I've discovered some additional lo-carb wet cat foods as well as some canned food you should avoid because of the high carbohydrate content or other unhealthy reasons. (For other cat food choices, please see my prior post for a list of healthy, affordable, low-carb canned foods.)
These are the criteria for a healthy wet cat food (repeated from my prior post: "List of Good-For-Your-Cat, Affordable, Low-Carb Cat Foods"):
Healthy Canned Cat Food Criteria:
- First two ingredients must be some form of meat, and NOT meat or fish by-products. (by-products are poor sources of protein and should not be the main ingredients in any quality cat food.)
- No corn or corn meal in the list of ingredients. Corn has a high-glycemic index which means it is too readily converted to sugar in the body... VERY high in unnecessary and dangerous carbohydrates.
- No rice, or other grains in the first 5 ingredients. (Same problem... too easily converted to sugar & too high in carbohydrates.)
- No bone meal or bone phosphorous in list of ingredients. (Bone meal and bone phosphorous may contain harmful and poisonous chemicals.)
- Actual dry-matter carbohydrates 10% or less. (To determine dry matter amounts for all important nutrients, please refer to: How to Read Cat Food Labels to Find Healthy Lo-Carb Cat Foods in this blog.)
- Ideal Guaranteed Analysis protein: 8.8% or higher; ideal Guaranteed Analysis fat: 5.5% or higher.
Note: It is almost impossible to get protein and fat in these exact percentages in the same canned food. That's why it's important to mix brands or flavors to be sure your cat gets adequate protein and fat in the long run.
- Limit feeding of canned food with fish ingredients to no more than 3 days per week. (Most fish contains mercury which is poisonous to your cat.)
NOTE: Be vigilant when reading cat food labels. I was surprised to find that some non-fish flavors of canned food contained fish somewhere in the ingredient list. This is ok, but just be sure to limit feeding of fish-containing foods to 3 times per week to be safe.
|Innova Evo Cat and Kitten Canned Food||Protein %||Fat %||Fiber %||Moisture %||Ash %||Total Guaranteed Analysis %||Carbs||Actual Carbs % (dry matter basis)|
|Cat and Kitten (one flavor)||12||8||.5||78||3||101.5||0||0%|
Note: This is a very high-quality food with real meat ingredients, but since there is only one formula, it would be best to feed your cat more variety than just this one brand/flavor.
- Seemingly good ingredients (just tuna, water, vitamins and minerals) and no carbs!
- Note: Although this cat food has ultra-low carbohydrates, I am reluctant to recommend Trader Joe's Tuna for Cats because of the dangers of feeding this type of concentrated tuna.
Yes, this is a very high-quality food with real meat ingredients, but since it contains only tuna, water and some vitamins and minerals, it would be best to avoid this food. Please see the comments below this post for a detailed description of why feeding your cat tuna is a really bad idea.
- Very low in carbs, if not a little expensive. However, all varieties of the canned cat foods were recalled a while back and are not available as of this post. If they become available again, I will check them out and list them in a future post.
- Some OK, but avoid rice in the flavor name. Read labels carefully!
- Some OK, but not many. Read labels carefully!
- Very cheap, but poor ingredients. For instance most have meat by-products as 1st or 2nd ingredient, even though some varieties have decent carbohydrates. Not recommended.
- The ones I checked were all way too high in carbohydrates and many had corn and rice in their ingredient lists. I know, we were shocked too, since we thought with Science Diet we were feeding Raja a high-quality food! Not recommended.