Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Hound & Gatos Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Hound & Gatos wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

Formulated with a good level of animal protein to mimic an ancestral diet. The use of highly functional and nutritional ingredients, Hound & Gatos commits to high-quality transparency and trust.

Pros
  • 98% protein from animal sources
  • High quality ingredients
  • No recalls
  • Grain-free
Cons
  • Expensive

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

The Hound & Gatos wet product line has 14 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Beef 5 A
Chicken & Liver 5 A
Chicken & Liver (Ecuador) 5 A
Duck & Liver 5 A
Poultry & Gamebird 5 A
Lamb & Liver 5 A
Lamb, Chicken & Salmon 5 A
Paleolithic Meat 5 A
Pork 5 A
Rabbit 5 A
Salmon 5 A
Salmon, Mackerel & Sardine 5 A
Trout & Duck Liver 5 A
Turkey & Liver 5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Hound & Gatos Beef 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.

Hound & Gatos Beef Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

36.4%

Fat

10.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef, beef broth, agar-agar, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salmon oil, taurine, salt, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

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 beef 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 agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The sixth ingredient is choline chloride, an essential B vitamin that naturally occurs in both plants and animals. It is found in meat, eggs, fish, liver, soybeans and wheat germ. Because a cat cannot store choline chloride in its body, the nutrient must be replenished to avoid a deficiency. Choline chloride is a supplement required by both AAFCO and the FDA.

The seventh ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA types of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high-quality fats boast the highest bioavailability to dogs and humans. Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The eighth ingredient is taurine, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eyesight, 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.

This recipe receives a  5-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Hound & Gatos Beef Recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 36.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.2%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 80%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47.7% and a mean fat level of 38.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 81%.

This means the Hound & Gatos wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Hound & Gatos wet cat food is a quality product packed with animal protein-powered nutrition and balanced with a blend of vitamins and minerals.

Has Hound & Gatos cat food been recalled in the past?

No, there have been no recorded recalls for Hound & Gatos.

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

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About

Hound & Gatos was founded by Will Post in 2010. In 2018 Gott Pet Products purchased Hound & Gatos. The cat food products are US-sourced ingredients, with the exception of lamb, which is imported from New Zealand.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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