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Orijen Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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Rich in protein, low in carbohydrates and loaded with fresh regional poultry and fish, Orijen Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food mirrors the foods Mother Nature intended cats of all breeds and lifestyles to eat. Formulated to match the natural feline diet, Orijen Cat & Kitten food is made with high ratios of free-run chicken and turkey, whole eggs, wild-caught local fish and regional fruits and vegetables. Each morsel is also infused with freeze-dried liver so it's bursting with the natural savory flavors cats love. These trusted ingredients are all sustainably farmed or fished regionally and arrive fresh or raw each day, so they're free of preservatives and loaded with the animal proteins and fats that nourish your cat completely.

Key Benefits

  • With 40% richly nourishing protein, and limited to 20% low-glycemic carbohydrates to nourish cats and kittens according to their evolutionary and biological needs.
  • Free of rendered poultry meals, 1/3 of the meats are from dehydrated chicken and turkey (air-dried at low temperature from fresh meat) for a concentrated source of nourishing protein.
  • Unmatched by any other food, 2/3 of the meats are fresh (refrigerated, without preservatives) or RAW (flash-frozen, without preservatives), including the top 10 meat ingredients.
  • Nutrient-dense WholePrey ratios of fresh meats, organs, and cartilage plus fresh whole fish and fresh whole eggs provide a natural source of virtually every nutrient your cat needs.
  • Infusions of gently freeze-dried liver enhance flavor and palatability naturally, making Orijen deliciously tasty, even for picky eaters.

Note: During packaging, Orijen's air evacuation process draws excess air from the bags prior to sealing. Depending on certain variables, some packages will appear vacuumed and others not. Rest assured the food in each bag will be equally fresh!

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  • Item Number
    101301
  • Weight
    12.0 pounds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Kitten, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    GMO-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Deboned Turkey, Yellowtail Flounder, Whole Eggs, Whole Atlantic Mackerel, Chicken Liver, Turkey Liver, Whole Atlantic Herring, Chicken Heart, Turkey Heart, Dehydrated Chicken, Dehydrated Turkey, Dehydrated Mackerel, Dehydrated Chicken Liver, Dehydrated Turkey Liver, Whole Green Peas, Whole Navy Beans, Red Lentils, Chicken Necks, Chicken Kidney, Chicken Fat, Pinto Beans, Chickpeas, Green Lentils, Alfalfa, Natural Chicken flavor, Alfalfa, Herring Oil, Ground Chicken Bone, Chicken Cartilage, Turkey Cartilage, Dried Kelp, Freeze-Dried Chicken Liver, Freeze-Dried Turkey Liver, Whole Pumpkin, Whole Butternut Squash, Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Whole Carrots, Apples, Pears, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Chicory Root, Turmeric, Sarsaparilla Root, Althea Root, Rosehips, Juniper Berries, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Animalis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.

Caloric Content

4,060 kcal/kg, 463 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 40.0% min
Crude Fat 20.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Calcium 1.2% min
Phosphorus 1.0% min
Magnesium 0.1% max
Taurine 0.2% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.5% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.8% min
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 0.2% min
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 0.2% min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Lean Maintenance (Cups) Overweight Weight Loss (Cups) Senior Cat Maintenance (Cups)
4 1/2 lbs 1/3 1/4
6 2/3 lbs 1/2 1/3
8 3/4 lbs 1/2 3/8
11 lbs 2/3 1/2 1/2
13 lbs 3/4 1/2 5/8
18 lbs 7/8 2/3 3/4
22 lbs 1 3/4 1

Your cat or kitten is unique and her feeding requirements will vary with his environment, age and activity.

That’s why we suggest starting with the guides below, and then monitoring his weight and adjusting portions as needed. Feed twice daily and remember always to keep fresh, clean water available.

Just like you, your cat or kitten is a unique individual with feeding requirements that will vary with environment, age and activity. This chart provides an initial guide. We suggest monitoring your cat's weight and adjusting amounts as needed. Feed twice daily, and always keep fresh, clean water available.

