Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

AvoDerm Dry Kibble Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

AvoDerm dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3 stars.

The  food is made with good-quality ingredients and contains omega-rich avocados.  There are multiple types of meat across the product line listed as the first ingredient, however, overall meat content is relatively low.

Pros
  • A variety of good quality meat sources are included
  • Contains omega-rich avocados
  • Affordable
  • Doesn’t contain any animal by-products
Cons
  • Low in moisture content
  • Protein content is relatively low

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

The AvoDerm product line includes five dry cat food recipes.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken & Herring Meal Formula 3 M
Indoor Formula 3 M
Kitten Chicken & Herring Meal Formula 3 G
Grain-Free Salmon with Tuna Meal 3 A
Grain-Free Tuna with Lobster and Crab Meal 3 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

AvoDerm Chicken & Herring Meal 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.

AvoDerm Chicken & Herring Meal Formula

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

35.6%

Protein

22.2%

Fat

34.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried tomato pomace, herring meal (source of omega 3), avocado, natural flavor, salt, dried egg product, dried chicory root, inulin, potassium chloride, vitamins (choline chloride, a -tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), niacin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), vitamin a acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, copper amino acid chelate, manganese sulfate, manganese amino acid chelate, calcium iodate), avocado oil, taurine, parsley flakes, kelp meal, dl-methionine, yucca schidigera extract, inositol


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken meal.  Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.  

The third ingredient is ground white rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour. 

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is dried tomato pomace.  Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.  Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.  Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The sixth ingredient is herring meal.  Because it is considered a meat concentrate, herring 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

The seventh ingredient is avocado.  Avocado products can be somewhat controversial. Supporters claim the ingredient to be nutrient rich and beneficial to a cat’s skin and coat — while others worry over what are mostly unsubstantiated concerns over potential poisoning. 

These fears appear to originate from a 1984 study in which goats consumed the leaves (not the fruit) of the Guatemalan (not the Mexican) avocado and became ill. 2

Toxicity is based upon the presence of persin in avocado. Cats are rarely affected by persin [Pet Poison Helpline], and therefore consuming products of the avocado flesh are generally safe. Based upon our own review of the literature, it is our opinion that the anxiety over avocado ingredients in cat food appears to be unjustified.

The eighth 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.

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.

Recipe star rating: 3

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, AvoDerm Chicken & Herring Meal Formula looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 35.6%, a fat level of 22.2% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 34.2%.

As a group, the brand features a near average protein content of 36.7% and an above-average fat level of 20.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 56%.

This means this AvoDerm dry cat food  contains near average protein, near average carbohydrate and above-average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Whilst 50% of the AvoDerm dry product line is grain free, some recipes still contain multiple fillers such as tapioca and peas. This dry food is fairly low in protein, and some of this protein comes from peas, not meat.

Each recipe in the range is tailored to meet the nutritional needs of cats at different stages of life.

Has AvoDerm cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, AvoDerm has issued recalls in the past. 

For full details, visit the Dog Food Advisor, but in summary:

In September 2012 – there was reported potential salmonella contamination which affected AvoDerm’s Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Food Recipe.

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

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About

AvoDerm was founded in 1982 and is well known for the inclusion of avocado in its ingredient list, due to the founders wanting to offer recipes that targeted better skin and coat quality in pets. 

Since its founding, AvoDerm has significantly expanded its offerings to include cat food and a wide range of dog food.

AvoDerm is owned and operated by Breeders Choice, which is based in Irwindale, California.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Craigmill AL, et al. Toxicity of avocado (Persea americana, Guatamalan variety) leaves: review and preliminary report, Vet Hum Toxicol 1984;26:381

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