10 of The Best Dry Cat Foods for Felines to Enjoy

Every cat is special and you want the best for yours too, starting with the best bowl to healthy food. You can find the best dry cat food to provide the nutrition she needs along with the taste she loves as listed below. Give your cat the nutrition she needs for a healthy, active life, along with a sensory experience that will have her loving for it every minute of it.

We talked in our best wet cat food review, about the nutrients your cat needs to stay healthy, and how to decide on feeding wet or dry cat food. The choice is mainly yours; but dry cat food has its pros. Many cats come and go, and like to pick and choose a bit. Dry cat food won’t spoil if your cat doesn’t want to eat all at once.

Dry cat food is also better for dental health, similarly to dry dog food. Kibbles slightly abrade the teeth, leaving them cleaner than wet food would.

When serving dry food, it’s still recommended to split food into portions to feed throughout the day, and always always ensure a fresh supply of clean water.

We endeavour to bring readers a good selection of foods that we think will appeal to all; from premium luxury cat foods made with fresh meat and veg, to budget friendly options that still command the highest of reviews from thousands of happy customers. Do let us know what you think!

We’ve made 9 choices of complete adult dry cat foods. You can always mix with wet cat food if your cat prefers – always check feeding guides on packaging for advice on how much to feed your pet.

Premium Pick
Tasty Mid-Priced
Great for Sensitive Tummies
Best Budget
Name
Lily's Kitchen Chicken Casserole
Harrington's Complete Adult Chicken
Amazon Lifelong Complete Chicken and Rice
Whiskas 1+ Dry Cat Food Chicken
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Lily's Kitchen Chicken Casserole Complete Adult Dry Cat Food 4 x 800 g
Harringtons Complete Adult Chicken Dry Cat food 2kg, Pack of 4
Amazon Brand - Lifelong - Complete Dry Cat Food Rich in Chicken and Rice 3kg
Whiskas 1+ Cat Complete Dry Chicken 7kg
Buskerscat Rating
4.8
4.5
4.7
4.4
Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives?
No artificial colour or flavours
Free from added sugars?
Grain free?
Price
£40.84
£15.00
£12.99
£18.95
Premium Pick
Name
Lily's Kitchen Chicken Casserole
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Lily's Kitchen Chicken Casserole Complete Adult Dry Cat Food 4 x 800 g
Buskerscat Rating
4.8
Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives?
Free from added sugars?
Grain free?
Price
£40.84
Tasty Mid-Priced
Name
Harrington's Complete Adult Chicken
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Harringtons Complete Adult Chicken Dry Cat food 2kg, Pack of 4
Buskerscat Rating
4.5
Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives?
No artificial colour or flavours
Free from added sugars?
Grain free?
Price
£15.00
Great for Sensitive Tummies
Name
Amazon Lifelong Complete Chicken and Rice
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Amazon Brand - Lifelong - Complete Dry Cat Food Rich in Chicken and Rice 3kg
Buskerscat Rating
4.7
Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives?
Free from added sugars?
Grain free?
Price
£12.99
Best Budget
Name
Whiskas 1+ Dry Cat Food Chicken
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Whiskas 1+ Cat Complete Dry Chicken 7kg
Buskerscat Rating
4.4
Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives?
Free from added sugars?
Grain free?
Price
£18.95

Adult Dry Cat food

#1 Lilys kitchen Adult Delicious Chicken Casserole Dry Complete Cat Food

Lily’s kitchen has been one of our favourites for a while now. The first certified B-corp pet food brand, they are doing their bit not only to feed really good quality food to our pets, but to do their bit for the community and the environment (and that’s really just the start of it). Rest assured, Lily’s kitchen promise only to use freshly prepared meat in their foods, no meat meal, fillers or added sugar.

If like us, you are also conscious about the environment, Lily’s kitchen have those values too. They aim to be 100% recyclable by 2025 and do their best to source ingredients responsibly, helping to reduce their carbon footprint.

Does this equal yummy cat food? Well yes it does! A chicken recipe with 70% freshly prepared chicken (65% chicken, 5% chicken liver), with a few other tasty bits like potato, gravy, and goodies like oils, herbs and essential vitamins and minerals. An appetisingly healthy list.

Pros:

  • Made with freshly prepared meat 65% chicken, 5% liver. No meat meal or fillers
  • All natural ingredients, no artificial additives
  • No added sugar
  • With added plant fibre to aid digestion and help with hairballs
  • With cranberries to promote urinary health
  • Certified B-Corp company
  • Compostable packaging
  • Rated 4.7/5 on Amazon

Cons:

  • The cost of this premium cat food is higher.

#2 Whiskas

Whiskas really is a best loved brand. We can’t argue with the thousands of top reviews that pet owners give their foods, and at a great price too suitable for lower budgets.

Perhaps it is the kibbles Whiskas create, which have a crunchy outer coating and a soft inside, that make it so irresistible to cats. 

With all the added nutrients essential for your cat’s health, this complete dry food is also a good reminder that dry kibbles are better for dental health than wet cat food as it is slightly abrasive to teeth.

Pros:

  • Complete and balanced food
  • Helps to support the urinary tract
  • Kibbles are good for dental health
  • Kibbles have a unique crunchy outside and soft core
  • Rated 4.8 / 5 on amazon

Cons:

  • Meat protein content is lower than more premium foods, as cereals are the main ingredient
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Whiskas 1+ Cat Complete Dry Chicken 7kg
6,739 Reviews

 

#3 Harringtons Complete Adult Chicken Dry Cat Food

This complete dry food from Harringtons is everything your cat needs to stay happy and healthy, at an affordable price. It contains natural ingredients, and is wheat free too. With 33% meat including freshly prepared chicken, combined with rice and other natural protein and fibre sources, alongside the essential vitamins and minerals, it’s an appetizing list that even a fussy feline should desire.

And we may be a little biased, but Harringtons is proudly made in Yorkshire..

Pros:

  • All natural complete dry cat food
  • No artificial colours or flavours
  • Wheat, dairy, soya free
  • Affordably priced
  • Rated 4.7 / 5 on Amazon

Cons:

  • Fresh meat content is lower than the premium brands but having meat/meat meal as the main ingredient is still a big plus point

 

#4 IAMS for Vitality Adult Dry Cat Food with Salmon 

Iams, a long trusted pet food brand, have produced this complete food which is wheat free, with dry chicken, turkey and salmon. Iams have over 70 years experience in pet nutrition, and it goes to show that their reputation have remained strong, this dry cat food is one of the best rated products we have reviewed, that’s thousands of very happy moggies giving it the paws up! 

With added beet pulp for digestion, and antioxidants with vitamin E to support immunity, and all the other essentials your cat needs to stay healthy, these crunchy kibbles clearly delight and nourish many feline friends.

Pros:

  • A complete balanced dry cat food
  • No Artificial flavours or colours
  • A wheat free recipe
  • A mid priced high quality product
  • Rated 4.8 /5 

Cons:

  • Only dried chicken and turkey are used. Salmon content is only 4.1%, however which may be less than what you might think, when Salmon is the ‘flavour’ you are opting for.

 

#5 Amazon Brand Lifelong Grainfree

We’re really impressed with some of the Amazon brand pet food products. This Lifelong grainfree chicken recipe contains 40% fresh chicken as the main ingredient, contains all the necessary elements for a fit and healthy cat, but has also added extras such as herbs that benefit digestion, glucosamine and chondroitin for joints, and fruit and vegetables which contain antioxidants for the immune system.

It is also a good example of a single sourced animal protein food, good for cats who are sensitive to certain meats or fish.

It is a comprehensive, complete dried cat food, which sits happily in the mid-priced range and boasts many of the additions you’d see in premium products, such as the amount of fresh meat used.

Pros:

  • Hypoallergenic – single source animal protein. No wheat, maize, soya, egg, lactose, gluten.
  • Contains 40% fresh deboned chicken
  • Natural antioxidants come from fruit and vegetables
  • A complete dry cat food
  • No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
  • Rated 4.5/5 on Amazon

Cons:

  • Lifelong really has incorporated everything I’d be looking for at a price I’d like to pay. However, packaging needs to be recyclable and perhaps more thought or mention towards ingredient sourcing and the environment.

 

#6 James Wellbeloved Adult Hairball Control

This James Wellbeloved hairball control cat food might be what you are looking for if your cat has suffered with this most common complaint more than most. It contains functional fibres, to help the hair move through their digestive system more efficiently.

James wellbeloved always make hypoallergenic, single source animal protein foods; this is no different. It isn’t made using fresh meat like some of the more premium brands, but uses turkey meal, fat and gravy to make a very palatable meal which gets 5* reviews more often than not!

Pros:

  • A complete dry cat food
  • Aids passage of hairs from grooming, with added fibre
  • Contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic – does not contain dairy, beef, pork, soya, eggs or wheat. Single source protein
  • Promotes a healthy, glossy coat
  • Rated 4.8/5 on Amazon

Cons:

  • Not made using any fresh meat, but labelling is transparent

 

#7 Meowing Heads Dry Cat Food – Paw Lickin’ Chicken

Meowing heads certainly know how to produce tasty, natural pet food recipes- we first loved their ‘Barking Heads’ dog food range and the cat food doesn’t disappoint either. Similarly to the James Wellbeloved recipe above, Meowing Heads promotes the extra fibre in the recipe to aid the passage of cat hairs.

With a high proportion of fresh and dried chicken in the recipe, with only natural ingredients and no nasty artificial additives, it’s a paws up from us.

Pros:

  • Uses a mixture of fresh (27%) and dried chicken, fish and egg as main protein source
  • Only natural ingredients added
  • Free from artificial colour, flavours and preservative
  • Anti hairball formula with added fibre
  • Rated 4.6/5 on Amazon

Cons: 

  • It is a more expensive option and contains less fresh meat than some other premium offerings but is an all natural food

#8 Arden Grange Adult Sensitive Complete Dry Cat Food White Fish

If you are looking for a grain free recipe with fish, which is naturally good for sensitive tummies, this recipe from Arden Grange is a great pick. Arden Grange never add well known allergenic ingredients – wheat gluten, soya, beef, dairy, or artificial flavours or preservatives – to their recipes.

With a high quantity of fresh fish and fish meal, it certainly is a fish-tastic recipe for those felines who prefer a taste of the sea, unlike many ‘fish’ recipes where fish may not feature as highly in the ingredients list as you may expect!

Pros:

  • A grain free recipe with fish
  • Contains fresh fish (26%) and fish meal, with egg and chicken oil
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Rated 4.4/5 on Amazon

Cons:

  • The food has quite a fishy smell which may translate to malodorous poo.

 

 

Dry food can provide your cat with flexible feeding hence prevents obesity as well as provide lean muscles. It is also convenient and will not go bad like wet food or dry up in the bowl making it cost efficient. Kibbles help control tartar level on your cats teeth which ensures good oral health. These benefits are great for any feline friend, be part of this life changing process with your cat. Lastly ensure your pet has a water fountain to quench her/his thirst after meals