Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Tiki Cat After Dark Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Tiki Cat After Dark wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

Tiki Cat After Dark wet cat food features real, shredded meat as the primary protein source. The protein options typically include poultry, fish, or combinations of both. 

These proteins are often paired with other natural ingredients like organ meat, broth, and vegetables to create a nutrient-rich and palatable meal for cats.

Pros
  • No GMO ingredients
  • High in protein
  • Animal sourced nutrients
  • Grain-free
Cons
  • Expensive budget brand

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

The Tiki Cat After Dark (wet) product line has 18 cat foods

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken & Quail Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Chicken & Duck Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Chicken Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Chicken & Lamb Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Chicken & Beef Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Chicken & Pork Grain Free Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Pate Chicken Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Pate Chicken & Beef Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Pate Chicken & Duck Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Pate Chicken & Quail Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Pate Beef & Beef Liver Recipe 4.5 U
Pate Duck & Chicken Liver Recipe 4.5 U
Pate Rabbit & Chicken Liver Recipe 4.5 U
Pate Venison & Beef Liver Recipe 4.5 U
Velvet Mousse Chicken Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Velvet Mousse Chicken & Beef Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Velvet Mousse Chicken & Duck Recipe in Broth 4.5 U
Velvet Mousse Chicken & Quail Recipe in Broth 4.5 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail Grain Free Recipe in Broth 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.

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail Grain Free Recipe in Broth

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

66.7%

Protein

13.3%

Fat

12%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, quail egg, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, taurine, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, vitamin e supplement, tuna oil, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), manganese amino acid chelate, vitamin A supplement, copper amino acid chelate, calcium iodate, calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin K3 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.7%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is chicken 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 second 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 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 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 fifth ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The sixth ingredient is quail whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

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 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.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Quail Grain Free Recipe in Broth looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 66.7%, a fat level of 13.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 12%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 70.1% and a mean fat level of 11.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 17%.

This means the Tiki Cat After Dark product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and near-average fat when compared to typical raw cat food. 

Final Word

Tiki Cat After Dark cat food line is known for its grain-free recipes, meaning it does not contain grains like wheat, corn, or soy. It also avoids artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. 

Tiki Cat focuses on using high-quality ingredients to provide a diet that aligns with a cat’s natural carnivorous needs.

Has Tiki Cat cat food been recalled in the past?

No, there are no recorded recalls for Tiki Cat. 

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

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About

Tiki Cat was founded in 2005 by husband and wife, Christine and Robert Hackett. 

Christine had previously worked in research and development for PetCo and during that time decided that the pet food market needed a new kind of diet, food that is more species-appropriate, fewer grains and carbohydrates. 

Christine is also a big fan of Polynesian culture which explains the tiki-style branding.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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