Orijen Regional Red Review

Orijen Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: beef, lamb and seafood

Est. Calories: 384 cal/100g

Price: $$$$$


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Overall, Orijen Regional Red 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.


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 includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • beef
  • pork
  • whole mackerel
  • beef liver
  • wild boar
  • goat
  • lamb
  • lamb liver
  • beef tripe
  • wild boar liver
  • mutton
  • goat meal
  • beef meal
  • lamb meal
  • mackerel meal
  • beef kidney
  • mutton meal
  • whitefish meal
  • herring meal
  • pork liver
  • pork kidney
  • lamb tripe
  • lamb kidney
  • wild boar heart

Questionable Ingredients

  • pea starch

Potential Allergens

  • beef
  • whole mackerel
  • beef liver
  • lamb
  • lamb liver
  • beef tripe
  • beef meal
  • lamb meal
  • mackerel meal
  • beef kidney
  • whitefish meal
  • beef fat
  • herring meal
  • natural fish flavor
  • pollock oil
  • lamb tripe
  • lamb kidney

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's most plentiful ingredient listed is beef, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains pork, whole mackerel, beef liver and wild boar 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 beef, beef liver, beef tripe, beef meal, beef kidney, beef fat, lamb, lamb liver, lamb meal, lamb tripe, lamb kidney, whole mackerel, mackerel meal, whitefish meal, herring meal, natural fish flavor and pollock oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, lamb or seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Orijen Regional Red has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • more fat than average
  • significantly 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 has approximately 384 calories per 100g (108 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 December 27, 2021.

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:

Beef, pork, whole mackerel, beef liver, wild boar, goat, lamb, lamb liver, beef tripe, wild boar liver, mutton, goat meal, beef meal, lamb meal, mackerel meal, beef kidney, mutton meal, whitefish meal, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, beef fat, herring meal, natural fish flavor, whole peas, whole green lentils, whole navy beans, whole chickpeas, pollock oil, pea starch, lentil fiber, pork liver, pork kidney, lamb tripe, lamb kidney, wild boar heart, choline chloride, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, collard greens, whole apples, whole pears, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (preservative), thiamine mononitrate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, dried chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract, 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)
21.0%
Ash: (est)
6.0%
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)
23%
Ash: (est)
7%
Calories: (est)
384/100g

*Note that 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 and moisture in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Optionally, manufacturers may also publish a product's ash content. When they are not published an average of 3% ash for wet food, and 6% ash for dry food, will be used. Because exact nutritional percentages are not available and 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. Any other manufacturer published values in a product's Guaranteed Analysis is done at the manufacture's discretion, and is not used in any of the calculations done by CatFoodDB.

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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