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- Meat is the first ingredient – 1 Star
- Uses some unnamed meats – 1 Star
- Above average protein content – 0 Star
- Less than 4 controversial ingredients – 0.5 Star
- Catological Discretionary Rating – 0.5 Star
Here’s a few important points to consider for this particular line:
- A couple different types of meat used in meal form
- Contains multiple fillers like peas and tapioca
- Low protein content, even though protein is being boosted with vegetable sources of protein
- Contains vitamins and quality, chelated versions of minerals
- A decent formulation, but protein is too low and filler content is too high
The Avoderm Natural Grain Free 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.
AvoDerm Natural Grain Free Turkey
Dry Cat Food
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||34%||19%||35%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||40%||30%|
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Fiber (guaranteed analysis)
Is real, named meat the first ingredient?
Turkey Meal, Peas, Tapioca Flour, Pea Flour, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Tomato Pomace, Herring Meal (Source of Omega 3), Avocado, Natural Flavor, Flax Seed, Dried Egg Product, Dried Chicory Root, Salt, Whey, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, A-Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Niacin, Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Riboflavin Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Avocado Oil, Lecithin, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Parsley Flakes, Kelp Meal, Dl-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Inositol.
Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.
The first ingredient in this cat food is turkey meal. Good.
Turkey is a very good protein source for cats.
Turkey meal is a concentrated form of turkey, and is considered a high quality ingredient.
In short, much of the moisture of the turkey is taken away, and you are left with a very high-protein, low-moisture powder-like substance.
The inclusion of turkey meal helps to ensure a very high protein level.
The second ingredient is 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.
The third ingredient is tapioca flour. 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 fourth ingredient is pea flour. Bad.
Pea flour is “the fraction remaining after removal of fiber from pulse seeds.”
Again, cat’s don’t need much in the way of carbs, and peas are often used as a filler in grain-free recipes.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is dried tomato pomace. OK, but with reservations.
It is basically a by-product of tomatoes after they have been used for sauces, ketchup, and the likes.
Some say it’s a useful form of fiber, while some say it’s a pointless, cheap, filler ingredient.
Whatever the case, there’s probably not enough to make much of a difference here.
The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is avocado. Good.
The steam, pit, leaves, and skin contain persin, which is not good for your cats.
However, the actual flesh of the avocado is a reasonable source of fats.
It is mostly a gimmicky ingredient that doesn’t drastically alter the makeup of this food.
After natural flavors, which are fine, the ninth ingredient is flaxseeds. Good.
Flaxseed provides a quality omega-3 fatty acid source, and nutritive fiber to the recipe.
It can only be digested when the outer shell is removed or destroyed, but there is no information given in this ingredient to determine if it is made bioavailable by grinding or flaking.
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.
Whey is included. Whey is a popular protein source for humans, and is very high quality.
However, unless it is specifically whey protein isolate, which is not mentioned on the label, it will have some lactose. Most cats are lactose intolerant.
Further, adding whey only makes sense insofar as the manufacturer must be trying to boost the crude protein content of this food.
Whatever the case, it is not a good ingredient to see on a label.
This recipe utilizes chelated minerals, which may be easier to digest and more bioavailable for your cat. This is usually a sign of a high quality cat 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 Avoderm Natural Grain Free Dry Cat Food
From top to bottom, this is an average dry product.
Meat is the first ingredient, but we assume that if you combine all the peas ingredients, they would be the top ingredient. That means there’s probably not a lot of actual meat.
It does contain a lot of extra vitamins and even chelated minerals.
Overall, this is not a great example of a dry food you should be feeding to your cat.
Meat is the first ingredient, but with so many other plant-based carbs added, there’s probably not enough meat to call it a meat-based food.
We can assume that this is a plant-based cat food, which is not biologically appropriate for your kitty’s body.
To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 34% protein, 19% fat, and 35% carbs.
Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:
- Below average protein.
- Average fat.
- Above average carbs.
Because it likely contains limited meat and contains too many fillers, our average rating for this brand is 3 stars.
Avoderm 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 Avoderm brand in the past:
- September 2012 – Possible salmonella contamination – 1 dog food recipe affected
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