Best* High Calorie Cat Food

If your cat is underweight, high calorie cat food can help your pet put on the pounds they need to achieve better health.

 
 

Pet parent faves

From top-quality kibble to scrumptious wet food, these are the best high calorie cat foods for weight gain most frequently chosen by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Original Turkey, Turkey Meal, and Chicken Meal Dry Cat Food

Best High Calorie Dry Cat Food


Wellness

CORE Natural Grain Free Original Turkey, Turkey Meal, and Chicken Meal Dry Cat Food


This Wellness formula contains turkey, chicken, whitefish, herring, salmon oil and cranberries. The recipe is fortified with antioxidants, probiotics, vitamins and minerals to support your cat’s optimal health.


Features:
  • Comes in 2 lb., 5 lb. and 11 lb. bags
  • Does not contain meat byproducts
  • No artificial preservatives or flavors
  • Omega fatty acids support healthy skin and coat

ORIJEN Grain Free Tundra Premium High Protein Fresh & Raw Animal Ingredients Dry Cat Food


ORIJEN


Grain Free Tundra Premium High Protein Fresh & Raw Animal Ingredients Dry Cat Food


The amazing flavor of this ORIJEN formula comes from Boer goat, wild boar, venison, Arctic char, mutton and duck coated with freeze-dried liver. Added vitamins, minerals and probiotics also help support your cat’s overall health and quality of life.


Features:
  • Comes in 4 lb. and 12 lb. bags
  • Formulated for all life stages
  • Prebiotics help support easy digestion
  • Grain-free

ACANA Indoor Entrée for Indoor Cats Chicken Turkey Whole Herring and Rabbit Dry Cat Food


ACANA


Indoor Entrée for Indoor Cats Chicken Turkey Whole Herring and Rabbit Dry Cat Food


This protein-rich formula designed specifically for indoor cats contains free-run chicken, turkey, herring and rabbit. Filled with 65% quality animal ingredients, this nutritious dry food can help stimulate the appetite of fussy cats.


Features:
  • Comes in 4 lb. and 10 lb. bags
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and coat
  • High-quality protein helps your cat maintain lean muscle mass
  • Liver infusions add extra flavor

Tiki Cat Born Carnivore Chicken & Egg Dry Food


Tiki Cat


Born Carnivore Chicken & Egg Dry Food


Formulated to mimic the natural prey diets of cats, this Tiki Cat Born recipe is packed with a high level of protein. The minimally processed baked kibble gives your cat a satisfying crunch when they eat.


Features:
  • Comes in 2.8 lb., 5.6 lb. and 11.1 lb. bags
  • Grain-free formula
  • Uses non-GMO ingredients
  • 43% protein guaranteed

The Honest Kitchen Cate Grain Free Chicken Pate Wet Cat Food

Best High Calorie Wet Cat Food:


The Honest Kitchen


Cate Grain Free Chicken Pate Wet Cat Food


This super savory recipe includes cage-free chicken blended with bone broth gravy into a rich pate. Quality protein helps your cat build or retain lean muscle mass. Made to human-grade standards, this formula is suitable for kittens and adult cats in all life stages.


Features:
  • Comes in 5.5 oz. cans or a 12-pack of 5.5 oz. cans
  • Formulated with the help of a veterinary nutritionist
  • Grain-free
  • No fillers, artificial flavors or GMOs

Instinct Original Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food


Instinct


Original Grain-Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food


Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient in this luxurious pate that can help stoke your cat’s appetite. In fact, 95% of this formula is made from high-quality protein, including turkey and chicken liver. Pet parents can feel good about giving their cats this wet food that doesn’t contain grains, soy or artificial preservatives.


Features:
  • Comes in 3 oz. or 5.5 oz. individual cans or 12- and 24-packs
  • Made in the USA
  • Does not include artificial colors
  • Does not include xanthan gum, guar gum or carrageenan

Wellness CORE Signature Selects Natural Grain Free Flaked Skipjack Tuna & Salmon Wet Cat Food

Wellness


CORE Signature Selects Natural Grain Free Flaked Skipjack Tuna & Salmon Wet Cat Food


Every bite of this CORE Signature Selects cat food is packed with premium tuna and wild salmon. Every recipe is prepared by hand and contains the high level of protein your cat needs to fuel their energy needs and help them build or retain lean muscles.


Features:
  • Comes in 2.8 oz. or 5.3 oz. individual cans and 12-packs of either
  • Includes delicate flakes of meat
  • Formulated for urinary health support
  • No meat byproducts, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

Weruva Pate The Showcase Chowdown Variety Pack Wet Cat Food


Weruva


Pate The Showcase Chowdown Variety Pack Wet Cat Food


Give your cat variety in their diet with this assorted pack that includes eight unique pate flavors. Weruva’s natural cat food comes in easy-to-use pouches. Just open the pouch, slide the contents into your cat’s food bowl and watch your pet gobble it down. Protein sources include chicken, tuna, salmon, lamb, mackerel and beef.


Features:
  • Comes in a 16-pack of 2.8 oz. cans
  • Grain- and gluten-free
  • MSG and BPA free
  • Formulas include grass-fed lamb or beef, cage-free chicken and wild-caught fish

WholeHearted Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Pate Wet Kitten Food

Best High Calorie Kitten Food:


WholeHearted


Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Pate Wet Kitten Food


Smooth and creamy, this flavorful recipe is filled with the nutrients and calories kittens need to grow big and strong. It can also be a wonderful formula to help older cats regain needed weight.


Features:
  • Comes in 2.8 oz. and 5.5 oz. individual cans or 12-packs of either
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids support healthy skin and coat
  • Does not include artificial colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat or grains

Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Mother & Babycat Ultra Soft Mousse in Sauce Canned Cat Food


Royal Canin


Feline Health Nutrition Mother & Babycat Ultra Soft Mousse in Sauce Canned Cat Food


This Royal Canin formula provides the precise nutrition kittens need to grow strong and healthy. The recipe is designed to support developing immune systems and digestive systems.


Features:
  • Comes in 3 oz., 5.1 oz. and 5.8 oz. cans or 24-packs of either
  • Easy to eat mousse texture
  • Can help kittens transition from milk to solid food
  • Contains exclusive complex of antioxidants and vitamins
  • Added DHA supports brain development

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Learn More About High Calorie Cat Food

If you’ve noticed your cat seems a little on the skinny side, the first thing to do is determine if your feline is actually underweight. Many cats are actually overweight or even obese, but cats can become underweight due to a number of conditions.

Contact your vet to schedule a wellness check. If your feline is underweight, it’s important to determine the reason. It could be as simple as your cat not liking the type of cat food you provide. However, certain medical conditions can also cause your cat to lose weight, including:

  • Intestinal parasites
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Arthritis or other pain
  • Dental disease
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal issues

If your vet diagnoses your feline with a medical condition, the first priority will be to treat the condition. However, your vet may encourage you to also try to increase your cat’s weight as part of your pet’s treatment plan.

Here are a few tips to help your cat gain weight:

  • Offer your cat different types of food to determine what flavors or textures they prefer. Many cats do have strong opinions, so the best high calorie cat food may be different from cat to cat.
  • Consider purchasing kitten food for your cat. Kitten food contains more calories, fat and protein per serving than adult cat food. Also, many adult cats enjoy kitten food.
  • Try free feeding your cat throughout the day. Cats are natural grazers and may prefer eating small meals several times a day.
  • Try wet foods. Cats are highly stimulated by smell, so some of the best high calorie wet foods may attract your cat over dry food. You may even wish to warm your cat’s wet food in the microwave to increase the odor.
  • Make sure your cat’s food dish is in a safe, secure and quiet part of the house. Cats are more likely to eat when they feel safe and when their feeding area is quiet.

Take a look at some of our best cat foods or the best cat food for indoor cats. And if you are bringing home a new kitten or cat, take a look at Petco’s New Cat Owner Guide

Several conditions that tend to afflict older cats can cause them to lose weight, including kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, dental disease, hyperthyroidism and arthritis. Your first step should be to identify and treat your pet’s primary condition. For example, if your vet pulls painful teeth, your cat may start eating again naturally.

Work with your vet to identify the best high calorie cat food for your senior cat. Some of the best high protein cat foods are actually formulated for kittens. Take a look at all Petco’s high protein cat food.

You may also want to ask your vet about adding probiotics to your dog’s diet. Slow feeder bowls may also help—they force your pup to slow down when eating, which can help reduce bloating and excess gas. Slow feeders may also help prevent Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus—also known as GDV—which can be deadly to your dog.

Older cats may also begin losing their sense of smell, which can lower their appetite. Switching from dry food to wet food or adding wet toppers to your cat food can help stimulate your feline’s appetite. You may even want to warm wet cat food to increase the odor.

Your vet may recommend therapeutic food, which is formulated for weight gain. Your vet may also be able to prescribe an appetite stimulant to encourage your older kitty to eat more.

*Based on petco.com sales data.