Canidae Cat Food Ingredients

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Canidae manufactures roughly 39 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Canidae uses roughly 121 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 Canidae, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. fish broth
  3. vegetable broth
  4. pea flour
  5. natural flavor

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Canidae is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is fish broth, followed by vegetable broth, pea flour, and natural flavor.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Canidae does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 39 Canidae 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, Canidae 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 Canidae 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 121 Canidae ingredients. According to our data, Canidae does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Canidae 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.

millet
3 Recipes

Millet is a great source of gluten-free fiber. It's also an excellent source of B-vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.

The following recipes contain millet:

white rice
1 Recipes

White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain white rice:

brown rice
3 Recipes

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

The following recipes contain brown rice:

cracked pearled barley
3 Recipes

Cracked pearled barley is barley with the outer husk and bran layers removed. Similar to regular barley, cracked pearled barley provides carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Cracked pearled barley is however not as nutritious as regular whole grain barley.

The following recipes contain cracked pearled barley:

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 Canidae products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

white rice
1 Recipes

White rice is produced by removing the husk, germ, and bran of rice grains. Unlike brown rice which contains the bran and germ, white rice is nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain white rice:

caramel color
1 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

canola oil
3 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:

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 Canidae for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

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

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
31 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:

Canidae Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet
Fish Formula
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet Fish Formula
First Five Ingredients
salmon
tuna
whitefish meal
chicken meal
turkey meal

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet
Indoor Health Formula
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet Indoor Health Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken
turkey
turkey meal
chicken meal
whitefish meal

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet
Multi-Protein Formula
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ancestral Diet Multi-Protein Formula
First Five Ingredients
turkey
salmon
lamb meal
chicken meal
turkey meal

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Control
Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Chicken For Hairball Control
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Control Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Chicken For Hairball Control
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
pea
sun-cured alfalfa

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Foundations
Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Chicken For Kittens
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Foundations Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Chicken For Kittens
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
potato
pea

Canidae

Life Stages
All Life Stages Formula
Canidae
Life Stages All Life Stages Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brown rice
cracked pearled barley
pea
millet

Canidae

Life Stages
Chicken Meal & Rice Formula
Canidae
Life Stages Chicken Meal & Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brown rice
chicken fat
egg product
cracked pearled barley

Canidae

Life Stages
Indoor Formula
Canidae
Life Stages Indoor Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brown rice
white rice
cracked pearled barley
pea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Stream
Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Trout For All Ages
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Stream Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Trout For All Ages
First Five Ingredients
trout
salmon meal
menhaden meal
pea
potato

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Ocean
Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Tuna For Indoor Cats
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Ocean Limited Ingredient Diet With Fresh Tuna For Indoor Cats
First Five Ingredients
tuna
salmon meal
menhaden meal
lentil
chickpea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Elements
Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Chicken For All Ages
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Elements Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Chicken For All Ages
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
potato
pea

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Sea
Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Salmon
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Sea Limited Ingredient Diet Made With Fresh Salmon
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon meal
menhaden meal
potato
pea

Canidae

Adore Shreds
With Chicken & Carrots In Broth
Canidae
Adore Shreds With Chicken & Carrots In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
carrot
sunflower oil
modified tapioca starch

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Catch Me If You Can With Crab
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Catch Me If You Can With Crab
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
fish broth
chicken
pea flour
turkey liver

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Decadent Delight With Shrimp
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Decadent Delight With Shrimp
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
fish broth
chicken
pea flour
turkey liver

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Enchanted Evening With Roasted Quail In Sauce
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Enchanted Evening With Roasted Quail In Sauce
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
vegetable broth
dried egg product
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Falling For You With Rabbit In Sauce
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Falling For You With Rabbit In Sauce
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
vegetable broth
dried egg product
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Love At First Sight With Trout In Sauce
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Love At First Sight With Trout In Sauce
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
fish broth
vegetable broth
turkey
pea flour

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Adore
Sea Of Love With Lobster
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Adore Sea Of Love With Lobster
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
fish broth
chicken
pea flour
turkey liver

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Chicken Formula Pate
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken Formula Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
pea flour
chicken liver
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Chicken Formula Slices In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken Formula Slices In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
vegetable broth
pea flour
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Cod Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Cod Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
cod
fish broth
vegetable broth
pea flour
dried egg product

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Duck Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck broth
vegetable broth
pea flour
dried egg product

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Duck Formula Pate
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Formula Pate
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck broth
pea flour
natural flavor
agar-agar

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Salmon Formula Slices In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon Formula Slices In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
salmon
fish broth
vegetable broth
pea flour
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Trout Formula Slices In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Trout Formula Slices In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
trout
fish broth
vegetable broth
dried egg product
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Tuna Formula Pate
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Tuna Formula Pate
First Five Ingredients
tuna
fish broth
pea flour
sunflower oil
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet
Turkey Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey Formula Morsels In Savory Broth
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
vegetable broth
pea flour
dried egg product

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Chaparral Canyon
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Chaparral Canyon
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
vegetable broth
chicken
chicken liver

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Frontier Trail Chicken Entree
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Frontier Trail Chicken Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
natural flavor
agar-agar

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Rocky Creek Trout Entree In Gravy
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Rocky Creek Trout Entree In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
trout
fish broth
vegetable broth
turkey liver
dried egg product

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Wildwood Fields
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Wildwood Fields
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
dried egg product
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Redwood Summit Turkey Entree
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Redwood Summit Turkey Entree
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
turkey broth
turkey liver
natural flavor

Canidae

Grain Free Pure Wild
Rushing River Salmon Entree
Canidae
Grain Free Pure Wild Rushing River Salmon Entree
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken
chicken liver
fish broth
natural flavor

Canidae

Adore Morsels
With Chicken & Shrimp In Broth
Canidae
Adore Morsels With Chicken & Shrimp In Broth
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
potato starch
shrimp
carrot

Canidae

Adore Morsels
With Sardine & Mackerel In Broth
Canidae
Adore Morsels With Sardine & Mackerel In Broth
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
sardine
mackerel
fish broth
potato starch

Canidae

Adore Morsels
With Salmon & Whitefish In Broth
Canidae
Adore Morsels With Salmon & Whitefish In Broth
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
salmon
tuna
whitefish
sweet potato

Canidae

Adore Shreds
With Tuna, Chicken & Mackerel In Broth
Canidae
Adore Shreds With Tuna, Chicken & Mackerel In Broth
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
tuna
chicken
mackerel
sunflower oil

Canidae

Adore Shreds
With Tuna, Chicken & Whitefish In Broth
Canidae
Adore Shreds With Tuna, Chicken & Whitefish In Broth
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
tuna
chicken
whitefish
sunflower oil