Sheba Cat Food Ingredients

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Sheba manufactures roughly 33 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Sheba uses roughly 73 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 Sheba, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. water
  2. chicken
  3. chicken
  4. poultry liver
  5. animal plasma

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Sheba is water. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by chicken, poultry liver, and animal plasma.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Our records indicate that Sheba does use artificial food coloring dyes. More specifically, we've identified 1 artificial food dye used by Sheba.

Although these food dyes are classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA, we recommend avoiding them when possible.

According to the Center For Research In The Public Interest (CSPI), there are many potential health risks associated with the consumption of artificial food coloring dyes.

Given that most pets consume the same products for prolonged periods of time, these concerns should be taken seriously. In general, we recommend pet owners avoid feeding products which contain artificial food coloring dyes.

For more information regarding the CSPI's findings, read our artificial food coloring article.

Animal By-Products

Sheba does indeed use animal by-products. More specifically, 2 animal by-product ingredients were found during our analysis of Sheba cat food ingredients.

According to AAFCO, by-products are defined as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. In other words, animal by-products are the leftover ingredients that humans typically do not consume (lung, heart, tongue, stomach, intestine, blood, etc).

Many consumers have equated animal by-products with slaughterhouse waste. Animal by-products are still very controversial. Most premium brands have abandoned them in favor of specific named organ ingredients (duck liver, chicken heart, etc).

If you must feed a product with animal by-products, ensure that the specific animal source is specified. In other words, avoid ingredients such as meat by-products or poultry by-products.

tuna by-products
1 Recipes

The following recipes contain tuna by-products:

salmon by-products
1 Recipes

The following recipes contain salmon by-products:

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 3 anonymous meat ingredients used by Sheba.

poultry liver
21 Recipes

Organ meats like poultry liver are an excellent source of protein, fat, and essential vitamins and minerals. Although organs may not sound appealing, organs are an important component of a carnivorous animal's diet.</p><p>Unfortunately, poultry liver is considered an anonymous meat because the specific type of poultry is not specified.

The following recipes contain poultry liver:

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

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, Sheba 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 Sheba products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

caramel color
6 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

tuna by-products
1 Recipes

The following recipes contain tuna by-products:

salmon by-products
1 Recipes

The following recipes contain salmon by-products:

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 Sheba for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

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

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
21 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:

Sheba Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys
Chicken & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys Chicken & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
poultry liver
carrot
green bean

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Gourmet Tuna & Shrimp Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Gourmet Tuna & Shrimp Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Signature Salmon & Shrimp Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Signature Salmon & Shrimp Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
salmon
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Tender Trout Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Tender Trout Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
trout
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys
Chicken, Beef & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys Chicken, Beef & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma
tapioca starch

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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys
Salmon & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys Salmon & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
salmon
poultry liver
carrot

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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys
Tuna & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
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Perfect Portions Garden Medleys Tuna & Vegetables Entree In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
tuna
poultry liver
carrot

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Perfect Portions Pate
Delicate Salmon Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Delicate Salmon Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water
salmon
poultry liver
chicken broth

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Perfect Portions Pate
Tender Beef Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Tender Beef Entree
First Five Ingredients
beef
chicken
water
poultry liver
chicken broth

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Delicate Whitefish & Tuna Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Delicate Whitefish & Tuna Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
whitefish
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Gourmet Salmon Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Gourmet Salmon Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
salmon
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Roasted Chicken Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Roasted Chicken Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma
tapioca starch

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Savory Mixed Grill Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Savory Mixed Grill Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma
tapioca starch

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Signature Tuna Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Signature Tuna Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy
Tender Turkey Entree
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Perfect Portions Cuts In Gravy Tender Turkey Entree
First Five Ingredients
water
turkey
chicken
poultry liver
animal plasma

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Perfect Portions Pate
Gourmet Chicken & Tuna Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Gourmet Chicken & Tuna Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water
poultry liver
chicken broth
tuna

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Perfect Portions Pate
Roasted Chicken & Liver Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Roasted Chicken & Liver Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
poultry liver
water
chicken broth
guar gum

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Perfect Portions Pate
Roasted Turkey Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Roasted Turkey Entree
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
poultry liver
water
poultry broth

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Perfect Portions Pate
Savory Chicken Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Savory Chicken Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water
poultry liver
chicken broth
guar gum

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Perfect Portions Pate
Signature Seafood Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Signature Seafood Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water
whitefish
poultry liver
chicken broth

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Perfect Portions Pate
Tender White Fish & Tuna Entree
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Perfect Portions Pate Tender White Fish & Tuna Entree
First Five Ingredients
chicken
water
poultry liver
whitefish
chicken broth

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Signature Broths
Chicken & Vegetable In Clear Broth
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Signature Broths Chicken & Vegetable In Clear Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
modified tapioca starch
carrot
natural flavor

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Signature Broths
Chicken & Vegetable In Creamy Broth
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Signature Broths Chicken & Vegetable In Creamy Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
chicken
modified tapioca starch
carrot
natural flavor

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Signature Broths
Oceanfish & Vegetable In Clear Broth
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Signature Broths Oceanfish & Vegetable In Clear Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
tomato
modified tapioca starch
carrot

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Signature Broths
Salmon & Ocean Fish In Creamy Broth
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Signature Broths Salmon & Ocean Fish In Creamy Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
salmon
tuna
modified tapioca starch
natural flavor

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Signature Broths
Tuna, Chicken & Vegetable In Clear Broth
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Signature Broths Tuna, Chicken & Vegetable In Clear Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
chicken
modified tapioca starch
carrot

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Signature Broths
Tuna, Shrimp & Crab In Clear Broth
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Signature Broths Tuna, Shrimp & Crab In Clear Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
shrimp
crab
modified tapioca starch

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Signature Broths
Tuna, Shrimp & Salmon In Creamy Broth
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Signature Broths Tuna, Shrimp & Salmon In Creamy Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
shrimp
salmon
modified tapioca starch

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Signature Broths
Tuna & Vegetable In Creamy Broth
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Signature Broths Tuna & Vegetable In Creamy Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
tuna
modified tapioca starch
carrot
natural flavor

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Signature Broths
Salmon & Vegetable In Clear Broth
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Signature Broths Salmon & Vegetable In Clear Broth
First Five Ingredients
water
salmon
whitefish
modified tapioca starch
carrot

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Meaty Tender Sticks
Salmon Flavor
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Meaty Tender Sticks Salmon Flavor
First Five Ingredients
salmon by-products
pork
pork liver
turkey
pork skin

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Meaty Tender Sticks
Tuna Flavor
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Meaty Tender Sticks Tuna Flavor
First Five Ingredients
tuna by-products
pork
turkey
pork liver
pork rind

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Meaty Tender Sticks
With Chicken
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Meaty Tender Sticks With Chicken
First Five Ingredients
chicken
pork
pork liver
turkey
pork skin