Choosing the healthiest cat food is a top priority for those with cats in their lives, but it’s hard to know where to start. Start with the canned versus dry food debate. Many experts claim that a canned food is preferable to dry because cats don’t normally drink enough water, but it’s also said that dry food is better for a cat’s teeth. Most people feed their cats some canned and some dry food so all of the brands on this list have canned and dry options. It’s not possible to include all quality brands of cat food, and some cats will make their preferences for a particular brand known. There are also some good regional brands that are not included in this list just because they aren’t widely available. Here is a list in no particular order of the top healthiest cat foods.

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  • Blue Buffalo
  • Muse
  • Taste of the Wild
  • Iams
  • Science Diet

Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo takes pride in using the finest ingredients including real meat. There are formulas for every stage of life, including kitten, adult, and senior. They have grain free canned and dry food. The brand also features treats and walnut shell based cat litter. If your cat has special medical needs, there are special diet formulas available through your veterinarian.


  • Food for all life stages
  • Grain-free option available
  • Special veterinary diets available


Muse by Purina is a new natural cat food made with real ingredients. There are lots of choices for finicky eaters including meals in gravy, broth, or chowders. Treat your cat to canned pate or special dry recipes.


  • Made with real fish or chicken
  • Grain-Free varieties
  • No corn or soy

Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild invites you to feed the wild animal in your pet with ingredients that mimic a natural diet. All foods are high protein and grain free. All formulas include probiotics for optimal digestive health and healthy fruits and vegetables.


  • Made with real meat
  • Mimics a cat’s ancestral diet
  • Includes probiotics


Iams is dedicated to foods that help cats live long, healthy lives. There are varieties for kitten, adult, and senior cats as well as for common needs such as hairball and weight control, sensitive stomach, multi-cat. Iams also features a healthy naturals cat food with more natural ingredients.


  • Grain-free canned food available
  • Varieties for all life stages
  • Diets for common needs

Science Diet

Science Diet is committed to healthy pets with their variety of veterinarian recommended foods. Their Ideal Balance food is made from natural ingredients with no corn, wheat or soy. Science Diet contains a wide variety of prescription diets available in dry, canned, and new stews for pets with special health needs.


  • Grain-free diet available
  • Diets for many common issues
  • Wide variety of prescription diets


When choosing a cat food brand, consider choosing more than one favorite brand of healthy cat food. It’s a good idea to regularly use more than one brand of cat food not only for variety but because the store might run out of it or it could be discontinued. If you are changing your cat’s food, it is best to start with a small amount of the new food mixed with the old food and gradually increase the amount of new food your cat is eating. Whether you’re serving dry food or canned food, always make sure your cat has lots of fresh water to drink. If your cat refuses to eat a favorite food, has vomiting or diarrhea, or has other troubling symptoms, it’s important to contact your vet as soon as possible.