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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Lotus Pet Foods Just Juicy (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Lotus Pet Foods Just Juicy wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of food provides a good source of animal protein listed as the first ingredient.  Protein levels are relatively high, although there are some plant-based proteins included, which needs to be taken into consideration when evaluating the protein levels in these recipes.

Pros
  • Animal proteins
  • High protein content
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Contains plant based proteins
  • Expensive compared to some other brands

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

Lotus Pet Foods Just Juicy Wet product line includes six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Lotus Cat Juicy Chicken Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Juicy Pollock Recipe 3.5 A
Lotus Cat Juicy Pork Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Juicy Salmon Recipe 3.5 A
Lotus Cat Juicy Turkey Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Juicy Venison Recipe 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Lotus Cat Juicy Turkey 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.

Lotus Cat Juicy Turkey Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

60%

Protein

10%

Fat

22%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Turkey, turkey broth, carrots, potato starch, calcium carbonate, monosodium phosphate, salt, olive oil, salmon oil, agar-agar, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, sodium selenite.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

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

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

The fourth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The sixth ingredient is monosodium phosphate, a supplemental source of both sodium and phosphorus.  Sodium and phosphorus are each considered essential minerals.

The seventh ingredient is salt, (also known as sodium chloride).  Salt is a common additive in many cat foods.  That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.  

Salt can often be found in cat foods to promote cats to drink more water too.  This is a means of increasing their hydration and diluting their urine which helps to reduce the likelihood of urinary stones forming.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

The eighth ingredient is olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat.  It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

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.

This recipe contains three notable exceptions.

Taurine, 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.

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.

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.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Lotus Cat Juicy Turkey Recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 60%, a fat level of 10% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 22%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 53.5% and a mean fat level of 11.2%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 22%.

This means that Lotus Pet Foods Just Juicy wet range contains above-average protein, near-average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

The Lotus Just Juicy product range provides a good source of quality protein with non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Limited ingredient recipe and grain-free.

Has Lotus Pet Foods cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Lotus does not appear to have had a product recall.

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About

Lotus was created in 2003 by the owners of Centinela Feed and Pet, a pet specialty store in Los Angeles.

It sources ingredients primarily from the United States and Canada with a focus on ingredients grown or raised near their manufacturing locations. 

Exceptions to this rule are green-lipped mussel, lamb, and lamb meal sourced from New Zealand. Its vitamins and minerals are sourced from Europe, with the exception of biotin, which is bought from a supplier in India.

Lotus dry foods are manufactured in a bakery in Canada. Its wet foods are made in a company-owned micro-cannery in California, where the foods are produced and packed in small batches.

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].

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