Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 23, 2024

Salty Cat Review

Updated: January 23, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

Salty Cat wet canned cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 3.5 stars.

This small range of recipes provides good protein content derived from species appropriate meat.  Protein is above average, but so too is carbohydrate content.  Vitamins and minerals have been added to ensure that this food delivers a good diet option.

Pros
  • Higher than average protein
  • Contains species appropriate meat
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • High in carbohydrate
  • Limited range

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Salty Cat product line includes two wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Salty Cat Chicken Casserole in Gravy Wet Cat Food 3.5 M
Salty Cat with Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food 3.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Salty Cat Chicken Casserole in Gravy Wet 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.

Salty Cat Chicken Casserole in Gravy Wet Cat Food recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

41.7%

Protein

12.5%

Fat

37.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Water, chicken, wheat flour, beef liver, glycine (amino acid), tapioca starch, ovine liver, sunflower oil, minerals (tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, magnesium proteinate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese sulphate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, calcium iodate), guar gum, color (brown iron oxide, red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, caramel), vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin C supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, pantothenic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, fish broth, natural flavor.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods. 

The second 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 eleven essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The third ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any cat food.

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

The fifth ingredient is glycine. Glycine is an amino acid. This is usually included to improve protein quality of the food. Glycine is seen as a positive addition to this food.

The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh ingredient is ovine liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

(Ovine is sheep, so this is similar to lamb liver).

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-3’s, 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.

However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Recipe star rating 3.5

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Salty Cat Chicken Casserole in Gravy Wet Cat Food recipe looks like an average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41.7%, a fat level of 12.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 37.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 41.7% and a near-average fat level of 12.5%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 37.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 30%.

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

Final Word

The Salty Cat range of recipes provides good sources of protein, derived from animal meat.  Each recipe has been supplemented with vitamins and minerals which is a positive addition.

Has Salty Cat cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Salty Cat food does not appear to have had any product recalls.

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About

The Salty Cat brand is owned by Pet Krewe Food which is based in Louisiana, New Orleans. It sells holiday and novelty pet costumes as well as cat supplements and wet pet food.

Sources

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

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