Montego is a South African-based pet food company and is well-known throughout the country.
Montego has been in operation in South Africa for over twenty years and has grown significantly over this time period to be one of the largest pet food brands in South Africa.
Rather than just a single brand, Montego has a number of sub-brands of pet food, including Monty & Me, Wuma!, Classic, Karoo, Field And Forest, Bag O’ Wags, Sauce, and XenPet.
This review page discusses the majority of these Montego sub-brands, including Monty & Me, Wuma!, Montego Classic, and Karoo.
However, we have chosen to cover Field And Forest on its own separate review page, which you can find here.
For those of you wondering where Montego pet food recipes are produced, based on our research, they are produced within South Africa, at a factory in Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
Their website mentions they’ve gone from producing 65 tonnes of pet food a month to now producing over 300 tonnes a day, which is an impressive volume and shows how popular their brands are in South Africa and beyond.
You can purchase Montego recipes from a large number of physical retail pet food stores like Absolute Pets, as well as some of South Africa’s online pet food websites like Pet Heaven.
Montego Product Range
Between the several Montego sub-brands of dog food, there is a moderately sized range of products available.
However, while each sub-brand may have its own unique traits, all the Montego brands seem to follow the same template and offer a mix of puppy recipes, adult recipes, and senior recipes.
This setup offers some advantages as it may make it easier to transition a puppy to the adult version of the recipe as they age up.
In addition to traditional dog food recipes such as dry food and wet food, Montego also offers some more unique products such as a large range of dog food treats, dog food sauce, supplements, and grooming products.
The range of cat food products available from Montego is significantly smaller than the dog food range but has grown noticeably over the last few years.
Despite being smaller in size, there is still some variety within the range, and Montego offers both Kitten and Senior cat food recipes to appeal to all age ranges.
While many of the dog treats produced by Montego could be fed to cats, they only produce a tiny range of cat-specific treats.
This also applies to Montego’s range of supplements from their XenPet sub-brand, which are also focused on dogs rather than cats.
The nutrition offered by Montego recipes tends to be quite poor and ranges from below-average to slightly above-average when compared to other brands.
This nutritional profile includes moderate proportions of protein and fat and an excessive proportion of carbohydrates.
You can see an example of this below, which is the nutritional profile of one of Montego Classic’s dry dog food recipes.
However, the Field and Forest brand from Montego does offer a better nutritional profile which is higher in animal-based protein and fat. You can check out our review of the brand here.
If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition, including which animal-based protein and fat is an important component of their diet, be sure to head over to our Dog Food Guide.
The nutrition offered by Montego cat food is similar to their dog food in that it is poor when compared to many other brands.
It is usually below-average to average and includes moderate proportions of protein and fat and a very excessive proportion of carbohydrates for a cat.
It is important to understand that cats should not consume too high a proportion of carbohydrates in their diet as they are obligate carnivores.
Being an obligate carnivore means that they do not need to consume plant-based material in their diet and instead should consume a diet high in meat and fish ingredients.
You can read a more detailed explanation of what being an obligate carnivore means in our Cat Food Guide.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Montego uses a relatively large range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients, which includes the above.
These ingredients are often in meat meal form, which means they have had their moisture removed in advance.
While some consumers are afraid of meat meals, they shouldn’t be. They can be an incredibly dense source of nutrition.
What is interesting is that Montego uses some less common meat ingredients in its recipes, such as Venison.
Venison is often used in pet food recipes for pets with severe allergies as most pets are less likely to have an adverse reaction to Venison.
You can learn more about the use of Venison in dog food in our article Best Dog Foods With Venison.
Other Notable Ingredients
Some Montego recipes make use of an ingredient described as Meat and Animal Derivatives. This is particularly concerning as this ingredient is incredibly vague and untraceable.
Un-named meat and fish ingredients are widely considered to be low-quality ingredients by almost all in the industry.
Instead, pet food brands should be using named meat and fish ingredients like Chicken or Beef.
Select Montego recipes also contain an ingredient called Vegetable Protein Extracts. These are by-products of some vegetables that can provide a high level of protein.
Named versions of these ingredients, such as Pea Protein or Potato Protein, are usually considered to be low-quality additions, and the un-named version such as these may cause even more worry as its exact constituents are unknown.
