Authority Cat Food Review

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We’ve studied this PetSmart brand to find out where it’s made, how many times it’s been recalled, and whether or not it’s a safe, healthy choice for cats. Learn more in our unbiased Authority cat food review.

The We’re All About Cats Standard—Rating Authority on What Matters

We’ve analyzed Authority and graded it according to the We’re All About Cats standard, evaluating the brand on species-appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history. Here’s how it rates in each of these six key areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 6/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 7/10
  • Product Variety – 7/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Customer Experience – 7/10
  • Recall History – 5/10

Overall Score: 6.8/10

We give Authority cat food a 41 out of 60 rating or a B- grade.

About Authority

Authority is a pet food brand made for PetSmart, a US-based pet retailer founded in 1986. It’s now North America’s largest pet specialty chain, with retail locations numbering over 1,500.

PetSmart introduced the Authority brand back in 1995. Compared to PetSmart’s other store brands, Authority isn’t as generic as Grreat Choice or as granola as Simply Nourish. It’s geared towards those looking for expertly-formulated, science-backed foods. It looks like a store brand Science Diet.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Authority says that all of their products are made in the USA from domestic and imported ingredients. Authority doesn’t name their manufacturing partners, but a news report from 2016, suggests that they partner with multiple manufacturers, including American Nutrition, Inc in Ogden, Utah.

Has Authority cat food been recalled?

Authority cat food was recalled in March of 2007 due to melamine contamination. Like many other companies that year, the manufacturer of Authority received melamine-tainted ingredients from China, prompting them to withdraw numerous varieties of cat and dog food.

What kinds of cat food does Authority offer?

Authority’s cat food selection includes wet and dry recipes in three lines.

  • Everyday Health is made for general dietary needs. It includes life stage-specific food for kittens, adults, seniors, and all life stages.
  • The Grain Free line doesn’t contain any corn, wheat, soy, or other grain ingredients.
  • Authority Solutions cat food addresses special dietary needs, including hairball control, weight management, and more.

Authority foods target an expertise-oriented customer. Each calm blue or silver package details Authority’s partnership with Healthy Pet Advisory Council™, an advisory team of veterinarians, pet nutritionists, and researchers. These experts guide the company’s decisions and help them to advise customers.

Authority Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypePrice per OunceOur Grade
Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat FoodDry$0.09C
Authority Chicken, Rice & Turkey Formula Dry Cat FoodDry$0.14C+
Authority Chicken Entree Adult Pate Canned Cat FoodWet$0.16A-

Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat Food Review

Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat Food

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Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.

This food from Authority’s Solutions line promises to address two problems at once—hairballs and excess weight.

It’s fortified with extra fiber from powdered cellulose and dried beet pulp. Fiber, some believe, helps to keep cats slim and satisfied while also helping to improve digestion and reduce hairballs.

Along with all this fiber, the food contains protein from both animal and plant sources. Deboned chicken and chicken meal lead the ingredient list, with corn protein concentrate and ground corn appearing a few slots later. Brewers rice appears to be the primary carbohydrate source and another source of fiber. This by-product of rice milling is minimally nutritious and certainly not necessary for your carnivorous cat.

The food contains chicken fat as its primary fat source, plus a touch of fish oil later on the ingredient list. It’s fortified with synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It contains L-carnitine, an amino acid that may help to burn fat.

Overall, this food has moderate protein, low fat, and high carbohydrate content.

With plenty of low-calorie grains and roughage, this food is definitely made for weight loss, but it’s not exactly a carnivore’s dream. A high-moisture, high-protein diet is a more species-appropriate alternative for weight loss.

The food has 354 calories per cup.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Protein Concentrate, Ground Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Fructooligosaccharides, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Fish Oil and L-Carnitine.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein33% min
Crude Fat8.0% min
Fiber7.0% max
Moisture10% max
Ash6.5% max

Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Fat, Fish Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Brewers Rice, Corn Protein Concentrate, Ground Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp

Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs

Pros

  • Contains animal-sourced fat
  • Doesn’t contain animal by-products
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

Cons

  • High carbohydrate content
  • No dry food delivers the moisture your cat needs

Authority Chicken, Rice & Turkey Formula Dry Cat Food Review

Authority Chicken, Rice & Turkey Formula Dry Cat Food, 7-lb bag

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Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this dry cat food.

This dry food is part of Authority’s Everyday Health line. It’s a standard dry food that combines deboned chicken, chicken meal, and turkey as primary protein sources. The food contains a blend of high-carbohydrate grains with low-value brewers rice taking prominent spots on the ingredient list. Corn protein concentrate is added as a source of plant protein.

The food contains a mix of chicken fat and salmon oil as primary fat sources. With their high bioavailability and ideal fatty acid profiles, these animal-sourced fats are optimal for cats.

The food doesn’t contain any artificial additives. Instead, it gets a flavor boost from “natural flavor”, an ingredient typically made from hydrolyzed animal tissue. It’s fortified with synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Overall, this dry food has moderate protein content with moderate fat and high carbohydrate content.

While it’s a few steps ahead of dyed, artificially-flavored grocery store kibble, this food is your standard plant heavy-dry food. It doesn’t stand out as particularly good or exceptionally bad compared to other kibble products.

The food contains 387 calories per cup.

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn, Corn Protein Concentrate, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Turkey, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Salmon Oil, Potassium Chloride, Inulin, Choline Chloride, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Taurine, Vegetable Oil, Rosemary Extract.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein32% min
Crude Fat16% min
Fiber4.0% max
Moisture10% max
Ashn/a

Authority Chicken, Rice & Turkey Formula Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Authority Chicken, Rice & Turkey Formula Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Fat, Turkey, Salmon Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Brewers Rice, Corn, Corn Protein Concentrate, Dried Plain Beet Pulp

Common Allergens: Chicken, Eggs

Pros

  • Free of animal by-products
  • Made with animal-sourced fat
  • Made without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

Cons

  • High carbohydrate content
  • No dry food delivers the moisture your cat needs

Authority Chicken Entree Adult Pate Canned Cat Food Review

Authority Chicken Entree Adult Pate Canned Cat Food

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Chicken appears to be the primary protein source in this wet cat food.

This canned paté from Authority focuses on chicken as the primary protein source, with chicken, chicken broth, and chicken liver heading up the ingredient list.

The food also contains ocean fish, a vague name for a variety of species including tilefish and other whitefish. Because we don’t know much about the identity or origins of this ingredient, it’s hard to guess about its mercury content or nutritional value. The food contains dried egg product as a final source of animal protein.

Though this is by most standards a low-carbohydrate, meat-based food, the recipe isn’t without a touch of brewers rice, a minimally-nutritious byproduct.

Before a list of synthetic vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, the food contains guar gum as a stabilizing agent and menhaden fish oil as a species-appropriate source of omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition to the standard array of supplements, the food contains a hint of brewer’s dried yeast as a source of B vitamins.

Overall, this food has high protein content with moderate fat and low carbohydrate content.

Right down to the touch of rice, this food is like an upgraded Friskies paté. Instead of animal by-products, it contains clearly-labeled cuts of muscle meat and liver. Instead of carrageenan, it’s made with guar gum. Instead of artificial colors and flavors, this Authority paté opts to keep things natural.

The food contains 183 calories per 5.5-ounce can or 33 calories per ounce.

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Ocean Fish, Brewers Rice, Dried Egg Product, Guar Gum, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Brewers Dried Yeast, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite).

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein10% min
Crude Fat6.5% min
Fiber0.8% max
Moisture78% max
Ash2.5% max

Authority Chicken Entree Adult Paté Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Authority Chicken Entree Adult Paté Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Menhaden Fish Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Brewers Rice, Guar Gum

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish, Eggs

Pros

  • Rich in animal-sourced protein
  • Made without animal by-products
  • Contains a mix of muscle meat and organs
  • Free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives

Cons

  • Contains vaguely-named ocean whitefish
  • Contains brewers rice

What do customers think of Authority cat food?

Authority cat food receives mixed reviews.

While limited, most reviews on Chewy and PetSmart are positive. Customers say that both they and their cats enjoyed the food. Once you get beyond the retail reviews, however, you’ll read about a few negative experiences, including illness after eating Authority or pets who simply refused to eat it.

Here’s what a few Authority customers have to say about their experience.

Positive Reviews

“My kitty loves this food. She’s been on Authority her whole life but has been switched to the hairball and weight management for about 9 months now due to her getting frequent hairballs. She’s a medium haired calico and I started noticing a decrease in hairballs within a month. I would definitely recommend this or just the hairball control to anyone with a medium or long haired cat.”Ashley, reviewing Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat Food

“My cats really liked this food. I have six cats, from age 13 years – 8 months, and after Triumph changed their formulation I was really excited to find this food. I buy three cases of food a month, so a quality food at an affordable price point means a lot to me. I hope and pray they don’t change this food!”Mary, reviewing Authority Chicken Entree Adult Pate Canned Cat Food

Negative Reviews

“I have 7 indoor/outdoor cats and they all would not eat this food. This if the first dry food they all refused to eat. Every morning I would normally have to fill their dishes with dry food and this particular dry food is completely full in their dishes. I would not buy this food again.” Charlie, reviewing Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat Food

“I was excited in trying a new food, 2 of my cats are fussy eaters. My regular brand is expensive was looking forward to saving money. One of my cats ate this but the others wouldn’t. Sticking to my regular brand even thought it’s expensive.”Tracy, reviewing Authority Hairball Control & Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula Adult Dry Cat Food

How much does Authority cat food cost?

Authority is an inexpensive brand. Based on standard feeding guidelines for the average 10-lb cat, Authority’s dry recipes cost about $0.18 to $0.28 per day. Authority wet cat food is a little more expensive at around $0.96 per day.

So how does Authority compare to other brands? Authority dry food is comparable to sister PetSmart brand Simply Nourish, but its wet formulas are much cheaper in comparison, occupying the same price slot as budget brands like Fancy Feast and Friskies.

Overall, is Authority a good choice?

It can be. If you want to give it a try, start with Authority’s wet foods, which are low-carbohydrate foods made with plenty of clearly-labeled meats and no artificial ingredients. Their canned selection is like a higher-end Friskies or Fancy Feast at an unbeatable price.

Authority dry food is a cut above some other foods at the same price, but nothing about it is particularly exciting. Considering that this brand hasn’t been recalled since 2007 and hasn’t stirred up any significant controversy, it appears to be a relatively safe, reliable choice.

Where to Buy Authority Cat Food

Authority is sold in PetSmart stores around North America. You can also buy it online on PetSmart.com and Chewy, a PetSmart-owned pet retail site.

Click here to shop for Authority cat food on Chewy.

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