ACANA Cat Food Review
ACANA are one of the top brands, call it premium if you will. They really focus on what a carnivorous cat really needs in their diet, using really decent ingredients. For our ACANA Cat Food Review we’ll focus on the Grasslands formula, but the others are definitely on par.
What the marketing says
ACANA make some bold claims which really set them apart from many brands. It’s nice to see they use the term obligate carnivore, as most cat food manufacturers seem to think they’re obligate grain eaters – epic fail.
These claims are taken from the ACANA website:
- Rich in Whole Animal Ingredients
- WholePrey Superfood
- Fresh or Raw & Regional
- Craveable Flavour (from being infused with freeze dried liver)
These are fantastic statements, and thankfully true as you’ll find out within this review. As they say in Australia – BONZA!
What the label really says
From the off we find the food contains a wonderful range of meat and fish ingredients – lamb, duck, pollock, perch, herring, and salmon. This is fantastic as cats are carnivores. Not many cat foods can boast a range such as that!
Acana comes from Champion Petfoods, the same company that gives us Orijen. If you know your cat foods then you know that’s a very good thing. They get their ingredients delivered fresh every day, and use local fisherman and farmers. Their ingredients are “human grade”, which says so much about the quality and ethics of the company.
But how does Acana compare to Orijen? Let’s see…
The ingredients start off with boneless lamb. That’s good, but even better as it’s backed up with lamb meal and a range of fish ingredients for a very nice protein punch. Having named fish products is great to see, and means your cat is getting a great source of omega oils and other essential nutrients.
Acana have recently replaced russet potato in their foods which is good as cats don’t really need such ingredients. Whole eggs and peas provide an additional source of protein. The food is packed to the brim with fresh and exquisite fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including alfalfa, spinach, chickpeas, cranberries, and more. With this food you can be assured your cat is getting a great assortment of nutrients.
Like Orijen, it’s one of the more expensive foods, but you can’t really go wrong with it. Cats who eat this will eat less, and they will be healthy. It’s definitely on par with Orijen in my book.
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Where to buy
For the best prices why not order on Amazon.com?
ACANA cat food is an excellent choice, full of the right ingredients, and none of the bad. If you’re feeding your cat one of the many cat foods filled to the brim with nasty grains, or even full of potato, then this is much more appropriate for your carnivorous cat!
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The ingredients of ACANA Grasslands dry cat food (as of January 2021) is as follows:
Raw grass-fed lamb (8%), fresh duck (8%), fresh eggs (8%), lamb meat meal (8%), whole herring meal (8%), turkey meal (8%), whole green peas, whole red lentils, whole chickpeas, lamb fat (6%), fresh wild-caught northern pike (5%), raw lamb liver (4%), fresh duck giblets (liver, heart, kidney) (4%), fresh turkey meat (4%), whole green lentils, whole pinto beans, whole yellow peas, pollock oil (2%), sun-cured alfalfa, dried lamb cartilage (1%), raw lamb tripe (1%), dried brown kelp, fresh pumpkin, fresh butternut squash, fresh parsnips, fresh green kale, fresh spinach, fresh mustard greens, fresh turnip greens, fresh carrots, fresh apples, fresh pears, freeze-dried liver (lamb and duck) (0.1%), fresh cranberries, fresh blueberries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips. ADDITIVES (per kg): Technological additives: tocopherol-rich extract of natural origin. Nutritional additives: Choline chloride 1000 mg, zinc chelate of amino acids hydrate: 100 mg, Copper chelate of amino acids hydrate: 10 mg. Zootechnical additives: Enterococcus faecium NCIMB10415: 600×10^6 CFU.
METABOLIZABLE ENERGY: 4040 kcal/kg (485 kcal per 250ml/120g cup), with 37% from protein, 21% from carbohydrates, and 42% from fat.
The guaranteed analysis of ACANA Grasslands dry cat food (as of January 2021) is as follows:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 3%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 24.5%|
- Wide variety of high quality meats
- Whole Prey
- Great proteins
- Great ingredients
- Fish oils
- Fruits and veggies.