Orijen Cat Food

Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula

Orijen is a company located in Alberta, Canada.  This brand is part of our healthiest cat food list because they use mostly fresh meat in their recipes.

The Orijen cat food  formula is made with local ingredients, free-run chicken, turkey, with whole eggs and local caught fish. These ingredients are fresh every day and free of preservative and never frozen.

Orijen recipe is full in proteins (80%) and gives to cats a very natural food as they would get it in the nature.

NOTE: Orijen opened new facility in Kentucky creating a new recipe. Check here the review of the new Orijen Cat & Kitten formula made in Kentucky.


This formula is made with 80% of meat from free-run chicken and turkey, fresh eggs and wild-caught fish. This recipe containing high meats level is equal to a 42% of protein level which replicates the natural diet of your cat.
The formula also contains 20% of animal fats. Over the 90% of the fats in this recipe occur naturally from high levels of fresh meats from chicken, turkey, fish and eggs.

DHA and EPA is also on this cat food formula. The essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that helps your cat’s immune and nervous system as well as skin and hair coat.

The formula is also grain-free and contains very few amounts of carbohydrates. This cat food contains also taurine, glucosamine and chondroitin, and veterinarian selected botanicals.

Note: there is the 2016 new formula made at Kentucky coming in 4 lb. bags instead of Canadian 5 lb. bags

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 42 %
Crude fat (min.) 20 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3 %
Moisture (max.) 10 %
Calcium (min./max)1.4 / 1.7 %
Phosphorus (min./max)1.1 / 1.4 %
Omega-6 (min.)3.5 %
Omega-3 (min.)1.2 %
DHA (min.)0.7 %
EPA (min.)0.4 %
Taurine (min.)0.25 %
Magnesium (max.)0.09 %
pH 5
Ash (max.) 8%


Boneless chicken,* chicken meal, chicken liver,* whole herring,* boneless turkey,* turkey meal, turkey liver,* whole eggs,* boneless walleye,* whole salmon,* chicken heart,* chicken cartilage,* herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, chicken fat, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, kelp, pumpkin,* butternut squash,* spinach greens,* carrots,* apples,* pears,* cranberries,* mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, dandelion root, chamomile, peppermint leaf, ginger root, caraway seeds, turmeric, rose hips, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, freeze-dried chicken, freeze-dried turkey, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product + vitamins and minerals.

*delivered fresh and preservative-free


Choline Chloride, Vitamin A, vitamin D3, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, Sodium Selenite.


  • It contains all the 11 essential aminoacids that cat’s body can’t produce.
  • Contains natural fresh local ingredients
  • No by-products
  • Excellent amount of magnesium (0,09%), preventing urinary tract disease
  • 90% of recipe contains fresh meat
  • Formula gives to your cat 42% of proteins
  • No preservatives on meats
  • No frozen meats.
  • Healthy fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6.
  • Natural botanicals
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Very nutrient dense
  • GMO free ingredients


  • It is pricey
  • Ingredients are subject to local environment, depending on the country.
  • Too much iron in Chicken liver may not be good for cats with sensitive stomach.
  • Maximum guaranteed Phosphorus of 1.4% is too high.
  • First ingredient Boneless Chicken includes water on weight.


This is a good meat based cat formula, considering that all dry cat food formulas on the market mix ingredients that are high quality with regular quality.

The average rating based on the first 3 ingredients (which add the most weight over the total formula) is: 3.6 Stars which is a good rate for a dry cat food.

Very Important: As Orijen cat formula is highly concentrated in proteins, it is crucial to give your cat whether wet canned food or plenty of water when feeding your pet this formula.

√ This cat recipe contains 100% of all essential aminoacids for your cat’s health.

Base on this:

√ I recommend Orijen Cat and Kitten formula:

  • For all not overweight cats
  • For active cats and kittens
  • With a mix diet of dry and wet food
  • Making the cat drink lots of water because of the high protein quality of this cat food

x I don’t recommend this cat food:

  • For cats with urinary tract disease
  • Cats with no activity
  • Cats with obesity
  • Cats with sensitive stomach (if your cat usually has diarrhea)

Content retrieved from: http://www.catfooddispensersreviews.com/orijen-cat-food-review/.