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10 Best Wet Cat Foods In The UK In 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks
Whether you feed wet food or a mixture of wet and dry, choosing the right wet cat food means choosing one that is palatable for your cat, friendly on your wallet, and that has beneficial ingredients to meet the unique nutritional requirements of your feline friend. With dozens of cat food manufacturers offering a selection of potentially hundreds of foods, selecting the right meal can prove challenging.
Below, we have compiled reviews of ten of the best to help you find the best food for your cat, including food for kittens and for those on a tight budget.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favourites
|Best Overall||Felix Mixed Selection In Gravy||
|Best Value||Purina Gourmet Cat Food Perle Chef’s Collection||
|Premium Choice||SHEBA Fresh & Fine||
|Best for Kittens||Nature’s Menu Kitten Food||
|Encore 100% Natural Wet Cat Food||
The 10 Best Wet Cat Foods In The UK – Reviews & Top Picks 2021
1. Felix Mixed Selection In Gravy – Best Overall
|Food type:||Chunks in Gravy|
|Flavors:||Chicken and Kidney, Duck and Lamb, Tuna and Salmon, Turkey and Liver|
Felix Mixed Selection in Gravy is a multipack of wet food sachets which includes four flavours: chicken and kidney, duck and lamb, tuna and salmon, and turkey and liver. Wet cat food uses either jelly or gravy to encase the food and ensure that it retains its moisture levels. Some cats do enjoy the jellied broth, but others turn their noses up at it. Gravy is aromatic and moist, with a better consistency than jelly tends to offer.
Felix Original food is very well priced, comes in a good selection of flavours, and it is popular with most cats. It meets all the nutritional requirements of cats. However, its 6.5% protein is low, even for a wet food, and while the food does contain real meat, this only accounts for approximately 4% of the food ingredients, whereas some premium foods contain up to 90% or more.
Considering cats are obligate carnivores, the meat percentage figure could be higher, but the combination of price, palatability, and availability, makes Felix Original the best overall wet cat food in the UK.
2. Purina Gourmet Cat Food Perle Chef’s Collection – Best Value
|Food type:||Chunks in Gravy|
|Flavors:||Duck, Lamb, Chicken, Turkey|
Purina Gourmet Cat Food Perle Chef’s Collection is another multipack of pouches consisting of meat chunks in gravy, described by Purina as mini fillets in gravy. The multipack includes four flavours: duck, lamb, chicken, and turkey, and the food has a high 12.5% protein ratio, which is higher than other foods of a similar standard.
Like the Felix, this food only contains around 4% meat, and its primary ingredients are listed as being meat and animal derivatives. Although this is not necessarily a bad ingredient, it is a vague description. Meat derivatives could be taken from any part of the animal, which means that the meat protein could be low-quality.
With that said, the price is low, the gravy is popular, and the food is nutritionally well-rounded, if a little rich for some cats, making this the best wet cat food in the UK for the money.
3. SHEBA Fresh & Fine – Premium Choice
|Food type:||Chunks in Gravy|
|Flavors:||Cod, Salmon, Tuna|
Sheba Fresh and Fine comes in a variety of flavour profiles, including the fish lover’s multipack with three primary flavours: cod, salmon, and tuna. It is a more premium-priced food but whereas the Felix and the Purina only contain 4% meat ingredients, Sheba has 40%. However, like the first two, the primary ingredients are meat and animal derivatives, so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly the source of protein in this food.
With 7.7% protein levels, this is a nutritionally balanced food that shouldn’t prove too rich for most cats. It is an adult food, which means that you will need to look for a different food for kittens.
While a high moisture level is to be expected in wet food and can be considered beneficial because it ensures that your kitty is getting the required amount of water every day, Sheba’s 85% moisture level is quite high and means that your cat could be left hunting for more morsels of meat.
4. Nature’s Menu Kitten Food – Best for Kittens
|Food type:||Chunks in Jelly|
Kittens need a lot of protein to ensure that their muscles develop and strengthen. As such, they will eat more pouches of food and you should ensure that they are getting their protein from a bioavailable and beneficial protein source: for obligate carnivores like cats, this means that the vast majority of the protein should come from a meat source.
Nature’s Menu Kitten Food is formulated specifically to meet the nutritional needs of kittens. It has a 10% protein ratio, is made from at least 70% meat content, and the meat used is specifically named, so the chicken food pouches contain 70% chicken.
It is a premium-quality food, which means that it does cost more than most other foods, but the manufacturer claims that it is human-grade food that is free from cereals and fillers. The packages are even resealable. If you only feed half a pouch at a time to your kitten, unsealable pouches can leave a cat food smell in your fridge.
5. Encore 100% Natural Wet Cat Food
|Food type:||Chunks in Jelly|
|Flavors:||Tuna, Ocean Fish, Tuna with Salmon|
Not all cats, or owners, prefer food in gravy. It can be a challenge to get all of the food and its surrounding gravy out of the packet. Some cats also find the gravy to be too rich, either causing them to leave food or causing gastrointestinal complaints like diarrhea and vomiting. Jelly slides out of the packet more easily and some cats prefer it.
Encore 100% Natural Wet Cat Food consists of palatable chunks surrounding in jelly. As a result, it has 84% moisture levels, but because it contains at least 55% named fish, it is an excellent source of protein for your cat, especially considering its high 12% protein levels.
It is an expensive food, but with primary ingredients of tuna, ocean fish, or tuna and salmon, its higher cost is justified.
6. Purina One Adult Cat Mini Fillets In Gravy
|Food type:||Chunks in Gravy|
|Flavors:||Chicken and Green Beans, Beef and Carrots|
Purina One Adult Cat Mini Fillets In Gravy are wet cat food pouches that consist of chunks, or mini fillets, in a gravy liquid. They have 12% protein ratio, which is higher than most, but only 8% of the ingredients are meat-based, which means that most of the protein comes from vegetable and plant sources. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they benefit from a diet that consists solely or mostly of meat proteins.
As well as being quite low in meat content, the primary meat ingredients are unnamed derivatives, which means that they could be low quality protein sources and are less beneficial than named meat proteins. The food is mid- to high-priced, although its gravy tends to make it popular with cats.
7. Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food
|Food type:||Chunks in Broth|
|Flavors:||Tuna, Ocean Fish, Tuna with Prawn, Mackerel with Sardine|
Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food is a wet cat food made from natural ingredients and containing a minimum of 75% named fish protein.
There is a variety of flavours available, including this fish and ocean food selection, but all flavours contain at least 75% named meat source. This means that the food’s protein content, which averages around 14%, is primarily meat-based. What’s more, we also know the type of meat used. The other ingredient in the food pouches is a natural fish broth. This broth is similar to a gravy, in consistency, and it keeps the food moist, ensures a decent moisture ratio of 82%.
Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food is not meant as a complete meal, which means that it will need to be combined with a dry food or a kibble. If you’re looking for a total meal solution, Applaws isn’t the right choice for you.
8. Thrive Food Complete Chicken and Liver
|Food type:||Chunks with Stock|
|Flavors:||Chicken Breast & Chicken Liver|
Thrive Food Complete Chicken and Liver is a complete wet food, which means that it contains all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your cat needs. You don’t need to mix it with a dry food or offer any other form of sustenance.
It is made from good quality ingredients, with a minimum of 70% meat content. As well as chicken and liver, this food includes a chicken stock, which contains additional nutrients and makes the food more appealing to cats, as well as sunflower oil to maintain consistency and moisture level.
The food has a high protein ratio of 16%, and because this comes from meat sources, it can be quite rich for some cats. The food is also expensive, although this is explained by the quality of the named meat ingredients.
9. Lily’s Kitchen Tasty Cuts
|Food type:||Chunks in Gravy|
|Flavors:||Chicken, Ocean Fish, Chicken & Salmon, Beef|
Lily’s Kitchen Tasty Cuts come in a variety of flavours, including meat and fish flavours. All the recipes are grain free and free from artificial additives and contain around 9.5% protein, although that does vary a little according to the particular flavour.
The tins are a little larger than pouches, but this is still an expensive food, and while the ingredients are good quality, offering protein from named meat sources, they may not be suitable for cats with allergies and sensitive stomachs. Some of the recipes, such as the ocean fish recipe, include additional proteins like chicken and pork. Cats with sensitivities usually do better on food with limited ingredients and a single source of protein.
10. Meowing Heads Lickin Chicken Food
|Food type:||Chunks in Broth|
Meowing Heads Lickin Chicken Food is a premium wet cat food that consists of shredding chunks of meat in a broth. It is made from 93% meat ingredients, although the chicken flavour includes 25% beef so is not a good choice if you’re looking for a single protein source food. However, it is free from grain and has 11% protein, which is derived from named meat sources.
The consistency of the food is different to that of most other pouches and not all cats enjoy the mushy paste. This food is expensive, although the pouches are larger than most, which means that you will need to feed fewer over the course of the day and some owners will prefer this convenience.
As responsible pet owners, we need to ensure that we are meeting our cat’s nutritional and dietary needs. We want to make sure that they are fulfilled after a meal, but we also need to make sure that they are getting the protein, calories, and the right vitamins and minerals to ensure that our feline friends stay healthy. The food we choose is obviously important, no matter what life stage or the special dietary requirements of our cat.
Is Wet Food Best?
Wet food is often preferred over dry food because it is more appealing and palatable. It also helps meet your cat’s hydration requirements. Cats do not instinctively drink water from a bowl and get most of the moisture they require from their food. While dry food might only contain 10% moisture, wet food contains around 80%.
