John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 14, 2024

Love Nala Wet Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Love Nala wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This range of food lists animal and fish as the first ingredient which delivers a very high protein diet.  Each recipe is low in fat and carbohydrates and has added vitamins and minerals to provide a very good food to consider.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal and fish protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Large portion sizes
  • Contains plant based protein

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

The Love Nala product line includes ten wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken Flaked With Sweet Potato & Tomato Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat
Tuna & Salmon Recipe Flaked Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Salmon Flaked Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Chicken Flaked With Carrot & Sweet Potato Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Chicken Flaked With Pumpkin Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Tuna Flaked With Carrot & Green Pea Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Tuna, Carrot & Salmon Recipe Paté Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Mackerel With Carrot & Pumpkin Recipe Paté Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Tuna With Spinach Recipe Paté Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food
Chicken With Carrot & Pumpkin Recipe Paté Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Love Nala Chicken Flaked With Pumpkin Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food 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.

Love Nala Chicken Flaked With Pumpkin Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

66.7%

Protein

10%

Fat

15.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken broth, chicken, sunflower oil, pumpkin, tapioca starch, natural flavor, pea protein, guar gum, taurine, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, manganese sulfate, α-tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), salt, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, nicotinic acid, vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K3), folic acid, potassium iodide, magnesium oxide.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.0%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 second ingredient is chicken, which 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 third ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils. 

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The sixth ingredient is natural flavor. 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.

The seventh ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable. 

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label – a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The eighth ingredient is guar gum, 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 menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K. Those concerned about the presence of menadione in this recipe may wish to ignore our rating and look elsewhere for a different product.

Finally, this recipe contains 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 as a positive addition.

Recipe star rating 5

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Love Nala Chicken Flaked With Pumpkin Recipe Dinner In Broth Adult Cat Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 66.7%, a fat level of 10% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 15.3%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 64.8% and a near-average fat level of 10.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 17%.

This means this Love Nala wet range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food is a broth based formula, which flakes the key animal and fish protein to create a palatable texture.  

The CatFoodAdvisor recommends this food.

Has Love Nala cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Love Nala has not had a product recall.

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

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About

Love Nala launched in 2019 and is based in Visalia, CA. The company is partnered with Creative Labs and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading entertainment and sports agency.

The dry Love Nala cat foods are made in Visalia, while the wet foods are made in a human-grade facility in Thailand.

Sources

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

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