KITTENS: post weening (after 5 weeks old) feed 1/4 cup for each 1lb of body weight. At 20 weeks, feed 1/8 cup per each 1lb of body weight. Feed as an adult at 52 weeks.

GESTATION: increase the adult daily feeding amount by 25%. LACTATION: feed free choice.

Transition Instructions

Dogs and cats are often fed the same food, which means a sudden food change makes it difficult for their digestive systems to adapt, which is why it’s important to introduce the new food gradually. Going slowly will give your dog or cat time to adjust to their new food and will also reduce the chances of digestive upset.

Start by mixing 25% new food with 75% old food. Slowly change the proportions over the next 5 - 7 days by gradually increasing the amount of ORIJEN and decreasing the amount of old food. At the end of this transitioning process, you should be feeding 100% ORIJEN.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE MEAN?

The Biologically Appropriate™ concept is Simple: mirror the freshness and variety of meats that dogs and cats are evolved to eat.

WHAT DOES WHOLEPREY MEAN?

Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet your dog or cat’s needs. ORIJEN WholePrey represents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that mirror the natural diet, and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic ingredients.

WHAT IS MEATMATH?

Biologically Appropriate foods are formulated to match the eating anatomy of the animal they are intended for. As dogs and cats are evolved as carnivores, that means they require high concentrations of meat, high inclusions of fresh meat, and a rich diversity of meat. Is your food Biologically Appropriate™? Answer the 3 meat questions: * HOW MUCH MEAT IS IN THE TOTAL DIET? * HOW MUCH FRESH MEAT? * HOW MANODS CONTAIN BOTANICALS?**

ORIJEN is designed to match the natural diet as closely as is possible in a kibble format. Botanicals are a part of the natural diet for all cats and dogs, and play an important role in bridging the gap between good health and peak conditioning. The botanicals found in ORIJEN are selected by one of North America’s leading Homeopathic Veterinarians.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIJEN AND ACANA FOODS?

While there are many differences between ACANA and ORIJEN, both diets reflect our belief in the importance of providing diets that are Biologically Appropriate™, using ingredients that are Fresh, Regional, and Never Outsourcing any part of the cooking or packaging of our Brands.

When comparing the 2 brands, let’s ask the 3 Meat Questions: 1. How Much Meat? ORIJEN has 85-90% Meat, while ACANA foods have 50-75%. 2. How Fresh? ORIJEN’s foods have 2/3 Fresh meats and ACANA’s have ½ fresh. 3. How Many Meats? ORIJEN foods have up to 10 meats, while ACANA’s foods feature up to 5.

Put simply, ORIJEN and ACANA foods mimic the natural eating habits of your cat or dog with high fresh meat inclusions and low inclusion of carbohydrates. Although slightly lower in protein than ORIJEN, ACANA provides an unbeatable value and price point that makes Biologically Appropriate™ pet foods accessible to a wide range of pet lovers.

WHY DOESN’T ORIJEN SUPPLEMENT THEIR FOODS WITH AMINO ACIDS AND MINERALS?

Organ meats are a concentrated and natural source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive, including all essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and vital amino acids.

Densely packed with nearly every nutrient, including heavy doses of B vitamins, organ meats such as kidney, liver and tripe are loaded with the minerals phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, and provide important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, all of which nourish dogs and cats as nature intended.

Which is why you will find amino acids, including taurine or minerals like calcium and phosphorus on the guaranteed analysis but not on the ingredient list!

HOW IS IT THAT ORIJEN FOODS FEATURE 15-20% FAT, BUT VERY LITTLE FAT IS ADDED TO THE INGREDIENTS?

ORIJEN’s fresh meat inclusions are very high. The 2 largest nutritional components of fresh meat are protein and fat. By using large inclusions of fresh meat we are able to minimize the amount of added fat in our ingredient list.

**WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF ORIJEN’S GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROIT

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  • Best dry food for cats & kittens

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    I found out about Orijen cat (and dog food, too) through reading labels and word of mouth. Originally they only manufactured their product in Canada but now have a plant in the U.S. The company doesn't advertise, they don't need to. All you have to do is try this food with your cats and you probably will not go back to what you were using before and will recommend it to others. I feed both this dry food and home mixed wet food that is very high in protein and all my cats have become more active and healthy and the kittens I have fostered have done great. The whole prey approach seems to be just what cats need. Two of my cats were borderline diabetics before I switched and now they are healthy I found out about Orijen cat (and dog food, too) through reading labels and word of mouth. Originally they only manufactured their product in Canada but now have a plant in the U.S. The company doesn't advertise, they don't need to. All you have to do is try this food with your cats and you probably will not go back to what you were using before and will recommend it to others. I feed both this dry food and home mixed wet food that is very high in protein and all my cats have become more active and healthy and the kittens I have fostered have done great. The whole prey approach seems to be just what cats need. Two of my cats were borderline diabetics before I switched and now they are healthy and have gained back any weight they had lost. My oldest cat is 15 years old and he is the one that plays with any kittens and young cats, all day long. Something he couldn't be bothered to do before this diet. It is definitely worth the price. … more

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  • Pricey, but good stuff

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    Up until now, my cats have been eating a kibble mix of Fromm and Blue Buffalo. However, Fromm recently pulled their products from Chewy's shelves, so we decided to try something new. My cats love the Orijen treats, so it made sense to try the brand's kibble. It's very expensive, but Chewy was running a promotion targeted towards customers who'd been purchasing Fromm. My cats accepted the new blend -- Orijen and Blue Buffalo -- seamlessly, so it's a win. Not sure if we'll be able to stick with the Orijen in the long-term due to the high price, but it seems to be good stuff. We will continue to buy the Orijen treats at a local pet store that has a competitive price. If you've not tried Up until now, my cats have been eating a kibble mix of Fromm and Blue Buffalo. However, Fromm recently pulled their products from Chewy's shelves, so we decided to try something new. My cats love the Orijen treats, so it made sense to try the brand's kibble. It's very expensive, but Chewy was running a promotion targeted towards customers who'd been purchasing Fromm. My cats accepted the new blend -- Orijen and Blue Buffalo -- seamlessly, so it's a win. Not sure if we'll be able to stick with the Orijen in the long-term due to the high price, but it seems to be good stuff. We will continue to buy the Orijen treats at a local pet store that has a competitive price. If you've not tried them, you should, as your cat will love them! … more

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  • Best dry food for cats

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    We switched our cats from Fromm, a good option, to this because the ingredients are so great and it has relatively low carbs for a dry food. We transitioned slowly and our cats now love it more than their wet food. Even our pickiest cat, who often refuses to eat, loves this food. We have been purchasing this food since before the switch was made to the Kentucky plant. I was a little worried based on some of the reviews, but honestly, the cats haven't noticed a difference and the food is still great quality. We feed this in conjunction with a wet food for the moisture. Since they've been on it, our cats' coats have improved, their energy increased, and even their behavior has improved. The We switched our cats from Fromm, a good option, to this because the ingredients are so great and it has relatively low carbs for a dry food. We transitioned slowly and our cats now love it more than their wet food. Even our pickiest cat, who often refuses to eat, loves this food. We have been purchasing this food since before the switch was made to the Kentucky plant. I was a little worried based on some of the reviews, but honestly, the cats haven't noticed a difference and the food is still great quality. We feed this in conjunction with a wet food for the moisture. Since they've been on it, our cats' coats have improved, their energy increased, and even their behavior has improved. The biggest difference is with our 17 year old rescue. For the first fifteen years of his life, he had poor care and poor nutrition. He looked very ragged and hardly moved when we adopted him. Now, after a year on this food, his coat is fuller, his eyes have cleared, and he's more playful and active. I highly, highly recommend this food if you're going to feed your cats dry food. … more

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  • My cats used to love this. My cats wont touch it now.

