Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wellness Complete Health Minced Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Wellness Complete Health Minced wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second highest rating, 4 stars.

These recipes include wholesome ingredients free from grains, carrageenan, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The products also provide an alternate source of water for healthy hydration.

Pros
  • Can be found both online and in stores
  • Made with real animal proteins
  • Every ingredient is natural
  • High moisture content
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Contains health-promoting ground flaxseed for fiber
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
Cons
  • Expensive compared to average
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins

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

The Wellness Complete Health Minced product line includes five cat foods.

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

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Complete Health Minced 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 Minced Chicken Dinner

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

27.8%

Fat

19.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken broth, water sufficient for processing, dried ground peas, dried egg whites, tomatoes, carrots, natural flavor, dried egg product, guar gum, sodium phosphate, ground flaxseed, salt, potassium chloride, 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), taurine


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 ingredient is chicken 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 third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is dried white eggs.  Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The sixth ingredient is tomatoes. A nutrient-rich vegetable consisting of about 72% carbohydrates.

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

The eighth 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.

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 Minced Chicken Dinner looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 27.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 19.8%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and above-average fat level of 22.8%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24.8% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 51%.

This means Wellness Complete Health Minced Wet Cat Food  product line contains higher than average protein, higher than average fat and lower than average carbohydrate when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Wellness Complete Health Minced wet cat food features real, high-quality proteins as the primary ingredient. The protein sources can include chicken, turkey, beef, or fish. The ingredients are typically minced into smaller, bite-sized pieces for easy consumption.

In addition to the protein source, Wellness Complete Health Minced includes other wholesome ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, and grains. It aims to support overall feline health and well-being.

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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