Note: The 2016 List is no longer available. To learn about the 2017 List go to: https://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/the-2017-list
If you want to support the pet food consumer advocacy work of TruthaboutPetFood.com and have a ‘list’ of pet foods that I would trust to give my own pets…this is it.
Important Things to Know about The List
- The List is not an endorsement of any pet food. It is a ‘list’ of pet foods that I personally would trust to feed my own pets based on my knowledge and experience in the pet food industry.
- The List was developed because that was the most commonly received question I’ve had over the years – and it helps support my work as a consumer advocate. Just like everyone else, my work involves many expenses. If I didn’t have an income, you wouldn’t have me fighting with AAFCO and FDA for all pet food consumers – it’s that simple.
- No pet food company pays to be on The List. I do not receive money from pet food companies – ever. TruthaboutPetFood.com, PetsumerReport.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com are 100% consumer supported.
- There is only one economical pet food option on The List. And this one food was added to provide consumers an economical option in a commercial pet food. It is not an optimal pet food in my opinion, however it is the ONLY economical commercial pet food I would ever consider feeding to my own pets (home prepared pet food is the most economical and the highest quality). Good food is not cheap. Don’t expect these pet foods to be in the grocery store price range – they aren’t.
- Only one of the pet foods on The List is regional. All of the rest of the pet foods are available directly from the manufacturer (shipped to the consumer) or available at independent pet food stores with the exception of the one economical pet food. Again, with the exception of the economical pet food, you won’t find any of these pet foods in Big Box pet food or Big Box retail stores.
- Some of the pet foods on the 2016 List are available in Canada, even fewer are available in Europe.
- The document is the same no matter what price you purchase at. The List is offered at different prices because some can (and want to) support the work of TruthaboutPetFood.com a little more. Every purchase – regardless of price is greatly appreciated!
- You cannot share The List with other pet food consumers. I depend on the income provided by The List and Petsumer Report to keep doing the work I do. The 2016 List is copyright protected; without expressed written consent from me (Susan Thixton) no part of The 2016 List can be emailed, copied, quoted, published, printed (except for personal use), or altered.
There are 21 different pet food brands on the 2016 List. Five brand new foods this year. Some brands make multiple styles of pet food (such as raw, cooked, can, and so on).
12 Cat Food Brands (13 if you count one that can formulate a Rx cat food). The cat foods break down like this…
- 1 economical cat food providing both canned and kibble foods;
- 3 canned cat foods;
- 2 cooked cat foods;
- 6 raw cat foods;
- 2 freeze dried cat foods;
- 1 kibble cat food (this is the economical brand);
- 1 dehydrated;
- 1 brand that can formulate a Rx cat food diet.
20 Dog Food Brands. The dog foods break down like this…
- 1 economical dog food providing both canned and kibble foods;
- 4 canned dog foods;
- 8 cooked dog foods;
- 6 raw dog foods;
- 3 freeze dried dog foods;
- 1 dehydrated dog food;
- 3 kibble dog foods (1 baked kibble);
- 1 Rx line of dog foods.
Sorry cat lovers that there are not more options for you – there just aren’t many companies that make good cat food. My suggestion to you – send emails to companies you like that do not make a cat food and ask them to! If they hear directly from you, it might help. I searched a great deal to learn about new foods and some didn’t make the cut. One in particular (that did make a cat food) looked wonderful initially, until I learned who their manufacturer was. This was not a trusted manufacturer and the pet food was promptly removed from consideration.
There is only one option for a cat food kibble, two options for dog food kibble. All the rest of the pet foods are either raw or cooked or canned. Kibble is my least favorite style of pet food. For those that choose kibble, it would be my recommendation to make at least half of the diet a wet/moist food. You can add 1/2 of the diet as canned, cooked, raw, and even a balanced diet homemade food.
For those hesitant of a raw pet food, please know that every raw pet food can be easily cooked and manufacturers will be glad to provide you with instructions. Changing from a style of pet food that we have become so familiar with (such as kibble) to a style that is different than what we are familiar with (such as raw), is not always easy for us or our pets. We get ‘stuck’ and so do our pets. But I encourage all consumers to break away from the the standard pet food mold and explore healthier ways to feed your pet. Again, if you are hesitant of a raw food, simply cook it until you and your pet become more acclimated to the new style.
And here is another thing to consider if you are hesitant to switch to a raw or cooked pet food…these uncommon pet food styles are the most scrutinized pet foods by regulatory authorities. FDA and State Department of Agriculture’s don’t understand a pet food coming in any form other than a can or kibble and they don’t understand a pet food made with human grade ingredients. Thus any pet food in the uncommon form (raw or cooked/human grade) is examined closely by regulatory authorities – these pet food styles are certainly tested more and labels examined with much more scrutiny than the common kibble or canned pet foods. Remember, many (perhaps most) kibble or canned pet foods that use the worst quality of feed grade ingredients but display images of real food on the label (grilled steak or roasted chicken) are misleading you – and regulatory authorities allow them to. On the flip side of standard pet food styles, authorities don’t let the uncommon styles of pet foods get away with anything – they are under close to constant scrutiny.
And please realize this – if your budget is limited, you have the option of feeding a high quality pet food part time – such as three meals a week – and the remaining meals would be your less expensive option. At least your pet is getting some high quality real food. Some real food is better than no real food.
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What is the 2016 List? – the long version.
