Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food


Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food is a dry cat food that aims to be a step above the rest, by opting for grain-free recipes.


Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food, as the name suggests, is suitable for both adult cats asOrijen Dry Cat Kitten Food well as kittens. This is very convenient, because oftentimes, vets will recommend nursing mother cats eat the same food their kittens eat, to ensure that the kittens get proper nutrition. It’s also convenient if, though you don’t have a mother cat, you still have cats at various life stages. The formula of this cat food makes it appropriate for all cats who haven’t reached the elder life stage.

Perhaps the most unique feature about Orijen’s dry cat food isthat it is 100% grain-free. Orijen has opted to go this route for a couple of reasons. Firstly, cats are carnivorous by nature. If you look at the wild cats your cat descended from, they are carnivorous, meaning they only eat meat. Wild cats don’t eat grain. And because cats evolved for eons eating only meat, it’s no wonder that many cats are sensitive to grains or even lactose intolerant. (Fact: Humans are the only animals who are lactose-persistent, meaning we’re the only animals capable of digesting milk once we’ve quit nursing as infants.) By choosing a meat-only recipe, Orjen crafts the sort of food your cat would make for itself if it had the resources to make their own cat food, while at the same time preventing allergies and food intolerances by cutting out foods your cat’s genetics simply don’t allow them to digest in the first place.

Because cats evolved eating only meat, they have very special protein needs. The Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food recipe takes the specific protein needs of cats into account, so they can get the vital nutrients essential to their health and wellbeing.

There are no meat byproducts in Orijen’s ingredient list, nor do they use rendered poultry meat. The result is a food that is not only easy for your cat to digest, but is simply higher in quality compared to brands who use cheaper meat sources.

In recent years, Orijen has moved their production from Canada to the USA; while this technically isn’t a feature, per se, many Americans prefer American-made products.

First impression of Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food

I decided to get the 12oz bag of Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food for my own cats. Right on the front label, you can see the primary ingredient sources: poultry, eggs, fish prominently displayed. Not that looks matter that much, but it piqued my interest because if I were to feed my cat meat only recipes made from scratch, poultry and fish would be my top two ingredients, as we all know they’re good for cats and cats love the taste.

Appearance-wise, the kibbles look and smell (to me, anyway) like any other cat kibble. However, when it was feeding time, my kitties came to their food bowls and, with some curiosity, began to eat. They seemed to like it from the start, but as they are notoriously picky eaters, I didn’t hold out a lot of hope this would last. I feared it was simply the novelty, like that time they got into turkey I had out for my sandwich and were obsessed with turkey for a week straight, then never wanting it again.

The meat-based, grain-free ingredients seem legit. As I said before, I would use these main listed ingredients to make the cat food myself, if I had time to. (Unfortunately, I don’t.) And that’s what prompted me to try Orijen for my furbabies in the first place. I wanted to switch them to something a bit healthier, especially now that i’m eating healthier, why wouldn’t I want the same for my kitties?

As it goes, I think they are doing well with Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food. In fact, I see a positive change in their energy levels.

The pros

What to like:

  • 100% grain-free formula
  • Potato-free formula
  • Whole meat sources are the primary ingredients, like chicken, fish, etc.
  • Meat-based formula designed to mimic a cat’s diet out in the wild
  • Grain-free diets like Orijen’s formula are more similar to the diet cats evolved to eat (i.e. carnivorous)
  • Grain-free diets like Orijen’s formula cut out common cat food allergies and intolerances
  • No byproducts
  • No rendered poultry
  • Made in Kentucky, USA

The cons

What to consider:

  • While in general, most Americans prefer products—especially food products, for themselves or for pets—to be made in America, several consumers find that the formula for Orijen has changed since production was moved to Kentucky. The manufacturer says the difference is simply that the ingredients are sourced locally, however. If you have concerns about how ingredients are sourced, simply contact the company to learn more. That said, logically, the difference shouldn’t be significant, so it’s best to do your own research.

Final verdict

Orijen Dry Cat and Kitten Food is worth trying if you’re looking to introduce your cats or kittens to a more meat-centric diet. Many of us would like to make fresh cat food by scratch for our cats, but we simply don’t have the time or the money. That’s why Orijen has been a great solution for me and my cats, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy and convenient way to shift their cat to a grain-free diet.


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