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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Lily’s Kitchen Pate (Wet) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Lily’s Kitchen Pate wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This range of food lists animal protein as the first ingredient. Protein levels are very high and carbohydrate content low.  Each recipe is rich in moisture and fat and there are organic options to choose from too.  This food offers a very good diet option.

Pros
  • High in animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Rich in fat and moisture
  • Organic recipe options
Cons
  • Expensive

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

Lily’s Kitchen Pate product line includes 13 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Lily’s Kitchen Organic Chicken Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Organic Beef Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Organic Turkey Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Organic Fish Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken & Game Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Salmon & Chicken Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Turkey & Duck Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Lamb Paté 5 U
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken Paté for Kittens 5 G
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken & Cod Paté for Kittens 5 G
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken & Cod Paté for Mature Cats 5 M
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken Paté for Mature Cats 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Lily’s Kitchen Organic Turkey Paté 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.

Lily’s Kitchen Organic Turkey Paté

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

52.8%

Protein

33.3%

Fat

5.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Organic turkey, organic pork, organic beef, organic fish, organic chicken, organic carrots, minerals, algae, taurine, zinc, manganese, iodine.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.3.3%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

The second and third ingredients are organic pork and organic beef. These meats can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork or cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.  2

The fourth ingredient is organic fish.  This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.  3

Without more detailed information, it’s difficult to judge the quality of this particular ingredient

The fifth ingredient is organic chicken which is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.  4

All of the meat and fish ingredients listed above are naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is organic carrots which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is minerals which are included in this ingredients list, as in Europe ingredients are declared a little differently.

In the US, our nutritional additives are included within our ingredients list.  In Europe, ingredients and additives are listed separately.

For that reason the category of minerals can be included, to include those elements which are classed as an ingredient, rather than an additive, such as calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide.  These elements contribute to the nutritional balance of a food, so we see their inclusion in this recipe as a positive.

The eighth ingredient is algae, an algae-based seaweed modest in protein content but rich in marine minerals.

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.

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating. That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

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, Lily’s Kitchen Organic Turkey Paté looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 52.8%, a fat level of 33.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 5.9%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52.3% and a mean fat level of 30.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 58%.

This means that this Lily’s Kitchen pate range has above-average protein, below-average carbohydrate and above-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Lily’s Kitchen Pate recipes include an excellent source of high-quality organic proteins.

The Cat Food Adviser highly recommends this product range.

Has Lily's Kitchen cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes.  Lily’s Kitchen cat food voluntarily recalled a number of products in 2023 due to concern they may contain pieces of plastic.  The product affected were:

  • Lily’s Kitchen Fishy Fish Pie 400g can

  • Dog Multipack 24 x 400g cans)

  • Can Batch Number: 1028F

  • Can Best Before Date: 01.09.2024

  • Lily’s Kitchen Chicken and Turkey Casserole 400g can

  • Multipack 24 x 400g cans)

  • Can Batch Number: 1032F

  • Can Best Before Date: 01.09.2024

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

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About

Lily’s Kitchen is a UK pet food brand purchased by Nestle-Purina PetCare in 2020. It continues to operate as a stand-alone business and its products are available to order online across the world. 

Nestle-Purina has similar arrangements with several super-premium niche pet food companies in the United States such as Merrick and Castor & Pollux.

Sources

1: [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].

2: [1. Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials].

3: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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

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