Canned cat foods are great for senior pets, middle aged cats, cats that are recovering from an illness or as a treat. They are a great way to keep pets hydrated and introduce a prey-like protein to their carnivorous diet. Below are the best products on the market for your canned cat food needs.
Merrick Before Grain Chicken
Price: 24 cans /$27.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/locator/,
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Dried Egg, Yeast Extract, Glycine,
Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride,
Salt, Guar, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Carageenan,
Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate,
Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Lecithin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Glucoheptanate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate,
Crude Protein (Min.) 9.00%
Crude Fat (Min.) 6.00%
Crude Fiber (Max.) 1.4%
Moisture (Max.) 78.00%
Pros: The first three products listed are meat related, it's high in protein and doesn't have the corn starch used as a thickening agent in cheaper products.
Cons: Yeast extract is listed as the fourth product and it may be better off further down the list and in a smaller quantity and potassium chloride and salt should be avoided, but this is a solid meat product otherwise.
Wellness Complete Health Chicken Recipe
Price: 24/ $40.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/store-locator.aspx, petfooddirect.com
Ingredients:Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Carrots, Natural Chicken Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Zucchini, Cranberries, Blueberries, Guar Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Iron Proteinate (a source of Chelated Iron), Beta-Carotene, Zinc Proteinate (a source of Chelated Zinc), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Proteinate (a source of Chelated Cobalt), Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate (a source of Chelated Copper), Folic Acid, Manganese Proteinate (a source of Chelated Manganese), Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin.
Crude Protein (Min.) 10%
Crude Fat (Min.) 5%
Crude Fiber (Max) 1%
Moisture (Max) 78%
Ash (Max) 1.95%
Magnesium (Max) 0.0025%
Taurine (Min.) 0.10%
Pros: The first four ingredients are meats or meat products and the fifth a carrot followed by another meat product. This is a great source of protein for cats with a solid number of veggies and fruits to provide good fiber. Sweet potatoes are the carbs.
Cons: It would be like to see a lower possible ash and magnesium content, but otherwise this is a very solid food for cats.
Halo Spot's Stew for Cats Wholesome Chicken Recipe
Price: 12 Cans or 1 Case/ $19.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.halopets.com/, petco.com
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Carrots, Zucchini, Green Peas, Yellow Squash, Green Beans, Celery, Turkey, Calcium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Guar Gum, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Flaxseed Oil, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E, A, D3, B12 Supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Garlic Powder, Beta Carotene.
Crude Protein - 6% min.
Crude Fat - 4% min.
Crude Fiber - 1.5% max.
Moisture - 84.0% max.
Pros: The first three ingredients are solid mean products, the moisture is high in this food, and it's chock full of good veggies. I like that they've added taurine in the ingredients.
Cons: Garlic powder is a definite con as garlic is not something that is often encouraged in the feline diet, however it's very low on the list.
Drs. Foster and Smith Country Classic Dinners Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes
Price: 24 Cans/ $30.00
Where Can I Buy It: drsfostersmith.com
Ingredients: Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Herring, Egg Whites, Potato Starch, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Brown Rice Flour, Oat Fiber, Sodium Phosphate, Ground Flaxseed, Cranberries, Blueberries, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate (a source of Vitamin C), Taurine, Dried Kelp, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Proteinate, Folic Acid, Niacin, Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, and Biotin.
Crude Protein 9.0% min.
Crude Fat 4.0% min.
Crude Fiber 1.0% max
Moisture 82% max
Ash 2.5% Max
Magnesium 0.025% max
Taurine 0.06% min
Pros: The first five products are meat, meat and more meat with potatoes and sweet potatoes as the carbs. There are some good fruits and healthy oils as well, making this a pretty good and healthy option.
Cons: It's better to avoid grains, including brown rice, but if a food is going to have a grain in it then brown rice is certainly a good option. I would like to see a lower ash content, but there is a fair amount of moisture which will help flush any problems out.
Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken
Price: 24 cans/ $25.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.weruva.com/stores.php, petfooddirect.com
Ingredients: Chicken (Boneless, Skinless, White Breast), Water Sufficient For Processing, Potato Starch, Sunflower Seed Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Crude Protein (min) 10%,
Crude Fat (min) 1.4%,
Crude Fiber (max) 0.5%,
Moisture (max) 85%,
Ash (max) 1.2%,
Taurine (min) 0.05%,
Calcium (max) 0.20%,
Phosphorus (max) 0.17%,
Magnesium (max) 0.018%
Pros: Weruva's foods tend to be full of meat, the sunflower oil is an excellent fat and rather than corn starch, they've chosen potato starch which is an excellent and healthy choice for pets. I also like that Taurine is so high up the list.
Cons: Nothing It would be nice to see lower ash content, but the moisture content will help flush out any problems.
Natural Balance Turkey and Giblets
Price: 24 cans/ $20.00
Where Can I Buy It: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/home/locator.tpl, petco.com
Ingredients: Turkey, Turkey Broth, Chicken Liver, Poultry Giblets, Carrots, Ground Brown Rice, Salmon Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Dried Cranberries, Carrageenan, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin, Vitamin A Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Crude Protein: 9.0% min.
Crude Fat 5.0% min.
Crude Fiber 1.5% max
Moisture 78% max.
Taurine 0.05% min.
Pros: Good meat content with some good veggies and fruit. A good product for the price, though there are certainly better.
Cons: Would be nice to see a few more veggies and fruit, the brown rice is unnecessary but tolerable. Taurine is listed pretty high up which is a definitely plus.
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