John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 14, 2024

Triumph Meals of Victory Wet Review

Updated: May 14, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Triumph Meals of Victory cat food is made up of four recipes which each receive the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars

This range provides high levels of protein derived from animal protein.  Each recipe is low in carbohydrate and rich in fat and moisture.  Vitamins and minerals have been added too, so this food is a good diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein derived from animal protein
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • Low in carbohydrate
  • Rich in fat and moisture
Cons
  • More expensive than other cat foods
  • Multiple product recalls
  • Limited range

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Triumph Meals of Victory Chicken Recipe 5 M
Triumph Meals of Victory with Salmon 5 M
Triumph Meals of Victory Seafood Medley 5 M
Triumph Meals of Victory Liver Recipe 5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Triumph Meals of Victory with Salmon Cat Food 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 Meals of Victory with Salmon Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

54.1%

Protein

22.7%

Fat

15.2%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Deboned chicken, water sufficient for processing, chicken liver, salmon, calcium carbonate, natural flavor, powdered cellulose, locust bean gum, carrageenan, sodium tripolyphosphate, canola oil, vitamin E supplement, salt, magnesium carbonate, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, xanthan gum, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, copper amino acid chelate, folic acid, calcium iodate, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

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

The fourth ingredient is salmon.  Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The sixth ingredient is natural flavor.  Natural flavors doesn’t give us much information about the particular ingredients included in this cat food for flavoring purposes. 

We’re pleased that the flavorings used are natural, but more details are required to give any further information about these natural flavoring ingredients.  Flavorings are used to make the foods more appealing and tasty for our cats.

The seventh ingredient is powdered cellulose, a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable or wood processing.  

Powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a cat, although the fiber it provides does convey health benefits.  Some powdered cellulose products work to reduce the occurrence of hairballs in cats.

The eighth ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a cat food.

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 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.

However this recipe contains canola oil.  Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item.  That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact that canola oil can be a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a cat than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Triumph Meals of Victory with Salmon Cat Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 54.1%, a fat level of 22.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 15.2%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 54.1% and an above-average fat level of 22.7%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15.2% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 42%.

This means this Triumph 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 range offers a high protein diet, derived from animal protein.  There are no artificial colors in these recipes and they do not contain corn, wheat, or soy.  The portion size means that depending on the size of your cat, you can serve it as a full meal or topper.

Has Triumph Meals of Victory 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: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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