Meals for Meows is Meals for Mutts, but for cats. Clue’s in the name with that one. Originally formulated from the guy behind Lifewise, manufacturing switched circa 2017 to Hypro. They’re one of the few smaller Australian manufacturers.
Let’s take a look at the Kangaroo & Turkey recipe and see if it’s any good…
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.
Omega fatty acids are good to see, as are 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.
Kangaroo and Turkey meat, ground brown rice, alfalfa, natural fats and oils, omega 3, 6 & 9, coconut oil, turmeric, parsley, pre & probiotic, 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 extract.
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- Decent ingredients all round
- Rice isn't ideal for cats