Whiskas Wet and Dry Cat Food Reviews


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Whiskas
Chicken Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Chicken, Liver, Corn Starch-Modified, Soy Oil, Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source OF Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Disodium EDTA, Caramel Coloring, Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

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.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Corn Starch – Starch extracted from the corn grain. If the ingredients list states it has been modified, that means that the starch has been artificially altered to change its properties.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Ingredients to Point Out

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.

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.

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.

Caramel (Color) - Just 'caramel' is added to enhance the flavor of the food. Caramel is basically sugar. Cats cannot taste sweets. An ingredient that has no business in cat food. A low quality ingredient.
It could also mean caramel coloring, if that is the case it would be under the term 'added coloring.' Caramel color alters the appearance of the food and is potentially harzardous as it is possibly carcinogenic.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Chicken & Beef Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Chicken, Beef, Corn Starch-Modified, Soy Oil, Wheat Gluten, Guar Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Caramel Coloring, Salt, Iron Oxide, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, dl-Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Disodium EDTA, Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

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.

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

Corn Starch – Starch extracted from the corn grain. If the ingredients list states it has been modified, that means that the starch has been artificially altered to change its properties.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Ingredients to Point Out

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.

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.

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.

Caramel (Color) - Just 'caramel' is added to enhance the flavor of the food. Caramel is basically sugar. Cats cannot taste sweets. An ingredient that has no business in cat food. A low quality ingredient.
It could also mean caramel coloring, if that is the case it would be under the term 'added coloring.' Caramel color alters the appearance of the food and is potentially harzardous as it is possibly carcinogenic.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Chicken & Duck Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Chicken, Duck, Liver, Corn Starch-Modified, Soy Oil, Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Taurine, Salt, Iron Oxide, Caramel Coloring, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Disodium EDTA, Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

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.

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

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Corn Starch – Starch extracted from the corn grain. If the ingredients list states it has been modified, that means that the starch has been artificially altered to change its properties.

Ingredients to Point Out

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.

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.

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.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Caramel (Color) - Just 'caramel' is added to enhance the flavor of the food. Caramel is basically sugar. Cats cannot taste sweets. An ingredient that has no business in cat food. A low quality ingredient.
It could also mean caramel coloring, if that is the case it would be under the term 'added coloring.' Caramel color alters the appearance of the food and is potentially harzardous as it is possibly carcinogenic.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Oceanfish Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Sardines, Mackerel, Soy Oil, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Disodium EDTA, Natural Flavor, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA/BHT (a preservative), Iron Oxide, Copper Sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

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

Sardines – Small fish that are closely related to herring.

Mackerel – A name for a number of fish. It is not a specific species.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Carrageenan – An extremely popular additive in cat food. This ingredient is used for its gelling and thickening properties.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Sardine & Mackerel Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Sardines, Mackerel, Soy Oil, Sole, Anchovy, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Tapioca Starch, Wheat Flour, Salt, Natural Flavor, Disodium EDTA, Shrimp, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA/BHT (a preservative), Iron Oxide, Copper Sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

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

Sardines – Small fish that are closely related to herring.

Mackerel – A name for a number of fish. It is not a specific species.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Sole – A species of fish.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Tuna Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Tuna, Soy Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Potassium Chloride, Glycine, Disodium EDTA, Natural Flavor, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), BHA/BHT(a preservative).

First 5 ingredients

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

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

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

Carrageenan – An extremely popular additive in cat food. This ingredient is used for its gelling and thickening properties.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Tuna & Whitefish Entrée

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Tuna, Whitefish, Soy Oil, Anchovy, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Natural Flavor, Tapioca Starch, Wheat Flour, Disodium EDTA, Salt, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

First 5 ingredients

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

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Whitefish – Whitefish is a vague term for fish. It can mean cod, haddock, sole or others. Whitefish is less fattening than other fish.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Anchovy – A species of fish. A family of small, salt-water fish. Extremely popular species of fish.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

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.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
With Salmon

 

Ingredients

Tuna (a source of Taurine), Sufficient Water for Processing, Salmon, Chicken, Soy Oil, Carrageenan, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors, Salt, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folilc Acid), Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

First 5 ingredients

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

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

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.

