Written by John Seeberg

Reviewed by John Seeberg

Updated: January 18, 2024

Almo Nature HQS Complete in Gravy Wet Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Almo Nature HQS Complete in Gravy cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This range of wet food has 20 recipes and all provide a good diet option.  Like other Almo Nature product ranges, this range is high in protein derived from animal meat.  However, fat content is higher due to the inclusion of sunflower oil in the ingredients.

Pros
  • Contains human grade animal meat
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Free from artificial additives
Cons
  • Contains sunflower oil
  • Expensive compared to some cat foods

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

Almo Nature HQS Complete in Gravy product line includes 20 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Carrots in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Cheese in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Green Beans in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Tuna Recipe with Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Salmon Recipe with Apple in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Mackerel Recipe with Sweet Potatoes in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Duck in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Turkey in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Mackerel Recipe with Sea Bream in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Tuna Recipe with Sardines in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Tuna Recipe with Mango in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Zucchini in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Tuna Recipe with Quail Eggs in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Salmon Recipe with Papaya in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Tuna Recipe with Ocean Fish and Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M
HQS Complete Mackerel Recipe with Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Almo Nature HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Green Beans in Gravy 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 HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Green Beans in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

76.3%

Protein

7.9%

Fat

7.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, water sufficient for processing, green beans, sunflower oil, tapioca starch, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, minerals (zinc oxide, reduced iron, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate monohydrate, copper glycine complex, potassium iodide), choline chloride, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity).


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

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

The third ingredient is green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The sixth ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

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 guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.  

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 HQS Complete Chicken Recipe with Green Beans in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 76.3%, a fat level of 7.9% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 7.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 71.8% and a below-average fat level of 9.7%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 14%.

This means this Almo Nature HQS Complete in Gravy 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 offers an excellent choice. Protein content is high, derived from human grade animal meat and all recipes are free from artificial additives.

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.

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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. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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