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Only Natural Pet Cat Food Review17 min read

September 18, 2020 13 min read

Only Natural Pet Cat Food Review17 min read

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Reading Time: 13 minutesOnly Natural Pet Cat Food Review

As a cat owner, you want what’s best for your cat and it’s not hard to imagine that something natural is going to be better than something that’s not. Only Natural Pet is a two-in-one solution for concerned pet parents like you. Not only is it a brand of high-quality cat food, but an online retailer for a variety of natural pet products.

Only Natural Pet brings all of your favorite natural pet products together in “one happy place” so you don’t have to waste your time searching. Their products are simply and naturally made to deliver the nutrients your cat needs with the flavor he loves.

Read on to see what we think of the brand and to see our reviews for their top products.

Only Natural Pet Cat Food1 min read
Brand
Overall Score
Pros
    Cons
      Variety of Recipes
      10/10
      Ingredient Quality
      9/10
      Price Per Pound
      7/10
      Recall History
      10/10
      Availability
      8/10
      Customer Reviews
      9/10

      How We Review Cat Food Brands

      Your cat’s nutritional requirements are very different from your own. If you’re a first-time cat owner or just starting to do the research to choose a healthier food for your feline friend, you may not understand quite what that means. No worries – we’re here to help!

      The first thing you need to know is that cats are obligate carnivores which means their bodies are designed to digest and derive nutrition most efficiently from animal sources.

      We look for cat food recipes that list a real source of animal protein as the first ingredient – even better, two of the first three ingredients. Animal-based fats are important as well and any carbohydrates should be limited in quantity and come from digestible sources like whole grains and fresh veggies.

      The quality of your cat’s diet plays a significant role in his overall health and long-term wellness, so it’s important to choose the best cat food you can consistently afford.

      We don’t expect you to go out and buy the most expensive cat food on the market, but we do want you to understand the importance of feeding your cat something that will meet his nutritional needs. We do our best to honestly review every brand to provide you with the information you need to make a smart and healthy choice for your cat.

      Here are some of the 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

      In addition to making sure any cat food brand we recommend is made with high-quality ingredients, we evaluate several other factors as well. We prefer brands that offer a wide variety of recipes and those that provide plenty of information about their ingredients and products. We also consider pricing and recalls as well as the availability of the brand as a whole.

      Overview of the Only Natural Pet Brand

      The Only Natural Pet brand was founded in Boulder, Colorado and remains headquartered there. The story of the brand goes back to 2002 when Marty Grosjean adopted a lab mix named Crinkles. Unfortunately, Crinkles had several health problems. That is, at least, until Marty started him on an all-natural, holistic diet and lifestyle.

      When Crinkles started to thrive under his new lifestyle, Marty founded Only Natural Pet to help other pet parents achieve similar results for their furry friends. Today, Only Natural Pet partners with organizations like Wind, Eco-Cycle, Carbon Credit Capital, Green America, and more to help do what’s best for pets and for the planet.

      Only Natural Pet has grown from a natural pet food company into an online pet product retailer. Not only do they offer their own recipes for premium pet foods, but they are also retailers for other top brands like The Honest Kitchen, Taste of the Wild, and Stella & Chewy’s.

      When it comes to their own products, Only Natural Pet is committed to delivering high-quality nutrition through the use of all-natural ingredients. Their products are made in the United States, sourced sustainably, and held to the highest standards for quality.

      What Kind of Cat Food Products Do They Offer?

      Only Natural Pet offers a variety of pet food products not limited to dog and cat food. In fact, some of their recipes are designed for both dogs AND cats.

      The primary cat foods Only Natural Pet has to offer are dry foods, freeze-dried foods, and wet foods. Their dry foods belong to two product lines Feline PowerFood and Feline Power Fusion. The second of these is similar to the first, only with the addition of freeze-dried bites of raw meat.

      Only Natural Pet’s freeze-dried foods can be used as stand-alone meals or meal toppers. They also offer about a dozen wet food recipes made with premium animal proteins.

