Purina Beyond Cat Food Ingredients

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Purina Beyond manufactures roughly 47 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Purina Beyond uses roughly 151 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 Purina Beyond, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken
  3. liver
  4. liver
  5. chicken heart

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Purina Beyond is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by liver, liver, and chicken heart.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Purina Beyond does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 47 Purina Beyond 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, Purina Beyond 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 Purina Beyond 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 animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 2 anonymous meat ingredients used by Purina Beyond.

fish
4 Recipes

Fish is typically an excellent protein and fat source. However, the specific type of fish is not mentioned and therefore we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as mackerel, cod, salmon, etc.

The following recipes contain fish:

poultry broth
1 Recipes

Poultry broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, poultry broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution. In addition, we typically prefer the specific type of poultry specified (chicken broth, turkey broth, quail broth, etc), which is not done here.

The following recipes contain poultry broth:

Cereal Grains

Certain Purina Beyond 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.

whole oatmeal
1 Recipes

Whole oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The following recipes contain whole oatmeal:

whole barley
2 Recipes

Whole barley is a nutritious carbohydrate source. It's a great source of dietary fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

The following recipes contain whole barley:

barley
1 Recipes

Barley is a nutritious carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. Unlike pearled barley, regular barley contains the entire grain.

The following recipes contain barley:

whole brown rice
1 Recipes

Whole 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 brown rice:

wheat gluten
4 Recipes

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain wheat gluten:

brown rice
4 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:

wild rice
1 Recipes

Wild rice is a gluten-free grain which supplies protein, dietary fiber, certain minerals, and B vitamins.

The following recipes contain wild rice:

oatmeal
1 Recipes

Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The following recipes contain oatmeal:

rice
2 Recipes

Rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The following recipes contain rice:

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 7 controversial ingredients inside Purina Beyond products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

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:

wheat gluten
4 Recipes

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain wheat gluten:

organic pea protein
1 Recipes

Organic 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 organic pea protein:

liver
25 Recipes

Liver is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous animal ingredients are typically very low quality and may contain almost any animal, including dogs and cats!

The following recipes contain liver:

organic canola meal
1 Recipes

Organic canola meal is a high protein by-product of canola oil production. This ingredient is marked controversial because it may be derived from genetically modified rapeseed, which is associated with multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain organic canola meal:

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 Purina Beyond for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 2 harmful ingredients used in certain Purina Beyond recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfate complex
4 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
32 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:

Purina Beyond Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Purina Beyond

Kitten
Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe
Purina Beyond
Kitten Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
barley
oatmeal
dried yeast

Purina Beyond

Pacific Tuna
Grain Free Tuna & Lentil Recipe
Purina Beyond
Pacific Tuna Grain Free Tuna & Lentil Recipe
First Five Ingredients
tuna
chicken meal
whole lentil
pea protein
beef fat

Purina Beyond

Wild
Turkey & Lentil Recipe + Freeze-Dried Bites With Chicken For Cats
Purina Beyond
Wild Turkey & Lentil Recipe + Freeze-Dried Bites With Chicken For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken meal
whole lentil
pea protein
pea starch

Purina Beyond

Icelandic Arctic Char
Grain Free Arctic Char & Lentil Recipe
Purina Beyond
Icelandic Arctic Char Grain Free Arctic Char & Lentil Recipe
First Five Ingredients
arctic char
chicken meal
pea starch
canola meal
pea protein

Purina Beyond

Simply Grain Free
Wild-Caught Salmon, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe For Indoor Cats
Purina Beyond
Simply Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe For Indoor Cats
First Five Ingredients
salmon
pea starch
chicken meal
pea protein
canola meal

Purina Beyond

Organic
Chicken, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe For Cats
Purina Beyond
Organic Chicken, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken meal
organic cassava root flour
organic pea starch
organic dried egg

Purina Beyond

Simply Grain Free
White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe For Cats
Purina Beyond
Simply Grain Free White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
pea protein
pea starch
cassava root flour

Purina Beyond

Simply
Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simply Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken meal
whole barley
rice
pea protein

Purina Beyond

Simply Grain Free
Wild-Caught Whitefish & Cage-Free Egg Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simply Grain Free Wild-Caught Whitefish & Cage-Free Egg Recipe
First Five Ingredients
hake
chicken meal
cassava root flour
dried egg product
pea starch

Purina Beyond

Simply
White Meat Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simply White Meat Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
whole barley
rice
whole oatmeal

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Chicken, Wild Rice & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Chicken, Wild Rice & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
chicken
liver
dried egg whites
potato starch

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Tuna, Herring & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Tuna, Herring & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
water sufficient for processing
tuna
chicken
liver
dried egg whites

Purina Beyond

Paté
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
liver
chicken broth
ocean fish
egg product

Purina Beyond

Paté
Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
liver
chicken
fish broth
egg product

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Line-Caught Alaskan Cod & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Line-Caught Alaskan Cod & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
cod
chicken
fish broth
liver
dried spinach

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Quail & Carrot Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Quail & Carrot Recipe
First Five Ingredients
quail
chicken
liver
quail broth
chicken broth

