Organix Cat Food Review16 min read
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As a cat owner, providing your cat with a healthy diet is part of your responsibility. Castor & Pollux offers what they call “purposeful pet food.” They know how much you care about your cat and they make it their mission to create wholesome, nutritious products that provide for your cat’s needs.
The Organix line of products from Castor & Pollux is the only complete line of USDA organically certified pet food on the market. These products feature nutrient-packed superfoods and premium animal proteins to deliver unbeatable flavor and compromised nutrition for your cat.
Read on to see what we think of the brand and to see our reviews for their top products.
How We Review Cat Food Brands
When you think about a healthy diet, you probably picture a plate piled high with fresh vegetables, whole grains, and maybe a small portion of lean protein. That’s great for a human like yourself, but your cat’s nutritional needs are very different. Throw out most of the veggies, maybe keep some of the whole grains if you have to, but load that plate up meat.
You don’t necessarily need to be a biologist to understand the basics about your cat’s nutritional needs. You DO need to know the basics, however, if you’re going to make a smart choice about his diet.
We’re here to provide the background information you need as well as some helpful insight into the top brands on the market so you can make a smart and healthy choice for your cat. We’re not here to push our own opinions, but to help you form your own without any bias getting in the way.
Our cat food recommendations are made solely on your cat’s nutritional needs and how well a product or brand meets them. Cats are obligate carnivores, so their diet should be based primarily in animal products.
Fresh veggies and whole grains can provide some added nutrition and are commonly used in commercial pet foods, but the carbs should never outweigh the proteins.
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
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 Organix Brand
The story of Organix starts with the primary brand, Castor & Pollux. Formed nearly twenty years ago, Castor & Pollux was founded by Shelley Gunton and Brian Connolly when they adopted an adorable, brown-eyed puppy from the humane society. After naming him Joey, these loving pet parents created a pet food business to keep their new family member happy and healthy.
Not only did Shelley and Brian set out to create a pet food company, but they made it their goal to create a high-quality, healthy food for dogs and cats using organic and natural ingredients. Thus Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks was born.
In 2003, the Organix line of organic pet food products was released and has been a leader in the organic pet food industry ever since. Using only organic free-range chicken or turkey, Organix cat foods deliver a powerful punch of protein and natural nutrition with the help of non-GMO produce. Every recipe is free from corn, wheat, soy, and artificial additives.
The Organix line received an upgrade in 2017, making it USDA organic. This makes it the only complete line of USDA organically certified pet food on the market. Of the upgrade, Castor & Pollux says,
“All Organix recipes meet the extremely detailed and difficult third-party organic certification requirements of the USDA organic certification – this includes requirements for each and every ingredient, our production process, organic ingredient storage and handling, and more.”
While the Organix line may still be somewhat limited in its variety compared to some of Castor & Pollux’s other lines, it certainly isn’t lacking in quality and nutrition.
What Kind of Cat Food Products Do They Offer?
While Castor and Pollux offers a wide variety of products as a whole, the brand is limited when it comes to the Organix line. There are currently three dry food and eight wet food options.
Organix dry cat food comes in three varieties, two of which are grain free – one for adult cats and one for kittens. The third recipe is grain-inclusive, made with brown rice. All of the wet food recipes are grain-free and there is a single recipe specifically formulated for kittens.
Here is the nutritional information for some of the most popular cat food recipes:
Dry Food Recipes
|Recipe||Protein %||Fat %||Fiber %||Moisture %||Calories/Cup|
|Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe||32||14||35||11||412|
|Grain-Free Organic Kitten Recipe||32||14||4||11||393|
|Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||32||14||35||11||411|
Wet Food Recipes
|Recipe||Protein %||Fat %||Fiber %||Moisture %||Calories (kcal/kg)|
|Grain-Free Organic Kitten Recipe Pate||9||7||1||78||1,327|
|Grain-Free Organic Chicken Recipe||9||5||1||78||1,185|
|Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe||9||5||1||78||1,116|
|Grain-Free Organic Shredded Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe||9||5||1||78||1,121|
|Grain-Free Organic Shredded Chicken Recipe||8||5||1||81||1,113|
|Grain-Free Organic Turkey Recipe||9||5||1||78||1,225|
|Grain-Free Organic Turkey & Spinach Recipe||8||6||1||78||1,247|
|Organic Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken Recipe||8||6||1||78||1,241|
Product Recall History
When it comes to determining the quality of a cat food recipe, it’s important to start with the list of ingredients and the guaranteed analysis. If everything seems to be in order, we recommend going at least one step further to judge the quality of the brand as a whole. That includes their recall history.
Product recalls are issued when there’s a problem with a product. Recalls are common in the pet food industry, especially among brands that mass-produce their foods or outsource their manufacturing. They’re also common for brands that get some of their ingredients from China.
Recalls can be issued by the FDA in response to testing or customer complaints, or by the manufacturer themselves on a voluntary basis.
You’ll be glad to know that not only has Organix not had a single product recall to date, but the entire Castor & Pollux lineup is recall-free. Lack of recalls alone isn’t enough to prove a brand’s quality, but it’s definitely a good thing to see when you’re doing brand research.
