Fancy Feast Petites 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 range of flavors
- Good level of animal proteins
- 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 10 wet cat foods.
|Roasted Turkey Entree with Sweet Potato in Gravy||3||M|
|Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entree Paté||3||A|
|Tender Beef Entree with Carrots||3||M|
|Tender Beef Entree Paté||3||A|
|Tender Turkey Entree Paté||3||A|
|Wild Alaskan Salmon Entree Paté||3||A|
|Braised Chicken Entree Paté||3||A|
|Grilled Chicken Entree with Rice in Gravy||3||M|
|Ocean Whitefish Entree with Tomato in Gravy||3||M|
|Seared Salmon Entree with Spinach in Gravy||3||M|
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Petites Roasted Turkey Entree with Sweet Potato in Gravy 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.
Petites Roasted Turkey Entree with Sweet Potato in Gravy
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Turkey broth, turkey, wheat gluten, liver, sweet potatoes, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, glycine, salt, soy protein concentrate, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, minerals [potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide], choline chloride, taurine, 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
The first ingredient is turkey 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 turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”. 1
Turkey is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a 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 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 sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a cat food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The sixth 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 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 glycine, Glycine is an amino acid. This is usually included to improve protein quality of the food. Glycine is seen as a positive addition to this food.
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, Petites Roasted Turkey Entree with Sweet Potato in Gravy looks like an average wet product.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55.6%, a fat level of 11.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 25.3%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 51.9% and a mean fat level of 14.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 29%.
This means the Fancy Feast Petites product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and near-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.
Fancy Feast Petites is an affordable wet cat food which is reflected by the fact the range contains meat by-products within the 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.
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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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