★★★ 421 real customer reviews average rating: 3.4 stars
3 Stars By QT on 2016-03-23
Healthy Cat Food that takes getting use to, but is organic.
I have five cats, but my main reason for buying this product was I have one cat 20 years old that is dying and was almost put to sleep. He was losing weight rapidly, his blood work was good and weighed about 6lbs. He has renal failure. The goal was to put weight on him but in a healthy way. I have to admit I have never seen a cat food in a powder formula in a box before. It is sort of like a cereal box type of packaging where you have a plastic bag containing the contents (see picture). Basically it is 1 part of the cat food powder and then 1 part hot water, then you mix it. It turns into a consistency similar to a pate type of style of cat food if you mix it correctly. (see picture) Too much water and you will have a sauce.
Now I will preface by stating that I was going through about 10 cans a day of a variety of brands, flavors, etc. before purchasing this brand of cat food. As my cat became extremely finicky while I was trying to nurse him back to good health so it was a continual hit and miss. Also, a while back I saw a Shark Tank episode that showcased a veterinarian whose cat food line (Cornucopia) along with a super food supplement had eradicated diseases in cats and dogs and those that are on that food live to be about 28 years old...dogs can extend their lives by double and basically the cats and dogs live very healthy lives. I actually talked to him personally when I had called the company to order food. The downside is the food is very expensive. But, he also explained in detail how toxic regular cat food is and is why our pets have health issues, etc. There was one woman that had 62 cats (must be a shelter of sorts) that was spending regularly $1,000 dollars on veterinarian bills a month and since using the Cornucopia food she is literally saving $1,000 in veterinarian bills a month and still is. Which all this lead me searching out a non-toxic cat food which lead me to the Honest Kitchen as well.
The Cornucopia food is along the same lines as this food, but it is not a powder formula and does not have potatoes and cranberries in it like this does. But in general they are the same, non GMO, Antibiotic Free, Organic, Free Range, Wild Caught, No Preservatives, etc...
It was explained to me by Cornucopia that the reason my cat was loosing so much weight as he got older was that he wasn't getting a high quality protein as cats would get if it was eating out in the wild...so basically his body is eating itself which is why the weight loss at his age. Scary thought.
So, I am feeding my 20 year old cat The Honest Kitchen - Turkey Recipe occasionally throughout the day and then also feeding him Cornucopia with the super foods supplement and in less than a week the cat is visibly healthier and is gaining weight. I see a complete shift in his overall health. I am told it will probably take him 90 days to see a major change.
He does eat the Honest Kitchen Turkey Recipe (I have not tried the other recipe as of yet). I have better success with the Honest Kitchen then I did with the random brands and flavors of can cat food. He will eat Honest Kitchen on his own and sometimes I have to mix in a little tuna. It does help to use hot water than just water at room temperature. It is not his favorite, but also the way that Cornucopia explain it to me is that the veterinarian said that in the ingredients of most commercial brand and prescription cat food the statement of "natural flavors" actually contains sugar, etc.. and entices the cat to want to eat it, even if it is not healthy for the cat.
So, switching the cat to this type of cat food is a process like it would be from a commercial brand to a prescription brand. But, it is what is best for the cat. I do not know if he would like the Chicken Recipe better. I am attempted to try it. Though out of the Cornucopia Cat Food he loves the Turkey and Giblets flavor so not sure how he will respond to the Honest Kitchen Chicken Recipe.
My other four cats have tasted the Honest Kitchen Recipe. One of my cats who will eat anything in sight doesn't seem to care for the Honest Kitchen Turkey Recipe at all, but he is still on commercial brand ProPlan so that is probably the issue as I am in the process of switching all of my cats to a more organic cat food, but the 20 year old that was near death was my priority at the moment. Out of the five cats I would say three would eat this automatically on their own.
But, what I have noticed is after continual consumption the cat will get used to the food and want to eat it. You just have to be persistent, but it will pay off in the long run. So, it won't be easy at first, but just keep at it.
5 Stars By TerriNKY on 2015-12-31
This food has changed my cat's life!!!
This cat food has been a godsend for our three year old Cornish Rex. He has a "sensitive system", to say the least... and we tried just about every cat food brand out there from the time he was six months old. We tried Evo, Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Tiki Cat, Soulistic, Weruva, etc. (you get the idea!). All of them would make him sick eventually, if not instantly.
The vet suggested that we keep his diet as close to "natural" as possible, since he most likely has food allergies. We started feeding him Gerber baby food (plain chicken in gravy) and sardines at his suggestion, which worked very well for a while. I started to worry about the vitamins that were probably lacking in both of those though (since taurine and several other vitamins and minerals get destroyed when meat is cooked at high temperatures)... so I started investigating cat food again.
