Main Features of Abound Cat Food

Main Features of Abound Cat Food

As we have already mentioned, the Abound cat food brand has gained the reputation of a reliable manufacturer: It offers quality food for an agreeable price. Judging by Abound brand cat food reviews, pets like both wet food and kibbles, and there are no complaints about their wellbeing and health. 

What makes this brand worthy?

  • Only 100% natural ingredients are used;
  • No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives are added;
  • Products are versatile and can be given to cats at all life stages;
  • Meat is the first ingredient, no soy, corn or wheat are used;
  • Both wet and dry food contains essential vitamins and minerals.

Whatever taste and form of nutrition you choose, Abound is suitable for a balanced healthy diet.

About Abound company

The Abound brand has been established in 2014 by the Kroger store chain. This pet food for cats and dogs is produced for natural food consumers. The primary advantage of this food is the total absence of potentially harmful ingredients, such as soy, corn, and wheat. No artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors are used. The manufacturer uses meat as the main component and does not include animal by-products into any of its formulas – it makes up for exceptional quality and safety of their products. Today, Abound brand is represented not only in the Kroger store, but also in various online pet supply shops.

It’s not 100% clear where Abound cat food is produced, but if the company uses one place to manufacture all products, it must be Sunshine Mills. It runs several facilities over the United States – this is where the brand’s dog food is produced. Sunshine Mills makes food for such brands as Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, Hi-Top, Triumph, and others. The vast majority of Abound ingredients are imported from the USA, but some may come from other countries. The information about ingredient origin is not disclosed, which puts their quality into a question.

Is Abound good for cats?

If we cast a look at the contents of the products, we will find them absolutely healthy. For example, dry food has 30-30% of crude protein, 4-5% of fiber, and even 10% of moisture (which is a rare occasion for kibbles). Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are added together with taurine and vitamins, such as Magnesium and Phosphorous. 

We should also admit that the manufacturer states clearly what kind of meat it uses, for instance, deboned salmon, chicken meat, turkey meat, potatoes, etc. It lets us know what exactly the food is made of.

Yet, there are a few concerns about Abound cat food quality. They are raised by two issues:

  1. Some ingredients are not appropriate for cats. For example, dry food includes dried cellulose and brewers dried yeast. There are also dried whey and oatmeal – those can irritate the cat’s stomach. 
  2. It’s not clear where Abound cat food is manufactured, and where some components come from. While meat produced by USA farmers is considered to be safe, many Chinese ingredients have lower quality and might be full of hormones and chemicals.

Generally, Abound cat food is a brand for owners in search of a versatile solution. If you need a one-fits-all product, opt for this solution. Why? First, most foods are suitable for kittens, pregnant and adult cats. Secondly, kibbles and morsels both contain a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals, including Omega fatty acids, taurine, vitamins A, C, D, and a lot of other essential components.

As a veterinarian, I’m for a more individual approach – all in all, cats of different ages and breeds have different needs. However, Abound cat food can fulfill the nutritional needs of your pet pretty well. Besides, it offers the whole range of flavors to choose from. 

Has Abound been recalled?

Abound company has been recalled in December 2018: their pet food was reported to have elevated contents of vitamin D. Besides, Sunshine Mills facilities where Abound food is made have been recalled nine times before that – all of the issues were connected with excessive levels of Vitamin D.

It should be noted that the above-mentioned problems were connected with dog food only – there has been no Abound cat food recall throughout the history of brand existence. It means that the products for cats are safe. 

Types of cat food available

Types of Abound cat food available

Abound company offers all essential types of cat nutrition, as well as the treats for felines. The lineup includes:

  1. Dry cat food. It contains organic ingredients only, and its first ingredient is always meat. It contains a lot of protein (~32%) to sustain muscle development. Kibbles have no artificial flavors and colors. They do not contain wheat, corn, soy, and animal by-products. 
  2. Grain-free dry cat food. Generally, it has the same healthy contents as the above-mentioned series: it’s also enriched with minerals and vitamins. Yet, there are no grains added, and the food has a higher level of protein and more vegetables, fruits, and berries. It’s recommended for cats with a sensitive stomach, as well as nursing mothers and kittens. 
  3. Wet food. It’s mostly available in pouches and comes in a variety of flavors (chicken, salmon, turkey, beef). Those formulas include a lot of protein and easy-to-digest carbohydrates. No animal by-products and artificial flavors added. Grain-free options are available, as well as recipes with sweet potatoes. 

Cat treats. They mostly come in the form of kibbles with soft filling (chicken flavor is the most popular option) and help to improve dental health and prevent tartar buildup.

My own Abound cat food review

In order to find out whether Abound is a worthy cat food brand, I’ve made my own research. I studied all the available information on the Abound website to find more information about the product quality. I was surprised to find out that this cat food is not formulated to meet AAFCO standards or, to put it correctly, it has not been checked for compliance with those standards. Not that it is the only criterion of quality, but compliance with the AAFCO standards is one more sign that you can trust the brand.

