The 10 Best High Protein Foods For Your Cat

A lot of people think that the best high-protein cat food is going to be expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are a few different brands out there that make great food for your kitty without breaking the bank. In this guide, we’ll show you a few of our favorites and tell you what to look for when you’re shopping for high-protein cat food.

When it comes to high-protein cat food, there are a few things that you want to look for:

  1. You want to make sure that the food has a high protein content. This is important because cats need a lot of protein in their diet in order to stay healthy.
  1. The food should have a good balance of fat and carbohydrates. Cats need some fat in their diet, but too much can be unhealthy. You also don’t want to feed your cat food that is too high in carbohydrates because they can have trouble digesting them.
  1. The food you’re feeding your cat should be grain-free. Many commercial cat foods contain grains, which can be difficult for cats to digest. If you can find grain-free food, it will be easier on your cat’s stomach and will provide them with all of the nutrients they need.

Now that you know what to look for in high-protein cat food, let’s take a look at some brands.

Smalls Human-Grade Fresh


You want to find food that is high quality and nutritious, but you also want something that your cat will actually eat! That’s where Small’s human-grade fresh cat food comes in. This wet cat food is available in three delicious protein options (chicken, turkey, or beef) and features no additives or mystery meats.

For example, the Bird recipe contains wholesome ingredients like chicken thigh, breast, liver, and heart. Plus, these yummy recipes are available in three different textures – smooth, ground or pulled – so you can find the perfect option for even the pickiest eater.

Their ingredients are transparent and additive-free. And you can feel good about giving your cat their science-backed formula because it meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. Plus, it ships right to your door for added convenience.

The only things to consider are the price (which is high compared to other options on the list) and the fact that Smalls’ “Cat Concierge” customer service team is only available online; there is no direct phone support. But overall, this is a great option for those looking for high-quality cat food.

Ingredients: (might differ depending on your questionary)

Chicken, Chicken liver, Green beans, Peas, Water (sufficient for processing), Chicken hearts, Kale, Tricalcium phosphate, Canola oil, Choline chloride, Potassium chloride, Salt, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Niacinamide, Ferrous sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, Thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), Calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), Copper sulfate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Manganese sulfate, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Potassium iodide, Folic acid, Biotin (vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement

Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Liver Pate Canned Kitten Food

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Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Cat Food, Kitten Turkey & Chicken Liver is delicious. Your kitten will love the taste of turkey and chicken liver pate, and you’ll love knowing that they’re getting all the nutrients they need to grow up healthy and strong.

This natural, grain-free recipe is made with cranberries and botanicals and fortified with vitamins and minerals to help support inner wellness, with a fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat. Plus, there are no artificial flavors, colors, carrageenan or preservatives. Give your kitten the best start in life.

Cats are notoriously picky drinkers, which can make it tough to keep them hydrated. That’s why this recipe was specifically crafted to promote healthy hydration in cats. It’s packed with nutrients and moisture, making it an ideal way to support your cat’s urinary tract health. Plus, the added benefits of increased energy, a lustrous coat, sound digestion and strong immunity make this recipe a winner all around.


Turkey, Chicken Liver, Turkey Broth, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Herring, Natural Flavor, Cranberries, Tricalcium Phosphate, Menhaden Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Guar Gum, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dried Kelp, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract

Diamond Naturals High Protein Dry Cat Food

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Diamond Naturals Active Cat Chicken Meal and Rice dry cat food is the perfect choice for active cats who need a high-protein diet. The real cage-free chicken protein is the #1 ingredient, and the food is also high in fat and vitamins to provide optimal nutrition. Superfoods like blueberries and oranges are included to provide essential nutrients and omega fatty acids help to keep skin and coat healthy. This delicious food is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, and it’s sure to keep your cat happy and healthy.

Each serving includes species-specific probiotics to help support healthy digestion, plus antioxidants and prebiotics to support the immune system. This dry food is also family-owned and made in the USA using quality ingredients from trusted domestic and global sources.


