Wellness CORE Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Meal Indoor Formula Dry Cat Food Review

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Our Recommendation

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Meal Indoor Dry Cat Food is a grain-free formula focused on a protein-rich diet. You will notice that the first ingredient is deboned chicken, followed by chicken meal and turkey meal which can be a great source of protein as well. There is also a great blend of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as Taurine, L-Carnitine, and Vitamin E. The addition of probiotics, omega fatty acids, and flaxseed to help promote good immunity, skin and coat health and support healthy digestion.

This recipe contains no meat by-products, artificial ingredients, colors or flavors which is a plus. They also use great ingredients made in the USA and does not include wheat, corn, soy or eggs in this formula.


Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Potato Protein, Tomato Pomace, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Beta-Carotene, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

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).

Guaranteed Analysis


38.00% min


12.00% min


5.00% max


10.00% max


2.20% max


1.60% max


25,000 IU/kg min


200 IU/kg min


0.10% min


100 mg/kg


3.00% min


0.5% min

Caloric Content

3,561 kcal/kg, 445 kcal/cup

Feeding Instructions

Weight                           Daily Feeding Dry Alone (cup)                          Daily Combination Feeding (cup)

4 - 7 LBS                                            1/4 - 1/3                                                                  1/4 + 3 oz Can

7 - 10 LBS                                          1/3 - 1/2                                                                   1/3 + 3 oz Can

10 - 15 LBS                                        1/2 - 2/3                                                                   1/2 + 3 oz Can

CATS OVER 15 LBS                        Add up to 1/4 cup for each additional 2 lbs of body weight

This is the manufacturer’s recommended feeding guidelines. However, this may not work for your cat. Each cat is unique, therefore, it is important to take into account your cat’s age, wet food intake, and activity level before deciding on a feeding schedule. Always discuss with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about switching your cat into a new variety of food and follow the transition instructions below. Make sure to provide access to clean, fresh water at all times.

Transition Instructions

It is best to make a slow transition from the existing food to a new food, ideally over 5-10 days. Start by adding 25% of the new food to 75% of the old food and feed that for the first three days. Introduce 50 - 50 of the old and new food for the next few days. Toward the end of the 10-day cycle, add 75% of the new food to 25% of the old food. 

Make sure to keep an eye on your cat through this transition to see if there are any changes in the eating habits or if they start vomiting, having diarrhea or feeling constipated. If any problems start to occur, stop the transition and consult your vet immediately.

The Bottom Line

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Meal Indoor Dry Cat Food is a great option for any kitty who is in need of a grain-free diet. The only concern with this formula is that potato is the fifth ingredient on the list and although potato is a great vegetable, it can be an unnecessary filler when used in excess.  However, Wellness uses great quality ingredients to make sure that your cat gets all the nutrition they need. It is also important to know that they do not use any by-products, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives therefore it is an overall safe product.

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