Wellness CORE original formula dry food

Wellness Core Original Formula Dry Food



Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Salmon Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

This is a naturally preserved product.

Guaranteed Analysis

(taken from official website)

Crude Protein (min.) 45.0%
Crude Fat (min.) 18.0%
Crude Fiber (max.) 3.0%
Moisture (max.) 11.0%

First 5 Ingredients

Deboned Turkey – skin and meat without the bone. Weighs heavier with water so this ingredient usually ends up at the top or near the top of ingredients lists. During cooking, nutrients are destroyed leaving the end result low in protein. Still a top notch ingredient to see in cat food formulas.

Deboned Chicken – much like deboned turkey. Final product is lesser in protein than before cooking.

Chicken Meal – a more concentrated source of protein. Before cooking, the moisture content has already been removed therefore protein isn’t lost as much during cooking process. The end result is chicken meal being higher in protein than the first two ingredients.

Whitefish Meal – a concentrated source of protein made from whitefish (which describes many types of fish). More often than not the by-products and rank (not fit for human consumption) fish are used to make fish meal for pet food.

Herring Meal – same as whitefish meal but made from herring (a type of fish). The fish used to make fish meal may be preserved by chemical preservatives. So while this cat food is naturally preserved, the fish before it became fish meal could have been exposed to chemical preservatives.

Good protein level Carbohydrate substitutes
Balanced nutrition Fish meals
Naturally gluten-free ingredients Price
Naturally preserved

Bottom Line

This Wellness CORE formula does have carbohydrate substitutes but overall the carbohydrate percentage is on the lower end of the spectrum. That isn’t seen much in dry cat food so this is refreshing. Doing calculations on the GA percentages, the protein percentage is 50% which is great (that is the minimum protein percentage so that doesn’t hurt). The first five ingredients are animal protein, even though two of those are fish. This is a really solid dry food worthy of a top 5 dry cat food ranking but unfortunately the price will turn many people off of it. Wellness products are generally in the high price range and this formula is no different.

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Updated: April 20, 2015 — 9:31 PM


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  1. My cats absolutely love this product. It seems they have discontinued it. I am having trouble finding one they like. I have a very finicky cat and he will not eat 2 others of the wellness that I have tried.
    Please start making this again!!!

    1. I just started feeding my kitty Wellness Core but the indoor formula. I have seen it at Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, Pet Valu and Tractor Supply Company. Plus it is available online. Chewy.com has the 2lb bags on sale for $7 right now.

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