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Website: Black Hawk
Country of origin: Australia
Available from: My Pet Warehouse, PETstock, Jumbo Pets
Black Hawk

Black Hawk

This is one of the few foods produced in Australia (regardless of the Black Hawk company now being New Zealand owned).

The review is for  Black Hawk Chicken & Rice. There’s also a Seafood & Rice recipe which looks a bit better than this one, deserving of a 4 star, and a new grain free chicken recipe.

It’s a mixed bag with this food, and it seems the formulas for dogs are slightly better than what we have here. Chicken Meal is the main ingredient which is great to see, and that pushes this food above most supermarket brands. Chicken meal ensures your cat is getting a decent amount of protein from a very digestible source.

I’m ambivalent with poultry fat, and it would be much better to see something more specific such as “chicken fat”. In any case it’s a by-product from a rendering plant which doesn’t give us confidence in the quality of the ingredient. This is also the case for digest of poultry and fish which is a broth from cooking up a vat of unspecific dead things. Poultry fat is included as a source of omega-6 as well as being an energy source, and the digest to add flavour.

Whole ground rice is the main grain which is fine. It’s better to see whole ground rice in a food, but we can assume this is white rice instead of the more nutritious brown rice.

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, and we can assume this ingredient came from the same rendering plant as the other ingredients.

We find a range of fruits, veggies, and herbs, which is nice to see. Emu oil is an interesting choice, and really shows the origin of this food. It’s a source of omega fats for much needed for joints and heart health.

This certainly isn’t a bad food as it has some well chosen ingredients, but it has some bad ones too. I’ll give it three stars as it’s definitely better than most foods available in Australia, and I’d feed it to my cat without any worries.

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Good points…

Chicken meal as the main ingredient, backed up by a good choice of grains.

Bad points…

Questionable quality of rendered meat products.

Guaranteed Analysis

* 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, Poultry Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, source of Vitamin E, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract), Whole Ground Rice, Fish Meal, Emu Oil, Whole Ground Sorghum, Powdered Cellulose, Oat Groats, Digest of Poultry and Fish, Brewers Yeast, Choline Chloride, Tomato Powder, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Taurine, L-Lysine, Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Cranberries, Parsley, Dried Blueberries, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Sulfate, Vitamin A-Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate.


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