Get the Scoop on Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food

We sat down with pet nutrition experts at Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® to discuss food options for your cat. From why they need certain ingredients to why a cat can't survive on dog food, we got the inside scoop on how you can help your cat meet their dietary needs.

Gray cat eating Rachael Ray Nutrish Food for Cats from a yellow bowl

Why Are Protein-Rich Diets Important for Cats?

Cats are more carnivorous than dogs, so they need more protein-dense foods to help them develop. It's most common to encounter chicken- and fish-forward recipes for your cats' food, but they also have a taste for more exotic seafood and meat. They will happily indulge in proteins like beef, duck, turkey, shrimp, and more! Which flavors your cat is drawn to depends on their preferences and sensitivities. Another dietary need to consider is taurine. While dogs can synthesize this amino acid from other nutrients, cats cannot. With this in mind, it's important to remember that your cat cannot thrive on dog food. So if you have a feline who likes to sneak samples from your dog's bowl, make sure they're also eating their own food. Many cats are also lactose intolerant, so feeding them bowls of milk like the cats in cartoons won't offer many nutritional benefits. It's best to stick to high-quality, meat-and-fish-rich cat food to help your cat live their best life.

What Do You Recommend for a Cat Who Is a Picky Eater?

If you're a cat lover or owner, then you know how finicky a kitty can be when it comes to their food. They won't deviate much from their preferences, much like people. That's why Nutrish takes taste and variety seriously, and you can also find samples and coupons on the website so your cat can try different recipes. Nutrish recommends one of the wet food variety packs so you can quickly find a match for your cat's picky appetite.

How Do I Get My Cat to Eat More Dry Food?

If your cat isn't eating their dry food, then it may be the recipe itself. Check to make sure the first ingredient on your cat's food is real meat. Remember, cats crave protein-dense foods, and poultry by-product or less tasty ingredients like corn won't cut it. First, try a different recipe; for example, incorporate more salmon if you suspect your cat doesn't like chicken. If your cat still won't eat dry food, try enticing them with a bit of wet food on top. Otherwise, an all wet food diet is a viable option as long as the recipes are labeled as complete and balanced cat food. If you're going to change your cat's food to a different brand, make sure you do so gradually. It can take five to 10 days to introduce your cat to a new recipe so their digestive system acclimates to the different ingredients. Start mixing the new food in with their current food and gradually increase the amount of the new food until it fills 100 percent of your cat's bowl. And, remember to check with your veterinarian before making changes to your cat's diet!

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What Cat Food Varieties Are Available in the Rachael Ray Nutrish Line?

Nutrish food for cats offers many options to feed your cat no matter their sensitivities, preferences, and needs. With both wet and dry food recipes available, you'll be able to try different combinations to find the one your feline friend prefers. Below you'll find an overview of all the current cat food varieties in the Rachael Ray Nutrish line. And remember: Always talk to your veterinarian before making changes to your cat's food!

Rachael Ray Nutrish Premium Cat Food Recipes
Nutrish's Super Premium recipes offer wholesome ingredients and a variety of flavors to satisfy your feline. All recipes are formulated with ingredients that are rich in essential fatty acids, like fish oil, salmon meal, and poultry fat to help support a shiny coat and healthy skin. The dry food recipes contain real and whole ingredients to promote healthy digestion. Additionally, the recently launched Longevity Chicken with Chickpeas & Salmon recipe provides specific benefits related to heart health, mental acuity, and strong muscles to help your cat age gracefully. A majority of these super premium recipes are formulated for all life stages, which means they're created to meet the requirements for growth and development for your cat when the feeding instructions are followed.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete
About 75 percent of cats are now considered mostly or entirely indoors, which requires a special diet. Rachael Ray Nutrish Indoor Complete is specifically formulated for indoor cats to give them the nutrients they need. These recipes are made with lean chicken and lentils to support a healthy weight and metabolism, pumpkin and dandelion greens for healthy digestion, and antioxidant-rich berries for a healthy immune system.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain
As the name suggests, the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain line is grain-free and contains zero gluten, fillers, corn, wheat, or soy. Real meat or fish is always the number-one ingredient, and there is no poultry by-product meal, or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. These recipes help promote digestive health and offer delicious and nutritious options for cats with gluten sensitivities that need a grain-free diet.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak™ for Cats
The newest in Nutrish's specialty cat food recipes, Rachael Ray Nutrish Peak offers your cats a nutrient-dense meal that satisfies their instinctual cravings. Including both grain-free and high-protein ingredients, these recipes always have real meat or fish as the first ingredient. They also offer irresistible combinations of chicken, duck, salmon, trout, beef, and tuna—full of nutrients and flavor!

Rachael Ray Nutrish Purrfect Entrées™
A favorite among the wet food varieties, Rachael Ray Nutrish Purrfect Entrées offer your cat delicious recipes inspired by Rachael's kitchen. These grain-free recipes contain no poultry by-product meal or fillers. Instead, they're made with natural, real ingredients—like yellowfin tuna, wild-caught salmon, and tender veggies—with added vitamins, minerals, and taurine.