Sheba Cat Food Review

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Sheba claims that it’s “What Cats Want™”, but is it a good choice for your cat? Find out in our unbiased Sheba cat food review.

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

We’ve taken a close look at Sheba 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 key areas.

Ratings

  • Species-Appropriateness – 6/10
  • Ingredient Quality – 5/10
  • Product Variety – 5/10
  • Price – 9/10
  • Customer Experience – 8/10
  • Recall History – 9/10

Overall Score: 7/10

In total, we give Sheba cat food a 42 out of 60 rating or a B grade.

Quick Look – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypePrice per OunceOur Grade
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Cat FoodWet$0.20B-
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Cat FoodWet$0.24B+
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat FoodWet$0.20B+

About Sheba

Sheba is a cat food brand created and manufactured by Mars, Inc., the world’s highest-earning pet food company. In addition to Sheba, Mars owns and manufactures over 40 pet brands, including Whiskas, Royal Canin, Iams, and Crave.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Most Sheba cat food is manufactured in the United States. Their Signature Broths line is made in Thailand and Sheba Meaty Tender Sticks treats are made in Austria.

According to a Sheba brand representative, most, but not all, of their ingredients are sourced from North America. Sheba doesn’t specify exactly where all of their ingredients are sourced. Like all Mars brands and subsidiaries, Sheba participates in Mars’ Responsible Sourcing program and holds suppliers to the Mars Supplier Code of Conduct.

Has Sheba cat food been recalled?

Sheba cat food has never been recalled, but its parent company has announced numerous recalls of other Mars cat food brands.

What kinds of cat food does Sheba offer?

Sheba offers a slim selection of wet cat food and treats. Thanks to the brand’s focus on wet food, Sheba products are meat-heavy with minimal starches, plant protein, and other plant ingredients.

Sheba foods contain a combination of named meats and vague items like “fish” and “meat by-products”. Some Sheba recipes contain “added color”, a vague title referring to a variety of FDA-approved color additives, including synthetic dyes.

Perfect Portions

All Perfect Portions foods are packaged in plastic twin-pack trays, promising fresh entreés without any messy leftovers. Choose from portions of premium paté, garden medleys, or cuts in gravy.

Signature Broths

Sheba Signature Broths feature meat, fish, and vegetables set in creamy or clear broth. Recipes include Tuna, Shrimp, & Salmon in Creamy Broth and Oceanfish & Vegetable in Clear Broth.

Treats

Sheba Meaty Tender Sticks are meat-based treats available in chicken, salmon, turkey, tuna, beef, and whitefish flavors.

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Sheba Cat Food – Top 3 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypePrice per OunceOur Grade
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Cat FoodWet$0.20B-
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Cat FoodWet$0.24B+
Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat FoodWet$0.20B+

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Cat Food Review

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Cat Food

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

This Perfect Portions food is a meat-based paté with no grains, plant protein, or starches.

The food features whitefish as the first ingredient. Whitefish isn’t a species of fish—it’s a term used in fisheries to refer to a variety of species, including, cod, whiting, haddock, hake, pollock, and other bottom-feeding fish with fins. While fish is delicious, it’s not the best protein source for cats. Fish tends to have high concentrations of heavy metals and other contaminants. Fish-based foods like this Sheba recipe are best reserved for occasional feeding.

In addition to whitefish, the recipe includes several non-fish meat ingredients. It’s made with meat by-products, chicken liver, tuna, chicken, and poultry by-products.

The paté contains guar gum as a binder. While it’s not a natural part of the feline diet, guar gum is generally considered safe. The additive “natural flavor” appears at the end of the ingredient list. This additive is made from hydrolyzed animal tissue and is a concentrated source of flavor.

The food contains “added color”, a vague title for any variety of natural or synthetic color additives.

Overall, this meat-based food is high in protein with moderate levels of fat and low carbohydrate content. Each 1.3 ounce tray contains 45 calories or about 34.6 calories per ounce.

