Friskies Cat Food Review

Let’s consider the dietary needs of cats for a moment. Cats, from the Order Carnivora, are obligate carnivores. Meat eaters.

Keep that in mind.

Purina Friskies Meaty Grills shows a kitty cooking meat on a barbeque, which is kinda quaint, but also very misleading… because the #1 ingredient in Friskies dry food is cereals and/or cereal by-products and/or vegetable by-products. Excuse the subtle pun, but that goes against the grain of a cat’s fundamental dietary needs.

Friskies Cat Food Review

Let’s say cereal grains are the #2 reason why cats suffer slowly and die prematurely of kidney failure. If cereal grains are #2, then #1 would be cereal grain by-products, or to call it a different name let’s say cereal waste products. Vegetable waste products aren’t much better.

If you compare the different Friskies formulas, such as the elegantly named Seafood Sensations and Surfin’ & Turfin’, you’ll find they’re all the same – they’re all mostly cereal waste products.

Purina get away with this because most people are easily fooled by pretty packaging, marketing, and cutesy TV ads, but the reality over the lifespan of your cat is much different:

During your cat’s youth he’ll munch on Friskies and appear healthy (from pure resilience). But one day he’ll start suffering from urinary crystals or UTIs (urinary tract infections). You’ll take him to the vet who’ll prescribe expensive medication and an expensive urinary diet such as Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d. This will show an improvement, but the reality is you’ll still be feeding your carnivorous pet grains, but marginally better grains of rice and corn. This will keep your cat alive a while longer, and in the process line your vet’s pockets while your kitty’s kidneys whither and die.

Friskies Cat Food Review

If you’re still reading (or worse, still considering buying this product), then I’ll leave you with one final statement – food colours.

If you’re currently feeding this, feed it to some chooks instead. Or bin it.


Wholegrain cereals and/or cereal by-products and/or vegetable by-products; Meat and meat by-products (Poultry and/or beef and/or lamb) and/or poultry by-products; Vitamins, Minerals and Amino acids, Food colours, Antioxidants, Natural flavours.

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1 Total Score

  • Cereals and cereal by-products
  • Food colourings
  • Ambiguous antioxidants


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

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  1. Thank you for your reviews on pet products. I always check before I buy for my pets!

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