John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: May 14, 2024

PetKind Canada Fresh Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Canada Fresh cat food is made up of six wet recipes which all receive the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

This range lists animal protein as the first ingredient and includes other animal protein sources too.  It delivers a high protein meal and is species appropriate.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • First ingredient listed as animal protein
  • Multiple sources of animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
Cons
  • Includes plant based protein
  • More expensive than some cat foods

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Canada Fresh Cat – Beef Formula 5 A
Canada Fresh Cat – Lamb Formula 5 A
Canada Fresh Cat – Salmon Formula 5 A
Canada Fresh Cat – Chicken Formula 5 A
Canada Fresh Cat – Duck Formula 5 A
Canada Fresh Cat – Red Meat Formula 5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Canada Fresh Cat – Beef 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.



Canada Fresh Cat – Beef Formula

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

43.2%

Protein

38.6%

Fat

10.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef, beef broth, peas, tri-calcium phosphate, agar-agar, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salmon oil, choline chloride, salt, taurine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, selenium yeast, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12, calcium iodate, folic acid.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 second ingredient is beef broth. Beef 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 third ingredient is peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The fourth ingredient is tri-calcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

The fifth ingredient is agar-agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

The sixth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement. 

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

The eighth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans. 

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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 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.

Finally, this food includes taurine which is an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

We view the presence of taurine in this recipe as a positive addition.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Canada Fresh Cat – Beef Formula looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43.2%, a fat level of 38.6% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 40.9% and an above-average fat level of 36.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14.7% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 89%.

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

Final Word

This range of food is rich in fat and moisture, whilst delivering a high level of protein derived from animal sources.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has PetKind Canada Fresh cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Canada Fresh Cat Food 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

Canada Fresh cat food is manufactured by PetKind,  a company based in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. It is family-owned and operated by the Wasmuth family.

Most of the company’s ingredients are sourced from Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

The Tripe Dry and Canada Fresh foods are made in Canada.

Sources

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

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