★★★★ 476 real customer reviews average rating: 4.4 stars
5 Stars By Todd M. on 1969-12-31
7 cats are rating 7 paws up!
I'm not sure why some cat food gets a bad review because a cat doesn't eat it. We have 7 here in our rural home, plus some strays that stop by for a meal, and though they can be finicky they all eat pretty much what we put in front of them when they're hungry. They get fed 3 times a day and canned food is the morning meal so perhaps having nothing out from about 6 PM to 6 AM makes this pretty inviting. We have one cat that's about 17 years old and all she can eat is canned food. I can't say how good it is but at less than 45 cents a can (including shipping) it's less than at the local food store that happens to be about 45 miles away... as is the Vet. We feed them dry food (the grain free expensive kind) for the other 2 meals a day so the canned food is also a bargain.
We had a cat develop some urinary problems: bladder stones which restricted her ability to urinate and caused some bleeding and she was trying to urinate all day long to help relieve the irritation. The Vet claimed it was from the poor ingredients in some dry cat food that causes the stones because the cat can't process enough liquid to handle the food. He wanted to put her on a special diet with a Science Diet dry special blend for Urinary Tract and then onto one of their regular formula kibble for life. That seemed a little useless because we were feeding the cats some decent kibble to begin with like Purina One. We did a search and found that it was true that a lot of filler in most dry cat food was grain and that is hard for cats to process. The diet we found involved a home made cat food of grinding up some rabbit and chicken and adding some vitamins. Tried it and it worked but it was a mess to make, rabbit is not cheap or easy to find and it takes up a lot of freezer space. Back to another search and a viable alternative seemed to be canned cat food, with some limitations, and a grain free kibble. The canned food doesn't have as much fillers and the main ones for us are poultry, fish & meat varieties in pâté or gravy form. That's what the cats are on now and the kidney/urinary problem is gone, their coats are nicer, their urine is more, but urinates fewer times, now because they don't have to consume so much water to process the grain feed and they really seem to like what they're eating. We feed them Friskies & 9-lives in the cans and Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Merrick Before Grain, Felidae or Taste of the Wild in dry food. The dry food is getting pricier, the bags are getting smaller and the free shipping deals are disappearing so it's more of a challenge now to get a deal but when we do we buy extra. Can't say enough about how well this new diet seems to be working and any saved trip to a Vet pays for a lot of food.
What we're doing is based on the information provided by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM on Making Cat Food (catinfo.org) and she is of the opinion that cats need the bones which makes the grinding process more difficult. We still feed them some kibble because feeding 7 cats, plus some strays, gets pretty expensive. It's a shame packaging is getting smaller and prices do nothing but remain the same or go up. We purchase the Merrick and Wild Buffalo grain free dry foods and the bags are now down to 11 lbs. each. However, when doing the math the canned food is still less expensive per serving. Thanks for your comments.
As long as BTA-MALL keeps giving deals on this we'll keep buying it, the cats will keep eating it and that's worth 5 stars... in my opinion. We have Subscribe & Save on some but that'll probably disappear soon since it's heavy to ship and it's recently disappeared on some of the bagged food or the price has gone up significantly. I'm posting this same review to every cat food we purchased rather than editing each to fit the particular brand.
Update: it seems the 9-Lives from BTA-MALL that are gravy based seem much dryer than previous purchases. The gravy is almost a gel like substance where the cans from the local stores are still pretty wet. Not sure what's up here but all the cans are well within the date range. If it continues... and the price continues to rise we'll stop buying them and even with 15% off and free shipping they cost more than at the food store... about 10 bucks for a 24-pack is pretty much what we pay at the food store though we will pay a bit more just to have it come in a case.
5 Stars By Michael Bolton on 2017-07-24
Fat Kitties Need Bigger Cans
My cats are so fat that I have had to increase to Friskies cans as they have a higher volume that Fancy Feast. The cats don't seem to mind the change so long as I avoid Chicken and Giblets. We now feed them some Fancy Feast and some Friskies. The cats are ruling my life but at least with the Friskies cans I can get an extra 30 minutes between being bothered to feed these Kitty Cat Crack addicted furry heathens. These were delivered with six pounds of Kirkland Peanut Butter pretzels which made the entire occasion much more joyous.
5 Stars By Jackie on 2014-04-02
Budget-friendly cat food
I buy this food as a donation to the animal rescue. Cats need some wet food in their diet for optimum health, since they tend to dehydrate or get urinary issues if fed dry food only. Most cats seem to love this food, and it won't break the bank. If you have personal pet cats, you might be able to afford a more expensive and higher quality food, but if you're on a budget or donating to a shelter (where theoretically cats will not eat this product forever, they will get adopted and their owners will buy them premium food) then this is a great choice.
2 Stars By Forrest on 2017-10-27
8 Crushed Cans, 1 Open and rotting.
Cat likes the food; however, after taking a few cans out of the package, I noticed a third of the cans were crushed and another can was burst open and rotting. The contents of the open can had also covered the good cans with residue. I had to throw the burst can away and wash off the others. Pics attached of crushed and covered cans, the open can was immediately thrown away because of the foul smell. Probably switching brands after this.
5 Stars By france eilers on 2017-03-10
My outdoor feral cat prefers the salmon shreds to the ...
My outdoor feral cat prefers the salmon shreds to the Ocean fish shreds. This has gone up over $1.00, and I buy a lot of wet food to feed feral cats. It's no longer affordable for my budget.
2 Stars By Jessica on 2017-08-28
Good product judging by the way they gobble it down! Update: two cats vomit it up
Cats love the shred but they unfortunately vomit the food up. It's two cats doing the same thing so I'd only assume the food? Not amazons fault and they were very understanding. Thank you!
2 Stars By Marshall Whitfield on 2013-06-29
Mostly gravy. Little meat.
mostly gravy. I had to mix it with kibble to give it some substance. Otherwise it's too rich and gave the cat diahhrea.
5 Stars By John Whitten on 2017-07-28
Cat love it. The ability to buy it by the ...
Cat love it. The ability to buy it by the case eliminates the hassle of buying individual cans from the store. Because this is so popular, many times its sold out. Buying this from BTA-MALL saves a lot of time and money.
2 Stars By C.J. on 2013-09-06
KEEP AN EYE ON THE PRICE
Friskies Cat Food is what it is; receiving it on subscription can be a convenience, but watch out! It may be a costly one. In just five deliveries the price jumped from $9.53 to $17.99!!! The initial price lasted for just two monthly deliveries; then the cost for the next two months jumped to $10.49; and finally, the fifth delivery weighed in at $17.49...a whopping 84% increase. I cancelled and found the contact number for BTA-MALL. To their credit they were quick to credit me with a reimbursement of $7.90.
5 Stars By Lynn Thompson Gage on 2017-02-28
Thanks, Gabby 🐱