Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Annamaet Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Annamaet dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

This product range contains cranberries, a powerful antioxidant to support urinary tract health as well as proteinated (chelated) minerals to help support a cat’s immune system.

Pros
  • Grain-free
  • Contains antioxidant-rich berries
  • Contains taurine
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
Cons
  • Low moisture

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

The Annamaet dry product line has three dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Grain-Free Feline Sustain No 29 Sustainable Fish formula 4.5 A
Grain-Free Feline Formula Chicken Meal & Whitefish Meal 4.5 A
Original Feline Formula Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula 4.5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Annamaet Grain-Free Feline Sustain No 29 Sustainable Fish formula 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.

Annamaet Grain-Free Feline Sustain No 29 Sustainable Fish formula

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

41.1%

Protein

17.8%

Fat

33.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Cod, turkey meal, whitefish meal, chickpeas, tapioca, green peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried eggs, pea protein isolate, menhaden oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, turmeric, taurine, lecithin, choline chloride, DL-methionine, L-lysine, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, yucca schidigera extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is cod, a marine species of fish native to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America.  Although it is a quality item, raw fish contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight. 

The second ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is whitefish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself. Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations. 1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The fourth ingredient is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables. However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

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

The sixth ingredient is green peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber. However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid. Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 includes menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.

What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

We view the presence of taurine in this recipe as a positive addition, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

However, this recipe does contain 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.

This recipe receives a 4.5star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Annamaet Grain-Free Feline Sustain No 29 Sustainable Fish formula looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41.1%, a fat level of 17.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 33.1%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 44%.

This means the Annamaet dry cat food contains above-average protein, near-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Annamaet dry cat food range is grain free and made from fresh meat or fish to tempt even the pickiest of eaters. These high protein formulas stay loyal to a cat’s carnivorous background and the optimal blend of protein and fat encourages a healthy skin and coat

Has Annamaet cat food been recalled in the past?

No, there have been no recorded recalls for Annamaet.

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

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About

Annamaet Petfoods, a family owned and operated company, has been providing optimum nutrition to dogs and cats for more than 30 years (founded in 1986). 

The brand’s mission is to “maximize the health and well-being of our beloved pets while preserving our environment and natural resources for future generations.” To this end, it has partnered with organizations which promote sustainability such as the Pet Sustainability Coalition. 

Annamaet also uses sustainable packaging – its bio-lex materials are engineered to biodegrade in landfills.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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