Chicken meal, ground white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, flaxseed, ground Miscanthus grass, sodium bisulfate, salmon oil (source of DHA), potassium chloride, choline chloride, DL-Methionine, taurine, dried chicory root, kale, chia seed, pumpkin, blueberries, oranges, quinoa, dried kelp, coconut, spinach, carrots, papaya, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid. Contains a source of live (viable), naturally occurring microorganisms. The facility in which this food is made also makes food that may contain other ingredients

Crave Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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For all the indoor kitties out there, CRAVE Grain Free Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food with Protein from Chicken and Salmon is the perfect meal! Real chicken is the number one ingredient, and the dry, grain-free cat food recipe is crafted with all-natural, real ingredients inspired by your cat’s natural, ancestral diet.

Plus, it provides energy from quality carbohydrate sources, plus vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So go ahead and give your feline friend the flavors they love and the protein-rich diet they need with CRAVE Grain Free Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food with Protein from Chicken and Salmon!

This delicious dry cat food is packed with the nutrients your feline friend needs to develop muscle, aid in digestion, and support a healthy immune system. And because each recipe is grain free and made with no chicken by-product meal, corn, wheat, or soy protein, you can rest assured that your cat is getting a complete and balanced diet. Plus, the crunchy bites provide the texture cats crave.


Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Split Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potato Protein, Salmon Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract

Smalls Freeze-Dried Raw


Smalls Freeze-Dried Raw is a great option for cat owners who are looking for a high-protein, minimally processed food that is rich in nutrients. The freeze-drying process helps to preserve the nutrients in the food, and the raw formula means that your cat is getting a meal that is as close to its natural diet as possible.

There are three different formulas to choose from, all of which are free from mystery meat, byproducts, artificial flavors, and preservatives. If you’re looking for a convenient way to ensure your cat is getting the nutrition it needs, Smalls Freeze-Dried Raw is definitely worth considering.

Made with 100% natural ingredients, this formula is free from by-products and artificial flavors. Plus, the crunchy texture is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. And best of all, it meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. So whether you’ve got a kitten or an adult cat, Smalls Freeze-Dried Raw has got you covered. Just keep in mind that the formula is on the pricier side.


Finely Ground Turkey with Bone, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Turkey Gizzard, Goat’s Milk, Turkey Egg, Water, Egg Shell Membrane, Herring Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, D-Alpha Tocopherol

Solid Gold High Protein Holistic Dry Cat Food

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Solid Gold’s Indigo Moon dry cat food is formulated with 20 nutrient-rich superfoods like carrots, pumpkin, cranberries, blueberries, broccoli, almond oil, kelp and lentils. It’s grain-free and gluten-free, making it ideal for cats and kittens of all life stages and all sizes. Plus, the high-protein formula helps support your cat’s overall health and well-being.

This holistic food is made with all-natural chicken and eggs, as well as fiber-rich peas for a highly digestible energy source. It’s also formulated with healthy, monounsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, and salmon oil to support overall skin and coat health. Plus, there’s no meat by-product meal in this formula.

Ingredients :

Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Chicken, Dried Eggs, Ocean Fish Meal, Natural Flavor, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Pumpkin, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Blueberries, Cranberries, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product

Orijen Original Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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With 90% quality animal ingredients, ORIJEN delivers a diet that is rich and varied in fresh, whole animal ingredients. Free-run chicken and turkey, wild-caught fish and cage-free eggs provide cats with the nutrients they need to stay healthy and happy.

In addition, ORIJEN’s unique manufacturing process ensures that all of the food’s natural flavors and nutrients are retained. As a result, ORIJEN Cat & Kitten food is not only delicious but also provides cats with everything they need to lead a long and healthy life.

Their biologically appropriate, grain-free diet is based on the foods that cats have evolved to eat. Their fresh regional ingredients are supplied by people they know and trust and are delivered to their kitchen fresh or raw, in their most natural and nourishing form. That means no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives – just the good stuff that your cat will love.


Chicken, turkey, whole mackerel, turkey giblets (liver, heart, gizzard), flounder, chicken liver, whole herring, eggs, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, dehydrated egg, chicken fat, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole peas, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, natural chicken flavor, whole navy beans, pollock oil, lentil fiber, pea starch, chicken heart, choline chloride, dried kelp, mixed tocopherols (preservative), vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, whole cranberries, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, collard greens, whole apples, whole pears, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, dried chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product

Natural Balance L.I.D. High Protein Dry Cat Food

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Natural Balance Limited combines the delicious flavors of green peas and salmon to create a meal that your cat is sure to love. And you’ll love knowing that this food is grain-free and made with limited ingredients to help minimize the number of ingredients your cat is exposed to.

