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We’ve rated Vet’s Kitchen on ingredient quality, species-appropriateness, recalls, and more. Read our Vet’s Kitchen review to learn how this brand stacks up.
The Cats.com Standard — Rating Vet’s Kitchen On What Matters
We’ve rated Vet’s Kitchen on six key criteria for quality. Here’s how it rates in each of these six crucial areas.
- Species-Appropriateness – 7/10
- Ingredient Quality – 8/10
- Product Variety – 6/10
- Price – 7/10
- Customer Experience – 7/10
- Recall History – 10/10
Overall Score: 7.5/10
In total, we give Vet’s Kitchen 45 out of 60 ratings or a B grade.
How We Review Cat Food
To review Vet’s Kitchen, we spent hours researching the brand, learning about its history and product lineup. We studied the company’s sourcing and manufacturing practices and scoured recall databases for reports related to safety issues. To understand how other customers feel about the brand, we read dozens of customer reviews, identifying any common patterns or trends.
Based on this research and hands-on testing, we’ve rated the brand according to the Cats.com Standard. Learn more about the Standard here.
About Vet’s Kitchen
Vet’s Kitchen is located in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. The company, founded in 2010, is a small brand that works in tandem with a sister veterinary practice called Vet’s Klinic. Vet’s Kitchen and Vet’s Klinic combined make up Pet’s Kitchen Ltd, formed in 2005.
Both businesses were started by a television veterinarian named Dr. Joe Inglis BVSc MRCVS. Inglis is known for his work on the BBC’s “The One Show.” Inglis was previously the founder of the Campaign for Real Pet Food. Inglis has helped develop several other pet food brands both before and after Vet’s Kitchen.
Vet’s Klinic has been the source of food ideas for Vet’s Kitchen. According to Vet’s Kitchen, the vets at Vet’s Klinic see more than 100 animal patients per day.
Sourcing and Manufacturing
Asked where their food was made, Vet’s Kitchen only replied that the food was made in Great Britain. We searched but couldn’t find a more precise answer.
The company states that they use “locally” sourced ingredients. You can see a general selection of the ingredients used in the brand’s foods on this page.
The brand’s foods are taste-tested by the pets that belong to people who work for the company and clients at Vet’s Klinic, but the brand doesn’t provide any more information on testing.
We didn’t find any recalls for Vet’s Kitchen products.
What Kinds of Cat Food Does Vet’s Kitchen Offer?
Vet’s Kitchen only offers two dry cat foods and two cat treat products at this time.
Dry Cat Foods
- Everyday Health Dry Cat Food Tasty Chicken
- Sensitive Digestion Dry Cat Food Succulent Salmon
- Little Hearts Cat Treats Chicken with Duck
- Little Hearts Cat Treats Succulent Salmon with Trout
What Do Customers Think Of Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food?
Let’s take a look at a few reviews from some of the most popular recipes from Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food.
“Excellent product- our cat loves her new treats!” – S R Cambs, Trustpilot, reviewing Vet’s Kitchen on April 25, 2023
“I noticed my Ragdoll cat had became unwell using a lower quality product, having done my research, the Vets kitchen product looked excellent and my cats health is now restored.” – John, Trustpilot, reviewing Vet’s Kitchen on Dec 19, 2022
“My cat likes the vets kitchen cat treats. Just a shame the varieties of the past seem to have been reduced to only two. Also I used to buy these from my local supermarkets but that also seems to have gone.” – S Tyrrell, Trustpilot, reviewing Vet’s Kitchen on April 14, 2022
“I have a cat that has never turned down food before, I also have a dog that vacuums any thing left around sometimes not even food, im talking the Dyson of dogs, both pets turned there nose up at this 3btimes, tries mixing it in and the cat found the vet stuff in whisks meat and jelly, and left them, I could write to the seller as there is no link, plus my son had already put it in a tub so packaging was gone. Not sure if it’s been just bad luck but seriously they both took one sniff and walked away.” – John Houston, Amazon, reviewing Vet’s Kitchen Dry Cat Food on April 3. 2023
Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed
Vet’s Kitchen cat foods are formulated for adult cats. According to the company, they don’t use any artificial colors or flavors. They don’t use any wheat or beef in their foods because these ingredients can be allergens for some cats. The brand uses rosemary oil extract and mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) to preserve their foods.
