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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Lotus Pet Foods Pate (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Lotus Pet Foods Pate cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of food lists animal protein as the first ingredient and contains other animal organ meat.  Protein levels are high, although there are some plant-based proteins included which need to be considered.  Each recipe is enriched with vitamins and minerals, so this food offers a good diet option.

Pros
  • Animal protein included
  • High levels of protein
  • Vitamins and minerals included
Cons
  • Contains plant based protein
  • More expensive than some cat foods

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

Lotus Pet Foods Pate product line includes seven cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Lotus Cat Pate Chicken Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Duck Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Pork Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Rabbit Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Salmon Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Sardine Recipe 4 A
Lotus Cat Pate Turkey Recipe 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

The Lotus Cat Pate Pork 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 Pate Pork Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40.9%

Protein

22.7%

Fat

28.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Pork, pork broth, pork liver, white fish, pork liver broth, peas, natural flavor, agar-agar, tricalcium phosphate, clams, blueberries, cranberries, carrots, whole ground flaxseed meal, eggs, asparagus, new zealand green mussel, olive oil, salmon oil, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, kelp, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, taurine, choline chloride, betaine, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.  1

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

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

The fourth ingredient is white fish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

The fifth ingredient is pork liver 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 sixth ingredient is 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 natural flavorNatural 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.

The eighth ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae.  Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

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.

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Nutrient Analysis

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

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40.9%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41.6% and a mean fat level of 20.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 49%.This means that Lotus Pet Foods pate cat food contains above-average protein, near-average carbohydrate and above-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

The Lotus pate 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 from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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