Friskies dry cat food is another brand of cat food I am familiar with. When things got tough in my home growing up, this was another one of the cat food brands my mother and father would get for our 3 housecats to hold them over until they could get something better. I even have had personal experience with this food when I volunteered for a small feral cat rescue in Colorado while I was attending vet tech school. I have literally had experience with every formula of Friskies available.
However, as readily available and affordable this brand is, how does it stack against competitor brands? Is it just as healthy? Or is it all crap?
We’ll find out in my honest Friskies cat food review!
For this review, I will be focusing on the Indoor Delights formula.
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My Honest Friskies Cat Food Review
Website URL: www.purina.com
Flavors Available: Chicken, Carrots & Spinach, Seafood, Surfin’ & Turfin’, and Gravy
Formulas Available: Farm Favorites, Gravy Swirlers, Indoor Delights, Ocean Favorites, Seafood Sensations, Surfin’ & Turfin’, and Tender & Crunchy
Sizes Available: 16.2 ounces, 3.15 pounds, 6.3 pounds, 12 pounds, 13.2 pounds, 16 pounds, 18.5 pounds, 22 pounds and 30 pounds
Pros. vs. Cons.
- Affordable price
- Ground yellow corn is the first ingredient
- Contains too many low-quality ingredients
- Mixed cat owner reviews
Crude Protein (Min)
Crude Fat (Min)
Crude Fiber (Max)
Linoleic Acid (Min)
Arachidonic Acid (Min)
Calcium (Ca) (Min)
Phosphorus (P) (Min)
Zinc (Zn) (Min)
Selenium (Se) (Min)
Vitamin A (Min)
Vitamin E (Min)
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, powdered cellulose, soybean hulls, liver flavor, meat and bone meal, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, salmon meal, salt, natural flavor, choline chloride, dried cheese powder, parsley flakes, potassium chloride, taurine, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K)], Vitamin E supplement, Yellow 6, L-Tryptophan, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2.
Ground Yellow Corn
This ingredient is used not only as a protein source in this food but a carbohydrate source as well. This is an ingredient that is not highly digestible.
Corn Gluten Meal
This is an ingredient that is the by-product of processed corn. It is typically used as an inexpensive source of protein and as a binder in this food.
Chicken By-Product Meal
This ingredient is a source of protein. It is made using the clean and rendered parts of chicken carcasses and grinding it for use. This can include the bones, underdeveloped eggs, and offal of the chicken.
This is a plant-based ingredient that is typically used as an additional source of protein. It is seen to have little to no nutritional value for cats.
This ingredient is used as a fat source to help enhance the flavor of the food. It contains additional protein as well as Omega 3 fatty acids.
This is an ingredient that is used as an insoluble source of fiber, which can contribute to regular stool passings.
This is an ingredient that is used as an inexpensive filler. It is typically used to add bulk to pet food.
Just as the name implies, this ingredient is used as a flavoring agent to entice cats to eat it.
Meat and Bone Meal
This ingredient is typically found in many low-quality pet food brands. It contains as much as 50% protein, 35% ash, 12% fat, and 7% water. The issue with this ingredient is that you aren’t exclusively told what animal this ingredient derives from.
This ingredient is typically used as a leavening agent to give the kibble in this food texture. It is also used as an added calcium supplement.
This ingredient is typically used as an acidifier as well as a flavoring agent.
This is a high-quality protein source that can contain as much as 300% more protein than salmon contains alone. It is also a source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat.
This is an ingredient that is necessary for the normal function of cells. However, too much salt can lead to obesity and heart disease in cats.
Just as the name implies, this is an ingredient that is used as a flavoring agent. It can contain added protein. It is derived from meat, fruit, and vegetable sources.
This is an ingredient that is used as a Vitamin B4 supplement.
Dried Cheese Powder
This ingredient is typically used as an added treat ingredient for cats to help enhance the flavor of the food.
This ingredient is used to help freshen breath as well as be a source of natural antioxidants.
Formulas, Sizes and Price
Sizes Available: 6.3 pounds and 16 pounds
Sizes Available: 6.3 pounds, 16 pounds and 22 pounds
This is the perfect formula for cats who are notoriously picky eaters. It is made with chicken and salmon flavors every cat loves. Each piece of kibble is coated in a savory gravy baked right into it for added flavor.
Sizes Available: 6.3 pounds and 22 pounds
Sizes Available: 6.3 pounds
This is the perfect formula by Friskies for those seafood-loving cats in your home. It is loaded with all of the natural seafood flavors cats love with an added touch of seafood for the perfect flavor balance.
Sizes Available: 22 pounds
Friskies Dry Cat Food Reviews by Cat Owners
Most of the Friskies cat food reviews you will find from actual cat owners tend to be pretty mixed. Some will vary based on how their own cats react to the food to whether or not the food made their cat sick. Let’s take a closer look at what some of these cat owners have been saying about this food.
“This food comes at a convenient price, but my cats aren’t fans of it. I own 6 cats and only one of them would eat this food. The food itself seems fine and I trust Purina. Just wish my cats weren’t so picky.” -Bugs, October 24th
“I’m not sure why I haven’t tried this food right away. My cats love this stuff and they haven’t thrown up since switching to it. I’m glad I found it. They love it.” -Ellen Horvath, Juky 27th
“It is easily digestible and my cats love it. I run a small Feral Cat rescue and we go through a lot of this food. This is a great formula and loved by many of the felines we look after. I highly recommend it.” -PeggySue Collins, December 4th
“Excellent cat food. This is perhaps the best tasting dry cat food that my cats love. The price is great and saves a ton of money.” -Anthony, December 6th
“I have to weigh convenience vs the cost with this food. Sure, I am saving money on this food, but I am paying extra in terms of convenience for it. I know the ingredients in this stuff aren’t the best, but the price is, so that is worth it in my opinion.” -Dr. Sean Henry, September 11th
Friskies Cat Food: The Bottomline
After carefully looking at what is in a bag of Friskies dry cat food and taking into account what some cat owners are saying about this food, this isn’t a brand I would recommend to anyone. It is literally loaded with all of the crappy ingredients cats naturally love but contains none of the ingredients cats actually need. Sure, the price is convenient for most cat owners, but I promise you the money you save on this food, you will end up having to pay later in terms of vet visits. There are MUCH better options out there. Only go with this food if you don’t have any alternative.
Have you fed your cat Friskies cat food? If so, did you agree or disagree with my review? Let me know in the comments below!