Abound Cat Food Review15 min read
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When it comes to shopping, convenience makes all the difference. Many pet owners choose their pet’s food based on what’s affordable and available. Sometimes that means buying what they find in the pet aisle at their local grocery store.
Abound is a pet food brand owned by the Kroger chain of grocery stores. Not only do they offer a decent selection of products, but their cat food is very affordable. For many pet owners, that’s the biggest concern, but we encourage you to look a little deeper.
Read on to learn more about Abound cat food and to see a review of 5 of their products.
How We Review Cat Food Brands
Your cat deserves the best, and that means a healthy diet made from high-quality ingredients. The thing you need to remember is that cats are obligate carnivores – they have a biological need for a high-protein diet and most of it should come from animal-based sources.
Based on the nutritional needs of cats, we look for cat food recipes that are high in protein, balanced with healthy fats, and low in carbohydrates. Natural, whole-food ingredients are best, and your cat’s diet should be complete and balanced with the help of vitamin and mineral supplements.
We always try to avoid recipes that contain low-quality fillers and by-products. These ingredients provide no nutritional value for your cat and come with a risk for triggering allergies or sensitivities.
Here are some of the other things we look for in a good cat food brand:
- High-quality animal protein as the first ingredient
- Rich in healthy animal fats (ex: chicken fat or salmon oil)
- Few to no carbohydrate ingredients (especially within the top 5)
- Limited number of main ingredients plus supplements
- No low-quality fillers, grains, or by-products
When reviewing cat foods, we try to be unbiased. We want to provide you with a detailed overview of the brand as well as a summary of the products they offer.
In taking a closer look at several recipes, we hope to give you what you need to know to decide for yourself whether it’s the right brand for you and your cat.
Overview of the Abound Brand
Kroger is the second-largest retailer in the United States after Walmart but the nation’s largest supermarket by revenue. Founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio by Bernard Kroger, this company is ranked #20 on the Fortune 500 rankings of the largest US corporations by total revenue.
In 2014, Kroger announced the launch of its Abound pet food brand. Sold in Kroger stores, Abound pet food is manufactured by Sunshine Mills, a US-based company that also produces pet food for brands like Triumph and Evolve.
The Kroger website describes Abound as the result of “a great deal of time carefully selecting the highest-quality ingredients… and preparing them I a way that delivers optimum nutrition.”
Abound claims not to use fillers like corn, soy, and wheat or artificial additives or animal by-product meals. They say their products are made with “NO short cuts and NO compromises.”
While Abound is clear about some of the ingredients their products do NOT contain, it’s difficult to find out what they DO contain. Product listings on the website do not include a list of ingredients or even a picture of the back of the bag. We had to do some searching to find the product details elsewhere.
What Kind of Cat Food Products Do They Offer?
Abound is an in-store pet food brand sold at Kroger supermarkets. They currently only offer 7 different products for cat food, including dry food and wet food varieties.
The Abound brand offers two dry cat foods, three wet cat foods, and a variety pack of their wet food varieties on the store website. Additional recipes may be available in stores, including grain-free cat food and cat dental treats.
Dry food is sold in 3.5-pound bags and individual cans are 5.5 ounces. The variety pack includes four each of 3-ounce cans of wet food. One dry food recipe is also available in a 13-pound bag.
Here is the nutritional information for some of the most popular cat food recipes:
Dry Food Recipes
|Recipe||Protein %||Fat %||Fiber %||Moisture %||Calories (cal/cup)|
|Abound Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe Adult Cat Food||32||15||4.5||10||333|
|Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult Cat Food||32||15||4.5||10||333|
Wet Food Recipes
|Recipe||Protein %||Fat %||Fiber %||Moisture %||Calories (cal/can)|
|Abound Grain-Free Shredded Chicken Recipe in Gravy||8||4||1.5||82||141|
|Abound Grain-Free Shredded Salmon & Chicken Recipe in Gravy||8||4||1.5||82||145|
|Abound Grain-Free Chicken Pate||9||6.5||1||78||103|
Product Recall History
A product recall is issued when a problem is discovered with a product. In the pet food industry, recalls can be voluntarily issued by the brand or mandated by the FDA. In many cases, recalls are due to formulation issues or contamination, though they sometimes happen for labeling problems.
Product recalls are more common in companies that outsource their manufacturing. Facilities that produce pet food in mass quantities for major brands have more room for error. Keep in mind, however, that a product recall doesn’t necessarily mean the brand is low-quality.
Based on our research, the Abound brand has only had one product recall to date which, considering the brand only launched in 2014, isn’t surprising.
Here is an overview of Abound pet food recalls:
- December 2018 (elevated vitamin D levels) – Kroger issued a voluntary recall for Abound dry dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D that were reportedly making some dogs ill.
Though Abound has had one product recall in its history, it only affected their dog food products. We weren’t able to determine if the same manufacturer makes their cat food, unfortunately.
Products Included in This Review
|Name||Type||Protein %||Fat %||Top 5 Ingredients|
|Abound Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe Adult Cat Food||Dry||32||15||Deboned salmon, chicken meal, oatmeal, whole ground brown rice, turkey meal|
|Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult Cat Food||Dry||32||15||Deboned chicken, chicken meal, whole ground barley, oatmeal, whole ground brown rice|
|Abound Grain-Free Shredded Chicken Recipe in Gravy||Wet||8||4||Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, dried egg white, potato starch|
|Abound Grain-Free Shredded Salmon & Chicken Recipe in Gravy||Wet||8||4||Fish broth, salmon, chicken, chicken liver, dried egg white|
|Abound Grain-Free Chicken Pate||Wet||9||6.5||Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, ground flaxseed, cranberries|
Because it was difficult to find information about the ingredients in Abound foods, we were unsure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised, however, to find that both dry food recipes are made with real animal proteins and whole grains.
