Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Solid Gold Tropical Blendz Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Solid Gold Tropical Blendz wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4 stars.

Each recipe in the range is tailored to meet the nutritional needs of cats at different stages of life.  Solid Gold Tropical Blenz features meat as the first ingredient. It is free of animal by-products, chemical preservatives, artificial ingredients, and carrageenan.

Pros
  • Grain and gluten free
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Good quality meat source listed in first five ingredients
  • Affordable
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.

The Solid Gold Tropical Blendz product line includes four cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Tropical Blendz with Chicken 4 A
Tropical Blendz with Chicken Liver 4 A
Tropical Blendz with Salmon 4 A
Tropical Blendz with Turkey 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Solid Gold Tropical Blendz with Chicken 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.

Solid Gold Tropical Blendz with Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

18.2%

Fat

28.4%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, water sufficient for processing, tuna, tapioca starch, dried egg product, coconut oil, carrots, pumpkin, salt, spinach, tricalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, sodium tripolyphosphate, magnesium sulfate, guar gum, potassium chloride, xanthan gum, carob bean gum, celery powder, taurine, vitamin e supplement, zinc oxide, reduced iron, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, vitamin a supplement, manganese sulfate monohydrate, vitamin B12 supplement, copper glycine 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 water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

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

The fifth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries – from eggs that have failed to hatch.

The sixth ingredient is coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.

The seventh ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

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 Tropical Blendz with Chicken looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 18.2% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.4%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 45.5% and an above-average fat level of 18.2%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 40%.

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

Final Word

Solid Gold Tropical Blendz is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Cat Food Advisor would recommend this product line and awards  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.

To stay on top of any cat food product recalls, sign up for our free email alerts, here.

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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