Friskies Dry Cat Food Review

Think Twice

Cats seem to love this stuff, but the ingredients list indicates it's heavy on carbohydrates and protein from meal, rather than muscle meat.

Friskies dry cat food is a strong favorite among shoppers seeking cheap feed for their cats. And cats certainly do enjoy it, say Friskies dry cat food reviews at PetSmart, although one post states that a vet attributed a cat's low weight to a Friskies regimen imposed by the previous master. Reviews at Walmart are also enthusiastic, with owners reporting bowls licked clean; one reviewer is thrilled about his cats' positive response to Friskies because it's what he can afford.

Some cats aren't convinced, however -- five rescued cats voluntarily cut their intake of Friskies Surfin' & Turfin' Favorites by half after several weeks, according to one pet Samaritan -- and some owners worry about the nutritional value of the ingredients. A Friskies dry cat food review posted at Amazon suggests that feeding this product to your cat on a regular basis is about the same as a steady diet of fast food.

Indeed, the first five ingredients on Friskies' Seafood Sensations include ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, poultry byproduct meal, meat and bone meal, and animal fat. Although the minimum crude protein hits 30 percent, none of the protein comes from real muscle meat and the formula is heavy on carbohydrates. The guaranteed analysis pegs the minimum crude fat at 12 percent, maximum crude fiber at 4.5 percent, and maximum moisture at 12 percent. In addition to the Seafood Sensations and Surfin' & Turfin' Favorites, Friskies offers Indoor Delights and Grillers' Blend dry cat foods.

This budget cat food works for some cats and their masters, but others find the pickings better elsewhere.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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