John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

Monge Delicate Wet Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Monge Delicate wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of food lists animal meat as the first ingredient, which provides a very high level of protein. There are minimal ingredients overall which means this food is very close to a cat’s natural diet.

Pros
  • First ingredient is animal meat
  • Very high in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Low in fat
  • High in moisture
Cons
  • More expensive than some cat foods

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

The Monge Delicate product line includes six wet 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
Monge Delicate Chicken with Omelette and Spots 5 U
Monge Delicate Chicken with Ham 5 U
Monge Delicate Chicken with Carrot and Potato 5 U
Monge Delicate Chicken with Calamari 5 U
Monge Delicate Chicken with Asparagus 5 U
Monge Delicate Chicken Breast 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Monge Delicate Chicken with Carrot and Potato 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 Delicate Chicken with Carrot and Potato

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

80%

Protein

1.5%

Fat

10.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, yellowfin tuna (thunnus albacares), potatoes, carrots, rice, f.o.s. (fructo-oligosaccharides), vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate) 2000 IU, vitamin D3 200 IU, Vitamin E (DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate) 25 mg.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is 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 second ingredient is yellowfin tuna. Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 2

The third ingredient is potatoes. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The fourth ingredient is carrots which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is fructo-oligosaccharides.  Fructooligosaccharides are included here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine and deliver digestive health benefits.

Recipe star rating 5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Monge Delicate Chicken with Carrot and Potato recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 80%, a fat level of 1.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.5%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 80% and a below-average fat level of 1.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 2%.

This means this Monge Delicate range contains higher than average protein and lower than average carbohydrate and lower than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This food is exceptional when it comes to high protein provision from good quality animal meat.  It is low in fat and carbohydrates and rich in moisture, so provides a near natural diet for a cat.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Monge Delicate Wet 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. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

2: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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