Orijen Regional Red (USA) Review

Orijen Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: beef, lamb and seafood

Est. Calories: 393 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Orijen Regional Red (USA) is a significantly above average cat food, earning 8 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


Ingredient Analysis

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 (USA) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned beef
  • deboned wild boar
  • deboned goat
  • deboned lamb
  • lamb liver
  • beef liver
  • beef tripe
  • wild boar liver
  • deboned mutton
  • beef heart
  • whole atlantic mackerel
  • deboned pork
  • goat meal
  • wild boar meal
  • lamb meal
  • mackerel meal
  • pork liver
  • beef meal
  • mutton meal
  • herring meal
  • pork heart
  • lamb tripe
  • freeze-dried beef liver
  • freeze-dried beef tripe
  • freeze-dried lamb liver
  • freeze-dried lamb tripe

Questionable Ingredients

None

Potential Allergens

  • deboned beef
  • deboned lamb
  • lamb liver
  • beef liver
  • beef tripe
  • beef heart
  • whole atlantic mackerel
  • lamb meal
  • mackerel meal
  • beef kidney
  • beef meal
  • beef fat
  • herring meal
  • herring oil
  • lamb tripe
  • freeze-dried beef liver
  • freeze-dried beef tripe
  • freeze-dried lamb liver
  • freeze-dried lamb tripe

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 (USA)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned beef, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains deboned wild boar, deboned goat, deboned lamb and lamb liver 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 deboned beef, beef liver, beef tripe, beef heart, beef kidney, beef meal, beef fat, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried beef tripe, deboned lamb, lamb liver, lamb meal, lamb tripe, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried lamb tripe, whole atlantic mackerel, mackerel meal, herring meal and herring oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, lamb or seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Orijen Regional Red (USA) has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • more fat than average
  • less fiber than average
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
In general, cats have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Orijen Regional Red (USA) has approximately 393 calories per 100g (111 calories/ounce), which is a few more calories 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

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Deboned beef, deboned wild boar, deboned goat, deboned lamb, lamb liver, beef liver, beef tripe, wild boar liver, deboned mutton, beef heart, whole atlantic mackerel, deboned pork, goat meal, wild boar meal, lamb meal, mackerel meal, whole green peas, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, beef kidney, pork liver, beef meal, mutton meal, beef fat, herring meal, whole yellow peas, whole chickpeas, pork heart, pork kidney, natural pork flavor, whole green lentils, whole navy beans, herring oil, lamb tripe, lentil fiber, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, dried kelp, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried beef tripe, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried lamb tripe, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
40.0%
Fat: (min)
20.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
23.7%
Ash: (est)
3.3%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

Protein: (min)
44%
Fat: (min)
22%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
26%
Ash: (est)
4%
Calories: (est)
393/100g

*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.


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