Holistic Select Cat Food Ingredients

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Holistic Select manufactures roughly 8 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Holistic Select uses roughly 102 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 Holistic Select, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. potato
  3. pea
  4. turkey
  5. ground flaxseed

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Holistic Select is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is potato, followed by pea, turkey, and ground flaxseed.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Holistic Select does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 8 Holistic Select 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, Holistic Select 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 Holistic Select 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 102 Holistic Select ingredients. According to our data, Holistic Select 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, Holistic Select 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 Holistic Select is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 102 Holistic Select 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.

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

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

menadione sodium bisulfite
1 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfite 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:

Holistic Select Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Grain Free Adult & Kitten Health
Chicken Meal Recipe
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Grain Free Adult & Kitten Health Chicken Meal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
potato
pea
chicken fat
chickpea

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Grain Free Adult Health
Anchovy & Sardine and Salmon Meals Recipe
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Grain Free Adult Health Anchovy & Sardine and Salmon Meals Recipe
First Five Ingredients
anchovy meal
sardine meal
potato
pea
chicken meal

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Grain Free Indoor Health / Weight Control
Turkey Meal Recipe
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Grain Free Indoor Health / Weight Control Turkey Meal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey meal
potato
pea
turkey
herring meal

Holistic Select

Grain Free Canned
Chicken Liver & Lamb Pate Recipe
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Grain Free Canned Chicken Liver & Lamb Pate Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
lamb
dried egg product

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Grain Free Canned
Salmon & Shrimp Pate Recipe
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Grain Free Canned Salmon & Shrimp Pate Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon broth
salmon
chicken
chicken liver
whitefish

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Grain Free Canned
Chicken Pate Recipe
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Grain Free Canned Chicken Pate Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
turkey
ground flaxseed

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Grain Free Canned
Ocean Fish & Tuna Pate Recipe
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Grain Free Canned Ocean Fish & Tuna Pate Recipe
First Five Ingredients
ocean fish
chicken
salmon broth
chicken liver
tuna

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Grain Free Canned
Turkey Pate Recipe
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Grain Free Canned Turkey Pate Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken liver
chicken broth
chicken
ground flaxseed