Taste of the Wild (Rocky Mountain Feline) | Pet Food Ratings
Ideal For: Taste of the Wild is a great choice for most healthy cats. Because it is formulated for all life stages, you can feed it to kittens, adult cats and seniors, but it is especially helpful for feeding cats with food allergies to corn, wheat or other grains. Although it is not a low-calorie formula and it is not made with many fiber sources, Taste of the Wild may be helpful for indoor cats, thanks to its omega-fatty-acid-rich ingredients, which may reduce the tendency for indoor cats to shed.
The below NextGen Dog’s Taste of the Wild dog food review analyzes product’s ingredients and nutrition, sourcing and manufacturing, any certifications and marketing claims used.
Nothing fancy, but it's grain-free. Taste of the Wild doesn't boast the fresh-sounding, appetizing ingredient list you'll find on pricey cat foods like -- but it's much better than the corn-soy-byproduct cocktails you'll find in the supermarket pet aisle, reviewers say. In the Rocky Mountain Feline flavor, "chicken meal" (ground-up chicken meat and bones) comes first, followed by peas and sweet potatoes. In the other flavor, , trout comes first, followed by the nonspecific "ocean fish meal." The only caveat is that some vets say cats should only eat wet food to be sure they get sufficient moisture. But other experts say dry food is OK, and plenty of owners say their cats eat Taste of the Wild and are very healthy. Costs more than supermarket dry food -- but owners say it's worth it. Pound for pound, Taste of the Wild costs twice as much as major-brand supermarket dry cat food. But instead of less desirable ingredients typically found in those, such as corn, wheat gluten, meat by-products, and others, Taste of the Wild's ingredient list actually starts with meat (and it contains no grain whatsoever). That makes Taste of the Wild the better value, experts say. Owners give it overwhelmingly glowing reviews, saying they'll gladly pay more for healthier, happier cats. Recalled in 2012 for risk of salmonella. Taste of the Wild dry cat food was involved in a 2012 recall by its maker, Diamond Pet Foods. Several Diamond-made brands of dry dog and cat food were recalled after some of them tested positive for salmonella. Taste of the Wild has not been recalled since, a search of the FDA's website shows. Taste of the Wild says it uses only U.S. ingredients, one top source reports. This is a point in its favor, because ingredients from China have been linked to contamination.Pros: Taste of the Wild provides top-notch nutrition, and is made with ingredients that will please both you and your cat. Cats will love the meat-heavy recipe, and most owners report that their cat loves the food. The inclusion of colorful fruits and vegetables helps provide your cat with antioxidants, which will support his immune system, and it also features probiotics to ensure proper digestive health. Additionally, because Taste of the Wild relies on sweet potatoes rather than grains, it is easy for cats to digest.Taste of the Wild earns a 4-star rating here as well. Again, concern is expressed about the non-grain carb sources being so high on the ingredient list, but the editors conclude "It's a good food, and one that I wouldn't shy away from feeding my own cats."Price: Taste of the Wild isn’t the most expensive product in the cat food market, but it is certainly not cheap. However, it is well worth its moderately high price, given its high-quality ingredient list and delicious taste, that most cats love. Always consider purchasing cat foods – particularly expensive ones – in bulk to maximize your cat-food dollar.