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I first found this food at Petco, so decided to take a look at it and see if this was a quality pick up. Somewhat surprisingly, it really is a good product.
Chicken is the first ingredient, which is good. Meat should always be number one, never grains. Take note that there’s no meat meal in this food which makes it low on meat content. It’s more of a plant-based kibble, with eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. and peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. making up the bulk of protein rather than meat proteins. I believe Wholesome Chicken is targeted more at indoor cats, which explains the low meat protein in this food.
Eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. are found as the 2nd ingredient, which is very high, but are a very good protein source (among the best). Pea Protein is next which is another good source of protein that has become increasingly popular in recent years. I note this food contains chelated minerals attached to the proteins. This is done for easier absorption of the nutrients in the minerals. It’s a relatively expensive inclusion but it’s good to see and a sign of a good product. The main grain they use is oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., which is a good choice for digestibility.
The inclusions of chicken liver and salmon later on are welcomed, as are flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. and salmon oil for heart healthy fatty acids. There are enough fruits and veggies in this to grow a garden. The only question is, is having only 1 meat source in the first 6 ingredients enough?? It’d be nice to see the salmon moved up or another meat included, but it’s a small quibble. This is a good food if you’re looking for a predominantly vegetable based kibble.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first ingredient, whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are prominent, many fruits and veggies used, salmon oil & flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber..
….and what’s not so good.
Only having one meat product in the first 6 ingredients may not be enough.
Chicken, Eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., Pea Protein, Oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., Pearled Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Vegetable Broth, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Whole Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Chicken Liver, Salmon, Flax Seed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Pea Fiber, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Green Beans, Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Zucchini, Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber., Inulin, Calcium Sulfate★ Plaster of Paris! Firming agent., DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Vitamins (Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Choline Bitartrate, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., d-Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat.), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Cobalt Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Magnesium Proteniate, Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium longum★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product.