Julia Ogden

Written by Julia Ogden

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Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wellness Complete Health Sliced Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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

Made from natural ingredients, this range is high in protein and contains essential fatty acids to help maintain your cat’s healthy coat.

Pros
  • Species-appropriate animal ingredients
  • Moisture-rich food promotes healthy hydration
  • Free from artificial ingredients
  • Low carbohydrate and plant content
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.

The product line includes three cat foods.

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

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Complete Health Sliced Salmon Entree 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 Sliced Salmon Entree

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

44.4%

Protein

19.4%

Fat

28.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, fish broth, water sufficient for processing, dried egg whites, dried ground peas, carrots, natural flavor, dried egg product, guar gum, sodium phosphate, broccoli, salt, ground flaxseed, 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), calcium carbonate, 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 salmon.  Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega-3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every cat to sustain life.

The second ingredient is fish 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 white eggs.  Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

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

The seventh ingredient is natural flavor.  According to AAFCO, natural flavors are ingredients derived from plant, animal or mined sources, not having been produced by or subject to chemically synthetic processes nor do they contain any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic.

The eighth ingredient is dried egg product.  A dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 Sliced Salmon Entree looks like an above-average wet product and is high in fat too.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44.4%, a fat level of 19.4% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 28.1%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 44.4% and above-average fat level of 21.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 48%.

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

Final Word

Wellness Complete Health Sliced recipes are rich in gravy and include natural ingredients free from grains, carrageenan, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They also provide a good source of water for healthy hydration.

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.

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