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Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Wysong Raw Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Wysong Archetype Raw Cat Food receives the Cat Food Advisor rating, 4.5 stars

This food contains quality animal protein, which is listed as the first ingredient.  Carbohydrate content is low and it contains added vitamins and minerals to offer a balanced and nutritious diet.

Pros
  • Good quality animal protein
  • High level of protein
  • Affordable
  • Balance diet
Cons
  • Contains plant based protein
  • Limited range to choose from

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

Wysong Archetype product line includes three raw cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Archetype™ Chicken 4.5 M
Archetype™ Quail 4.5 M
Archetype™ Rabbit 4.5 M

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Wysong Archetype Rabbit recipe 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.

Wysong Archetype Rabbit recipe

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

50%

Protein

21.9%

Fat

20.1%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Rabbit, natural flavor, taurine, organic blueberry, organic barley grass, chia seeds, broccoli sprouts, carrots, plums, whey, sea salt, dried kelp, yeast extract, citric acid, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, yeast culture, minerals (potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), calcium carbonate, vitamins (ascorbic acid [source of vitamin C], vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), dried bacillus licheniformis fermentation product, dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried lactobacillus lactis fermentation product.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is rabbit.  Rabbit is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered rabbit” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh.  1

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

The second ingredient is natural flavor.  Natural flavors 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 third ingredient is taurine, an essential amino acid for cats associated with the healthy function of heart muscle and eye sight, and is crucial for maintaining good health in cats. 

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

The fourth ingredient is organic blueberry.  Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is organic barley grass.  Similar to wheat grass, barley grass is prized for its rich natural vitamin and mineral content.

The sixth ingredient is chia seeds, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this food.

The seventh ingredient is broccoli, a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

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

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 note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe too. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

This food also contains chelated minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better cat foods.

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Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone,  the Archetype Rabbit recipe looks like an above-average raw product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 21.9% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 20.1%.

As a group, the brand features an above-average protein content of 49.3% and an above-average fat level of 28.1%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 14.6% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 47%.

Final Word

This cat food range provides a well balanced and nutritious diet.  Animal-based protein is listed as the first ingredient, although there are some plant-based proteins included in the recipes.

Has Wysong cat food been recalled in the past?

No, Wysong has never had a cat food recall. However, in 2009, the company did recall some of its dog foods, due to possible mold exposure. The senior recipe, maintenance recipe, and synorgon product were all affected. You can read more about it on the Dog Food Advisor.

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

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About

Wysong corporation is a family run business established in 1979 by Dr Randy Wysong.  

All Wysong products are developed and produced in the midwest, United States.

Sources

1: [1. Adapted by The Cat Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)].

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