Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: November 9, 2023

Nulo MedalSeries Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: November 9, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Nulo MedalSeries wet cat food range receives the Cat Food Advisor rating: 5 stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages — kitten, adult and senior cats.

Pros
  • Contains omega-3s
  • Contains probiotics
  • Grain-free
  • Quality protein ingredients
Cons
  • Expensive

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

The Nulo MedalSeries wet product line contains 21 dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe in Gravy 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Chicken & Herring Recipe 5 A
Silky Mousse Kitten Chicken, Liver & Duck Recipe 5 G
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Trout & Salmon Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Turkey & Chicken Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Shredded Chicken & Duck Recipe in Gravy 5 A
Cat & Kitten Mackerel, Shrimp & Mussel Stew 5 A
Cat & Kitten Silky Mousse Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Silky Mousse Chicken & Salmon Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp Recipe in Broth 5 A
Cat & Kitten Silky Mousse Beef & Sardine Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Chicken & Chicken Liver Stew 5 A
Cat & Kitten Yellowfin Tuna & Crab Stew 5 A
Cat & Kitten Shredded Beef & Rainbow Trout Recipe in Gravy 5 A
Cat & Kitten Chicken & Salmon Recipe in Broth 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Beef & Mackerel Recipe in Gravy 5 A
Cat & Kitten Silky Mousse Chicken & Duck Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Shredded Turkey & Halibut Recipe in Gravy 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Beef & Lamb 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Salmon & Mackerel Recipe 5 A
Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Salmon & Turkey Recipe in Gravy 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Nulo MedalSeries Wet Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe 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.

Nulo MedalSeries Wet Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

55.6%

Protein

19.4%

Fat

17%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Turkey, turkey broth, duck broth, turkey liver, dried egg whites, carrots, duck, dried ground peas, natural flavor, guar gum, ground flaxseed, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, cranberries, pumpkin, blueberries, dried kelp, yucca schidigera extract, inulin, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, flaxseed oil, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement,vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The second and third ingredient is turkey and duck broths. 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 turkey 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 carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”. 1

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

The eighth ingredient is dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber. However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Nulo MedalSeries Wet Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55.6%, a fat level of 19.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 17%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 56.9% and a mean fat level of 21.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 40%.

This means the Nulo MedalSeries wet product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Nulo MedalSeries wet product line on average has 83-90% of the protein that comes from animal sources, formulas are grain-free and there is a wide variety of flavors to tempt even the fussiest cat.

Has Nulo cat food been recalled in the past?

No, there have been no recorded recalls for Nulo.

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About

Nulo was founded in 2009 by Michael Landa and Brett Montana, after they saw high rates of diabetes and other medical issues in dogs and cats while running their pet-sitting business. 

The company is still privately owned.

All ingredients are sourced and all recipes are made in the USA.

Sources

1: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition

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