Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

IAMS Perfect Portions Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Perfect Portions wet cat food range receives the Cat Food Advisor rating: 4 stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all adult and kitten maintenance.

Each recipe in the range is tailored to meet the nutritional needs of cats at different stages of life.

Pros
  • Chicken is the number 1 ingredient
  • Contains antioxidant vitamin E
  • Grain-free
Cons
  • Possibly high levels of salt

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

The IAMS Perfect Portions product line contains 13 wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Healthy Adult Chicken Paté 4 M
Healthy Kitten Chicken Paté 4 G
Optimal Metabolism Chicken Pate 4 M
Indoor with Salmon Cuts 4 M
Healthy Adult Chicken Cuts 4 M
Healthy Adult Salmon Cuts 4 M
Healthy Adult Tuna Pate 4 M
Healthy Kitten Chicken Cuts 4 G
Healthy Senior Chicken Cuts 4 M
Indoor Chicken Cuts 4 M
Indoor Tuna Cuts 4 M
Indoor Salmon Paté 4 M
Indoor Turkey Paté 4 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

IAMS Perfect Portions, Healthy Adult Chicken Paté 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.

IAMS Perfect Portions, Healthy Adult Chicken Paté

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40.9%

Protein

22.7%

Fat

28.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, water, poultry liver, chicken, broth, dried egg product, guar gum, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, fish oil, magnesium sulfate, taurine, tapioca Starch, DL-methionine, choline chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, iron, oxide color, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken and 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 eleven essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The third ingredient is poultry liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch. In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth 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.

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

The eight ingredient is sodium (table salt) is an essential nutrient for all animals. However, it’s not the presence of sodium that’s the problem. It’s the amount.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not publish the amount of sodium on the label. So, for this reason, we don’t track this figure in our database.

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.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, IAMS Perfect Portions, Healthy Adult Chicken Paté looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40.9%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46.7% and a mean fat level of 21.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 48%.

This means the IAMS Perfect Portions product line contains above-average protein, carbs and fat when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

IAMS Perfect Portions wet food is one of the cheaper ranges. However, it still provides complete nutrition to ensure cats are healthy.

Has IAMS cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, IAMS has had a number of cat food recalls over the years.

The last one was in March 2013, a voluntary recall on several foods for mold growth.

High aflatoxin levels saw a small batch of foods recalled in December 2011.

In 2010 IAMS went through three recalls in June, July and August for low levels of thiamine and traces of salmonella.

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

To stay on top of any cat food product recalls, sign up for our free email alerts, here.

About

IAMS is manufactured by Spectrum Brands. Animal nutritionist Paul F Iams, who self-taught himself, established the company in 1946.

IAMS products are found in three main formulas: Proactive Health, Healthy Naturals and Premium Protection.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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