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Tiki Cat Food Is As Succulent As It Sounds [Review]

Described as “the carnivore diet cats were born to eat” Tiki Cat food takes inspiration from the natural prey diets our cats would eat in the wild.

Crafted from whole food ingredients that you can see, like shredded chicken and salmon filets, Tiki Cat’s high protein recipes are designed to nourish your feline friend and meet all of their nutritional needs.

Tiki Cat’s set themselves apart from competitors with their thoughtfully selected and sustainably sourced ingredients and a commitment to selling their premium food at affordable prices.

Tiki Cat story

Tiki Cat was founded by Christine Hackett in 2005 when her work in research and development for Petco led her to an alarming realization. Many premium cat food brands were loaded with grains, carbohydrates, vegetables, and fillers.

In other words, they were not optimal for our obligate carnivore kitty companions.

So what’s a concerned cat parent to do when faced with that dilemma?

Create her own brand of high-quality, holistic cat food, of course!

Hackett founded Petropics Gourmet Whole Foods and its sub-brand Tiki Cat with a two-pronged mission. To create meat-centered and protein first cat food recipes and to only use “purposeful” ingredients.

That tradition continues today. Tiki Cat’s commitment to making premium affordable cat food has made the brand a go-to for the health-conscious cat parent.

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Our top eight picks from the Tiki Cat food line up:

  1. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Fish Luau
  2. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Light
  3. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Kitten
  4. Tiki Cat Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consomme
  5. Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken Recipe in Broth
  6. Tiki Cat Aloha Friends Tuna and Pumpkin Recipe in Broth
  7. Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Senior Cat
  8. Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna and Crab 

What kind of cat food does Tiki Cat offer?

Tiki Cat currently offers five types of cat food:

Tiki Cat Canned Cat Food: Aloha Friends, After Dark, Grill, and Luau

Tiki Cat Dry Cat Food: Born Carnivore and Born Carnivore Kitten

Tiki Cat Pouch Wet Cat Food: Velvet Mousse, Special Mousse, Aloha Friends

Tiki Cat Treats and Supplements: Crunchers, Filets, Tummy Toppers, Stix Wet Treats, Soft & Chewy Treats, Compliments, Broths

Tiki Cat Raw: Wet Food with Bone Broth

Tiki Cat never contains any gums, carrageenan, grains, GMOs, meat by-products, potatoes, or artificial flavors or colors.

1. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Fish Luau Dry Cat Food

Tiki Cat’s signature dry food is their Born Carnivore line. A feline fan favorite in their line of high protein and grain free kibble is their Herring and Salmon Fish Luau dry cat food.

The first five ingredients are easy to digest (and tasty!) animal proteins and meats like herring, and dried eggs. This kibble’s salmon oil and ground flaxseeds are loaded with omega fatty acids and the addition of species-appropriate chicken fat adds flavor and healthy fats.

There are only a handful of plant proteins and vegetable ingredients in this cat food, making it one of the less carb-heavy varieties on the market.

Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Fish Luau Dry Cat Food

Pros

  • Contains multiple animal proteins and meats
  • High protein and high in omega fatty acids
  • Fewer carbs than more traditional dry cat foods
  • No GMOs or artificial ingredients

Cons

  • Contains brewer’s dried yeast which some cats are sensitive to
  • Contains peas, tapioca, and chickpeas

2. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Light Dry Cat Food

Is your kibble-loving kitty getting just a bit chunky? Well, with Tiki Cat’s Born Carnivore Light dry cat food, your feline friend doesn’t have to quit their favorite crunchy munchies cold turkey.

This grain free and high protein baked kibble is designed specifically for cats who are overweight or struggle with weight.

This low-fat and low-calorie dry cat food starts with real poultry ingredients like deboned turkey and dehydrated chicken. This isn’t a vegetable-heavy kibble, and what is there (pumpkin and spinach) provides fiber and supports your kitty’s digestive health. Added prebiotics and L-carnitine aid with digestion, weight loss, and fat burning.

Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Light Dry Cat Food

Pros

  • The first ingredient is real deboned turkey
  • High protein, low calorie, and low fat
  • Fortified with prebiotics, L-carnitine, and omega fatty acids

Cons

  • Not appropriate for cats with fish allergies
  • Contains peas and brewer’s dried yeast which some cats are sensitive to

3. Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Kitten

Tiki Cat’s beloved Born Carnivore dry cat food also comes in a Kitten variety!

This high protein and grain free kibble is loaded with easy-to-digest and wholesome meats and animal proteins like dehydrated egg and chicken liver to give kittens the healthy fats and nutrients kittens need to grow.

Born Carnivore Kitten is fortified with DHA and omega fatty acids for brain and eye development, and probiotics and prebiotics for digestive and immune system support. Just like Tiki Cat’s other dry cat foods, this kibble goes easy on the plant proteins and vegetable ingredients.

Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Kitten

Pros

  • The first five ingredients are real meats and animal proteins
  • High protein and high in healthy fats
  • Contains added DHA, Omega Fatty Acids, probiotics, and prebiotics
  • No artificial ingredients, flavors, colors, or GMOs

Cons

  • Not appropriate for kittens with fish allergies
  • Contains peas and chickpeas
  • Contains brewer’s dried yeast which some cats are sensitive to

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4. Tiki Cat Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consommé

The instant you crack open a can of Tiki Cat’s Succulent Chicken you can tell this is no ordinary cat food. The hearty shredded chicken in a savory chicken broth (consommé) looks exactly like something you’d cook for your own human family.

Crafted from human-grade chicken this high protein grain free wet cat food is made from just three ingredients and contains zero carbohydrates. That in combination with its low-fat content makes this one of the best wet cat foods on the market for felines with diabetes.

Because it’s made from a single animal protein it’s also ideal for cats who have food allergies or sensitivities.

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Tiki Cat Succulent Chicken in Chicken Consommé

Pros

  • Real chicken is the first ingredient
  • High protein and high moisture content
  • Low fat and zero carbs
  • Contains a single protein
  • No gums, potatoes, thickeners, or artificial ingredients

Cons

  • Contains no fiber
  • May be too low in fat for some cats

5. Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken Recipe in Broth

Tiki Cat’s After Dark Chicken wet cat food is another stellar choice for your feline friend. It’s nearly entirely made from organ meats and contains no unnecessary vegetable ingredients, making it a modern take on what cats eat in the wild.

These nutritious ingredients include vitamin B and mineral-packed organs and muscle meats like chicken gizzards, chicken hearts, and chicken liver. Chicken broth and omega fatty acid-rich tuna oil round out the limited ingredients in this high-protein cat food.

As with Tiki Cat’s other wet cat food, there are barely any carbohydrates and a low-fat content. After Dark comes in 10 flavors and two textures: pate and shreds.

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Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken Recipe in Broth

Pros

  • Crafted from high protein, highly digestible, nutrient-rich organ meats
  • Low carb and low fat
  • No gums or artificial ingredients
  • No vegetable ingredients
  • Appropriate for cats of all ages

Cons

  • Not appropriate for cats with fish allergies
  • May be too low in fat for some cats
  • Very low fiber

6. Tiki Cat Aloha Friends Tuna and Pumpkin Recipe in Broth

If the groovy island vibes of Tiki Cat’s Aloha Friends wet cat food doesn’t win you over, the wholesome and nutritious ingredients will!

This high protein, high moisture canned food combines meaty chunks of wild-caught tuna, with savory tuna broth, and fiber-rich pumpkin to feed your carnivore kitty’s appetite and keep their tummies happy.

Tiki Cat Aloha Friends Tuna and Pumpkin contains a single animal protein and no unnecessary vegetable or starch ingredients, which makes the carb and fat content some of the lowest on the commercial cat food market. This cat food is excellent for cats with diabetes, IBD, and food allergies.