      Here is the nutritional information for some of the most popular cat food recipes:

      Dry Food Recipes

      RecipeProtein %Fat %Fiber %Moisture %Calories/Kg
      RawNibs Beef & Tripe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food55142.574,214
      RawNibs Chicken & Liver Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food45222.574,322
      Raw Nibs Venison & Liver Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food55152.574,213
      RawNibs Salmon & Cod Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Cat Food49152.573,588
      RawNibs Chicken Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Cat Food45152.574,322
      Feline PowerFood Poultry Dinner Grain-Free Dry Cat Food47186103,630
      Feline PowerFood Rabbit Dinner Grain-Free Dry Cat Food38174103,650
      Feline PowerFood Fish & Fowl Dinner Grain-Free Dry Cat Food45195103,556
      Feline PowerFood Kitten Power Dinner Dry Food40175.5103,750
      Feline Power Fusion Fish & Fowl Dinner Grain-Free Raw Infused Cat Food47198103,765
      Feline Power Fusion Poultry Dinner Grain-Free Raw Infused Cat Food49198103,730

      Wet Food Recipes

      RecipeProtein %Fat %Fiber %Moisture %Calories (kcal/kg)
      PowerPate Chicken & Liver Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,127
      PowerPate Seafood Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.7578992
      PowerPate Turkey & Chicken Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,214
      PowerPate Turkey & Liver Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,204
      PowerPate Duck & Beef Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,222
      PowerPate Turkey & Chicken Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,214
      PowerPate Chicken & Liver Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,127
      PowerPate Rabbit & Pork Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food950.75781,226
      PowerPate Chicken & Egg Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food850.5781,093
      Shredded Stew Grain-Free Pasture Beef & Chicken Recipe101.70.582829
      Shredded Stew Grain-Free Wild Tuna Supreme Recipe91.7182777
      Shredded Stew Grain-Free Country Chicken Delight Recipe101.70.582848

      Product Recall History

      Determining whether a cat good brand is worthy of your trust can be difficult, especially since every brand is out there to make a sale. Your job as a cat owner is to decide whether the brand is genuine in what they say and whether their products are actually of high quality.

      Though the most important thing you can do is evaluate the information on the pet food label, it’s also a good idea to check the company’s recall history to get a better understanding of the brand.

      Product recalls are designed to protect consumers from potentially harmful products and misleading advertising. Product recalls can happen for everything from minor labeling errors to major issues like contamination with food-borne pathogens. These recalls can be issued voluntarily by the company or by the FDA in response to customer complaints or independent testing.

      Only Natural Pet has no recalls in its history. Though it isn’t enough to prove the quality of a brand that there aren’t any recalls, it is always a good thing to see evidence of commitment to quality and safety.

      Products Included in This Review

      NameTypeProtein %Fat %Top 5 Ingredients
      RawNibs Chicken Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Cat FoodDry4515Ground chicken with bone, chicken heart, chicken liver, sweet potatoes, broccoli
      Feline PowerFood Rabbit Dinner Grain-Free Dry Cat FoodDry3817Rabbit meal, turkey meal, chicken meal, garbanzo beans, chicken fat
      Feline Power Fusion Poultry Dinner Grain-Free Raw Infused Cat FoodDry4919Deboned chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, garbanzo beans, chicken fat
      PowerPate Chicken & Liver Dinner Grain-Free Canned FoodWet95Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, salmon, peas
      PowerPate Seafood Dinner Grain-Free Canned FoodWet95Whitefish, fish broth, salmon, peas, tilapia

      RawNibs Chicken Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Cat Food

      Product Info:

      • Type of Food: Dry
      • First 5 Ingredients: Ground chicken with bone, chicken heart, chicken liver, sweet potatoes, broccoli
      • Guaranteed Analysis: 45% protein, 15% fat, 2.5% fiber, 7% moisture
      • Calories per Cup: 123 kcal/ounce
      • Price Per Pound/Ounce: $1.87/ounce

      Ingredients:

      Ground Chicken With Bone, Chicken Heart, Chicken Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Apples, Raw Organic Goat’S Milk, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Herring Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), D-Alpha Tocopherol.

      This freeze-dried chicken recipe from Only Natural Pet is designed to be used as a complete meal or a meal topper. We like that it says this right on the package so there’s no confusion. Feeding this as a complete meal would be very expensive, but as a meal topper it adds a significant protein boost.

      The first ingredient in this recipe is ground chicken with bone. As you might imagine, this includes both the meat and bone of the chicken which makes it an excellent source of protein and nutrients.

