John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 29, 2024

Dr Clauder Best Selection (Wet) Review

Updated: May 29, 2024

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Dr Clauder Best Selection wet product range is made of ten recipes which all receive the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food contains high levels of meat content. As well as being a good source of protein, each recipe has many other quality ingredients, such as spinach which is high in vitamins and minerals.

  • High in protein
  • Contains animal muscle and organ meat
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Good range to choose from
  • More expensive than some cat foods
  • Not a complete and balanced food according to AAFCO

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Dr Clauder Best Selection Kitten No I Fine Chicken 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 1 Chicken with Cranberries 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 10 Herring & Shrimps with chia 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 2 Veal with apple 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 3 Lamb & Rabbit with amaranth 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 4 Salmon & Chicken with quinoa 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 5 Chicken & Tuna with spinach 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 6 Game with pumpkin 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 7 Chicken & Pheasant with apricot 5 U
Dr Clauder Best Selection No 8 Beef & Duck with potatoes 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Dr. Clauder Best Selection No 5 Chicken & Tuna with spinach 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.

Dr Clauder Best Selection No 5 Chicken & Tuna with spinach

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Chicken (chicken hearts, chicken meat, chicken liver, chicken stomachs, chicken necks), tuna, spinach, minerals, linseed oil, teucrium marum.

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.4%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is listed as chicken but includes chicken hearts, chicken meat, chicken liver, chicken stomachs and chicken necks.

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken organs are naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too. Raw chicken neck consists of muscle meat and bone and contains optimal levels of both protein and natural calcium.

The second 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 third ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score. 2 of 91. For cats who are predisposed to oxalate stones, spinach should be avoided, due to its high oxalate content. 

The fourth ingredient is minerals. Minerals are included in this ingredients list, as in Europe ingredients are declared a little differently. In the US our nutritional additives are listed within our ingredients list. In Europe, ingredients and additives are listed separately. For that reason the category of minerals can be included, to include those elements which are classed as an ingredient, rather than an additive, such as calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide. These elements contribute to the nutritional balance of a food and we see their inclusion as a positive.

The fifth ingredient is linseed oil, another name for flaxseed oil. Linseed oil is one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids – essential to a dog’s health. 

However, linseed (flaxseed) contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The sixth ingredient is teucrium marum. Teucrium marum is also known as cat thyme. A herb which has a musty smell and bitter flavor, and some cats prefer it to catnip. Teucrium marum is unlikely to provide any nutritional benefits within this cat food. Some believe that teucrium marum in the diet will provide benefits to gut health, but this is unproven.

Recipe star rating 5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Dr Clauder’s Best Selection No 5 Chicken & Tuna with spinach looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51%, a fat level of 27.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 13.5%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 51.2% and an above-average fat level of 28.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 56%.

This means this Dr Clauder Best Selection range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food offers a variety of formulas which caters for many different diet requirements.  Good quality animal meat and organs is a key feature of ingredients that can be found in each recipe.

The CatFoodAdvisor recommends this food.

Has Dr Clauder cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Dr Clauder does not appear to have had any product recalls.

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Dr. Clauder’s was founded by Dr. Heinz Clauder in Hamburg, Germany in 1957, but is now based in Hamminkeln in the lower Rhine Valley in Germany.


Dr. Clauder’s products are sold in approximately 65 countries and the company uses modern production techniques to make premium quality pet food, supplements, and pet care products. 

Dr. Clauder’s follows the European Union’s strict production guidelines.


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].

2: [1. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference]

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