Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Cat Food

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Who knew? Health and happiness in a single bag! Nourish your cat with Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Cat Food. It has all of the protein needed to keep your adult cat lean, strong, and ready to pounce every bug, shoestring, and ball of yarn in sight. The antioxidants, Omega fatty acids and probiotics keep your cat's immune system, skin, and gastrointestinal system healthy and functioning properly to ensure a long, playful life. Perfect nutrition, and a delicious taste, too!

Key Benefits

  • Grain free formula, rich with delicious premium proteins including turkey, chicken, whitefish & herring
  • Vitamin B12 supports gastrointestinal functions
  • Yucca Schidigera extract helps to reduce odor in stool
  • Taurine supports a healthy heart
  • DHA fatty acids help develop eye and brain health

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  • Weight
    12.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Wellness CORE
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. New Formulation: Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Salmon Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
  2. Old Formulation: Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)],Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract.

Caloric Content

  1. 502 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 45.0% min
Crude Fat 18.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 11.0% max
Calcium 1.8% max
Phosphorus 1.45% max
Magnesium 0.13% max
Vitamin E 200 IU/kg min
Taurine 0.2% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.5% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.8% min
Beta Carotene 2 mg/kg min
Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms 90,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Daily Feeding Dry Alone (Cups) Daily Combination Feeding (Cups)
4 - 7 lbs 1/4 - 1/2 1/4 + 3 oz can
7 - 10 lbs 1/2 - 2/3 1/2 + 3 oz can
10 - 15 lbs 2/3 - 3/4 2/3 + 3 oz can
Cats over 15 lbs Add up to ¼ cup for each additional 2 lbs of body weight

Transition Instructions

This food is formulated for adult, non-reproducing cats over one year old as kittens and pregnant or nursing mothers have special nutritional requirements. It is important to slowly transition your cat from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness® CORE® by day 7.

CORE is highly palatable so your cat may tend to eat more of this food. Watch initially to see if you need to adjust regular eating patterns. Give your cat access to clean, cool fresh water at all times and feed Wellness® CORE® wet food in combination whenever possible, to increase the level of water in your cat's diet. Nutrition is the foundation of wellbeing, but be sure to give your cat plenty of love, exercise and see your veterinarian regularly!

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Wellness CORE follows the nutritional philosophy that pets, based on their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. CORE formulas are packed with quality animal protein without fillers or grains, plus botanicals and nutritional supplements. These unique, grain-free recipes support and nurture your pet, contributing to his inner wellbeing all the way through to his core.

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Why is CORE Different?

Why is CORE Different?

Unlike many grain-free diets, Wellness CORE considers your pet's whole health by ensuring the overall nutritional equation remains appropriate for everyday feeding. Higher protein can also mean higher fat, minerals and calories. By thoughtfully selecting specialized ingredients and managing nutritional ratios, CORE delivers protein-focused nutrition thoughtfully - with balance, not excess.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients

Wellness CORE provides a balanced profile of high-quality, natural ingredients appropriate for everyday feeding. These grain-free recipes contain absolutely no meat by-products, artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy.



Excellent source of Vitamin C and unique natural source of tannins (astringents found in plants) that help prevent harmful bacteria from thriving in the urinary tract.



Excellent source of iron, iodine, potassium and trace minerals as well as Vitamins A, D, B12 and folic acid, and has a high digestible protein level.



Supplies good quantities of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and silicon, and is thought to reduce stool and urine odors.



Contains vitamin C, an antioxidant, and provides important health benefits as a natural source of inulin, a soluble fiber which serves as a prebiotic.



Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which improve the shine of the pet's coat and high in fiber which helps move food through the digestive system.

About Wellness

As a pioneer in holistic nutrition, Wellness is always looking for new ways to help pets thrive. Their diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: to help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition. They're passionately picky from the first step to the last so they can guarantee each recipe delivers the Wellness Promise

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Customer Reviews

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula Dry Cat Food is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 109.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Cats Love It My two indoor cats were on a not-so-healthy commercial cat food with lots of grains and corn-based ingredients for the first year of their lives because my veterinarian recommended that brand. I successfully transitioned them to Wellness CORE Indoor after I realized how unhealthy grains and corn-based ingredients are for cats. They ate CORE Indoor for a few weeks then they became uninterested in it. So I switched them to CORE Original and they like it much better, but it has a lot more fat in it and it's not ideal for indoor cats with their inactive lifestyles. So, I bought a food puzzle for them. I put half of the daily recommended amount in their bowl and the other half in the puzzle. The result is they can eat their tasty CORE Original food but they have to work for the rest so they don't binge eat and gain weight. Both CORE formulas have made their coats much more shinier and softer than ever before, their eyes brighter and more colorful, there is less licking of private parts, my one cat no longer scoots his behind across the carpet after doing the Number Two, and they have lots more energy than when they were eating commercial cat food. After two months, their shedding was reduced significantly. Their stools are firm and no longer stink up the entire apartment, which is a good sign telling me their bodies are doing well on this food. They definitely eat a lot less now since this high-quality food is packed with animal protein and no fillers UNLIKE a lot of commercial pet foods. The cats are maintaining a healthy weight. I like the fact that the food pieces are large so that they can't eat it too fast and regurgitate it shortly after eating. I love that it's natural, grain-free, contains cranberries (great for urinary health since cats are prone to urinary problems because dry food dehydrates them unless they drink plenty of water), antioxidants, and vitamin and mineral supplements. And most importantly, the first five ingredients are quality MEAT. I definitely recommend any and all of the feline CORE formulas for your cats. Yes, it's a little pricey. But if you invest in your pet's health now you will save money on vet bills later. Wellness CORE is one of the best cat foods out there. Thank you, Wellness. Oh yeah, and the food bag is RESEALABLE--very convenient!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY digestion! Success at last. 4 yr. old cat often vomited each of numerous brands tried. Wellness CORE Grain-Free Original Formula seems to have stopped the issue since after this change, there has been no evidence of digestive upset. Thanks Chewy for making good products available.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Tiny" the cat loves it Looked to get a quality kibble for my daughter's cat, Tiny. Tiny absolutely loves it; have to take the bowl away otherwise she is going to outgrow her name sake.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Finnicky Eaters With all of the best ingredients, I was told by other cat owners that their cats would reject the higher ranked foods. I was pleasantly shocked when they each chowed down like 'little piggies at a hog trough'. Their health, demeanor and appearance has notably improved since we have switched foods.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My cat Sunshine loves this! My cat Sunshine was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She loves this food. Our vet said she recommends Wellness too. When Sunshine wouldn't eat anything, she ate this.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cost effective A little over a decade ago we had a cat die of diabetes. He had been fed a popular grain-based cat food. When we adopted two kittens about 18 months ago I started feeding them the same food. I subsequently learned that grain-based cat foods are not tolerated well by carnivores and can lead to diabetes. When I saw that the price of Wellness meat-based cat food was substantially higher I was concerned, but felt purchasing it would be in our cats' best interest. I was pleased to find that the cats eat significantly less of the Wellness Core that they did of the grain-based food we had been feeding. The lower consumption makes Wellness Core more cost-effective than I had anticipated. Our cats are doing extremely well. They are contented, physically active, and are staying lean despite the fact that they are indoors 100 % of the time.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great food! Wellness Core is one of the best foods you can feed your cat without spending $50+. When you use it in combination with their wet food you will get a very healthy and happy cat. My vet always comments on how beautiful her coat is.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my cats love it I have two cats and have switched them over. They absolutely love it. And thank you so much for having a seal in your bag. It helps to keep it fresher and cats can't get in it.
Date published: 2017-01-16
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