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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Catit Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Catit wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of food provides a variety of recipes which are all high in protein.  There are plant-based proteins included, so this needs to be considered when evaluating each recipe.  

Pros
  • High protein content
  • Good quality meat
  • Meat and fish options
  • High in moisture content
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
Cons
  • Plant based proteins are used
  • Relatively high in fat and carbohydrate
  • Expensive

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

Catit wet product line includes 12 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Catit Chicken Dinner Duck and Potato 4 U
Catit Chicken Dinner Liver and Sweet Potato 4 U
Catit Chicken Dinner Salmon and Carrots 4 U
Catit Chicken Dinner Tilapia & Green Bean 4 U
Catit Chicken Dinner Tuna & Kale 4 U
Catit Chicken Dinner Beef & Pumpkin 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Crab Flavor & Pumpkin 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Salmon & Green Beans 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Shrimp & Green Beans 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Tilapia & Potato 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Tuna & Carrots 4 U
Catit Fish Dinner Whitefish & Pumpkin 4 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Catit Fish Dinner Salmon & Green Beans recipe 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.

Catit Fish Dinner Salmon & Green Beans recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

85%

Protein

5%

Fat

2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Fish broth, water sufficient for processing, tuna, salmon, green beans, tilapia, basa, natural flavors, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, locust bean gum, sodium carbonate, xanthan gum, guar gum, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, niacin, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is fish broth.  Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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 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 fourth ingredient is salmon.  Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is green beans, legumes naturally high in dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

However, beans contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The sixth and seventh ingredients are tilapia and basa.  These items are typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.  2

Although these are quality items, 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. 

After processing, these items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The eighth ingredient is
natural flavors.  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.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Catit Fish Dinner Salmon & Green Beans recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 85%, a fat level of 5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 64.2% and a near-average fat level of 11.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 24%.

This means this Catit range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food has good quality meat included and offers high protein content.  There are plant-based proteins included, so this needs to be considered when evaluating protein levels.

Has Catit cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Catit Cat Food has not had any product recalls.

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

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About

Catit was founded in 1999 by the Hagan Group, a family-owned company, largely known for its interactive cat toys, pet fountains, and cat furniture. 

Its headquarters are in Baie-d’urfe, Quebec and its food is manufactured in Canada.  Ingredients are regionally sourced with the exception of Gold Fern line of air-dried foods which sources some proteins from New Zealand.

Sources

1, 2: [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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