Ingredients

Whitefish, Meat Broth, Meat By-Products, Chicken Liver, Tuna, Chicken, Poultry By-Products, Added Color, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate), Guar Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source of Vitamin K Activity]), Dl-Methionine, Salt, Taurine, Natural Flavor.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein9% min
Crude Fat5% min
Fiber1.5% max
Moisture80% max
Ash3.4%

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish & Tuna Entree Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken Liver, Fish Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Added Color

Common Allergens: Chicken, Fish, Meat By-Products

Pros

  • Primarily made from animal protein sources
  • Minimal plant matter
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Contains fish oil as a source of omega-3s

Cons

  • Fish-based foods aren’t the best choice for long-term feeding
  • Contains added color
  • Contains meat and poultry by-products

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Cat Food Review

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Cat Food Trays

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

This Perfect Portions paté is made from beef in meat broth. In addition to beef, the food contains a mix of other named meats and vaguely-named by-products. It contains meat by-products, chicken liver, beef liver, chicken, and poultry by-products. A variety of nameless proteins may not be a concern for some, but is risky for cats with food sensitivities or allergies.

Like all Sheba foods, this recipe contains “natural flavor”, an additive made from hydrolyzed animal tissue. It’s thickened with guar gum, which is not a species-appropriate ingredient, but appears to be safe for cats.

The food contains “added color”, meaning that it’s made with unknown food dyes. In addition to the standard variety of synthetic vitamins and amino acids, the food is supplemented with fish oil as a carnivore-worthy source of omega-3s.

Overall, this meat-rich food is high in protein with moderate fat and low carbohydrate content. There are 45 calories in each 1.3 ounce tray or about 34.6 calories per ounce.

Ingredients

Beef, Meat Broth, Meat By-Products, Chicken Liver, Beef Liver, Chicken, Poultry By-Products, Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate), Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Added Color, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source of Vitamin K Activity]), Dl-Methionine, Salt, Taurine.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein9% min
Crude Fat5% min
Fiber1.5% max
Moisture80% max
Ash3.0% max

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entree Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Beef, Chicken Liver, Chicken, Fish OIl

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Meat By-Products, Poultry By-Products, Added Color

Common Allergens: Beef, Meat By-Products, Chicken

Pros

  • Rich in nourishing animal protein
  • No plant protein fillers
  • Relatively low carbohydrate content
  • Contains fish oil as a source of omega-3s

Cons

  • Contains meat and poultry by-products
  • Made with added color

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat Food Review

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat Food Trays

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

For cats who prefer a chunky food, this Perfect Portions recipe is made with cuts of chicken in gravy. Chicken broth is the first ingredient, followed by chicken, chicken liver, poultry by-products, and meat by-products. It’s impossible to know which species and animal parts contribute to the by-product slurry, so if you’re concerned about digestibility or have a cat with food allergies or intolerances, such a vague ingredient list is a problem.

Tapioca starch is used to thicken the gravy. The food contains “natural flavor”, which is made from hydrolyzed animal tissue and is a concentrated source of meaty flavor. The food contains “added color”, another vaguely-named ingredient that may refer to any FDA-approved dye.

Fish oil is added as a species-appropriate source of omega-3 fatty acids. The food is stabilized with xanthan gum, a binding agent that’s generally considered safe, but may contain traces of allergenic residue.

Overall, this is a high-protein food with moderate fat and low carbohydrate content. The food has 32 calories in each 1.3 oz serving or about 25 calories per ounce.

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Poultry By-Products, Meat By-Products, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Sulfate), Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Added Color, Fish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Xanthan Gum, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex [Source Of Vitamin K Activity]), Taurine, Dl-Methionine.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein9% min
Crude Fat5.0% min
Fiber1.5% max
Moisture80% max
Ash3% max

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat Food Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entree Cat Food Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Breakdown

Ingredients We Liked: Chicken Liver, Fish Oil

Ingredients We Didn’t Like: Poultry By-Products, Meat By-Products, Tapioca Starch, Added Color

Common Allergens: Chicken, Meat By-Product Meal

Pros

  • Primarily made from animal protein sources
  • Fish oil is added as a source of species-appropriate omega-3 fatty acids
  • Relatively low carbohydrate content

Cons

  • Contains added color
  • Contains tapioca starch

What do customers think of Sheba cat food?

