Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Solid Gold Triple Layer Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Solid Gold Triple Layer wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars.

The product line is made from three textures: classic paté, whipped mousse and real meat shreds. It is grain and gluten-free, made with real meat and fish to provide a high-quality source of protein.

Pros
  • This recipe has high moisture content
  • Doesn’t contain fillers
  • There are no by-products, or artificial additives
  • High in animal protein
Cons
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins

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

This product line includes four wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Triple Layer with Beef & Pumpkin 4 A
Triple Layer with Chicken & Pumpkin 4 A
Triple Layer with Salmon & Pumpkin 4 A
Triple Layer with Turkey & Pumpkin 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Solid Gold Triple Layer (Paté, Mousse & Shreds) with Chicken & 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.

Triple Layer with Chicken & Pumpkin

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

54.5%

Protein

9.1%

Fat

28.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, tuna, pumpkin, egg white, whole egg, water sufficient for processing, sunflower oil, tapioca starch, tricalcium phosphate, carob bean gum, salt, xanthan gum, magnesium sulfate, natural antioxidant, taurine, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, reduced iron, niacin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate monohydrate, vitamin B12 supplement, copper amino acid complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, potassium iodide, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K)


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first 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 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is tuna.  Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.  This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2

The third ingredient is pumpkinPumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is egg whiteEggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

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

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

The seventh ingredient is sunflower oilSunflower 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.

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

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 does contain 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.

This recipe receives a 4-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Solid Gold Triple Layer (Paté, Mousse & Shreds) with Chicken & Pumpkin looks like an average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 54.5%, a fat level of 9.1% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 53.4% and a below-average fat level of 9.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 17%.

This means this Solid Gold Triple Layer contains higher than average protein, near-average carbohydrate and lower than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Solid Gold Triple Layer wet product line has many quality ingredients across its recipes and in general, supports healthy digestion.

The Cat Food Advisor would recommend this product line and gives it a 4-star rating

Has Solid Gold cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes. In 2012, Solid Gold recalled limited numbers of its Wolf Cub dog food for suspected salmonella, after the bacteria was discovered in Diamond Pet Foods Gaston, South Carolina, facility. To read the full details of this recall, visit the Dog Food Advisor.

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

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About

Sissy Harrington-McGill founded Solid Gold in 1970 after noticing that Great Dane dogs living in Germany lived, on average, four years longer than those that lived in the United States.  

Solid Gold was one of the first pet food brands to use the holistic label, incorporating a variety of what the company describes as “carefully curated superfoods”.

All of Solid Gold’s dry cat food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in the United States. Most of their wet cat food is made in Thailand.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

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