Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: December 19, 2023

Life’s Abundance Dry Review

Updated: December 19, 2023

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Life’s Abundance dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars

These recipes have been formulated to cater for all life stages and offer good protein levels, so are generally considered a good diet option.

Pros
  • Named meat and fish proteins
  • Contains antioxidant and probiotics
  • No grains, no artificial flavors or colors
  • No corn or corn gluten, and no wheat or wheat gluten
Cons
  • Limited range

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

The Life’s Abundance product line includes two dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food Grain Free 4 A
Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food 3 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food Grain Free 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.

Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food Grain Free recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

42.2%

Protein

21.1%

Fat

28.7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken meal, egg product, turkey meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, field peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavors, dried tomato pomace, fish oil, whitefish meal, flaxseed meal, yeast culture, choline chloride, sodium bisulfate, dl-methionine, salt, taurine, inulin, yeast extract, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin e supplement, potassium chloride, cranberries, pumpkin, zinc proteinate, dog grass extract, alfalfa sprouts, zinc sulfate, manganese proteinate, beta-carotene, niacin supplement, manganese sulfate, inositol, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, iron proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, zinc oxide, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, manganous oxide, vitamin A acetate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite, folic acid, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken meal.  Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) 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.  

The third ingredient is turkey meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste.  It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered turkey after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs, this item can also include feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs and almost anything other than prime skeletal muscle.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.

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

The fifth ingredient is potatoes.  Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates.  Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The sixth ingredient is field peas which are a quality source of carbohydrates.  And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is natural flavors.  Natural 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.

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.

In addition, this recipe includes dried tomato pomace.  Tomato pomace is also a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

The company appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a cat’s digestive and immune functions.

This food also contains Taurine which 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.

Recipe star rating 3.5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, All Life Stage Cat Food Grain Free recipe looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 42.2%, a fat level of 21.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.7%.

As a group, the brand features an near-average protein content of 39.4% and an above fat level of 22.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 57%.

This means this Life’s Abundance Dry range contains near-average protein, near-average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Life’s Abundance dry recipes contain named meat and fish proteins such as chicken meal and whitefish meal which are concentrated sources of protein.  This food has antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, prebiotics, and probiotics so offer a good diet option.

Has Life's Abundance cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Life’s Abundance cat food has not been recalled.

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

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About

The company was started in 1998 as Trilogy International.  The company changed its name to Life’s Abundance in 2010.   As of 2012, Life’s Abundance moved into new headquarters in Jupiter, Florida.

Life’s Abundance appears to use another company (or companies) to make their pet foods (called “co-packing”).  According to information from 2019, their dry foods were manufactured at that time by Ohio Pet Foods, located in Ohio, and their sister company, Southern Tier, located in New York.

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