We came across Honest Kitchen while browsing through BTA-MALL. We had never tried dehydrated cat food before, and since it's not cooked first, the nutrients are preserved. I read a lot of good reviews, so we thought that we'd give it a try. A few people have said that their cats didn't like this food. My cat disagrees with that. He LOVES this food, more than anything we've ever fed him. He even prefers it to sardines or cat treats. From the very first bowl, he was licking his lips, pacing across the floor and standing on our legs howling in anticipation. Whenever we give him his bowl of food, his whole face disappears for about two minutes before finally emerging with food all over his nose (and sometimes the top of his head).
He has never gotten sick from this food, even after eating it exclusively for the past six months or so (that in itself is a miracle). That would have been enough for us, but he's actually had some unexpected benefits from eating this food. His fuzzy coat (Cornish Rex cats only have a downy fuzz on their bodies... their outer two layers of fur are missing) has actually been growing in thicker and curlier, and so have his whiskers. His eyes also look much brighter now. His coat even has a beautiful sheen to it that wasn't there before. He's also been getting more muscular, and his energy level is just unbelievable now. He goes and goes, taking little "power naps" throughout the day, before finally crashing at night. He just looks so happy and healthy now.
He's a beautiful little cat, and I'm glad that he's finally healthy. He is the picture of health now, actually! He also doesn't get sick like he used to. He used to go to the vet about every 1-2 months, as he would get respiratory infections and diarrhea periodically. He hasn't been sick in 4-5 months, at least. We can't even believe it.
I know that I've gone on and on in this review (and if you're still reading this, I apologize for being wordy!)... but we simply can't thank Honest Kitchen enough for what their food has done for our cat!!! I mean that!!! It has changed his life in immeasurable ways. This is a GREAT food, and if your cat has any kind of allergy/digestive problems, it is most definitely worth a shot. Even if your cat is totally healthy, this will probably make them even healthier. And this food is actually cheaper than a lot of the "fancy" cat food out there.
I'm attaching some photos of Giles. The first two are "before"... and the rest are "after". You can clearly see that he's gained weight and looks much better overall.
Thank you, Honest Kitchen!!! Giles thanks you, too!
4 Stars By fang bleh on 2017-11-17
Our boy is happy, so are we !
We are so happy to discover this food and grateful to all the wonderful people who wrote detailed reviews.
We realized long ago that commercially produced cat/dog food is detrimental to animal health. The industry is largely unregulated. Manufacturers can make any wild claims they want. There is no government watch-dog agency that can keep them in check.
The biggest challenge for responsible pet owners, is what to do when they know that wet and dry food is unhealthy, yet do not know where to find better/healthier/honest pet food. Short of buying raw meat, crushing bones, chopping skin etc most modern families use some form of commercially produced pet food.
After watching a wonderful documentary 'Pet Foo-le-d' about big pet food businesses, we decided to make the change and start our 2 boys on the raw meat diet. It took quite awhile for them to adjust. As indoor cats, they had no idea what raw meat even looked like. Slowly the boys began to adjust, but they never really liked it.
We still have raw packages in a freezer, but continued out search for better alternative. Handling raw meat was painful. Once defrosted, meat was spoiling very quickly in a fridge and could not be left in their bowl when we were not home.
This is where Dehydrated Cat Food came in. We had low expectations, as our persian is quite finicky and we were prepared for a long introduction period. That did not happen. The minute we opened the box, he took to it as if he was starving all his life. He was ready to eat the food dry, wouldnt even wait for us to mix it with water. Wow, simply wow. He is a rescue, 15 or 16 yo, and very spoiled. But he loves the turkey flavor we bought.
Its been about 2 weeks and the box is more than 1/2 empty. This is now the only food he eats, along with catnip treats. We tried to give him some wet food as well. So, we ordered the canned food he used to like. Well, maybe it was a bad batch, or maybe he cannot digest all the fillers, preservatives and carageenan - but every time we offered him his old-favorite wet food, he ended up throwing it all up shortly after. Now that he eats Dehydrated Cat Food he is not longer constipated and he stopped throwing up.
5 Stars By GStrong on 2017-10-17
Cat loves it and it's an affordable alternative
Yes, it doesn't smell great...but it's not your food humans so deal with it! I've been struggling to find an affordable healthy alternative for my cat and this is the one. He doesn't hesitate, howls for it, and has never turned it down. As a struggling young professional I am happy to find something I can afford without compromising my little one's health. Highly recommend!
Update: Had to momentarily switch to another food while waiting for my re-order...never again! Kitty's tummy was not thanking me. Thank you for making something so easy on his digestive system. Highly recommend x2!
