|Website||Taste of the Wild|
|Available from||Pet Circle, My Pet Warehouse|
Taste of the Wild claim to offer your pet a food in keeping with a natural ancestral diet, so for a cat we’d expect a food rich in meat. That’s great to hear.
Let’s take a look at the Rocky Mountain Feline formula which happens to have the highest protein and fat compared to the Canyon River offering.
The food is advertised as Roasted Venison & Smoked Salmon, but the main ingredient is Chicken meal. That’s not a bad thing as chicken, especially chicken meal, is great for cats. Venison and salmon sounds more exotic, so this is more a marketing trick than anything.
We can be assured the prime source of protein comes from a highly digestible animal source which is great, but peas as the second ingredient is also dense in protein in a form not as readily digestible for cats. The percentage of protein is very high at 42% but it’s worth noting this isn’t entirely from animal proteins.
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Sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of carbs in a pet food. We can argue cats don’t need carbs, but you won’t find many dry foods with an absence of grains or potatoes to bulk up and bind the food. This is a good choice.
Next up we find chicken fat, an essential ingredient rich in nutrients and a great source of energy. All cat foods should have some kind of animal fat, and chicken fat is good.
Pea protein and potato protein are the 5th and 6th ingredients, and I’m slightly disappointed at this. I feel they’re substituting the essence of a true feline diet, which is meat, with cheaper vegetable ingredients. This is in contrast with how they market the product.
Natural flavors is an ambiguous term, and when it comes to pet food an ambiguous ingredient means they’re trying to hide what it really is. I imagine it’s chicken or animal digest, a liquid broth from rendering animals.
There’s a range of fruits and veggies in the food which are nice inclusions, and the food has a well-rounded holistic feel. This is certainly a very good food, but improvements could be made to remove vegetable proteins and replace them with meat proteins. This would justify the true essence of a “taste of the wild”.
Worth feeding. 4 stars.
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* 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, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, DL-methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.