John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

RAWZ Senior Pate Wet Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

RAWZ Senior Pate cat food is made up of four recipes which each receive the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars.

This range of food lists the first ingredient as either animal meat or fish, both contributing to high protein formulas. These recipes are free from grains and potatoes which means carbohydrate content is low. This food offers a very good diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal protein and fish
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • High in fat and moisture
Cons
  • Contains plant based fat
  • Reasonably expensive versus other cat foods

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
RAWZ Senior Beef, Green Mussels & Pumpkin Cat Food 5 M
RAWZ Senior Chicken, Green Mussels & Pumpkin Cat Food 5 M
RAWZ Senior Salmon, Tuna & New Zealand Green Mussels Cat Food 5 M
RAWZ Senior Turkey, Pumpkin & Green Mussels Cat Food 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

RAWZ Senior Beef, Green Mussels & Pumpkin 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.

RAWZ Senior Beef, Green Mussels & Pumpkin Cat Food recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40.9%

Protein

27.3%

Fat

23.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef, beef bone broth, beef liver, green mussels, pumpkin, miscanthus grass, natural flavor, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fenugreek seed, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamins (niacin supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin), salt, dandelion greens, marine microalgae oil (source of epa & dha), taurine, magnesium proteinate, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), l-carnitine.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

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. Although bone broths add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, bone broths are a common component in many wet products. However, since broths consist almost entirely of water, the trace nutrients they contain account for only a fraction of the overall finished cat food.

The third ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is green mussels. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.

The fifth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is miscanthus grass, also known as elephant grass. Miscanthus is a non-GMO source of crude fiber.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, RAWZ Senior Beef, Green Mussels & Pumpkin Cat Food recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40.9%, a fat level of 27.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 23.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 43.8% and an above-average fat level of 23.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 55%.

This means this RAWZ Senior Pate 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 high in fat and moisture and low in carbohydrate.  With high protein derived from good quality animal meat and fish, this food offers a good food option for older cats..

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has RAWZ Senior Pate Wet cat food been recalled in the past?

No. RAWZ has not had a product recall.

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

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About

RAWZ was founded started in 1961, when Jim Scott purchased the Old Mother Hubbard line of dog food 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]

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