Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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Rated 3.9667 out of 5 stars


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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.

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Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions

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 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.

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 3.9667 out of 5 stars
30 Ratings
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30 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda on Oct 19, 2023

she loves it

My girl was (and still does eat) eating the Air Game and Fowl brand of Essence but I wanted to give her some variety so thought I would try the Fish Flavor, she absolutely loves it and now doesn’t want the other flavor anymore. I will say I am so confused though with all the debates about Fish being bad for cats (I can find no relevant fact basis to support this claim). I would recommend this food to anyone and everyone

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Jill on Aug 8, 2023
Top 100 Contributor

Loved the other flavor but not the fish

We recently tried the Essence Ranch and Meadow and it was a big hit. I thought I would try the Ocean one too so that we could vary it up once in a while. My bad, only two of the four liked it. I will stick with ranch and meadow as that one is very popular with them all.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MkMc on Jun 6, 2023

great product

I am very impressed with this food. All of our 5 cats love it. It is not too smelly even though it is fish based. There are very few crumbs on the bottom of the bag so there is less waste. Last but not least the packaging is well thought out and user friendly. It has a ziplock on side of the top. Great innovation.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Jackie on Mar 18, 2023

No go for my two cats

Though this brand is a step up from what I used to feed my cats, they did not like this food. Even with slowly transitioning to this brand with a mix of the old one, they do not eat it. It might be that they are used to chicken. Essence does not have purely chicken recipe so we will transition into another brand recommend by a Chewy vet - American Journey.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Czewy on Jan 8, 2023

My cat's favorite food.

This food was recommended to us by my friend's sister who works with vets and fosters animals, cats especially. Our cat is totally a fish kitty and this is his favorite dry food. When it went out of stock for a while we bought a sister brand version by the same company, but he didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I let him have a few pieces from the bag when it arrived and he immediately got happy about eating again. He was begging for dinner 2 hours early. It does have a rather potent smell to it. We keep it in an air tight container. But if your cat has a taste for fish, this food is good. We mix it with wet food (fish flavor) every 2 days and he still eats it all just fine. (2 days dry, 2 days wet/dry) Unlike others we haven't had an issue with it crumbling and causing powdery/crumbs waste.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars