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Summary

Taste of the Wild’s – Turkey 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 quantities of protein and fat and below average proportions of carbohydrates. Despite this, its nutritional value is weak, and its carbohydrate content is way too high and could exasperate dehydration issues. It limits its meat-based content to Turkey. 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 fiber for healthy digestion. None of the typical fillers or grains are present, but the lentils are not a significant improvement on these. The very restrictive and limited ingredient list combined with its nutritional values, make Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula a reasonable dry cat food for a cat who is not suffering from dehydration and has significant dietary sensitivities or allergies. Of the two Limited Ingredient dry cat foods that Taste of the Wild produce, this turkey variety appears to have the best nutrition despite it being average.

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Pros

Single Source of Meat No Grains No By-products

Cons

Excessive Carbohydrates Low Level of Omega Fatty Acids

A Full Review of Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food by Taste of the Wild

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Nutritional Analysis

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.

Taste of the Wild - Prey - Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food Calorie Breakdown Chart

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 34% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey 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 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 – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food needs to contain significantly less carbohydrate to represent a cat’s natural carbohydrate intake accurately.

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 33% of Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey 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.

Turkey 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, Turkey is an excellent source of protein and will provide a cat with a complete amino acid profile. Despite being above average, Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food needs to contain significantly more protein to mimic a cat’s natural diet best.

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 – Turkey 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 present appears to be from two primary sources, Turkey, and the added oils. Animal fats such as Turkey 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 Omega 3 Fatty Acids which can provide a range of health benefits.

Calorie Density

Overall Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food contains an average of 3,689 kcal/kg or 345 kcal/cup.

Disclaimer

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 – Turkey 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) – 33.00%
  • 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%

Ingredient Analysis

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.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Turkey
  • Salmon Oil

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • Lentils

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review

The meat ingredients of cat food are probably the most critical ingredients. Taste of the Wild’s Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food contains a single source of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality ingredient and source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin. Unfortunately, Turkey contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. However given that Turkey 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.

Full Ingredient List – Taste of the Wild – Prey – Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Cat Food

Turkey, lentils, sunflower oil, natural flavor, salmon oil (source of DHA), DL-methionine, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, 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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