Evanger’s Organics Cat Food (Wet) Review And Nutritional Analysis

Rating

4.5 Star

  • Meat is the first ingredient - 1 Star
  • Does not use unnamed meats - 1 Star
  • Average protein content - 0.5 Star
  • Less than 4 controversial ingredients - 1 Star
  • Catological Discretionary Rating - 1 Star

Evanger’s Organics Chicken is one of our top 2 choices for best organic cat food.

Here’s a few important points:

  • Packed with meat, including organ meat
  • Minimal ingredients and fillers
  • Lots of vitamins and minerals
  • Good macronutrient profile
  • Brown rice is not a biologically appropriate ingredient

Evanger’s Organics product line includes 2 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.

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Evanger’s Organics Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Organics Chicken

Wet Cat Food

Estimated Nutrient Content

Method

Protein

Fat

Carbs

Guaranteed Analysis

10%

5%

NA

Dry Matter Basis

45%

23%

11%

Calorie Weighted Basis

41%

49%

10%

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45%
Protein
23%
Fat
11%
Carbs

Fiber (guaranteed analysis):

1.5%

Calories/100g:

180

Is real, named meat the first ingredient?

Yes

INGREDIENTS: Organic Chicken, Organic Chicken Broth, Organic Chicken Liver, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Guar Gum, Taurine, Vitamins {Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D2 Supplement}, Minerals {Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Potassium Iodide}.

Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.

Ingredient Breakdown

The first ingredient in this cat food is organic chicken. Good.

While quality of the individual ingredient can vary, chicken is a good protein source for cats.

It’s also important to note that chicken contains about 70% water, so when it is processed and cooked for use in cat food, it will become a smaller part of the total recipe.

The second ingredient is organic chicken broth. Good.

Instead of using water for processing, chicken broth is added for moisture.

Broth may contain vitamins and nutrients from the original animal (chicken, in this case), that water would lack.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

The third ingredient is organic chicken liver. Good.

Liver is an important organ meat that your cat would eat in the wild to get extra protein, vitamins, and minerals.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

The fourth ingredient is organic brown rice. Bad.

It may be slightly better than corn in some areas, but rice is simply not biologically appropriate for cats.

It is a filler ingredient.

Studies hypothesize that rice may decrease taurine absorption in cats, leading to taurine deficiency, a dangerous ailment.

The fifth ingredient is organic 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 Evanger’s Organics Wet Cat Food

From top to bottom, this is an above average wet product.

From the abundance of meats, including organs, to the limited ingredients, to the addition of important minerals and vitamins, this ticks a lot of important boxes.

This is a good example of the type of food you should be feeding your cat, though we do not like the inclusion of brown rice.

Since meat shows up frequently, and right at the top of the ingredient list, we can assume that this is a meat-based cat food, with enough meat to make it biologically appropriate for a cat’s dietary needs.

To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 45% protein, 23% fat, and 11% carbs.

As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 45%, and average fat content of 23%, and an average carb content of 11%.

Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:

  • Average protein.
  • Average fat.
  • Average carbs.

Because it is full of quality meat products and limited other ingredients, our rating for this brand is 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Evanger’s 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 Evanger brand in the past:

  • 2017 – Serious concerns about pentobarbital, an animal euthanasia drug, being present in a variety of dog foods, among other FDA violations
  • 2011 – FDA violations

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Where To Buy Evanger’s Organics Cat Food

We recommend purchasing your pet products from Chewy.com. They continually prove that they walk the walk while talking the talk, and I’ve never dealt with a more dedicated pet-parent base of people than those who work at Chewy. 

Plus, they offer 20% off and free shipping on lots of orders. 

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Emily Parker
 

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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