After that, I decided to make my own analysis and purchased two samples of Abound food: dry kibbles with Chicken and Brown Rice flavor, and pouches with shredded chicken and salmon in gravy. Here’s my verdict:

Although the optimal content of vitamins and minerals makes Abound cat food perfect for daily nutrition, the amount of carbohydrates and fats is higher than normal. For example, it has 36% of protein and 43% of carbohydrates + 17% of fat. This is more than an adult cat needs! While pregnant felines and kittens are okay with such a boost of calories (376 kcal/100 g), healthy adult cats might start having problems with excessive weight. 

At the same time, I should admit that wet food contains an optimal amount of protein and fat. Thanks to 82% moisture content, it is easy to digest, the calorie content is moderate (65 kcal per 100 g). This would be a great option if combined with dry food. Please, note that wet food contains guar gum and potato starch – both are questionable ingredients. Such ingredients as dried eggs and salmon might cause allergy in cats, so watch your pet’s wellbeing. 

ProsCons
Contains 100% natural ingredientsAll essential vitamins and minerals are includedHigh protein contentsWet food has enough moistureSome ingredients may cause allergy (dried egg products, salmon)Too much fat and carbohydrates in dry kibbles

What customers say about Abound cat food?

Judging by customers’ reviews, Abound cat food is of decent quality – many pets like both treats and food and readily devour it. The food is pretty healthy – no serious allergic reactions or poor well-being were reported. Cats feel well and thrive with this product, and 4- or 5-star Abound cat food rating proves that. Customers’ only complaint is the price, though some users agree that the products are well worth it. Among the main food advantages, they highlight:

  • Natural components and the absence of artificial additives (colors, flavors, carrageenan, preservatives);
  • Low price when bought in brick-and-mortar stores;
  • High content of meat and protein;
  • Cats like the flavor of both wet and dry food;
  • Absence of ash in kibbles – the product is clean.

As for drawbacks, there are only a few of them:

  • The food is overpriced in some online stores, and is not widely available in the Net;
  • Lack of flavors to choose from – Abound mostly offers chicken, turkey, and salmon;
  • There are no particular foods for senior and sterile cats;
  • Dry food has a high calorie and fat content, it’s not suitable for overweight cats;
  • No species appropriateness – all types of food are versatile. 

All in all, customers are content with the quality of Abound cat nutrition and choose it for daily feeding. Even picky feline eaters love the product and all flavors (although salmon is quite a specific one). 

FAQ

Is Abound cat food grain-free?

There are two series available: with and without grains. The first category of Abound products may contain oatmeal. However, the manufacturer never uses soy and wheat in dry and wet food. Most often, sweet potatoes and brown rice are used in the food. Check the label and read the contents to pick a grain-free product. 

Where to buy Abound cat food?

Since Abound is Kroger’s brand, you can find a large choice of their products in Kroger stores. Besides, it’s available in some online pet supply stores, though the price varies depending on where you purchase it. Abound brand also sells the products in Amazon: to order the food, click the links provided in my review. 

How does abound cat food rate with veterinarians? 

Unfortunately, there are no full-fledged reviews made by vets. However, judging by this Reddit thread, people are mostly concerned with the absence of AAFCO statements about the appropriateness and safety of the food. It means it has not been properly tested, so there’s no proof that cats eating Abound food stay healthy.

So should you buy Abound cat food?

As I’ve already mentioned, Abound cat food is a great solution for those who prefer versatile products. Generally, the Abound brand makes high-quality food that contains all essential nutrients and a generous amount of protein, which means your pets are not likely to lack anything in their diet. Abound would be recommended when:

  • Your cat is absolutely healthy and does not need any special diet;
  • Your pet is not prone to serious allergic reactions;
  • Your feline is active enough and has no extra pounds – Abound is rich in calories;
  • You have several cats that readily eat anything served to them.

I would especially recommend wet food if your cat has no sensitivities because Abound’s morsels in gravy have enough moisture and vitamins.

Additional info

I’d like to finish my review with a few recommendations for those who have decided to switch to Abound cat food. 

First of all, you should calculate the appropriate amount of food for your cat. Even though Abound is suitable for felines of all breeds and ages, it has a lot of calories, so It’s crucial to serve this food in portions. That will prevent overweight and gastrointestinal problems. If your pet eats kibbles only, make sure it drinks enough water! You can figure out how much water your cat needs by reading our definitive guide.  

Secondly, do not forget about watching your cat’s health and well-being. Since Abound contains salmon broth and some questionable ingredients like dried egg products, brewer yeast, etc, it might cause allergy in cats. Once you switch to the new diet, watch for the signs of allergic reactions: itching, sneezing, poor fur, and skin quality, red spots on the skin. Note that the symptoms of allergy can manifest only a few months after!

Thirdly, don’t forget to give your feline friend the tasty treats. Abound’s dental cat treats are rated high because both owners and their pets are in love with this product. It’s a pretty cheap and easy way to keep your cat’s teeth clean and healthy, not mentioning its appealing flavor. 


I am Claudine, a College of Veterinary Medicine alumni and cat health & lifestyle specialist. In this blog, I share my personal experience and recommendations on improving cat’s diet, behavior, and both physical and psychological state.