• Leading brands of dry cat food in the UK | TGI survey - Statista
This statistic shows a ranking of the leading brands of complete dry cat food in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015, by number of users
Nestle took over Go Cat in 1985 and Friskies Gourmet and Go Cat became part of its Purina subsidiary. Nestle also produced Kit & Kaboodle, a short-lived brand of dry food in the UK market during the 1990s.
In the 1980s, Quaker introduced a moist biscuit called Delikat (30% moisture compared to conventional dry cat food's 9%). In the UK, Purina discontinued the brand during the 1990s (if my memory serves) though it continued until 2007 in North America until it was linked to the “tainted cat food” scandal.
• UK leading supermarket brands of cat food in tins, foil trays ..
• Leading brands of cat food in tins & pouches in the UK | TGI survey
Finding appropriate low carb wet foods in the UK can be a challenge as manufacturers keep switching up ingredients, some even including sugar! Please visit the Food Info section of the TR College of Knowledge (COK) to help assist you when calculating carbs based on dry matter for wet foods appropriate for diabetic cats. The downloadable Carb Calculation tool is available.
Wet cat food with a lower than 10% carbohydrate count based on dry matter (which is not indicated on the label) is best for cats with FD and is required when practicing TR. Avoid foods containing grains such as rice, wheat and corn, glutens, starches, sugars and syrups, gravies and those containing vegetables and fruits. Foods containing soy and/or ‘vegetable protein extract’ can raise the BG even if the percentage of calories from carbohydrates is below 10%. These species inappropriate ingredients can render the liver useless to do its job of protecting the brain in the event of low BG, potentially resulting in clinical hypo and are not at all recommended for cats when starting TR as explained in sticky.
Your vet may have prescribed Purina DM (Diabetes Management) prescription food. While lower in carbs than most tinned cat foods (a reformulation of the recipe has brought the dry matter carb content under 8%) it contains corn starch and is very expensive; it is an acceptable canned food for an FD cat on TR.
Before switching a cat already receiving insulin to an all wet low carb diet, it is very important to read the to make sure your cat is transitioned from both high carb wet food and /or dry kibble to low carb wet food safely, avoiding a potential clinical hypo. To save you the challenge of scrambling to identify low carb wet foods currently available in the UK, the following list is provided. Ingredients are always being changed by the manufacturers, so it is recommended to double check the dry matter carb content of foods periodically.
This was compiled mainly for my own interest and isn’t an authoritative history of British cat foods. I’ve tried to untangle the intertwined histories of familiar brands in the UK and detail how they’ve changed hands, often several times, over the years. Anti-monopoly/anti-trust laws meant that companies sometimes had to sell off some brands before they could buy out a rival. Some brands I could only find in adverts and seem to have sunk without trace, unable to gain a toehold in the market.