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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Lucy Pet Products (Dry) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Lucy Pet Products dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3 stars

This food does include animal protein, although protein levels are average. Plant-based proteins are included which needs to be considered when evaluating each recipe. Vitamins and minerals have been added which is a positive. However, more than one controversial ingredient has been used in one of the recipes.

Pros
  • Contains animal protein
  • Vitamins and minerals included
Cons
  • Average protein content
  • High in carbohydrate
  • Limited range

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

Lucy Pet product line includes two dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Lucy Pet Salmon, Pumpkin and Quinoa Cat 3 A
Lucy Pet Chicken, Brown Rice and Pumpkin Limited Ingredient Cat 3 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Lucy Pet Salmon, Pumpkin and Quinoa Cat 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.

Lucy Pet Salmon, Pumpkin and Quinoa Cat

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

36.4%

Protein

17%

Fat

38.6%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, chicken meal, dried chickpeas, salmon meal, dried peas, pea starch, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried pumpkin, quinoa, dried carrots, natural flavor, ground miscanthus grass, flaxseeds, fish oil, dried chicory root, dl-methionine, salt, potassium chloride, dried kelp, dried cranberries, choline chloride, (vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin), taurine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, (ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate), mixed tocopherols (preservative), citric acid (preservative), turmeric, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

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

The third ingredient is dried chickpeas. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a good source of carbohydrates.  Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried chickpeas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fourth ingredient is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.  1

The fifth ingredient is dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates.  Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.  Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

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

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, Lucy Pets Salmon, Pumpkin and Quinoa Cat recipe looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36.4%, a fat level of 17% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 38.6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36.5% and a mean fat level of 16.9%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 46%.

This means this Lucy Pet Products dry range contains near-average protein, above-average carbohydrate and above- average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Lucy Pet dry recipes are made with wholesome ingredients and with animal and fish proteins as the first ingredient. There is a choice of grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes.

Has Lucy Pet Products cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  To the best of our knowledge, Lucy Pet Products has had no history of recalls.

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

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About

Lucy Pet Products was founded by Joey Herrick in 2013.

All of Lucy Pet Product’s recipes are produced within the United States. Although the foods are not widely sold across the United States they can be purchased at select retail stores.

Sources

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

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