Lily’s Kitchen Information
Lily’s Kitchen is an established pet food brand based in the UK. The brand was founded over ten years ago by Henrietta and has been producing high-quality pet food ever since.
Lily’s Kitchen is known by many for using Organic ingredients and using environmentally friendly packaging, which is a growing trend in the industry. While Organic ingredients now regularly feature in food for human consumption, they are exceedingly rare in pet food.
For those concerned with the manafacturing of their pet food, all of Lily’s Kitchen’s recipes are produced in facilities in the UK or Europe. However, it isn’t clear exactly where these facilities are located in the UK or Europe, but we assume they all maintain similar safety and quality standards.
Unlike some online-only brands, you can purchase Lily’s Kitchen recipes from select physical pet food stores in the UK. You can also purchase online directly from Lily’s Kitchen’s website and from some other pet food websites like Amazon and PetsAtHome.
Like many others in the industry, Lily’s Kitchen now offers subscription services for pet food. Subscription services such as those offered by Lily’s Kitchen allow pet owners to get predetermined quantities and varieties of food delivered straight to their doorsteps.
Lily’s Kitchen Product Range
Lily’s Kitchen has a large range of dog food products compared to many of its competitors, and this product range includes a mix of dry dog food, wet dog food, and dog treats.
Lily’s Kitchen’s wet dog food range is their largest, with over 25 unique recipes. Their dry food range is far smaller, with fewer than ten unique recipes.
This product range from Lily’s Kitchen includes a mix of grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes to appeal to both ends of the spectrum. There are also some niche dog food recipes, such as those for puppies and senior dogs, as well as organic recipes.
Lily’s Kitchen dog treat range is far larger than most and includes seasonal treats, biscuits, jerky, dental chews, and more.
Lily’s Kitchen’s cat food range is of a similar size to their dog food range and includes a mix of dry cat food, wet cat food, and cat treats.
Similar to their dog food range, their wet cat food recipes are the most abundant, with only a small selection of dry cat food recipes on offer.
However, one key difference is that there are only grain-free recipes available within Lily’s Kitchen’s dry cat food range.
This is not surprising given that grain-inclusive cat food recipes are far less popular. Also, Similar to the dog food range, there are recipes available for specific age groups of cats such as Kittens and Senior cats.
Lily’s Kitchen Nutrition
The nutrition offered by Lily’s Kitchen dog food recipes varies significantly. There are some recipes that offer below-average nutrition, yet there are others that offer above-average nutrition when compared recipes from other dog food brands.
Lily’s Kitchen’s wet dog food recipes are the most consistent with them almost always containing a large portion of meat and fish ingredients.
The large portion size ensures the proportion of protein and fat in the recipe is significant and that it comes from high-quality animal-based sources.
Below is an example of the nutrition offered by one of Lily’s Kitchen’s best wet dog food recipes. As you can see, the proportion of carbohydrates is tiny and the proportion of protein and fat is huge.
If you’d like to discover more information about canine nutrition, we would highly recommend you reading our Dog Food Guide for an in-depth discussion.
The same points discussed above regarding Lily’s Kitchen dog food nutrition apply to Lily’s Kitchen cat food.
The nutrition provided varies significantly but is generally average to above-average. It is critical that cats consume a diet that is high in animal or fish-based protein and fat as they are obligate carnivores. This means that they do not thrive on a diet high in plant matter.
However, Lily’s Kitchen’s wet cat food recipes are the most impressive, often providing significantly above-average proportions of protein and fat. See below example of a wet cat food recipe from Lily’s Kitchen.
If you’d like to learn more about feline nutrition as well as other important cat food topics, be sure to check out our Cat Food Guide.
Lily’s Kitchen Ingredients
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Above are just some of the high-quality meat and fish ingredients included in Lily’s Kitchen’s recipes. They can provide a plentiful supply of animal-based protein and fat, which is critical to dog’s and cat’s diets.
Some of these ingredients are common inclusions, such as Chicken or Turkey. They are favored by manufacturers as they are affordable and easy to source.
However, Lily’s Kitchen makes use of some less common ingredients like Venison and Wild Boar. Ingredients like these are often used in recipes for pets with severe allergies or sensitivities. You can learn more about this type of dog food and these ingredients in the below articles.
Some of Lily’s Kitchen recipes make use of organ meat ingredients such as Liver. These are excellent additions and can seriously enhance a recipe’s flavor as well as boost the levels of select vitamins and minerals that are not abundant in traditional meat cuts.
Other Notable Ingredients
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes are common in Lily’s Kitchen’s grain-free recipes as a source of carbohydrates. Compared to others, starch ingredients like Potatoes are incredibly dense sources of carbohydrates. This means that their portion size must be tightly controlled to avoid it becoming excessive.
Lily’s Kitchen’s grain-free recipes also utilize legume ingredients like Peas and Lentils. Legume ingredients such as these are extremely popular among pet food manufacturers as they are cost-effective sources of carbohydrates, fiber, and plant-based protein.
However, in recent years there have been links between the high consumption of legumes and Canine Heart Disease. This link is concerning, and you can read more about it here.
Sadly, some of Lily’s Kitchen recipes make use of vegetable by-products like Pea Protein and Potato Protein. These ingredients are incredibly dense sources of plant-based protein. Cats and dogs would be much better suited to a dog high in animal or fish-based protein.
Also, these ingredients are often used to mislead consumers about the total proportion of vegetable ingredients present in a recipe. This technique is known as ingredient splitting and can be incredibly misleading.
Read more about this in our article Ingredient Splitting in Pet Food – Exposed.
Lily’s Kitchen’s small range of grain-inclusive recipes makes use of grain ingredients like Barley, Oats, and Rice. Grain ingredients like these provide a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and select micronutrients.
Grain ingredients are controversial additions to pet food, with many pet owners refusing to feed a food that contains grains. However, there are others who are strong supporters, such as those that feed Purina Pro Plan.
The grain ingredients chosen by Lily’s Kitchen are preferred by many to others like Wheat and Corn, which some believe are more processed and are fillers.
You can learn more about Barley in our article Barley In Dog Food.
Eggs are a fantastic inclusion in any pet food recipes and are found in select Lily’s Kitchen recipes. Eggs are incredibly nutritious and can provide a balanced mix of protein, fat, carbohydrates, as well as some beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Also, Eggs are extremely bio-available when compared to most other ingredients in pet food recipes. This means they can be easily digested to a dog or cat’s digestive system and all of their nutrients absorbed.
Chicken Fat is a common addition to pet food recipes throughout the industry and is found in some of Lily’s Kitchen recipes. It is often added to enhance the flavor of a recipe and boost the overall levels of animal-based fats.
Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives thanks to its low cost and high availability, but some other animal fats such as Beef Fat or Pork Fat are seen sometimes.
You can learn more about Chicken Fat, including if it can cause allergic reactions, in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Flaxseed is a favorite among premium pet food brands and is best known for being the best plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
These fatty acids are thought by many to provide pets with several health benefits. An example could be an improvement in the condition of a dog’s skin and coat or an improvement in cognitive function.
However, there are several more benefits to Flaxseed that are less well-known. You can read more about these benefits and other information in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Alfalfa is often seen in pet food recipes in tiny quantities, putting it far down the ingredient list. It is added by many brands because of the vitamins and minerals it contains, such as the B Vitamins.
Some believe these vitamins and minerals can provide health benefits, but these claims are far from conclusive, especially given the tiny quantities involved.
You can learn more about Alfalfa, including where it comes from and why it is used in Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Lily’s Kitchen Animal Testing
We can not find any information on whether Lily’s Kitchen participates in animal testing for its products.
Many smaller pet food brands such as Lily’s Kitchen are reluctant or avoid disclosing detailed information about their testing and feeding trials.
This reluctance is as they fear backlash from their customer base, who may not perceive their testing in a positive light.
However, others in the industry are concerned about a lack of transparency around animal testing and feeding trials and believe that many brands may not be doing sufficient testing to ensure their food is suitable for long-term consumption.
We strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated.
Lily’s Kitchen Recalls
Given that Lily’s Kitchen has been operating for over ten years, this is an impressive record and shows the brand takes its safety and quality processes seriously.
We hope that they can continue this recall-free record in the future as well as improve and enhance their safety and quality procedures.
Nevertheless, consumers should always be vigilant of any future recalls of Lily’s Kitchen or any other pet food brand to ensure their pets remain healthy and safe.
Best of Lily’s Kitchen
Salmon Supper With Sweet Potatoes, Peas & Dill Review
As we mentioned earlier, the nutrition provided by Lily’s Kitchen dry dog food recipes varies significantly between recipes. However, the above Salmon recipe is one of their best and contains a minimum of 24.5% protein and 14% fat.
This nutrition profile is above-average compared to many other dog food brands and would be well suited to the majority of dogs, including those that are active.
This nutrition is thanks to a large portion of Fresh Salmon which is the recipe’s primary ingredient. Salmon is a high-quality fish ingredient and an excellent source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
As we discuss regularly, the Omega 3 Fatty Acids are thought to provide several health benefits to dogs, including an improvement in the condition of their skin and coat.
Outside of this Salmon content, the recipe uses a mix of Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, and other minor ingredients.
Sadly, these are dense sources of carbohydrates, but they can also provide some other nutrition in the form of fiber and select vitamins and minerals.
