John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: June 12, 2024

Portland Pet Food (Wet) Review

Updated: June 12, 2024

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Portland Pet Food wet cat food is made up of two recipes which each receive the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

These recipes are limited in their ingredients and provide a very good diet option.

  • Very high in protein derived from quality animal protein and fish
  • Grain, gluten and wheat free
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Rich in fat and moisture
  • Limited range
  • Contains vegetable oil
  • Not a complete and balanced recipe

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating. The AAFCO nutrient profile is not included on the company website: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Portland Pet Food Boots' Salmon N' Pumpkin 5 U
Portland Pet Food Luke's Chicken N' Pumpkin 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Portland Pet Food Boots’ Salmon N’ Pumpkin 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.

Portland Pet Food Boots' Salmon N' Pumpkin

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Salmon, salmon broth, pumpkin puree, egg, vegetable oil, potato flour, sea salt, eggshells.

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 second ingredient is salmon 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 third ingredient is pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fifth ingredient is vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is potato flour. Unlike potato starch, potato flour is made from the whole potato (even the skins). This item is considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates with only modest nutritional value.

The seventh ingredient is sea  salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many cat foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals – including humans. Salt can often be found in cat foods to promote cats to drink more water too. This is a means of increasing their hydration and diluting their urine which helps to reduce the likelihood of urinary stones forming.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

The eighth ingredient is eggshells, used here as a natural source of dietary calcium.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Portland Pet Food Boots’ Salmon N’ Pumpkin looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 65%, a fat level of 15% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 12%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 62% and a near-average fat level of 14.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 23%.

This means this Portland Pet Food Pouches 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 small range of food is limited in its ingredients and yet provides high protein derived from good quality animal meat and fish. Each recipe is free from wheat, gluten and is grain-free. 

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Portland Pet Food cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Portland Pet Food has not had a recall.

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

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Portland Pet Food was founded in 2014 by Kathleen McCarron, Matt McCarron, and David McCarron.

It is based in Portland, USA.

The company’s food is made from locally sourced and natural ingredients.


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