|Country of origin:||Australia|
|Available from:||My Pet Warehouse, PETstock, Jumbo Pets|
Black Hawk are one of the better pet food manufacturers here in Australia, and making a good name for themselves. They have a range of grain free recipes for dogs and cats. The dog recipes are great, so how does it hold up for cats?
This review is for Black Hawk Grain Free Chicken which is currently the only offering, although I expect to see a seafood recipe released in due course.
True to form, the main ingredient is chicken meal. This is great to see, as chicken in it’s “meal” form ensures the water content is minimal and the protein and nutrient content is high. Cats are carnivores and need a high protein diet, so this is perfect. The next ingredient is chicken meat – this to me suggests chicken by-products, which could be a number of parts of a chicken that would sound undesirable to you and I. Your cat won’t complain, but I’d prefer to see a better source of chicken.
Sweet potato is the main source of carbs in the food and is a good choice for fiber as well as being gluten free. Next we find peas, another source of fiber, but also add to the protein level in the food. This is something we need to consider as cats find vegetable proteins harder to digest than meat proteins. It’s not a bad ingredient, so I don’t see any issues with it here.
To cater for much needed omega fatty acids we find a range of ingredients, including chicken fat, vegetable oil, emu oil, and whole linseed (flaxseed). This should ensure your cat is getting plenty of omega 3 and 6 for healthy joints, heart health, and a glossy coat. Linseed is a great ingredient to see, so top marks there (although it’s fairly far down the ingredients list).
Fish meal is of debatable quality, and again I’d prefer to see something more specific like “ocean fish meal”. Any unspecified ingredient sources are open for speculation.
We find a range of fruits, veggies, and herbs, which is nice to see.
Overall it’s a pretty good food. I can’t give it 5 stars as too much is open to interpretation – the quality of the chicken “meat”, the fish meal, use of egg “powder” instead of “whole eggs” and so forth. Compared to their grain-based foods this is slightly higher in protein, lower in fat, and slightly lower in carbs, so that’s good.
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Chicken meal as the main ingredient, some decent ingredients throughout.
Questionable quality of rendered meat products.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Chicken Meal, Chicken Meat, Sweet Potato, Field Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid, source of Vitamin E), Fish Meal, Natural Chicken Flavour, Vegetable Oil, Emu Oil, Cellulose Fibre, Whole Linseed, Egg Powder, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Methionine DL, Blueberries, Dandelion, Peppermint, Dried Rosemary, Tomato Pomice, Cranberries, Parsley Flakes, L-Lysine, Sodium Bisulphate, Yucca, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulphate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.