Nutrition - 9/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast is a high-quality freeze-dried cat food. Its nutrient profile consists of a low carbohydrate proportion and a significantly above average protein and fat proportion. This nutritional profile is very satisfactory and suitable for the majority of cats.
The recipe contains a large range of meat and fish ingredients including Turkey, Beef, Duck, and Salmon. These ingredients are high-quality and provide easy to absorb nutrition. In addition, this cat food recipe contains small portions of Flaxseed, Sweet Potatoes, and Pea Flour. These ingredients provide carbohydrates, fiber, and select micronutrients.
The large variety of ingredients may make this food unsuitable for those cats with dietary sensitivities or allergies.
High Proportion Of Protein & Fat
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Contains Pea Flour
Full review of Nature’s Feast by Dr. Marty Pets
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 21% of Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast 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 Cat Food.
This carbohydrate content is not negligible and is higher than ideal. The carbohydrate content of this cat food is from a mix of plant-based ingredients including Flax, Sweet Potatoes, and Pea Flour. While we would prefer it this proportion was lower, it is a vast improvement on most cat food.
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 34% of Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast 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 Cat Food.
This is a high proportion of protein and will be sufficient for most cats. Nevertheless, the protein proportion could be higher and there are many alternative recipes where it is significantly higher.
This protein is from a range of meat and fish ingredients such as Turkey and Beef. These are all high-quality sources and provide a full range of amino acids.
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 45% of Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast 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 significantly above average for a Cat Food.
This is an extremely high level of fat which will have the effect of making this food extremely appealing to your cat.
The fat appears to be entirely sourced from the range of meat and fish sources present which are an ideal source. Unfortunately, if this food is not properly managed it could cause a cat to gain weight.
Overall Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast contains an average of 4430 kcal/kg or 409 kcal/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 – Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast
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) – 39.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 23.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 2.50%
- Moisture (Max) – 5.00%
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.
- Beef Liver
- Pea Flour
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat ingredients of a cat food are probably the most important ingredients. Dr Marty Pets Nature’s Feast contains more than five sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin.
Unfortunately, Turkey does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. Given that Turkey is the primary ingredient, its proportion will be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The secondary meat source present is Beef. Beef is a considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition, Beef contains vitamins such as Iron and Zinc.
Unfortunately Beef does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Beef. However given that Beef is the second listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
The tertiary 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 third listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high after the cooking process.
Another source present is Salmon. Salmon is considered a high-quality source of protein. Salmons most abundant minerals are Vitamin B12 and Selenium. Just like other fish, Salmon contains a large quantity of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Unfortunately just as with meat, Salmon contains a high concentration of water.
Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Salmon. However given that Salmon is not one of the primary ingredients, its quantity after cooking is likely to be relatively low.
Beef Liver is considered a high-quality ingredient and source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts.
Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.
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.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function.
Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.
Sweet Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Sweet Potatoes are considered superior to traditional Potatoes as they contain more fiber and a more extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in Sweet Potatoes are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium.
The higher amount of fiber and the range of micronutrients in Sweet Potatoes mean that they are considered a high-quality ingredient despite containing mostly carbohydrates.
Pea Flour is a by-product of Peas. Pea Flour is considered a low-quality ingredient. Pea Flour is similar to Pea Protein but also contains a considerable proportion of carbohydrates.
Pea Flour is often used as a cheap filler and the carbohydrates and plant-based protein it provides are inferior to the nutrition other whole ingredients can provide. Pea Flour is an ingredient commonly used in a technique called Ingredient Splitting.
Full Ingredient List – Dr. Marty Pets Nature’s Feast
Turkey, Beef, Duck, Salmon, Flax, Beef Liver, Turkey Heart, Turkey Liver, Sweet Potato, Eggs, Pea Flour, Carrots, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Spinach, Ginger, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols.