Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

B.F.F. Play Paté Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

B.F.F Play Paté Wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

B.F.F Play Paté is produced in a human food facility using many ingredients and processes in products made for people. There are named meat and fish ingredients in every recipe, which are all gluten and grain free.

Pros
  • Animal proteins
  • Grain and gluten-free
  • Hydration focused foods
Cons
  • Seafood heavy recipes

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

The B.F.F Play Paté wet product line includes 23 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken Checkmate 5 U
Chicken & Turkey Topsy Turvy 5 U
Chicken, Duck & Turkey Take a Chance 5 U
Chicken & Beef Best Buds 5 U
Chicken & Lamb Laugh Out Loud 5 U
Chick & Tuna Til’ Then 5 U
Duck & Tuna Trickster 5 U
Salmon & Turkey Tiptoe 5 U
Chicken & Duck Destiny 5 U
Chicken & Tuna Tubular 5 U
Turkey & Tuna Twinkles 5 U
Duck & Tuna Tap Dance 5 U
Beef & Tuna Ta Da! 5 U
Tuna & Chicken Chill Out 5 U
Tuna & Turkey Totes 5 U
Tuna & Salmon Shhh… 5 U
Tuna & Beef Blast Off 5 U
Tuna & Lamb Lovers’ Lane 5 U
Tuna & Chicken Check Please! 5 U
Tuna & Salmon Oh Snap! 5 U
Tuna & Beef Bodacious 5 U
Tuna & Duck Double Dare 5 U
Tuna & Turkey T.T.Y.L.L 5 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

B.F.F Play Paté Chicken Checkmate 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.

B.F.F Play Pate Chicken Checkmate

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

43.8%

Protein

18.8%

Fat

29.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken broth, dried egg, natural flavor, calcium sulfate, guar gum, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, potassium chloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), reduced iron, tricalcium phosphate, niacin supplement (vitamin B3), vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

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 chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

The third 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.

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

The sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient is Xanthan gum, which is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

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

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.

This recipe receives a 5-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, B.F.F Play Paté Chicken Checkmate wet cat food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43.8%, a fat level of 18.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 29.5%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 56.5% and a mean fat level of 14.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 27%.

This means the B.F.F Play Pate product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and near-average fat when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

B.F.F Play Paté wet cat food is an affordable range with a good level of animal protein.

Has Weruva B.F.F. cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, B.F.F cat food has had one recall.

In the spring of 2017, Weruva issued a voluntary stop-sale order for BFF cat food sold in Australia. It started with reports from Australia residents who’d fed their cats BFF food. Reports described vomiting, reduced appetite, fever, neurological problems, and lethargy. By June of 2017, the food had been linked to hundreds of cases of illness and up to 20 deaths.

Weruva launched an investigation and froze sales of BFF food countrywide. After extensive testing, the company revealed that some batches of BFF cat food were deficient in thiamine or vitamin B1.Though the details are vague, Weruva explains that they corrected the deficiency, ensuring that all future batches of Australia-sold BFF cat food were nutritionally adequate.

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

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About

B.F.F is a line of cat food created by Weruva, a Massachusetts-based company. The food is manufactured in Thailand from ingredients sourced from around the world.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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