Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Nutro Cuts in Gravy Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Nutro Cuts in Gravy cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars.

High-quality protein is the foundation of every recipe, and they contain added vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to support a cat’s health.

Pros
  • Natural ingredients
  • No GMO foods
  • Grain-free
Cons
  • Some foods contain low-quality fillers

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

The Nutro Cuts in Gravy product line includes six dry cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Beef Recipe Cuts in Gravy 3.5 M
Chicken Recipe Cuts in Gravy 3.5 M
Cuts in Gravy Chicken & Salmon Recipe 3.5 M
Salmon Recipe Cuts in Gravy 3.5 M
Turkey Recipe Cuts in Gravy 3.5 M
Tuna Recipe Cuts in Gravy 3.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Nutro Beef Recipe Cuts 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.

Nutro Beef Recipe Cuts in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

38.9%

Protein

25%

Fat

28.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken broth, water, beef, chicken, chicken liver, pork plasma, tapioca starch, potassium chloride, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), salt, calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, xanthan gum, choline chloride, sodium acid pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, taurine, thiamine mononitrate, sodium hexametaphosphate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken 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 water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The third ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus. 1. 

Beef is naturally rich in all 11 essential amino acids required by a 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

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

The fifth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient is pork plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.

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

The eighth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

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.

This recipe receives a 3.5-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Nutro Beef Recipe Cuts in Gravy looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38.9%, a fat level of 25% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.1%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40.5% and a mean fat level of 20.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 39.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 51%.

This means the Nutro Cuts in Gravy product line contains average protein, above-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Nutro Cuts in Gravy range are made with non-GMO ingredients carefully sourced from a trusted network of farmers and suppliers.

The recipes contain no corn, wheat, or soy protein, and have no chicken by-product meal,  artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors.

Has Nutro cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes.

In September 2009 Mars Petcare issued a recall for select varieties of dry dog food and dry cat food. Here is an excerpt from the original press release: 

“Small pieces of melted plastic were recently found in the production line of select varieties of NUTRO® dry dog and cat food products. We immediately retrieved the affected pet food from our distributors, and only three SKUs reached retail stores. These were delivered to a small number of PetSmart and Petco stores.”

In the same year, Nutro issued a voluntary recall for select varieties of cat foods. The recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in the cat food. According to Nutro, this error is due to a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

In 2007 Nutro pet foods were included in a nationwide recall initiated by Menu Foods. At the time, Menu Foods manufactured multiple varieties of Nutro products. The recalls were due to contaminated ingredients imported from China in 2006 and early 2007. These contaminated ingredients were used in the production of several Nutro pet food products.

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

To stay on top of any cat food product recalls, sign up for our free email alerts, here.

About

Nutro cat food is owned by Mars along with food brands including Whiskas, Royal Canin, Sheba and IAMS.

All Nutro food is produced in the USA.

Sources

1, 2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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