Annamaet Grain Free Cat Food (Dry) Review And Nutritional Analysis
- Meat is the first ingredient – 1 Star
- Uses some unnamed meats – 1 Star
- Above average protein content – 0.5 Star
- Less than 4 controversial ingredients – 1 Star
- Catological Discretionary Rating – 0.5 Star
Here’s a few important points to consider for this particular line:
- Includes a variety of meats
- Includes some non-grain fillers like peas
- Packed with vitamins and high-quality proteinate minerals
- Decent product overall, but fairly average, at an average price
The Annamaet product line includes 1 dry recipe/flavor.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage or packaging: Growth (G), Maintenance (M), All Life Stages (A), Supplemental (S) or Unspecified (U).
The star rating is a rough average of all of the flavors in a single line of food. If an individual recipe scored lower or higher, we will mark that below, next to the flavor.
Annamaet Grain Free
Dry Cat Food
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||49%||22%||17%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||41%||45%||15%|
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Fiber (guaranteed analysis)
Is real, named meat the first ingredient?
Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Herring Meal, Dried Eggs, Brewers Yeast, Field Peas, Pork Meal, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Natural Flavor, Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Lecithin, Fat Product (Algae, Source of Fatty Acids), Cranberries, Potassium Chloride, Dl Methionine, Ascorbic Acid, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Organic Dried Kelp, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.
Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.
The first ingredient in this cat food is chicken meal. Good.
Chicken is a very good protein source for cats.
Chicken meal is a concentrated form of chicken, and is considered a high quality ingredient.
In short, much of the moisture of the chicken is taken away, and you are left with a very high-protein, low-moisture powder-like substance.
The inclusion of chicken meal helps to ensure a very high protein level.
The second ingredient is tapioca. OK, but with reservations.
Used in many grain-free recipes as a starch to bind the food together.
While it’s not very nutritional and doesn’t compare well to grains in some cases, there’s likely not enough of it to cause any digestive issues for your cat.
The third ingredient is chicken fat. Good.
Named animal fats in cat food is usually a good thing.
Chicken fat is a great source of healthy fats and omega fatty acids.
It is preferred to canola oil or unnamed animal fats.
The fourth ingredient is herring meal. Good.
Herring is a good low calorie, high protein fish.
Cats should not eat a lot of fish, but as a secondary ingredient in a food like this, it’s a good way to increase protein.
Just like other ocean fish, higher levels of PCB and dioxin are being found in some herring, thanks to water pollution, so as noted, it should not be a major protein source.
The fifth ingredient is dried eggs. Good.
Even though eggs are not meat, they are a highly digestible form of protein.
In fact, they are one of the most complete, bioavailable forms of protein for both humans and cats.
As long as it is not the main protein ingredient, the addition of egg is a quality ingredient
The sixth ingredient is brewers yeast. Bad.
Brewers yeast is a by-product of brewing beer. It is used for flavoring and for protein and B-vitamins.
This is not a quality ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is field peas. Bad.
Peas are a quality carbohydrate, but cats don’t need much in the way of carbohydrates.
They are full of fiber, but also contain a fair amount of protein, which we should keep in mind when judging the meat content of this food.
There probably aren’t many peas in here, but there really doesn’t need to be any.
The eighth ingredient is pork meal. Good.
While pork is not a popular cat food ingredient, it likely doesn’t deserve the bad rap it’s got.
It seems that most of the worry revolves around raw meat.
And even then, the likelihood of your cat picking up a disease such as Trichinella, is very small.
Pork meal is necessarily rendered at a very high temperature, which would kill any of these worries, anyway.
As an added protein source, it’s perfectly fine in this food.
This recipe includes a number of other ingredients, but once you get down this far, none of them will be in large enough quantities to make a real difference, except for the added vitamins and minerals.
However, there are a few things you should know about.
This recipe uses the proteinate form of minerals, which means that they should be easier to digest for your cat, and be more readily available for her body to use to maintain her health. This is usually a sign of a quality food.
To read a more in depth article about any of the ingredients listed here, check out our Cat Food Ingredient Wiki (currently under development).
The Catological Verdict on Annamaet Grain Free Dry Cat Food
From top to bottom, this is an above average dry product.
Meat is the first ingredient, and numerous different types of meat are used. It contains a lot of extra vitamins and minerals.
It contains more pea products than are necessary (cats don’t need any peas), and other non-necessary ingredients like brewer’s yeast.
This is a decent example of a dry food you should be feeding to your cat at a decent price.
Based on the protein content and the meat ingredients, we can assume that this is a meat and plant-based cat food, with just enough protein to make it biologically appropriate for your cat’s dietary needs.
To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 49% protein, 22% fat, and 17% carbs.
Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:
- Average protein.
- Average fat.
- Average carbs.
Because it contains numerous meat ingredients and has a decent amount of protein, our average rating for this brand is 4 stars.
Annamaet Cat Food Recall History
We do not believe that a recall indicates a low quality food or company, and we respect the fact that sometimes things happen that cause a manufacturer to recall a food.
Usually these things are non-life-threatening, and we think it’s important to take a moment to be thankful about just how few recalls there really are in the industry, considering the enormous volume of food produced.
However, we do believe that a history of recalls may point to a larger issue with a company, and that discerning consumers want to know who they’re buying from, especially when it comes to something as important as the food you feed your beloved cat.
Here is a list of recalls that have affected the Annamaet brand in the past:
- We could find no instances of a recall in Annamaet history
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Where To Buy Annamaet Cat Food
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