John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

Savage Cat Food Frozen Raw Boxes Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Savage Cat Food Boxes come in three formulas which each receive the Cat Food Advisor highest rating, 5 stars

This range of food has limited ingredients which are predominantly based on animal meat, bones and organs.  They include added vitamins too.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains multiple sources of animal protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • High in fat and moisture
Cons
  • Very high fat content
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than some other cat foods
  • Not complete and balanced to AAFCO nutrient profiles

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Savage Cat Food Chicken Boxes 5 U
Savage Cat Food Rabbit and Lamb Boxes 5 U
Savage Cat Food Duck Boxes 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Savage Cat Food Chicken Boxes 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.

Savage Cat Food Chicken Boxes

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

51.9%

Protein

37%

Fat

3.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Organic whole chicken with bones, organic chicken hearts, organic chicken liver, egg yolks, water, organic psyllium seed husk, wild salmon oil, taurine, vitamin E supplement, bovine adrenal tissue, bovine spleen tissue, ovine thymus tissue, porcine pancreas tissue, salt, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient isorganic whole chicken with bones,r. 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 second ingredient is organic chicken hearts. Although chicken heart 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 third ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is egg yolks. Eggs are highly digestible with an exceptionally high biological value. Egg yolk is an excellent source of usable protein, as well as a rich source of many vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

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

The sixth ingredient is organic psyllium seed husk. Psyllium seed husk is mainly included in pet foods as a source of dietary fiber. The husk is a source of soluble fiber which when combined with water has gelatinous properties. As a source of fiber Psyllium seed husk can be used to support digestive health. It may also be used as a thickener for controlling the texture of pet food.

The seventh ingredient is wild 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 bioavailability to dogs and humans. 

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

The eighth ingredient is taurine, 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. 

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Savage Cat Food Chicken Boxes looks like an above-average frozen-raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51.9%, a fat level of 37% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 3.1%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 52.8% and an above-average fat level of 34.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 4.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 66%.

This means this Savage Cat Food Boxes range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical frozen-raw cat food.

Final Word

This range is full of good quality protein, derived from animal meat, bone and organs.  Each recipe is rich in animal fat and moisture.  This food is a very good food option to consider.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Savage Cat Food Frozen Raw Boxes cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Savage cat food has not been recalled.

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

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About

Savage Cat Food is owned by Savage Pet, a company based in California which was founded in 2014.

The food is manufactured by Savage Pet in El Cajon, California, using US-sourced ingredients.

The certified organic chicken and antibiotic-free duck used in the recipes are raised in Pitman Farms in California. The humanely-raised lamb comes from Superior Farms in Dixon, CA. 

Savage uses rabbits sourced from sustainable farms, and the quail used in the recipes is raised locally in Southern California.

Sources

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

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