Have you brought home a brand new, absolutely adorable bundle of fluff that is the cutest kitten you’ve ever seen? Other than snuggles and kisses, one of the most important things you will do is feed your kitten. Kittens need proper nutrition to grow up into healthy adult cats.
Kittens are typically about 12 weeks old before they should be taken from their mother and siblings, and they will already be eating kitten food by that point. Solid food is usually introduced when they are 3 to 4 weeks old.
You’re likely wondering what the best food for your kitten is. There’s so much to choose from, and who has time to shop? We’ve done the work for you and have written reviews on the 10 best canned kitten foods in 2021. You just need to read, click, decide, purchase, and wait for the kitten food to be brought to your door.
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|Best Overall||Wellness Complete Health Kitten Formula||
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|Best Value||Fancy Feast Tender Feast Variety Pack||
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|Premium Choice||Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition||
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|Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate Variety Pack||
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|Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Chicken Recipe||
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1. Wellness Complete Health Kitten Formula – Best Overall
|Calories:||97 per 3-oz can|
Wellness Complete Health Kitten Formula is our pick for the best overall kitten food. It is grain-free and has added flaxseeds, fish oil, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which will all help your kitten grow and stay healthy. It is a good source of protein and contains cranberries and carrots. It is designed to support healthy skin and coat, digestion, dental health, and immune system health and give her lots of energy.
The only real problem with this food is there are 24 cans in the chicken flavor, so if your kitten is picky, she might turn her nose up at it, and you’ve got a lot of leftover food.
2. Fancy Feast Tender Feast Variety Pack – Best Value
|Flavor:||Salmon, Whitefish, Chicken, Turkey|
|Calories:||90 – 95 per 3-oz can|
We’ve chosen Fancy Feast Tender Feast Variety Pack as the best kitten food for the money. It’s a great price and comes in four different flavors—chicken, turkey, ocean whitefish, and salmon. If you’re one of the lucky ones that has a kitten that loves all flavors, then this could prove to be a great choice for her. It also gives you the opportunity to try out a variety of flavors if she ends up being finicky.
The only downside we found was the texture wasn’t as smooth and creamy as it should be. Some kittens might turn their nose up at it, but the same could be said about any food.
3. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition – Premium Choice
|Flavor:||Chicken with some pork|
|Calories:||78 per 3-oz can|
Our premium choice is the Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition for Kittens. If you opt to purchase a case of 24, this kitten food is a little more expensive than most of the others on our list, but they do actually offer their food in cases of 6 and 12 as well. It only comes in one flavor that includes ingredients from both chicken and pork but comes in slices with gravy rather than the usual pate.
The issue with this food, other than the price tag, is that it is not grain or gluten-free, so if your kitten has an intolerance to these ingredients, you should stay clear of this canned food.
4. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate Variety Pack
|Fat:||5% – 9%|
|Calories:||105 – 118 per 3-oz can|
The Blue Buffalo Wilderness Variety Pack contains just 6 3-oz cans of chicken and salmon pate kitten food. This one is perfect for kitten owners trying out a variety of different types of food for their picky kittens as you’ll only have 3 small cans of chicken and 3 cans of salmon. It’s gluten and grain-free and doesn’t include any artificial preservatives or flavors but includes DHA and vitamins and minerals.
Like with most kitten food, the flavors can be hit or miss. Some kittens might not enjoy this food, and we found that the salmon flavor seemed to be more popular than the chicken.
5. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Chicken Recipe
|Calories:||118 per 3-oz can|
The Blue Buffalo Wilderness kitten food is grain-free and contains chicken, vegetables, and fruit, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It has a pate consistency and also does not contain artificial preservatives or flavors or any corn, gluten, or wheat products.
Like a lot of food on our list, this kitten food was pretty hit or miss with many kittens. Chicken flavors aren’t always the favored flavor (something to keep in mind). This only comes in one flavor and in a case of 24 cans, so again, if your kitten doesn’t like it, you’re stuck with a lot of uneaten food.
6. Royal Canin Mother & Babycat
|Flavor:||Chicken with some pork|
|Calories:||133 per 5-oz can|
The Royal Canin Mother and Babycat canned food is a unique one. It’s designed for kittens between 1 to 4 months old and pregnant or mother cats that are still nursing. It comes in the same flavor as the Royal Canin in our number 3 slot—chicken with some pork, but it’s a very soft textured pate that they describe as mousse-like. This should help young kittens transition to solid foods. This food also contains antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and DHA for brain development.
It is rather expensive, and the kittens and mother cats might not like it. It is also not grain or gluten-free.
7. Purina Pro Plan Focus Variety Pack
|Flavor:||Chicken & Liver, Whitefish & Tuna, Salmon & Whitefish|
|Protein:||12% – 13%|
|Fat:||5% – 6%|
|Calories:||101 – 111 per 3-oz can|
The Purina Pro Plan Focus Kitten Food is a variety pack that comes with 3-oz cans in cases of either 12 or 24 and in 3 flavors—ocean whitefish & salmon, ocean whitefish & tuna, and chicken & liver. It is designed for kittens up to 1 year of age and comes in pate or flaked, depending on the flavor. It contains many essential vitamins and nutrients, including taurine, which helps with eyesight and heart health.
