First Impressions of Honest Kitchen Prowl Cat Food

Last week I needed to buy more canned cat food because I was completely out, but I also needed to buy human food and the two stores were miles apart. My first stop was Sprouts Farmer’s Market. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are similar to Whole Foods. While there I looked in their pet food section and saw they had Honest Kitchen Prowl Cat Food on sale for $20.

Honest Kitchen Prowl Cat Food

Prowl is a dehydrated food with relatively healthy ingredients. The box says it makes six pounds of food after hydration. I did the math and decided that six pounds for $20 was better than 8.25 pounds for $40, which is what a case of Earthborn Holistic Chicken Catcciaori cost at my local store (although I just noticed it is less money on Amazon). It also saved me from driving across town to get it.

My biggest concern, besides whether they would like it, is how much patience they would have waiting for me to prepare it. The answer is not much. I followed the directions and mixed one cup of food with one cup of water, which I thought was good for four cats. I waited what I thought was three minutes, although time seems to pass more slowly when hungry cats are waiting. I expected the soupy mixture to thicken up to a more solid consistency but it didn’t. It remained an awful looking soup. I added more of the Prowl and then more again until it looked like it was supposed to.

The cats were not impressed. Frankie ate some but everyone else just waited for the real food.

Cats eating Prowl cat food

I tried to show them that it was good by letting them lick it off my finger. My hope was that they would then see that it was good and start eating from their bowls but that didn’t work.

I ended up buying their canned food and mixing the Prowl with it. I start with a heaping tablespoon and then add a small amount of water and mix it. I don’t wait the full three minutes because I have hungry felines to deal with so I open a can of food and add that to the mixture. I stir it all together and divide it onto four plates. I don’t have a picture of that but I can tell you they love it that way. I suppose it is a texture thing for them.

Once the Prowl is gone I will probably go back to making homemade raw cat food and mix that with their canned food like had done before I ran out of everything.


22 thoughts on “First Impressions of Honest Kitchen Prowl Cat Food

  1. onespoiledcat

    Well it was a good experiment but I agree that cats are more “texture in tune” than we think they are. Both Sammy and Teddy have to have their food “just so” or they won’t eat it. Picky picky!


  2. Summer

    The Honest Kitchen food never seems to appeal to any cat I’ve heard of. At least not prepared with water the way the instructions say. I think mixing with the canned food if your best bet.

  3. elizabetcetera

    I too mix canned food with homemade raw food.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this food, and really good you could salvage it by mixing into their regular food! I think there’s a science and art to getting kitty food right!

        1. Charles Huss Post author

          I buy the raw premix from TCFeline but I still have not placed an order for it so I may try to find the individual ingredients locally. I’m not sure if I am ready for that yet. The TCFeline is so easy.


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