Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Acana Regionals – Grasslands is a high-quality dry cat food. Its nutrient profile is above average and provides more protein and fat than average dry cat foods.
It contains fresh and high-quality ingredients including a selection of named meats and fish such as Lamb, Duck, Catfish and more. Unfortunately, it does contain some Legumes which are not part of a cats natural diet. While they are not ideal they still provide a modest nutritional contribution without serious downsides.
The huge range of meat and vegetable ingredients might make this product unsuitable for cats with allergies or sensitivities.
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High-Quality meat Ingredients
No Grains or By-products
Large Carbohydrate Proportion
Full Review of Regionals – Grasslands for Cats by Acana
The ideal nutrition for a cat is a high amount of protein, a medium amount of fat. Cats do not require carbohydrates in their diet. However, they can safely consume small amounts of carbohydrates with minimal effect.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Cats use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Cats do not require carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 25% of Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is below average for a Dry Cat Food.
This carbohydrate content appears to be from the vegetables present in this food, which will be discussed later. Unless the guaranteed analysis is very inaccurate the proportion of carbohydrates is too high and far from ideal.
Protein Content Analysis
Cats use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 33% of Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Dry Cat Food.
This protein content appears to be from the large selection of meat and meat meal ingredients, although some may be from vegetable matter. Unless the guaranteed analysis is vastly underestimating the protein content, this cat food is somewhat below ideal protein levels.
Fat Content Analysis
Cats use Fat for a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 42% of Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is above average for a Dry Cat Food.
The vast majority of the fat appears to be sourced from named meats which are great. While it would be ideal to replace some of the carbohydrates of this cat food with additional fat, the current proportion is satisfactory.
Overall Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats contains an average of 3980 kcal/kg or 454 kcal per 8 oz. cup.
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most cat foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every cat food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Acana – Regionals – Grasslands for Cats
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 35.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 20.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 4.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.8%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.3%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.7%
The ingredients of a pet food are displayed as a list in descending order. Those listed at the start of the list make up the majority of a pet foods content. Therefore the quality of these core ingredients is the most important factor in determining the quality of a pet food. However, later ingredients should not be ignored, especially if they are deemed potentially dangerous or harmful.
- Lamb Meal
- Goat Meal
- Catfish Meal
- Whole Green Peas
- Red Lentils
- Pinto Beans
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat ingredients of a cat food are probably the most important ingredients. Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats contains more than ten sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Lamb. Lamb is considered a high-quality source of protein. Lamb is rich in iron. In addition to this, it has higher levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid than other red meats and high levels of Vitamin B12. Unfortunately, Lamb contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Lamb. However given that Lamb is the third listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary meat source present is Duck. Duck is a considered a high-quality source of protein. It contains considerably higher levels of selenium and phosphorus than other meats. Unfortunately, Duck does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Duck. However given that Duck is the second listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a huge variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.
Another meat source present is Lamb Meal. Lamb Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Lamb Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Lamb but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Another meat source present is Goat Meal. Goat meat is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Goat Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Goat but in higher concentrations. Goats contain high levels of Iron and Potassium.
Another fish source present is Catfish Meal. Catfish Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Catfish Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Catfish but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Phosphorus.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Acana Regionals – Grasslands for Cats contains Peas, Lentils and Garbanzo Beans (also known as chickpeas). These are all members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Pumpkin is a high-quality vegetable ingredient and a beneficial addition to a cats diet. Pumpkin contains high levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. However, Pumpkin is probably best known for the Dietary Fiber it can contribute. This fiber can improve and regulate digestion. Finally, Pumpkin does not contain significant levels of plant-based protein. This lack of protein prevents Pumpkin being used solely to inflate protein levels like other vegetables, such as Peas, often are.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to cat food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most cat food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Acana – Regionals – Grasslands for Cats
deboned lamb, deboned duck, whole eggs, lamb meal, catfish meal, goat meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, rainbow trout, lamb fat, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, herring oil, quail, duck meal, lentil fiber, natural lamb flavor, lamb tripe, lamb liver, lamb kidney, duck giblets (liver, heart, kidney), duck cartilage, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, apples, pears, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried duck liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.