Royal Canin Wet Cat Food Reviews


Go to Adult Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Adult Instinctive – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Aging 12+ – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Aging 12+ – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Babycat Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Digest Sensitive – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Digest Sensitive – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Hairball Care – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Instinctive 7+ – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Instinctive 7+ – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Intense Beauty – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Intense Beauty – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Kitten Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Kitten Instinctive – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Mother & Babycat – Mousse
Go to Spayed/Neutered – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Spayed/Neutered – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Ultra Light – Loaf in Sauce
Go to Ultra Light – Thin Slices in Gravy
Go to Urinary Care – Thin Slices in Gravy


Royal Canin
Adult Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken by-products, chicken liver, pork liver, brewers rice flour, gelatin, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, pork plasma, chicken liver hydrolysate, vegetable oil, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, fish oil, guar gum, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, natural flavors, taurine, DL-methionine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], cysteine, glycine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate].

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

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.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Adult Instinctive – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork liver, chicken liver, chicken, pork by-products, salmon, wheat flour, wheat gluten, gelatin by-product, powdered cellulose, natural flavors, corn starch modified, calcium sulfate, guar gum, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, carrageenan, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

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.

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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Aging 12+ – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken liver, brewers rice flour, chicken, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, chicken liver hydrolysate, egg product, fish oil, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, leucine, guar gum, calcium carbonate, natural flavors, taurine, tricalcium phosphate, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], cysteine, glycine, glucosamine hydrochloride, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), chondroitin sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Brewers Rice – The small, milled fragments of processed rice. Contains less nutrients than whole white rice.

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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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.'

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

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Aging 12+ – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken, chicken liver, wheat flour, gelatin by-product, powdered cellulose, natural flavors, fish oil, corn starch modified, leucine, calcium sulfate, guar gum, calcium carbonate, taurine, potassium chloride, carrageenan, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), chondroitin sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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 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.

Wheat Flour -Powder made from grinding wheat. Cats do not get much nutritional value from wheat flour.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

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

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Babycat Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, chicken liver, pork by-products, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, rice flour, modified corn starch, glycine, casein, fish oil, calcium carbonate, potassium phosphate, carrageenan, taurine, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, natural flavors, DL-methionine, hydrolyzed yeast, potassium chloride, cysteine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], choline chloride, magnesium oxide, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), L-carnitine.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

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 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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Digest Sensitive – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken by-products, corn flour, chicken liver, pork liver, salmon, wheat gluten, pork plasma, chicken liver hydrolysate, powdered cellulose, carrageenan, sodium silico aluminate, calcium carbonate, guar gum, natural flavors, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, taurine, cysteine, glycine, DL-methionine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), biotin, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate].

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Corn Flour – Also known as corn starch, it is a highly refined white powder.

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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Digest Sensitive – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, pork by-products, salmon, wheat flour, chicken liver, corn starch modified, natural flavors, powdered cellulose, gelatin by-product, wheat gluten, sodium silico aluminate, carob gum, potassium chloride, taurine, sodium tripolyphosphate, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Wheat Flour -Powder made from grinding wheat. Cats do not get much nutritional value from wheat flour.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

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.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Hairball Care – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken by-products, pork by-products, chicken liver, pork liver, corn flour, powdered cellulose, modified corn starch, pork plasma, natural flavors, carob bean gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, sodium silico aluminate, DL-methionine, taurine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], cysteine, glycine, sodium carbonate, calcium sulfate, psyllium seed husk, trace minerals [zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite].

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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.

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

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

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Instinctive 7+ – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken liver, pork liver, brewers rice flour, wheat gluten, gelatin, chicken liver hydrolysate, powdered cellulose, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, calcium sulfate, fish oil, vegetable oil, guar gum, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors, taurine, sodium tripolyphosphate, DL-methionine, cysteine, vitamins [L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], glycine, potassium chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], chondroitin sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

Brewers Rice – The small, milled fragments of processed rice. Contains less nutrients than whole white rice.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Instinctive 7+ – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken, chicken liver, rice flour, gelatin by-product, wheat gluten, natural flavors, wheat flour, powdered cellulose, corn starch modified, fish oil, guar gum, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, taurine, calcium carbonate, carrageenan, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), chondroitin sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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 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.

