Nutrition - 6/10
Ingredients - 7/10
Taste of the Wild’s – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food is an average-quality limited ingredient dry cat food. Its nutrient profile is above average, and it provides above average proportions of protein and fat and below average proportions of carbohydrates. Despite this, its nutritional value is poor. Its carbohydrate content is way too high which could exasperate dehydration issues. It limits its meat-based content to Beef. Beef is considered a high-quality addition to cat food and can provide cats with the full range of amino acids. It contains Lentils which are a legume and are responsible for the high carbohydrate content. Also, their high protein content makes the foods overall protein content look deceivingly high. However, they do provide some fiber for healthy digestion. None of the typical fillers or grains are present, but the lentils are only a marginal improvement on these. The very restrictive and limited ingredient list combined with its nutritional values, make Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula a reasonable dry cat food for a cat who is not suffering from dehydration and has significant dietary sensitivities or allergies.
No Grains Single Source of Meat
High Proportion of Carbohydrates Low Level of Omega Fatty Acids
A Full Review of Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food by Taste of the Wild
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 37% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food 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 appears to be almost entirely sourced from the Lentils present. Lentils are not a natural part of a cats diet. While this might be below average, this is far too much carbohydrate for a cat to consume safely. Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food needs to contain significantly less carbohydrate to more accurately replicate a cat’s natural diet.
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 30% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food 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.
Beef appears to make up the majority of this protein with Lentils contributing a significant amount. Plant-based proteins such as those from Lentils are not what a cat would consume in its natural diet. However, the Beef is an excellent source of protein and will provide a cat with a complete amino acid profile. Despite being above average, Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food needs to contain significantly more animal-based protein and considerably less plant-based protein.
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 33% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food 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 fat content present appears to be from two primary sources, the Beef, and the added oils. Animal fats such as Beef are a cat’s natural source of fat and can fulfill their energy needs. Also, the added oils, in particular, the Salmon Oil help increase the quantity of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids within this cat food. Omega 3 Fatty Acids can provide a range of health benefits and are a great addition. The level of fat present is far below that of a cats natural diet. Cats are designed to use fat as their primary energy source. Therefore, a higher level of fat would be beneficial.
Overall Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food contains an average of 3,650 kcal/kg or 341 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 – Taste of the Wild – Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food
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) – 30.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 15.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 3.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Zinc (Min) – 150 mg/kg
- Selenium (Min) – 0.3 mg/kg
- Vitamin E (Min) – 150 IU/kg
- Taurine (Min) – 0.1%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.4%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.5%
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.
- Salmon Oil
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat ingredients of cat food are probably the most critical ingredients. Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food contains a single source of meat or fish.
The Primary meat source present is Beef. Beef is a considered a high-quality ingredient and source of protein. Also, Beef contains minerals such as Iron and Zinc. Unfortunately Beef contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving behind a lesser proportion of Beef. However given that Beef is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Lentils are a member 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 essential for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. While the protein and fiber of legumes may make them sound beneficial, they are not a part of a cats natural diet and contribute to high levels of unneeded carbohydrates. Also, the protein they provide less amino acid coverage than meat-based protein and is far less digestible. Legumes in anything but low quantities should be considered a low-quality cat food ingredient.
Sunflower Oil is one of a number of oils commonly added to pet food. Sunflower Oil contains high amounts of Omega 6 Fatty Acids. However, it does not provide any of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are often considered the more beneficial of the two. For that reason, Sunflower Oil is considered by many to be a less desirable addition than other oils such as Salmon and Canola Oil.
Salmon Oil is a reliable source of the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. In fact, Salmon Oil is particularly high in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid which is considered to be the more beneficial of the two. The Omega Fatty Acids are essential for an extensive range of reasons. They can help maintain a cats skin and coat, they can reduce inflammation and they can help fight heart disease. The full list of potential benefits of the Omega Fatty Acids is far too numerous to list.
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Prey – Angus Beef Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food
Beef, lentils, sunflower oil, natural flavor, salmon oil (source of DHA), DL-methionine, salt, choline chloride, taurine, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin (vitamin B7), potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
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