Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Kit & Kaboodle (Dry) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Strongly Not Recommended

Kit & Kaboodle dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 1.5 stars.

This range of food does not contain quality animal meat but instead is made up of a combination of corn and meal, along with animal by-products.

Pros
  • Contains vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Contains corn
  • Low in protein
  • High in carbohydrate
  • Limited range
  • Artificial colors & preservatives

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

Kit & Kaboodle dry product line includes three cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Kit & Kaboodle Outdoor Dry Cat Food 1.5 A
Kit & Kaboodle Indoor Dry Cat Food 1.5 M
Kit & Kaboodle Original Dry Cat Food 1.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Kit & Kaboodle Outdoor Dry 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.

Kit & Kaboodle Outdoor Dry Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

34.1%

Protein

13.6%

Fat

44.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, meat by- product meal, animal fat preserved with BHA & BHT, animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid, salt, calcium carbonate, fish meal, choline chloride, [vitamin A supplement, vitamin D-3 supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), folic acid (vitamin B-9), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin K), biotin (vitamin B-7), vitamin B-12 supplement], [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], taurine, potassium chloride, l-tryptophan, dl-methionine, red 40, yellow 5, blue 2.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is ground yellow corn, a coarsely ground flour made from dried corn.  Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any cat food.

The second ingredient is corn gluten meal.  Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

The third ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

Less costly plant-based products like these 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 fourth ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste.  It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the choice cuts have been removed.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.

The fifth ingredient is meat by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste.  It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered mammal after all the prime cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this stuff can include almost anything else such as heads, ovaries, or developing fetuses.  1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this ingredient could come from almost anywhere: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized farm animals.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh meat.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a cat needs, we consider meat by-product meal an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is animal fat preserved with BHA & BHT.  Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from just about anywhere: salvaged roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat — even dead, diseased or dying cattle.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is animal liver flavorLiver digest is made from the enzymatic breakdown of liver tissue.  Digests are commonly used by pet food manufacturers as flavor enhancers. 

Normally, a digest can be considered an acceptable ingredient. However, in this case, the digest is of lower quality — made from the organ tissue of an unnamed (generic) source species.

The eighth ingredient is phosphoric acidPhosphoric acid is added to cat foods for a number of reasons including, being anti-microbial, control of both the food pH and manipulation of the cat’s urinary pH, and even palatability.  

Acidifying cat food is a method used to control Salmonella. Manipulation of a cat’s urinary pH is a measure to promote the dissolution of urinary stones, and to create the urinary environment where stones are unable to form.  The presence of phosphoric acid within this food is seen as positive.

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.

However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium.  Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

We’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your cat. After all, do you really think your cat cares what color their food is?

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Kit & Kaboodle Outdoor Dry Cat Food recipe looks like a below-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 34.1%, a fat level of 13.6% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 44.3%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32.6% and a mean fat level of 11.7%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 36%.

This means this Kit & Kaboodle dry range contains below-average protein, above-average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Kit & Kaboodle dry cat food is an inexpensive brand that uses low-quality ingredients, full of fillers with little if any protein from named meat or fish and so providing little nutritional value for cats.

Has Kit & Kaboodle cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Purina (the owner of Kit & Kaboodle), has had a number of cat food recalls over the years.

In July 2021 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 16 lb 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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About

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. 

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

Sources

1: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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