After directing and releasing "Pet Fooled", the most common question is "what kibble is a good kibble?" The film clearly displays the argument of species appropriate diets and you can actually look at that specific scene in the video below. If you want to feed a kibble every once in a while, great. It's convenient. But why would you want to and why do you need to feed dry food every single meal and every single day of the animal's life?
The overall response is, as per the research, dry foods for dogs and cats are convenient foods but are overwhelmingly and arguably not species appropriate diets. New science is coming out today highly against dry food for cats. There are dry food companies that try to source and be more transparent than other companies that produce dry foods who are more vague in where the ingredients are sourced from and so forth. But again, even if the ingredients are perfect for a kibble food, it's still processed and extruded and most often companies extrude the foods with forms of starch at proprietary high temperatures.
But there is a solution! A friend of mine was feeding a VERY questionable kibble and lawsuits were starting to pile up against this company when dogs started to die after allegedly eating this product. (You can google dog deaths dry food 2015 and 2016 for more info). She visited a boutique pet-store in Los Angeles called Healthy Spot. She was nervous because she was afraid she couldn't feed anything OTHER than a kibble, and the store helped her do a price per pound comparison and find a VERY great alternative, dehydrated raw diet which more clear and transparent sourcing and the price difference wasn't that much greater.
So if you can find alternatives whether it's something like Grandma Lucy's (Artisan), The Honest Kitchen, or Sujos just to name a few, why would you want to feed a high quality processed food instead of a great dehydrated raw from a very transparent and helpful company?
Boutiques like Healthy Spot exist all across the country but you have to research and find them. If you get on any of the sites for the companies mentioned above, you can type in your zip code and find a boutique store near you. Then you can visit that boutique, speak with workers or owners of these store, and make a choice that fits your price point.
So there's a choice beyond kibble even if you're looking for convenience. Freeze dried and dehydrated raw are still convenient. Kibble isn't the by all, end all feeding style that's 100% complete and balanced. The more you research, the more you'll learn in this field that SO much exists beyond "dry food" and clever marketing. But it takes personal education for that to make sense. It took me years.
All the best,