Laura Ward

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Natural Balance Delectable Delights Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Natural Balance Delectable Delights wet cat food range receives the Cat Food Advisor rating: 4.5 stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all adult and kitten maintenance.

Each recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition, with premium protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

Pros
  • Quality protein ingredients
  • No fillers
  • No by-products
Cons
  • Expensive

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

The Natural Balance Delectable Delights product line contains five wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
O'Fishally Scampi Cat Stew Formula 4.5 M
Sea Brûlée Cat Stew Formula 4.5 M
Land n Sea Cat-serole Cat Paté Recipe 4.5 M
Catatouille Cat Stew Formula 4.5 M
Purrrfect Paella Cat Stew Formula 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Natural Balance Delectable Delights O’Fishally Scampi Cat Stew Formula 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.

Natural Balance Delectable Delights O'Fishally Scampi Cat Stew

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

58.8%

Protein

11.8%

Fat

21.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Tuna broth, tuna, salmon, chicken, carrots, shrimp, dill, dried egg, pea protein, tapioca starch, guar gum, tricalcium phosphate, sunflower oil, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodide, sodium selenite), magnesium sulfate, zinc oxide, thiamine mononitrate


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is tuna 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 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. 1

The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken 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 fifth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is shrimp. Shrimp are small crustaceans closely related to krill. Shrimp is a rich source of many nutrients, including Iodine and Omega 3 fatty acids.

The seventh ingredient is dill. Dill is a herb which has a mild aniseed-like flavor. Dill is rich in antioxidants, but realistically after this food is cooked it is unlikely to provide many benefits in terms of vitamins.

The eighth ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Natural Balance Delectable Delights O’Fishally Scampi Cat Stew Formula looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 58.8%, a fat level of 11.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 21.4%.

As a group, the brand features an average-protein content of 58.8% and a mean fat level of 11.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 20%.

This means the Natural Balance Delectable Delights product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and near-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Natural Balance Delectable Delights provides complete and balanced nutrition for cats. The recipes are grain-free and contain no artificial colors and flavors which have no nutritional benefit to cats.

Has Natural Balance cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, there have been three recorded recalls for Natural Balance. For full details, please visit the Dog Food Advisor, but in summary:

In April 2007 the company informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of complaints it had received about its Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food. 

According to these complaints, some pets had experienced vomiting and kidney failure after consuming these products.

The company immediately issued a voluntary recall of all the affected products, and following laboratory tests, it was determined that some of them contained trace amounts of melamine, which is thought to have come from rice concentrate. 

Later that month, Natural Balance issued a second limited recall for four canned pet foods that were found to contain traces of melamine in rice protein concentrates.

In July 2007, the company recalled a small batch of canned pet food that it feared may have been contaminated in a large-scale botulism outbreak associated with one of its producers, Castleberry’s Food Company. 

In response to ongoing concerns following these recalls, Natural Balance built its own ISO-17025 accredited laboratory and commenced proactively testing every production run of the entire pet food range for nine different toxins before shipping their products to retailers.

On July 3, 2020, Natural Balance’s parent company, J.M. Smucker, issued a voluntary recall on a single batch of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Chicken Liver Pâté Formula, after receiving complaints that several cats had become unwell after eating it. 

Subsequent tests revealed that the batch contained elevated levels of choline chloride.

All of the food recipes contain chicken or poultry by-product meal and are bulked out using plant-based ingredients. It also consists of controversial ingredients BHA as a preservative as well as artificial colors.

All of the food recipes contain chicken or poultry by-product meal and are bulked out using plant-based ingredients. It also consists of controversial ingredients BHA as a preservative as well as artificial colors.

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

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About

Natural Balance Pet Foods was formed in 1989, and was picked up by Petco and sold in 625 stores across the United States. In May 2013, Natural Balance merged with Del Monte Foods and was then sold again in 2015 to J.M Smucker Company.

Natural Balance headquarters are in Pacoima, Los Angeles, California. Its products are produced at a variety of manufacturers across the United States from ingredients sourced from the United States, France, India, New Zealand, and Canada.

Sources

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

2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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