John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

PawTree Real Dry Food Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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PawTree dry cat food range is made up of five recipes with ratings varying from 4-5 stars. The average rating of the whole range is 4 stars

This food lists the first ingredient as either animal meat, or fish.  Each recipe is relatively high in carbohydrate and dried egg product is included as a supplementary source of animal protein.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal meat and fish
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • Contains plant based proteins
  • Relatively high carbohydrate content

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile

Product line Rating AAFCO
PawTree Real Chicken Recipe 5 G&M
PawTree Real Chicken & Potato Recipe 4 M
PawTree Real Salmon & Potato Recipe 4 G&M
PawTree Real Turkey & Oatmeal Recipe 4 G&M
PawTree Real Whitefish & Brown Rice Recipe 4 G

Recipe and Label Analysis

PawTree Real Chicken 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.

PawTree Real Chicken Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

20.5%

Fat

26.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken meal, dried potato, turkey meal, salmon meal, dried egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, tomato pomace, flaxseed, sea salt, fructooligosaccharides, choline chloride, salmon oil, dried cranberries, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide), calcium chloride, dried blueberries, dried apples, dried kale, dried carrots, mixed tocopherols, taurine, l-carnitine, dried saccharomyces cerevisiae, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtillis fermentation extract, rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken

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 chicken meal, a meat concentrate which contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight effect on our estimate of the total protein content of this recipe.

The fourth and fifth ingredients are turkey meal and salmon meal. 

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations. 2

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg products can even come from commercial hatcheries – from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

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 also contains Tomato pomace which is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

This food also contains chelated minerals,  that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods. 

We also note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, PawTree Real Chicken Recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 20.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 26.1%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 41.8% and an above-average fat level of 19.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31.1% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 46%.

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

Final Word

This range of food provides high levels of protein derived from animal meat and fish.  It is rich in fat and does not contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Has pawTree Real Dry Food cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Pawtree has not had any product recalls.

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

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About

PawTree is an online company which was founded by Roger Morgan in 2012.

The companyPawTree is headquarters areed in Southlake, Texas. The  foods are and based on information from the product packaging, PawTree products are made in the USA and distributed by the PawTreem too.

Sources

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

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

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