Purina Beyond

Paté
Indoor Grain Free Chicken Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Indoor Grain Free Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
liver
ocean whitefish
powdered cellulose

Purina Beyond

Simple Origins
Farm-Raised Chicken, Wild Caught Shrimp & Carrot Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simple Origins Farm-Raised Chicken, Wild Caught Shrimp & Carrot Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
cod
chicken broth
chicken liver
chicken heart

Purina Beyond

Wild
Turkey, Liver & Quail Recipe Pate
Purina Beyond
Wild Turkey, Liver & Quail Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
liver
turkey broth
quail

Purina Beyond

Mixers
Immune Support Turkey & Canadian Duck Recipe
Purina Beyond
Mixers Immune Support Turkey & Canadian Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
poultry broth
turkey
wheat gluten
liver
tapioca starch

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Canadian Duck Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Canadian Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken
liver
duck broth
sardine

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Pheasant & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Pheasant & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
pheasant
chicken
liver
pheasant broth
chicken broth

Purina Beyond

Simple Origins
Farm-Raised Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simple Origins Farm-Raised Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
cod
chicken broth
chicken liver
chicken heart

Purina Beyond

Simple Origins
Pacific Cod, New England Herring & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simple Origins Pacific Cod, New England Herring & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
cod
chicken
cod broth
chicken broth
chicken liver

Purina Beyond

Simple Origins
Wild Alaskan Salmon & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
Simple Origins Wild Alaskan Salmon & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken
chicken liver
salmon broth
chicken broth

Purina Beyond

Wild
Salmon, Liver & Arctic Char Recipe Pate
Purina Beyond
Wild Salmon, Liver & Arctic Char Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken
chicken liver
liver
salmon broth

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Cage-Free Chicken, Beef & Carrot Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Cage-Free Chicken, Beef & Carrot Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken broth
chicken
liver
egg whites
beef

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon broth
salmon
chicken
liver
egg whites

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Wild-Caught Tuna, Mackerel & Carrot Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Wild-Caught Tuna, Mackerel & Carrot Recipe
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
tuna
chicken
liver
egg whites

Purina Beyond

Mixers
Digestive Support Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe
Purina Beyond
Mixers Digestive Support Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey broth
turkey
liver
wheat gluten
ocean whitefish

Purina Beyond

Mixers
Digestive Support Wild-Caught Salmon & Pumpkin Recipe
Purina Beyond
Mixers Digestive Support Wild-Caught Salmon & Pumpkin Recipe
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
salmon
liver
wheat gluten
chicken

Purina Beyond

Mixers
Immune Support Alaskan Cod Recipe
Purina Beyond
Mixers Immune Support Alaskan Cod Recipe
First Five Ingredients
fish broth
cod
wheat gluten
chicken
liver

Purina Beyond

Organic
Chicken & Carrot Recipe Pate For Cats
Purina Beyond
Organic Chicken & Carrot Recipe Pate For Cats
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken broth
organic chicken liver
organic carrot
potassium chloride

Purina Beyond

Organic
Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Pate For Cats
Purina Beyond
Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Pate For Cats
First Five Ingredients
organic chicken
organic chicken broth
organic chicken liver
organic sweet potato
potassium chloride

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Arctic Char & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Arctic Char & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
arctic char
fish broth
fish
liver
chicken

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Canadian Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Canadian Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
duck
fish
duck broth
liver
chicken

Purina Beyond

In Gravy
Cage-Free Turkey, Sweet Potato & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
In Gravy Cage-Free Turkey, Sweet Potato & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey broth
turkey
chicken
liver
egg whites

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Spinach Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Spinach Recipe
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
turkey
liver
fish broth
spinach

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Trout & Catfish Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Trout & Catfish Recipe
First Five Ingredients
trout
fish broth
chicken
liver
catfish

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Wild Salmon Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Wild Salmon Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken
fish broth
liver
dried egg product

Purina Beyond

Paté
Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
Purina Beyond
Paté Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
liver
dried sweet potato
ocean fish

Purina Beyond

Mixers
Immune Support Chicken Bone Broth For Cats
Purina Beyond
Mixers Immune Support Chicken Bone Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken bone broth
thiamine mononitrate
vitamin E supplement
niacin
calcium pantothenate

Purina Beyond

Complements
Alaskan Salmon Recipe For Cats
Purina Beyond
Complements Alaskan Salmon Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
salmon broth
salmon
dried sweet potato
kale
guar gum

Purina Beyond

Complements
Pacific Herring Recipe For Cats
Purina Beyond
Complements Pacific Herring Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
herring broth
herring
dried carrot
kale
guar gum

Purina Beyond

Complements
Pacific Tuna Recipe For Cats
Purina Beyond
Complements Pacific Tuna Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
tuna broth
tuna
tomato
dried carrot
guar gum

Purina Beyond

Natural Cat Snacks
Grain Free Chicken & Egg Recipe
Purina Beyond
Natural Cat Snacks Grain Free Chicken & Egg Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
cassava root flour
pea starch
dried egg product

Purina Beyond

Natural Cat Snacks
Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe
Purina Beyond
Natural Cat Snacks Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe
First Five Ingredients
ocean whitefish
chicken meal
cassava root flour
pea starch
dried egg product