Tiki Cat Aloha Friends Tuna and Pumpkin Recipe in Broth

Pros

  • Made from real tuna
  • High protein, fiber, and omega fatty acids
  • Balanced and complete for cats of all ages
  • Texture is soft enough for senior cats and kittens
  • No gums or artificial ingredients

Cons

  • Very strong odor
  • May be too low in fat for some cats

7. Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Senior With Salmon & Pumpkin in Broth

Tiki Cat’s foods aren’t only perfect for cats with diabetes and sensitive stomachs. Many of their recipes are also tailored towards senior cats, like their Velvet Mousse Senior wet cat food.

As the name suggests, Tiki Cat’s Velvet Mousse Senior consists of a creamy, soft pate blended from real salmon, eggs, chicken, and pumpkin. Every pouch of this silky cat food is packed with protein, antioxidants, and fiber all to help support your senior kitty’s digestive system, immune system, and to aid in maintaining their lean muscle mass.

It’s soft enough for seniors with sensitive or missing teeth, and the high moisture content helps your aging kitty stay hydrated, especially if they don’t drink enough water.

Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Senior With Salmon & Pumpkin in Broth

Pros

  • Contains three animal proteins
  • Crafted from real salmon, chicken, and eggs
  • High in protein, antioxidants, and fiber
  • Contains no gums, thickeners, or excessive vegetable ingredients

Cons

  • The pouches are messy and hard to recycle

8. Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna and Crab

Tiki Cat’s Grill line of wet cat food contains a medley of chewy, cuts of flaked fish with shellfish tossed in a savory broth (or, pureed into pates).

Tiki Cat’s Ahi Tuna and Crab is made with of thick, meaty cuts of shredded crab meat and wild-caught tuna. High in protein, moisture, and omega fatty acids, and low in fat and carbs this wet canned cat food is great for cats who are diabetic or who struggle with their weight or digestive system issues like IBD.

This recipe contains no chicken or poultry ingredients making it one of Tiki Cat’s allergy-friendly offerings. It also contains no vegetables or plant proteins.

Tiki Cat Ahi Tuna and Crab

Pros

  • High protein, moisture, and omega fatty acid content
  • Low carb and low fat
  • Suitable for cats with chicken or poultry allergies
  • Contains no gums, thickeners, or vegetable ingredients

Cons

  • May be too low in fat for some cats
  • Very low fiber

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Who makes Tiki Cat?

Tiki Cat is part of Tiki Pets, which was originally a brand owned by founders Christine and Robert Hackett’s Petropics Gourmet Whole Foods.

In 2015 Tiki Pets and dog treat company Cloud Star merged together to create a new parent company: Whitebridge Pet Brands.

Today, Whitebridge Pet Brands owns and operates Tiki Pets, Cloud Star, four other pet food brands including Dogs Well, Buddy Biscuits, Crazy Dog, Pet Botanics, and a brand of pet pharmaceuticals Remedy Recovery.

Where is Tiki Cat food manufactured?

Tiki Cat cat food is manufactured in Thailand in human-grade facilities.

Where do Tiki Cat food ingredients come from?

Tiki Cat’s fish come from International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) fisheries in Thailand.

These fisheries use environmentally-friendly practices and support initiatives that protect and preserve marine environments and animals, including sea turtles and dolphins.

Tiki Cat’s wild-caught tuna is dolphin-safe and comes from International Dolphin Conservation Program fisheries.

Has Tiki Cat had any recalls?

Tiki Cat has had no recalls to date.

Is Tiki Cat cat food grain free?

Yes, Tiki Cat cat food is grain free. It never contains any corn, wheat, oats, barley, or rice.

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Is Tiki Cat healthy cat food?

Tiki Cat is exceptionally healthy cat food! There are so many things to love about Tiki Cat food. Their emphasis on creating and offering up quality cat food recipes is one.

