Nutrition - 5/10
Ingredients - 7/10
Taste of the Wild’s Canyon River is an average quality wet cat food. It’s proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates are average compared to other wet cat foods. However, this is far from what we would consider ideal nutrition which would require the proportion of carbohydrates to be significantly reduced. It contains some high quality and nutritious ingredients including Trout and Smoked Salmon. It contains Sweet Potatoes and Pea Flour which could be classified as fillers and contribute large quantities of unneeded carbohydrates.
Full review of Canyon River Wet 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 27% of Taste of the Wild’s Canyon River Wet 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 average for a Wet Cat Food.
The carbohydrate content present is a mix of starch and vegetable ingredients such as Sweet Potatoes and Pea Flour. These are not considered high-quality or appropriate ingredients for a cats diet. Ingredients such as Pea Flour are considered very poor and are undeniable fillers.
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 40% of Taste of the Wild’s Canyon River Wet 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 average for a Wet Cat Food.
This protein proportion is adequate for the needs of most cats. Trout and Smoked Salmon are the primary contributors to this protein proportion. These are both fantastic ingredients and provide high-quality protein containing the full range of amino acids needed.
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 Canyon River Wet 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 average for a Wet Cat Food.
Despite the fat proportion of this cat food being above average, this is still considerably below what the proportion of fat a cat would naturally consume. Fat should be a cat’s primary energy source. However, the source and quality of the fat present are high. Similarly to the protein analysis, this fat content is from the Salmon and Trout ingredients which are both fantastic sources. Fish such as this provide higher levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids than other protein sources. These Fatty Acids can provide a range of health benefits.
Overall Taste of the Wild’s Canyon River Wet Cat Food contains an average of 933 kcal/kg or 145 kcal/can (5.5 oz.)
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 – Canyon River Wet 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) – 8.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 3.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 82.00%
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.
- Smoked Salmon
- Sweet Potatoes
- Potato Starch
- Pea Flour
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat ingredients of a cat food are probably the most important ingredients. Taste of the Wild’s Canyon River Wet Cat Food contains three sources of meat or fish.
The primary fish source present is Trout. Trout is considered a high-quality source of protein. Trout has a range of benefits including very high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. In addition, it is rich in Potassium, Vitamin B12 and Trout contains fewer contaminants such as Mercury than other fish.
Another Fish 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.
Ocean Fish is considered an average quality source of meat. Ocean Fish is likely to have a relatively high protein content which is ideal for a dog’s diet. Unfortunately Ocean Fish is a vague description. For this reason, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what fish the meal is made of. In addition, this makes it difficult to gauge the quantities of fish oils such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Potato Starch is a vegetable by-product and a low-quality ingredient. It is primarily used as a binding agent. Binding agents keep dry food in a uniform shape and texture so that it is easy to consume and aesthetic for consumers. Potato Starch does not provide any meaningful nutrition past its carbohydrate content as it does not contain many of the minerals and vitamins that whole potatoes do.
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.
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.
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. While Sweet Potatoes may be a high-quality ingredient for humans and dogs, Sweet Potatoes are not a suitable addition to cat food due to their carbohydrate content.
Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Canyon River Wet Cat Food
Trout, fish broth, vegetable broth, ocean fish, dried egg product, potato starch, pea flour, smoked salmon, carrots, guar gum, natural flavor, sunflower oil, sweet potatoes, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, inulin, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, taurine, DL-methionine, choline chloride, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid.