Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wellness Complete Health Gravies Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Wellness Complete Health Gravies canned cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second highest rating, 4-stars.

This product provides an alternate source of water which is good for  hydration.  These recipes includes ingredients which are free from grains, carrageenan, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Pros
  • Made with real animal proteins
  • Every ingredient is natural and USDA organically certified
  • High moisture content
Cons
  • Some history of product recalls
  • Expensive compared to average

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

The Wellness Complete Health Gravies product line includes four cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken Dinner 4 M
Turkey Dinner 4 M
Tuna Dinner 4 M
Salmon Dinner 4 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Complete Health Gravies Chicken Dinner wet 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.

Wellness Complete Health Gravies Chicken Dinner

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

16.7%

Fat

30.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken broth, turkey broth, chicken liver, dried egg whites, dried ground peas, natural flavor, carrots, guar gum, sodium phosphate, ground flaxseed, salt, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, cranberries, minerals (iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid)


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

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 and third ingredients are chicken and turkey broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a cat food they are a common addition component in many canned products

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

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

The sixth ingredient is dried ground peas.  Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

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

The seventh ingredient is natural flavor. This 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 in tomatoes.  A nutrient rich vegetable consisting of about 72% carbohydrates.

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

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.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Wellness Complete Health Gravies Chicken Dinner looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 16.7% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 30.9%.

As a group, the brand features an above average protein content of 45.8% and a near average fat level of 15.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 34%.

This means Wellness Complete Health Gravies  product line contains higher than average protein,  near average fat and carbohydrate when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Wellness Complete Health cat food, is rich in species-appropriate animal protein and made from high-quality ingredients.

Has Wellness cat food been recalled in the past?

Wellness has had a few cat food recalls. The most recent was in February 2017, when a number of canned cat foods were recalled due to the potential for foreign material.

In February 2011, the following Wellness canned cat foods were recalled due to inadequate levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1);

  • Wellness (all flavors and sizes, including CORE) with “best by” dates of April 14–Sept. 30, 2013
  • Wellness Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with “best by” dates of either Nov. 10, 2013 OR Nov. 17, 2013

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

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About

Wellness Pet Company’s headquarters is just outside Boston, in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. It maintains the Farm Fresh Kitchen manufacturing facility in Minnesota and a manufacturing plant in Indiana. 

The company consists of Wellness Natural Pet Food, Old Mother Hubbard by Wellness, WHIMZEES by Wellness, Sojos, Eagle Pack and Holistic Select.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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