Overall, Orijen Regional Red (Canada) is a significantly above average cat food, earning 8 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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 Regional Red (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 Regional Red (Canada)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is fresh angus beef meat, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains fresh wild boar meat, fresh plains bison meat and fresh yorkshire pork meat 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 angus beef meat, fresh beef liver, fresh beef tripe, dehydrated beef, beef fat, fresh beef kidney, fresh beef heart, dehydrated beef cartilage, beef liver (freeze-dried), beef tripe (freeze-dried), fresh or raw romney lamb meat, dehydrated lamb, fresh lamb liver, lamb tripe, lamb liver (freeze-dried), fresh whole pilchard, dehydrated whole herring, dehydrated whole sardine, dehydrated alaskan cod, herring oil and fresh whole eggs which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, lamb, seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 2898 cat foods in our database, Orijen Regional Red (Canada) has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Orijen Regional Red (Canada) has approximately 371 calories per 100g (105 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
January 14, 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 angus beef meat, fresh wild boar meat, fresh plains bison meat, fresh or raw romney lamb meat, fresh yorkshire pork meat, fresh beef liver, fresh wild boar liver, fresh beef tripe, fresh whole pilchard, fresh whole eggs, dehydrated lamb, dehydrated beef, dehydrated whole herring, dehydrated whole sardine, dehydrated mutton, beef fat, fresh beef kidney, fresh beef heart, dehydrated pork, whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole green peas, lentil fiber, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, fresh pork liver, fresh lamb liver, dehydrated alaskan cod, herring oil, lamb tripe,dehydrated beef cartilage, sun-cured alfalfa, beef liver (freeze-dried), beef tripe (freeze-dried), lamb liver (freeze-dried), lamb tripe (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.