Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wellness Complete Health Paté Wet Cat Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Wellness Complete Health Pate wet 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
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal ingredients
  • Moisture-rich food promotes healthy hydration
  • Free from artificial ingredients
  • Low carbohydrate and plant content
Cons
  • Above average fat content

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

The product line includes 11 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Chicken 4 M
Chicken & Herring 4 M
Turkey & Salmon 4 M
Beef & Chicken 4 M
Turkey 4 M
Chicken & Lobster 4 M
Kitten: Whitefish & Tuna 4 G
Kitten: Chicken 4 G
Beef & Salmon 4 M
Age Advantage Chicken 4 U
Age Advantage Tuna & Salmon 4 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wellness Complete Health Chicken Paté 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 Paté Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

47.7%

Protein

31.8%

Fat

12.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, chicken liver, turkey, chicken broth, carrots, natural flavor, guar gum, cranberries, ground flaxseed, potassium chloride, taurine, salt, cassia gum, xanthan gum, choline chloride, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, beta-carotene, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin e supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin a supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, 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 ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”. 2

Turkey is naturally rich in the 11 essential amino acids required by a cat to sustain life.

The fourth 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 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.

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 Paté Chicken looks like an above-average wet product and is high in fat too.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47.7%, a fat level of 31.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 12.5%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 10.5% and a mean fat level of 7%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19.3% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 53%.

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

Final Word

Wellness Complete Health Paté wet cat food features real, high-quality proteins as the primary ingredient. The protein sources include chicken, turkey, beef, fish, or combinations of these meats. The ingredients are blended into a smooth pate texture, making it easy for cats to consume and digest.

In addition to the protein source, Wellness Complete Health Paté contains other wholesome ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, and grains.

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

2: Adapted by the Cat Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

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