Nood Cat Food Review

WebsiteNood Cat Food
Available fromColes

Nood cat food is an American brand manufactured in Thailand, and sits as one of the pricier (and better) brands in Coles. For our Nood cat food review we’ll take a look at the Cage-Free Chicken with Probiotics Recipe, which we can consider on par with the alternative Salmon recipe. Nood also offer a range of wet pouches and a Nood dog food range.

Nood Cat Food Review

On the packaging of Nood cat food we find a whole heap of marketing combined with a picture of succulent chicken and super healthy-looking vegetables. There’s even a slice of orange which adds some nice colour, but I can’t remember the last time I saw a cat eating orange. They state “only ingredients that matter”, but two of the main ingredients are rice and tapioca which don’t strike me as ingredients that matter to an obligate carnivore.

Nood Cat Food Review

They tell us Chicken is the first ingredient, which it is, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the most significant ingredient. It’s possible the first 6 or 7 ingredients are relatively equal, and if we put on our Sherlock Holmes hat and take a puff of a pipe we can do some clever detective work…

One of the statements on the Nood website claims “14% superfoods and rice”. Given all the superfoods are listed a few notches down from salt at 1% we can assume most of this 14% is actually rice, not superfoods. That would suggest the first 6 ingredients are all 14%, which would give us rice, tapioca, and sweet potato as half of the main ingredients, and none of which are species appropriate for a cat.

This tallies further with chicken fat as the 5th ingredient matching the fat percentage which also happens to be 14%.

So what we seem to have is a food which is half meat, half other stuff. We’re not accounting for chicken being listed first based on wet-weight either, and this will whittle down significantly during cooking.

Nevertheless, Nood cat food is better than other cat foods we find in supermarkets, especially those made of cereal and cereal by-products which will likely, over time, lead to the terrible health and expensive vet bills for your furry friend.

Nood Cat Food Review

So what are our options? Nood cat food might be the best many of us can afford, and if that’s the case we have a simple answer to keeping feeding within budget – perhaps feed Nood cat food alongside some nice tasty meat (or stuff like chicken drumsticks/wings/necks/offal).

One final point – we mentioned the slice of orange on the bag. Where’s the orange in the ingredients!?

We hope our Nood cat food review has been of use. If it has, let us know in the comments!

Where to Buy Nood Cat Food

Nood cat food, including Nood Cage-Free Chicken Recipe, is available in Coles supermarkets.

Nood Cat Food Ingredients (Cage-Free Chicken Recipe)

Ingredients of Nood Cage-Free Chicken dry cat food as of June 2021:

Chicken, Poultry meal, Rice, Tapioca, Chicken fat, Digested animal protein (Poultry liver and Fish), Sweet potato, Salmon oil, Vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Nicotinic acid, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Folic acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12), Minerals (Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Iodine, Selenium), Salt, Dicalcium phosphate, Choline Chloride, Mixed berries (Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Mulberry), Green pea, Potassium chloride, Taurine, Methionine, Pumpkin, Carrot, Probiotic (Bacillus subtilis), Spinach, Natural mixed tocopherols.

Nood Cat Food Guaranteed Analysis (Cage-Free Chicken Recipe)

Guaranteed analysis of Nood Cage-Free Chicken dry cat food as of June 2021:

Protein(min) 34%
Fat(min) 14%
Crude Fibre(max) 3.5%
Carbohydrates *(max) 34%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

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7 Total Score
Where's the orange!?

  • Not bad for a supermarket
  • No really bad ingredients like cereals or cereal by-products
  • Not as much meat as you would think


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. Cats literally hate citrus so the orange is an appeal to anthropomorphism.

  2. NOOD pet food CAT /DOG has almost identical packaging. Including font colours branding and images. But if you look closer at the black smaller front you can see a change of Dog or Cat. The labelling laws need to protect the pets and make it mandatory to clearly distinguish between the 2. I unknowing fed my dog the wrong one and she got very sick and still is. The vet couldn’t tell either why she was sick after several visits I only discovered this when I went to replace the packet of dry food and I asked for the small size because my dog is only 4 kilos and I discovered the problem. I do nit know if she will recover but I am upset as this can harm other dogs too. I have good eyesight too. NOOD this is unacceptable please change it so dogs ding get harmed and suffer like mine. Thank you

  3. My cat struggles to eat Nood even when mixing with existing food, takes twice as long to consume it and sometimes leaves half of it in the bowl (will gobble up the existing Royal Canin), and has had diarrhoea afterwards. Would not recommend.

