Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars.

Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse is made using real, high-quality animal protein sources as the primary ingredient. These proteins often include chicken, fish, or other meat, which are typically paired with a broth to enhance the taste and palatability.

Pros
  • Low carbohydrates
  • High in protein
  • No artificial additives
Cons
  • Expensive budget brand

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

The Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse product line has six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Velvet Mousse Tuna & Mackerel in Broth 4.5 A
Velvet Mousse Chicken in Broth 4.5 A
Velvet Mousse in Chicken & Salmon in Broth 4.5 A
Velvet Mousse Salmon in Broth 4.5 A
Velvet Mousse Chicken & Egg Grain Free 4.5 A
Velvet Mousse Tuna & Chicken in Broth 4.5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Velvet Mousse Tuna & Mackerel 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.

Velvet Mousse Tuna & Mackerel in Broth

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

70%

Protein

22.5%

Fat

0%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Tuna broth, tuna, mackerel, dried egg, sunflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, potassium chloride, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, taurine, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, vitamin e supplement, 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, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin K3 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is tuna 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 ingredient is tuna. Tuna is an oily marine fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 1

The third ingredient is mackerel. Mackerel is an oily salt-water fish naturally high in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat needed by every dog to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 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 seventh ingredient is Xanthan gum, 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.

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 Velvet Mousse cat food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 70%, a fat level of 22.5% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 0%, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 32%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 62.5% and a mean fat level of 22.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 8.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 36%.

This means the Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food. 

Final Word

The Tiki Cat Velvet Mousse line of wet cat food is grain-free and aims to provide a balanced and complete diet for cats. It typically contains essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support overall feline health and well-being.

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: 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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