Dry Formula


Grain-free CORE Original helps support your cat’s optimal health and digestion with turkey, chicken, whitefish, herring, salmon oil and cranberries. 

  • Nutrient-dense and enhanced with antioxidants and probiotics
  • No meat by-products or fillers (see all ingredients below)
  • No grain, corn, soy, wheat-gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors   
  • Fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat

Available in: 2 lb, 5 lb 14 oz and 12 lb bags

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Dry Formula Original is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my cat! My cat was diagnosed as being diabetic due to a medication she was taking at the time. Our vet instructed us to start giving her insulin injections twice daily and to switch to a low-carb diet. We immediately shopped the market and determined that Wellness Core Dry Food was the best option due to the ingredients and high protein content. With regular administration of her insulin in combination with her new diet, she was no longer diabetic 18 months later! Our vet has recommended this to his other diabetic kitties as well. We noticed changes in our other cats too- their fur was shinier, and their teeth were much cleaner. We are so happy we switched from a popular "scientific" brand you see at the vet's office. Wellness Core changed all of our lives for the better.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We didn't think a cat could get healthier. Our little girl was a street cat with kittens that sacrificed her wellbeing for her babies and came to the shelter with ear issues and some respiratory problems. She was brought back and was on the p.p.p when we got her. She had a lot of bloody stools and her ear was always oozing excess wax, with never an infection or mites. We switched her to a supposedly good food, glue. That help her stool issues but she started to reject their food after a year. Their formulation of biscuits and wet food changed and we were tired of showing that company that the food in the cans was not what it was labeled as. Well I did my research and Wellness was one of the foods our vet recommended. She now eats both the core original biscuits and the core original chicken turkey and chicken liver. All her issues have disappeared and her coat is silk. The biscuits do oxidized and become fishy as she doesn't go through the biscuits as fast as the wet food, so I jar up the biscuits and keep it in the fridge. I would try and purchase a smaller bag but pet smart carries only the large bag of the core original.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy food which seemed to keep my cats happy I have two cats who admittedly are not especially picky eaters, but both really took to this food immediately. One of them ripped the bag to get into it when I left it on the floor which never happens with their regular food. Our skittish cat seemed alot calmer after a while on this food. Woudl definitely consider a permanent change to this food as both cats seemed really happy on it, which is the main thing.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice food, bad smell I bought this as my first wellness food purchase for my cat Pixel. She really liked the flavor (more so then the indoor she's eating now) and I love that it's low in carbs, and seems like a really healthy diet. However, I could not get over the smell of that food, very very fishy. She has been swapped to indoor because obviously you feed a stinky food their poop will smell and man it was awful. If it didn't small so bad I would have stayed on it for sure
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for cats! My cat loves this food and has been on it for years. Used to feed Science Diet and the cats were always sick and had to go to the vet. Keep in mind these are indoor only kitties and getting sick all the time. Switched to Wellness Core and no issues any longer. Makes you wonder.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wellness Grain Free original I have 2 cats, a 5 month old and a 17 year old. Our 5 month old was very gassy and stinky so the vet suggested the Gastro food from Hills but I did not like the ingredients in this food and since both cats eat from the same dish I didn't want our senior girl eating it either. So I did some research and Wellness was at the top of each article I found. I went to pet smart and got a small bag to try. It was a hit! both love it and no more stinky gas :) I figure if the vet was going to put our kitten on the gastro by hills then the Wellness core original would be good for him as well.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grain Free CORE Cat Food My cat is picky! But she loves Wellness CORE cat food! It's the first food that I've found that my cat likes AND I feel good about feeding her because it's healthy!
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My cats won't eat it. I have a grain-sensitive cat, which means all 4 of my cats eat grain-free. I typically feed a different brand but have, on occasion, switched brands when my favored brand has been out of stock. Recently I was at a pet store on the other side of town and needed cat food and this large chain apparently no longer carries my brand, so I tried Core, having heard great things about it. My cats typically go through a large bowl of food in 3 days, but it's been over a week and they haven't even eaten half the bowl. Instead, they've been raiding the dog's food. I've even picked them up from eating the dog food, carried them to the cat food, and they left the cat food and returned to the dog food to continue eating. I wish I could return this to the store. It was a total bust in our house.
Date published: 2017-01-03
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Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Salmon Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

Guaranteed Analysis
  • Crude Protein (Min) 45.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) 18.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) 3.00%
  • Moisture (Max) 11.00%
  • Calcium (Max) 1.80%
  • Phosphorus (Max) 1.45%
  • Magnesium (Max)0.13%
  • Vitamin E (Min) 200 IU/kg
  • Taurine* (Min) 0.20%
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (Min) 3.50%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min) 0.80%
  • Beta-Carotene* (Min) 2 mg/kg
  • Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms* (Min)+ 90,000,000 CFU/lb

+(Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

100% Complete & Balanced Nutrition for Your Adult Cat

Wellness CORE Original Formula Adult Cat Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Recommended Feeding Portions

(based on standard 8 oz measuring cup)

Weight (lbs) Dry Food Alone Combination Feeding
4 - 7 1/4 - 1/2 1/4 + 3 oz. can
7 - 10 1/2 - 2/3 1/2 + 3oz. can
10 - 15 2/3 - 3/4 2/3 + 3oz. can


Cats over 15 lbs: Add approximately 1/4 cup for each additional 2 lbs of body weight.

Product Guarantee: 100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition for Your Adult Cat

Calorie ContentThis food contains 3,860 kcal per kilogram or 502 kcal per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

How to Transition

This food is formulated for adult, non-reproducing cats over one year old as kittens and pregnant or nursing mothers have special nutritional requirements. It is important to slowly transition your cat from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness® CORE® by day 7.

CORE is highly palatable so your cat may tend to eat more of this food. Watch initially to see if you need to adjust regular eating patterns. Give your cat access to clean, cool fresh water at all times and feed Wellness® CORE® wet food in combination whenever possible, to increase the level of water in your cat's diet. Nutrition is the foundation of wellbeing, but be sure to give your cat plenty of love, exercise and see your veterinarian regularly!