Products Included in This Review
|Name||Type||Protein %||Fat %||Top 5 Ingredients|
|Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe||Dry||32||14||Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic pea protein, organic oatmeal, organic peas|
|Grain-Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe||Dry||32||14||Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic pea protein, organic sweet potatoes, organic peas|
|Grain-Free Organic Kitten Recipe||Dry||32||14||Organic chicken, organic chicken meal, organic pea protein, organic sweet potato, organic peas|
|Grain-Free Organic Chicken Recipe||Wet||9||5||Organic chicken, water, organic chicken liver, organic dried peas, organic coconut flour|
|Organic Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken Recipe||Wet||8||6||Organic turkey, water, organic brown rice, organic chicken, organic chicken liver|
The only grain-inclusive dry food recipe Organix has to offer, this chicken and brown rice recipe is formulated for all life stages. Starting with both organic chicken and organic chicken meal, this recipe is rich in lean animal protein as well as natural flavor.
Though the first two ingredients are animal-based proteins, the third is a plant protein concentrate – pea protein. The next four ingredients are plant-based as well (five if you count organic sunflower seed meal as a carbohydrate rather than a fat). We’re certainly happy to see two proteins listed within the first three ingredients, but the use of a plant protein concentrate as the third throws a shadow on it.
The estimated carbohydrate content of this recipe is over 30%. This, combined with the use of pea protein, makes us a little nervous about wholeheartedly recommending this recipe. We like the rest of the ingredients, however, and like the recipe overall.
This grain-free recipe is very similar to the previous formula with the exception of it being grain-free, of course. Instead of organic oatmeal and brown rice, we see organic sweet potatoes and chickpeas as some of the primary carbohydrates. Again, we also see that pea protein in the third slot.
The first two ingredients are organic chicken and organic chicken meal. As before, we love these ingredients and are happy to see both before the first plant ingredient.
Sweet potatoes are a nutritious grain-free carbohydrate, but the other primary carbs are legumes which aren’t our favorite for cats. The estimated carbohydrate content of this formula is high again as well, over 30%. We’d prefer to see some of those carbohydrates replaced with supplemental animal proteins.
Because this formula is designed for growing kittens, we’d expect to see a higher protein content. Unfortunately, the guaranteed analysis is almost identical to the first two recipes with the exception of a slightly higher fiber content.
The first two ingredients, again, are organic chicken and organic chicken meal. Unsurprisingly, they are followed by organic pea protein. This recipe is grain-free, so sweet potatoes, peas, and chickpeas come next with organic coconut oil as the main source of fat followed by chicken fat.
Though this recipe could certainly be higher in protein considering the growing needs of kittens, we don’t have any major issues with it. We’d prefer to avoid plant protein concentrates, of course, but the rest of the ingredients are acceptable and we appreciate the use of chelated mineral supplements.
Though all three of the Organix dry food recipes we reviewed were fairly high in carbohydrate content, the canned foods are not. This is fairly common in cat food, however, so we weren’t surprised.
This particular canned food formula features fresh chicken as the main ingredient followed by organic chicken liver (after the water used for processing). The pea protein has moved down to the 7th ingredient slot, though dried peas follow the top two animal ingredients.
Another place in which this recipe differs from the dry foods is in the use of fresh fruits and veggies like carrots and cranberries, not just legumes like chickpeas and peas. The estimated carbohydrate content of this recipe is only about 5% which is much better than the dry foods.
This formula is the only grain-inclusive wet food Organix has to offer. It features fresh turkey as the first ingredient followed by water, organic brown rice, and organic chicken. We appreciate the use of two animal proteins here but would prefer to see the chicken come before the brown rice.
Generally speaking, we like this recipe a little more than the previous one. Not only does it contain two animal proteins, but it contains two supplemental sources as well – organic chicken liver and organic dried egg product. We also appreciate the absence of pea protein.
The estimated carbohydrate content of this recipe is only about 5% here as well and the necessary supplements are added to ensure complete and balanced nutrition.
What Do Customers Think of Organix Cat Food?
Castor and Pollux is a popular pet food company and the Organix line is well received. Of the products on Chewy, all but two carry a 4-star average and most products have at least 30 customer ratings.
Customers seem to like the quality of the products, though some cats simply didn’t like it. Some who didn’t like it seemed to have an issue with the pate texture, but Organix offers a few shredded options for cats who don’t like pate.
How Much Does Organix Cat Food Cost?
When it comes to cat food, price is often equated to quality. While it’s true that good cat food tends to cost more, a high price tag isn’t always a guarantee of quality.
Castor & Pollux Organix cat food is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but it isn’t the most expensive brand out there. Their grain-free dry food recipes are a little more expensive around $4.80/pound but their grain-inclusive dry food is priced around $2.00/pound.
All of the Organix wet food recipes are fairly affordable, averaging under $0.50/ounce.
To give you a better idea how Organix 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 Organix Cat Food?
Castor and Pollux is a popular pet food company, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding Organix products. You’ll find some Organix cat food recipes on Amazon but Chewy is the best online pet retailer to shop with.
In stores, you can find Organix cat food at major pet store chains like Petco and PetSmart as well as specialty pet food stores. Some grocery stores like Whole Foods and some other natural groceries including Thrive Market sell Organix products as well.
Our Final Thoughts: Is Organix a Good Brand?
For the most part, we like the Organix brand of cat food. Not only do they use real animal proteins, but every ingredient is natural and USDA organically certified. The only thing we don’t like is the inclusion of pea protein, particularly as one of the top three ingredients in several recipes. We also found the carbohydrate content of the dry food recipes to be a little high.
If we were to recommend Organix cat food, we would definitely prefer the canned food over the dry food recipes because they are rich in animal protein and low in carbohydrates.