Castor & Pollux Cat Food Ingredients

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Castor & Pollux manufactures roughly 25 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 88 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 25 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 88 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.

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

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

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
1 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:

Castor & Pollux Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Kitten Recipe
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Organix Grain Free Organic Kitten Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken meal
organic pea protein
organic sweet potato
organic pea

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Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Tuna & Whitefish Recipe
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Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Tuna & Whitefish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
tuna
whitefish meal
organic pea protein
turkey meal
organic pea

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Pristine Grain Free
Free-Range Chicken & Turkey Recipe
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Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken & Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
whitefish meal
organic pea protein
turkey meal
organic pea

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Organix
Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
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Organix Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken meal
organic pea protein
organic oatmeal
organic pea

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
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Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken meal
organic pea protein
organic sweet potato
organic pea

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Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
whitefish meal
organic pea protein
turkey meal
organic pea

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Kitten Recipe (Canned Pate)
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Organix Grain Free Organic Kitten Recipe (Canned Pate)
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
organic pea protein
organic coconut flour

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Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Pate
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Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
water sufficient for processing
dried egg product
organic dried pea
natural flavor

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Shredded Chicken Recipe
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Organix Grain Free Organic Shredded Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
organic pea protein
organic dried egg product

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Turkey Recipe
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Organix Grain Free Organic Turkey Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic turkey
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken
organic chicken liver
organic dried pea

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Organix
Organic Turkey & Spinach Recipe
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Organix Organic Turkey & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic turkey
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken
organic chicken liver
organic brown rice

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Pate
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
dried egg product
organic dried pea

Castor & Pollux

Organix Grain Free
Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
organic pea
organic coconut flour

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Organix Grain Free
Organic Shredded Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Organix Grain Free Organic Shredded Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic pea protein
organic chicken liver
organic dried egg product

Castor & Pollux

Organix
Organic Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Organix Organic Turkey, Brown Rice & Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic turkey
water sufficient for processing
organic brown rice
organic chicken
organic chicken liver

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Pristine Grain Free
Free-Range Chicken Recipe Pate
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
dried egg product
organic dried pea

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Free-Range Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
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Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
organic turkey
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
chicken

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Tuna Recipe Pate
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Tuna Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
tuna
water sufficient for processing
chicken
organic chicken liver
dried egg product

Castor & Pollux

Organix Grain Free
Organic Chicken Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
organic dried pea
organic coconut flour

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Pristine Grain Free
Cage-Free Duck Recipe Morsels In Gravy
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Pristine Grain Free Cage-Free Duck Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
chicken

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Pristine Grain Free
Free-Range Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
organic turkey

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Tuna Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Tuna Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
tuna
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
chicken
organic chicken liver

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Whitefish Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
chicken

Castor & Pollux

Pristine Grain Free
Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Castor & Pollux
Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken broth
water sufficient for processing
organic chicken liver
chicken

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Organix
Organic Cat Treats Chicken Recipe
Castor & Pollux
Organix Organic Cat Treats Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic pea
organic brown rice
organic oats
organic barley