Written by John Seeberg

Reviewed by John Seeberg

Updated: January 18, 2024

Almo Nature HQS Pate Wet Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Almo Nature HQS Pate cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This range includes only three recipes.  However, the protein content, which is derived from high quality animal meat originally fit for human consumption, is very high.  Low in carbohydrate and high in moisture, this food offers a very good diet option.

Pros
  • Includes human grade animal meat
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • High in moisture
  • Free from artificial ingredients
Cons
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than other cat foods

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

The Almo Nature HQS Pate product line includes three cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
HQS Patè Chicken Recipe with Pumpkin in Gravy 5 M
HQS Patè Tuna Recipe with Shrimp in Gravy 5 M
HQS Patè Mackerel and Chicken Recipe in Gravy 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

HQS Patè Tuna Recipe with Shrimp 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.

HQS Patè Tuna Recipe with Shrimp in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

87.5%

Protein

4.5%

Fat

0%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Tuna, water sufficient for processing, shrimp, tapioca starch, dehydrated egg, guar gum.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.1%

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 tapioca starch, tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The fourth ingredient is dehydrated egg. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg products can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.The fifth 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.

 

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, HQS Patè Tuna Recipe with Shrimp in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 87.5%, a fat level of 4.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 0%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 81.4% and a below-average fat level of 6.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 6.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 8%.

This means this Almo Nature HQS Pate 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 exceptional levels of protein, derived from high quality, human grade animal meat.

All Almo Nature cat foods are made with non-GMO ingredients and are free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives as well as carrageenan.

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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