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Merrick Cat Food Review

Company HQ

LocationAmarillo, Texas

Parent company

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Sourcing and Manufacturing

LocationUnited States

Type of food

Wet Cat Food, Wet Kitten Food, Wet Senior Cat Food, Dry Cat Food, Dry Senior Cat Food, Dry Kitten Food

Ratings

58%
? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 70%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 74%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 25%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 61%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 70%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 48%
Pros
  • High protein content
  • Foods are nutritionally complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards
  • Affordable
  • Merrick makes a diverse range of foods for various ages, sizes, and lifestyles
  • All recipes are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
Cons
  • Some recipes contain plant-based protein
  • The brand has been previously recalled

Brand Overview

Merrick pet food was introduced in 1988 as an all-natural, handcrafted brand. The product line features natural ingredients, with ancestral diets, limited ingredient diets, and other special wet and dry formulas. Merrick pet food offers recipes for dogs and cats.

How Much Does Merrick Cat Food Cost

We’ve compared Merrick cat food price to the other 197 cat food brands in our database.

Wet Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per oz $0.45 $0.49 -8%
Price per 100 kcal $1.62 $2.02 -20%
Price per day $0.97 $1.21 -20%

Merrick Wet Cat Food is priced below the average market price for cat food.

Wet Kitten Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per oz $0.47 $0.46 +2%
Price per 100 kcal $1.51 $1.54 -2%
Price per day $0.91 $0.92 -1%

Merrick Wet Kitten Food is priced below the average market price for cat food.

Wet Senior Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per oz $0.42 $0.43 -2%
Price per 100 kcal $1.68 $1.60 +5%
Price per day $1.01 $0.96 +5%

Merrick Wet Senior Cat Food is priced above the average market price for cat food.

Dry Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $4.08 $4.07 +0%
Price per 100 kcal $0.25 $0.25 0%
Price per day $0.15 $0.15 0%

Merrick Dry Cat Food is priced within the average market price for cat food.

Dry Senior Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $3.75 $4.28 -12%
Price per 100 kcal $0.24 $0.35 -31%
Price per day $0.14 $0.21 -33%

Merrick Dry Senior Cat Food is priced below the average market price for cat food.

Dry Kitten Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $4.13 $4.32 -4%
Price per 100 kcal $0.25 $0.25 -1%
Price per day $0.15 $0.15 0%

Merrick Dry Kitten Food is priced within the average market price for cat food.

Merrick Nutrient Profile Comparison

We’ve compared Merrick cat food recipes nutrient profile to the other 197 cat food brands in our database.

Wet Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 45.94% 52.92% -13%
DM Fat 19.89% 17.74% +12%
DM Fiber 6.05% 6.38% -5%
DM Carb 17.97% 13.98% +29%

Wet Kitten Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 46.82% 50.77% -8%
DM Fat 23.59% 24.53% -4%
DM Fiber 6.03% 6.79% -11%
DM Carb 10.48% 10.56% -1%

Wet Senior Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 42.11% 44.39% -5%
DM Fat 15.79% 19.25% -18%
DM Fiber 13.16% 9.30% +42%
DM Carb 17.89% 20.67% -13%

Dry Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 39.67% 38.82% +2%
DM Fat 16.25% 16.74% -3%
DM Fiber 4.88% 5.11% -5%
DM Carb 39.20% 38.00% +3%

Dry Senior Cat Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 43.26% 35.40% +22%
DM Fat 13.48% 15.92% -15%
DM Fiber 8.43% 6.55% +29%
DM Carb 34.83% 40.66% -14%

Dry Kitten Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 46.63% 40.93% +14%
DM Fat 17.98% 20.41% -12%
DM Fiber 3.37% 4.05% -17%
DM Carb 32.02% 32.98% -3%

All of Merrick cat food recipes meets AAFCO's minimum requirements.

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Merrick Cat Food Review since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Merrick - Pet treats for dogs (07/02/2010) -+
Date: 07/02/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Pet treats for dogs
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Texas Hold'ems Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (08/03/2010) -+
Date: 08/03/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Texas Hold'ems Beef Filet Squares for Dogs
Recall Reason: Potentially contaminated with Salmonella
Merrick - Dog treats - Texas Hold'ems, Beef Filet Squares (08/16/2010) -+
Date: 08/16/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Dog treats - Texas Hold'ems, Beef Filet Squares
Recall Reason: Potentially contaminated with Salmonella
Merrick - JR Texas Taffy Pet Treats (01/28/2011) -+
Date: 01/28/2011
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: JR Texas Taffy Pet Treats
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Wishbone pet treat (08/08/2011) -+
Date: 08/08/2011
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Wishbone pet treat
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Beef dog treat varieties (05/23/2018) -+
Date: 05/23/2018
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Beef dog treat varieties
Recall Reason: Ingredient Level
Castor & Pollux, Merrick - ‎Beef dog treat varieties (03/27/2020) -+
Date: 03/27/2020
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: ‎Beef dog treat varieties
Recall Reason: Ingredient Level

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FAQ

faq-item-image Who owns Merrick cat food?

Merrick is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

faq-item-image Where is Merrick cat food made?

Merrick is manufactured in the United States .

faq-item-image Is Merrick AAFCO approved?

Yes, all of Merrick recipes are AAFCO approved.

faq-item-image Has Merrick cat food been recalled?

Merrick has been recalled 7 times in the years 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2020.

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