Merrick Limited Ingredient Chicken
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Salt, Organic Dried Alfalfa Meal, Dried Yeast Culture, Ground Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Proteinate, Cobalt Carbonate), Phosphoric Acid, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.
(taken from official website)
Crude Protein (min) 34.0%
Crude Fat (min) 14.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 4.0%
Moisture (max) 11.0%
First 5 ingredients
Deboned Chicken – the meat and skin of chicken. The bones have been removed before being put in the cat food formula. It has all the moisture content present before the cooking process of the cat food. This means that the final product has very little protein in it as it was destroyed during the cooking process. Still considered one of the best ingredients in a formula.
Chicken Meal – this is essentially rendered chicken. During the rendering process, water and fat content has been removed. This is a very good protein source, often times better than chicken itself. It has a higher protein percentage than chicken. Questionable ingredients are usually used in the making of chicken meal.
Chickpeas – this is a source of plant based protein. It is healthier than traditional grains as cats cat digest these easier however they do add unnecessary carbohydrates.
Peas – used more for its binding and bulking of food. They provide a little nutrition but not enough for it to be here for its nutritional properties. Another source of carbohydrate.
Chicken Fat – provides an abundance of Omega 6 fatty acids, perhaps too much in large amounts. A source of energy and is actually essential in a cat’s diet. Also makes the food more palatable.
|Grain free and fish free||Chickpeas and peas|
|Probiotics||Still carbs present|
|Acceptable kcal/cup||Merrick tinkers with recipes a lot|
|Few questionable ingredients||Price|
This Merrick formula limits the amount of unnecessary ingredients in the food. There are still some ingredients that are not ideal in the formula. The chickpeas and peas add carbohydrates and non meat protein, ideally cats should have an all meat based protein food. The chickpeas and peas are also at the top of the ingredients list, indicating that there are a lot in the formula. This is traditionally the trend we see when it comes to grain free cat food. That doesn’t mean carbohydrate free. The good news is that the kcal/cup in this cat food isn’t extraordinary high. Overall for a commercial dry cat food, this is a good one.