Pure Vita Cat Food Reviews


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Beef

 

Ingredients

Beef, beef broth, beef liver, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, agar-agar, choline chloride, salt, taurine, potassium chloride, yucca schidigera plant extract, dried kelp, betaine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex

First 5 ingredients

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.

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 Liver – An organ meat coming from bovines, usually cattle. Liver is very nutritious.

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.

Calcium Carbonate – An acceptable form of calcium supplementation in the food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Agar Agar – A jelly like substance extracted from different kinds of seaweed. It is similar to carrageenan. It doesn’t have the controversy attached however.

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.

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Chicken

 

Ingredients

Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, agar-agar, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salt, yucca schidigera plant extract, dried kelp, betaine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex

First 5 ingredients

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.

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 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.

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.

Calcium Carbonate – An acceptable form of calcium supplementation in the food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Agar Agar – A jelly like substance extracted from different kinds of seaweed. It is similar to carrageenan. It doesn’t have the controversy attached however.

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.

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Ocean

 

Ingredients

Ocean fish, fish broth, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, agar-agar, choline chloride, salt, taurine, potassium chloride, yucca schidigera plant extract, dried kelp, betaine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex

First 5 ingredients

Ocean Fish – A vague term for fish. Fish is an animal protein source. There are concerns about the quality of fish used to make pet food. Usually it is waste of the fishing industry.

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.

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.

Calcium Carbonate – An acceptable form of calcium supplementation in the food.

Tricalcium Phosphate – A source of calcium and phosphorus. It is also an anti-caking agent.

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.

Agar Agar – A jelly like substance extracted from different kinds of seaweed. It is similar to carrageenan. It doesn’t have the controversy attached however.

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.

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Salmon

 

Ingredients

Salmon, fish broth, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, agar-agar, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, salt, taurine, yucca schidigera plant extract, dried kelp, betaine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex

First 5 ingredients

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.

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.

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.

Tricalcium Phosphate – A source of calcium and phosphorus. It is also an anti-caking agent.

Agar Agar – Used as a thickening agent to provide stability to the food.

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.

Agar Agar – A jelly like substance extracted from different kinds of seaweed. It is similar to carrageenan. It doesn’t have the controversy attached however.

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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Turkey

 

Ingredients

Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, agar-agar, choline chloride, salt, taurine, yucca schidigera plant extract, dried kelp, betaine, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex

First 5 ingredients

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

Turkey Broth – This broth is made from turkey. It is used to add moisture to the formula. Different from water as broth has added nutrients and proteins.

Turkey Liver – An organ meat packed full of nutrients. Toxicity due to eating liver is a concern but it is present in cat food in safe amounts.

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.

Calcium Carbonate – An acceptable form of calcium supplementation in the food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Agar Agar – A jelly like substance extracted from different kinds of seaweed. It is similar to carrageenan. It doesn’t have the controversy attached however.

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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Chicken & Peas

 

Ingredients

Chicken, chicken meal, peas, pea flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), natural flavors, dried egg product, pea fiber, flax seeds, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, dried brewers yeast, phosphoric acid, pea starch, dried tomato pomace, salt, DL methionine, potassium chloride, carrots, sunflower oil, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), cranberries, apricots, cherries, taurine, lactic acid, turmeric, dried chicory root, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), inositol, yucca schidigera extract, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.

First 5 ingredients

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.

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.

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.

Pea Flour – Flour that has been made from dried split peas. A healthier alternative to wheat flour or rice flour.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

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..

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.

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Duck & Red Lentils

 

Ingredients

Duck, duck meal, red lentils, garbanzo beans, green lentils, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), duck flavor, yeast extract, dried tomato pomace, chia seed, dried brewers yeast, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, DL methionine, choline chloride, carrots, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), potassium chloride, cranberries, apricots, cherries, taurine, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), turmeric, dried chicory root, lactic acid, inositol, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), yucca schidigera extract, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.

First 5 ingredients

Duck – Meat, skin, and bone of duck. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the duck loses most of its moisture as well as protein. Despite this, a good quality protein source.

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

Red Lentils – From the legume family. Red lentils have a more sweet flavor compared to green lentils.

Chickpeas – This is a legume. Chickpeas are not harmful and they are actually high in protein. They do add unnecessary carbohydrates however.

Green Lentils – From the legume family. Green lentils have a more stronger earthly flavor compared to red lentils.

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.

Legumes – This includes lentils, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), soybeans, or any other bean. The growing trend is to include legumes in cat food labeled as grain free, which is similar to fruits and vegetables. Legumes provide bulk and a source of carbohydrates. It makes the food appear healthier as opposed to seeing grains however legumes are unnecessary. While for these reviews, peas are under the category of vegetables, peas are also considered a legume.

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.

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.

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..

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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Salmon & Peas

 

Ingredients

Salmon, salmon meal, pea starch, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), peas, pea protein, pea flour, flax seeds, sunflower meal, alfalfa meal, natural salmon flavor, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, dried brewers yeast, dried tomato pomace, phosphoric acid, choline chloride, salt, DL methionine, carrots, potassium chloride, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), taurine, cranberries, apricots, cherries, lactic acid, turmeric, dried chicory root, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), inositol, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), yucca schidigera extract, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.

First 5 ingredients

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.

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

Pea Starch – Starch that has been extracted from peas. It is a source of carbohydrates and also has gelling and thickening properties.

Sunflower Oil – Oil from sunflower seeds. It contains a large content of Omega-6 fatty acids.

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

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.

Starch – This includes pea, potato, tapioca starch (flour). Starch is a type of carbohydrate. Cats need carbohydrates, but only very little. The addition of these extra carbohydrate sources make the % much higher than what a cat needs. Cats are not equipped to digest high amounts of carbs. These types of ingredients are mainly in cat food because they are great binders, they bind the food together effectively.

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.

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.

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..

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 Beef
Go to Chicken
Go to Ocean
Go to Turkey
Go to Salmon
DRY
Go to Chicken & Peas
Go to Duck & Red Lentils
Go to Salmon & Peas


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