Vet’s Kitchen Everyday Health Dry Food Tasty Chicken is a grain-free recipe. Eighty percent of the ingredients are made up of chicken, with 60 percent of them fresh chicken.
Sweet potatoes are a source of carbohydrates in the food. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber. They are suitable for cats in small amounts. Too much sweet potato can result in digestive problems such as diarrhea or vomiting. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, but cats are not good at turning the vitamin A in vegetables into something they can use. They lack the enzyme necessary for making vitamin A in their bodies. They need pre-made vitamin A in their diets.
Chicory pulp is present in the food as a source of prebiotic FOS – Fructooligosaccharides. These are short fructose chains that occur naturally in many plants. They can also be lab-made. They are a carbohydrate that improves intestinal health.
Overall, this looks like good-quality food.
Calorie Content: 392.5 Kcals per 100g
Chicken 80% (Freshly prepared Chicken 60%, Dried Chicken 18.5%, Chicken Gravy 1.5%), Sweet Potato, Brewer’s Yeast, Chicory Pulp (1% as a source of Prebiotic FOS), Parsley 0.5%, Minerals, Dandelion 0.1%.
Nutritional Additives Per Kg: Vitamins: Vitamin A 19,668 IU, Vitamin D3 1,573 IU, Vitamin E 703 IU, Vitamin C 200 mg. Provitamin: Taurine 1,389mg. Amino Acids: D-L Methionine 1,428 mg, Lysine 379 mg.
Trace Elements: Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 87 mg, Iron (Iron (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 65 mg, Manganese (Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 26 mg, Copper (Copper (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 4 mg, Iodine (Potassium Iodide) 3.68 mg, Selenium (Sodium Selenite) 0.2 mg.
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicory Pulp
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: None
Crude Protein: 41%
Crude Fat: 15%
Crude Fiber: 2.5%
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- High in protein
- Contains prebiotics
- Uses chelated minerals which are easier for pets to absorb
- Some people may dislike the use of sweet potatoes, but they don’t appear to be present in a large amount
- Somewhat expensive
Vet’s Kitchen Sensitive Digestion Dry Food Succulent Salmon is touted as a food that’s good for your cat’s digestion. The food is primarily made with salmon, followed by white rice. This food also contains beet pulp as a source of fiber.
We did notice that this food uses lucerne (alfalfa). It’s a legume or member of the pea family. It’s a source of vitamin K, calcium, vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, and zinc.
Dandelion and parsley in the food are said to be good for your cat’s urinary tract. This is based on human herbal use. These ingredients and their benefits may or may not survive the cooking temperatures for the kibble.
Vet’s Kitchen Sensitive Digestion Dry Food Succulent Salmon appears to be a good food based on the salmon and some other ingredients. This recipe is made for the maintenance of adult cats.
Calorie Content: 386 Kcals per 100g
Salmon 80% (Freshly Prepared Salmon 64%, Dried Salmon 15%, Salmon Stock 1%), White Rice, Beet Pulp, Brewer’s Yeast, Lucerne, Chicory (1% as a Source of Prebiotic FOS), Fish Stock , Parsley 0.5%, Minerals, Dandelion 0.1%.
Nutritional Additives Per Kg: Vitamins: Vitamin A 20,000 IU, Vitamin D3 1,500 IU, Vitamin E 700 IU, Vitamin C 200 mg. Provitamin: Taurine 1,000mg. Amino Acids: D-L Methionine 1,400 mg, Lysine 380 mg.
