Caru Cat Food Review

From a young age, Pamela and Adrian Pettyan’s golden retriever struggled with recurring ear infections. After their vet told them a homemade diet might help control their pup’s problems, Pamela and Adrian started preparing homemade stews for Karu.

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Thanks to his fresh homemade diet, Karu’s itchiness and infections subsided. Inspired by the way that a homemade diet changed their dog’s life, the Pettyans decided to share their homemade dog stews with the rest of the world. In 2010, they launched a dog food company called Karu’s Canine Cuisine.

Today, the company—now called Caru—isn’t only about canine cuisine. Caru also offers a small selection of human-grade stews and treats for cats.

What types of cat food does Caru offer?

Cuts of meat or poultry are the first ingredient in every Caru recipe. Their foods are made without any grain, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, or animal by-products.

All Caru foods are human-grade products made in small batches in a US human food processing facility. All Caru foods are processed and handled in accordance with FDA regulations for human food. Their meat and poultry are USDA inspected and all ingredients are handled according to FDA regulations for human food processing.

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Most Caru cat food ingredients are sourced from the United States, though “a handful” of their vitamins and minerals come from Europe and Japan and their tapioca starch is sourced from Thailand.

Instead of traditional cans, Caru meals are packed in TetraPak® cartons. Caru explains that these 70% paper cartons protect freshness and flavor without preservatives. They’re lighter than conventional cans and Caru says they’re easy to open, serve, store, travel with, and store.

In addition to meals, Caru offers a small line of Soft n’ Tasty Baked Bites and two varieties of bone broth for cats and dogs.

Caru Classic Stews for Cats

  • Chicken Stew
  • Chicken & Crab Stew
  • Turkey Stew
  • Wild Salmon & Turkey Stew

Bone Broth

  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Free Range Chicken

Soft n’ Tasty Baked Bites

  • Tuna Recipe
  • Chicken Recipe
  • Salmon Recipe

Has Caru cat food ever been recalled?

No. Caru has never been recalled.

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What do customers think of Caru cat food?

Caru cat food receives generally positive reviews. On Chewy, for example, Caru cat foods have an average rating of about 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Let’s see what customers have to say about Caru’s popular Turkey Stew recipe.

Positive Reviews

“I took one look at this and thought no way! What a surprise everyone liked it, with 10 cats that is an amazing number of thumbs up! Cost prohibitive so they will only be getting the one time promotional deal but will watch to see if shows up again at an affordable price.” – Farmerjane

“I received this at the BlogPaws conference and had heard of Caru, from using their broth during my boy’s recovery from surgery. I brought my samples home and the girls took to them right away. The Chicken Stew, the Turkey Stew, the Chicken and Crab Stew… The only one I didn’t try them on was the Wild Salmon and Turkey, because my ladies don’t like fish. We gave that one to a friend with a less discerning kitty. The carton (as a container) works better than you think. You don’t need scissors to open it and to store it in the fridge between meals, you just tuck the top of the box together.” – Lala42

Negative Reviews

“Do not waste your money. Both pets will not eat this horrid gray mix.” – Cats

“Thought the ingredients were quality so I purchased this at a good price on black Friday. My cats are not fond of the Caru Turkey Stew. I would not pay regular price for this. The bowl will sit mostly uneaten for an entire day.” – 2manycats

Read more customer reviews on Chewy.

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First 5 Ingredients: Turkey, Turkey Broth, Tapioca Starch, Egg Whites, Sweet Potato

This popular Caru cat stew is primarily made from human-grade turkey, a nourishing source of animal protein. In addition to turkey, the food contains egg whites as a highly-digestible animal protein source. Animal ingredients appear to account for virtually all of this food’s protein content. Like all Caru foods, it’s free of common plant proteins including corn gluten meal, soybeans, and pea protein.

But it’s not all meat. The stew is thickened with tapioca starch. In addition to this thickener, the recipe contains a variety of fruits and vegetables, including sweet potato, carrots, apples, and a trace of dandelion greens.

These ingredients are presumably added as natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes and carrots are usually added to pet food as a source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that humans, dogs, and other herbivores and omnivores can convert into vitamin A. Cats, however, require preformed vitamin A from meat, so these orange veggies aren’t necessary or valuable. While not species-appropriate for obligate carnivores, apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

Dandelion greens are a natural source of A, C, K, D, and B-complex vitamins. They’re also thought to have various other health benefits. They might improve liver function, work as a digestive aid, and may have anti-inflammatory properties. It’s not clear how or if these benefits apply to cats.

Finally, the stew is fortified with an array of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It’s formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

According to the guaranteed analysis, this food is 61% protein minimum, 31.44% fat minimum, and approximately 8.2% carbohydrate on a dry matter basis.

Overall, this is a meat-based food packed with nourishing animal ingredients.

The stew contains little or no plant protein and, despite the inclusion of sweet potato, carrot, apples, and tapioca starch, is exceptionally low in carbohydrate content. At about 82% water, Caru Classic Turkey Stew is an ultra-hydrating food that’s loose enough to lap out of the bowl. Because it’s so soft, it’s ideal for cat with dental issues or inappetence.

On Chewy, the food costs $32.28 per case of 12-6-oz cartons or about $0.45 per ounce. According to Caru’s feeding instructions for the average 10-lb cat, this equates to roughly $4 to $4.50 per day.

Where can you buy Caru cat food?

Caru cat food is sold in the United States and Canada. It’s primarily sold through independent pet retailers. Click here to find a retailer near you. Online, you can buy Caru on Amazon, Chewy, Walmart, and other online retailers that sell cat food.

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Mallory Crusta

Mallory Crusta offers simple, honest knowledge about natural cat care and products that work so that you can spend less time researching natural cat care and more time having fun with your cat. She blogs about it at WildernessCat.com.

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