Black Hawk Cat Food Review

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Black Hawk were an Australian success story. They hit the market at a time when people were crying out for a “proper Australian pet food”, and they rode the success until being bought out by New Zealand’s Masterpet. By then they’d established a remarkable reputation, and still do today.

Black Hawk Cat Food Review

This review is for the grain-based Chicken formula, but given the choice you’re better off with the grain-free formula. Let’s take a look anyway…

Chicken Meal is the first ingredient. Yay! That sits right for a meat-eating kitty. But hold on, the next few ingredients could be in relatively equal proportions – Rice, Vegetable Protein, and Oats. None of these scream “carnivore” to me, do they to you? Truth is they’re cheaper ingredients than meat, and another truth is these are actually better “filler” ingredients than in many other cat foods. But, still…

The food is preserved naturally with Rosemary Extract, so that’s a box ticked in favour of chemical preservatives and antioxidants. They also use Coconut Oil which is really nice to see, but it’s a few stops down the ingredients list from the cheaper Canola Oil.

It really is a mixed bag. It’s not a great food, but it’s not a bad food either. You decide.

Black Hawk Cat Food Review


Chicken Meal, Rice, Vegetable Protein, Oats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols [source of Vitamin E], Rosemary Extract, Vitamin C), Beet Pulp, Canola Oil, Salt, Egg Powder, Chicory Root, Flaxseed, Fish Oil, Pumpkin Seed Powder, Alfalfa, Probiotic (Bacillus Coagulant), Natural Antioxidants, Coconut Oil, Yoghurt Powder, Emu Oil, Blueberries, Cranberries, Rosemary, Essential Vitamins & Minerals.

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7.2 Total Score
An original Aussie brand

  • A few nice inclusions
  • Not as much meat as you would expect

David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. I really liked this food, it’s better than supermarket brands and cheap if you buy in bulk, my cats coats always looked really nice while on this food and the loved the taste, I had to change when I adopted a cat with a sensitive stomach otherwise I would still be buying it.

    • Can I ask what you have changed to I have adopted a new kitty and she seems to have very soft poos with it. My other kittys been on this for 3 years and both have beautiful shiny coats now but I think I might have to change for new kitty.

  2. I like how with Black Hawk you don’t question the protein level, however there are foods with a greater protein level that you question.

    There is also question over BH meat sources Chicken Meal, while being a great source, is the only source of protein

    • Reply
      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 9, 2014 at 2:09 am

      Hi Paul, the protein level in Black Hawk is average for a dry cat food. Chicken meal isn’t the only source of protein in the food (but it will certainly contribute to the majority of protein). I don’t see an issue with it being a singluar meat source? Do you see that as an issue, and if so what is your reasoning? Thanks.

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