About Merrick Company

Being established back in 1988, Merrick company specialized on producing dog treats and dog food. 25 years later, it introduced the first series of cat food. The decent quality of Merrick’s cat food has quickly made it a competitive player on the market. According to the customers’ feedback, most cats like Merrick food and feel pretty well after switching to their chow/wet food. 

This is one of the few companies that strive to use high-quality ingredients with a high level of protein (from 30% to 80%) and low level of carbohydrates. Besides, every type of food contains vitamins, minerals, and taurine – all essential elements for cat’s wellbeing. 

However, after Merrick was acquired by Nestle in 2015, probably, they have changed the formula and recipes – many cat owners admit that their feline pets ceased eating the food or experienced digestion problems after meals. Yet, the reaction depends, and some customers still prefer Merrick cat food to other brands. I recommend reading labels to ensure your pet gets the same original Merrick food that they are used to.

What makes Marrick one of the best cat food manufacturers?

First, Merrick uses high-quality ingredients from well-established producers, and processes the meat from the USA. It supports local growers and communities, so the meat is always fresh. No ingredients are exported from China. At the same time, if some ingredients are in short supply, they can export the meat. For example, Merrick produces some food from New Zealand lamb.

Secondly, Merrick develops recipes with a well-balanced ratio of proteins, carbohydrates, moisture, and healthy fats. The formulas are enriched with vitamins. No artificial colorings, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives are used.

Also, Merrick prepares food in Hereford (TX), and their facilities are Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3-certified and certified by the USDA National Organic Program.

Has Merrick been recalled?

Despite general positive reviews, Merrick’s food has been recalled a few times in the following cases:

  • In 2010, Merrick treats were suspected to be contaminated with salmonella.
  • In 2011, the same problem repeated: in January Texas Taffy pet treated were said to have potential salmonella contamination. The same was recalled about Doggie Wishbone treats.
  • In 2013, some customers complained about the mold in canned cat food, but no Merrick cat food recall followed. 
  • In 2018, beef-based dog treats were suspected to have a high level of thyroid hormones. 

Generally, there were no reports about bad quality of Merrick cat food – most users are satisfied with the product. However, a lot of users started complaining about the changes of formula since Merrick was acquired by Purina company (Nestle). Evidently, the ingredients or recipe have been changed not for the better – a lot of cats refuse to eat it, and some owners report pets feeling sick after meals.

What Kinds Of Food Does Merrick Offer?

As I have mentioned, initially Merrick started with production of dog food and dog treats. Later, it introduced a series of cat food. Today, it produces the following lines of cat food:

  1. Grain Free. Presents a balance between nutritional value and calorie contents. This is a high-protein series of food that does not cause obesity and stomach problems in cats.
  2. Limited ingredient diet. Those types of food are made without grains, and some do not contain potato. This series is recommended to picky eaters and cats with allergy.
  3. Purrfect Bistro. A series of wet and dry food that’s available in a variety of flavors. Special types for indoor cats and kittens included.
  4. Backcountry. This is cat’s all-time favorite meal. Grain-free meat cuts in gravy are perfect for regular nutrition, this is why many cat owners decide to switch to this food. 

Note that ALL cat food from Merrick is made without grain. Also, you can find a lot of food types without potato. There are food varieties with poultry, fish, and regular meat. 

Unfortunately, there are no food types for sterile cats, and the choice of foods for kittens and senior cats is very limited.


How long does Merrick cat food last for multiple cats?

It depends on the size of food package and how many cats you have.

When it comes to canned food, the optimal amount of daily portions is calculated according to the calorie intake norms. For example, an adult cat that weighs 10 lbs needs about 280 calories per day. One 3 oz. can of Merrick wet food contains about 70-10 calories, which means one adult cat will need 3-4 cans a day.

Here’s the table with calorie intake norms:

1-5 lbs5-10 lbs10-15 lbs15-20 lbs
Kitten200 kcal300 kcal600 kcal800 kcal
Lean adult cat170 kcal280 kcal360 kcal440 kcal
Overweight cat180 kcal240 kcal280 kcal310 kcal
Pregnant/Nursing cat336 kcal603 kcal851 kcal1091 kcal

If you feed dry food, one 4 lb box will last 10-15 days, if you have two adult cats weighing 11-16 lbs each. How to calculate it? If you have one adult cat, it needs to eat about 1/2 cup of dry food per day. One 4 lb box contains about 16 cups. Divide the box contents (16 cups) on the portions and you will get the days.

Here’s a table to guide you: 

WeightAge and ActivityCups of dry food per dayHow long will a 4 lb box last
1-5 lbsAdult1/8 – 1/4 cup120-60 days
1-5 lbsKitten/Pregnant1/3 – 1/2 cup48-32 days
6-10 lbsAdult1/4 – 1/2 cup60-30 days
6-10 lbsKitten/Pregnant2/3 – 3/4 cup24-21 days
11-16 lbsAdult1/2 – 3/4 cup30-21 days
11-16 lbsKitten/Pregnant1 – 1 1/4 cups16-13 days
17-21 lbsAdult3/4 – 1 cup21-16 days
17-21 lbsKitten/Pregnant1 1/3 – 1 3/4 cups12-9 days

This table shows how much dry food lasts, if you have one cat.

Do not forget to give your cat enough water when the dry food prevails in its diet!

How much weight will a cat gain on Merrick cat food before she starts to lose some

In fact, the vast majority of Merrick recipes are high-protein ones, which means there is no excessive fat or carbohydrates. Thus, you should take care for your cat to consume enough calories per day! Make sure you combine wet and dry food, and the cat does not get hungry too soon.

Even if you feed Merrick to an overweight cat, it is not likely to start gaining pounds before getting leaner. Optimal combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is the main advantage of the product. 

All Merrick recipes are grain-free, but if you need a pure protein-rich type of food, opt for the variants without potato and peas. There are several variations of protein contents (from 30% to 70%) – choose accordingly.

How much Merrick cat food should each cat eat per day?

According to the information provided by the manufacturer, you should give one can of Merrick wet cat food per 8 lbs of weight once a day (if it is combined with dry food). If you feed kittens, you can give twice as much, while pregnant cats can eat up to three times as much (3 cans per 8 lbs of weight). 

When it comes to Merrick dry cat food, the norms are as follows:

Goal Weight (lbs)Cups Per Day (Approx)
4 – 71/3 – 1/2 cup
4 – 7 lbs1/3 cup + 3 oz. can
7 – 101/2 – 3/4 cup
7-10 lbs1/2 cup + 3 oz. can
10-15 lbs3/4 cup + 3 oz. can
10 – 153/4 – 1 cup

Before setting diet goals, please, visit a veterinarian. Only a specialist can define the cat’s optimal weight and recommend a proper diet.

Final Thoughts

Merrick is established cat food brand with decent manufacturing and online reputation.

Does your cat like it?

Let me know in comments!

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.

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