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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Made by Nacho Cuts in Gravy (Wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Made by Nacho Cuts in Gravy 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 organs too.  Protein content is high and vitamins and minerals have also been added, so this food offers a good diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Animal based protein listed as first ingredient
  • Low in fat
  • High in moisture
Cons
  • Limited range to choose from

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

Made by Nacho Cuts in Gravy product line includes three wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Made by Nacho Chicken Cuts in Gravy 4 G&M
Made by Nacho Salmon Cuts in Gravy 4 G&M
Made by Nacho Beef Cuts in Gravy 4 G&M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Made by Nacho Salmon Cuts in Gravy 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.

Made by Nacho Salmon Cuts in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

11.1%

Fat

36.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, salmon broth, chicken bone broth, chicken liver, dried egg whites, ocean whitefish, pumpkin, organic oats, cranberries, natural flavor, salt, guar gum, sunflower oil, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), choline chloride, sodium carbonate, vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), inulin, taurine, magnesium sulfate, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried kale.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

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 and third ingredients are salmon broth and chicken bone 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 fourth ingredient is chicken liver.  This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg whites.  Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The sixth ingredient is ocean whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

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

The eighth ingredient is organic oats.  Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals 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, Made by Nacho Salmon Cuts in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 11.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 36.4%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and a near-average fat level of 13%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 29%.

This means that the Made by Nacho Cuts in Gravy range contains higher than average protein, near-average carbohydrate and near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food has high levels of protein which is sourced from animal meat.  Five out of the first seven ingredients are sources of animal protein and the remaining two are bone broths (chicken and turkey).

Overall, this appears to be a protein- and moisture-rich formula with near-average fat content and near-average carbohydrate content.

Has Made by Nacho cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Made by Nacho cat food has never had a recall.

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

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About

Made by Nacho was founded in 2021 by US TV personality and chef Bobby Flay, who is a TV personality in the USA. 

Working alongside Bobby Flay is veterinarian Dr. Katja Lang who aims to ensure every product is full of premium ingredients that provide cats with the essential nutrients they need to thrive.

Made by Nacho cat food is made in the USA from ingredients sourced from around the world. 

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