Organic Beef Supper Review
As mentioned earlier, Organic dog food is still quite rare but is a growing trend, with many pet owners demanding or requesting it. This organic supper range shown above from Lily’s Kitchen is one of their best and is made up of almost entirely meat ingredients.
The above Beef Supper uses a mix of Beef, Chicken, and Pork, which, when combined, provide an extremely impressive proportion of protein and fat.
This mix of red meat and poultry is sure to provide a unique flavor, and the high proportions of protein and fat are more than satisfactory for all dogs, including those that are extremely active.
Outside of these meat ingredients, the recipe includes tiny portions of Carrots, Peas, and Spelt, which provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
This proportion is much more in line with a dog’s natural diet and ensures that the bulk of the recipe is animal-based protein and fat.
Whitefish & Salmon Review
While there are not many dry cat food recipes to choose from the above Whitefish & Salmon recipe from Lily’s Kitchen has an impressive portion size of Whitefish and Salmon, which makes it stand out.
Combined, they make up 70% of the recipe’s contents, which is far above most other dry cat food recipes.
The Whitefish and Salmon provide a minimum of 27% protein and 16% fat, which is sufficient for most cats, including those that roam outdoors and are more active.
Whitefish sounds like a vague and unappealing ingredient, but it is not and can be an excellent addition to a cat food recipe.
It is often given to dogs or cats that have easily upset stomachs as it tends to be less likely to cause adverse reactions.
The small proportion of the recipe that is made up of plant-based ingredients uses a mix of Potato ingredients to provide a modest portion of carbohydrates.
While Potatoes are not an ideal component of a cat’s diet, they are a reality of dry cat food, which is required to keep its cost affordable.
Lovely Lamb Casserole Review
Similar to many of Lily’s Kitchen’s wet dog food recipes, their wet cat food recipes contain almost entirely meat and fish ingredients which perfectly aligns with a cat’s natural Obligate Carnivore diet.
The above Lamb Casserole achieves this by using a mix of red meat and poultry ingredients such as Lamb, Chicken, and Pork.
This mix provides an incredible proportion of protein and fat, which is significantly above average when compared to other wet cat food recipes.
There are no plant-based ingredients in this recipe at all, which is almost unheard of. Even in the recipes from premium brands, there is usually a small portion of plant-based ingredients to act as a binding agent.
Lily’s Kitchen Featured Articles
To date, Lily’s Kitchen has not been featured in any of our articles.
Full Lily’s Kitchen Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Shepherds Pie With Lamb, Potatoes & Parsley
Countryside Casserole With Chicken, Duck & Sweet Potatoes
Wild Woodland Walk With Duck, Salmon & Venison
Organic Chicken Bake With Vegetables & Herbs
Breakfast Crunch Chicken With Turkey, Fruit & Yoghurt
Puppy Recipe With Chicken, Salmon & Peas
Senior Recipe With Turkey, Trout, & Seasonal Whitefish
Salmon Supper With Sweet Potatoes, Peas & Dill
Wet/Canned Dog Food
Christmas Three Bird Feast
Chicken & Turkey Casserole
Vegan Rainbow Stew
Fishy Fish Pie With Peas
Great British Breakfast
Wild Campfire Stew
Venison & Wild Boar Terrine
An English Garden Party
Senior Recipe For Older Dogs
Wholesome Veggie Feast
Birthday Surprise For Dogs
Chicken Puppy Recipe
Turkey & Duck Puppy Recipe
Organic Dinner For Puppies
Organic Chicken Supper
Organic Beef Supper
Organic Lamb Supper
Christmas Proper Treats
Christmas Spectacular Treats
Chicken And Salmon Nibbles Puppy Treats
Cracking Pork & Apple Sausages
Chomp-Away Chicken Bites
The Best Ever Beef Mini Burgers
Simply Glorious Chicken Jerky
Scrumptious Duck & Venison Sausages
The Mighty Duck Mini Jerky
Organic Bedtime Biscuits
Rise And Shines Baked Treats
Organic Cheese and Apple Training Treats
Woofbrush Dental Chew
Little Liver Rewards
Chicken & White Fish Slices Treats For Puppies
Dry Cat Food
Whitefish & Salmon
Chicken & White Fish Kitten
Fish & Turkey Senior
Wet/Canned Cat Food
Catch of the Day
Lovely Lamb Casserole
Classic Chicken Dinner
Chicken Turkey & Ham Feast
Marvelously Mature Chicken Supper
Curious Kitten Dinner
Suppurrs Hunter’s Chicken & Duck
Suppurrs Cockadoodle Chicken
Suppurrs Scrumptious Chicken & Salmon
Suppurrs Rustic Chicken & Turkey
Suppurrs Farmhouse Chicken & Beef
Organic Beef Dinner
Organic Chicken Dinner
Organic Fish Dinner
Organic Turkey Dinner