Contents of Article
- Dr. Gary’s is a family-owned holistic pet food company.
- What types of cat food does Dr. Gary’s offer?
- Has Dr. Gary’s ever been recalled?
- Where can you buy Dr. Gary’s cat food?
- What do customers think of Dr. Gary’s cat food?
- Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Holistic All Life Stages Dry Cat Food Review
Dr. Gary’s is a family-owned holistic pet food company.
Throughout his veterinary career, Gary Cotton, DVM dealt with pets struggling from common health issues that were exacerbated or ignored by low-quality diets.
In the company’s introduction video, Gary reflects on conventional pet food’s failure to promote overall pet health: “The nutritional standards of the day were not addressing these problems. In fact, sometimes they were making them worse.”
Knowing that these pets would benefit from better food, he advised clients to give traditional food a boost by mixing in ingredients like eggs, fish oil, and fresh produce. “These animals actually were doing much, much better, just by using nutrition, just by changing the balance of the diet. It was amazing what we saw.”
Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Holistic Pet Nutrition streamlined these nutritional enhancements into easy-to-serve formulas.
What types of cat food does Dr. Gary’s offer?
Dr. Gary’s offers two dry cat food formulas. One is grain-inclusive and the other is grain-free.
Because the company exports to the European Union, every formula must meet EU standards for food manufacturing. All ingredients are EU-approved, meaning that all meats and fats from animals must be fit for human consumption.
Dr. Gary’s foods are made by Ohio Pet Foods in Lisbon, Ohio. This manufacturer also makes Blackwood and Adirondack pet foods, neither of which has been recalled.
The ingredients are primarily sourced in the United States. The brand sources salmon and some carbohydrate ingredients from Canada and green lipped mussel, duck, and lamb from New Zealand. While most pet food manufacturers use vitamins and minerals from China, Dr. Gary’s sources these ingredients from the United States and Europe only.
Dr. Gary’s Cat Food Formulas
- Cat Diet
- Grain Free Cat Diet
Has Dr. Gary’s ever been recalled?
Dr. Gary’s currently has no recalls on record.
Where can you buy Dr. Gary’s cat food?
Dr. Gary’s is available online through Amazon, Chewy, and the Dr. Gary’s website.
In-store distribution is currently limited to Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, and western Pennsylvania. The company notes that their distribution network is rapidly expanding.
What do customers think of Dr. Gary’s cat food?
To understand how real customers feel about Dr. Gary’s cat food, let’s look at a few reviews of a popular product.
On Chewy, Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Holistic Cat Diet has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. 88% of 16 reviewers say they’d recommend this product.
“I have been going through different cat food brands trying to find a “healthy” one that my 3 cats like. After wasting so much on food they’d not really eat, I decided to try a sample of Dr Gary’s because it was a 3-leaf shape not just a round disc. My cats would roll the round food in their mouth trying to eat it & it’d pop out & they then wouldn’t eat it. This shape was a hit!! Easily eaten & must be tasty because now the bowls are empty when it’s feeding time!! Sooooo happy to have found it. Not a “popular” brand around here anyway, but I definitely recommend it!!” – HappyCatOwner
“Our cat loves Dr. Gary’s Best Breed. Not only does he like it, but our veterinarian has commented about his great physical health and soft coat. So glad to have found this product for our furry family member!.” – BuckeyeCat
“I thought I would try this since it had such good reviews. Unfortunately only 1 of my 10 cats will eat it. It will take a long time for him ro eat a 60lb bag. Will not be buying it again.” – Lovelylady
“One cat was interested in the shape; I think they tasted it but didn’t like it.” – Deanna
First 5 Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Sorghum, Dried Beet Pulp, Cellulose, Egg Product
Cats naturally eat protein-rich, moisture-packed prey with relatively little fat and virtually zero carbohydrate content. Compared to an obligate carnivore’s biologically appropriate diet, this food is heavy on plant ingredients.
Both grain-inclusive and grain-free dry cat foods require some form of starch or gluten to bind the kibble together. All dry foods contain ingredients that aren’t necessary parts of an obligate carnivore’s diet.
That said, this formula is slightly carb-heavy by dry food standards. It is 30% protein, 12% fat, and about 34% carbohydrates.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredient list.
Chicken meal is a dehydrated meat concentrate and a dense source of nourishing animal protein. Ideally, at least the first two or three ingredients in cat food should be meat. Instead of starting with multiple sources of fresh meat or meat meals, this recipe includes a series of plant ingredients immediately after chicken meal.
The second ingredient is brown rice. Although brown rice is preferable to white rice, it’s not a natural part of the feline diet and doesn’t offer much nutritional value for cats.
Sorghum is a cereal grain often used as livestock feed and is a common ingredient in pet foods. This whole grain is nutrient-dense, high in antioxidants, and high in protein. It’s concerning to see a source of plant protein at the beginning of the ingredient list. Plant proteins are a cost-effective alternative to animal protein, which your cat’s body utilizes more effectively.
Dried beet pulp is a by-product of beet sugar production. This fibrous ingredient can aid digestion and may prevent hairballs. Cellulose is a fiber starch found naturally in the cell walls of plants. It’s typically sourced from wood pulp. Like beet pulp, this is a source of dietary fiber.
Continuing down the list, we encounter a few more species-appropriate animal ingredients.
The term “egg product” refers to pasteurized eggs that are removed from the shell for processing. This egg product may be dried, frozen, or refrigerated before going into the recipe. Eggs are an excellent source of protein for cats. Chicken fat is a nourishing animal source of fat. Herring meal is another meat concentrate that’s rich in protein and a good source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, helping to promote a healthy skin and coat.
Brewers dried yeast is a natural source of B-complex vitamins and other minerals. Natural flavor is an animal-based flavor spray made from hydrolyzed animal tissue. The non-specific labeling doesn’t tell us which animals contributed to this additive, making it a questionable choice for cats with food sensitivities or allergies. Fish oil is an excellent natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
The ingredient list wraps up with the essential vitamins and minerals that make the food nutritionally complete.
In addition to these vitamins and minerals, the recipe includes traces of other supplementary ingredients. Cranberry can help promote urinary tract health, and kelp meal is naturally rich in minerals.
Vegetable oil is included near the bottom of the ingredient list. As carnivores, cats are better off consuming oil from animal sources.
This food is available in three bag sizes: a 4-lb bag, a 15-lb bag, and a 30-lb bag.
According to the company’s feeding guidelines for an average 10-lb cat, this food costs between $.25 and $.45 each day.
This cost estimate is based on Chewy prices and excludes shipping costs.