I and Love and You Cat Food Ingredients

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I and Love and You manufactures roughly 21 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that I and Love and You uses roughly 159 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 I and Love and You, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. turkey meal
  4. chicken liver
  5. spinach

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in I and Love and You is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by turkey meal, chicken liver, and spinach.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

I and Love and You does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 21 I and Love and You 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, I and Love and You 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 I and Love and You 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 159 I and Love and You ingredients. According to our data, I and Love and You 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, I and Love and You 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

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 I and Love and You products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

dried tomato pomace
1 Recipes

Dried 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 dried tomato pomace:

powdered cellulose
2 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

pea protein
5 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
1 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:

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 I and Love and You for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 3 harmful ingredients used in certain I and Love and You recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfate complex
2 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfate 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 bisulfate complex:

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
2 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:

menadione sodium bisulfate
1 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfate 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 bisulfate:

I and Love and You Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Naked Essentials
Indoor Health With Chicken + Turkey
I and Love and You
Naked Essentials Indoor Health With Chicken + Turkey
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
dried pea
pea protein

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Lovingly Simple Limited Ingredient
With Salmon + Sweet Potato
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Lovingly Simple Limited Ingredient With Salmon + Sweet Potato
First Five Ingredients
salmon
menhaden meal
pea
salmon meal
sunflower oil

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Naked Essentials
Digestive Support With Chicken + Pumpkin
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Naked Essentials Digestive Support With Chicken + Pumpkin
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
menhaden meal
dried pea
pea starch

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Nude Super Food
Poultry A Plenty Recipe
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Nude Super Food Poultry A Plenty Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken meal
turkey meal
pea protein
chicken fat

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Naked Essentials
Grain Free With Chicken + Duck
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Naked Essentials Grain Free With Chicken + Duck
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
garbanzo bean
ground pea

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Naked Essentials
Grain Free With Salmon + Trout
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Naked Essentials Grain Free With Salmon + Trout
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken meal
turkey meal
garbanzo bean
lentil

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Nude Super Food
Surf 'N Chick Recipe
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Nude Super Food Surf 'N Chick Recipe
First Five Ingredients
whitefish
chicken meal
turkey meal
pea protein
chicken fat

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Wet Cat Food
Purrky Turkey Pate
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Wet Cat Food Purrky Turkey Pate
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey liver
turkey broth
cranberry
spinach

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Wet Cat Food
Savory Salmon Pate
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Wet Cat Food Savory Salmon Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken liver
salmon broth
chicken
cranberry

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Wet Cat Food
Beef Right Meow! Pate
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Wet Cat Food Beef Right Meow! Pate
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef liver
beef broth
cranberry
spinach

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Wet Cat Food
Whascally Wabbit Pate
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Wet Cat Food Whascally Wabbit Pate
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
beef broth
beef liver
cranberry
spinach

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Wet Cat Food
Chicky-Da-Lish Stew
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Wet Cat Food Chicky-Da-Lish Stew
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
vegetable broth
chicken liver
dried egg whites

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Wet Cat Food
Oh My Cod! Pate
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Wet Cat Food Oh My Cod! Pate
First Five Ingredients
cod
chicken
chicken liver
fish broth
spinach

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Wet Cat Food
Salmon Chanted Evening Stew
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Wet Cat Food Salmon Chanted Evening Stew
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
vegetable broth
chicken liver
chicken

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Wet Cat Food
Tuna Fintastic Stew
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Wet Cat Food Tuna Fintastic Stew
First Five Ingredients
tuna
fish broth
vegetable broth
chicken liver
chicken

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Wet Cat Food
Chicken Me Out Pate
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Wet Cat Food Chicken Me Out Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken broth
spinach
cranberry

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Feed Meow Boost
Turkey Recipe In Gravy
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Feed Meow Boost Turkey Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
chicken broth
turkey liver
dried egg whites

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Feed Meow Shine
Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
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Feed Meow Shine Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
mackerel
fish broth
chicken broth
chicken liver
chicken

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Feed Meow Tummy
Chicken Recipe In Gravy
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Feed Meow Tummy Chicken Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey broth
chicken liver
dried egg whites

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Hair Meow't Hearties
Salmon Recipe
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Hair Meow't Hearties Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken liver
glycerin
chicken
ground flaxseed

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Meow & Zen Hearties
Chicken Recipe
I and Love and You
Meow & Zen Hearties Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
glycerin
ground flaxseed
natural flavor