Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Triumph Cans Wet Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Triumph Cans Wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range of canned food lists the first ingredient as animal protein.  It goes on to list further animal organs and so you can be confident in the source of protein.  Vitamins and minerals have been added and so with low carbohydrate and rich fat and moisture content, this food provides a very good diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Contains animal muscle and organ meat
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Added vitamins and minerals
Cons
  • More expensive than some cat foods
  • Triumph has had multiple product recalls
  • Contains carrageenan

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

The Triumph product line includes five wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Triumph Beef Formula Cat Food 5 M
Triumph Chicken & Liver Formula Cat Food 5 M
Triumph Ocean Fish Formula Cat Food 5 M
Triumph Salmon Formula Cat Food 5 M
Triumph Trout Formula Cat Food 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Triumph Beef Formula Cat Food recipe 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.

Triumph Beef Formula Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

45.5%

Protein

36.4%

Fat

10.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef, water sufficient for processing, chicken, pork liver, ocean fish, rice flour, dried egg product, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), choline chloride, taurine, carrageenan, added color.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is beef.  Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.  1

Beef is naturally rich in all 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The third ingredient is chicken which is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.  2

Chicken is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

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

The fifth ingredient is ocean fish.  This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.  3

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient.  Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is rice flour.  Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The seventh ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs.  Quality can vary significantly.  Lower grade egg products can even come from commercial hatcheries – from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is guar gum, which is a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods.  Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product. gum

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 food also contains carrageenan which is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety. 

The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.

We are always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans – not your cat. After all, do you really think your cat cares what color their food is?

Recipe star rating 5

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, the Triumph Beef Formula Cat Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45.5%, a fat level of 36.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 10.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 45.5% and an above-average fat level of 28.2%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 62%.

This means this Triumph wet food range contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

This Triumph canned range is full of protein which is derived from animal muscle meat and animal organs.  Each recipe has a very good blend of low carbohydrate and rich in fat and moisture.  With added vitamins and minerals, this food really does offer an excellent diet option.

Has Triumph cat food been recalled in the past?

Yes.  In 2017, Sunshine Mills, which owns the Triumph brand, recalled Triumph’s Ocean Fish canned cat food due to the potential presence of a “foreign material” in the cans.

While the 2017 recall was the only one that involved Triumph cat food, Sunshine Mills has issued multiple recalls over the years on its dog food. The latest was in 2022, and you can read more about it on the Dog Food Advisor.

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

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About

The Triumph brand was created by Sunshine Mills, a US-based pet food company founded in 1949.

Triumph cat food is manufactured in several facilities.  Dry food production is split between seven company-owned facilities in the United States, while the wet food is made by third-party manufacturers in the United States and Netherlands.

Sources

1: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

2: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

3: [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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