Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: November 24, 2023

Untamed (wet) Review

Updated: November 24, 2023

Our Verdict

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Highly Recommended

Untamed cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 5 stars.

This wet range includes both gravy and jelly recipes which are  nutrient dense and easy to digest.  They are naturally high in taurine and essential amino acids, along with premium proteins, particularly beneficial for cats with a sensitive stomach.

Pros
  • Very high in protein
  • Nutrient dense and easy to digest
  • High percentage of human grade whole meats used
  • Naturally high in taurine and essential amino acids
  • No artificial preservatives, fillers, grains, or sugars
Cons
  • Higher than average price

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

Untamed product line includes 10 wet cat foods.  Although these formulas are a U AAFCO profile, they are complete and balanced to  FEDIAF – European standards – for adult cats.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Untamed Chocka Chicken in Gravy 5 U
Untamed Chocka Chicken with Ham in Gravy 5 U
Untamed Full-on Fishy in Gravy 5 U
Untamed Tuck-in Tuna in Gravy 5 U
Untamed Tuck-in Tuna with Shrimp in Gravy 5 U
Untamed Chocka Chicken in Jelly 5 U
Untamed Chocka Chicken with Duck in Jelly 5 U
Untamed Tuck-in Tuna in Jelly 5 U
Untamed Tuck-in Tuna with Salmon in Jelly 5 U
Untamed Tuck-in Tuna with Shrimp in Jelly 5 U

Recipe and Label Analysis

Untamed Chocka Chicken in Gravy 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.

Untamed Chocka Chicken in Gravy

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

75%

Protein

11.4%

Fat

5.6%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken breast, chicken broth, chicken liver, sunflower oil, tapioca, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, taurine, zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is 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 chicken 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 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 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 fifth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant. 

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, we note the addition of taurine, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

We view the presence of taurine in this recipe as a positive addition.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Untamed Chocka Chicken in Gravy recipe looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 75%, a fat level of 11.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 5.6%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 73.9% and an above-average fat level of 12.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 5.5% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 17%.

This means the Untamed cat food product line contains higher than average protein, lower than average carbohydrate, near-average fat, when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Untamed cat food uses human grade, whole meats and its recipes are protein rich and highly digestible.  It is minimally processed and free from common allergens. 

Highly recommended.

Has Untamed cat food been recalled in the past?

No.  To our knowledge, Untamed has never had a product recall.

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

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About

Untamed was founded in September 2019 by Marco Pacifici.

The company sources its ingredients from Europe and South East Asia and its canning partner is based in Thailand. In addition to being one of the premier suppliers of canned tuna and chicken in the world, this partner also produces food for humans.

Sources

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

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