Castor & Pollux Cat Food Ingredients

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Castor & Pollux 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 Castor & Pollux ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Castor & Pollux uses roughly 84 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 Castor & Pollux, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. organic chicken
  2. water sufficient for processing
  3. organic pea protein
  4. organic chicken liver
  5. organic pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Castor & Pollux is organic chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is water sufficient for processing, followed by organic pea protein, organic chicken liver, and organic pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Castor & Pollux does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 23 Castor & Pollux 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, Castor & Pollux 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 Castor & Pollux 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 84 Castor & Pollux ingredients. According to our data, Castor & Pollux does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Castor & Pollux 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.

organic barley
2 Recipes

Organic barley is a nutritious carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. Unlike pearled barley, regular barley contains the entire grain.

The following recipes contain organic barley:

organic brown rice
4 Recipes

Organic 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 organic brown rice:

organic oatmeal
1 Recipes

The following recipes contain organic oatmeal:

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 1 controversial ingredient inside Castor & Pollux products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

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.

During our review, none of the Castor & Pollux ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Castor & Pollux Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Kitten Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken & Turkey Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Tuna & Whitefish Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Kitten Recipe (Canned Pate)

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Shredded Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Shredded Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Turkey Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Turkey & Spinach Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Recipe Pate

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Morsels In Gravy

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Pate

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Tuna Recipe Pate

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Morsels In Gravy

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Pate

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Cat Treats Chicken Flavor

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