5 Stars By Cheryl Z on 2017-11-07
Surprisingly all 4 love this food
I have 4 cats ranging in age from age 2 yrs to 16 years. 2 are very picky about wet food and tend to prefer dry. One eats wet or dry, and 1 of my cats will eat anything. Surprisingly all 4 love this food. They clean their plates as soon as I put it down. I like that I can control the consistency. I must be getting it right because they love it. It’s so nice to have one healthy food that they all enjoy. I never like the smell when opening a can of cat food. This food does not have an obnoxious smell. I’m happy
3 Stars By Judi on 2017-03-21
Some like it, some don't
My cats and our foster kittens were not interested in eating it... tried in several ways, mixing it in slowly, etc. Gave the box to a friend, her cat loves it. Realize that this food will smell and taste very different from any can food you are feeding, so you may have to work at incorporating it slowly into the diet. Other commentators have mentioned that the food is very carb heavy, which can be a problem if the cat loves it and is already heavy.
5 Stars By Todd Anderson on 2017-11-19
I have an 11yr old puker
I have tried every single wet/dry organic grain free cage free open range sensitive stomach food for this cat. This is the only one she can keep down. It took a little tweeking to get to a consistency she liked. This is my 3rd order. The 1st box, a lot of wasted food, trial & error & the cat not really liking it. But she stopped puking. The 2nd nox started off bumpy, but after a couple days she was all about it. Now im on the 3rd box & shes loving it. I had to grab a couple cans of a grain free at the store because my timing was off with reordering. Ive been cleaning up puke for 2 days. I have 2 other indoor non puker cats thats arent huge fans, theyll eat it... but dont devour it like the puker. I highly recommend trying if you have a severly sensitive stomached cat. You might have to tough it out a couple orders, but anything is worth trying to end floor surprises while walking in the dark in the middle of the night
5 Stars By Belladonna on 2017-05-29
Meows for more
My cat loves this, eats everything but the cranberries. He's very vocal and purrs while eating his Prowl. It took him a while to warm up to it, now it's all he wants.
5 Stars By PamelaJC on 2015-03-14
One of the Best foods you can serve your Pet, Thanks Lucy
All of my Cats love this, that is hard to do. I use it as a topper over kibble when I am being cheap or just as the main meal if we can afford it. You need to read the facts about this company in the Honest Difference section of their website. They publish a quality control bulletin about their product sources, they publish a map of countries they source products ingredients from and they guarantee to tell their buyers about recalls before they happen. They won the right in a lawsuit to say that their dehydration process works to eliminate salmonella threats - ok or something like that. The only downside, if you're a cat only owner, is they concentrate on products for dogs. Lucy, you've got some explaining to do!
4 Stars By j-amey on 2016-04-17
Cats are funny about changes
I discovered Honest Kitchen on my quest for human-grade cat food. After spending a fortune for years on prescription diet food for hairball and sensitive stomach, I was tired of watching my money go into the trash when the older cat threw up much of what she ate. She is 15 and has been throwing up her food almost her whole life. "Oh, it's cats. Hairballs. Try Laxatone." "Cats throw up. Try hairball formula." "Try sensitive stomach." So I started looking into it myself and found information about food quality and how human-grade food could help the cats with sensitive stomachs. And then I found Honest Kitchen was the only one (at this point) that meets the legal standards of human grade.
I started with the turkey and could hardly get my cats to eat it. Cats are funny about changes, so I gave them time. I was nervous they would go too long without eating, but not to worry since I found two family members were occasionally giving them dry food. I made everyone stop, but the cats still weren’t into the food. Finally, it seemed that, little by little, they were getting ok with it. The younger cat wouldn’t eat it wet, but I found her trying to break into the box one day. I was scooping the food into a bowl to mix some, and she started eating it dry from the bowl!! To heck with it. Let her go (for the record, I later saw that HK says not to let them eat it dry.) In spite of their slow acceptance, one day when I was in a huge rush and running late, I quickly threw some of their dry food in the bowl. When I got back a bit later, three huge piles of cat barf greeted me. I said, “That’s it!” It was the first vomit I had seen since the cats had seemed to accept the food. I have not gone back.
I switched to chicken, and I don’t know if they like it better or if they were just finally used to it. But they do like the food now, and they both eat it wet. I think I’d have given 5 stars if it weren’t for the cranberries. They are a waste of money on my end. The cats leave them behind every single time. It’s also a bit inconvenient, at least with the combination of our cats’ habits and our own lifestyle, with the rehydrating, but I’m overjoyed with the reduction of vomiting. There is an occasional hairball, but I have NONE of the after-eating bulimic cat barf that I’ve had for almost 15 years. Finally!!!!!!!!
I WISH Honest Kitchen would make some dry food. I used theirs to make some dry for our cats when we were gone for an overnight, but I would sure like some human-grade dry food from them. We humans have dry cereal, so I suspect this could be done for our pets ;)