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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Lucy Pet Products Stew (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Lucy Pet Products Stew cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars

This range of food provides good sources of animal protein as this is listed as the second ingredient in each recipe. It is high in protein and low in carbohydrate, with added vitamins and minerals.  This food provides a good diet option to consider.

Pros
  • A good source of animal protein
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
Cons
  • Limited range

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

Lucy Pet Products Wet product line includes four wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Sardine and Tuna Cat Recipe in Gravy 4 A
Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Chicken Cat Recipe in Gravy 4 A
Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Salmon and Chicken Cat Recipe in Gravy 4 A
Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Chicken and Duck Cat Recipe in Gravy 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Chicken Cat Recipe in Gravy 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 Kettle Creations Chicken Cat Recipe in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

12.5%

Fat

29.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken broth, chicken, pumpkin, brown rice, sunflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, tapioca starch, guar gum, salt, minerals (zinc oxide, reduced iron, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodide), choline chloride, taurine, magnesium sulfate, (vitamin E supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity).


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

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

The fourth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest.  However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus.  In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

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

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.

There are two notable exceptions in this recipe.

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.

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, Lucy Pet Kettle Creations Chicken Cat Recipe in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 12.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 29.5%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 12.5%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 25%.

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

Final Word

Lucy Pet stew recipes are made with wholesome ingredients and  include a high protein content. They are made with 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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