Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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Rated 4.2609 out of 5 stars
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Top IngredientsSalmon, Herring, Sardines...Salmon, Egg, Sweet Potato...Salmon, Salmon Meal, Sweet Potatoes...Whole Mackerel, Whole Herring, Flounder...Salmon, Salmon Meal, Peas...
Special DietGrain-Free, High-Protein, Natural, No Corn No Wheat No SoyHigh-Protein, Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain-Free...Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain-Free, High-Protein...Grain-Free, Chicken-Free, High-Protein...Grain-Free, Natural
Health FeatureVitamins & MineralsHigh-Energy, Vitamins & Minerals, Digestive Health...
Food FlavorSalmon, Sardine, Seafood & FishSalmon, Seafood & FishSalmon, Seafood & FishMackerel, Seafood & FishSalmon, Seafood & Fish

About This Item

  • Premium, dry cat food made from sustainable animal sources.
  • High in protein.
  • Made without red meat or poultry.
  • Grain-free recipe.
  • Free of potatoes.

Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions

What is the ash content and the carb content? Please consider actually including this information on your labeling.
Answer by ChewyMay 14, 2021
This recipe has an ash content of 11.732% on an as fed basis and a carbohydrate content of 24.52% on an as fed basis.

Can you feed essence without mixing it with other food
Answer by ChewyJul 25, 2022
This food is a complete and balanced recipe and can be fed by itself.

My cat is allergic to all chicken products. Can you tell me if there is any chicken in this?
Answer by ChewyJul 15, 2022
This food does not contain any poultry products including chicken.

What is the phosphorous content on a dry matter basis?
Answer by ChewyNov 30, 2021
This recipe has a minimum phosphorus content of 1%. At this time, Essence does not have the dry matter content for this recipe.

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Rated 4.2609 out of 5 stars
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23 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By GLORIA0911 on May 11, 2022
Top 250 Contributor


My sweet grandkitty's eat the way all my many rescue cats have eaten over many years, with nutritious human-grade food. There's one cat who prefers seafood flavor over chicken, and when his favorite seafood changed their formula, he suddenly would not eat it anymore so I went in search of another brand, and it's been difficult satisfying his picky tastebuds. Last month just before checking out, this new brand caught my eye. Oddly, if it's not expensive they won't eat it. I sure lucked out because the cats love the Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Grace on Jul 5, 2022

Great service

I can get the pet food recommend by my vet, which is difficult to find in stores near me. The delivery service is extremely convenient.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By VtMary on Jan 25, 2022

Thumbs Down

I hate giving a bad review but I thought that I was getting my cats a healthy treat. The message was loud and clear and my cats even left the kitchen. I feed a good premium kibble from Solid Gold which they really like so they are used to grain free. This kibble has a very strong smell which even seemed a little off putting. When they said no I was saddened. I tried to give what was in the bowl to my Labrador, he took a bite and spit it out ! He will eat anything. Well, needless to say, I will dispose of the remainder of the bag.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By IamsProActiveChickenSal on Dec 14, 2021
Top 1000 Contibutor

Not a favorite

We had 4 cats when I tried this recipe. Not one of them showed much interest, only eating it if there was nothing else. The kibble has a really STRONG fish smell, to the point where I double bagged it to try to contain the smell. Also, the bag contained a lot of crumbs. I'm not sure if that was a result of the packaging process or that the kibble crumbled easily. Either way, that was another reason for the cats not to eat it as they don't seem to like crumbs.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on Jan 30, 2022

Great dry food

This is one of the healthier dry foods I've found. Would never feed 100% dry diet, but awesome as a food topper and treat. The cats love this stuff!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Jack on Oct 14, 2021

Must be Good - But Not happy with the leaked waste in the packing box

Well, I hadn't opened this package when it first arrived, due to many hey reasons, but my cats sure knew there was FOOD in there as they kept scratching and biting at the box. Well, I finally opened it some days after receiving it -- and somehow during shipping a lot of the Dry Cat Food was all over inside the box and packaging, thus it went all over the floor when the box was completely opened. I let them eat from the floor until they had enough and then cleaned up the rest and threw it away with the remainder of wasted cat food. NOT the way I expect to use a Good cat food for the first time ordering. VERY Disappointed to say the least.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Felix on Nov 13, 2021

Solid Choice

Quality ingredients, reasonable price. One of my cats really enjoys eating this flavor; the other prefers Essence Air and Gamefowl. There haven't been any upset stomachs alternating between the two flavors. The kibble are small but this seems to help the older cat from dropping bits.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ChristiW on Dec 1, 2021

Kitties like it.

Its quality food and a win with the kitties. They like having this added to their smorgasbord. Essence is a good brand & comparable in price, or a bit better, with other quality brands.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Meghan on Aug 31, 2021

Cats say, "No Thank You"

I was sure that my cats would love this when I opened the bag because it smells (powerfully) of fish but, alas, they refused to eat it. I have a LOT of cats and they ALL refused to eat this food. I even picked up their other dry food and withheld treats and they still wouldn't eat it (but got very good at tripping me to get my attention so I'd feed them). I have absolute confidence that this is a great product and would make my cats healthier (which is why I gave it two stars instead of one) - IF they'd eat it that is... maybe it would have worked if I had started them on this food as kittens (like a child that grows up in a house that eats lots of vegetables)? I even tried mixing it with canned food but they left that too so the stray cat got it. He did eat it but it wasn't his normal "chow down" eating so I'm guessing it's not very palatable to the cats. Maybe it's just that my cat's have eaten the cat equivalent of "McDonalds" all their lives and aren't interested in changing to quality, nutritionally dense food?

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Glamourie on Dec 23, 2021

Yet another failure

I had such high hopes that this would be the one, but he will not touch it. Also, I found it fairly malodorous.