John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

RAWZ Dry Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Rawz Dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars.

This range of food contains multiple sources of animal protein and offers a high protein meal. It is relatively low in fat and has added vitamins and minerals.

Pros
  • Multiple sources of animal protein
  • High protein
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • High in carbohydrate
  • Limited range

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Dehydrated Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Cat Food Recipe 4 A
Salmon, Dehydrated Chicken & Whitefish Cat Food Recipe 4 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Dehydrated Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Cat Food 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.

Dehydrated Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Cat Food Recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

13.3%

Fat

34.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Dehydrated chicken, dehydrated deboned chicken, chicken, turkey, chicken liver, turkey liver, turkey heart, pea starch, tapioca starch, dried peas, natural chicken flavor, dried egg product, flaxseeds, dried tomato pomace, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, dl-methionine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, 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, calcium iodate), mixed tocopherols (preservative), taurine, citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first, second and third ingredients are dehydrated chicken,  dehydrated deboned chicken and chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh 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 fourth ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”. 2

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

The fifth and sixth ingredients are chicken liver and turkey liver. Liver is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The seventh ingredient is turkey heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle – all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The eighth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

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.

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.

 

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Dehydrated Chicken, Turkey & Chicken Cat Food Recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 13.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 34.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and a near-average fat level of 13.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34.2% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 30%.

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

Final Word

This range of food does contain multiple sources of animal protein which is positive.  However, these formulas do contain plant based protein and so this needs to be considered when evaluating protein levels. Nonetheless, this food provides a good diet option.

Has RAWZ Dry cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Rawz has not had a product recall.

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About

RAWZ started in 1961 when Jim Scott purchased the Old Mother Hubbard line of dog products. Though the Scott family later sold the brand to WellPet in 2008, it launched their family business which continues to trade today.

Most of their ingredients come from the United States or Canada. Some spices and supplements are sourced from Europe and Asia.

Some RAWZ products are made in the United States, including their dehydrated food. RAWZ shredded cat food cans and cat food pouches are manufactured in Thailand by Chotiwat Manufacturing Company.

Sources

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

2: [1. Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition].

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