Blue Buffalo Basics LI Grain-Free Indoor Kitten Canned Food Review

Our Recommendation

The Blue Buffalo Company was created with the goal of making high-quality pet food. Their passion is to help family companions be healthy and stay that way. There have been two major recalls of Blue Buffalo pet food, (most of it being dry dog food), but none have been for their kitten food. The reviews online for the kitten food are mostly glowing and for many good reasons.

Blue Buffalo has created a quality wet kitten food that makes the promise of containing: Real turkey as its high-quality protein, potatoes and peas as the easily digestible carbohydrates and a specific blend of veggies, fruit, and micronutrients. It is also a limited ingredient food to help with kittens who might have sensitive stomachs.

In addition, the formula contains a high amount of moisture, which is important for a growing kitten. Taurine is an essential amino acid in a cat’s diet and this formula contains this ingredient in a registered amount. It aids in many ways to keep a feline healthy by aiding in maintaining normal vision, digestion and heart muscle function.

The ingredients they don’t use are also a bonus for your feline family member’s system: no wheat, soy or corn, and no preservatives or artificial flavors.

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Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Fish Oil (Source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Natural Flavor, Carrots, Potatoes, Peas, Flaxseed (Source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Cellulose Powder, Cranberries, Blueberries, Pumpkin, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sunflower Oil (Source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Taurine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).

Nutritional Analysis

Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the   Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Crude Protein

9.0% min

Crude Fat

7.0% min

Crude Fibre

1.5% max


78.0% max


0.10% min

Vitamin E

50 IU/kg min

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)*

20 mg/kg min

Omega 6 Fatty Acids*

0.75% min

Omega 3 Fatty Acids*

0.25% min


0.05% min

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

Caloric Content

1,290 kcal/kg, 109 kcal/can

Feeding Amounts

This food can be used for a kitten up to one year in age.
Up to 20 weeks of age, feed as much as your kitten will eat in 3 - 4 feedings per day.
21 - 30 weeks of age: feed about 2/3 can per lb of body weight per day.
31 - 52 weeks of age: feed about 1/2 can per lb of body weight per day.

Your cat's requirements may vary. Adjust food as required and ask your veterinarian if you are unsure.

The Bottom Line

There are a number of solid reasons to try Blue Buffalo wet food for your family felines including:

  • No meat by-products in their formula.

  • No preservatives or artificial color.

  • No grains that can often upset a kitten’s stomach.

  • The formula supports the health and positive growth of your kitten.

  • An affordable price.

  • A company that believes in treating pets as true members of the family and create their formulas with that goal in mind.

Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Indoor Kitten food is supported by all these factors and has some of the best ingredients for kittens in the formula. The company has created a food that will work for your little feline family member for a full year. It is well worth trying.

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