Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Cat Food Review

WebsiteEarthborn Holistic
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This review is for the Grain Free Wild Sea Catch recipe from Earthborn. They also offer a chicken-based Primitive Feline and a lower protein/lower fat Meadow Feast which is a lamb recipe. All recipes are as good as this one, so it depends on what suits your requirements.

Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Cat Food Review

I’ll start by pointing out the protein level in Wild Sea Catch is an astonishing 44%. This is the highest level of protein I’ve seen in a dry cat food available in Australia, and I consider that a good thing. A cat’s natural diet is predominantly protein, so this food is in good keeping.

The top two ingredients are both named fish meals, salmon and herring, which will constitute most of the protein in the food. It’s a really nice combination to see. There’s also chicken meal and turkey meal in the food which really gives this a fishy/meaty punch.

Canola oil is the third ingredient which is unusually high for a pet food. It’s rich in omega 3 and 6 which is great, but I’ll point out it’s a slightly controversial oil for a pet food. Some people are for, others are against, with little evidence suggesting it’s bad for cats. Fish oils are better, which I’m sure are catered for in this food anyway. As an interesting fact, the word “canola” stands for “CANadian + Oil + Low Acid”.

Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Cat Food Review

Potato is a decent inclusion for carbohydrates, and peas for extra protein and fibre. As with other Earthborn recipes we find their trademark range of fruits and veggies – cranberries and blueberries, apples, carrots, and spinach – which really round off this food and give testament to the holistic in the brand name.

I consider this a 5 star food, one of the best available in Australia. Recommended.


Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Turkey Meal, Dried Egg Product, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Blueberry Fiber, Cranberry Fiber, Choline Chloride, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Spinach, Cranberries, Taurine, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.

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8.5 Total Score
Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Cat Food Review

  • Lots of meat
  • Lots of fish
  • High protein
  • High fat

David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Hi, I am not sure Earthborn is available at petcircle anymore. I tried to search for it there as i currently have a few auto deliveries from there, but could not find it. Even the website redirection takes you there but it cannot be found or ordered. Maybe just sold out. Will check back in a few days.

    Thanks for the great reviews. Currently looking at alternatives to dry kibble, as one of my cats seems to have allergies to certain brands, eg; applaws, and now taste of the wild, unfortunately – they turn their noses up at raw barf or anything with chicken pieces unless its freeze dried. I use a rotation of ziwi peak and feline natural as a topper, and waruda wet as they seem to like variety. Just cant settle on a suitable dry kibble. I was feeding Healthy everyday Pets and this was great. (and made in Australia) but has been discontinued.

  2. Why are most of the reviews about Cat dry food?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 7, 2023 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Lisa, this list of all dog food reviews may help!

      Using the search to find a product, such as “Royal Canin”, will list whichever review was written most recently, which can be the cat food or the dog food. So you could search for “Royal Canin dog food” to make sure you get the dog food review.

      Hopefully that helps!

  3. Hi, I want to thank you so much for your absolutely outstanding work in providing information and sharing your opinions to us, it has been so helpful as I had so much trouble educating myself on the ingredients and the benefits of different formulas and words cannot say how much I appreciate everything you have done. I’ve looked up more grain-free dry foods on the Earthborn site and found two more kibbles (feline vantage and primitive feline) and both of them didn’t have the controversial canola oil. Would you be reviewing them sometime soon in the future? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Sending you my Best regards!

  4. Hi, do you recommend this one for 3months old Ragdoll kitten? Do you have other options maybe? I would like to order some dry food from My Pet as i live in a remote area without proper pet shop, but unfortunately the only kitten dry food is the not good/cheap stuff. Can you please advise which one to order for my new Ragdoll baby boy?
    Thank you
    PS: Thank you for all the great review for dog and cats. I ordered EARTHBORN HOLISTIC PRIMITIVE NATURAL for my 2 years old beautiful Cocker Spaniel after reading all your review! Great help 🙂

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Emilie, sorry for the delay in replying. Yes, this would be a suitable food for a kitten and it’s much better than most other foods. The only caveat with Earthborn is it doesn’t seem to be as palatable as other foods, so you may have to add some natural flavour or stock to entice your cat into getting used to it. Don’t take that as a bad thing as many other manufacturers add unhealthy ingredients to increase palatability.

  5. My cats switch from black hawk to this brand. They accept this food immediately but my ragdoll seems to prefer larger kibble. The kibble is very tiny and to me it is too small. It falls everywhere when my cat eat and it’s all over the floor near the food bowl. However their coat seems to have improved quite dramatically after eating this for one week. I’d love it better if the kibble size increases.

    I’m running out of cash atm but may consider combining this to wellness core later (even more expensive!) as they have actual meat ingredients on top of meat meal.

  6. This review is for The Primitive Feast Variety.

    With an Australia wide shortage of Canidae Pure Elements, which is my Cats usual food; I was on the hunt for it’s equal. After exhaustive Googling & Review reading I settled on the Earthborn Grain Free (Primative Feast) as she is not a FISHY cat.
    I was shocked to find that she did not touch it.
    She actually ran away from the bowl.
    She flat out refused to eat it, this stand off went on for two days.
    She would keep running me over to the bowl to show me that she just couldn’t do it. I was dismayed and needless to say saddled with two 2.7kg bags of the stuff. I’d stocked up because it was on sale at My Pet Warehouse. Whyyyyyyyy, whhhhyy, didn’t she like it.
    Has anyone experienced this problem.
    I was thinking it could have been the smaller kibble size she didn’t like, but I’ll never really know

    My kitty will only eat her Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements and Black Hawk Grain Free Chicken, although the Canidae is our first choice, as she has excessive thirst when eating the Black Hawk, so I try to give her that as a back up if I can’t source the Canidae, having said that she does scoff both of those right up.

    She just wasn’t having a bar of the Earthborn!!! Big Shame.

    • My cat id very picky she mostly ate raw chiken and meat ( fat free) cuz she hated any cat brand food.

    • Kathy F, you are not alone. My two female cats also refuse to touch Earthborn Holistic grainfree Primitive Feline.
      Unfortunately, I bought two 2.7kg bags because it was on special.
      Guess I will have to donate this to the local cat home and go back to Wellness Core grainfree which they absolutely love.

    • You should always introduce a new food by mixing it with their old food for about 5-7 days before changing to 100% new food. I’d try doing that and see if she eats it. If not My Pet Warehouse may give you a refund on the unopened packet of food.
      Good luck 🙂

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Hi Kathy, if a cat has been eating one food for a long period it can take them a couple of weeks to get used to a new food. It’s not so much they don’t like it, more that they get confused by it.

      Try adding something like chicken stock to it.

  7. Hi to the wonderful team at Pet Good Reviews.
    Can you tell me about the amount of Calcium in the Earthborn grain free range for cats ?

  8. Hi just read review on dry dog food grain free . Can you please tell me, are any grain free dog dry food in this review suitable for my puppy? Kind Regard Margaret

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