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Last updated: Jan. 13, 2018

32 Friskies Consumer Reviews and Complaints

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 13, 2018

Let me add my voice to the choir. I have 11 inside cats. Mostly all rescues. I also feed at least 7 more feral cats. Within the last 2 months all refuses to eat the Friskies cat food. I purchases an average of 50 cases (yes, I said 50 cases, 600 large cans) on the average of every 2 months. Within the last 3-4 weeks all the cats are trying to bury the plates of canned food, refuses to eat the food, and throwing up. After reading the reviews and similar problems all the people are experiencing, I have quit feeding and purchasing the Friskies brand. Purina, it is time to become pro-active. There is a problem, and a lot of cats have been telling their people that they do not like your canned product anymore. I do not know what has changed, but it was not for the better. Cats do not buy your product, people do.

If the cats will not eat the canned food, people will not buy it. You may want to find the problem before you lose a significant number of loyal customers. If your product is causing kidney problems, like the China scandal several years ago, the class action suit and the national news coverage will be devastating to your reputation and brand. Purina Management, it is time to review your recent changes of the canned cat food, its recipe, vendors, etc. You have a serious problem. All these reviewers are not crackpots. They are all citing the same problems. Find the problem and fix it before you lose your most important asset. Your brand reputation.

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Original review: Jan. 9, 2018

I have feed this product forever. I feed my house cats, barn cats and ferals I care for. I noticed last several months that all cats are refusing to eat it. Since they change in labeling the animals have stopped eating it. WHY! What has changed. What did they do to this product. So many flavors and I throws much of it away. Wasting money. I have become Afraid of this product. When hungry ferals don't eat it there's a problem!!!

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 4, 2018

My 4 year old cat was dying of kidney failure. I had been feeding her Friskies canned cat food all her life. I had a Vet Asst move in next door to me who told me she sees more cats come in with kidney failure who eat Friskies canned cat food than any other problem by far. My cat was barely eating anything. Turning to skin & bones with diagnosed kidney failure. I took her off Friskies, put her on some RadKat raw organ meat & 9 Lives canned food. She came back to life, kidneys got a little better and she remains in great shape today almost 3 1/2 years later.

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Original review: Dec. 27, 2017

Got Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Dinner for the stray cats and they refused to touch it. I gave it to my inside cats as a treat and now all six of them are throwing up. Despite numerous complaints, Purina refuses to acknowledge that there is an issue.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 17, 2017

I have fed Friskies Canned Cat food for a very, very long time and have not had problems. Cats like the different flavors (I will only use the Pate - never anything with "gravy") and they did well on it. Recently, in the past 2 months, 3 of my 4 cats have started throwing up just after eating it and are now starting to refuse eating it at all. My 15 & 13 year old cats coat conditions have nosedived & they are both losing weight. I don't know what has changed, but I am changing their wet food immediately!!! The dry I feed is Solid Gold. They are still chowing down on that food and I believe they will improve once they are no longer puking up the wet food. Sorry Friskies - but you have lost a person who has been your customer for the past 30+ years!!!

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 18, 2017

I'm so disappointed to see the change in the labeling of Friskies Canned Cat Food. It is so difficult now to find the flavors of cat food that my babies like. It all looks the same now. I prefer the different colors so I don't have to search for what I'm looking for. I've used this brand for years. I'm considering changing brands due to this change. This is most inconvenient, and I'm not a happy customer anymore.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 4, 2017

For decades been giving my cats Friskies canned food. This year, they changed most of their labeling to generic level so that instead of recognizing a flavor you want, now have to read dozens of labels to find what you hope is the same flavor. Not working at all. Looking for other brands that make getting the right flavors easy. Friskies blew it!

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Original review: Oct. 4, 2017

Had an open can of food in my counter for about 6 hours went to feed my cat and took off the plastic lid. It was covered in mold!!! Lots of big fluffy mold liked it was months old. So I feed him another can thinking it was a crazy fluke. My cat's been vomiting for 3 hours. Now he's resting but won't leave my side.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 24, 2017

I have multiple cats. I fed Friskies dried food for years. Everything seemed fine. Suddenly my cats started becoming obviously ill. They began gaining weight, lethargy, bladder infections, gum disease. My Himalayan died at the age of 10 from heart failure. He was always healthy and suddenly he got sick and died. I didn't blame the food until my vet asked what I feed my cats. When I told her Friskies she said that the food had little nutrients and way too much sodium. Very little actual protein. She told me my poor Kitty's heart gave out and sodium exasperated his condition. He passed before his prime and I was devastated. Thinking it was a fluke. Just poor Boo couldn't handle the food I didn't switch. Then my other cat developed stomatitis. The vet said this is also due to the bad food Friskies. My other cat began getting recurring UTI. Again the brand of food to blame.

I finally switched food brands. My cats slowly began to heal. The one with stomatitis will never be completely cured. I lost one of my most beloved cats and nearly lost another. I suspect that the food also played a huge role in the death of my first cat as he too suffered gum and kidney issues. This food is not going to poison your cats quickly. Rather it slowly destroys them by being unhealthy with little nutrients. This food does not provide the cats with essential vitamins to keep them healthy. I may seek legal action. My cats suffered because this company lied about the benefits and quality of product. Nowhere does it say that the sodium levels can destroy the heart. Or the lack of protein will damage kidneys. Or the grains and sugars destroy teeth and gums.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 16, 2017

My cat likes Friskies Seafood Sensations dry cat food. When I first got the cat, she wouldn't eat much of anything. I tried wet cat food and healthy dry cat food from Petco. It wasn't until I gave her some Friskies dry food that she actually dug in enthusiastically. I was so glad to find something she seemed to really enjoy! I've since learned that dry cat food is not very healthy for cats, that wet food is healthier for their digestive systems. This upset me because I wanted her to feel satisfied and enjoy her meals. I've learned that if you feed your cat dry food, you should encourage her to drink water.

Water helps the dry food move through the digestive system. Pet water fountains are recommended for this. So I got one and now the cat drinks water so much more often than she did out of a bowl of still water. They say cats don't have a high thirst drive unless the water is moving, like a natural body of water. All I know is she loves her pet fountain and I hope it's making the dry cat food flow safely for her. I still feed her wet food first which she never finishes, and then I supplement with dry cat food.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 5, 2017

Fed our three cats the Friskies cat treats and now all three won't eat their food. All three were healthy happy cats and now they cry all day for 'kitty crack' ( Friskies cat treats). Took them off and will not buy ever again. The GMO corn and glyphosate is killing cats. Hopefully our cats will recover on quality treats made without the poison. Warning: do not feed your cats Friskies cat food or treats. It is just another company that doesn't care if your cat dies. They want to get your cat addicted so you will 'have' to buy more. What a scam. Just like soda - addictive and changes behaviour and can kill!!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 20, 2017

Quality of wet food has gone down - I live in a multi-cat home plus feed outside cats, have never had a problem with Friskies for nearly 20 years... until the last few months. My cats, even the outside cats, only pick at the food, the local possum doesn't seem to mind the change, but I'm tired of feeding him all the leftovers. I agree with previous unhappy Friskie server... the quality in the canned food has gone down and no longer appeals to my cats. The shredded stuff isn't really anything but filler. I'm looking for an alternative.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 18, 2017

My cat ate the Salmon and came close to death. Vomited 4-6 times. She didn't move for 3 days. Wouldn't eat, wouldn't drink. Unfortunately this happened over the weekend. Found a vet who would see her on short notice today (Monday). Still waiting for blood test results - but I'm almost certain she had food poisoning from the Salmon. When I cleaned up the vomit, I found 2 large hard leathery pieces of God knows what. Wish I knew someone who analyzes the content of these cans. I have been wanting to stop buying this food for a while now - this pushed me over the edge... No more canned Friskies. Read the book "Dead Pets Don't Lie" - quite an alarming eye-opener...

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Original review: June 7, 2017

We have 4 (four) cats, some get dry FRISKIES, some get wet FRISKIES. I've bought it for YEARS, as long as I have had cats, it's always the best. The problem: At the same time that Friskies changed their LABEL, the quality of the food went WAY DOWN. IT'S watery and runny and unappetizing to my kitties. What did you and why did you change? DON'T EVEN TRY to tell me 'nothing' has changed! NOT going to buy anymore. Really sad you screwed up and made my life a little more difficult. Bring back the firm & tasty 'older' food?? I thank you! Cats thank you. Now I'm going to flnd a new canned food.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 22, 2017

My 18 yr. old cat is very finicky Friskies, and Friskies has a variety of flavors & blends that suit all his day to day moods! He doesn't have many teeth and the pate is perfect for easy eating. Friskies has the best nutritional value compared with the other brands.Overall, Friskies provides my finicky feline with quality, as well as healthy and a variety of tasty canned cat food!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 20, 2017

Have used Friskies for 30 years and my cats have always liked it and have lived long lives (indoors). Sometimes tried another brand, but changing always gave at least one cat diarrhea, so years ago I gave up ever trying anything different. Why should I? My cats thrive on Friskies and my vet said it's fine.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 17, 2017

Friskies is not the best quality on the market, but not the worst. I have a multi-cat household so cost is a consideration, unfortunately. Purina is owned by a huge corporation, Mars, Inc.. I really dislike supporting a big conglomerate, but my cats refuse to eat the better quality brands. They do eat high quality kibble not made by Purina or Mars (Royal Canin).

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 14, 2017

We use Friskies canned food varieties plus Temptations cat treats as our only dry food. (Very expensive but these 3 cats are spoiled rotten.) One cat is 21 years old and whatever we've been doing seems to keep the 21-year-old and 19-yr-old healthy.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 11, 2017

My cats love Friskies cat food, both dry crunchy (seafood medley) and wet (almost all have been tried). And Friskies party MIX treats must be stocked in house at all times otherwise my cat starts knocking things over until she gets them.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 9, 2017

One of my go to brands is the Purina Friskies 7 dry cat food. I have three cats, all have different pallets. This dry food fits the bill on all three cats. It has 7 ingredients: chicken, beef, turkey, salmon, tuna, shrimp and cheese! All the flavors are there and keep my cats coming back for more. It is a great choice as my cats are all indoors and this is good for their muscles, vision, immune system and skin and coat. This brand is priced really well and sometimes will give you an extra amount in the bag for the great price of $3.87! I Love getting this brand, knowing my cats call for it in the mornings and night!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 8, 2017

On a average day I use 6 cans of cat food to feed the stray cats in my neighborhood and I also have 2 of my own cats. I use Purina Friskies all the time for wet food. I have tried many other brands and found they always liked the Friskies the best. The food is very juicy if using Fillets or Shreds and my strays like the Juicy. Sometimes I give them the Pate for a change but they clean up the plate regardless. The cans are easy to open and they have so many varieties and I always wash the cans and recycle them. I feed the wet food 2 times a day and also offer dry food all day!! I watch for coupons and cat food sales and find that the Purina brand goes on sale and I buy extra to stock up sometimes 24 dozen.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 14, 2017

Lots: #63241161-L2446-0814 and #63201161-L2456-1254 and #63331161-L1900-1423. Happening at the factory where the boxes are packed. 3 different times and months apart, I have opened a box at home to find 3 or 4 cans that were crumpled/dented around the pull tab edges (risking botulism contamination). The 1st time -> I found visible contamination that was growing in a dented can. The 3rd time -> I noticed that each DENTED can was in the MIDDLE of PERFECT cans. Sooo it happened before the box was packaged and shipped. How many times are the stores being blamed when Friskies is risking the lives of our cats? See pictures for packaging details.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 15, 2016

My cat loves it. I have a slightly hard time finding it in the occupied Palestinian territories, but it is worth the effort looking for it. I only recently switched to it and am happy also because my cat does not have smelly stools. I recommend it highly.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 8, 2016

I have been feeding my cats Friskies (canned) for many years. Each cat has had his/her favorite flavor. The price is great, and I think that although it's important for cats to eat hard food, it's also important they have a good quality wet food to give them added nutrients and moisture to their diet. And Friskies fits the bill!

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 7, 2016

Cats (have several at any one time) prefer Purina cat foods over 9Lives brand. I also prefer the Purina Friskies foods - smell a little better (for cat food!), looks more like "food".

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 6, 2016

I like the price and my cats (4) absolutely love it. Sometimes I would swear that they can read, for when I bring the bag of Friskies home, they get very excited and nearly go crazy. They love the different flavors (I buy one flavor one time then another the next time). I find that they will refuse to eat any other kind. The price is affordable and the food is readily available at all the local stores. My cats seem to thrive on it, all their coats are shiny and healthy. They are all very active and playful. I would recommend this cat food to anyone. It's a great deal and good for the cats, (and they love it!).

Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 8, 2016

My 11 cats have been eating Friskies all their lives. All of a sudden, the last three times I have purchased it, they turn up their noses. I first thought maybe it was the "batches". The first batch came from WalMart. No. The second batch came from Pet Supply. No. The third batch came from Food Lion. No. So was the formula changed? What's going on. I have one formerly healthy cat that is now sick. Won't eat. Very lethargic. Going to the vet today. The others seem OK? Now I've read all the pans about Purina, I don't believe I'll be buying anymore of their products. I'm not sure that any cat food products are all that... but I don't know how I can prepare food for all them. I very much appreciated all the comments. At least I now know what to expect.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 8, 2015

I've found that while Purina Cat Chow is good and kitties like it okay. The less expensive Friskies seems to hold their interest longer. They seem to actually LIKE the Friskies, while the Purina is just something to put in their stomachs out of hunger.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 8, 2015

My husband and I have always had cats. Currently we are down to 3, Milo - a Maine Coon who is 32 pounds, Samson - a Maine Coon and Tabby mix, and Mokie - a Bombay who is 14 years old. The only brand and variety of dry cat food that Milo and Samson will eat is Friskies Seafood Sensations. We have tried much more expensive brands and Samson will go hungry for days rather than eat it. It keeps them healthy and happy so I am glad to buy it for him. Mokie loves it too but over the last couple of months I have noticed that he is less and less interested in dry cat food. I usually give the cats a can of cat food every few days to help with hairballs, but Mokie even did not like most of the canned food. I finally tried Everpet which is the Dollar General brand of cat food in pouches and Mokie will eat two at a time. I am so glad I found a brand that he will eat, it is distressing when an older cat begins to refuse food. Mokie is the first pet my husband and I got together and has a special place in our hearts because of it.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 8, 2015

The Friskies was loaded with foreign substances. There were pieces of greenish black particles all through it. I found those particles in several cans of different flavors. I no longer feed my cats Friskies.

Friskies expert review by Dr. Ken Tudor

Friskies is a company that manufactures cat food products and other assorted pet items, under the umbrella of its parent company, Nestle Purina. Founded in 1965, Friskies continues to be one of the most famous names when it comes to giving cats something delicious for dinner. They are committed to nutrition, pet food quality and safety, pet welfare and sustainability.

  • Fifty-plus varieties: Friskies offers over fifty varieties of cat food, so pets will never get bored.

  • Dry and wet food: Friskies offers their furry customers both wet and dry foods to appease even the pickiest of palates.

  • Wide selection of treats: With their Pull 'n Play and Party Mix treats, cats have endless choices when it comes to treats and rewards.

  • Indoor formula: Indoor cats have different nutritional needs, so Friskies provides cat food specifically for cats that stay inside the house.

  • Cat games and apps: Not only does Friskies make food and treats, they also develop apps and games just for cats such as the popular Cat Fishing 2.

  • Best for: Young cats, older cats, indoor cats and cats who need good nutrition.

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