Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Fancy Feast Medleys Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Not Recommended

Fancy Feast Medleys wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 2-stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • High quality proteins
Cons
  • Contains by-products
  • Contains added color and flavors

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

The Fancy Feast Medleys product line includes 23 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Wild Salmon Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 2 M
Ocean Whitefish with Carrots & Spinach in a Creamy Bechamel Sauce 2 M
Tender Turkey Tuscany with Long Grain Rice & Spinach in a Savory Sauce 2 M
Tuna Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 2 M
Tuna Tuscany with Long Grain Rice & Spinach in a Savory Sauce 2 M
Turkey Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 2 M
White Meat Chicken Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 2 M
White Chicken Florentine Paté with Cheese & Spinach 2 M
White Meat Chicken with Carrots & Spinach in a Demi-Glace 2 M
White Meat Chicken Primavera Paté with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach 2 M
Wild Alaskan Salmon with Carrots & Spinach in a Creamy Veloute Sauce 2 M
Wild Salmon Primavera Paté with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach 2 M
Wild Salmon Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 2 M
Beef & Pork Milanese with Potatoes and Carrots in Savory Juices 2 M
Beef Ragu with Tomatoes & Pasta in a Savory Sauce 2 M
Shredded Turkey Fare with Spinach in a Savory Broth 2 M
Shredded Tuna Fare with Spinach in a Savory Broth 2 M
Shredded Wild Salmon with Spinach in a Savory Broth 2 M
Tender Turkey Primavera with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach in a Silky Broth 2 M
Tuna Primavera with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach in a Silky Broth 2 M
White Meat Chicken Tuscany with Long grain Rice & Spinach in a Savory Sauce 2 M
White Meat Chicken Primavera with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach in a Silky Broth 2 M
Wild Salmon Primavera with Tomatoes, Carrots & Spinach in a Silky Broth 2 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Fancy Feast Medleys Wild Salmon Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth 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.

Fancy Feast Medleys Wild Salmon Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

55%

Protein

7.5%

Fat

29.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Fish broth, salmon, wheat gluten, meat by-products, liver, chicken, corn starch-modified, spinach, soy flour, glycine, added color, natural flavor, salt, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide], tricalcium phosphate, taurine, choline chloride, red 3, vitamins [thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, vitamin D-3 supplement]


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is fish 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 second 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 third ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it. Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label – a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The fourth ingredient is meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed. With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal. 1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible. Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The fifth 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.

The sixth ingredient is Chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 2

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

The seventh ingredient is corn starch-modified, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy. Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

The eighth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score 3 of 91. 

For cats who are predisposed to oxalate stones, spinach should be avoided, due to its high oxalate content. 

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 corn starch-modified, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

It also contains added color and red 3. We’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your cat. After all, do you really think your cat cares what color their food is?

This recipe receives a 2-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Fancy Feast Medleys Wild Salmon Florentine with Spinach in a Light Broth looks like an below-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40.9%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 55.1% and a mean fat level of 10.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 19%.

This means the Fancy Feast Medleys wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and below-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Fancy Feast Medleys is an affordable wet cat food which is reflected by the fact the range contains unnamed meat by-products within its first few ingredients.

Has Fancy Feast cat food been recalled in the past?

No, Fancy Feast cat food has never been recalled, but other Purina brands have been recalled multiple times.

The last one was in July 2021 when cans of Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Tuna Entree in Sauce Wet Cat Food were recalled as they may have contained plastic. Full details here.

In March 2019, Purina issued a recall of one of its Muse cat foods.

In 2012, a single lot of Purina Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management Feline Formula was recalled due to low levels of thiamine. Production Code #11721159.

In June 2011, Friskies issued a small recall due to the potential risk of salmonella contamination. This recall only affected a small range of Friskies products, – the Friskies Grillers Blend dry cat food recipe in 3.15lb and 16lb bags with best-by dates of August 2012.

In the same year, some other Purina dry cat foods were recalled due to suspected salmonella contamination. The products affected were: Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ dry cat food, 3.5 lb. and 7 lb. bags, with a “Best by” date of May 2012 and Production Code #03341084 or #03351084 and Purina Cat Chow Naturals, 6.3 lb., Production Code #10331083 13, with “Best by” date of August 2012.

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

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About

Fancy Feast was created in 1982 and was likely the first cat food brand to capitalize on the gourmet concept, though it is now one of the cheaper brands on the market.

The brand is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare which is an American subsidiary of the Swiss corporation Nestlé, based in St. Louis, Missouri. It produces and markets pet food, treats, cat and dog litter. 

The cat food brands owned by Purina are: Beyond, Breeze, DenaLife, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Kit & Kaboodle, Petivity, Purina Cat Chow, Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, Tidy Cats and Whisker Lickin’s.

Sources

1, 2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

3: Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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