Rice Flour – Flour made from finely milled rice.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

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

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Intense Beauty – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken by-products, chicken liver, pork liver, brewers rice flour, gelatin, wheat gluten, pork plasma, powdered cellulose, chicken liver hydrolysate, vegetable oil, fish oil, calcium sulfate, carrageenan, carob bean gum, guar gum, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, vitamins [niacin supplement, DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], natural flavors, DL-methionine, cysteine, glycine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], choline chloride.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

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.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Intense Beauty – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken liver, wheat gluten, wheat flour, gelatin by-product, vegetable oil, powdered cellulose, natural flavors, fish oil, corn starch modified, tricalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, guar gum, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, carrageenan, vitamins (niacin supplement, dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate [source of Vitamin E], d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate [Vitamin B1], riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], pyridoxine hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Wheat Flour -Powder made from grinding wheat. Cats do not get much nutritional value from wheat flour.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

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.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Kitten Instinctive – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken by-products, pork by-products, chicken, chicken liver, pork liver, brewers rice flour, gelatin, pork plasma, powdered cellulose, chicken liver hydrolysate, wheat gluten, carrageenan, calcium caseinate, fish oil, calcium carbonate, carob bean gum, guar gum, taurine, sodium tripolyphosphate, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], citric acid, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate, hydrolyzed yeast, natural flavors, DL-methionine, cysteine, glycine, choline chloride, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], magnesium oxide, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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 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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Calcium Caseinate – A protein found in milk from mammals. An additive that is not needed. If your cat is allergic to millk based products, this should be avoided.

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Kitten Instinctive – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, chicken liver, pork liver, wheat gluten, pork plasma, gelatin by-product, rice flour, dried egg product, corn starch modified, powdered cellulose, glycine, calcium caseinate, fish oil, natural flavors, calcium carbonate, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium phosphate, taurine, potassium chloride, hydrolyzed yeasts, DL-methionine, vitamins (dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate [source of Vitamin E], L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin C], thiamine mononitrate [Vitamin B1], niacin supplement, biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], pyridoxine hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D3 supplement), cysteine, magnesium oxide, choline chloride, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), marigold extract (tagetes erecta L.)

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

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 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.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

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.'

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Calcium Caseinate – A protein found in milk from mammals. An additive that is not needed. If your cat is allergic to millk based products, this should be avoided.

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Mother & Babycat – Mousse

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, chicken liver, pork by-product, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, rice flour, modified corn starch, pork plasma, glycine, calcium caseinate, fish oil, calcium carbonate, potassium phosphate, carrageenan, taurine, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, natural flavors, DL-methionin, hydrolized yeasts, potassium chloride, cysteine, vitamins (dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate [source of Vitamin E], L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of Vitamin C], thiamine mononitrate [Vitamin B1], niacin supplement, biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement [Vitamin B2], pyridoxine hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, magnesium oxide, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), marigold extract (tagetes erecta L.)

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

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 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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Calcium Caseinate – A protein found in milk from mammals. An additive that is not needed. If your cat is allergic to millk based products, this should be avoided.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Spayed/Neutered – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken by-products, pork liver, chicken liver, brewers rice flour, gelatin, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, pork plasma, chicken liver hydrolysate, carrageenan, calcium sulfate, fish oil, guar gum, carob bean gum, potassium chloride, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, natural flavors, DL-Methionine, cysteine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], glycine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], L-carnitine.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

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

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Spayed/Neutered – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork liver, chicken, pork by-products, chicken liver, wheat flour, gelatin by-product, salmon, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, natural flavors, corn starch modified, calcium sulfate, guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, carrageenan, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], L-carnitine, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Ultra Light – Loaf in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, pork liver, chicken liver, chicken by-products, gelatin, brewers rice flour, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, pork plasma, chicken liver hydrolysate, carrageenan, guar gum, calcium carbonate, carob bean gum, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, natural flavors, DL-methionine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], cysteine, glycine, choline chloride, L-carnitine, trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate].

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Pork Liver – An organ meat coming from pigs. Liver is very nutritious.

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.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

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

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Ultra Light – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken liver, chicken, pork by-products, pork liver, gelatin by-product, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, wheat flour, natural flavors, corn starch modified, potassium chloride, guar gum, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, carrageenan, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], choline chloride, L-carnitine, trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

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.

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.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

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

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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


Royal Canin
Urinary Care – Thin Slices in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken by-products, pork liver, chicken, wheat flour, wheat gluten, modified corn starch, powdered cellulose, pork plasma, natural flavors, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, carob bean gum, taurine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, salt, sodium carbonate, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate].

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Pork By Products – By-products of pigs.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Pork Liver -A nutritious organ meat coming from pork, which refers to pigs.

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.

Ingredients to Point Out

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

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.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

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

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate – This is an inorganic (meaning man made) ingredient mainly used as a preservative. This ingredient is used in other products, such as laundry detergent. It’s an artificial preservative that does not belong in cat food.

Zinc Oxide – Artificially produced source of zinc more often seen in non-food materials. This includes rubber, paints, creams, and batteries. Poisoning due to ingesting too much zinc oxide will occur; present in cat food in safe amounts. Many people don't like to see this ingredient in cat food.

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



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