It is not grain-free, and if your kitten is not a fan of fish, the majority of this kitten food is fishy. We also found that the flakes were a little large, which won’t work for very young kittens.
8. Iams Perfect Portions Healthy Kitten Chicken
|Calories:||45 calories per3-oz serving|
Iams Perfect Portions gives you the opportunity to open one portion for each serving—no need to find a way to cover up a tin over and over! Each portion is one serving and equals 1.3 oz, and it comes in a pate chicken flavor. It’s grain-free and contains no artificial preservatives but has DHA, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
The packaging is very convenient, but some might find it tricky to open. Peeling back the cover can be tough at times, so if you have any issues with your hands and fine motor skills, it might prove a bit of a challenge. It is also only available in chicken flavor, so if your cat isn’t big on chicken, you’ll be stuck with a lot of uneaten food.
9. Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken & Rice
|Flavor:||Chicken & Rice|
|Calories:||71 calories per 2.8-oz can|
Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine comes in a case of 24 2.8-oz cans. It’s in a stew-type consistency and includes chicken, rice, and carrots, and is free of artificial preservatives and flavors. It also contains added taurine as well as nutrients designed to aid in urinary tract health.
This kitten food is not grain-free, and we found that the stew consistency had pieces that were too large for very young kittens. We also found that many of our kittens just didn’t seem to like it, and we’re not sure if it’s the consistency or the taste.
10. Instinct Original Grain-Free Real Chicken Recipe
|Calories:||103 per 3-oz can|
Instinct’s Original Kitten food comes in either 3-oz cans in a case of 24 or 5.5-oz cans in a case of 12. It’s high in protein and doesn’t contain any grains, corn, wheat, potato, or any artificial preservatives or colors. It’s a pate and also contains DHA for healthy eye and brain development.
Unfortunately, we found that this food was also rather unappealing for some kittens. For us humans, the smell of this canned food was quite unpleasant, and the color of the pate was a little grayish in some cans. We also found that the texture was a little too dry in some cans and quite wet in others.
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There are a number of considerations you should make before you purchase your kitten food. The food needs to keep her healthy and thriving for the first year of her life before you switch over to food for adult cats. We’ll go over what ingredients you should look out for, nutrition, and even the texture of the kitten food.
The ingredients on the cat food label are always listed in order from highest to lowest amount. If chicken is the first ingredient, then the kitten food is comprised primarily of chicken. You should double-check that no grain or meat by-products appear within the first 3 ingredients.
It’s generally best to stay away from kitten food with a lot of fillers such as wheat, corn, or soy. They don’t add any true nutritional value for your kitten. Cats are carnivores and have difficulty digesting plant material, so their food should be made up primarily of meat.
The three most important ingredients in your growing kitten’s food are protein, fat, and calcium. The recommendation is to ensure your kitten has 35%–50% protein, 18%–35% fat, and 0.8%–1.6% calcium, all through her dry food. Canned food has a lot of moisture, so the protein, fat, and calcium content will show less of a percentage because of the added water.
Because of the moisture, you should feed your kitten more canned food than dry, which will help to make up the difference in the nutrition levels. High levels of protein and calories with lower levels of fat are best.
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Pate or slices with gravy? Flaked or stew? There’s a number of textures to choose from. Pates are generally best for very young kittens as it’s the easiest for their little mouths. When they get older, you can try different textures, but keep textures in mind depending on your kitten’s age.
Consider donating any unopened cans of food to your local rescue organization if your kitten turns up her nose at the food you have purchased for her. Also, remember that kitten food is for kittens, not adult cats. Of course, the exception is if your vet has recommended kitten food for your adult cat for health reasons.
To sum up, our pick for best overall canned kitten food is Wellness Complete Health for its high-quality ingredients that will contribute to your kitten’s health. The best value goes to Fancy Feast Variety Pack for its great price and variety in flavors, and lastly, our premium choice was Royal Canin Feline Health for its tasty slices in gravy that kittens will love.
We hope our reviews of the 10 best canned kitten food will help you with the decision-making process. Finding the right food for your young kitten is an essential part of being a cat owner.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Wet, Soft & Canned Kitten Food – Reviews & Top Picks 2021
- 1. Wellness Complete Health Kitten Formula – Best Overall
- 2. Fancy Feast Tender Feast Variety Pack – Best Value
- 3. Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition – Premium Choice
- 4. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate Variety Pack
- 5. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Chicken Recipe
- 6. Royal Canin Mother & Babycat
- 7. Purina Pro Plan Focus Variety Pack
- 8. Iams Perfect Portions Healthy Kitten Chicken
- 9. Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Roasted Chicken & Rice
- 10. Instinct Original Grain-Free Real Chicken Recipe
- Buyer’s Guide