Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Blue Buffalo True Solutions Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Blue Buffalo True Solutions dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

Made from high-quality natural ingredients including real chicken and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Variants include digestive care and skin and coat care for more specific needs.

The True Solutions dry range comes in a variety of flavors and is enhanced with vitamins and minerals. It also meets AAFCO standards.

Pros
  • Real meat as the main ingredient
  • Different recipes for health concerns
  • No artificial additives or animal by-products
  • Good source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals to help nutrient absorption
Cons
  • Some recipes contain controversial ingredients
  • High carbohydrate content
  • Brand has had a number of recalls
  • Low moisture content
  • Mixed reviews

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Blue Buffalo True Solutions dry product line includes five cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Adult Cat - Blissful Belly Digestive Care Formula 5 M
Adult Cat - Fit & Healthy Weight Control Formula 5 M
Adult Cat - Fab Feline Indoor Cat Formula 5 M
Adult Cat - Perfect Coat Skin and Coat Care Formula 5 M
Adult Cat - Hairball Control Formula 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Blue Buffalo True Solutions Adult Cat Blissful Belly Digestive Care Formula dry food was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Blue Buffalo True Solutions Adult Blissful Belly Digestive Care Formula (Dry)

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

37.4%

Protein

17.6%

Fat

37.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, pea protein, barley, dried egg product, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato starch, dried plain beet pulp, flaxseed (source of omega 3 fatty acids), natural flavor, dried tomato pomace, peas, calcium chloride, choline chloride, dl-methionine, calcium sulfate, l-threonine, calcium carbonate, canola oil (source of omega 6 fatty acids), potassium chloride, potatoes, hydrolyzed yeast, fructooligosaccharides, potassium sulfate, taurine, dehydrated alfalfa meal, pea fiber, alfalfa, nutrient concentrates alt, Vitamin E supplement, preserved with mixed tocopherols, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-tryptophan, vegetable juice for color, ferrous sulfate, niacin (Vitamin B3), iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, blueberries, cranberries, barley grass, parsley, turmeric, dried kelp, yucca schidigera extract, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), copper amino acid chelate, biotin (Vitamin B7), L-lysine, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, manganese amino acid chelate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), dried yeast, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid (Vitamin B9), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, oil of rosemary


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is deboned chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The fourth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fifth ingredient is barley, a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The eighth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is potato starch, a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The tenth ingredient is dried plain beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high-fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, True Solutions Adult Cat Blissful Belly Digestive Care Formula looks like an above-average dry product and is high in protein too.

The dashboard displays an excellent dry matter protein reading of 37.4%, a fat level of 17.6% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 37.1%.

As a group, the brand features a near-average protein content of 37.8% and a mean fat level of 17.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 47%.

This means this Blue Buffalo True Solutions (Dry) product line contains near-average protein, higher than average fat and carbohydrates when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Blue Buffalo True Solutions Adult Cat Blissful Belly Digestive Care dry food recipe is an excellent source of high-quality protein and essential fatty acids, made with natural, wholesome ingredients free from grains, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

It’s a great option for cats with sensitive stomachs.

Has Blue Buffalo cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Blue Buffalo has had a few recalls. The most recent cat food recall was in November 2015, when a small number of Blue Kitty Yums cat treats were recalled due to reports of propylene glycol.

In 2007 there were also multiple cat food recalls. Blue Buffalo Blue Spa Select canned cat food and Blue Buffalo Spa Select Kitten dry food were both recalled in April due to Melamine.

The other recalls were for the following dog products:

  • Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food (March 2017)
  • Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight, Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables (February 2017)
  • Blue Buffalo dog food cups (February 2017)
  • Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe (May 2016)
  • One lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones (November 2015)
  • Blue Buffalo dry dog food (October 2010)
  • Blue Buffalo Blue canned dog food and dog treats (April 2007)

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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About

Blue Buffalo’s headquarters is in Wilton, Connecticut. It has two facilities, one in Missouri and a manufacturing plant in Indiana.

The company started from humble origins but is now owned by General Mills.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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