Natural Balance Limited Dry Adult Cat Food is a complete, balanced nutrition for adult cats that includes real chicken, a high-quality protein that helps maintain strong muscles. This food also supports healthy skin and a shiny coat. It’s complete, balanced nutrition for adult cats, and it’s a great way to keep your cat healthy and happy.


Green Peas, Salmon Meal, Salmon, Pea Protein, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Flaxseed, DL-Methionine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract

PureBites Mixers Grain-Free Cat Food Toppers

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Made with only the finest ingredients, including 100% pure wild skipjack tuna in water, this PureBites Mixers is sure to please even the most discerning of palates. In addition to being a delicious treat, PureBites Mixers are also healthy and nutritious. They’re high in protein and low in calories, making them perfect for cats with special dietary needs.

And because they’re 100% natural and grain-free, they’re easy on sensitive stomachs. So whether you’re looking for a tasty snack or a nutritious meal-time booster, PureBites Wet Mixers are the purr-fect solution.


100% Pure Wild Skipjack Tuna in water

Blue Buffalo Healthy Aging

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Blue Buffalo Healthy Aging Natural Mature Dry Cat Food is the perfect food for your maturing feline friend! Real meat is always the first ingredient, providing high-quality protein to help maintain strong muscles. Plus, it contains wholesome whole grains, garden veggies and fruit to give your cat all the nutrients they need. The essential proteins and carbohydrates in this food will satisfy your cat’s energy requirements for a healthy lifestyle. Plus, it contains taurine to support heart and eye health in aging cats.

This formula contains Blue’s exclusive LifeSource Bits, a precise blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that support immune system health. The natural ingredients are enhanced with vitamins and minerals, and the food never contains chicken by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives. Your cat will love the taste, and you’ll love knowing that you’re giving her the nutrition she needs to stay healthy and active.


Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Pea Protein, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Fish Oil (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Pea Fiber, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Potatoes, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Chicory Root, Taurine, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Sulfate, Cranberries, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Carnitine, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, L-Lysine, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), 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, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary

If you want to give your cat the best possible chance at a long and healthy life, high-protein cat food is the way to go. Not only will it help them maintain their muscle mass and energy levels, but it can also help reduce the risk of obesity and other health problems. Just be sure to read the labels carefully and choose a food that is right for your cat’s individual needs. With a little bit of research, you can find the perfect high-protein diet for your feline friend.

If you have questions about your cats’ nutritious needs, don’t hesitate to ask your vet.

FAQ – Everything You Always Wanted To Know About High-Protein Cat Food

  1. What are the benefits of feeding my cat high-protein food?

A high protein diet can help your cat maintain a healthy weight, build lean muscle mass and have more energy.

  1. How much protein should my cat be eating each day?

The amount of protein your cat needs will vary depending on their age, activity level and health condition. A spayed or neutered cat needs at least 5.2 to 6 g of protein/kg to maintain lean body mass. Thus, a 5 kg cat needs to consume at least 26 g of protein per day to maintain its muscle mass.

  1. Is there a downside to feeding my cat high-protein food?

No, there are no downsides to feeding your cat high-protein food. However, you should always talk to your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat’s diet.

  1. My cat is picky, how can I get him to eat high-protein food?

There are a few things you can try to get your cat to eat high-protein food, such as mixing it with their regular food, adding some wet food or gravy or trying a different brand or flavor.

  1. Will high protein food help my cat lose weight?

High protein foods can help your cat lose weight by increasing their metabolism and keeping them fuller for longer. Cats that are overweight often have a hard time losing weight on their own, so high protein foods can be a helpful tool in achieving weight loss.

If your cat is obese, please speak to your vet. He will be able to give you a detailed nutrition plan to get your cat’s health back on track.


Nikol Toteva was born into a family with a Saint Bernard and spent her childhood on a farm surrounded by animals. Animals have always been a big part of her life. Her upbringing has created a special place in her heart for animals, which she enjoys writing about. She has worked as a writer in different industries for many years. Nikol has a degree in History and loves to spend time with her cat Napoléon.

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