John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: May 30, 2024

Soulistic Original (Wet) Review

Updated: May 30, 2024

Our Verdict


Highly Recommended

Soulistic Original Recipes wet product range consists of 11 recipes with ratings which vary from 4-5 stars. The average rating of the whole range is 5 stars. 

This food is available in cans and pouches and comes in two different formulas — gravy and gelee.  It is very high in protein, derived from animal meat and fish protein.  This is a good food option for cats.

  • High in protein
  • Multiple sources of animal and fish protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Low in fat
  • High in moisture
  • Contains vegetable fat
  • 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: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Soulistic Originals Shrimply Divine Tuna & Shrimp Dinner - in Gelée 5 U
Soulistic Originals Double Happiness Tuna & Crab Surimi Dinner – in Gelée 5 U
Soulistic Originals Seaside Serenity Salmon & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy 5 U
Soulistic Originals Golden Fortune Chicken & Tuna Dinner – in Pumpkin Soup 5 U
Soulistic Originals Pure Bliss Tuna Whole Meat Dinner – in Gravy 5 U
Soulistic Originals Aqua Grill Tilapia & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy 5 U
Soulistic Originals Good Karma Chicken Dinner – in Gravy 5 U
Soulistic Originals Nautical Nirvana Tuna & Skipjack Dinner – in Gravy 5 U
Soulistic OriginalsSoulistic OriginalsSweet Salutations Chicken & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy 4 U
Soulistic Originals Harvest Sunrise Chicken & Pumpkin Dinner – in Gravy 4 U
Soulistic Originals Tri-fusion Tuna With Grilled Salmon, Beef & Duck Dinner – in Gravy 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Soulistic Originals Seaside Serenity Salmon & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy 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.

Soulistic Originals Seaside Serenity Salmon & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content







Fish broth, salmon, tuna, tapioca starch, sunflower seed oil, calcium lactate, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, choline chloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, copper sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement.

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is fish broth. Broths are nutritionally empty, but because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The second and third ingredients are salmon and tuna. Both are an oily fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

They are typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 1

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

The fifth ingredient is sunflower seed 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.

The sixth ingredient is calcium lactate, a calcium additive made by the action of lactic acid and calcium carbonate. The ingredient is most likely used here as a calcium supplement prized for its notably high bio-availability.

The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water. 

The eighth ingredient is xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

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 recipe also contains menadione which is a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in its nutrient profiles, we question the use of this item in any feline recipe.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Soulistic Originals Seaside Serenity Salmon & Tuna Dinner – in Gravy recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 75%, a fat level of 9.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 7.6%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 62% and a below-average fat level of 9.4%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 15%.

This means this Soulistic Original range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and lower than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This range of food has multiple sources of animal protein, is low in carbohydrate and fat, whilst rich in moisture.  This food does contain vegetable fats, but in general is still a very good food option.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Soulistic Original Recipes Wet cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  Soulistic has not been recalled.

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

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Soulistic is made by Weruva, a family-owned pet food company based in the United States. 

Weruva was founded in 2006 by David and Stacie Forman and Soulistic food is made in a Thai facility.


1: [1. 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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