How We Pick Cat Foods?

Purringpal has created an ever-growing database on the nutrition of 982 wet cat foods and 79 dry cat foods. We strive to make the absolute best food recommendations by being able to quickly compare nutrients across brands and flavors. Information about calories, texture, types of minerals and sources of omega-3s is obtained right from the food label. Other information such as carbohydrate content, phosphorus content, and copper content we must obtain by contacting the pet food company directly. 

Many pet food companies outsource their manufacturing to co-packers. These co-packers vary greatly in safety and quality. Most pet food companies do not openly state who manufactures their food. We track down who actually manufacturers any given brand. Then we research the co-packer’s track record, recall history and transparency. We only ever recommend food made at manufacturers with top standards.  

We also are sure to check what outside sources say about each pet food company. Consumer watch groups such as Clean Label Project and Poisoned Pets are always on our minds. Pet industry newsletters and any published interviews with a given company are also researched. Occasionally, there will even be peer-reviewed scientific studies available that we read. Of course, any recalls, lawsuits or government action involving the company are closely scrutinized too.