Most Sheba reviews are positive. Reviewers like that Sheba food is grain-free, meat-based, and affordable.

Customers complain that the Purrfect Portions plastic trays are hard to open, messy, and too small. At least two Chewy reviewers said that they found bugs in their Sheba food, but it’s unclear who was at fault or how widespread the problem was.

Let’s take a look at a few real customer reviews of popular Sheba cat foods.

Positive Reviews

“Jake likes them, I like thar they are grain free, gluten free (no kidding, wheat gluten to thicken sauces is all it takes for Jake to throw it back up – and if you watch, gluten is in some grain free food!), pre-portioned, and that Chewy’s has such a deal on the bigger mixed packs :).”DebD, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Beef Entrée

“She jumps right up to her dish every night waiting to be served. And just a hint, shake it down away from where you open it and the gravy doesn’t come spilling out when you pop them open. I love they are just the right amount. No leftovers to try and seal up and she has a fresh meal every day. I use this to supplement her dry food. I also love that I can get these in just chicken since she turns her nose up at anything fish flavored (never thought I’d see a cat do that).”Kristi, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy

Negative Reviews

“More difficult to open and juice sprays when you break seal. Canned is cleaner and easier. Plus you get a little more with cans” khamel, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Whitefish & Tuna Entrée

“I got this package today, and I’m giving it 2 stars mainly because my cat only loves this variety so I’ll keep ordering it and the customer service over the phone was fast and simple..but my package today was infested with beettle larva and the smell that came from the package was horrendous. I immediately called and got a new package sent out. Customer service was great but oh my gosh, I’ve never had to deal with something like this. The expiration date on the food was 2019 so I don’t understand why these bugs would be all over this as well as the smell being so bad. I hope to not deal with this again in the future.”Ollie, reviewing Sheba Perfect Portions Roasted Chicken Slices in Gravy

How much does Sheba cat food cost?

Sheba is one of the most inexpensive brands on the market.

According to the brand’s recommendation of three servings of Sheba Perfect Portions per 5 lbs of body weight, it would cost about $1.56 per day to feed a 10-lb cat. Sheba’s Signature Broths are more expensive at about $0.71 per ounce, but they’re intended for supplemental feeding.

Overall, is Sheba a good choice?

Sheba cat food isn’t flawless, but it’s one of the best budget brands on the market.

Sheba foods are free of artificial flavors and preservatives and, unlike some foods that rely exclusively on meat by-products, contain a mix of by-products and clearly-specified muscle meats. Compared to foods marketed as organic or natural, Sheba foods are affordable and easy to find in stores.

Sheba receives primarily positive customer reviews and hasn’t ever been recalled, so it appears to be a reliable, safe brand.

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Where is Sheba cat food sold?

Like most Mars cat food brands, Sheba is available in a variety of stores, ranging from pet specialty retailers to big box stores and groceries. Online, you can find it on Petco.com, Chewy, Amazon, and other online retailers that sell cat food.

Click here to shop for Sheba cat food on Chewy.

About the author


Mallory Crusta is a writer and adventurecat enthusiast on a mission to make cats’ lives extraordinary. She’s one of the founders of Wildernesscat – a site for happy, healthy, and adventurous cats who are fueled by nature. Visit Wildernesscat for radically natural cat nutrition, home remedies, and lifestyle inspiration.

14 thoughts on “Sheba Cat Food Review

  1. AvatarTravis Bailey

    No one mentioned the excessive packaging. more garbage than really needed for so little food. They should be ashamed to package this way. I can no longer support this brand unless they go to a more eco friendly packaging.