Trace Elements: Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 87 mg, Iron (Iron (II) Chelate of Amino Acids) 65 mg, Manganese (Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 26 mg, Copper (Copper (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 4 mg, Iodine (Potassium Iodide) 0.36 mg, Selenium (Sodium Selenite) 0.26 mg.
Ingredients We Liked: Salmon 80% (Freshly Prepared Salmon 64%, Dried Salmon 15%, Salmon Stock 1%), Beet Pulp, Chicory
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Lucerne (alfalfa)
Crude Protein: 40%
Crude Fat: 14%
Crude Fiber: 3%
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- High in fish protein (salmon)
- Includes prebiotics (beet pulp and chicory)
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
- Some cats can be sensitive to brewer’s yeast
- Lucerne (alfalfa) is not good for cats in large amounts
We found more reviews for the Vet’s Kitchen treats than for their cat foods. Most of the reviews were very positive. Vet’s Kitchen only makes two treat flavors: Little Hearts Cat Treats Chicken with Duck and Little Hearts Cat Treats Succulent Salmon with Trout. We’re looking at the chicken with duck recipe.
These are small, hard treats in a heart shape. They are crunchy.
The treats contain more chicken than any other ingredient with 26 percent fresh chicken, 4 percent chicken fat, and 1.5 percent chicken gravy. They also contain maize (corn) as the second ingredient, dried duck (24.5 percent) as the third ingredient, and barley.
The food also contains cellulose, a rich source of fiber. Vet’s Kitchen states that this ingredient is added to help with hairballs.
Vet’s Kitchen Little Hearts Cat Treats Chicken with Duck are probably very tasty. They seem to be popular with cats (and their owners). As far as their ingredients go, there are a couple of items that might be questionable. If your cat is sensitive to maize (corn), you would need to avoid this treat. If you are giving these treats to your cat, we suggest that you watch how many you give. Even as a treat, they are high in calories.
Calorie Content: 354.5 Kcals per 100g
Chicken 31.5% (Freshly Prepared Chicken 26%, Chicken Fat 4%, Chicken Gravy 1.5%), Maize, Dried Duck 24.5%, Barley, Cellulose 4%, White Rice, Brewer’s Yeast, Beet Pulp, Fish Gravy.
Ingredients We Liked: Chicken 31.5% (Freshly Prepared Chicken 26%, Chicken Fat 4%, Chicken Gravy 1.5%), Dried Duck, Beet Pulp
Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Maize, White Rice
Crude Protein: 30.5%
Crude Fat: 13%
Crude Fiber: 6.5%
Dry Matter Basis
Caloric Weight Basis
- Moderately high in protein
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
- Cellulose may help with potential hairballs
- Maize, barley, and white rice are not ideal ingredients for cats
- Some people may consider cellulose to be a filler ingredient
How Much Does Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food Cost?
Vet’s Kitchen lists their dry foods weighing 770 grams for £8.70 on their site. The 385-gram packet is listed for £4.90.
Vet’s Kitchen treats are priced at £1.75 for the 60-gram packages. That is the only size available.
We found the foods and treats available online for a range of prices, some lower than the Vet’s Kitchen prices. In countries outside the UK, prices were much higher.
Overall, Is Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food a Good Choice?
Vet’s Kitchen is not one of our top-recommended cat food brands. Their limited selection and emphasis on plant-heavy ingredients keep the brand from being a favorite.
Where Is Vet’s Kitchen Cat Food Sold?
According to Vet’s Kitchen, their cat foods are sold at Sainsbury’s, ASDA, and Tesco stores; and online at Amazon, Ocado, Jollyes, and Zooplus. Pets At Home, Wilko, and Booths also carry the food. We found them online at Petplanet.co.uk. You can also buy the food directly from Vet’s Kitchen.
In the UK, delivery costs vary. Orders over £50 have free delivery. Outside the UK, shipping costs depend on the size of the order and your location. Contact Vet’s Kitchen to learn more.
The company offers a 10 percent discount if you sign up for their subscription service. You can choose how often you would like to have the food to be delivered (between 2 and 16 weeks).