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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Edgard Cooper Cat Food (Dry) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Edgard Cooper dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3 stars

This range of food is below average in protein and above-average in both carbohydrates and fat.  Free-range, animal based protein is listed as the first ingredient in each recipe, although plant-based protein is also included which has reduced its star rating.

Pros
  • Free-range animal meat
  • Animal protein listed as first ingredient
Cons
  • High carbohydrate content
  • High in fat
  • Plant-based proteins

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

Edgard Cooper dry cat food product line includes five cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Fresh Chicken 3 M
Fresh Salmon 3 M
Fresh Turkey and Chicken 3 M
Fresh Duck and Chicken 3 G
Fresh Chicken and Turkey 3 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Edgard Cooper’s Dry Cat Food Fresh Salmon recipe was selected to represent the other dry food products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Edgard Cooper’s Dry Cat Food Fresh Salmon recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

31.9%

Protein

19.1%

Fat

40.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Fresh Atlantic salmon, peas, potato protein, potato (dried), potato starch, pea protein, minerals, chicken gravy, linseed, yeasts, chicory, beetroot, salmon oil, basil, cranberries, dill, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, iron sulfate, monohydrate, iodine, copper sulfate, pentahydrate, manganese, taurine, DL-methionine, L-carnitine.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is fresh Atlantic 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 second ingredient is 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 third ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label.

The fourth ingredient is potato.  Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates.  Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The fifth ingredient is potato starch.  Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.  

Even though it contains more than 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

Less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The seventh ingredient is minerals.  Minerals are included in this ingredients list because in Europe, where this food is manufactured, 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 minerals are classed as an ingredient, rather than an additive.  These elements contribute to the nutritional balance of a food, so their inclusion in this product is positive.

The eighth ingredient is chicken gravy, which can include a mixture of other components.  In general, gravies tend to provide minimal nutritive 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Edgard Cooper’s Dry Cat Food Fresh Salmon recipe looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 31.9%, a fat level of 19.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 40.9%.

As a group, the brand features a below average protein content of 32.8% and an above-average fat level of 18.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 56%.

This means this Edgard Cooper dry cat food range contains lower than average protein, higher than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range of food provides animal protein, some of which is free range.  However, plant based protein is used which has seen us mark this down.

Has Edgard Cooper cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Edgard Cooper cat food had never been recalled.

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

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About

Edgard & Cooper pet food company was founded in 2014 by Koen Bostoen, Louis Chalabi, and Jürgen Degrande. Its headquarters and warehouses are in Kortrijk, Belgium.  

The company is committed to sustainability and uses eco-friendly packaging, including biodegradable and compostable materials.

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