This holistic brand has a sharp focus on using only whole food ingredients that cats need. Tiki Cat follows AFFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutritional guidelines.

Every Tiki Cat recipe is designed specifically for our obligate carnivore companion cats and is centered around highly nutritious and easy to digest real meats and animal proteins like eggs and fish oil.

From iron-rich organ meats to fiberful and vitamin-packed pumpkin every ingredient in Tiki Cat has a purpose. There are no excessive vegetable ingredients, heavy grains, artificial flavors or colors, GMOs, or questionable fillers, gums, or thickeners in any of Tiki Cat’s foods.

This clean ingredient approach makes Tiki Cat stand a cut above other holistic commercial cat food competitors. Their carbohydrate content is one of the lowest in the industry!

On top of that, all of Tiki Cat’s wet and dry cat foods are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals and considered balanced and nutritionally complete.

Is Tiki Cat food good for diabetic cats?

Yes, Tiki Cat is excellent for diabetic cats!

Tiki Cat is the leading commercial pet food company with low-carb and low-fat cat food. With dozens of wet cat food recipes and a handful of low glycemic dry cat foods, Tiki Cat has plenty of options for overweight and diabetic cats.

Tiki Cat’s emphasis on using only ingredients that are absolutely necessary for cats, like omega fatty acid-rich tuna and salmon, and vitamin and protein-packed organ meats like chicken hearts and livers, make Tiki Cat’s diabetic-friendly cat food unparalleled on the cat food market.

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Alternatives to Tiki Cat

If you’re not able to get Tiki Cat or if you’d like to try a brand that has similar offerings you can check out these three alternatives.

RAWZ

We love RAWZ cat food! Described as “the next best thing to feeding raw” RAWZ’s small-batch cat food is also high protein, grain-free, and carb-friendly.

RAWZ also loads their wet and dry cat foods with premium meats and limits vegetables and plant proteins, making it another biologically, or species, appropriate choice for our obligate carnivore kitty friends.

RAWZ has dozens of options of wet cat foods making it a good choice for finicky cats who get bored of limited flavors. RAWZ also has the distinction of being the only commercial cat food company to donate 100% of its profits to charities.

I And Love And You

I And Love And You is another grain free and high protein cat food company that puts an emphasis on using high-quality meats and animal proteins above all.

The independently-operated and employee-owned company is known for their uncomplicated ingredients and veterinarian-formulated recipes. Variety is a big part of I And Love And You’s popularity– there are dozens of different flavors and textures of cat foods!

Like Tiki Cat, I And Love And You doesn’t use any meat by-products, hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or carrageenan.

Stella & Chewy

Stella & Chewy is another independently-owned company that creates high protein meat-centered holistic cat food. Like Tiki Cat, Stella & Chewy uses human-grade ingredients like whole deboned chicken and vitamin-packed organ and muscle meats.

Beyond canned wet cat food, Stella & Chewy also offers premium freeze-dried raw cat food. Stella & Chewy also uses responsibly sourced hormone-free ingredients that are easy to digest and highly nutritious for cats of all ages and life stages.

As with Tiki Cat, there are never any artificial ingredients, fillers, grains, soy, wheat, or corn in Stella & Chewy cat food.

Key takeaways on Tiki Cat food

As founder Christine Hackett once famously said pet food ingredients “should only be what cats and dogs need to eat—protein, fat, and moisture. They’re carnivores; there is no need for any unnecessary fillers.”

Tiki Cat was founded with the intention to give our kitty companions delicious and nutritious food. Taking inspiration from and mimicking cats’ whole prey diets in the wild, Tiki Cat has carved out a name for itself in the commercial cat food market.

The company’s commitment to using purposeful ingredients, premium meats, and easy-to-digest animal proteins, and selling every product at an affordable price point has made Tiki Cat one of the most beloved holistic cat foods around.

Victoria Tomis

Last update on 2021-03-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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