John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 15, 2024

Koha Canned Stews (Wet) Review

Updated: May 15, 2024

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Koha Minimal Ingredient cat food is made up of three recipes which all receive the Cat Food Advisor’s highest rating, 5 stars. 

All the recipes come in a stew format and are rich in moisture. They also contain pumpkin and tumeric to aid digestion and cranberries for urinary tract support. 

The single meat options contain no unnecessary fillers and are perfect for more picky eaters.

  • Includes animal meat and organs
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Rich in fat and moisture
  • Added vitamins and minerals
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than some other cat foods

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Koha Minimal Ingredient Duck Stew for Cats 5 M
Koha Minimal Ingredient Turkey Stew for Cats 5 M
Koha Minimal Ingredient Chicken Stew for Cats 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Koha Minimal Ingredient Duck Stew for Cats 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.

Koha Minimal Ingredient Duck Stew for Cats

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Duck, vegetable broth, water sufficient for processing, chicken liver, porcine plasma, dried egg product, xanthan gum, pumpkin, calcium carbonate, New Zealand green mussel, salt, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, dandelion greens, taurine, choline chloride, parsley, cranberries, dried kale, turmeric, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, ginger, fenugreek seed, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid.

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”. 1

Duck is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

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

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

The fifth ingredient is porcine plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg products 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 seventh ingredient is xanthan gum, which is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

The eighth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

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, there is one notable exception. We note the presence of taurine in this recipe. Taurine 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Koha Minimal Ingredient Duck Stew for Cats looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 25% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 22.6%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and a mean fat level of 21.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 48%.

This means the Koha Minimal Ingredient Stew range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

The Koha range of canned stews has a limited number of formulas to choose from but are ideal for cats with food allergies. Each recipe offers good quality animal protein and contains no artificial fillers.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Koha Canned Stews (Wet) cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Koha has not had any product recalls.

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

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The Koha pet food company was founded in 2014

and has its headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida. 

Koha’s pet products are manufactured by Simmons Food in Toronto, Canada; Thai Union in Thailand; and Asian Alliance in Thailand.

Most of the proteins are sourced from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, or Denmark. A few ingredients are sourced from New Zealand and Australia. The kangaroo, lamb, and venison are free-range, but the rest of their animal meats are farm-raised. Finally, their tuna is wild-caught.


1: [1. Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition].

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