Laura Ward

Written by Laura Ward

Georgia Jeremiah

Reviewed by Georgia Jeremiah

Updated: January 18, 2024

Weruva Classic Cat Wet Food Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Weruva Classic Cat wet cat food receives the Cat Food Advisor second-highest rating, 4 stars.

This range is made with real, human-grade animal ingredients such as fish, chicken, and lamb. Recipes are high in protein and low in fat. They are also free of grain, gluten and carrageenan.

Pros
  • High in protein
  • Human-grade recipes
  • Moisture-rich food promotes healthy hydration
  • Free from artificial ingredients
Cons
  • Lower-than-average fiber
  • Complex product names may be confusing
  • High number of fish recipes which some cats may not like
  • AAFCO nutrient profile unspecified

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

The product line includes 12 cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Paw Lickin' Chicken - Chicken Recipe in Gravy 4 U
Mideast Feast - Grilled Tilapia in Gravy 4 U
Grandma's Chicken Soup - Chicken and Pumpkin 4 U
Funky Chunky - Chicken Soup with Pumpkin 4 U
Amazon Livin' - Chicken and Chicken Liver in Gravy 4 U
Green Eggs & Chicken - Chicken & Egg in Pea Soup 4 U
Mack and Jack - Mackerel & Grilled Skipjack in Gravy 4 U
Polynesian BBQ - Grilled Red Bigeye in Gravy 4 U
Asian Fusion - Tuna & Shirasu in Gravy 4 U
Meow Luau - Mackerel & Pumpkin in Gravy 4 U
Marbella Paella - Mackerel, Shrimp & Mussels in Gravy 4 U
Outback Grill - Sardine and Seabass in Gravy 4 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Weruva Classic Cat Paw Lickin’ Chicken 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.

Weruva Classic Cat Paw Lickin’ Chicken

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

66.7%

Protein

9.3%

Fat

16%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken (boneless, skinless breast), chicken broth, potato starch, sunflower seed oil, calcium lactate, xanthan gum, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, nicotinic acid (Vitamin B3), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, Vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, biotin, Vitamin B12 supplement


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

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 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 potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a cat.

The fourth ingredient is sunflower seed oil. Sunflower seeds are a good source of plant-based fatty acids that are also rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is calcium lactate, a calcium additive made by the action of lactic acid and calcium carbonate. The ingredient is most likely used here as a calcium supplement prized for its notably high bio-availability.

The sixth ingredient is xanthan gum, is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in wet foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

The eighth ingredient is choline chloride, an essential B Vitamin that naturally occurs in both plants and animals. It is found in meat, eggs, fish, liver, soybeans and wheat germ.

Because a cat cannot store choline chloride in its body, the nutrient must be replenished to avoid a deficiency. Choline chloride is a supplement required by both AAFCO and the FDA.

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, Weruva Classic Cat Paw Lickin’ Chicken looks like an above-average wet product and is high in protein too.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 66.7%, a fat level of 9.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 16%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 69.5% and a mean fat level of 9.7%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 14%.

This means the Weruva Classic Cat product line contains higher than average protein, below average fat and below average carbohydrate content when compared to typical wet cat food.

Final Word

Weruva Classic Cat recipes include an excellent source of high-quality protein and essential fatty acids.  They are  made with natural, wholesome ingredients free from grains, carrageenan, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Has Weruva cat food been recalled in the past?

No, there are no recorded recalls for Weruva.

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

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About

Weruva Inc. company’s headquarters is in Natick, Massachusetts, but the food is manufactured in Thailand.

It was founded in 2006 by David and Stacie Forman and is still family-owned.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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