Nutrition - 7/10
Ingredients - 7/10
Taste of the Wild’s Rocky Mountain Feline Formula is an average quality wet cat food. It has an average proportion of protein and fat and a below average proportion of carbohydrates. Despite this, the carbohydrate proportion is far too high and should be lower to better reflect a cat’s natural diet. The formula contains some high quality and nutritious ingredients including Chicken, Chicken Liver, Salmon and Roasted Venison. It also contains Peas and Potatoes which could be classified as fillers. These are the source of the high carbohydrate proportion. Rocky Mountain Feline Formula contains a number of meat and vegetable ingredients. For this reason, it may not be suitable for cats with dietary allergies or sensitivities.
High-Quality Meat Ingredients Sufficient Moisture to Avoid Dehydration.
Contains Pea Flour and Potato Starch Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion
A Full review of Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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 Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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 proportion found in this cat food formula is from a number of vegetable ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. These ingredients are not considered beneficial additions to cat food and are considered by some to be fillers. In addition, some of the ingredients are by-products like Pea Flour and Potato Starch which are considered even lower in quality.
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 Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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 below average for a Wet Cat Food.
This is a satisfactory proportion of protein for a cats diet. However, a cat’s natural diet would consist of additional protein that it would use as a source of energy. This protein proportion is sourced from a mix of meat and fish ingredients such as Chicken, Salmon, and Venison. These are all considered high-quality sources of protein and would provide the full range of needed 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 33% of Taste of the Wild’s Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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 above average for a Wet Cat Food.
This is a satisfactory proportion of fat and would be sufficient to a cats bodily needs and to be a source of concentrated energy. Despite this, a cat’s natural diet would contain additional fat. This fat is sourced from the same range of meat and fish ingredients as the protein proportion. Examples include Chicken and Salmon. These are suitable sources of fat for a cat and are easily digested.
Overall Taste of the Wild’s Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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 – Rocky Mountain Feline Formula 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) – 1.50%
- 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.
- Chicken Liver
- Smoked Salmon
- Roasted Venison
- Pea Flour
- Potato Starch
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat ingredients of a dog food are probably the most important ingredients. Taste of the Wild’s Rocky Mountain Feline Formula Wet Cat Food contains six sources of meat or fish.
The primary 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.
The secondary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Roasted Venison is considered a high-quality source of meat. Unfortunately, Venison contains a large amount of water. This moisture will be evaporated during the cooking process leaving a smaller amount of Venison.
Chicken Liver is considered a high-quality 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.
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.
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.
Peas 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 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. While they may be great food for humans and dogs, peas are not an amazing addition to cat food.
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.
Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Rocky Mountain Feline Formula Wet Cat Food
Salmon, fish broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, chicken, dried egg whites, potato starch, pea flour, smoked salmon, roasted venison, peas, ocean fish, guar gum, natural flavor, sunflower oil, 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.