Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: June 5, 2024

Purina Friskies Tasty Treasures (Wet) Review

Updated: June 5, 2024

Our Verdict


Not Recommended

Friskies Tasty Treasures wet product range is made up of twelve recipes with ratings varying from 2 to 2.5 stars. The average rating of the whole range is 2.5 stars

One of the product ranges manufactured by Purina, Friskies Tasty Treasures contain some named meats and fish but it is predominately made from meat by-products.

It has an AAFCO maintenance nutrient profile, so is ideal for adult cats.

  • Some named meat sources
  • High moisture content
  • Affordable
  • Plant-based ingredients
  • Unnamed meat by-products
  • Artificial flavors & preservatives

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Purina Friskies Beef with Liver Dinner Paté 2 M
Purina Friskies Paté with Ocean Fish & Scallop Flavor 2 M
Purina Friskies With Turkey & Chicken Liver 2 M
Purina Friskies Accented with Real Bacon Chicken Dinner 2.5 M
Purina Friskies With Real Bacon Ocean Fish in Sauce 2.5 G & M
Purina Friskies Turkey Dinner in Gravy 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Scallop Flavor Chicken & Ocean Fish Dinner Pate 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Prime Filets with Chicken in Gravy 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Turkey with Liver in Gravy 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Accented with Real Bacon Chicken & Tuna Dinner 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Prime Filets with Chicken & Tuna in Gravy 2.5 M
Purina Friskies Scallop Flavor Ocean Fish & Tuna in Sauce 2.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Friskies Tasty Treasures Prime Filets with Chicken & Tuna in Gravy wet cat 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.

Friskies Tasty Treasures Prime Filets with Chicken & Tuna in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Water, meat by-products, wheat gluten, chicken, soy flour, corn starch-modified, tuna, artificial and natural flavors, sodium caseinate, tricalcium phosphate, vegetable oil, vegetable starch modified, corn starch, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide], salt, dried whey, added color, sodium phosphate, taurine, trisodium phosphate, choline chloride, scallop flavor, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement], sorbic acid (a preservative)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The second ingredient is meat by-products. an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats – which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

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

The fourth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% 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 actual meat content of this cat food.

The fifth ingredient is corn starch-modified, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

The sixth ingredient is tuna. Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega-3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.3

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

This recipe receives a 2.5-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Friskies Tasty Treasures wet cat food  looks like a below-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 10% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 32%.

As a group, the brand features average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 14.9%. Together these figures suggest an average carbohydrate content of 29.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 32%.

This means the Friskies Tasty Treasures product line contains above-average protein, average carbs and fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Friskies Tasty Treasures wet cat food is a cheaper product made from low-quality ingredients. It redeems itself a little, with the presence of some named meat and fish products, but it is bulked out with plant-based ingredients as well as containing artificial preservatives, colors and flavors.

Has Purina cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Purina has had a number of cat food recalls over the years.

The last one was in July 2021 when cans of Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Tuna Entree in Sauce Wet Cat Food were recalled as they may have contained plastic.

In March 2019, Purina issued a recall of one of its Muse cat foods.

In 2012, a single lot of Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management Feline Formula was recalled due to low levels of thiamine. Production Code #11721159.

In June 2011, Friskies issued a small recall due to the potential risk of salmonella contamination. This recall only affected a small range of Friskies products, – the Friskies Grillers Blend dry cat food recipe in 3.15lb and 16lb bags with best-by dates of August 2012.

In the same year, some other Purina dry cat foods were recalled due to suspected salmonella contamination. The products affected were: Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ dry cat food, 3.5 lb. and 7 lb. bags, with a “Best by” date of May 2012 and Production Code #03341084 or #03351084 and Purina Cat Chow Naturals, 6.3 lb., Production Code #10331083 13, with “Best by” date of August 2012.

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

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Nestlé Purina PetCare is an American subsidiary of the Swiss corporation Nestlé, based in St. Louis, Missouri. It produces and markets pet food, treats, cat and dog litter. 

The cat food brands owned by Purina are: Beyond, Breeze, DenaLife, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Kit & Kaboodle, Petivity, Purina Cat Chow, Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Tidy Cats and Whisker Lickin’s.


1, 2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

3: Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

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