Heart to Tail Premium Adult Cat Food Indoor Formula

Aldi offers a small selection of products for dogs and cats, including dry cat food. Until recently, the store only sold larger bags of dry cat food weighing about 16 pounds. When I visited a newly built store a few weeks ago, I noticed two varieties of smaller 3.15-pound bags of dry cat food. One was a traditional formula and the other was a formula for indoor cats. I appreciate the smaller bags because we strictly control our cat’s portion sizes, and I worry a larger bag of dry food will go stale before we can use it all. I have always fed my cats Purina and had hesitations about feeding a generic brand, but I picked up the indoor formula cat food to try.

Heart to Tail Premium Adult Cat Food Indoor Formula

At around $2.50 for a 3.15-pound bag, the Heart to Tail food is a small cost savings compared to the 6.3-pound Purina bags I usually buy for about $7 to $9.

As far as what’s in the bag, the Heart to Tail package says it contains “balanced nutrition for adult cats” and includes “accents of garden greens” and a “natural fiber blend with wholesome grains.” It is made in the U.S.

I currently feed my cat the Purina Cat Chow Indoor + Immune Health Blend, and the ingredients lists for that and the Aldi indoor formula are similar. The first two ingredients are the same: corn meal and poultry by-product meal. Both brands include corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols, powdered cellulose, phosphoric acid, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, parsley flakes, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, and a few more things.

Some ingredient differences may or may not be significant. The Purina formula has soy flour while the Heart to Tail formula has soybean meal, for instance. The Heart to Tail formula also has some interesting ingredients such as rice bran, beef and bone meal, fish meal, and chicken liver digest that are not in the Purina Formula.

I found it interesting that the Aldi formula contains no synthetic colors, but the Purina formula has Red 40, Blue 2, and Yellow 5.

The back of the Heart to Tail bag instructs that, when switching to Heart to Tail Premium Adult Cat Food Indoor Formula from another cat food, you should allow 7 to 10 days for the transition. Do this by mixing “increasing amounts” of the new food with your cat’s other food until you are gradually feeding only the new food.

This was certainly good advice for our cat. We tried feeding her the Heart to Tail alone, but she only ate it under protest; she meowed and came back to us as if to say, “where’s the real food?” before finally giving up and eating it. Even when we mixed it, we had to be careful to put the Purina on top, since putting the Heart to Tail on top got a similar reaction. With time, she might come to accept the Heart to Tail, but there would definitely be an adjustment.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Regular Buy Heart to Tail Premium Adult Cat Food Indoor Formula has similar ingredients to Purina Cat Chow Indoor + Immune Health Blend. My cat complained when offered the Aldi food instead of her usual Purina food, so she obviously noticed a difference, but she ate it with no apparent ill effects. The cost difference between Aldi cat food versus Purina food is small, though, so it may or may not be worth switching brands.

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11 Comments

  1. My cats prefer Aldi’s cat food over much more expensive brands.

  2. I’m using the Grain free for my dog. But it just struck me today that it does not say on the bag where it is manufactured. That makes me suspicious that it comes from China, otherwise it would say where it is from. There are so many warnings about buying anything for your pets from China. So, I’m done buying the dog food. I will try calling Corporate but I’m sure they won’t tell me.

  3. I stand corrected. I just went shopping. There is a Made in USA emblem on all their products. I use the cat litter too. Not sure if that’s Heart to tail. It’s not very good, really dusty and no odor control. But I mix it 3/4 to 1/4 Fresh Step light weight and save so much $$.

  4. My cats absolutely hated it. I was bummed considering I love Aldi’s foods myself and found this to be a great value! Back to Purina it is.

  5. My young cat got extremely sick with diarrhea when I tried the heart to tail food. She’s still grtting over it. What a week I’ve had. She’s ruined a futon and new upholstered chair. I’ve had to rent an upholstery and carpet cleaner. I feel terrible but she feels worse. Please avoid this food. I’m not sure what’s in it that made her so sick.

    • I just tried it with my cat today and she’s been throwing up all day. If it keeps up I’m taking her to the vet. Thanks for posting, now I know to watch for diarrhea too.

  6. When changing cat food, unless done properly, the consisting of your cats stool will change. Diarrhea is normal. You should gradually transition your cat over to the other food over the period of 7-10 days. Doing 10% new food and 90% old food, increasing the old new food by 10% each day.

  7. Neither of my cats liked this cat food. They are normally don’t beg when we eat, but since I’ve given them this food they have been begging constantly as if they are not satisfied with what they have been given. I’ve also noticed their bowls staying fuller for much longer, meaning they are not eating as much or as often as normal. I’d say spend the few extra bucks and get a different brand of cat food to keep the fur babies happy!

  8. It is true you have to transition like it says. It is an adjustment. My cat loves Aldis cat food both wet and dry. I did have to transition but everything is wonderful . My sisters three cats have adjusted very well also. However we did it the right way as we did not want to shock our cats and make them sick.

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