ORIJEN Guardian 8 Free Run Chicken, Wild Caught Salmon & Rabbit Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food, 4-lb bag - Chewy.com

ORIJEN Guardian 8 Free Run Chicken, Wild Caught Salmon & Rabbit Adult Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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About This Item


  • The top 5 ingredients are fresh or raw poultry and fish ingredients. The fresh ingredients use refrigeration as the only method of preservation and the raw ingredients are frozen at their peak freshness.
  • A WholePrey diet crafted with the most succulent parts of the prey, including poultry or fish, organs and bone to mimic what your feline’s ancestors consumed in the wild.
  • Contains increased levels of omega 3s, EPA, DHA and antioxidants from wild-caught pollock oil.
  • Contains 16 fresh or raw ingredients.
  • An optimal diet to address a multitude of cat ailments over time.

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Nutritional Information

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About ORIJEN Guardian

Orijen Guardian for Cats

With an abundance of fresh and raw animal ingredients, including nutrient-rich WholePrey ingredients, Orijen Guardian Diets help support your cat’s health for a lifetime. Orijen Guardian 8 helps nourish adult cats with eight distinct health benefits, while Orijen Guardian Senior helps keep senior cats aged 7+ thriving.

Biologically Appropriate Nutrition

You make sure to nourish your body with the best ingredients, and because you love your pet, you want the same for your trusted companion. Orijen diets feature WholePrey animal ingredients to provide the protein-rich food your dog or cat was born to eat. This biologically appropriate nutrition helps your pet reach the fullest potential, for more enjoyment and many years of adventure by your side.

8 Nourishing Benefits

Orijen Guardian diets help safeguard your cat’s vitality with every meal. By supporting  eight key health factors, these foods help address common health concerns that can affect the well-being of your adult or senior feline. Nutritious WholePrey and fresh and raw animal ingredients in each recipe help provide total nutrition and minimize the need for supplementation.

90% Animal Ingredients

Premium Orijen Guardian diets are packed with up to 90% animal ingredients.

First 5 Fresh or Raw

The first five ingredients in Orijen Guardian diets are always fresh or raw animal ingredients.

WholePrey Diet

Made with whole portions of meat, poultry or fish, plus organs and bone for key vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Freeze-Dried Coated

Each bite is covered in a freeze-dried coating to add savory flavor and a burst of nutrition.

About Orijen

Orijen makes foods to help pets thrive, so they can stay healthy and strong through all their days. Their WholePrey approach means including the most nutrient-dense and delicious parts of the prey in their recipes, to deliver the natural whole nutrition cats and dogs evolved to eat. Help your best friend reach his fullest potential with a biologically appropriate diet from Orijen.

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Questions & Answers

18 Customer Questions

What are the 8 common ailments of cats that this food is formulated to address?
Answer by ChewySep 15, 2021
This recipe features 8 health benefits including: immune support, muscle maintenance, joint health, digestive health, healthy skin and coat, aids brain function, eye health and heart health.

Where is this product made and processed?
Answer by ChewyAug 09, 2021
This recipe is made in the USA. ORIJEN's focus when sourcing ingredients has always been on using ingredients from suppliers they know and trust. Part of this commitment is choosing suppliers with the technical expertise and discipline to give the best ingredients available. While they do not source ingredients directly from China, some of their B vitamins are made with raw materials that originate in China. This would apply to vitamins B1 and B6, and is consistent throughout the pet food industry. They require that any vitamin components sourced from China must be human grade, and as such they undergo intensive testing to ensure the purity of the ingredient and accuracy of the blend.

Are the salmon, herring, and mackerel wild caught?
Answer by ChewyApr 29, 2022
The Orijen fish are all sustainable and wild-caught.

If 2/3 of the animal ingredients are "fresh and raw" before cooking, what condition are the other 1/3 of the animal ingredients?
Answer by ChewyOct 03, 2021
The remaining 1/3 of the animal ingredients are composed of meat meals and dehydrated meats.

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81 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Addie on May 22, 2023

No more scarf & barf!

My 7 year old cat has always had an issue with scarfing her food down and throwing it right back up. The food was always still completely whole, unchewed & undigested. After switching foods many times and even incorporating a slow feeder, about a year ago I switched to this brand and my cat has only thrown up twice after eating (and to be fair it was most likely due to medication given at the time), and both times the food was completely broken down in her stomach when she vomited, which makes me feel as though it's easier to break down and more digestible. I can hear that she chews this kibble and really takes her time eating it; She also screams for this food unlike any other kibble I've offered in the past, so it's fair to say this is by far her favorite. If you're having similar issues with scarfing & barfing, I recommend giving this brand a try!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Winnie on Apr 3, 2023

She love's it

I offer my cat a high end blend of dry food, also separately, raw food and some packets, and occasionally transition. When I offered her this as a topper on her dry food, she cleaned it up. I have added it the blend now and she really enjoys it. I plan to eliminate another dry food product and continue with this one.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Diane on Apr 25, 2023

Great food, great health!

I'd rather put my money in good food than in vet bills. This is put down as a supplement to their canned food. They absolutely love it! All 4. Cats need dry food, along with their canned food. Healthy cats are happy cats.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By fatcats on Apr 25, 2023

Orjen Dry Food

My cats go off their dry food occasionally and I was looking for an alternative. My cats liked it at first but now they walk away from it. I am not sure it was this particular flavor of this product that they did not like.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By HappyCatMama on May 22, 2023

Absolutely love this for my two Siamese kitties. They are decently picky and they get so excited when they get their Orijen ! Will continue feeding.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Angelica on Apr 26, 2023

My cat's coat is so soft

I recently switched from purina live clear to this, and there's a noticeable difference in my son's fur. It's softer and thicker, and he likes his food. I bought it once, and now I have an autoship.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Karol on Jun 4, 2023

Kitties love the food!

My kitties (full grown cats:) loved this as soon as I put some in their bowl, it was like a super special surprise for them!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MCLover on Feb 15, 2023

Great Transition From Kitten To Adult Food

My 2 Maine Coon kittens loved their ORIJEN Kitten dry diet (chicken, turkey & salmon) for the last year. I decided to transition them to adult kibble but it didn’t go great. They begrudgingly ate their ORIJEN Original Cat kibble (chicken, turkey & fish) but often left a bit in the bowl. I decided to try ORIJEN Guardian 8 Formula (chicken, salmon & rabbit) and they absolutely love it! Their appetite has returned full force and they have a lot of energy; they’re running around and playing even more than ever.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By catlady12 on Feb 1, 2023

Orijen guardian 8

I keep a "rotation" of different foods for my 2 cats. To change things up for them for flavor and nutrients considering I believe every company puts different levels of different vitamins in their foods. Solid gold, open farm, NOW, Orijen, Tiki Cat, Weruva, Ziwi, meat mates, vital cat, are a few in our rotation. Specifically, Orijen Guardian 8 is one of the top favorites of my ladies. Bowls are always empty at the next feeding, and they come running when they hear the bag! I love knowing I'm feeding them well and that they are loving it too

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kayla on Mar 21, 2023

cat approved

I have never seen my cat inhale food like this before. She loves it and for the quality, I’ll keep buying it for her. Before she was on taste of the wild, HUGE improvement in BMs and coat in the weeks she’s been on this food.