A La Carte are a small Australian company with a primary focus on the breeder community. Their dog food is pretty good, so how does their cat food stack up?
Let’s take a look at the Chicken & Brown Rice recipe for kittens (6+ months) through to adults.
The first two ingredients are Dried Chicken Meat and Dried Fish, so two meat ingredients dense in protein. That’s good to see as cats are carnivores. The definition of meat by Australian standards is “any part of an animal other than feathers, which contains protein, and which ordinarily or in nature, used as a food by dogs or cats”. That means inclusive of by-products.
The next three ingredients are disappointing as they’re a run of grains. Cats have no need for grains, so it’s a shame to see a combination of Brown Rice, Cereals (Wheat, Corn), and Oats. The worst of these three are the cereal grains, especially wheat, so it would be nice to see those removed. Brown rice and oats are certainly better grains, and all kibbles contain some source of carbohydrates.
It’s a shame to see Corn Gluten, a cheap filler which wouldn’t be needed if the food had sufficient meat content. The same applies to Soybean Meal, it’s nothing more than cost cutting. The anti-oxidants aren’t listed as natural.
The product doesn’t scream quality, and as a cat food is mediocre. There are definitely better alternatives, but there are also a lot worse.
Ingredients of A La Carte cat food (Chicken & Brown Rice recipe):
Dried Chicken Meat, Dried Fish, Brown Rice, Cereals (Wheat, Corn), Oats, Poultry Fat, Soybean Meal, Fish Oil, Corn Gluten, Choline Chloride, Salt, Yeast, Amino Acids, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Phosphoric Acid, Beet Pulp, Yucca Shidigera, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin Dried Chicken Meat, Dried Fish, Brown Rice, Cereals (Wheat, Corn), Oats, Poultry Fat, Soybean Meal, Fish Oil, Corn Gluten, Choline Chloride, Salt, Yeast, Amino Acids, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Phosphoric Acid, Beet Pulp, Yucca Shidigera, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Essential Vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, Niacin,B5, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate), Tocopherol (a Source of Vitamin E), Essential Minerals (Calcium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Cobalt, Iodine), Anti-Oxidants.
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- Meat and fish as the main ingredients.
- Inclusion of cheap cereal grains and fillers.