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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Made by Nacho Shreds Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Made by Nacho Shreds wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food is high in protein derived from animal sources.   Carbohydrate content is very low, yet this food is rich in fat and moisture.  With added vitamins and minerals, this food offers an excellent choice of diet.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • High in fat and moisture
Cons
  • Limited range to choose from - i.e. two variants

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

Made by Nacho Shreds product line includes two cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Made by Nacho Grain-Free Shredded Chicken in Bone Broth 5 G&M
Made by Nacho Grain-Free Shredded Turkey in Bone Broth 5 G&M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Made by Nacho Grain-Free Shredded Chicken in Bone Broth 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.

Made by Nacho Grain-Free Shredded Chicken in Bone Broth recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

70%

Protein

20%

Fat

2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken bone broth, turkey bone broth, chicken, sunflower oil, carrots, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), spinach, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), xanthan gum, taurine, minerals (zinc oxide, iron glycinate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), magnesium sulfate.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

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Ingredients Analysis

The first and second ingredients are ​​chicken and turkey bone broth.  Although they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, bone broths are a common component in many wet products.  However, since broths consist almost entirely of water, the trace nutrients they contain account for only a fraction of the overall finished cat food.

The third ingredient is chickenChicken 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 fourth 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-3s, 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 fifth ingredient is carrots which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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 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 eighth ingredient is salmon oil.  Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids.  These two high quality fats boast the highest bioavailability to cats and humans. 

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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.

Recipe star rating 5

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Made by Nacho Grain-Free Shredded Chicken in Bone Broth recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 70%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 70% and an above-average fat level of 20%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 2% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 29%.

This means this Made by Nachos Shreds range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Made by Nacho wet food formulas are made with bone broth and prepared with a flavorful gravy.  These recipes contain real animal protein as the first ingredient, paired with supplementary protein sources as well as grains, fruits and veggies, omega fatty acids, and prebiotics.

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

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

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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.

Sources

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

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