cat food is made in the USA.

Purina ONE Healthy Metabolism Adult Dry Cat Food has real turkey as the #1 ingredient with 0% added fillers, formulated to help spayed and neutered cats burn fat and maintain a healthy weight. Antioxidant-rich blend of vitamins A and E and other nutrients.

Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity Senior 7+ Adult Dry Cat Food lists real chicken as the #1 ingredient. This natural recipe plus essential nutrients delivers targeted nutrition for mature cats with a great taste. Purina is made in the USA.

Purina ONE Cat Pairings Chicken & Salmon Recipe 24 cans of 3oz contains moist cubes in a gravy base for cats who love canned food and don’t drink enough water from a bowl (see the Water Fountains that are recommended for cats, too!). Feed a mix of canned and dry food to stretch your budget.

Purina ONE True Instinct Salmon & Trout Recipe 12 cans of 3oz contains salmon and trout in a flavorful sauce for a complete nutritious diet cats love. Purina cat food is made in the USA.

Purina ONE Urinary Tract Health Pate Beef & Liver Recipe Adult Cat Food 24 pull-tab cans of 3 oz.
maintains a healthy urinary tract by reducing urinary pH. Made with beef, chicken, liver , rice and a complete balanced diet, but no fillers, soy, wheat or corn.

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Canned Wet Cat Food comes in a variety of flavors in a high protein formula for growing kittens with all the flavor and nutrients required for a healthy start in life including DHA to help support brain and vision development.


Hill’s Science Diet was founded by a veterinarian in Topeka, KS in 1948 to formulate dog food for dogs with kidney disease. Today, Hill’s Science Diet includes more than 50 pet foods formulated for many life stages in healthy and special needs pets. They revolutionized nutrition for cats with kidney disease and beyond, extending lives for millions of sick pets. Their veterinary specialists in nutrition and internal medicine continue make Hill’s the leader in developing nutrition standards for healthy cats and prescription diets for cats who need help. You can trust the integrity of this company and their products, made in the USA.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Kitten, Chicken Recipe with DHA from fish oil to support healthy brain and eye development in kittens. High-quality protein to build lean strong bodies and healthy teeth. Add variety to meal time with Hill’s Science Diet Kitten Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken & Rice Medley. Natural ingredients made in the USA in 3.5, 7 and 15.5lb bags. #1 Veterinarian Recommended.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Perfect Weight for Weight Management, Chicken Recipe is a breakthrough weight management food for adult cats. Over 70% of cats lost weight within 10 weeks. Provides support for lean muscle and long-lasting feline weight support. Also in Hill’s Science Diet Adult Perfect Weight Roasted Vegetable & Chicken Medley.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Chicken Recipe is an Adult dry cat food with taurine for heart health, plus balanced minerals for kidney and bladder health. High quality protein to maintain lean muscle, vitamin E plus omega 3’s and 6’s for healthy skin and fur. Natural ingredients made in the USA. #1 Veterinarian Recommended.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Oral Care, Chicken Recipe is clinically proven kibble technology to reduce plaque and tartar buildup in adult cats. Helps improve your cat’s dental health and freshen breath with every bite. Promotes a healthy fur coat with vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids. Made in the USA with global ingredients. #1 Veterinarian Recommended.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Urinary & Hairball Control, Chicken Recipe supports the health of the entire urinary system (from kidneys to bladder). Helps avoid hairball formation with easily digestible natural fibers. Real chicken gives quality protein for muscle, and also provides Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids to nourish the skin and fur. Hill’s Science diet is quality you can trust.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Hairball Control, Chicken Recipe is made with natural fibers to reduce hairballs in adult cats, especially helpful for cats with longer or more plush coats. Has vitamin E plus omega-3s & 6s to promote healthy skin & fur. High-quality protein builds and maintains lean muscles. #1 Vet Recommended brand.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Sensitive Stomach & Skin provides optimal digestive health while nourishing skin & promoting a lustrous fur. Using prebiotic fiber, this fuels your adult cat’s beneficial gut bacteria for a balanced microbiome. Made with easily digested natural ingredients including vitamin E and omega 6s to nourish your cat’s skin and healthy fur.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Cats, Chicken Recipe provides mature cats with essential taurine for heart health, and balanced minerals for bladder & kidney health. Supports healthy skin and fur with vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6s. Easy to digest dry cat food in 4, 7, or 16lb bags with natural fibers with Hill’s integrity and quality in every bite.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult 11+ for Senior Cats, Chicken Recipe (3.5,7, 15.5lbs bags) is a special blend to help aging cats stay agile and alert, along with vitamin E, omega-3s and omega-6s to support healthy skin and fur. Natural fibers and easy-to-digest ingredients help cats with sensitive stomachs, balanced minerals promote bladder and kidney health, and taurine for heart health. Quality and integrity in every bite from Hill’s Science Diet.

