Fancy Feast Paté wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3 stars.
It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.
- Good level of animal proteins
- No artificial colors
- The range contains by-products
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
The Fancy Feast Paté product line includes 14 wet cat foods.
|Classic Paté Chicken Feast Gourmet
|Classic Paté Chicken Feast Senior 7+
|Classic Paté Chopped Grill Feast
|Classic Paté Cod, Sole & Shrimp Feast
|Classic Paté Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Feast
|Classic Paté Salmon & Shrimp Feast
|Classic Paté Savory Salmon Feast
|Classic Paté Seafood Feast
|Classic Paté Tender Chicken & Liver Feast
|Classic Paté Tender Beef Feast
|Classic Paté Tender Beef & Liver Feast
|Classic Paté Tender Beef & Chicken Feast
|Classic Paté Turkey & Giblets Feast
|Kitten Classic Paté Tender Salmon Feast
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Fancy Feast Classic Paté Chicken Feast Gourmet 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 Classic Paté Chicken Feast Gourmet
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Chicken, chicken broth, meat by-products, liver, fish, artificial and natural flavors, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, minerals [potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide], choline chloride, taurine, vitamins [thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin K), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin (vitamin B-7), folic acid (vitamin B-9), vitamin D3 supplement], salt
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%
Red denotes any controversial items
The first ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 1
Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken 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 third 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. 2
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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.3
Without more detailed information, it’s difficult to judge the quality of this particular ingredient
In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.
The sixth ingredient is artificial and natural flavors. There are so many great quality palatants, gravies and flavors to use in cat food which are meat based, that it is disappointing to find artificial flavorings.
We understand that flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats, but natural or meat based flavors are always our preference. The artificial and natural flavors description here doesn’t give us much information about the ingredients in this food.
The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.
The eighth ingredient is 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.
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.
This recipe receives a 3-star rating.
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Based on its ingredients alone, Fancy Feast Classic Paté Chicken Feast Gourmet looks like an 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%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 49.7% and a mean fat level of 19.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 40%.
This means the Fancy Feast Pate product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.
Fancy Feast Paté is an affordable wet cat food. Although it contains unnamed meat by-products, it redeems itself slightly as the first ingredient in all the recipes is always chicken or fish.
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.
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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.
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