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Dr. Tim's Cat Food Ingredients

According to our research, Dr. Tim's manufactures 2 cat food recipes using 82 unique ingredients. To evaluate the quality of ingredients used by Dr. Tim's, we've studied all 82 ingredients. In this article, we'll share our findings on Dr. Tim's ingredients.

Cat Food Recipes2
Unique Ingredients82
Artificial Colors0
Animal By-Products0
Anonymous Meats0

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 Dr. Tim's, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. chicken broth
  3. chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
  4. pea
  5. natural flavor

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Dr. Tim's is chicken meal. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea, and natural flavor.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Dr. Tim's does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 2 Dr. Tim's 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, Dr. Tim's 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 Dr. Tim's 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 82 Dr. Tim's ingredients. According to our data, Dr. Tim's does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

Certain Dr. Tim's 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.

brown rice
1 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:

rice bran
1 Recipes

Rice 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 rice bran:

Controversial Ingredients

Brands which do not use any controversial ingredients are typically top-of-the-line. Avoiding all controversial ingredients indicates that the brand has not sacrificed quality for cost savings.

Our research indicates that Dr. Tim's is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 82 Dr. Tim's ingredients and none of these ingredients were classified as controversial in our system

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 Dr. Tim's ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Dr. Tim's Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Dr. Tim's

Dry Cat Food
Chase All Life Stages Cat Formula
Dr. Tim's
Dry Cat Food Chase All Life Stages Cat Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
brown rice
chicken fat
dried egg product
catfish meal

Dr. Tim's

Canned Cat Food
Nimble Chicken & Vegetable Pate
Dr. Tim's
Canned Cat Food Nimble Chicken & Vegetable Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken liver
natural flavor