Hi-Tek Naturals Cat Food (Dry) Review And Nutritional Analysis

Rating

  • 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 – 0 Star
  • Catological Discretionary Rating – 0 Star

Here’s a few important points:

  • Meat is the first ingredient
  • Peas, which are not biologically appropriate ingredients for cats, are the second ingredient
  • Other fillers are also used in this recipe
  • Includes added vitamins and high quality, proteinate versions of some minerals

Hi-Tek’s 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.

hi tek naturals dry cat food bag

Hi-Tek Naturals Grain-free

Dry Cat Food

Estimated Nutrient Content
ProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis38%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%20%23%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%43%20%

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein

43%

Fat

20%

Carbs

23%

Fiber (guaranteed analysis)

6%

Calories/100g

Unknown

Is real, named meat the first ingredient?

Yes

Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sweet Potatoes, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chick Peas, Flax Seed, Potatoes, Natural Flavor, LentilsTomato Pomace, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root, Alfalfa Leaf, Carrots, Cranberries, Herring Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomatoes, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, D-Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite, Folic Acid, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selinite, Cobalt Protenate, Ethylenediamine Dyhydriodide, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Enterococcus Faecium, Dreied Spergillus Niger, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum, Dried Basillus Subtilis Fermentation Products.

Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.

Ingredient Breakdown

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

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.

There probably aren’t many peas in here, but there really doesn’t need to be any.

The third ingredient is chicken fat. Good.

Named animal fats in cat food is usually a good thing. Cats do need a fair amount of fat.

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 sweet potatoes. Bad.

Normally sweet potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, with less sugar than beets.

However, cats do not require carbohydrates like this, and while it won’t necessarily hurt the cat, it is not biologically appropriate.

It may be hard to digest, and is unnecessary.

The fifth ingredient is menhaden fish meal. OK, but with reservations.

Menhaden are a small, oily fish, with a very high protein content.

Because it is a concentrated meal, most of the good oils are gone.

There is some concern that these are not sustainably fished.

The sixth ingredient is chick peas. Bad.

An obvious non-biologically appropriate carbohydrate filler, beans are at least potentially better than corn.

They are unlikely to do any damage to your cat.

However, some cats may have trouble digesting them.

They are also protein-rich, which means the actual meat content of this recipe may be lower than the macronutrient profile suggests.

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed. 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.

The eighth ingredient is potatoes. Bad.

These are typically used as filler in grain-free recipes.

They are not biologically appropriate and may cause digestive upset.

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 still a few things you should know.

Lentils are a non-biologically appropriate carbohydrate/protein filler. 

They are unlikely to do any damage to your cat.

However, some cats may have trouble digesting them.

They are protein-rich, which means the actual meat content of this recipe may be lower than the macronutrient profile suggests.

They are usually used as a cheap protein source to cover up using only a little bit of meat in the recipe.

Tomato pomace 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.

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 Hi-Tek Naturals Dry Cat Food

From top to bottom, this is a below average food.

Meat is the first ingredient, but it’s followed immediately after by peas. Then, a variety of other fillers are used. 

Carbohydrates are fairly high, too.

Everything points to this not being very close to a natural or wild diet that your cat thrives on.

This is NOT a good example of a dry food you should be feeding your cat.

Since it’s clear that plant products make up a lot of this food, we can assume that this is likely a mixed meat- and plant-based food, which is not ideal for your carnivorous feline’s dietary needs.

To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 43% protein, 20% fat, and 23% carbs.

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

  • Average protein.
  • Average fat.
  • Above average carbs.

Because meat is the first ingredient, but a fair number of fillers are used, our rating for this brand is 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Hi-Tek Naturals 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 Hi-Tek Naturals brand in the past:

  • We could find no record of a recall in Hi-Tek Natural’s history

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Where To Buy Hi-Tek Naturals Dry 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. 

Not Convinced?

Check out our ratings and reviews of the best cat foods in our comprehensive, data-backed guide right here.

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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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