Tiki Cat After Dark Cat Food (Wet) Review And Nutritional Analysis

Rating

5 Star

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

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck is one of our top 2 choices for best overall food for kitties with urinary tract troubles.

Here’s a few important points:

  • Packed with meat, including organs
  • Zero fillers or thickening agents
  • Chelated version of minerals for easier absorption
  • Very close to a wild diet

The Tiki Cat After Dark product line includes 6 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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Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck

Wet Cat Food

Estimated Nutrient Content

Method

Protein

Fat

Carbs

Guaranteed Analysis

12%

2.4%

NA

Dry Matter Basis

67%

13%

5%

Calorie Weighted Basis

64%

31%

5%

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

67%
Protein
13%
Fat
5%
Carbs

Fiber (guaranteed analysis):

0.7%

Calories/100g:

80

Is real, named meat the first ingredient?

Yes

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Duck, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Salt, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Tuna Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement.

Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.

Ingredient Breakdown

The first ingredient in this cat food is 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 second ingredient is 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 third ingredient is 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 chicken gizzard. Good.

Another part of the guts that your cat would eat in the wild, chicken gizzards are high in protein, minerals, and vitamins, especially B vitamins.

The fifth ingredient is chicken heart. Good.

You may not love the sound of it, but your cat sure does.

Organ meat has vital nutrients your kitty needs.

It is pure muscle, which means it’s full of protein. It also has minerals and important vitamins that white meat does not have.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

The sixth ingredient is duck. Good.

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

It’s also important to note that duck 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.

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 about.

This recipe uses the chelated 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 Tiki Cat After Dark Wet Cat Food

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

From the abundance of meats, including organs, to the lack of fillers, to the addition of important minerals and vitamins, this ticks all the boxes.

This is a fantastic example of the type of food you should be feeding your cat. It’s a near-wild diet.

Since this is literally only made of meat, minerals, and vitamins, 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 67% protein, 13% fat, and 4% carbs.

As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 69%, and average fat content of 13%, and an average carb content of 3%.

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

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

Because it is full of quality meat products, including organs, and no other filler ingredients, our rating for this brand is 5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Tiki Cat 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 Tiki Cat brand in the past:

  • We could not find any recalls in Tiki Cat’s history

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Where To Buy Tiki Cat After Dark 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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Curt Storring
 

Curt is the founder and editor of Catological. He believes natural solutions are better than the alternative, and believes cats should eat a biologically-appropriate, protein-rich, low-carb diet. He's determined to bring you the best, most accurate information and product recommendations so you can help your cat live it's best life by providing it with the things it needs to be happy, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

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