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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wellness Complete Health Morsels (wet) Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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

Made from natural ingredients, this range is high in protein and free from grains, carrageenan, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Pros
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal ingredients
  • Moisture-rich food promotes healthy hydration
  • Free from artificial ingredients
  • Grain-free
Cons
  • Price above average versus other similar products

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

Wellness Complete Health Morsels product line includes four wet cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Wellness Complete Health Morsels Tuna Entrée 4 M
Wellness Complete Health Morsels Turkey Dinner 4 M
Wellness Complete Health Morsels Salmon Dinner 4 M
Wellness Complete Health Morsels Chicken Entrée 4 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Complete Health Morsels Tuna Entrée 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 Morsels Tuna Entree

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

22.2%

Fat

25.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, fish broth, water sufficient for processing, tuna, dried egg whites, dried ground peas, natural flavor, guar gum, dried egg product, spinach, sodium phosphate, salt, ground flaxseed, calcium carbonate, 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 fish 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 water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most wet cat foods.

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

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations. 2

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

The sixth dried ground peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber. However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this cat food. 

The seventh ingredient is natural flavor.  

Natural flavor 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 eighth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product. gum.

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.

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

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Wellness Complete Health Morsels Tuna Entrée looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 22.2% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 25.3%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and a mean fat level of 23.6%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23.9% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 53%.

This means this Wellness Complete Health Morsels product line contains above-average protein, below-average carbs and above-average fat when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Wellness Complete Health Morsels wet cat food features real, high-quality proteins as the primary ingredient. The protein sources include chicken, turkey, fish, or combinations of these meats. 

In addition to the protein source, Wellness Complete Health Morsels contains spinach in each recipe, a good source of antioxidants.

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: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials]

2: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials]

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