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Light for Weight Management, ages 1-6 years, Chicken Recipe is precise nutrition for less active young adult cats who should lose a few lbs or just to keep them at a healthy weight. Contains 20% fewer calories than Hill’s Science Diet Adult. L-carnitine supports an ideal body weight, with Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids for shiny fur and healthy skin. 

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult 7+ for Senior Cats, Hairball Control, Chicken Recipe.Hairballs occur normally in cats, but for frequent hairballs in senior kitties this kibble is made with natural fiber to comfortably reduce hairballs. Vitamin E plus omega-3s & -6s to give your older cat healthy skin & fur. Mature cat dry food with taurine for heart health, plus balanced minerals to kidney & bladder health

Hill’s Science Diet Dry Cat Food, Adult, Multiple Benefit, Chicken Recipe is ideal for multiple cat households. Packed with quality protein for muscle maintenance and L-carnitine to help convert fat into energy. No matter what differences your cats have in weight or body type, this dry adult cat food can help reduce hairballs and maintain a healthy weight.

Hill’s Science Diet Wet Canned Cat Food, Adult, Savory Recipes Variety, 5.5 oz cans is recommended for adult cats 1 – 6 years old. Provides your adult cat with 4 cans of 3 flavors – Chicken Entrées, Turkey Entrées, and Turkey & Liver Entrées. Also available in single flavor options.

Hill’s Science Diet Canned Wet Cat Food, Adult, Tender Chunks & Gravy Recipes, 5.5 oz cans. Yummy canned food made with natural ingredients.
Try all 3 flavors (Tuna, Ocean Fish, Chicken) or get the Variety Pack of 4 cans in each flavor for a nice mixed menu.

Hill’s Science Diet Wet Cat Food, Adult, Savory Salmon, 24-pack with real salmon in a soft, smooth texture. Made in an easy-to-digest balance of taste and nutrition, provides your grown cat with high-quality protein for muscle maintenance, and antioxidants, vitamin C and E for a strong immune system.


Paul Iams started making dog food in 1946. By the 1980s, IAMS™ had pet foods based on life stages and cat food, too. They are easy to find with their “rainbow of colors” packaging design and iconic paw print logo. IAMS cat food is known for quality control and excellence in pet nutrition.

Iams Proactive Health Kitten Dry Cat Food
[3.5 , 7 or 16lb bags] Chicken is the #1 ingredient with 0% fillers. Omega-3 DHA for brain development, taurine for vision and eye health, and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system. Prebiotics, fiber and beet pulp support healthy digestion.

Iams Proactive Health Adult Dry Cat Food [3.5 , 7 or 16lb bags] Chicken is the #1 ingredient in this cat kibble (for outdoor or indoor cats), with fiber, prebiotics and beet pulp to aid digestion. Complete nutrition for lifelong health.

Iams Proactive Health Healthy Adult Dry Cat Food with Salmon and Tuna. [3.5 , 7 or 16lb bags] Salmon is the #1 ingredient in this cat kibble (for outdoor or indoor adult cats) with prebiotics and beet pulp for healthy absorption.

Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Urinary Tract Health Dry Cat Kibble with Chicken for outdoor or indoor cats and reduces urine pH for urinary tract health. Made with high-quality protein (chicken #1 ingredient) and essential nutrients for heart health. Omega-6 and -3 fatty acids for a soft, shiny coat. 

Iams Proactive Health Sensitive Stomach Adult Cat Food, Chicken & Turkey For outdoor or indoor cats, this cat kibble is formulated with digestible proteins (chicken #1 ingredient) to promote digestive health of cats with sensitive stomachs. Contains fiber, prebiotics and beet pulp to help cats absorb nutrients.

Iams Proactive Health Adult Oral Care Dry Cat Food, Chicken contains ideal calcium and mineral levels to promote strong teeth and bones, and a unique kibble shape that helps to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Unique crunchy kibble helps remove plaque is made with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids for balanced nutrition.

Iams Proactive Health Adult Indoor Weight & Hairball Control Dry Cat Food is designed to help reduce hairballs before they start, and has l-carnitine to help your overweight cat slowly and healthily shed extra weight. Made with chicken (#1 ingredient) and turkey.

Iams Proactive Health Adult Hairball Control Dry Cat Food is made from high quality proteins like chicken and salmon (chicken #1 ingredient, salmon in trace amounts at #7) to support a healthy, balanced diet. Plus, with its tailored fiber blend (including prebiotics and beet pulp)

Iams Proactive Halth Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food with Chicken for senior cats 11+ years. Chicken is the #1 ingredient in this senior cat food for complete health, including bones, teeth, joints, immune system and hearts.

