John Seeberg

Written by John Seeberg

Laura Ward

Reviewed by Laura Ward

Updated: May 15, 2024

Tuscan Natural (Dry) Review

Updated: May 15, 2024

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Tuscan Natural dry cat food is made up of three recipes with ratings varying from 4 to 5 stars. The average rating of the overall range is 5 stars. 

This food lists humanely-raised animal meat as the first ingredient.  Protein levels are high and carbohydrates are low.  This is a very good diet option.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Humanely-raised animal meat & focus on sustainably farmed ingredients
  • Low in carbohydrate
Cons
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than some cat foods

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

Product line Rating AAFCO
Tuscan Natural Simply Pure Ocean Extreme Recipe 4 A
Tuscan Natural Harvest Turkey & Chicken Recipe 5 A
Tuscan Natural Carne Grain-Free Recipe 5 A

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Tuscan Natural Harvest Turkey & Chicken 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.

Tuscan Natural Harvest Turkey & Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

41.6%

Protein

24.7%

Fat

25.7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken meal from humanely raised chickens, turkey meal from humanely raised turkeys, humanely raised turkey, humanely raised chicken, sustainably farmed lentils, sustainably farmed sweet potatoes, olive oil from old growth trees (preserved with mixed tocopherols), essential fatty acids from chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), salmon meal from ocean caught salmon, sustainably farmed flaxseed, natural flavor, salmon oil from ocean caught salmon (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sustainably farmed dried kelp, herring meal from ocean caught herring, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 supplement, sustainably farmed blueberries, sustainably farmed apples, sustainably farmed pomegranate, sustainably farmed cranberries, sustainably farmed carrots, vitamin B5 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3, supplement, D-biotin, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, dried lactobacillus acidophilus, enterococcus faecium, dried spergillus niger, dried trichoderma longibrachiatum, dried basillus subtilis fermentation products.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

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Ingredients Analysis

The first and second ingredients are chicken meal and turkey meal.  Both are considered a meat concentrate and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third and fourth ingredients are turkey and chicken.  Both are considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey and chicken”.  1

These meats are naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The sixth ingredient is sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in cat food.  They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The seventh ingredient is olive oil.  Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

The eighth ingredient is essential fatty acids from chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

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

The company also appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a cat’s digestive and immune functions.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Tuscan Natural Harvest Turkey & Chicken Recipe looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41.6%, a fat level of 24.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 25.7%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 40.4% and an above-average fat level of 21.3%.  Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30.2% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 52%.

This means this Tuscan Natural Dry range contains higher than average protein, near-average carbohydrate and higher than average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

Tuscan Natural dry range offers a well balanced diet, which is very high in protein derived from good quality animal protein.  This range is aimed at cats at all life stages.

The Cat Food Advisor recommends this food.

Has Tuscan Natural (Dry) cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Tuscan Natural has not had any cat food recalls.

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

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About

Tuscan Natural is a brand owned by Pyramid Pet Products which started trading in 1979 and is based in Las Vegas.

Its food is developed to provide the perfect balance of ingredients for optimum health and energy.

Sources

1: [1. Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition].

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