Contents of Article
- Annamaet Pet Food was founded in 1986 by Rob Downey.
- What types of cat food does Annamaet offer?
- Has Annamaet ever been recalled?
- Where can you buy Annamaet cat food?
- What do customers think of Annamaet cat food?
- Annamaet Grain-Free Chicken & Fish Formula Dry Cat Food Review
Annamaet Pet Food was founded in 1986 by Rob Downey.
Mr. Downey’s studies on animal nutrition have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and were cited in the 2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. After seven years of graduate work on canine nutrition and exercise physiology, Rob decided to formulate his own dog food formulas. Annamaet was named after Rob’s animal-loving mother, Anna Mae Downey. The first bag was sold on its namesake’s birthday in 1986.
Following the creation of Annamaet, Rob decided to spend his winters in Alaska field-testing his formulas on sled dogs.
During one training run in the Alaskan bush, Rob had an experience that would inspire the use of a moose silhouette on every bag of Annamaet pet food.
After turning into an off-trail turnaround, Rob Downey and his team of sled dogs surprised an Alaskan musher’s worst fear: a mother moose with her calf. A mother moose is incredibly protective of her young, and in Alaska, these animals have a terrifying mass. An Alaskan moose weighs upward of 1,400 pounds and can be six feet tall at the shoulder.
Knowing that the charging moose would likely trample the dogs, Rob released the team and commanded them to go home. Rob and the sled dogs attempted to run for safety. Before he could reach the nearby birch tree that promised some vertical distance from the moose, she knocked him down and stomped him into the deep snow. When he regained consciousness thirty minutes later, Rob was hypothermic, with broken ribs, torn cartilage, a fractured elbow, and a concussion.
He’d released his dogs to protect them from the attack, leaving him with no way to get back to the cabin. Rob’s last hope was to make it to the main trail, where his body would be found sooner. He dragged himself 300 yards back to the main trail. There, he saw something incredible: the dog team hadn’t run back to the cabin. The snowhook (like a dog sled emergency brake) had tumbled out of the sled and stalled the dogs on the main trail. Miraculously, Rob was able to get into the sled and ride back to the cabin.
As Rob recovered from the incident, his friends gave him the nickname Mr. Rugged. Manitok, an Inuit Eskimo word meaning “rugged”, is the name of one of the company’s dog food formulas.
Annamaet is best-known for their food, treats, and supplements for dogs, but they also offer a small selection of food for cats.
What types of cat food does Annamaet offer?
Their cat food offering is currently limited to just three formulas. All are dry foods; if you’re interested in providing a moisture-rich diet for your cat, these foods have little to offer. Dry foods can lead to chronic dehydration and consequent health issues, including lower urinary tract and kidney disease.
All of the formulas are made from ethically-sourced ingredients that are marked safe for human consumption. They use free-range chicken and wild-caught, naturally preserved fish. The formulas use chelated minerals, which are minerals bound to amino acids. This binding process can help to increase the bioavailability of the minerals.
All Annamaet formulas are manufactured by a co-packer in the United States.
Annamaet Cat Food Formulas
- Original Feline Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula
- Grain Free Feline Chicken and Fish Formula
- Feline Sustain No. 29 Sustainable Fish Formula
Has Annamaet ever been recalled?
Annamaet has no recalls on record.
Where can you buy Annamaet cat food?
Annamaet is sold in independent pet specialty stores and online through Amazon, Chewy, and other online pet product retailers.
What do customers think of Annamaet cat food?
Let’s take a look at positive and negative reviews of one of the brand’s most popular formulas, Annamaet Grain-Free Feline Chicken & Fish Formula.
On Chewy, this formula has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating. 93% of 29 customer reviewers say they’d recommend the food.
“My little boy loves this cat food. I love that it’s healthy and gain free and he loves the flavor and the extra energy he gains from it. We’ve gone through a lot of different brands and i think we finally found a winner. Yay.” – Yowler123
“Annamaet is outstanding! Not only is it a whole “food” product, I have six cats at various age stages in life. One has skin allergies and another has digestive issues. Not only has this helped with Rajah’s skin allergy, but his mother Roxi has had minimal to NO digestive issues. I purchase this online, because I am not able to find this near my new home.” – KitKat
“First off let me say that I have been using vet recommended Annamaet dog food for our Golden and he loves it. However, when I tried the dry cat food hoping it would help with digestive issues with our cats (throwing up food) it was a complete failure. I mixed food half & half with old kibble as vet suggested, but they just picked out the old food and left the other in their bowls. Tried giving them just the Annamaet and watched two of the cats trying to bury their bowls. That’s the kiss of death from a cat. Will be setting it outside for the local wildlife to eat. Really wished they had liked it as I can’t say enough good things about their dog food and treats.” -JustFlo
“Can’t get ANY cat to eat this…even the starving stray.” – aemonday
First 5 Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Herring Meal, Dried Eggs
Like all Annamaet cat food formulas, this food is made from high-quality free-range chicken and wild-caught fish. It’s free from artificial colors, by-products, and fillers. The recipe relies primarily on concentrated meat meals for animal protein. Because this recipe uses chicken, pork, and fish, along with natural animal flavor and eggs, the food is rife with potential allergens.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredient list.
The recipe starts with chicken meal, a concentrated source of animal protein. Tapioca is the second ingredient and serves as a kibble binder.
Next on our ingredient list is chicken fat. This ingredient is a natural and biologically appropriate dietary fat source. Herring meal is another protein-rich meat concentrate. Dried eggs are a highly-nourishing protein source for cats.
Brewers yeast is a natural source of B-complex vitamins and other minerals. After brewers yeast, the recipe includes field peas, which are often used in grain-free pet foods as a kibble binder.
Following the peas, the ingredient list turns back to animal protein with the inclusion of pork meal. Menhaden oil is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy while supporting immune health. Natural flavor is made from hydrolyzed animal tissue. Because this additive is made from unidentified animals, it’s not recommended for cats with food sensitivities or allergies.
Near the bottom of the ingredient list are low-glycemic fruits and vegetables for added nutrients and antioxidants. These are carrots, celery, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, and cranberries.
In addition to chelated minerals, the food contains some nutraceuticals not often found in cat food, including yucca schidigera extract, which may help support joint health and reduce inflammation. Algae offers Omega-3 fatty acids, although these are more biologically available from animal sources. Organic dried kelp is mineral-rich.
Although dry food is never ideal for cats, this food is nutritionally superior to most other kibble. It is 44% crude protein, 20% fat, and about 15.7% carbohydrates.
The food is available in two bag sizes: a 4-lb bag and 12-lb bag. Feeding an average cat will cost between $.63 and $.75 per day.
Prices are based on Annamaet feeding guidelines and Chewy prices with shipping costs not included.