Go! Solutions dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars.
This range of food offers limited protein which is derived from a mix of sources such as dehydrated chicken, duck, turkey, salmon and plant-based protein and whole dried egg.
Carbohydrate content varies significantly between each recipe so this needs to be considered when evaluating this range of food.
Multiple sources of animal protein
Contains animal fat
Contains plant based protein
Carbohydrate varies significantly between each recipe
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Go! Solutions dry product line includes 10 cat foods.
Go! Solutions Digestion + Gut Health Salmon Recipe with Ancient Grains|
Go! Solutions Weight Management + Joint Care Grain-Free Chicken Recipe|
Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Recipe|
Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Freshwater Trout +Salmon Recipe|
Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Lamb + Wild Boar Recipe|
Go! Solutions Carnivore Grain-Free Salmon + Cod Recipe|
Go! Solutions Sensitivities Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Insect Recipe|
Go! Solutions Sensitivities Limited Ingredient Grain-Free Duck Recipe|
Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care Chicken Recipe with Grains|
Go! Solutions Skin + Coat Care Grain-Free Salmon Recipe|
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Go! Solutions Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck 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.
Go! Solutions Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Recipe
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Chicken meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey, duck meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, de-boned trout, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural fish flavor, peas, potatoes, whole dried egg, potato flour, tapioca, de-boned salmon, de-boned duck, salmon oil, pumpkin, apples, carrots, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, lentils, broccoli, cottage cheese, sun cured alfalfa, sweet potatoes, blackberries, squash, papayas, pomegranate, phosphoric acid, salt, potassium chloride, dl-methionine, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, beta-carotene, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulphate, calcium iodate, ferrous sulphate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, yucca schidigera extract, dried rosemary.
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%
Red denotes any controversial items
The first ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The second and third ingredients are deboned chicken and deboned turkey. These meats are considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken and turkey”. 1
Both are naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.
The fourth and fifth ingredients are duck meal and turkey meal. These are considered a meat concentrate and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh duck or turkey.
The sixth ingredient is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations. 2
The seventh ingredient is de-boned trout, a marine and freshwater fish naturally high in protein.
The eighth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
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.
There are three notable exceptions in this recipe.
Firstly, taurine, this is 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.
Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.
However, this recipe also 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.
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Based on its ingredients alone, Go! Solutions Grain-Free Chicken, Turkey + Duck Recipe looks like an average dry product.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51.1%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 20.9%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39.% and a mean fat level of 17.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35.0% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 44%.
This means that Go! Solutions dry cat food range contains near-average protein, near-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical dry cat food.
Go! Solutions dry is overall an average cat food product range. It aims to provide cats with unique dietary needs and a choice of grain-free and grain-inclusive products.
Has Go! Solutions cat food been recalled in the past?
Yes, Go! Solutions has one recall in the brand’s history, though it took place nearly 20 years ago.
In 2003, Go! foods manufactured in Texas were recalled after a series of reports that the food had made cats and dogs seriously ill. Symptoms included rashes, vomiting, and liver dysfunction. The company no longer manufactures products at the Texas facility involved in the recall and since 2003, hasn’t been associated with any reports of illness.
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The Go! Solutions brand is owned by Petcurean, a family-owned Canadian company which was founded in 1999.
Petcurean sources ingredients from North America with a focus on products grown or raised near its production facilities. Exceptions to this rule include lamb and venison from Australia and New Zealand.
Go! Solutions cat food is produced in multiple facilities in the United States and Canada. All Go! kibble is manufactured in Ontario, Canada, while canned food production is divided between Ontario and New Jersey. Go!’s Tetra Pak products are manufactured in the United States and their Meal Mixers are manufactured in British Columbia.
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