The small handful of people on the planet that do pet food consumer advocacy work are at an advantage – and a disadvantage. Part of the advantages: not many people get to talk freely with the guy that unloads the ingredients at a pet food manufacturing plant, or the extruder operator at another plant, or technicians at a major ingredient supplier to pet food. Even fewer get to talk with (and get the help of) animal nutritionists and pet food scientists. I am lucky enough to get to call all of these people friends.
Several pet food consumer advocates (including myself) go to regulatory meetings and help provide consumers a voice with federal (FDA) and state regulatory authorities. We know the laws that govern pet food like the back of our hands and know who to call when a pet food crosses the line. We are neck deep involved in the pet food world in a way that the average consumer cannot be. It is a 24/7 job that we love.
The disadvantage to being a pet food consumer advocate is two significant things. One – much of what we learn cannot become public information. Lawyers would be jumping up and down on our desks if we shared one drop of inside information. It is a disadvantage to ‘know things’ and not be able to share every detail with others. Pet food consumer advocates do this work to help others – not to keep the dirty secrets of industry. But again, remember…pet food lawyers would stop us.
Two – most of us struggle to find a way to support ourselves doing the work we love to do. Speaking for myself, pet food consumer advocacy is all I do. There is no job that provides me an income – this is it. I depend solely on the sale of products for and to pet food consumers (The List and Petsumer Report) to support myself. TruthaboutPetFood.com or AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com or myself receives no money from the pet food industry.
The List – this year and the three previous years – is my solution to all of the above. The List provides me a means to support my advocacy work and share years of insider knowledge of pet food with supporters. The List isn’t specifically ‘inside’ information. However, based on years of knowledge and experience in this industry – based on what is shared with me from the many insiders I trust – based on years of questions sent to manufacturers and years of responses from pet food sent to me from thousands of consumers…the List is my list of pet foods I would trust my pet’s life with.
Why do you charge for The List?
Since the List was developed, there have been a few pet food consumers complain that I shouldn’t charge for the List. I’ve been told ‘if you really cared about pets, you’d give this information away for free’ and once was told ‘you are no different than Big Pet Food’. Those of you that have followed this website for years know me and know better than this, but for new followers I provide you this response…
Running a website like TruthaboutPetFood.com cannot be done without money. Going to AAFCO (pet food regulatory) meetings twice a year can’t be done for free. Establishing a voice for consumers with FDA can’t be done without funding. Going to trade events meeting manufacturers face to face cannot be done for free. This is my full time job. I certainly volunteered to take on this job, but I have expenses – bills to pay – just like everyone else does.
I charge for the List to support myself. I choose to sell products to pet food consumers that can benefit pet food consumers (The List, Petsumer Report, and the books Buyer Beware and Dinner Pawsible) instead of asking for donations. Asking for donations is a challenge and successful donation programs are a full time job in itself; I don’t have the time. I would rather spend my time investigating pet food and advocating for pet food consumers. Without selling these products to support myself, this website and my advocacy work would not exist.
One more thing – myself (Susan Thixton), TruthaboutPetFood.com, PetsumerReport.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com are 100% supported by pet food consumers.
The 2016 List
There’s been a few changes in The List this year. There are five new foods on the 2016 List from last year, but a couple of foods have been removed from last years List. If you are feeding a pet food that was on last years List that is not on this years List – I would not be too concerned. I set the bar very high for The List – some foods landed just under. No, I can’t tell you why a food was removed. In all cases except one (which was several years back), when a food was removed from The List it was for something minor that I disagreed with. The one exception which was again several years back, I learned the pet food had given me incorrect information (they lied to me).
The List is my choices of pet food I would trust to feed to my own pets – based on my experiences in this industry. This year there are 21 pet foods – they break down as follows…
12 cat foods – 1 kibble, remaining are raw, cooked and canned foods.
20 dog foods. 3 kibble foods (1 baked kibble), remaining are raw, cooked and canned foods.
No Treats on the 2016 List.
Many of the foods on The 2016 List have provided consumers with their Pledge to Quality and Origin – (you can view those Here).
Can I share The 2016 List?
No – you can’t. I depend on the income provided by The List and Petsumer Report to keep doing the work I do. The 2016 List is copyright protected; without expressed written consent from me (Susan Thixton) no part of The 2016 List can be emailed, copied, quoted, printed (except for personal use), or altered.
Can I purchase additional copies of The 2016 List as gifts for friends?
Yes! Please! The 2016 List is the perfect gift for any pet food consumer.
Note: After your purchase (after payment processes), you will receive a confirmation email with download to the 2016 List. This should be almost immediate – depending on your payment type. Should you not receive your copy of the 2016 List within 24 hours – please email me (Susan at TruthaboutPetFood dot com).
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And One More Note: The 2016 List of pet foods is no guarantee the pet foods will not be recalled, or will not have some type of concern in the future. At time of publishing, I trust each and every one of these pet foods. Should any information learned change that trust, the pet food will be removed from The List.
I have again this year made The List available in different price categories so that it is easily affordable for anyone. $10, $20, $25, $50. If you can afford $50, wonderful – thank you very much. If you can only afford $10 – that is wonderful too! The price is up to you; I thank you for any amount you can afford. The 2016 List is the same information no matter the price you purchase for. Scroll to the appropriate price on the paged linked below…
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Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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The 2016 List
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