Essence Cat Food Ingredients

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Essence manufactures roughly 6 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Essence uses roughly 77 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 Essence, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. turkey
  2. goat
  3. lamb broth
  4. fish broth
  5. herring

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Essence is turkey. The most common 2nd ingredient is goat, followed by lamb broth, fish broth, and herring.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Essence does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 6 Essence 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, Essence 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 Essence 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 77 Essence ingredients. According to our data, Essence does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

For cats, we typically recommend choosing a grain-free recipe. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore grains are not species appropriate.

According to our data, Essence cat food recipes do not contain grains. In other words, all recipes are grain-free.

Please note, 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.

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 Essence is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 77 Essence 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 Essence ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Essence Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Essence

Original
Ocean & Freshwater Recipe For Cats
Essence
Original Ocean & Freshwater Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
salmon
herring
sardine
mackerel
cod meal

Essence

Original
Ranch & Meadow Recipe For Cats
Essence
Original Ranch & Meadow Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
boar
goat
lamb
pork
boar meal

Essence

Original
Air & Gamefowl Recipe For Cats
Essence
Original Air & Gamefowl Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
guineafowl
duck
turkey
chicken
duck meal

Essence

Original
Air & Gamefowl Recipe For Cats (Canned)
Essence
Original Air & Gamefowl Recipe For Cats (Canned)
First Five Ingredients
turkey
duck broth
guineafowl
quail
duck

Essence

Original
Ocean & Freshwater Recipe For Cats (Canned)
Essence
Original Ocean & Freshwater Recipe For Cats (Canned)
First Five Ingredients
trout
salmon
whitefish
fish broth
herring

Essence

Original
Ranch & Meadow Recipe For Cats (Canned)
Essence
Original Ranch & Meadow Recipe For Cats (Canned)
First Five Ingredients
lamb
pork
lamb broth
pork liver
boar