      Not only is chicken the first ingredient, but chicken organs make up the next two ingredients as well: chicken heart and chicken liver. The remaining ingredients on the list are fresh veggies and fruits like sweet potatoes, broccoli, and apples with raw goat’s milk and apple cider vinegar.

      You’ll see herring oil as the primary source of fat, a rich source of animal-based omega fatty acids, finished with a natural preservative. It’s important to note that this recipe doesn’t require heavy use of synthetic supplements – it relies on whole-food ingredients to deliver balanced nutrition.

      Feline PowerFood Rabbit Dinner Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

      Product Info:

      • Type of Food: Dry
      • First 5 Ingredients: Rabbit meal, turkey meal, chicken meal, garbanzo beans, chicken fat
      • Guaranteed Analysis: 38% protein, 17% fat, 4% fiber, 10% moisture
      • Calories per Cup: 481 kcal/cup
      • Price Per Pound/Ounce: $3.30/pound

      Ingredients:

      Rabbit Meal, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca Starch, Field Peas, Lentils, Pea Protein, Pea Fiber, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Pumpkin Meal, Dl- Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Turmeric, Green Lipped Mussel, Rosemary Extract.

      Much more affordable than the previous recipe, this PowerFood rabbit formula is closer to what you’re used to if you currently feed your cat kibble. This formula is made with a blend of several proteins, even though it’s named for the rabbit.

      The first ingredient is, in fact, rabbit meal, but it is followed by turkey meal and chicken meal. You’ll also find pea protein later down the list. Not only are the first three ingredients animal-based, but this recipe uses an animal-based source of fat as well: chicken fat.

      Though we love how protein-heavy this recipe seems to be, we don’t love the choice of carbohydrates. Beans and legumes can be tough for cats to digest and they do contain some measure of plant protein. Tapioca starch offers little in the way of nutrition and, based on the inclusion of a long list of synthetic supplements, these ingredients aren’t enough to provide balanced nutrition.

      Overall, we were hoping for a little more out of this recipe for the price. There’s no denying the high-quality animal protein ingredients, but the estimated carb content is still pretty high, around 24%.

      Feline Power Fusion Poultry Dinner Grain-Free Raw Infused Cat Food

      Product Info:

      • Type of Food: Dry
      • First 5 Ingredients: Deboned chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, garbanzo beans, chicken fat
      • Guaranteed Analysis: 49% protein, 19% fat, 8% fiber, 10% moisture
      • Calories per Cup: 452 kcal/cup
      • Price Per Pound/Ounce: $5.60/pound

      Ingredients:

      Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Pea Fiber, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Salmon Oil, Turkey Heart, Sweet Potatoes, Chicory Root Extract, Flaxseed, Carrots, Kale, Goat Milk, Blueberries, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Choline Chloride, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract (Source of Amylase), Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product (Source of Amylase, Lipase and Protease), Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Pineapple Stems (Source of Bromelain), Turmeric, New Zealand Green Mussels, Rosemary Extract.

      This Power Fusion recipe is a combination of the first two products we reviewed, to a certain degree. It consists of high-protein kibble infused with freeze-dried raw bites of real meat.

      The first ingredient in this recipe is deboned chicken, followed by both turkey meal and chicken meal. Again, we see pea protein a little later on the list but there’s an additional source of animal protein after it in the turkey heart.

      Though high in protein, again we see the inclusion of legumes and plant-based proteins. We’re glad to see the inclusion of more nutritious fruits and veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, and blueberries, but there is still a need for synthetic supplements to provide balanced nutrition.

      We’ll also note the use of dried fermentation products here as probiotics. Though it’s not a bad idea to include them, the microorganisms are unlikely to survive the high heat extrusion process.

      PowerPate Chicken & Liver Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food

      Product Info:

      • Type of Food: Wet
      • First 5 Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, salmon, peas
      • Guaranteed Analysis: 9% protein, 5% fat, 0.75% fiber, 78% moisture
      • Calories per Cup: 169 kcal/can (5.3 oz.)
      • Price Per Pound/Ounce: $0.38/ounce

      Ingredients:

      Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Salmon, Peas, Natural Flavor, Agar-Agar, Clams, Carrots, Cranberries, Blueberries, Ground Whole Flaxseed, Eggs, Green Beans, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, New Zealand Green Mussel, Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Betaine, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

      Though Only Natural Pet uses high-quality ingredients in their recipes, their dry foods were a little higher in carbohydrate than we usually like to see. This is true for many brands, however, and, in most cases, the brand’s wet food recipes are much lower in carb content.

