Purina Beyond Cat Food Ingredients

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Purina Beyond manufactures roughly 35 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 114 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 35 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:

ocean fish
2 Recipes

Ocean fish can refer to multiple species of fish, since the particular type of fish is not specified, it's difficult to discuss this ingredient. The nutritional contribution of ocean fish depends on the species included; however, fish generally provides high quality protein and fat.

The following recipes contain ocean fish:

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:

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:

brown rice
3 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:

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 4 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:

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 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Purina Beyond recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
25 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 Simply Salmon & Whole Brown Rice Recipe

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Purina Beyond Simply White Meat Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe

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Purina Beyond Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe

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Purina Beyond Grain Free White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe For Cats

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Purina Beyond Icelandic Arctic Char Grain Free Arctic Char & Lentil Recipe

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Purina Beyond Grain Free Indoor Salmon, Egg & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond Pacific Tuna Grain Free Tuna & Lentil Recipe

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Purina Beyond Wild Turkey & Lentil Recipe + Freeze-Dried Bites With Chicken For Cats

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Grain Free Chicken, Beef & Carrot Recipe

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Chicken, Wild Rice & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Tuna, Herring & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Grain Free Tuna, Mackerel & Carrot Recipe

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Purina Beyond In Gravy Grain Free Turkey, Sweet Potato & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Trout & Catfish Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Wild Salmon Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Alaskan Cod Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Arctic Char & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Canadian Duck Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Pheasant & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Grain Free Quail & Carrot Recipe

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Purina Beyond Paté Indoor Grain Free Chicken Recipe

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Purina Beyond Simple Origins Farm-Raised Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Purina Beyond Simple Origins Farm-Raised Chicken, Wild Caught Shrimp & Carrot Recipe

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Purina Beyond Simple Origins Pacific Cod, New England Herring & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond Simple Origins Wild Alaskan Salmon & Spinach Recipe

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Purina Beyond Wild Salmon, Liver & Arctic Char Recipe Pate

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Purina Beyond Wild Turkey, Liver & Quail Recipe Pate

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Purina Beyond Natural Cat Snacks Grain Free Chicken & Egg Recipe

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Purina Beyond Natural Cat Snacks Grain Free Ocean Whitefish & Egg Recipe

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