Chicken Soup For The Soul Cat Food Ingredients

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Chicken Soup For The Soul manufactures roughly 19 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Chicken Soup For The Soul ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Chicken Soup For The Soul uses roughly 106 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. turkey meal
  4. brown rice
  5. pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Chicken Soup For The Soul is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by turkey meal, brown rice, and pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Chicken Soup For The Soul does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 19 Chicken Soup For The Soul 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, Chicken Soup For The Soul 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 Chicken Soup For The Soul 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 106 Chicken Soup For The Soul ingredients. According to our data, Chicken Soup For The Soul does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Chicken Soup For The Soul 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.

cracked pearled barley
4 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:

whole grain brown rice
4 Recipes

Whole grain 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 whole grain brown rice:

oatmeal
4 Recipes
pearled barley
1 Recipes

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

The following recipes contain 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 4 controversial ingredients inside Chicken Soup For The Soul products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

powdered cellulose
4 Recipes
pea protein
2 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)
2 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):

tomato pomace
1 Recipes

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 tomato pomace:

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 Chicken Soup For The Soul ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Chicken Soup For The Soul Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Indoor Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken, Brown Rice & Pea Recipe For Kittens

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Weight & Mature Care

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken & Legumes Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Salmon & Legumes Recipe For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Salmon Recipe Pate For All Life Stages

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Beef, Red Potato & Carrot Recipe Minced In Gravy For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Beef, Carrot & Red Potato Recipe Pate For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Spinach Recipe Minced In Gravy For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato & Spinach Recipe Pate For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Salmon Recipe Pate For Indoor Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate For Kittens

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Salmon, Red Potato & Spinach Recipe Pate For Adult Cats

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Grain Free Salmon & Chicken Recipe Cuts In Gravy

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Chicken Soup For The Soul Classic Ocean Fish, Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate For Weight & Mature Care

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