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- Meat is the first ingredient – 1 Star
- Uses some unnamed meats – 1 Star
- Above average protein content – 1 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:
- Basically just meat, vitamins and minerals
- One recipe includes a single filler ingredient
- Great macronutrient profile
- The only problem is that each recipe is fish based, and we do not recommend feeding a diet solely of fish-based food
The Avoderm Natural Wild By Nature product line includes 3 wet recipes/flavors.
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 Wild By Nature Grain Free Salmon (A)
- AvoDerm Natural Wild By Nature Grain Free Tuna Prawns (A)
- AvoDerm Natural Wild By Nature Grain Free Sardines (A)
AvoDerm Natural Wild By Nature Grain Free Salmon was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
AvoDerm Natural Wild By Nature Grain Free Salmon
Wet Cat Food
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||72%||11%||0%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||77%||29%||0%|
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Fiber (guaranteed analysis)
Is real, named meat the first ingredient?
Salmon, Salmon Broth, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Oil, Guar Gum, Avocado Oil, Taurine, Vitamins & Minerals (Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride.
Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.
The first ingredient in this cat food is salmon. Good.
A good source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Fish oils support the health of the skin, coat, joint, kidneys, heart, and immune system, and may even help with serious illnesses such as cancer.
However, do we not believe cats should be fed a diet high in fish.
Cats may be allergic to fish, fish may contain toxins from contaminated waters, and in the wild, it is not common to find cats who eat fish, even if they live close to water.
The second ingredient is salmon broth. Good.
Instead of using water for processing, salmon broth is added for moisture.
Broth may contain vitamins and nutrients from the original animal (salmon, in this case), that water would lack.
This is usually a sign of a high quality food.
The third ingredient is tricalcium phosphate. Good.
Tricalcium phosphate is both a useful phosphorous supplement to help regulate acidity in the body, and an emulsifier.
It helps the food stay together a bit more in general, but without “caking” or “clumping”.
The fourth ingredient is sunflower oil. Good.
This is a decent source of fat for energy and potentially for a healthy coat.
The fifth ingredient is guar gum. OK, but with reservations.
Guar gum comes from guar beans, and is a thickening agent.
In small quantities, like those in cat food, it should be a harmless ingredient.
However, some research has shown that including guar gum in a commercial cat food “had a significant negative effect on apparent protein digestibility in many of the cats and tended to depress apparent fat and energy digestibilities.”
While not heavily substantiated beyond this study, it might mean your cat needs to eat more protein to make up for the lower digestibility.
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.
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 Wild By Nature Wet Cat Food
From top to bottom, this is an above average wet product.
Meat is the first ingredient, and there are almost no fillers. However, the recipes rely on fish, which we do not support feeding to cats as their main food source.
It does contain extra vitamins and minerals.
Overall, this is a good example of a wet food to feed your cat, but the fish recipes should not make up the majority of your kitty’s diet.
Due to there being almost nothing in here but fish, vitamins, and minerals, we can safely say this is a meat-based cat food.
To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 72% protein, 11% fat, and 0% carbs.
As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 69%, and average fat content of 11%, and an average carb content of 0%.
Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this line of food has:
- Above average protein.
- Below average fat.
- Below average carbs.
Because it mostly meat, with minimal fillers, but is too reliant on fish in some cases, our average rating for this brand is 4.5 stars.
Recommended, but not as the only source of food for your cat.
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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Where To Buy Avoderm Cat Food
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