Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

ACANA Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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ACANA wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second highest rating, 4.5-stars.

ACANA wet recipes are formulated with high levels of protein and a great source of hydration. They meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for kittens, adult and senior cat maintenance.

Pros
  • Responsibly farmed-raised fish
  • Free-run poultry
  • Farm-raised meat
  • Human-grade foods
  • Protein rich ingredients
Cons
  • Expensive

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The product line includes six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Premium Paté Chicken & Tuna Kitten recipe 4.5 G
Premium Paté Chicken & Fish recipe 4.5 M
Premium Paté Beef, Chicken & Tuna recipe 4.5 M
Premium Paté Lamb & Lamb Liver recipe 4.5 M
Premium Paté Tuna & Chicken recipe 4.5 M
Premium Paté Salmon & Chicken recipe 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

ACANA Premium Paté Chicken & Tuna Kitten recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

ACANA Premium Paté Chicken & Tuna Kitten

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

35%

Fat

7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, tuna, chicken bone broth, fish bone broth, chicken liver, salmon oil, tricalcium phosphate, locust bean gum, taurine, salt, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin, vitamin a supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex], guar gum, minerals [potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide], choline chloride


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is tuna. Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life. 

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 2

The third and fourth ingredients are chicken bone broth and fish bone broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

The fifth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bioavailability to cats and humans. Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

The eighth ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a cat food.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, ACANA Premium Pate Chicken & Tuna Kitten looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 35% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 7%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 49.6% and a mean fat level of 27.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 56%.

This means this ACANA wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

ACANA uses responsibly sourced high quality ingredients in every recipe and contains no man-made chemicals or preservatives. The recipes rely on meat and vegetables for nutritional value and are supplemented with vitamins and minerals.

Has ACANA cat food been recalled in the past?

No, ACANA has had no known history of product recalls.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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About

ACANA is a cat and dog food brand created by Champion Petfoods, a Canadian company. It was created in 1985 by Canadian entrepreneur Reinhard Mühlenfeld. Originally a tiny operation serving local Alberta farmers, it is now Canada’s largest pet food manufacturer.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

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