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This review is based on the Rocky Mountain Feline variety.
Taste of the Wild isn’t easy to find (at least in my experience), but if you do find it in your local specialty food store, it’s worth a try, or you can find it on Amazon. It’s an interesting advertising concept….basically telling you how cats used to eat or would eat in the wild, so then you as the owner are encouraged to give your cat a “taste of the wild” with this food. Does it succeed?? Well….
The short answer is yes, it does. It’s a good food, and one that I wouldn’t shy away from feeding my own cats. I love seeing chicken meal as the leading ingredient, but I have a small quibble with the 2nd meat source taking until the 5th ingredient to be named. However, roasted venison and smoked salmon are really quite interesting ingredients. In all of the other foods reviewed here, none have either of those two ingredients. It actually sounds pretty dang tasty doesn’t it?? I just wish they were moved up a bit in the list, as having peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. as the number 2 just doesn’t sit right. Also, chicken fat at 4th is higher than in most foods, but I’m ambivelent on this one and don’t hold it against the food.
Also direct your attention to three ingredients in a row: tomatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., and raspberries. I’ve often said and still do say that one of the marks of a good, high-quality food are the fruits and veggies in it. This is encouraging to see, as they are very good for cats. After all, living in the wild would mean eating plants too, wouldn’t it?
What’s good about this food….
Chicken meal is first, 4 meat sources, potatoes, fruits & veggies.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing comes to mind.
Chicken meal, peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish★★★★★ Quality cold water fish, highly nutritious, high in fatty acids. meal, methionine, 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., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., manganese proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., copper proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., potassium iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., manganous oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., vitamin D supplement, folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis..