Authority Cat Food: Does This Brand Deserve Authority?

3.5

Overall Rating

3.5/10

Pros

  • Deboned chicken is the first ingredient
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Many negative customer reviews due to formula change
  • Contains a few low-quality filler ingredients

I’m not going to lie: when I first heard Authority cat food was a brand made by PetSmart, I was surprised. It wouldn’t be the first brand the retail chain has made, however, it is the first brand by the chain that has had so many negative reviews.

The point to this Authority cat food review is to see why so many cat owners are displeased with the brand and to see for ourselves if their negative reviews are actually warranted.

For this review, I will be focusing on the Authority Adult Chicken & Rice cat food formula.

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My Honest Authority Cat Food Review

 

Name: Authority

Website URL: www.petsmart.com

Flavors Available: Chicken & Rice, Ocean Fish & Sweet Potato, Turkey & Rice, Tuna & Rice and Salmon & Rice

Formulas Available: Adult, Indoor Adult, Mature Adult, Hairball Control, Sensitive Support, All-Life Stages, Hairball Control & Weight Management, Sensitive Systems & Digestion, and Hairball & Weight Management + Joint Support

Sizes Available: 3.5 pounds, 7 pounds, 16 pounds, and 23 pounds

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Pros. vs. Cons.

Pros:

  • Deboned chicken is the first ingredient
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Many negative customer reviews due to formula change
  • Contains a few low-quality filler ingredients

 

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min) 32%
  • Crude Fat (min) 16%
  • Crude Fiber (max) 4%
  • Moisture (max) 10%
  • Ash (max) 6.5%
  • Linoleic Acid (min) 2.0%
  • Calcium (min) 1.0%
  • Phosphorus (min) 0.8%
  • Potassium (min) 0.6%
  • Zinc (min) 200 mg/kg
  • Selenium (min) 0.3 mg/kg
  • Vitamin A (min) 25,000 Iu/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 250 Iu/kg
  • Taurine (min) 0.15%
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.5%
  • Omega-3
  • Fatty Acids* (min) 0.2%

 

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Corn, Corn Protein Concentrate, Chicken Fat, Ground Corn, Dried Egg Product, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Inulin, Choline Chloride, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Rosemary Extract

 

Ingredient Breakdown

Deboned Chicken

This is a high-quality protein ingredient that excludes the bones of the chicken carcass.

Chicken Meal

This is a high-quality protein ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than chicken contains by itself.

Brewer’s Rice

This ingredient is considered a filler ingredient because it is made with fragments of rice that contain fewer nutrients than a single whole grain of rice. This ingredient is used as a source of fiber.

Ground Corn

This whole grain ingredient is somewhat digestible by cats because it has been ground prior to use in this food. This ingredient is primarily used as a source of fiber and plant-based carbohydrates.

Corn Protein Concentrate

This ingredient is typically used as a meat substitute in many low-quality pet food brands. Just as the name states, in this food it is used as a source of protein.

Chicken Fat

This is a high-quality fat ingredient that is a source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Ground Corn

This whole grain ingredient is somewhat digestible by cats because it has been ground prior to use in this food. This ingredient is primarily used as a source of fiber and plant-based carbohydrates.

Dried Egg Product

This ingredient is used as a source of additional protein. It comes from eggs obtained from an egg hatchery and has been dehydrated prior to use.

Dried Plain Beet Pulp

This ingredient is typically used as a source of dietary fiber.

Natural Flavor

This ingredient is used to boost the flavor of this food. It is made using a variety of meat, fruit, and vegetable sources.

Dried Egg Product

This ingredient is used as a source of additional protein. 

Fish Oil

This ingredient is a known source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

 

Authority Cat Food Reviews by Cat Owners

One of the first things I began to notice about the Authority cat food reviews cat owners have left about this food, is that most of them hate it, simply because the formula has changed. Let’s take a closer look at what some of the owners have been saying about this food.

“The formula has changed. I had been feeding my cat Authority for several years. However, one day when I picked up a bag, none of my cats would eat it. I find it irresponsible on the company’s part.” -Amay1988

“I had been feeding my cat the old formula for years. When I went back to the store to get more, I noticed all of the bags were different. As soon as we tried the new stuff, my cat has had diarrhea ever since. If it doesn’t clear up, we won’t be feeding authority any longer.” -MantisToboggan

“Horrible change. My cats have been eating Authority for nearly 15 years but ever since the formula changed, they will not eat it. I even noticed that my less picky cat is throwing up more than he ever used to.” -Melann

“I’m not sure what changed with this food. A few days ago my cats used to love this stuff. But not they won’t even touch it. I’m very disappointed with the change.” -JustinInOhio

“My cat isn’t eating this food anymore. She’s been throwing up ever since I bought her a new bag. Based on the other reviews here, the company doesn’t even seem to care.” -Maribel

“The new food formula is terrible. The old formula was great. Everything about it worked. Now, the kibble is too small. Plus the price hike is just plain stupid. Doing this to customers is just dumb.” -BethL

 

Authority Cat Food: The Bottomline

After carefully looking at Authority cat food, it is not a brand I can recommend to cat owners. This brand is simply made with too many corn ingredients and filler ingredients to be nutritious for cats. Top that with all of the negative reviews of this food by other cat owners, it is a brand I can recommend to stay away from. There are MUCH better alternatives out there for the same price.

Final Verdict:
Not Recommended

 

Have you fed your cat Authority cat food? If so, what did you think of this review? Did you agree with it? Did you disagree with it? Let me know in the comments below!

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