Honest Review for the Orijen Cat Food Updated for 2020

Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Cat Food is completely natural and suitable for cats of all ages and breeds. It’s an award winning product that has satisfied a lot of cat moms and dads.

Of the ingredients in Orijen Cat Food 90% come from fresh fish, poultry and eggs. The other 10% is fresh fruits and vegetables with absolutely no unneeded grains or fillers or preservatives or added hormones.

The turkey and chicken are free range, the eggs are nest laid and the fish are wild caught so you can already tell this is a bit of a gourmet product, but it may be well worth the expense.

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Who Are The Manufactures of Orijen ?

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Champion Pet Foods Alberta, Canada.

Orijen is made by the family owned Champion Pet Foods out of Alberta, Canada. The kibble is manufactured in Champion Pet Food’s on factory using only ingredients that would be fit for human consumption.

Do you or a family member insist on only purchasing products that have that “Made in America” sticker? This won’t be a problem. They recently opened a facility in Kentucky.

The ingredients may vary slightly based on environment as Orijen uses locally sourced ingredients to ensure freshness. Be warned that while Kentucky does have its share of lush farmland, you may have to settle for freshwater bass and catfish rather than salmon or other ocean fish.

What Proper Nutrition For A Cat Looks Like

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A portion of healthy food has these three important factors…

Finding the best food for your cat can mean sorting through many different types and carefully reading that label. The big name commercial cat foods tend to be full of unhealthy ingredients such as preservatives, artificial fillers and animal by-products. Not only do you have to sort out the cat foods with bad ingredients, you have to search out which ones have the best ingredients.

Apart from Orijen we have reviewed a lot of other brands that may interest you or your kitty. You should definitely check out our list of the best foods for your feline before deciding on what kind of chow to bring her to the “table”.

A healthy cat food has these three important factors:

  • High Quality/Quantity Protein

Your cat is an obligate carnivore who needs to eat meat more than anything else. The first item on the ingredient list should ideally be the name of a recognizable animal such as salmon, duck, beef, venison, chicken, duck, turkey or lamb. Your cat is sure to love anything with any type of fish as a major ingredient. An organ meat such as liver is also acceptable.

  • High Water Content

Many cats don’t voluntarily drink enough water, so a moist cat food helps them stay hydrated. It also helps the cat digest essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Foods with a high water content help to prevent health issues such as kidney problems. If your cat insists on eating only dry cat food, make sure she always has access to fresh, clean water.

  • Low Carbohydrates

Cats really do not need carbohydrates. An overabundance can even lead to inflammation, obesity and heart disease. Anything in cat food that has carbohydrates should at least be low on the glycemic index.

This includes marine plants, chickpeas, apples, pumpkins, zucchini and sweet potatoes that won’t spike blood sugar or promote weight gain.

Recipe Review (Dry) Orijen Cat Food & Kitten Dry Food Formula

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Taurine is one of the most important nutrients in the feline diet

A third of the meat used in Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food is dehydrated chicken and turkey that was air dried at a low temperature from fresh. Eggs, fish and organs round out the required protein.

Guaranteed Analysis

This food is based on what nutrients cats would get from a natural diet in the wild. It’s very rich with protein and is ten percent moisture making something solid, yet digestible. Taurine is one of the most important nutrients in the feline diet as the can’t produce it naturally. Orijen cat food will provide your cat with the optimal amounts to keep her healthy.

Other important nutrients like potassium, selenium, folic acid and all the major vitamins are all included along with many other essential vitamins and nutrients.


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The biggest selling point of Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food is that it is fully packed with not only meat, but fresh and never frozen meat. The first five ingredients listed are boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring and boneless turkey. No rendered meats or low quality by-products here. The chicken and fresh eggs come from local prairie farms and the whitefish is harvested right from northern Canadian lakes and salmon and herring from the pacific.

Herring is a rather strong tasting fish, but your cat might like it. Salmon is one of the healthiest fish on the market, being full of B vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids. Among the vegetables are antioxidant packed apples and cranberries plus fiber rich pumpkins and lentils full of B vitamins and folate. There is even a bit of chicory root to provide just enough inulin for a healthy colon.

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What are the Pros and Cons of Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula?

The pros of Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food are numerous. The main ingredients are not only meats that your little carnivore craves, but only the finest quality meat from local sources to guarantee freshness. This product also includes all of the 11 essential aminoacids that your cat’s body can’t produce but needs in order to stay healthy.

The healthy fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 are present. Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food has all the vitamins a cat needs for optimum health. Only fresh, high quality ingredients go into this product. Many customers report their cats have healthier, softer coats and less shedding after a diet or Orijen. Most importantly, it seems like that cats love it. If they’re not used to it, it may take them awhile to get use to it.

The most major con seems to be the high price. A couple of disgruntled Amazon reviewers complained about a sudden spike in the price. Since another con is that it is rather hard to find this popular food in stock, it is probably safe to give Orijen the benefit of the doubt and assume the price spike was to keep up with the demand.

Since salmon, herring and whitefish are scarce in landlocked Kentucky, you may have to settle for other ingredients if you purchase something that was made there, but they are sure to be of fine quality as well.


Orijen cat food is a properly balanced formula sure to keep your cat healthy and happy. Your cat will get the nutrients she needs and will avoid the cheap fillers usually found in commercial cat foods. The first five ingredients listed are all recognizable animal parts, so that’s a very good sign.

It is fairly moist as dry foods go, but keep that water dish full all the same. There are no grains or cheap fillers, just a few fruit and vegetable products to add fiber and a good deal of essential vitamins.

The people at Orijen appear to have perfected the ultimate formula for the most ideal cat food a cat could eat, making those award well earned. While it is beneficial for both cats and kittens, kittens should be given larger servings as they need the extra calories for growth. The price tag is a little on the hefty side, but many customers aver that it’s worth every penny.

The payoff is a decrease in vet bills and a happy, healthy kitty cat who is getting the best food there is. You may want to give this food a try. It may become a regular staple.

Is orijen good cat food?

It's very rich with protein and is ten percent moisture making something solid, yet digestible. Taurine is one of the most important nutrients in the feline diet as the can't produce it naturally. Orijen cat food will provide your cat with the optimal amounts to keep her healthy.

Does orijen make wet cat food?

They don't make any wet foods. Orijen foods contain up to 90% meat, two-thirds of which is fresh or freeze-dried and one-third of which is dehydrated.

How long does orijen cat food last?

The best before (BB) date is printed on the back of the bag at the top of the ORIJEN package. We mark ORIJEN bags DAY MONTH YEAR. From the time the food is made and packaged at our kitchen, there are about 18 months until expiry. Heat, moisture and light have the biggest impact on ORIJEN's shelf life.

Has orijen ever had a recall?

They have been affected by three recalls in recent years specifically related to Champion Petfoods, but only one of them actually affected the Orijen brand. In 2003, Champion Petfoods was affected by a small recall due to a problem with some of their beef ingredients.

  • May 12, 2018
Mary Nielsen

A huge animal lover, born and raised around dogs, cats, chickens... Self-educated pet care nerd. Currently parent of three adopted cats and one small mutt. Animal adoption advocate. Loves a good book (about animals) and playing the piano.