|Website:||Meals for Mutts|
|Country of origin:||Australia|
|Available from:||My Pet Warehouse|
Meals for Meows is made by the Meals for Mutts company. Their dog food is pretty good, so lets see how their cat food compares…
If you haven’t guessed already, they’re a 100% Australian manufacturer. Kangaroo & Turkey is the only recipe available, and as yet there’s no grain free option like there is for dogs.
Kangaroo is a great ingredient. It’s high in protein, low in fat (3~4%), and offers an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It’s free range, organic, and environmentally friendly to boot (read up on “Kangatarianism” for more info). It’s one of the best meat ingredients for pets with allergies, as is turkey.
It has to be said that Kangaroo and Turkey “meat” is open to interpretation. We often hear disapproval of “by-products” as a cheaper ingredient in pet foods, and this is likely the case with this ingredient. Australian guidelines aren’t as stringent as they are in the US, so it’s likely this “meat” will contain off-cuts and by-products. It depends on the quality of the source, but Australian standards don’t require Australian manufacturers to be specific.
Brown rice is one of the best choices of grain, so no qualms there, although cats don’t need grains period. Alfalfa is a “super food” ingredient and provides calcium, potassium, and a range of vitamins and minerals. It also contains endocrine disruptors and anti-nutrients (which can interfere with the absorption of nutrients). It’s a great ingredient in small doses, but concerning when it’s as prominent as we find here. I wonder if it’s used more to bulk up the protein, and we can’t say for certain how much there is in the food.
Natural oils and added omega fatty acids are good to see, as is the range of vitamins and minerals. Yucca S(c)hidigera is a welcome inclusion to aid joint health.
Interestingly this food has one of the lowest levels of ash (5%) in all the cat foods I’ve reviewed.
Overall it ‘s a candidate for a good food, but with the quality of meat open to interpretation and the concern with the amount of alfalfa I’ve given the food 4 stars instead of 5. It’s a food worthy of adding to a rotation.
Where to buy?
Excellent choice of meat ingredients, and a good choice of grain.
Will likely contain by-products, and the amount of alfalfa is questionable – cats require meat proteins, not plant proteins.
* 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%).
Kangaroo and Turkey meat, ground brown rice, alfalfa, natural fats and oils, omega 3, 6 & 9, yeast, garlic, kelp, vitamins A, C, D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, taurine, pantothenic acid, folacin, biotin and natural organic acids, plus minerals, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, manganese and iodine. Also contains Yucca shidigera extract and natural flavours, and is preserved using natural vitamin E and rosemary oil.