Earthborn Holistic Cat Food Reviews


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Go to Catalina Catch
Go to Chicken Catcciatori
Go to Chicken Fricatssee
Go to Chicken Jumble with Liver
Go to Harbor Harvest
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Go to RanchHouse Stew
DRY
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Go to Primitive Feline
Go to Wild Sea Catch


Earthborn Holistic
Catalina Catch

 

Ingredients

Mackerel, Fish Broth, Shrimp, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K), Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Mackerel – A name for a number of fish .It is not a specific species.

Fish Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. Broth made from fish may have elevated levels of mercury compared to chicken broth.

Shrimp – A small crustacean. They are low in fat yet high in cholesterol.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids, which isn’t good.

Natural Flavor - Added flavor to the food to make it more palatable. This natural flavor can be obtained from anything that is not man made to give the food the flavor. This means obtaining the flavor from less than desirable ingredients, such as by-products.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Chicken Catcciatori

 

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Salt, Potassium, Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids, which isn’t good.

Natural Flavor - Added flavor to the food to make it more palatable. This natural flavor can be obtained from anything that is not man made to give the food the flavor. This means obtaining the flavor from less than desirable ingredients, such as by-products.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


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Chicken Fricatssee

 

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Peas, Pumpkin, Carrots, Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids, which isn’t good.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Chicken Jumble with Liver

 

Ingredients

Chicken Broth, Chicken, Potatoes, Chicken Liver, Sunflower Oil, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Salt, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Broth - Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from chicken.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Chicken Liver – It is an organ meat that has many nutrients. Toxicity due to eating too much liver is a possibility, therefore intake has to be monitored. Present in cat food in safe amounts.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids, which isn’t good.

Ingredients to Point Out

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Harbor Harvest

 

Ingredients

Fish Broth, Tuna, Salmon, Whitefish, Carrots, Peas, Potatoes, Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K), Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Fish Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. Broth made from fish may have elevated levels of mercury compared to chicken broth.

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Whitefish – Whitefish is a vague term for fish. It can mean cod, haddock, sole or others. Whitefish is less fattening than other fish.

Carrots – Carrots help maintain healthy skin and digestive system. For people, it is a good source of beta-carotene. Cats cannot convert that, therefore the main benefit of carrots cannot be experienced by the cat.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


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Monterey Medley

 

Ingredients

Fish Broth, Skipjack Tuna, Mackerel, Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K), Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Fish Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. Broth made from fish may have elevated levels of mercury compared to chicken broth.

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Mackerel – A name for a number of fish .It is not a specific species.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids, which isn’t good.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
RanchHouse Stew

 

Ingredients

Beef Broth, Beef, Dried Egg Product, Chicken, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Carrots, Natural Flavors, Tuna, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Beef Broth – Used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins. This broth is made from beef.

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Ingredients to Point Out

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Feline Vantage

 

Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Pea Protein, Oat Meal, Dried Egg Product, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Blueberries, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Apples, Carrots, Spinach, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Taurine, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of chicken. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Brown Rice - Hulled, whole grain rice. It is considered healthier than white rice and corn. Brown rice is still hard for a cat digest. Still considered a filler ingredient.

Pea Protein – Protein extracted from the yellow pea. It is protein from a non-animal source, providing little to no nutrition.

Oatmeal - Grains that have no nutritional value for cats. Considered healthier than corn or wheat, yet still is a filler ingredient.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Whole Grains – Whole grains are considered healthier than grain. They are easier for a cat to digest. That being said, they are still a grain. Grains are not needed in a cat’s diet. Therefore, even though they are healthier they are still not needed in cat food. It is still a filler ingredient.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fiber – The jury is still out as to whether ingredients like pea and potato fiber, beet pulp (which doesn't contain the sugar) are bad or good. They are bolded here just to quickly point out both sides of the story. On one hand, the argument can be made that these are cheap fiber sources that do more harm than good. On the other hand, fiber (both insoluble and soluble, fermentable and non-fermentable) has many benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Too much of one type of fiber is where problems may occur. Each cat reacts differently.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Pomace – Pomace is the remains (skin, seeds, pulp) of whatever ingredient indicated after being pressed for juice/oil. It is a byproduct of the cider industry and inexpensive compared to fresh fruits/vegetables. Capable of providing added benefits however unnecessary.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Calcium Sulfate – A common industrial chemical. It is a cheaper form of calcium.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Primitive Feline

 

Ingredients

Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Potatoes, Dried Egg Product, Herring Meal, Salmon Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Whitefish Meal, Blueberries, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Apples, Carrots, Spinach, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Taurine, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

First 5 ingredients

Turkey Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of turkey. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Chicken Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of chicken. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Pea Protein – Protein extracted from the yellow pea. It is protein from a non-animal source, providing little to no nutrition.

Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) - Used as an energy source as well as providing Omega-6 fatty acids, perhaps too much. Usually sprayed on and entices the cat to eat the food.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Fiber – The jury is still out as to whether ingredients like pea and potato fiber, beet pulp (which doesn't contain the sugar) are bad or good. They are bolded here just to quickly point out both sides of the story. On one hand, the argument can be made that these are cheap fiber sources that do more harm than good. On the other hand, fiber (both insoluble and soluble, fermentable and non-fermentable) has many benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Too much of one type of fiber is where problems may occur. Each cat reacts differently.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Calcium Sulfate – A common industrial chemical. It is a cheaper form of calcium.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Earthborn Holistic
Wild Sea Catch

 

Ingredients

Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Turkey Meal, Dried Egg Product, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Blueberries, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Apples, Carrots, Spinach, Taurine, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin K Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

First 5 ingredients

Salmon Meal - The dried rendered meat of the salmon. This is a more concentrated form of protein, as opposed to just salmon.

Herring Meal -Fish meal made from herring, a species of fish.

Canola Oil – Canola oil is marketed as one of the healthier oils, but it usually is unhealthy. Canola oil is often in pet foods because it is cheap.

Peas – Used as a protein source and bulking agent. Peas high on an ingredient list indicate that a lot of peas are in the formula.

Potatoes - A grain-less carbohydrate. Often used in grain free formulas because they are easier to digest than grains. Also used as a bulking agent. An overall filler ingredient.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Vegetables - Vegetables are normally used as a binder and carbohydrate substitute. A grain free cat food could still have a high amount of carbohydrates. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., while not grains, still contain carbohydrates.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fiber – The jury is still out as to whether ingredients like pea and potato fiber, beet pulp (which doesn't contain the sugar) are bad or good. They are bolded here just to quickly point out both sides of the story. On one hand, the argument can be made that these are cheap fiber sources that do more harm than good. On the other hand, fiber (both insoluble and soluble, fermentable and non-fermentable) has many benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Too much of one type of fiber is where problems may occur. Each cat reacts differently.

Fruits - Fruits are added to make the food appear healthier. While ingredients such as blueberries, apples, bananas, etc. look good in cat food the truth is they are unnecessary. It is just as likely they won't provide any additonal benefits..

Calcium Sulfate – A common industrial chemical. It is a cheaper form of calcium.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


WET
Go to Catalina Catch
Go to Chicken Catcciatori
Go to Chicken Fricatssee
Go to Chicken Jumble with Liver
Go to Harbor Harvest
Go to Monterey Medley
Go to RanchHouse Stew
DRY
Go to Feline Vantage
Go to Primitive Feline
Go to Wild Sea Catch

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