      This chicken and liver dinner contains an estimated carb content of about 5% which is much better. Plus, there’s no concentrated plant protein. Peas are still on the list, but it doesn’t likely make a significant contribution to the total protein content. We also don’t mind the addition of fresh salmon as the fourth ingredient and a supplemental source of animal protein.

      In addition to plenty of protein, this recipe includes fresh fruits and veggies as well as plenty of healthy fats. The fiber content is low and the moisture content is high, both good things for cats.

      PowerPate Seafood Dinner Grain-Free Canned Food

      Product Info:

      • Type of Food: Wet
      • First 5 Ingredients: Whitefish, fish broth, salmon, peas, tilapia
      • Guaranteed Analysis: 9% protein, 5% fat, 0.75% fiber, 78% moisture
      • Calories per Cup: 149 kcal/can (5.3 oz.)
      • Price Per Pound/Ounce: $0.38/ounce

      Ingredients:

      Whitefish, Fish Broth, Salmon, Peas, Tilapia, Natural Flavor, Organic Soybean Oil, Agar-Agar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrots, Ground Whole Flaxseed, Eggs, Clams, Cranberries, Blueberries, Green Beans, Olive Oil, Salt, New Zealand Green Mussel, Calcium Sulfate, Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Betaine, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

      Checking the ingredients list for this and the previous recipe, it’s easy to see they’re quite similar. Aside from the first five ingredients, many on the list are the same.

      This formula features fresh whitefish as the primary ingredient with fresh salmon, tilapia, eggs, and clams as supplemental proteins. Peas are listed as well but, again, don’t likely make a significant contribution to the total protein content.

      Again, we’re happy to see fresh fruits and vegetables included here and low fiber and high moisture content. Overall, these two canned foods seem to be pretty decent.

      What Do Customers Think of Only Natural Pet Cat Food?

      While Only Natural Pet isn’t the largest brand out there, their customers seem to be pleased. Based on Chewy reviews, the brand is well-received – most products have a 4-star rating or higher.

      We checked some reviews for the most popular cat food products and many customers report that their cats love the products. Some cats disliked the texture of the freeze-dried food while others didn’t mind. Reviews for the PowerFood dry foods were overwhelmingly positive.

      How Much Does Only Natural Pet Cat Food Cost?

      You shouldn’t be surprised by now to hear that high-quality cat foods tend to cost more than cheap grocery store brands. Only Natural Pet is definitely not a low-quality brand, but what does that mean in terms of the price? We found it to be all over the place.

      The most expensive cat food products from Only Natural Pet were the freeze-dried recipe. The chicken formula we reviewed was priced at $1.87 per ounce while the raw-infused poultry recipe was priced at $5.60 per pound. Broken down to price per ounce, the raw-infused recipe was actually a little bit cheaper than the wet foods which averaged $0.38/ounce.

      To give you a better idea how Only Natural Pet stacks up against other cat food brands, here is a quick chart to show you some average prices:

      Where Can You Buy Only Natural Pet Cat Food?

      Only Natural Pet is unique in that it is not only a pet food brand but a pet food retailer. This company sells a variety of natural pet food products, including their own brand. If you’re looking for this brand in stores, unfortunately, you probably won’t find it. The best place to buy Only Natural Pet cat food is on Chewy or directly from the Only Natural Pet website.

      Our Final Thoughts: Is Only Natural Pet a Good Brand?

      Overall, we like the Only Natural Pet Brand, but the price is quite high for a brand that uses plant protein concentrates. We love that every recipe starts out with plenty of animal protein, but some of the dry food recipes make it tough to determine how much they actually make up of the total protein content. This isn’t a worry with the freeze-dried formula.

      If you’re going to feed your cat Only Natural Pet, we recommend the freeze-dried recipe first. If that’s too expensive for your budget, consider one of the canned foods or the raw-infused Power Fusion formula.

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      Kate Barrington is avid dog lover and adoring owner of three cats, Kate’s love for animals has led her to a successful career as a freelance writer specializing in pet care and nutrition. Kate is also a blogger for a number of organic and natural food companies as well as a columnist for several pet magazines
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