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Review:Orijen is top of the line food. If you want to feel as if you are flat out pampering your cat, buy this food. They only have two varities for cats: Cat & Kitten and 6 Fish. Since the latter is hard to find, I’m including the ingredients for the former here.
First, it’s a grain-less food with a relatively short ingredient list. There aren’t many foreign sounding ingredients in this food, and that makes sense because this food absolutely emphasizes just how fresh their ingredients are.
How fresh? Well, they raise their chickens themselves anti-biotic free. They employ fishermen to catch their fish for them and deliver them fresh to their factory. Hey, they’re Canadians, apparently ethics in food making are still alive up there.
If you take a look at the ingredients, you really can’t do any better. The first 3 ingredients are meats, along with the 5th, 9th, 10th and 12th. It’s absolutely LOADED with proteins, and high quality ones at that. They even throw in whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. for good measure. Not “dried eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell.” or “egg product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell.”, but whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell..
There are two fish oils for added heart health, and sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. for a good coat. There are carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., spinach, peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., tomatoes and apples for the fruit and veggie quota.
Orijen prides itself on having a balanced ratio of 75/25/0. That is, that 75% of weight will be animal products, 25% fruits and veggies and 0% grain. The ingredient list speaks for itself as to how they follow that ratio.
It’s expensive, but it’s ever so worth it. Cats who eat this will eat less, and they will be healthy.
What’s good about this food….
Wide variety of high quality meats, very high protein content, whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., fish oils, sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved., fruits and veggies.
….and what’s not so good.
Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell.,deboned turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved., sun-cured alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber., dried brown kelp, carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., spinach, peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency. Hcl, cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., black currants, rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., chondroitin sulfate★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, too expensive to use enough in food for therapeutic response., sea 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..