Price: $0.21 per ounce
While wet food is a more species-appropriate choice for cats, it does tend to be pricier than dry food. If you’re working with a limited budget and prefer the convenience of dry food, this I and Love and You Naked Essentials formula might be a good option.
This formula features fresh salmon as the main ingredient with supplemental protein from chicken meal, turkey meal, and trout. Chicken fat is the primary source of added fat, supplemented with sunflower oil and fish oil.
With three animal proteins at the top of the list, this recipe starts out strong. Unfortunately, there are a handful of starchy plant ingredients on the list as well, including beans and peas. The total carbohydrate content of this recipe is very high and, as is true for all dry foods, it doesn’t provide the moisture your cat needs for proper hydration. It is, however, affordable and free from artificial additives.
I and Love and You dry cat foods are sold in 3.4-pound, 5-pound, and 11-pound bags. This Naked Essentials recipe costs about $0.21 per ounce. For the average 10-pound cat, your daily feeding price would be about $0.42.
Salmon, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Dried Garbanzo Beans, Dried Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Starch, Trout, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseeds, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil, Fish Oil, Salt, Dried Egg Product, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dl-Methionine, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate), Ground Miscanthus Grass, Dried Chicory Root, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Citric Acid (Preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.
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What We Liked:
- Affordably priced, about $0.21 per ounce
- Top three ingredients are all animal proteins
- Free from artificial colors, fillers, and preservatives
What We Didn’t Like:
- Very high carbohydrate content
- No dry food provides the moisture your cat needs