Once we are past these two concerning ingredients, Montego chooses to use a small range of grain ingredients in its recipes. Some examples of these grain ingredients include Corn, Wheat Bran, Rice, and Cereals.
Most of these grain ingredients are not considered to be the ideal or best grain ingredients available to be used in pet food recipes.
This is because they are often highly processed or very dense sources of carbohydrates and provide little additional nutrition, such as beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Canola Meal is a poorly understood ingredient in pet food but does feature in some recipes, including those from Montego.
The reason it is included is as it is an extremely popular and cost-effective addition to animal feed. While it is most commonly added to livestock feed, it is also used in some pet food recipes, thanks to its high protein content.
However, many would argue that Canola Meal is not an ideal addition to pet food and is a cheap alternative to high-quality ingredients.
You can read more about Canola Meal in our article Canola Meal In Pet Food.
Chicken Fat is a common addition to pet food recipes throughout the world, including those produced by Montego.
Chicken Fat is most commonly used to boost the level of animal fat in a recipe as well as enhance flavor and palatability.
The reason that Chicken Fat is chosen over other added fats as it is relatively inexpensive and easy to acquire at a large scale. You can read more about Chicken Fat in our article, Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Beet Pulp is one of the most common minor ingredients to be found in pet food recipes and is present thanks to its high fiber content.
Beet Pulp is a by-product of sugar beer processing, and this leftover substance is an extremely dense source of soluble fiber, which can be included in pet food recipes to support healthy digestion and stools.
However, beyond its fiber content, the ingredient provides very little nutrition, which makes some concerned when it’s present in larger quantities.
Discover more information about Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Lastly, Brewers Yeast is an ingredient that is commonly found in pet food recipes in tiny quantities.
It is added to pet food due to the vitamins and minerals it contains as well as its potential health benefits. However, some dispute whether these benefits are noticeable.
You can learn more about what benefits Brewers Yeast can provide in our article Brewers Yeast In Dog Food.
Montego Animal Testing
Thanks to Montego’s FAQ section on their website, we do, in fact, have information on Montego’s stance on animal testing and trials.
Here they state: “No clinical trials are done on our products or ingredients. The only trials that we do on our products from time to time are palatability, digestibility and urine pH trials. These trials are done by Dr Guido Schroeder from Xantah who is a qualified veterinarian.
During these trials dogs are kept in kennels like those of dog breeders. Please visit www.xantah.co.za. Dogs are fed our standard products for a period of 7 to 10 days and the only laboratory tests are then done on faeces and urine of the dogs. The amount consumed per day is also noted and then compared against the amount excreted.“
Seeing transparency and a detailed response from Montego on the topic of Animal Testing is refreshing, as many pet food brands avoid disclosing details about their testing and trials because of fear of customer backlash or negative reactions.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will be eliminated.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), it seems that Montego has issued recalls of its products in the past and is, therefore, not a recall-free pet food brand.
Based on this public notice, Montego issued a recall in 2019 related to the presence of mold in select recipes.
In this notice, Montego stated that as much as 3% of the food they had produced during a select period was more susceptible to mold than normal.
The presence of mold is a common cause of pet food recalls throughout the world and has affected other brands such as Blue Buffalo and Iams.
This incident caused heated discussion in South Africa and was mentioned on multiple online news sites and on tv news.
Later, Montego followed up on this incident and determined that inaccurate moisture readings during their production process were to blame.
We hope that Montego learns from this recall and improves and enhances its safety and quality processes during production to minimize events like this.
Regardless of Montego’s recall history, we encourage all pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls of Montego pet food or food from any other brand to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy.
Best of Montego
Karoo All Breed Adult With Real Chicken, Lamb & Rice Review
From Montego’s range of dry dog food recipes, their Karoo formulas are those that stood out as the best in terms of nutrition and ingredient quality.
The above Chicken & Lamb recipe is a prime example of this and includes a portion of Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, and Lamb Meal which combine to provide a typical analysis of 24.5% protein and 12.5% fat.
There is also a portion of Whole Egg Powder present which is most likely similar to Egg Product.
