Overall, Redbarn Grain-Free Beef Stew is an above average cat food, earning
7 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.
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, Redbarn Grain-Free Beef Stew's
most plentiful ingredient listed
which is considered a quality protein source.
It also contains beef 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.
This product contains beef, beef broth, beef liver, salmon oil, dried green lipped mussel and dried egg product which may
be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood or eggs food allergies.
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.
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO,
Redbarn Grain-Free Beef Stew has approximately
80 calories per 100g (23 calories/ounce),
which is an average amount of calories compared to the average of the other wet cat foods in the CatFoodDB.
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
Dry Matter Analysis
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