Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Purina ONE Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Purina ONE wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second highest rating, 4-stars.

The food is made from natural ingredients and added vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  The range also includes limited-ingredient recipes, USDA organic options to support digestive and immune health.

Pros
  • Real, recognizable, high-quality ingredients
  • Number one ingredient is wild salmon
  • Supports immune health
  • Grain free, no corn, wheat or soy
  • No poultry by-product meal
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • MSC Certified Sustainably Sourced
Cons
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins

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

The Purina ONE wet cat food product line includes 16 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Grain Free Chicken Recipe Premium Paté 4 A
Healthy Kitten Chicken & Salmon Recipe 4 G
True Instinct Chicken & Salmon Recipe in Sauce 4 A
True Instinct Chicken Recipe in Gravy 4 A
True Instinct Chicken & Turkey Recipe in Gravy 4 A
True Instinct Salmon & Trout Recipe in Sauce 4 A
True Instinct Tuna Recipe in Sauce 4 A
True Instinct Turkey Recipe in Gravy 4 A
Grain Free Beef Recipe 4 A
Grain Free Ocean Whitefish Recipe 4 A
Grain Free Turkey Recipe 4 A
Ideal Weight Tender Salmon Recipe in Sauce 4 M
Ideal Weight White Meat Chicken Recipe in Sauce 4 M
Advantage Senior 7+ Chicken & Ocean Fish Recipe Paté 4 M
Indoor + Hairball Ocean Whitefish & Rice Recipe 4 M
Urinary Tract Health Beef & Liver Recipe 4 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Purina ONE Grain Free Chicken Recipe Premium Paté 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.

Purina ONE Grain Free Chicken Recipe Premium Paté

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

22.7%

Fat

19.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, liver, chicken broth, pork lungs, fish, natural flavors, minerals [potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide], guar gum, taurine, vitamins [vitamin e supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), 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], choline chloride, salt


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is 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 liver.  ​​This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is chicken brothBroths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The fourth ingredient is pork lungs which is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.  

The fifth ingredient is fishThis item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2  

Without more detailed information, it’s difficult to judge the quality of this particular ingredient. In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

The seventh ingredient is the mineral potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The eighth ingredient is magnesium proteinateMagnesium has been chemically attached to protein. This makes it easier to absorb.

This recipe receives a 4-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Purina ONE wet cat food looks like an above average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 19.3%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52.9% and a mean fat level of 16.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 33%.

This means the Purina ONE wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Purina ONE wet cat food often includes real meat, poultry, or fish as the primary protein source. It aims to provide cats with balanced nutrition, including essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. 

The formulas are also designed to support overall health, including the immune system, urinary tract health, and a healthy coat and skin.

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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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. 

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.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: 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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