Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties Review

Vital Essentials Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, dairy and eggs

Est. Calories: 412 cal/100g

Price: $$$$$

Overall, Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties is a significantly above average cat food, earning 8 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list. For more information on our cat food analysis techniques, please click here.

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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.

Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • finely ground duck with bone
  • duck heart
  • duck liver
  • duck gizzard

Questionable Ingredients

None

Potential Allergens

  • duck egg
  • raw goat's milk
  • egg shell membrane
  • herring oil

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, Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties's most plentiful ingredient listed is finely ground duck with bone, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains duck heart, duck liver and duck gizzard 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 herring oil, raw goat's milk, duck egg and egg shell membrane which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, dairy or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3136 cat foods in our database, Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties has:

  • more protein than average
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • an average amount of fat
  • 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, Vital Essentials Freeze Dried Duck Mini Patties has approximately 412 calories per 100g (116 calories/ounce), which is considerably 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 March 16, 2018.

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:

Finely ground duck with bone, duck heart, duck liver, duck gizzard, duck egg, duck blood, raw goat's milk, water, egg shell membrane, herring oil, mixed tocopherols, d-alpha tocopherol


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
45.0%
Fat: (min)
20.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
24.0%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
8.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
49%
Fat: (min)
22%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
26%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
412/100g

*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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