Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Evanger’s Organics Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Evanger’s Organics wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

Evanger’s Organics recipes contain a high-quality source of protein as the first ingredient and are packed with extra vitamins and minerals to support a cat’s overall health and wellbeing.

Pros
  • Certified organic ingredients
  • Minimal ingredients and fillers
  • Contains vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Recall history

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

Evanger’s Organics wet product line has three wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Organics Beef Dinner 4.5 A
Organic Braised Chicken Dinner 4.5 A
Organic Turkey & Butternut Squash Dinner 4.5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Evanger’s Organics Beef Dinner 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.

 

Evanger’s Organics Beef Dinner Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

22.7%

Fat

23.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Organic beef, water sufficient for processing, organic liver, organic beef kidney, organic guar gum, organic coconut oil, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, potassium iodide)


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. 1 

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

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 liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The fifth ingredient is organic 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 sixth ingredient is organic coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.

The seventh ingredient is taurine, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

We view the presence of taurine in this recipe as a positive addition.

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.

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating. That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

This recipe receives a 4.5star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Evanger’s Organics Beef Dinner Recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 23.8%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 50%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45.5% and a mean fat level of 22.7%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 50%.

This means Evanger’s wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Evanger’s focuses on using high-quality ingredients in its cat food recipes. It prioritizes sourcing meat from USDA-inspected facilities and uses a limited number of ingredients to create its formulas. Evanger’s also states it does not use artificial additives, preservatives, or by-products in its pet food.

Has Evanger's cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Evanger’s has had one, but significant, recall.

You can’t have a complete review about Evanger’s cat food without discussing the recall and controversy that happened in 2017. In February 2017, the FDA noticed that some of Evanger’s canned food contained pentobarbital. This is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. No amount is safe for cat food, precisely why the FDA issued a statement warning pet owners not to purchase specific recipes.

The FDA inspected both plants the company-owned and found many significant concerns in how the food was processed. For example, condensation was dripping into the food at many points. There were no operating refrigerated storage facilities, so raw meat was thawing out before it was processed. Some meats were dropped onto the unsanitary concrete floor and then used in the final product.

Several animals died from the contaminated food. The pentobarbital was eventually traced to the company’s meat supplier. Evanger issued a voluntary recall of several recipes after the FDA report.

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

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About

Evanger’s is a family-owned and operated pet food company. 

It was started by Fred Evanger in 1935 after he wanted better nutritional food for his Great Danes, which he bred and exhibited. He built a factory at the kennel he used, so he could make his own pet food. The headquarters are now in Markham, Illinois.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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