Iams Proactive Health Optimal Metabolism Adult Dry Cat Food with Chicken is a lower protein formula with L-carnitine to help your overweight cat return to a healthy weight (chicken is the #1 ingredient). In 3.5 or 7lb bags.

Civilized Pet Tip: Iams Cat Food in CANS is currently formulated as grain free diets and unfortunately we don’t recommend them right now. Grain free diets are not recommended for cats unless your veterinarian has recommended a restricted diet for medical reasons. Studies are underway on the association between dilated cardiomyopathy and grain free diets in cats and dogs. Reports of heart disease and grain free foods is not associated with any given brand. To see preliminary information please click here.


Royal Canin was founded in 1968 by a veterinarian in France. The company was acquired twice more by larger corporations that funded research and expansion. In 1994, they began to make cat food. Recently, they launched a line of breed specific foods marketed to cat owners of some popular breeds like Siamese and Persian. We see this as a marketing strategy. Without studies proving they are truly distinct from the basic adult/kitten foods shown below, we choose not to include breed specific foods at this time. They also have a food marketed for spayed/neutered cats, but we don’t think this is substantially different from the indoor formula, or basic adult formula for that matter either. Royal Canin is better than other pet foods on the market but not the best of what’s listed in this section.

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food is made with moderate calorie levels to help prevent weight gain in indoor only cats. You still have to balance food volume with how they look regardless of recommended meal size on the package. Fiber prevents hairballs. Dry cat kibble encourages chewing to reduce dental tartar. 3, 7, 15lb bags

Royal Canin Oral Care Dry Cat Food is is formulated to minimize development of plaque and tartar on your cat’s teeth and reduces dental plaque by 41% after 7 days of exclusive feeding. Exclusive cat kibble design encourages chewing with a unique texture and shape as they crunch on it. 

Royal Canin Hair & Skin Care Dry Cat Food (7 lb. bag) support feline skin and coat health. Nutrients include B-vitamins, Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids promote skin health and high-quality proteins promote healthy hair growth. It also has higher protein and fat levels than the indoor cat food, so your cat could gain weight. Worth talking to your vet about diet supplements rather than a diet change.

Royal Canin Kitten Dry Cat Food gives your kitten a healthy start with proteins, vitamins, and other essential minerals. Antioxidants support their developing immune system. In 3.5, 7, 15 lb bags. Kittens should be transitioned to adult food by the time they are 1 year old.

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Savor Selective Dry Adult Cat Food is formulated with two types of kibble, each with a unique flavor, shape, and texture and is especially appealing to the pet parent who thinks they’re not doing enough for their pet (but you are!).

Royal Canin Feline Care Nutrition Digestive Care Dry Cat Food claims to reduce stool production by 42% because its ring-shaped kibble slows eating (but this doesn’t really make sense). Marketed for cats with ‘sensitive stomachs’ and pasty poops. Healthy cats have healthy poop; your veterinarian should examine your cat and recommend the diet that’s right for your cat’s tummy. First 5 ingredients are: brewers rice, wheat gluten, chicken meal, chicken fat and soy protein isolate.

Royal Canin Feline Care Nutrition Weight Care Adult Dry Cat Food helps overweight cats slim down with higher fiber and lower fat content. If your cat is just eating too much food and treats, reduce the overall volume of food and increasing play time! [3, 6 14lb bags]

Royal Canin Digest Sensitive Loaf in Sauce is meant for cats 1 yr + with sensitive stomachs to ‘decrease stool odor’. Remember all poop smells yucky, this is a marketing ploy. If you’re concerned about your cat’s bowel movements, see a veterinarian. First 5 ingredients are water, pork by products, chicken by-products, chicken liver, pork liver. Consult with your veterinarian.

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Indoor Intense Hairball Dry Cat Food [3, 6, 14lb bags] helps move hairballs along the digestive tract of adult cats who are prone to hairballs because of a higher fiber content. First 5 ingredients are chicken meal, corn gluten, brown rice, chicken fat. Other hairball formula foods or treats are preferred.

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Loaf in Sauce Wet Kitten Food is a soft loaf texture for young kittens to eat as they transition to solid foods. Pork by-products and chicken are the main proteins. 3oz and 5.8oz cans.

Royal Canin Feline Health Aging 12+ Thin Slices in Gravy is wet cat food tailored for senior cats 12 years and older in 3oz cans has omega-3 fatty acids for healthy joints and
supports kidney health with controlled phosphorus levels. Proteins are pork by-products and chicken.