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.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

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.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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

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.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
With Shrimp

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Tuna (a source of Taurine), Soy Oil, Shrimp, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Natural Flavors, Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Disodium EDTA, Minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA/BHT (a preservative).

First 5 ingredients

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

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Soy Oil – A type of vegetable oil that has been extracted from soybeans. Soy based ingredients are not ideal.

Shrimp – A small crustacean. They are low in fat yet high in cholesterol.

Tricalcium Phosphate – Used mostly as an anti-caking agent. Also is a dietary supplement of calcium and phosphorus.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

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).

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Overall Score


Whiskas
With Snapper

 

Ingredients

Sufficient Water for Processing, Sardines, Mackerel, Tuna (a source of Taurine), Snapper, Soy Oil, Cassia Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Natural Flavors, Disodium EDTA, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Pryidoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA/BHT (a preservative), Iron Oxide, Copper Sulfate.

First 5 ingredients

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

Sardines – Small fish that are closely related to herring.

Mackerel – A name for a number of fish. It is not a specific species.

Tuna – A species of fish. Tuna is a great protein source.

Snapper – A species of fish.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Cassia Gums - Used for its thickening properties and prevents particles from settling. Causes GI upset. Studies have shown it can be harmful at high doses.

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.

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

BHA/BHT – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Chicken & Turkey Flavor

 

Ingredients

Poultry By-Product Meal (Natural Source Of Glucosamine And Chondroitin Sulfate), Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha And Citric Acid), Natural Chicken And Turkey Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Bha & Citric Acid (A Preservative) Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.

First 5 ingredients

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Ground Corn – Corn that has been grounded, usually into a powder consistency.

Ground Wheat -Wheat grinded to produce flour. A filler ingredient with no real nutritional value.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

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.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

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.

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.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

BHA – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Indoor Chicken Flavor

 

Ingredients

Poultry By-Product Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha & Citric Acid) Natural Flavors (Source Of Chicken Flavor), Cellulose, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Bha & Citric Acid (A Preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.

First 5 ingredients

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Ground Corn – Corn that has been grounded, usually into a powder consistency.

Ground Wheat -Wheat grinded to produce flour. A filler ingredient with no real nutritional value.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

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.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

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.

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.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Fiber – The jury is still out as to whether ingredients like pea and potato fiber, beet pulp (which doesn't contain the sugar) are bad or good. They are bolded here just to quickly point out both sides of the story. On one hand, the argument can be made that these are cheap fiber sources that do more harm than good. On the other hand, fiber (both insoluble and soluble, fermentable and non-fermentable) has many benefits that shouldn't be overlooked. Too much of one type of fiber is where problems may occur. Each cat reacts differently.

BHA – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

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.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Kittens

 

Ingredients

Poultry By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha And Citric Acid), Natural Chicken And Turkey Flavor, Salt, Fish Oil (Stabilized With Mixed Tocopherols), Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Bha & Citric Acid (A Preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.

First 5 ingredients

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

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

Ground Corn – Corn that has been grounded, usually into a powder consistency.

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.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

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.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

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.

BHA – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

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.

Overall Score


Whiskas
Salmon & Shrimp Flavor

 

Ingredients

Poultry By-Product Meal (Natural Source Of Glucosamine And Chondroitin Sulfate), Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha And Citric Acid), Natural Flavors, Salt, Salmon Meal, Shrimp Meal, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Bha & Citric Acid (A Preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.

First 5 ingredients

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Ground Corn – Corn that has been grounded, usually into a powder consistency.

Ground Wheat -Wheat grinded to produce flour. A filler ingredient with no real nutritional value.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

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.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

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.

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.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

BHA – It is surprising to see this ingredient in this food as it has such a bad reputation that many companies shy away from using it just for this reason. It is a known as a possible human carcinogen. There is no proof it causes cancer in cats that eat this ingredient. It is usually present in small amounts, yet avoiding this ingredient is the best thing IMO.

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.

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.

Overall Score


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