Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food

Orijen Cat and Kitten Dry Food



Boneless chicken,* chicken meal, chicken liver,* whole herring,* boneless turkey,* turkey meal, turkey liver,* whole eggs,* boneless walleye,* whole salmon,* chicken heart,* chicken cartilage,* herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, chicken fat, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, kelp, pumpkin,* butternut squash,* spinach greens,* carrots,* apples,* pears,* cranberries,* mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, dandelion root, chamomile, peppermint leaf, ginger root, caraway seeds, turmeric, rose hips, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, freeze-dried chicken, freeze-dried turkey, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product + vitamins and minerals

*delivered fresh and preservative-free

Guaranteed Analysis

(taken from official website)

Crude protein (min.) 42 %
Crude fat (min.) 20 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3 %
Moisture (max.) 10 %
Ash (max.) 8%

First 5 Ingredients

Boneless chicken – the meat and skin, without the bone. Contains the water content before the cooking process. During cooking process, a lot of the nutrients get destroyed. This leaves the ingredient not as nourishing as it once was. A high quality ingredient to have in a formula.

Chicken Meal – a more concentrated source of protein. Nutrients are not lost during the cooking process as the moisture content is removed.

Chicken Liver – a organ meat. Nutritious and a very good source of vitamin A and B12. Raw liver can be problematic yet this liver is cooked. Cooked liver loses nutrients during cooking process, yet is a good ingredient to have in a formula.

Whole Herring – a fish that is a source of omega 3 fatty acid. Fish in pet foods are usually rancid; however Orijen states all ingredients ‘fit for human consumption.’ A source of mercury.

Boneless Turkey – clean skin, meat, and bone. After cooking, turkey has lost its moisture as well as many nutrients, like chicken. Final product isn’t high in protein but still a quality ingredient in any formula.

Ingredients fit for human consumption Lots of vegetables
Grain free Lots of fish based ingredients
Good protein level Mercury levels potentially higher
Lower-glycemic (slower digesting) carbs Grain free: still carbs

Bottom Line

This Orijen dry food formula contains a min. 42% protein (not in moisture free state, according to GA section). After using my trusted calculating guaranteed analysis section post, this comes to about 46.7% in a moisture free state. This is a good percentage of protein to have in a dry food. The ingredients to get this percentage come from good sources. Just be aware that there are a few fish sources. Unfortunately, the fat and carbohydrate percentages are also higher than a cat needs. This is normal in dry cat food, even the best ones. Overall, the addition of great protein sources and the subtraction of grains while trying to limit the carbs make this dry food one of the best you can purchase.

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Updated: June 23, 2015 — 4:34 PM

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