When evaluating a cat food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
Orijen Cat & Kitten (Canada) includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.In this case, Orijen Cat & Kitten (Canada)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is fresh chicken meat, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains fresh turkey meat, fresh chicken liver and fresh whole flounder as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your cat's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.
Allergen alert: This product contains fresh whole flounder, fresh whole herring, dehydrated whole mackerel, dehydrated whole sardine, dehydrated whole herring, herring oil and fresh whole eggs which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3016 cat foods in our database, Orijen Cat & Kitten (Canada) has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Orijen Cat & Kitten (Canada) has approximately 377 calories per 100g (106 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other dry cat foods in the CatFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from
the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on
March 6, 2017.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Fresh chicken meat, fresh turkey meat, fresh whole eggs, fresh chicken liver, fresh whole flounder, fresh whole herring, fresh turkey liver, fresh chicken heart, fresh turkey heart, fresh chicken necks, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated whole mackerel, dehydrated whole sardine, dehydrated whole herring, chicken fat, whole red lentils, whole green peas, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, lentil fiber, whole pinto beans, whole navy beans, dehydrated chicken cartilage, herring oil, chicken liver (freeze-dried), turkey liver (freeze-dried), fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole zucchini, fresh whole parsnips, fresh carrots, fresh whole red delicious apples, fresh whole bartlett pears, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beet greens, fresh turnip greens, brown kelp, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, whole saskatoon berries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips, enterococcus faecium
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.
Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. Similarly, a low score may or may not indicate an inferior product. The best food for your cat is the one that meets their individual needs.