Best Cat Foods: Susan Thixton’s “The List”

Last Updated on March 9, 2020 by Jenny

Susan Thixton The List 2013UPDATED for 2017!

Grab Susan Thixton’s 2017 List here.

Susan Thixton, a Pet Food Safety Advocate, runs a website called the Truth about Pet Food where she closely follows pet food companies and the stuff that they put into their products.

I interviewed her awhile back about her site, you can read that here: Interview with Susan Thixton of

Every year, Susan comes out with “The List” which is her list of pet foods trusted to feed her own pets.

Often times I am asked which pet foods are the best to feed your kitties, and I don’t have the answers because I don’t have a tremendous amount of knowledge of the pet food industry – I have enough to be dangerous, but that’s about it.

Susan, however, does.

Susan is constantly researching, investigating, reaching out to pet food manufacturers and more.

To help fund her never-ending research efforts, Susan sells “The List” on her website.    What would you pay to have a list of pet foods that are safe to feed your kitty?  Susan understands that everyone’s budget is different, so she has set it up that you can pay from $10 to $50 depending on what you can afford.

Buy Susan Thixton’s “The List” Here.

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17 thoughts on “Best Cat Foods: Susan Thixton’s “The List”

  1. Teresa Reid says:

    Susan Thixton is a true hero! She has spent so much of her life fighting very hard to keep all pet owners informed about exactly what is or is not in a pet food. She has made sacrifices that most of us would not begin to want make – all for the benefit of our beloved pets. Opening my eyes to that about 5 years ago, made me realize that what I thought I was feeding my precious angels wasn’t that at all. I was shocked, saddened and then angry what some pet food companies put in our pets’ food while on the packaging it “appears” to be amazing. Have learned so much valuable information over the years and am very thankful that Susan cares so much to share all this with us so we can make better informed decisions about what we feed our pets. Instead of wondering or “thinking” we kno what certain ingredient terms mean, we know what they mean.
    The food list is only a very small part of what Susan does. She attends meetings of the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) on OUR behalf as a representative of us pet owners and is OUR voice in there every single time. If it were not for her, we would not really have had a voice. She takes on these huge pet food companies and asks pertinent questions that we want to know. Many times, she has asked us for any questions we might like to have asked before a meeting and then has brought up those questions. Being a little fish in an ocean of pet food company officials is a very daunting task that I know most of us would be very timid about, but Susan does not allow that to effect her because she is in search for truth and transparency regarding exactly what is in our pets’ food. That is the ONLY way, we have of having a voice in what goes into our pets’ food unless we choose to make it ourselves. How many people even realize the difference between food grade and feed grade pet food ? I would have been raising my hand as a person who had no idea about any of this had Susan not shared extensive information that opened my eyes to many inportant facts over the years. It is a huge difference that everyone should be aware of so that they can make an informed decision about their pets’ food.

    I, like Jenny, would encourage everyone to go check out Susan’s website, “The Truth About Pet Food.” Just by following it for a little while, it will open your eyes to many things that could have a huge effect on your pets’ lives and welfare.

    Here is her website link:

  2. Patti Johnson says:

    Great post, Jenny! Glad you re-posted this info as I missed it the first time (since I wasn’t a Floppycatter yet the first time). Very happy to have this info. What Susan does is an amazing piece of research really. I have no issue with her charging for her list as she has spent so much time to do all this painstaking research…that’s a lot of hard work and time to get this list together. As Amy so smartly pointed out, the price is very reasonable especially compared to the prices of nutrition books we spend for ourselves! I’m definitely going to look into getting this list and see what I can afford to change about Miss PSB’s diet (since we are strictly doing the Fancy Feast pate variety cans and treats as that is what meets our budget at this time).

    Thank you so much!

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  3. Lisa Barrett says:

    I find nothing wrong w/ Susan asking for a donation for her time and effort. I am on a tight budget but find a donation for Susan’s research a worthwhile investment. I spend HOURS reading and researching the best food for our 5 cats – who all have different needs – and still find it daunting. Having Susan’s valuable input makes the task less overwhelming and helps to clarify my thoughts. I greatly appreciate and trust the quality of her analysis.

  4. Linda P-C says:

    Susan Thixton has made the safety of pet food her “work” – she has a professional website and spends time (and, I’m sure, money) doing the research. Everyone is entitled to receive compensation for the work they do. Susan is providing a service that most people – even those who care a great deal about their pets – do not have the time, resources or knowledge to do for themselves. As with any product, those who do not wish to send money don’t have to. I agree that Shelly has every right to voice her opinion, but to call the offer “obscene” is over the top.

  5. BARBIE says:

    And may I just say that this is not just “a list”. It is a 20 page copyrighted ebook, the first page of which is shown in the picture above.

  6. Michelle S says:

    I’ve been following Susan for quite some time, and she works tirelessly to provide up to date (free) information on the ins and outs of the pet food industry. I know for a fact that I could never access that same information on my own.

    If Susan’s list were in book or pamphlet form, nobody would question it. We are not entitled to the fruits of Susan’s labor simply because she chooses to share tons of information (for free) on her site. I completely agree with Jenny’s reply.

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks, Michelle! I was hoping someone else followed Susan’s blog and would comment about how much free info she does divulge.

  7. Amy says:

    I would pay the 5 bucks! The time doing all the research is work. I buy the, “Eat this not that books”! Isn’t that research? Just because it isn’t in book form doesn’t matter to me. We as consumer’s have the right to review and leave our comments on her research then warn or praise the bottomline reporting. More importantly I thank Jenny for giving us the choice to invest or not in the reporting and by simply informing us that it exists. So, Thanks Jenny!

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks, Amy. I am pleased Shelly shared her opinion because it’s important to me that we discuss all sides of an issue and be open minded to others opinions. I am also glad you shared yours =). I honestly thought more readers would be offended by Ragdoll Cats and Boobs!

  8. Shelly says:

    Jen . . .

    I doubt that I’m the only one that finds the fact that this person would SELL her list of best pet foods rather than simply provide it nothing short of obscene. The fact that she’s SELLING it suggests that she has no other interests than her own monetary rewards from it. A DEFINITE turn off!!!!

    It’s not like she’s providing a service that takes time and effort for each and every person that chooses to avail themselves of it. She’s done the research, presumably for her own edification as well. She’s compiled a list based on that information. And now some people can get it for $5 and some can pay $50????? All you have to do is Google “Best Cat Foods” and you’ll get 10 listings on the first page alone . . . all viewable. Why should her list cost money???

    We might find that I’m a piece of cheese standing alone, but I totally look at it as something that should be available “just because”.


    • Jenny says:

      I am surprised, but I guess I come from a different perspective. People ASK me all the time about food and I only have a vague idea of what to recommend because I have not been researching it for years. And considering Susan works tirelessly on her site and her list, I don’t blame her for selling it so that she can make money and continue doing what she does. At least she asks for money from the people buying the list rather than the manufacturers that want to be on it – she would make a lot more money the other way. Same goes for me with selling advertising on the site – I have to pay my bills too. Susan could have crazy donations from manufacturers but she doesn’t. Follow her site for awhile and you might have a different perspective. Of course, if I thought this was wrong, I wouldn’t have put it on the site.

      As far as not providing a service, I guess you could say the same about my book, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.

      I do not provide a service when one sells.

      “All you have to do is Google “Best Cat Foods” and you’ll get 10 listings on the first page alone” – Yes, and I could probably find something wrong with a lot of them – meaning they are sponsored, not well researched, not published by an educated individual, etc.

      I am glad you’ve expressed your opinion and hope this sparks a debate.


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