Artemis Fresh Mix (Cat)

Available fromPet Circle

Artemis are a Californian company and not as large as some of the other US brands we find on our shores. There’s a single recipe in the Fresh Mix “range” for cats. Let’s take a look…

Cats need meat and meat products for their core nutritional needs. Sadly most dry cat foods are a combination of meat and cheaper stuff, like grains, and this is no exception. The first two ingredients are Chicken and Chicken Meal, but it’s likely the top five are very prominent. We need to consider the Peas, Barley, and Rice Bran as key ingredients, and it’s sad to see all of these.

When we consider the food is 30% protein, 20% fat, and I estimate around 1/3rd carbs, it doesn’t sit too badly against other higher carbohydrate cat foods. Unfortunately the 30% protein, despite being mostly from the chicken, will also be from peas which is not as digestible for a cat.

There are some pluses with the food, such as natural preservatives, salmon, flaxseed, fruits and veggies, and a more considered list of vitamins and minerals. The ingredients aren’t too bad as a whole (except perhaps rice bran), but it still errs towards a non-carnivorous diet.

If you choose to feed this food you could always add some real “fresh mix” to your cat’s diet by offering him or her some fresh meats, organs, fish, or perhaps a quality wet food.

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Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Barley, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Chicken Flavour, Salmon Meal, Flaxseed, Sodium Bisulfate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Kelp, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Spinach, Cranberries, Rosemary Extract, Parsley Flake, Green Tea Extract, Barley Grass Extract, L-Carnitine, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Saccharomyces Cerevesiae Fermentation Solubles, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract., Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement ,Manganese Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.

7 Total Score

PROS
  • Chicken
  • Decent inclusions
  • Naturally preserved
CONS
  • Grains, grains, peas
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