John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 14, 2024

Monge BWild Dry Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Monge BWild dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars.

This range of food lists animal meat and fish as the first ingredient.  Each formula contains animal protein and fats. Protein levels are not particularly high, but carbohydrate content is.

Pros
  • Contains animal protein and fish
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • High in carbohydrate
  • More than one controversial ingredient used
  • Contains plant based proteins

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

Monge BWild product line includes six dry cat foods. Although this food doesn’t meet any AAFCO nutrient profiles, it is a complete food for adult cats based on the European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) nutrient guidelines.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Bwild Cat Adult Anchois 3.5 U
Bwild Cat Adult Hare 3.5 U
Bwild Cat Kitten Goose 3.5 U
GF Bwild Cat Adult Cod with Potatoes and Lens 3.5 U
GF Bwild Cat Large Breeds Buffalo 3.5 U
GF Bwild Cat Salmon 3.5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Monge Bwild Cat Adult Hare 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.

Monge Bwild Cat Adult Hare recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

37.6%

Protein

19.4%

Fat

35%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Dried hare meat, animal fat, chicken fresh meat, tapioca, yellow peas, rice, oats, dried beet pulp, hydrolysed animal proteins, minerals, brewers’ yeast (source of mos), dried eggs, linseeds, dried carrot, dried tomato pulp, pea fiber, xylo-oligosaccharide, yucca schidigera, dried pineapple pulp, dried blueberries pulp, dried cranberries pulp, dried raspberries pulp, milk protein powder. Vitamin A (retinyl acetate): 26,000 IU, vitamin D3: 1,200 IU, vitamin E (all-rac-alpha-tocopheryl acetate): 470 mg, manganese (manganous sulphate monohydrate 32 mg): 10.4 mg, zinc (zinc oxide 105 mg): 84.3 mg, copper (copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate 13 mg): 3.3 mg, iron (iron (II) sulphate monohydrate 110 mg): 36.2 mg, selenium (sodium selenite 0.2 mg): 0.09 mg, iodine (calcium iodate anhydrous 1.8 mg): 1.17 mg, DL-methionine technically pure 1,000 mg, Taurine 2,600 mg, L-Carnitine 550 mg.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is dried hare meat. Hare is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered hare” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh. 1

The second ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from just about anywhere: salvaged roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, even dead, diseased or dying cattle.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The third ingredient is chicken fresh meat which is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”. 2

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

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

The fifth ingredient is yellow peas which are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The sixth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The seventh ingredient is oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is dried beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most cat foods is entirely acceptable.

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 brewer’s yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to . This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular cat is allergic to the yeast itself.

In any case, unless your cat is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive. 

Recipe star rating 3.5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Monge Bwild cat adult hare recipe looks like an average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37.6%, a fat level of 19.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 35%.

As a group, the brand features a near-average protein content of 36.2% and an above-average fat level of 17.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 50%.

This means this Monge BWild Dry range contains near-average protein, higher than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range of food offers a good choice of recipes made from good quality animal protein and fish.  However, there are more than one controversial ingredient used in some recipes, which needs to be considered when evaluating and rating this range.

Has Monge BWild Dry cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Monge cat food 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

Monge was founded in Italy in 1963 and has a pet food factory in Monasterolo di Savigliano, in the Italian province of Cuneo.

The company exports to more than 90 countries around the world.

Monge has a production and logistics facility at its main site in northern Italy and as it is part of the European Union the company follows the FEDIAF directives rather than AAFCO.

Sources

1: [1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)].

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

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