  4. Hi there, I was feeding my cat the Nood Chicken and all went well for awhile. Then he started showing blood in his feaces. I also feed wet food as well, twice a day. The dry food isn’t the main source of food for him.
    I called the Nood number from the bag and I received a startled response from my call, I was nice about it, and they said they haven’t heard of it causing this problem to date.
    There was no offer to replace the money I’d spent on the food as I have a near bag of it left.
    So…I changed to another dry food and the blood stopped. After a couple of weeks, I put a little bit of the Nood into the other dry food and mixed it. Sure enough, next morning there was blood in the litter tray.
    I am going to call Nood again and suggest that I have a refund as this stuff is not cheap and I can’t afford to lose that amount of money on nothing. I can even send them the bag of food!

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2023 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Jennifer, it’s always ominous when a condition stops as soon as a food is no longer fed, and then happens again when the food is introduced. Not a good sign. It’s also very rare for a manufacturer to take accountability, so saying they’re not aware of it happening before is standard. After all, if they admit fault it would be all over the Internet in no time and seriously damage the brand. For Nood I can’t say I’ve heard many negative reports so it may be an unfortunate one off, but it’s worth adding this information to the APOG website who track pet food issues –

  5. I bought the Nood chicken dry food last week and neither of my cats will touch it. Have been transitioning it with their regular food but they leave the Nood. Must be something wrong if they’re both refusing it, will not buy again.

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 18, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Hi Sue, have you tried mixing it in slowly with their previous food. Sometimes it takes cats a while to recognise a new food as food.

      • My 5 year’s old dog has been on this dry food for 3 weeks and she has been very sick from it. I wouldn’t recommend this to any dog’s.

  6. I purchased Nood chick dry cat food yesterday and my cat won’t touch it. She is 10 years old and has been eating dry supplemented cat food her whole life. This is the first time she has flat out refused to eat and Coles won’t give me a refund.

  7. Unfortunately the Nood dry cat food has made by cat vomit on multiple occasions.. not sure why he’s not liking it! 🙁

    • Well I bought nood dry food a while ago , and one of my male cats became ill , too him to the vets , he was completely blocked up , constipated, meds from the vets cleared it , but I won’t buy it again

  8. Thank you for this review. I need a replacement for Hills and Royal Canin and my cats are being very fussy at the really good options. I’m going to give this one a go – it helps that it’s 40% off on their site for the first bag.
    Wish me luck!

  9. our cat wouldn’t eat any of the flavours

  10. is it okay to feed the Nood salmon recipe for months? Or should I also add another protein source. Just wondering as I heard that cats shouldn’t be given seafood often. Also, what’s another good supermarket dry food like Nood?

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 24, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Hi David, my recommendation is always feed a variety, which would effectively get around the issue of whether feeding your cat a fish product long term is an issue. There’s some concerns with long term feeding of fish (such as mercury), and despite common belief fish isn’t a natural food source for a cat as a desert animal. That said, fish is a far better diet for a cat than the reams of grains and legumes you find in many cat foods. Supermarket brands are limited when it comes to quality unfortunately, with Nood being one of the better ones. Pet stores and retailers tend to have a much better range.

      • I’ve found nood to be the best healthier food range – my cat wont touch any other – I’ve wasted so much money trying. He just LOVES the nood chicken – he won’t eat the nood salmon – because he doesn’t find it as crunchy – I’ve watched him eating a couple of pcs. I have now been giving him the nood chicken dry food for 3 yrs and he’s very healthy. Other foods make him very itchy. He’s the fussiest cat and won’t even eat roast chicken or eye fillet!! But he can never get enough of the nood chicken. It hasn’t been in coles now for 2 weeks and I’m getting worried. Please tell me why

        • Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 3, 2023 at 12:20 am

          Hi Colleen, sorry it’s been a while since you wrote this. Is Nood back in stock? It’s also worth checking the coles website.

  11. It doesn’t say it contains rice on the ingredients list…

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