ZIWI Peak from New Zealand make a rather unique “air-dried” cat food, more in keeping with a raw diet than a dry kibble diet. When a normal kibble is cooked some of the nutrients are lost in the process, which won’t be the case with ZiwiPeak. Another benefit is the food retains more moisture, which is very important for cats who can neglect their water intake.
In our ZIWI Peak cat food review we’ll take a look at the Chicken recipe and find out how good this cat food really is… and yes, it is very good.
ZIWI Peak cat food review
What the marketing says
ZiwiPets, makes of ZIWI Peak, are proud of being a New Zealand company. In terms of pet foods New Zealand seems to offer some of the best products worldwide, and ZIWI Peak is one of the leading brands.
ZiwiPeak cat food is marketed as “Whole-prey recipes rich in meat and gently air-dried to lock in nature’s goodness”. Further delving into the ZiwiPets website we find some fancy terminology with Z-TWINTECH™ air drying technology which neither you nor I need to care about, but what’s really beneficial is this being a “raw and fresh diet” with the “safe convenience of dry foods”. Being whole-prey is absolutely fantastic, and you’ll find out why as you read this review.
ZiwiPeak Air Dried Chicken, like the other formulas in the range, is made from ethically farmed, free-range meats. No factory farming here – fantastic!
What the ingredients really say
An astounding 96% of ZIWI Peak Air-Dried Chicken comes from chicken, organs, and bones, and the wonderful New Zealand green-lipped mussels. You won’t find a cat food made with such an astounding meat content in kibble form, it’s just not possible.
There are virtually no carbohydrates in this food. No grains, and no fillers. It’s formulated exactly inline with feline nutrition, with no corner cutting or cost saving.
We mentioned whole-prey earlier which is an uncommon find in cat food. Many commercial brands have some form of meat or meat meal, lots of filler (grains/potatoes etc) which cats do not need in their diet, some fat, and a range of added vitamins and minerals which make up for the lack of whole-prey ingredients. In truth, organ meats and bones are absolutely essential to feline health, and the best way to offer those nutrients to a cat is in their original form. If you consider ZiwiPEAK expensive in comparison to other brands of pet foods then this is one of the key reasons why. Another way of looking at it is why other brands of cat food are so cheap, using the old adage “you get what you pay for”.
Being air-dried ensures nutrients are kept relatively intact, especially compared to dry kibble which is cooked (multiple times) at high temperatures, and high temperatures kill nutrition. Another huge benefit of air-drying is it greatly extends shelf life once moisture is removed, and for you it offers a wonderfully simple way of feeding your cat what is essentially a raw diet of meat, offal, and bones, with the convenience of a kibble.
If you have the money ZIWI Peak is an excellent choice. If you don’t have the money, at least consider feeding this as part of your cat’s diet. If you want your cat to jump up and purr on your lap then this will likely entice them. It doesn’t have to be the air-dried food either, as the wet food is fantastic as well.
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Where to buy ZIWI Peak cat food
ZIWI Peak cat food products
The varieties of ZiwiPEAK cat food covered by this review are as follows:
It’s worth mentioning ZIWI Peak also offer a range of excellent wet foods and treats which are well worth considering.
Ingredients of ZiwiPEAK Air-Dried Chicken Cat Food
The ingredients of ZIWI Peak Air-Dried Chicken formula as of August 2021 are as follows:
Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, New Zealand Green Mussel, Chicken Bone, Lecithin, Inulin from Chicory, Dried Kelp, Minerals (Dipotassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Salt, Preservative (Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), DL-Methionine, Taurine.
Guaranteed Analysis of ZIWI Peak Air-Dried Chicken Cat Food
The guaranteed analysis of ZIWI Peak Air-Dried Chicken formula as of August 2021 are as follows:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 5%|
|Carbohydrates *||6% (estimated based on our formula, but note protein and fat % as minimums which will likely leave carbohydrates as trace if at all)|
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It's pricy, but ZIWI Peak cat food is an excellent choice for feeding your cat. Even if it's just part of a varied diet.
- Raw with convenience
- All the stuff your cat needs
- None of the stuff your cat doesn't need