These meat ingredients are combined with a mixture of Rice and Beet Pulp which provide the recipe with a portion of carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
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Montego Full Product Range
Monty & Me
All Breed Puppy
All Breed Adult
Essential All Breed Adult
Essential All Breed Adult Wet
All Breed Adult Cat
All Breed Adult Wet
Small To Medium Breed Puppy
Large To Giant Breed Puppy
All Breed Adult
All Breed Senior
All Breed Puppy Wet
All Breed Adult Succulent Beef & Wholesome Veggies
All Breed Adult Tender Chicken & Nutritious Veggies
All Breed Adult Juicy Beef In Deliciously Rich Gravy
All Breed Kitten
All Breed Adult Delicious Tuna
All Breed Adult With Succulent Chicken
All Breed Kitten Wet
All Breed Adult Tender Chicken In Gravy
All Breed Adult Atlantic Salmon In Jelly
Small To Medium Breed Puppy
Large To Giant Breed Puppy
All Breed Adult With Real Chicken, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Adult With Real Beef, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Adult With Real Venison, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Senior
All Breed Puppy Wet Food
All Breed Adult Slow Cooked Stew With Real Lamb, Rice, & Country Vegetables
All Breed Adult Slow Cooked Stew With Real Ostrich, Potato, & Carrots
All Breed Adult Tender Meat Bits With Real Beef & Lamb
All Breed Adult Tender Meat Bits With Real Chicken & Lamb
All Breed Adult Tender Meat Bits With Real Venison & Lamb
All Breed Adult Tender Meat Bits With Real Ostrich & Lamb
All Breed Kitten With Real Chicken, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Adult With Real Chicken, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Adult With Real Trout, Lamb & Rice
All Breed Adult Slow Cooked Stew With Real Chicken, Lamb, & Carrots
All Breed Adult Slow Cooked Stew With Real Ostrich, Lamb, & Green Peas
Bags O’ Wags Treats
Moreish Beef Flavoured Bars
Succulent Chicken Flavoured Sticks
Heatlhy Butternut Flavoured Dental Sticks
Tantalising Bacon Flavoured Strips
Cheerfully Chewy Jumble O’ Hearts
Delectable Beef Flavoured Marrow Bones
Delicious Assortment O’ Mini Bones
Tasty Beef ‘An Veggie Flavoured Twisties
Refreshing Mint Flavoured Dental Tubes
Scrumptious Peanut Butter Falvoured Toffees
Bacon Flavoured Spare Ribs
Beef Flavoured Marrow Bones
Butternut Flavoured Sticks
Caramel & Condensed Milk Flavour Squishies
Chocolate & Vanilla Flavour Squishies
Stawberry & Cream Flavour Squishies
Fried Bacon Flavour Munchies
Grilled Chicken Flavour Munchies
Roast Beef Flavour Munchies
Smoked BBQ Flavour Munchies
Wholesome Original Flavour Crunchies
Juicy Boerewors Flavour Crunchies
Om Nom Nicely Iced Flavour Crunchies
Succulent Spare Rib Flavour Crunchies
Yummy Peanut Butter Flavour Crunchies
Pack O’ Purrs
Cosmic Chicken & Cheese Flavoured Chews
Heavenly Tuna & Rosemary Flavoured Chews
Roast Chicken Flavour
Roast Lamb Flavour
Grilled Steak Flavour
Allergy Soft Chews
Calming Soft Chews
Cognitive Soft Chews
Digestive Soft Chews
Mobility Soft Chews
Snout & Paw Balm
I have tested the karoo and it seems to be of high quality with its single grain receipe.
What is your opinion.
I was feeding my cats Hills. I thouht I will try Monty & Me. Three of my cats got sick. Two was vomiting just after they ate and the third cat starting coughing. Learnt my lesson!! They are back on decent food again, Hills, and no further problems.
Please take the rubbish off the market!!!
I have heard many stories about Montego being the worst brand on the market. Making many animals sick. Today I thought I’d take a chance and I bought my little dog a container of the Bags of Wags Squichies treats. I gave her two and she vommitted 3 times from it. Going straight to the trash!
I’ve been giving my lab x Montego Classic for over 13 years, never had a problem with it. Even the Bone or Wags.
I’ve fed all my Rottweilers on Montego Classic. Previous dog died at 13 years and current Rottie is 10 yrs. Never had a problem. Occasionally buy small bag of Karoo just to ring a change. but it’s expensive for a pensioner..
I bought some montego sòft food for my cats,it is now the 2nd time i bought it and it is rotten. I can send you n picture of the food. I stay var out of town and the nearest place i can buy is at the ntk n very small place near us.