Wet food is not necessarily the best choice for all cats and owners, though. Once a packet has been opened, it can go off quickly and may only last a day or two even in the fridge. During this time, it will smell, too, unless you buy resealable packets. Because it is a perishable food, wet meat can only be left down for one or two hours before any remaining food needs to be disposed of. While most cats will eat their food in this time, some prefer the slow graze that is afforded with a dry kibble.
Combination feeding means offering dry kibble to graze on, over the course off the day, and one or two mealtimes consisting of wet food. This can help meet moisture levels and it means that your cat has something to eat even while you’re out at work. If you do feed a combination of dry and wet food, ensure that you do not overfeed your cat.
How Much and How Often to Feed?
Assuming that you are feeding a diet solely of wet food, you should ensure that you do not feed too much. Weigh your cat and compare this to the manufacturers’ instructions on the packet. You can increase or decrease food allowance slightly according to whether your cat needs to lose or gain weight, whether it is active or leads a sedentary life, and according to any instructions given by your vet. You should expect to feed several pouches a day, ideally split over at least two meals.
Choosing Wet Foods
There are a lot of wet foods on the market. Choosing the best for your cat means considering the life stage of your cat, its preferences, and dietary requirements. It also means finding one that meets your budgetary requirements and other needs.
Kittens eat more, require more protein than adult cats, and have specific vitamin and mineral requirements that must be met by the food you feed. To help ensure that you meet all of your kitten’s requirements, you should ideally opt for kitten food. Cats can move on to adult food at around 12 months of age. As when changing cat food for any reason, make the transition slowly, over the course of two weeks or so. This will let your cat gradually get used to the different protein and nutritional values in the food. If a food doesn’t specify the life stage it targets, it is most likely an adult food.
Jelly vs Gravy
Wet foods come in some sort of liquid. This can be jelly, gravy, or broth. The choice of if which is best for you may be determined by your cat’s preference. Some will refuse to eat gravies while others refuse jellies. Otherwise, some owners prefer jelly because it is easier to extricate it from the packet, but gravy can be more palatable to your cat and attract them to eat more readily.
Complete Or Supplementary Food
Most wet cat foods are labeled as complete foods. This means that they are nutritionally complete and they contain all vitamins and minerals a cat needs in order to be healthy and to lead a long life. From a practical standpoint, complete food can be used as the sole food source for your cat and does not need mixing.
Some other foods are supplementary. This means that they will need mixing with dry food and are usually higher in protein and richer.
Toppers are also fed as part of a more varied diet, but they are added to the top of a dry kibble to make it more appealing and to enhance the nutritional value of the kibble.
You should always check the ingredients in cat food before buying it. Pay particular attention to the main ingredient. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they should get all, or the majority, of their dietary protein, from meat-based sources. If possible, avoid those foods that contain too many ingredients, and that list vegetables, grains, and plant sources as the most prevalent ingredient.
Protein Level and Source
Protein levels can be found on the packaging of wet cat food and are expressed as a percentage of the overall food content. Wet food is made up primarily of moisture, which means that protein levels are naturally lower than with dry food.
With wet food, this ratio can range from 6% to 16%. Lower numbers can mean that the food has low-quality ingredients and that your cat will not be getting the protein it needs from its meals.
Too high a number could mean that the food is rich, and your cat might struggle to keep the food down. Protein ratios of around 9% to 10% are about average.
The moisture content of wet food is one of the benefits of feeding this type of food because it ensures that your cat remains well hydrated. Expect moisture levels between 75% and 85% and adjust the level you buy according to your cat’s preferences. Wetter food is more likely to make a mess if you have a ferocious diner.
Wet food is the preferred food choice of a lot of cats and their owners. It smells tastier, has the moisture required to ensure a healthy and hydrated cat, and with good quality ingredients and a reliable source of meat protein as the main ingredient, it can be a complete food that offers everything your cat needs to be healthy. We have included reviews of ten of the best wet cat foods available in the UK, as well as a guide to choosing food yourself. We found Felix offered reasonable ingredients, with a good protein level, and a low price point, making it the best overall choice for most healthy adult cats. Purina Gourmet is equally inexpensive and offers a source of meat protein that cats enjoy.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favourites
- The 10 Best Wet Cat Foods In The UK – Reviews & Top Picks 2021
- 1. Felix Mixed Selection In Gravy – Best Overall
- 2. Purina Gourmet Cat Food Perle Chef’s Collection – Best Value
- 3. SHEBA Fresh & Fine – Premium Choice
- 4. Nature’s Menu Kitten Food – Best for Kittens
- 5. Encore 100% Natural Wet Cat Food
- 6. Purina One Adult Cat Mini Fillets In Gravy
- 7. Applaws Natural Wet Cat Food
- 8. Thrive Food Complete Chicken and Liver
- 9. Lily’s Kitchen Tasty Cuts
- 10. Meowing Heads Lickin Chicken Food
- Buyer’s Guide