Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Hound & Gatos Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Hound & Gatos dry 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
  • Good levels of animal protein
  • High-quality ingredients
  • No recalls
  • No fillers
Cons
  • Expensive

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

The Hound & Gatos product line has three dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Salmon 5 A
Turkey 5 A
Chicken 5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Hound & Gatos Salmon 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 Salmon

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

32.2%

Protein

21.1%

Fat

38.7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, egg, sweet potato, tapioca, turkey fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural salmon flavor, flaxseed, calcium phosphate, minerals (calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, magnesium proteinate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), salt, yeast hydrolysate (source of beta-glucans), cranberries, blueberries, broccoli, dandelion greens, choline chloride, vitamins (niacinamide, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin), natural mixed tocopherols, taurine


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 second ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in cat food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta-carotene.

The fourth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The fifth ingredient is turkey fat. Turkey fat is obtained from rendering turkey, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid. Turkey fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, turkey fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is salmon flavors. Flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber. However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The eighth ingredient is calcium phosphate, a nutritional supplement likely added as a source of both calcium and phosphorus.

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 Salmon Recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 32.2%, a fat level of 21.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 38.7%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 66%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32.2% and a mean fat level of 19.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40.1% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 61%.

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

Final Word

Hound & Gatos Dry is a quality product packed with animal protein-powered nutrition instead of using cheaper alternatives plant-proteins such as peas, chickpeas and lentils.

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.

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