If you’re looking for a cat food as good as the quirky recipe names and branding, then Weruva is a really good choice.
Most cat foods are spinoffs of dog food brands, which means the cat recipes are somewhat of an afterthought. That’s not the case with Weruva, which was created by David and Stacie Forman after they adopted three rescue cats and couldn’t find any decent cat foods (way back in 2006).
An interesting fact is the name Weruva comes from their three cat names – Webster, Rudi, and Vanessa.
Let’s find out why Weruva is a good cat food (which it is):
Weruva cat food review
What the marketing says
The first glowing point about Weruva is it’s made in a “human food facility”, so you’re already guaranteed a better standard of manufacture to most cat foods.
Weruva are a family-owned American company, but interestingly they adhere to British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification. What you can take from that is this cat food is made to really strict standards. I wish Australian standards of pet food manufacturer were as strict, but sadly they’re the polar opposite – barely any standards at all.
All Weruva cat foods are grain, gluten, and carrageenan free, complete and balanced (so can be used as a complete meal), and as wet foods they’re far better for your cat than dry. Cat’s aren’t big drinkers, and can really suffer with a sole dry food diet.
Right, that’s enough about the company. It’s better to let the ingredients do the talking!
What the labelling really says
In Australia we have a few varieties of Weruva cat food:
- Weruva TruLuxe
- Weruva Classic / Weruva Kitten
- Weruva Cats in the Kitchen
Assuming you want the best for your cat, we’ll focus on the premium Weruva TruLuxe variety which you’ll find to be shredded bits of meat in meat broth. If your cat prefers pate, then check out Weruva Classics.
For the Peking Ducken cans you’ll find the main ingredients to be chicken breast, chicken broth, and duck breast. It’s great to see chicken broth as the source of moisture, which not only keeps your cat hydrated will also add very valuable nutrients.
In comparison, most other wet cat foods use water in this respect, usually listed as “water sufficient for processing”. Broth is far better, so consider that a big bonus.
The chicken and duck are free of added antibiotics and hormones, as well as being cage free.
There’s an element of pumpkin in the food, which although isn’t meat for your carnivorous cat, is packed with dietary fiber which should help your cat’s digestive system healthy. There’s also a little bit of potato starch as a binder to give the food a little texture.
The remainder of the recipe is the vital nutrients your cat needs to make the food “complete and balanced”, being a range of vitamins and minerals. There’s sunflower seed oil too, to benefit heart health, immune function, and make your cat’s coat glossy and skin healthy.
It’s good stuff.
Where to buy
Weruva cat food (TruLuxe and other recipes) is available to buy from the following retailers:
What about Weruva Classic & Cats in the Kitchen?
It’s good to see different variations of Weruva cat foods. My cat has a penchant for pate. Only he knows why, but he loves the stuff.
Whatever your cat prefers, be it meat in meat broth, pate, or fancy stuff like “au jus” or “hydrating purée” (for kittens), then Weruva has you covered. One thing they don’t do though, is dry food. The reason being dry food isn’t ideal for cats.
If you’re struggling to decide what to choose, feed your cat a variety. In the Weruva Classic and Cats in the Kitchen range you’ll find all kinds of flavours and styles, and all use real meat and real meat broth.
Maybe start with the variety pack!?
If you feed a dry food, then adding Weruva wet cat food to their diet will increase nutrition and also add valuable moisture. This can help keep the costs down of feeding your cat, and consider a little variety a good thing.
Have you fed Weruva to your cat? Let me know which ones he (or she) likes!
Ingredients of Weruva TruLuxe cat food (Peking Ducken):
Chicken (Boneless, Skinless Breast), Chicken Broth, Duck (Boneless, Skinless, Breast), Pumpkin, Potato Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3 Supplement), Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement
Guaranteed analysis of Weruva TruLuxe cat food (Peking Ducken):
|Crude Fibre||(max) 0.5%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated minimal (moisture 86%).|
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.
Weruva cat food frequently asked questions
Does Weruva contain taurine?
Many cat foods have added taurine, which is considered an essential in a cat food. The meat content in Weruva cat foods is a natural source of taurine, which is why it may not be specifically mentioned in the ingredients.
Where is Weruva cat food made?
Weruva is manufactured in a human food production facility in Thailand. Don’t let that put you off, as the facility operates to strict standards. The cost of running the equipment to make the cat food is similar to what it would be in the US (where Weruva originated), but the cost of labour is cheaper. The benefit to you as the consumer is the price remains more affordable.
Is Weruva cat food expensive?
This question does crop up, but the real question is why other cat foods are “cheap”. Weruva uses better quality ingredients, and the inclusion of broth instead of water has more beneficial health benefits for your cat.
Has Weruva cat food been recalled?
In 2017 a variety of Weruva cat food under the name BFF (Best Feline Friend) sold at Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia was removed from shelves due to a concern over heavy metal toxicity. Further testing discovered this was an unlikely cause for the symptoms displayed by a number of cats who were being fed BFF. More information may be found on here. Other than this precautionary recall there have been no others since the company originated in 2006, and there are no concerns with current Weruva cat foods sold in Australia.
The nicest thing about the Weruva cat foods is the use of meat broth rather than water, as this will give your cat very valuable nutrition. Weruva is made to a high standard, and there’s a wide range of styles, textures, and flavours to suit your picky cat’s preferences. Recommended.
- High standards.
- Nothing bad.