AvoDerm Cat Food Ingredients

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AvoDerm manufactures roughly 23 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore AvoDerm ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that AvoDerm uses roughly 105 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Cat food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For AvoDerm, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. tuna
  2. chicken meal
  3. chicken
  4. tapioca starch
  5. sunflower oil

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in AvoDerm is tuna. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by chicken, tapioca starch, and sunflower oil.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

AvoDerm does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 23 AvoDerm cat foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most cats consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, AvoDerm does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including AvoDerm have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive cat foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 105 AvoDerm ingredients. According to our data, AvoDerm does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain AvoDerm cat food recipes contain one or more grains. The specific ingredients are listed below.

For cats, we typically recommend choosing a grain-free recipe. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore grains are not species appropriate.

The kibble production requires a binding agent. Grains are commonly used for this purpose in cat food. When purchasing grain-free cat food, grains are often replaced with another starchy source. This is also not ideal.

To avoid grains and other starchy additions, consider feeding wet or frozen recipes.

ground white rice
3 Recipes

Ground white rice is another name for white rice flour, which is a gluten free carbohydrate source.

The following recipes contain ground white rice:

oatmeal
1 Recipes

Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The following recipes contain oatmeal:

rice
2 Recipes

Rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The following recipes contain rice:

oat bran
3 Recipes

Oat grains can be divided into three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the grain. The bran is an excellent fiber source, it also provide all three macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and various vitamins and minerals.

The following recipes contain oat bran:

ground brown rice
3 Recipes

Ground brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, ground brown rice is easy to digest.

The following recipes contain ground brown rice:

rice flour
2 Recipes

Rice flour is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are included in the flour, rice flour can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The following recipes contain rice flour:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce cat foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 3 controversial ingredients inside AvoDerm products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried tomato pomace
7 Recipes

Dried tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain dried tomato pomace:

pea protein
8 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
1 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting AvoDerm for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain AvoDerm recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
19 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfite complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K that has been linked to many health concerns. Research has suggested possible toxic reactions in liver cells and red blood cells among other serious problems. In fact, one large chemical supplier warns, "The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage."

The following recipes contain menadione sodium bisulfite complex:

AvoDerm Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Grain Free Adult
Duck With Turkey Meal Recipe For Cats
AvoDerm
Grain Free Adult Duck With Turkey Meal Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
turkey meal
pea
pea protein
canola oil

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Grain Free Cat Food
Salmon With Tuna Meal Recipe
AvoDerm
Grain Free Cat Food Salmon With Tuna Meal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken meal
pea
chicken fat
pea flour

AvoDerm

Grain Free Cat Food
Tuna With Lobster & Crab Meal Recipe
AvoDerm
Grain Free Cat Food Tuna With Lobster & Crab Meal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
tuna
chicken meal
tapioca flour
pea
chicken fat

AvoDerm

Kitten Food
Chicken & Herring Meal Formula
AvoDerm
Kitten Food Chicken & Herring Meal Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
chicken fat
ground brown rice
ground white rice
pea

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Adult Cat Food
Chicken & Herring Meal Formula
AvoDerm
Adult Cat Food Chicken & Herring Meal Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
ground brown rice
ground white rice
chicken fat
dried tomato pomace

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Adult Cat Food
Indoor Formula
AvoDerm
Adult Cat Food Indoor Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
ground brown rice
ground white rice
chicken fat
dried tomato pomace

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Wild By Nature
Chopped Sardines In Consomme
AvoDerm
Wild By Nature Chopped Sardines In Consomme
First Five Ingredients
sardine
sardine broth
potato starch
sunflower oil
guar gum

AvoDerm

Grain Free Canned
Salmon Entrée In Salmon Consommé (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Salmon Entrée In Salmon Consommé (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
tricalcium phosphate
sunflower oil
guar gum

AvoDerm

Wild By Nature
Tuna With Prawns
AvoDerm
Wild By Nature Tuna With Prawns
First Five Ingredients
tuna
chicken meal
tapioca flour
pea
chicken fat

AvoDerm

Adult Cat Food
Indoor Weight Support Recipe (Paté)
AvoDerm
Adult Cat Food Indoor Weight Support Recipe (Paté)
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
chicken liver
tuna
rice flour

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Canned Cat Food
Chicken Recipe (Paté)
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Canned Cat Food Chicken Recipe (Paté)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
ocean fish
turkey

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Canned Cat Food
Ocean Fish Recipe (Paté)
AvoDerm
Canned Cat Food Ocean Fish Recipe (Paté)
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
ocean fish
chicken
chicken liver
turkey

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Canned Cat Food
Salmon Recipe (Paté)
AvoDerm
Canned Cat Food Salmon Recipe (Paté)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
turkey
chicken liver
rice

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Grain Free Pouch
Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
AvoDerm
Grain Free Pouch Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
pea protein
tapioca starch
duck

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Grain Free Pouch
Ocean Fish Recipe In Gravy
AvoDerm
Grain Free Pouch Ocean Fish Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
mackerel
tuna
tapioca starch
sunflower oil

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Grain Free Canned
Chicken & Duck Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Chicken & Duck Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
pea protein
tapioca starch
duck

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Grain Free Canned
Chicken Chunks Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Chicken Chunks Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
sunflower oil
tapioca starch
tricalcium phosphate

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Grain Free Pouch
Salmon Recipe In Gravy
AvoDerm
Grain Free Pouch Salmon Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
salmon
chicken
sardine
pea protein

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Grain Free Pouch
Tuna Recipe In Gravy
AvoDerm
Grain Free Pouch Tuna Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
tuna
fish broth
mackerel
tapioca starch
sunflower oil

AvoDerm

Grain Free Canned
Sardine, Shrimp & Crab Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Sardine, Shrimp & Crab Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
sardine
fish broth
shrimp
crab
tapioca starch

AvoDerm

Grain Free Canned
Salmon & Chicken Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Salmon & Chicken Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
salmon
chicken
sardine
pea protein

AvoDerm

Grain Free Canned
Tuna & Chicken Entree With Vegetables In Gravy (Flaked)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Tuna & Chicken Entree With Vegetables In Gravy (Flaked)
First Five Ingredients
tuna
fish broth
chicken
sunflower oil
carrot

AvoDerm

Grain Free Canned
Tuna & Crab Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
AvoDerm
Grain Free Canned Tuna & Crab Entree In Gravy (Chunks)
First Five Ingredients
tuna
tuna broth
crab
tapioca starch
sunflower oil