Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

star
star
star
star
star

Recommended

Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5-stars.

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

Pros
  • Protein rich
  • Responsibly sourced
  • Pea, lentil & potato free
  • Contains taurine
Cons
  • Quite expensive

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

The Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds product line includes 12 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Chicken Liver Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Salmon Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Tuna Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Duck & Chicken Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Salmon, Tuna & Mackerel Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Tuna & Pumpkin Savory Shreds 4.5 M
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe 4.5 A
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Tuna & Salmon Recipe 4.5 A
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Chicken & Beef Recipe 4.5 A
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Chicken & Turkey Recipe 4.5 A
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Tuna & Mackerel Recipe 4.5 A
Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds Chicken & Salmon Recipe 4.5 A

Save up to 35%

with Autoship
See discount in cart

Recipe and Label Analysis

Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Chicken Liver Savory Shreds 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.

Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Chicken Liver Savory Shreds

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

62.5%

Protein

12.5%

Fat

17%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Cage-free chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, tapioca, sunflower oil, natural chicken flavor, tricalcium phosphate, taurine, calcium chloride, salt, magnesium sulfate, flaxseed, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, zinc oxide, niacin supplement, reduced iron, vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is cage-free 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 chicken bone broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food, they are a common component in many wet products.

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

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

The fifth ingredient is sunflower 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 natural chicken flavor. Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients. Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

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 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. 

We view the presence of taurine as a positive addition.

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.

Save up to 35%

with Autoship
See discount in cart

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Chicken Liver Savory Shreds looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 62.5%, a fat level of 12.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 17%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57.7% and a mean fat level of 12.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22.1% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 21%.

This means the Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds range always contains responsibly sourced quality animal proteins. Complete and balanced appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals with added Taurine.

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.

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

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

We uphold the highest editorial standards when creating the authoritative content pet parents rely on and trust.

Every piece of clinical content on the Cat Food Advisor is reviewed by our certified Veterinary Advisory Board, which consists of licensed veterinarians and medically certified specialists.

Our reviews are completely independent; we are not paid by any pet food company to promote their products favorably. We do not accept money, gifts, samples or other incentives in exchange for special consideration. For more information see our Disclaimer & Disclosure page.

Vet with cat