Orijen Cat Food Review

Orijen Cat Food Review
9.5 Total Score
  • Whole prey ingredients
  • No fillers
Country of originCanada
Available fromVeryPet

Orijen is an astounding “premium” Canadian brand thankfully shipped to Australian shores. Made by reputable manufacturer Champion Petfoods, Orijen touts itself as biologically appropriate and trusted by pet lovers everywhere.

For our Orijen cat food review we’ll focus on the Orijen Cat & Kitten formula, but consider the other cat food formulas on par – they’re all really good.

Orijen Cat Food Review

Orijen cat food is simply wonderful. I don’t think you’ll find another dry cat food in Australia with such an incredible list of ingredients. Not only do we find a range of meat and fish, but a whole host of inclusions which will greatly boost the health of your cat (or kitten).

Orijen Cat Food Review

Keep in mind a cat is an obligate carnivore, biologically designed to thrive on meat and organs. With this in mind, the ingredient of Orijen cat food really speak for themselves – deboned chicken, deboned turkey, eggs, flounder, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, whole atlantic herring, chicken heart, turkey heart.

That’s only the start of it too, with a whole range of other meat and fish ingredients combined with a few minor inclusions to round off the food with various nutrients. We even find ground bone, kidney, cartilage, and chicken fat.

The composition of Orijen cat food is astounding, boasting 40% protein and 20% fat. It’s even more astounding given the quality of ingredients. You’ll find many cat foods ramp up protein with legumes, not meat, and even so suffer from much higher carbohydrates from fillers. Not here though, not with Orijen.

Orijen cat food contains no nasty ingredients whatsoever. No grains, no fillers, and preserved naturally. It’s simply fantastic. Yes, it’s pricey, but when you understand how much nutrition is packed into this cat food it’s easy to understand why. Our cats should be eating foods comprised of whole prey, meat, and organs, and not terrible “cat foods” made mostly of grains, peas, or potatoes, for carnivores.

Orijen cat food is highly recommended!

Orijen Cat Food Review

Has our Orijen cat food review been of use? Do you feel enlightened by this wonderful product? Do you feed your cat Orijen and have anything to say about the food? If so, let us know in the comments. Meow.

Where to buy Orijen Cat Food

Orijen cat food can be purchased in Australia from VeryPet.

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Is Orijen Cat Food Irradiated by Australian Quarantine?

I’ll take the opportunity now to state Orijen pet foods are not irradiated, and this has been the case since 2009. Irradiation of pet foods was a treatment imposed by Australian Quarantine on imported products, but due to a number of cats suffering neurological impairment on irradiated pet food it was subsequently and promptly banned. Unfortunately at the time Orijen cat food took the brunt of this being a prominent import at the time, but it is important to note the product was made harmful by Australian Quarantine, and not the product itself.

As a further side note it is still legal to irradiate dog food products into Australia, but not if they amount to a significant portion of an animal’s diet. I am not aware of any main brand kibble being irradiated since 2009. Some other pet food products are still irradiated, mostly dog food treats imported from countries such as China.

Ingredients of Orijen Cat Food (Cat & Kitten)

Ingredients of Orijen Cat & Kitten dry cat food as of July 2021:

Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, eggs, flounder, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, whole atlantic herring, chicken heart, turkey heart, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, dehydrated egg, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, chicken fat, chicken necks, chicken kidney, whole green peas, whole green lentils, whole navy beans, whole chickpeas, natural chicken flavor, alaskan pollock oil, ground chicken bone, chicken cartilage, lentil fiber, turkey cartilage, choline chloride, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, zinc proteinate, freeze-dried chicken liver, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, apples, pears, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.

Guaranteed analysis of Orijen Cat Food (Cat & Kitten)

Guaranteed analysis of Orijen Cat & Kitten dry cat food as of July 2021:

Protein(min) 40%
Fat(min) 20%
Crude Fibre(max) 3%
Carbohydrates *22% (estimated)
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

Orijen Cat Food Quick Facts

Who manufactures Orijen cat food?

Orijen cat food is manufactured by Canadian company Champion Petfoods

Where is Orijen Cat Food made?

Orijen pet food is made in Alberta (Canada) and Kentucky (USA).

Is Orijen Cat Food Irradiated by Australian Quarantine?

No, Orijen pet foods are not irradiated by Australian Quarantine.

Does Orijen cat food cause DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) / Heart disease

The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found no evidence Orijen or other Grain Free “Boutique” pet foods cause heart disease in cats or dogs.

Orijen Cat Food Recalls (Australia)

Apart from the issues mentioned earlier in our Orijen cat food review regarding Australian Quarantine irradiation, there have been no other recalls in Australia. If you want assurance that Orijen is a high quality cat food, then rest assured as Orijen has had no recalls in United States or Canada either!

Orijen was one of the brands associated with the 2019 heart disease / DCM investigations of Grain Free “Boutique” pet foods by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of America, but the investigation was subsequently dropped as no conclusive evidence was found. We see the DCM “scare” very likely to be a marketing strategy from large corporate brand manufacturers (who manufacture grain foods) against their smaller (and growing) rivals who produce pet foods absent of grains.

9.5 Total Score

  • Whole prey ingredients
  • No fillers

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5 months ago

I bought this one during Black Friday. I’m wondering are Fussy Cat grain free mince,Regal Easy pots,Paws Fresh Dice and VIP Paws Fresh Pet Mince for cat and dog that are sold in Woolworths good?

Last edited 5 months ago by Paya
7 months ago

Sorry my 1 1/2 year female Tabby will not eat this one – we all like different things.

7 months ago
Reply to  Lance

My dogs loved it haha, cats are imprint feeders so likely due to never having anything like this before, she has no idea it’s food and doesn’t like it. Joining a cat group has really opened my eyes to a lot of things about cats I never knew.

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