Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Dry Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain dry cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating: 4 stars.

It is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.

This recipe is grain-free, made from natural ingredients and high in protein.

Pros
  • Grain-Free
  • Antioxidants from real fruits and veggies
  • Added probiotics for your cat’s gut health
Cons
  • Moderate to high carbohydrate content
  • High pea content

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

The Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain has only 1 product range.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Rocky Mountain 4 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Recipe with Roasted Venison and Smoke-Flavored Salmon Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

46.7%

Protein

20%

Fat

25.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, potato protein, roasted venison, smoke-flavored salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, DL-Methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken meal which is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is peas, they are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a cat food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth and sixth ingredients are pea and potato protein, what remains of a pea and potato after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

However 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-star rating.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain cat food looks like an above average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46.7%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 25.3%.

Final Word

Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain dry cat food is made from natural ingredients, high in protein and antioxidants. 

Has Taste of the Wild cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes, just once in May 2012. This was due to positive tests of salmonella contamination, 14 brands were recalled by Diamond Pet Foods. 

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

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About

Taste of the Wild pet food is made by Diamond Pet Foods, a family run business, which has been making foods since 1970.

Taste of the Wild was created more recently, in 2007, to cater for the demand of high quality, grain-free pet food made from natural ingredients. 

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