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    My cats won't touch this stuff any longer. They used to come running when filling their bowls. They still come running..... they just won't eat. They sniff and paw and then begin meowing until I give them something else. Why would a company change a recipe for a premium food that was fine to begin with. My cats will only eat this when they are starving and then 2 out of four promptly throw it up. My vet told me to switch there food which I promptly did. Problem solved.

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  • Not sure if she likes it

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    My 4lb Persian eats this between meals, but she doesn't seem to love it. She also eats a rotation of urinary formula canned & primal freeze dried in the morning-prefers the primal but rarely finishes a very small meal. Her coat is gorgeous...zero knots & minimal shedding...& best part is the little tiny poops & zero litter box odor. It's clearly a great food...just wish she liked it a little better. Also it's the perfect size for her tiny Persian (chinchilla) mouth! Very disappointed Chewy is discontinuing :(

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  • Paying for Kentucky

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    I've been feeding my cat a Maine Coon, Orijen Cat and Kitten formula for three years. Over that time the price of the food went from $3.78 - $4.39 per pound for the 15lb bag that was made in Canada ( $58 - $66). This past January the bags have all come from the new Kentucky plant and the price has jumped up to $4.91per lb, or $59 for the large 12lb bag. While my cat will eat the food eventually the enthusiasm for it that was once there is no longer. I've given the new formula 7 months trial, and I can't recommend this new formula for this price. It's still good food, but it used to be great, and I feel that the move to the US plant was primarily motivated by the ability to cut costs. I I've been feeding my cat a Maine Coon, Orijen Cat and Kitten formula for three years. Over that time the price of the food went from $3.78 - $4.39 per pound for the 15lb bag that was made in Canada ( $58 - $66). This past January the bags have all come from the new Kentucky plant and the price has jumped up to $4.91per lb, or $59 for the large 12lb bag. While my cat will eat the food eventually the enthusiasm for it that was once there is no longer. I've given the new formula 7 months trial, and I can't recommend this new formula for this price. It's still good food, but it used to be great, and I feel that the move to the US plant was primarily motivated by the ability to cut costs. I don't believe the animals sourced from the US for this food are up to the same standards as those from Canada and my cat can tell the difference. I'm still looking for a replacement food, but for now am working on 4lb bags of different manufacturers currently my cats eating Crave from Evo. … more

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  • Our boys like it

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    Our boys eat wet food (breakfast, supper), but as a bedtime snack they get dry food. We've used Acana, Nutro, Blue Buffalo, Instinct and Wellness; The one they liked the least was Wellness because the size was too small for them. I would recommend this brand, and others I mentioned above, because it's high protein, low carbs, grain free and our Boys like it.

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  • Not for my kiddos

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    I do believe this to be a great product but wish they had samples before I bought a bag of it. My ragdolls ate a few of the kibble and then turned their nose to it and ate their other choice. I really wanted them to like it because I saw the results of feeding it from one of my pet customers and thought I would try it but no dice.

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  • Switched to Orijen

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    After Fromm's no longer offered their product on Chewy we scrambled to find a new, tasty and healthy brand of dry cat food. Our cat breeder (we have Siberians ) recommended Orijen as she painstakingly reviews all brands insuring healthy, tasty and safe pet foods. Orijen was her #1 choice! The kitties love it!

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  • 2 Bengals and a Tom

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    This is the best dry cat food on the market! I have an F2 Bengal that has a very sensitive digestive system. His diet is 95% raw food with this being the only dry food he can eat without having diarrhea. It also makes me happy knowing that I am feeding all three of my fur babies a truly all natural sourced dry cat food. We Love Orijen...meow

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