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    1. AvatarMallory Crusta

      Good observations, Travis. The amount of plastic packaging isn’t just frustrating to handle—it’s unnecessary and excessive.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      – Mallory

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  2. AvatarTracey Alonso

    I have been searching for a better soft food for Spike, Buzz and Rogue. They need a supplement other than only dry cat food. They are really enjoying the Sheba and it never gets wasted. This upsets my chickens who like the friskies leftovers. We are a crafty family, so we reuse the containers to paint, sort beads, etc. I don’t like to see anything fill up a landfill other than biodegradable materials.
    Spike is picky, hates pate, and absolutely loves the Sheba soft cuts. The other 2 felines do too.
    My budget is extremely tight and I can afford Sheba. I truly hope I am doing the right thing by feeling them this brand.

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  3. AvatarCallie

    I tore the cut apart and I see a lot of air holes inside the claimed chicken cut. It doesn’t look like real meat cut only some artificial mix of meat by-product. I want to confirm if it’s real meat in the Perfect Portions wet food.

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    1. AvatarMallory Crusta

      Hi Callie,

      The “cuts” appear to be made from a restructured blend of chicken and by-products of poultry and meat processing, likely bound with xanthan gum. The chunks are a type of formed meat or extruded meat product, similar to slices of bologna. So no, they’re not real cuts of chicken, but they do appear to be made from real meat—albeit not necessarily high-quality real meat.

      – Mallory

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  4. AvatarKat

    Plastic waste. Small individual plastic containers are detrimental to the environment. Can’t you find a way to sell your food in recycle cans. Make it 6oz, even less waste.

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  5. AvatarLeann Messer

    My 3 cats Love the Sheawa wet food. They beg for me to give it to them. I only give it to them in the morning as their breakfast and then they eat 9 Lives dry cat food rest of the day. We are very pleased with the food. My question is it making them gain a lot of weight? My two adult cats are getting really big and heavy.

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    1. AvatarMallory Crusta

      Hello Leann,

      Thanks for your comment! Sheba foods aren’t particularly calorie-dense and shouldn’t make your kitties gain weight. I’d be more suspicious of the 9Lives they’re eating throughout the day. Do you think you could try switching to two or three meals a day rather than letting your cats graze? That would give you a better idea of how much they’re eating and more control over their calorie intake.

      Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.

      Best,

      Mallory

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  6. Avatartom moores

    My 11 year old male cat only ate dry food until he was past 10. Now, it makes him sick so I switched to wet food. After trying more than a dozen brands (all of which he hated and wouldn’t eat) I tried Sheba Perfect Portions. He’ll only eat the pate’, but he’s happy and still frisky. Also, he hasn’t been sick since I switched.

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  7. AvatarJennifer

    I opened a container of Sheba pate last night and part of it was green. It was part of a twelve pack and the rest of them had been fine. It was still sealed tightly, I had the usual difficulty removing the foil, and it’s been stored in a cabinet at the proper temperature. My cats love it, but I don’t trust it anymore. They’re not picky eaters, fortunately.

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  8. AvatarPeaches

    I opened a container of Sheba pate 2 days ago – turkey – and part of it was green. Had not noticed that on the other half of the paired containers that she’d gotten in the morning. Threw it out and gave her a fresh one. But, especially reading Jennifer had this happen, too, I might not buy this anymore. Just switched recently from Friskies pates in cans but I never saw green food with those.

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  9. Avatarsherry fowler

    my cat was sick lost 3 lbs and was diagnosed with feline aids and wasn’t eating anything I tried a lot of different foods but sheba was what he liked I put it on top of his dry food and he loves the pate kind better and has gained his weight back I give it when he wants it ,he wont eat any other kind of wet food thanks for sheba

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  10. AvatarJudy mayernick

    Micky usually lobes the perfect portions, but lately there have been a few he will not even touch…whitefish & Tina dated 8/3 and chicken dated 8/16. Both are Pate’s. I brought unopened ones dated August back to the store and switched for older ones. I’ll try them again when newer ones come out, and hope for the best.
    I may have to go back to Fancy Feast.

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  11. AvatarRob Johnson

    How come I cannot find Sheba meaty tender sticks cat treats in beef, turkey or whitefish anymore? Have these flavors been discontinued? I can only find chicken, salmon and tuna. Our cats really enjoyed the beef and turkey especially. Thanks.

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