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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Almo Nature HQS Classic Complete Wet Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Almo Nature HQS Classic Complete wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food has high protein levels with animal meat listed as the first ingredient.  Carbohydrate content is low and moisture content is high.  Each recipe has added vitamins and minerals to provide a good diet option.

Pros
  • High quality animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Rich in moisture
Cons
  • Relatively expensive versus some cat foods
  • Contains sunflower oil

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

The Almo Nature HQC Classic Complete wet product line includes 15 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Classic Complete Chicken Recipe in Soft Aspic 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe in Soft Aspic 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Mackerel in Soft Aspic 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Salmon in Soft Aspic 5 M
Classic Complete Chicken Recipe in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Chicken Recipe with Broccoli in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Chicken Recipe with Ocean Fish and Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Chicken Recipe with Tuna in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Mackerel Recipe with Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Shrimp in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Ocean Fish and Sweet Potatoes in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Salmon in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Sardines in Gravy 5 M
Classic Complete Tuna Recipe with Chicken in Gravy 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Almo Nature Classic Complete Tuna Recipe in Soft Aspic 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.

Almo Nature Classic Complete Tuna Recipe in Soft Aspic

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

63.4%

Protein

9.8%

Fat

18.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Tuna, water sufficient for processing, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, sodium tripolyphosphate, tricalcium phosphate, locust bean gum, guar gum, xanthan gum, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin B1 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity)), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid complex, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), choline chloride, magnesium sulfate.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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. 1

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

 The third ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils. 

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking. There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The fifth ingredient is calcium sulfate, a source of supplemental calcium.

The sixth ingredient is sodium tripolyphosphate, a supplemental source of both sodium and phosphorus. Sodium and phosphorus are each considered essential minerals.

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.

This recipe also 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, Almo Nature Classic Complete Tuna Recipe in Soft Aspic looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 63.4%, a fat level of 9.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 18.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 61.1% and a near-average fat level of 10.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20.1% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 18%.

This means this Almo Nature HQS Classic Complete range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate,  and lower than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food lists high quality sourced (HQS) animal meat as the first ingredient.  The meat was originally fit for human consumption and has been repurposed for cat food.  

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Almo Nature cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Almo Nature has not had a product recall. 

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

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About

Almo Nature was founded in 2000 in Genoa, Italy, by Pier Giovanni Capellino.  Since June 28th, 2019, Almo Nature has been owned by Fondazione Capellino.

Interestingly, Almo Nature declared in March 2018 that all of the company’s profits would be allocated to a non-profit organization benefiting cats and dogs.

Almo Nature’s United States operation is based in Miami, Florida and there is a Canadian subsidiary of Almo Nature based in Quebec.

Sources

1: [1. 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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