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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Life’s Abundance (Wet) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Life’s Abundance wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food lists the first and second ingredient as animal meat and animal organ.  Omega 3 is provided via the inclusion of fish oil and these recipes have been enriched with vitamins and minerals to make a nicely balanced diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Rich in fat and moisture
  • Contains vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than some cat foods.

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

Life’s Abundance product line includes two wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Life's Abundance All Life Stage Cat Food Pork & Duck Grain Free recipe 5 A
Life's Abundance Instinctive Choice All Life Stage Cat Food 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice All Life Stage Cat Food 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 Instinctive Choice All Life Stage Cat Food recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

33.3%

Fat

8.7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Organic chicken, chicken liver, chicken broth, turkey, chicken meal (preserved with mixed tocopherols), shrimp, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), guar gum, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, salt, taurine, inulin, dog grass extract, ground rosemary, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, a-tocopherol acetate, choline chloride, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, 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, rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is organic chickenChicken 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 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

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

The third 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 fourth ingredient is turkey.  Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.  2

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

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

The sixth ingredient is shrimp.  Shrimp are small crustaceans closely related to krill. Shrimp is a rich source of many nutrients, including iodine and omega 3 fatty acids.

The seventh ingredient is fish oil.  Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The eighth ingredient is guar gum, which is 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. 

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 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Life’s Abundance Instinctive Choice All Life Stage Cat Food recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 33.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 8.7%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 52.3% and a mean fat level of 28%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 11.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 54%.

This means the Life’s Abundance wet cat food range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This limited range of food is packed with good quality animal protein.  Carbohydrate content is lower than average and both recipes are rich in fat and moisture.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

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

No.  Life’s Abundance cat food has never been recalled.

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About

The company was started in 1998 as Trilogy International but 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 uses another company (or companies) to make its pet foods (called “co-packing”).  Its dry foods are manufactured by Ohio Pet Foods, located in Ohio, and its sister company, Southern Tier, located in New York.

Sources

1: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

2: [1. Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition].

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