This formula starts strong with deboned salmon as the first ingredient and chicken meal as the second. Turkey meal and salmon meal provide supplemental sources of animal protein with no by-products or unnamed meat meals. There is, however, animal fat which doesn’t come from a named source.
Fresh fruits and veggies provide natural sources for key nutrients, though the formula does contain a significant number of synthetic supplements as well. All in all, the formula appears to offer decent quality nutrition and it is free from fillers and artificial additives.
Overall, this recipe appears to be a source of quality animal protein and essential nutrients. Fresh chicken and chicken meal are the first two ingredients, followed by whole grains like barley, oatmeal, and brown rice.
This formula contains several supplemental sources of protein including fish meal and turkey meal. Though it’s not ideal to see an unnamed source of fish meal, Abound holds true to their promise to avoid by-product meals and the other proteins are named.
To provide natural sources for key nutrients, this recipe contains fresh fruits and vegetables as well as natural fiber to boost your cat’s digestion. You’ll also find probiotic supplements on the list.
For cats who prefer a moist canned food, this shredded chicken recipe is a good choice. Though the first ingredient is chicken broth, it is not uncommon for canned foods to list the moisture source first. Fresh chicken is the primary ingredient, followed by chicken liver and dried egg white.
This recipe contains no added carbohydrate ingredients aside from some potato starch and guar gum as thickening agents. The estimated carbohydrate content is less than 2%.
In addition to being rich in protein and low in carbohydrates, this shredded chicken cat food is completely free from fillers and artificial additives. It doesn’t contain any corn, wheat, or soy ingredients and is supplemented as needed to ensure complete and balanced nutrition.
Similar to the product above, this recipe is rich in moisture and animal protein. It features fish broth as the main ingredient, followed by salmon, chicken, chicken liver, and dried egg white. There are no by-products or unnamed animal ingredients aside from the fish broth.
This formula contains no added carbohydrates, just a little potato starch and guar gum to thicken the recipe into a gravy. Chelated minerals ensure optimal nutrient absorption, paired with vitamin supplements to ensure balanced nutrition.
If you’re looking for a simple, natural canned food this chicken pate recipe is a good option. Featuring fresh chicken as the main ingredient, this formula also contains chicken broth for moisture and flavor as well as chicken liver for supplemental protein.
Ground flaxseed and cranberries are the only significant carbohydrate ingredients in this formula, and they are both grain-free. Flaxseed serves primarily as a source of fiber and omega fatty acids while cranberries deliver antioxidants.
This recipe contains synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements as needed for nutritional balance, but the list of ingredients is relatively short. Overall, it appears to offer decent quality nutrition at an affordable price.
What Do Customers Think of Abound Cat Food?
It’s difficult to tell what customers think of Abound cat food since it isn’t widely sold online. A few recipes are available through Amazon sellers, but the Kroger website doesn’t have a section for ratings. We read a few independent reviews online, most of which were positive.
How Much Does Abound Cat Food Cost?
When it comes to pricing cat food, there are several factors to consider. The quality of the ingredients is a major determining factor, though it also depends where you buy the food. You also need to think about the use of fillers and artificial additives.
Abound cat food is all-natural, free from by-products, fillers, and artificial additives. That alone should be enough for you to assume it might be a little more costly than the average food. Because Abound is an in-store brand for Kroger supermarkets, however, it is more affordable than many.
Based on Kroger’s online store pricing, a 3.5-pound bag of Abound dry cat food will cost between $7.75 and $9, averaging to about $2.36 per pound. Cans of wet food cost $0.93 each, which averages to about $0.17 per ounce. You can also buy some dry food in 13-pound bags and wet food in variety packs.
To give you a better idea how Abound stacks up against other cat food brands, here is a quick chart to show you some average prices:
|Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Food||Dry||Low||X||$0.90/pound|
|Friskies Classic Pate Mixed Grill Canned Food||Wet||Low||$0.07/ounce||$1.16/pound|
|Blue Buffalo Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice Adult Dry Cat Food||Dry||Moderate||X||$2.53/pound|
|Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Real Chicken Pate Recipe Canned Cat Food||Wet||Moderate||$0.36/ounce||X|
|Instinct by Nature’s Variety Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken||Dry||High||X||$3.45/pound|
|Ziwi Peak New Zealand Venison Recipe Canned Cat Food||Wet||High||$1.21/ounce||X|
Where Can You Buy Abound Cat Food?
For many cat owners, choosing a cat food is all about convenience. The thing you need to know about Abound cat food is that it isn’t sold online at Chewy or Amazon. You may be able to find some products available from Amazon sellers, but it may not be consistent. The best place to find Abound cat food is in Kroger family grocery stores including Kroger, Fred Meyer, Smith’s Food and Drug, King Soopers, Metro Market, Food 4 Less, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Dillons, FoodsCo, and City Markets. You can also shop for Abound cat food online through Kroger-owned Vitacost.com.
Our Final Thoughts: Is Abound a Good Brand?
Overall, the Abound brand seems to be pretty good. Their products are made with real animal proteins, free from by-products, fillers, and artificial additives. The dry foods seem to be a little carbohydrate-heavy, but the canned foods are not.
The areas where the Abound brand struggles are in price, variety, and availability. These products are moderately priced for an all-natural cat food, but still cost more than the average cat food. Abound offers a very limited variety, and you may not be able to find all recipes in all stores. Availability is a challenge as well, considering the brand is only sold in Kroger-family stores.
If you happen to live near a Kroger-family store and you’re looking for a natural cat food brand, Abound is certainly one to consider. Otherwise, you may want to look for a larger brand you can consistently find in pet stores or online.