John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

Triumph Free Spirit Wet Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Triumph Free Spirit grain-free wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

These recipes offer a diet high in protein, derived from animal meat.   Rich in fat and moisture and low in carbohydrates, the food does not include corn, wheat, soy, or artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. 

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Does not contain wheat, corn, or soy
Cons
  • More expensive than some cat foods
  • Contains plant based protein

The table below shows each recipe in the range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Turkey & Giblets Dinner 5 M
Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Chicken & Beef Recipe 5 G&M
Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Stew 5 G&M
Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Turkey Stew with Vegetables 5 G&M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Chicken & Beef 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 Free Spirit Grain-Free Chicken & Beef

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

19.4%

Fat

22.6%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef broth, chicken, beef, chicken liver, carrots, dried egg whites, potato starch, dried egg product, natural flavor, guar gum, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, sunflower oil, ground flaxseed, blueberries, cranberries, choline chloride, minerals (iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), sodium carbonate, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), taurine, inulin, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), DL-methionine, calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is beef 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, which 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 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.  2

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

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

The fifth ingredient is carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg whites.  Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The seventh ingredient is potato starch.  Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The eighth 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.

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.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

 

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Triumph Free Spirit Grain-Free Chicken & Beef Recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 19.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 22.6%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 47.7% and an above-average fat level of 21.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 46%.

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

Final Word

Triumph Free Spirit is grain-free, so includes no corn, wheat, or soy and no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors.  It is formulated to cater for AAFCO growth and maintenance profile.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Triumph Free Spirit Wet 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, 2: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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