Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels Frozen Raw Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels frozen-raw cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO cat food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Pros
  • Rich in animal protein
  • Contains probiotics
  • Fortified with added vitamins and minerals
  • Pea free, lentil free and potato free
Cons
  • Quite expensive

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

The Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels product line includes four frozen raw cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chick, Chick Chicken Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels 4.5 A
Duck, Duck Goose Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels 4.5 A
Absolutely Rabbit Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels 4.5 A
Tummy, Ticklin' Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Stella & Chewy’s Chick, Chick Chicken Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels 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.

Chick, Chick Chicken Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

51.7%

Protein

30%

Fat

10.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken with ground bone, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, pumpkin seeds, potassium chloride, sodium phosphate, choline chloride, dried pediococcus acidilactici fermentation product, dried lactobacillus, dried bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried bacillus coagulans fermentation product, taurine, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dandelion, dried kelp, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, copper proteinate, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is ground chicken and bone. 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 ground bone is an excellent source of natural calcium.

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

The third ingredient is chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food which can be considered a natural part of a feline diet.

The fourth ingredient is pumpkin seed. Pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid – an essential omega-6 fat.

The fifth ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

The sixth ingredient is monosodium phosphate,  a supplemental source of both sodium and phosphorus. Sodium and phosphorus are each considered essential minerals.

The seventh ingredient is choline chloride, an essential B vitamin that naturally occurs in both plants and animals. It is found in meat, eggs, fish, liver, soybeans and wheat germ. Because a cat cannot store choline chloride in its body, the nutrient must be replenished to avoid a deficiency. Choline chloride is a supplement required by both AAFCO and the FDA.

The eighth ingredient is dried pediococcus acidilactici fermentation. These special probiotics are used to enhance a cat’s digestive and immune functions.

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 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.

  This recipe receives a 4.5-star rating.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Stella & Chewy’s Chick, Chick Chicken Frozen Raw Dinner Morsels looks like an above-average raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 51.7%, a fat level of 30% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.3%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 32%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 71%.

This means the Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels frozen raw product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical freeze-dried or frozen cat food.

Final Word

Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels frozen raw range consists of small, bite-sized pieces of raw meat, organs, and bones, often combined with fruits,vegetables, and added supplements. 

The ingredients used in Stella & Chewy’s Dinner Morsels are typically high-quality and sourced from reputable suppliers. The recipes focus on providing a biologically appropriate diet that closely mimics what cats would eat in the wild.

Has Stella & Chewy's cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, Stella & Chewy’s has had two recalls in 2015. One in July, the other in December. Both for potential listeria links.

The products affected in July were:

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs, 15 oz., Lot #111-15, Best by April 23, 2016 or April 26, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats, 12 oz., Lot #111-15, Best by April 29, 2016 or May 3, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats, 12 oz., Lot #104-15, Best by April 23, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats, 12 oz., Lot #109-15, Best by April 29, 2016 or May 3, 2016
  • Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe, 3.25 oz., Lot #111-15, Best by May 3, 2016 or May 4, 2016
  • Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe, 3.25 oz., Lot #110-15, Best by May 3
  • Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs, 4 lb., Lot #111-15, Best by April 21, 2016
  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs, 4 lb., Lot #111-15, Best by April 21, 2016
  • Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs, 6 lb., Lot #111-15, Best by April 21, 2016
  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs, 3 lb. or 6 lb., Lot #111-15, Best by April 21, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers, 9 oz. or 18 oz., Lot #105-15, Best by May 3, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers, 18 oz., Lot #113-15, Best by May 3, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs, 15 oz., Lot #114-15, Best by April 26, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats, 12 oz., Lot #114-15 or #115-15, Best by May 4, 2016
  • Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats, 12 oz., Lot #107-15, Best by April 23, 2016

And the products affected in December were:

  • 8 oz. packages of Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Lot #165-15, “Best by” June 25, 2016
  • 4 lb. packages of Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Lot #165-15, “Best by” June 25, 2016 or June 26, 2016
  • 1.25 lb. packages of Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats, Lot #165-15, “Best by” June 25, 2016
  • 1.25 lb. packages of Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats, Lots #160-15 or 152-15, “Best by” July 2, 2016

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

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About

Stella & Chewy’s was founded by Marie Moody after adopting two dogs named Stella & Chewy, this led to Marie pursuing her passion for pet nutrition and starting her own business.

The privately held business is based in Oak Creek and foods are manufactured at a plant in Wisconsin.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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