Taste Of The Wild Cat Food Review

Taste of the Wild Canned Cat Food bills itself as providing the kind of diet your pet would find were he/she fending for themselves out “in the wilds” of North America.  I must admit, I really like the idea of a can of cat food presenting my kitties with a bowl of what they’d find if they were free roaming Rocky Mountain domestic shorthairs.  I think Pixie would do pretty well for herself in this scenario, though I’m certain that Weetzie would be hitching a ride back to civilization about 2 minutes into their adventure, so there’d be no menu to discuss.

So, the promotional material tells us that this cat food is salmon, chicken liver, and roasted venison.  Roasted venison = faaancy!  However, a glance at the ingredients listing on the side of the can reveals that while yes, there is roasted venison in there, it is the 12th ingredient down on the list – after things like egg whites and potato starch.  Just sayin’.

So, given the word “wild” kept being thrown around, I expected something a little more “wild” or “natural” looking when I opened the can.  What I found was this:

No natural texture to be found.  All the ingredients are in there, just reformed into what looks like soaked kibble.  So, visually, Taste Of The Wild canned cat food had not impressed the humans at all.  Lucky for them, the humans are only half of the equation.

The cats loved this food.  LOVED!  Pixie isn’t hard to impress, food wise, but she cleaned her bowl so thoroughly that it was gleaming white and shiny, as if there had never been any food  in it all.  Weetzie is a tougher sell.  A grazer, and a cat who is generally never all that excited about meal time.  She cleaned her bowl completely of Taste Of The Wild, and she did it in two trips, which is unheard of.  It normally takes about a dozen passes, and a good 90 minutes for her to get through her portion.  And that’s if she finishes.  So, seeing her wolf this down has got to be saying something about Taste Of The Wild’s taste appeal to cats.

From a human observers perspective, there is nothing too fantastic about the contents of this can.  The ingredients list looks great, its nutritional profile is great, but it doesn’t really look or smell like meat.  However, the real judges in this situation, our opinionated cats, had something different to say.  Clearly this grain free cat food gets two paws up in this house, so the humans will add it to the rotation.

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Amy & The House of Cats February 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hi Pixie and Weetzie! Wow we haven’t seen you in a long time! We thought it was cool you did a review of Taste of the Wild – we are huge fans of their dry food. The funny thing to us is that your mom thought it didn’t look enough like real meat but for us it is still too close to the human stuff to enjoy the canned (well, mainly Virgil, who won’t eat it at all because he hates human or human-like food). But we love the dry, and we think it is great that you like the canned – we know the grain free foods are the best for kitties, and we love that this one is a good one!

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Weetzie's February 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hehe, yeah, Pixie is much more into human looking food than Weetzie is. Weetzie is more like Virgil, but Pixie would probably be content with something “live” (eek!!). So, this one is a nice compromise for both of them.

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Avalon Cat Cartoons March 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

Never heard of Taste Of The Wild. Venison in cat food looks awesome; too bad there’s only a little of that in the food. And potato starch is not very healthy for cats either, so I don’t know about this. I suppose that once in a while is ok ;-)

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ThePetMuseum April 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I have to say, though, that my cats love (well, I’m recently down to one cat) the Taste of the Wild kibble.

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Weetzie's April 27, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Aw, sorry to hear you’re down to one.

Yeah, the TOTW kibble seems to be VERY popular, from what I’ve heard. Sadly, our cats are on nothing but dental kibble from the vet when there’s kibble to be had.

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Kate July 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Great review. i haven’t come across this brand before.

My cats are terrible eaters Byron and Shelley, every few months they both go off their usual food and want something new. Now I understand this is a natural behavior because their instincts tell them not to rely on one source of food. But it’s a right pain for us humans. I can never buy bulk, because the moment I do, they hate it. Next

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Weetzie's July 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Great cat names!

Yeah, it might be a pain that they want so much variety, but I know a lot of cats that have the exact opposite idea. They latch on to one particular food and that’s it – nothing else will do, ever. At least yours are cool and adventurous eaters!

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Laura Love October 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I tried Taste of the Wild on my three cats…We didn’t have that great of an experience with it. My 13 year old cats lost 4lbs…..that is alot of weight on a cat who was not heavy to begin with. All three cats begged constantly when I started them on this food…it was like they were starving and the begging was out of control. My youngest cat would cover the food up when he went in to eat it. I tried the food for 4 or 5 months and then switched back to Science Diet. My cats are not begging anymore and my oldest cat has gain backed almost all of his weight.

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