Wellness Complete Cat Food Review


Wellness offer both grain and grain free formulas. The grain free food Wellness CORE is excellent, so how does the slightly cheaper grain-based range stack up? Let’s see…

This review is for the Salmon, Salmon Meal, & Deboned Turkey recipe, but consider the other recipes for indoor, kitten, and senior as on par.

Wellness Complete Cat Food Review

The top three ingredients are a combination of salmon and whitefish which is really good to see, and in stark contrast to most supermarket foods that make you believe they’re meat-based but are really more wheat and other fillers. Wellness have it right, so we’re off to a flying start.

The grains used are rice (which will be the inferior white rice), combined with barley as a decent grain, and ground rice as a further inclusion of rice. I estimate the carbs to be 29% which is a fair bit higher than Wellness CORE. Cats are obligate carnivores so have no need for grains, but these ingredients are often included as a way to keep production costs low. The grains in this food are far better than the wheat, sorghum, or corn we find in many cheaper cat foods.

Wellness Complete Cat Food Review

I note with Wellness CORE formulas the inclusion of oils such as salmon oil. That doesn’t seem to be present here, but we do find flaxseed as a great ingredient for heart health, healthy skin, and glossy coat. It’s nice to see the inclusion of chicory root as a natural prebiotic to promote friendly bacteria in the large intestine, and also as a dietary fibre helps overweight cats to feel full.

As with all Wellness foods we find a range of fruits, vitamins, and minerals of a high standard. This is certainly a premium food (with a premium price tag).

This is good but Wellness CORE is definitely better as an alternative.

Wellness Complete Cat Food Review


Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Rice, Ground Barley, Ground Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Deboned Turkey, Natural Fish Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Cranberry Extract Powder, Cranberry Fiber, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Taurine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, L-Carnitine, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract.

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8 Total Score

  • Lots of meat and fish
  • Excellent protein and fat
  • Low carbs
  • Rice, Barley, more Rice

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. I bought this brand once, I think it was a chicken based one though I got a couple of bags marked down 40%, my cats absolutely loved it : )

  2. I didn’t actually think that wellness used the bad version of Vitamin K, I was just on their website because of your review that I found on facebook lol and was very surprised to see it.
    You would think they would be better informed by now…

  3. Problem with many dry (and wet) cat foods is that they use fish… Fish is not the best choice for a meat source because (a) many cat breeds are intolerant to fish and (b) it’s not something that a cat would catch in the wild, I would be more inclined to get this if the meat was chicken, turkey or other poultry. Fowl, for example, is an excellent choice. Even roo or rabbit (the game meats) would be a great choice. Salmon, fish, and other seafood, while cats enjoy it, is like macdonalds for felines.

  4. The only problem with the Wellness dog & cat wet & dry range, it’s only sold at Pet Barn….Pet Barn reduce all their kibbles when the use by date is nearing & you can pick up a bag of dog kibble with 75% off, I got a 6kg bag of Wellness Small Breed dog kibble for just $18….

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