Stella and Chewy's Cat Food Ingredients

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Stella and Chewy's 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 Stella and Chewy's ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Stella and Chewy's uses roughly 117 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 Stella and Chewy's, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken liver
  3. lentil
  4. pumpkin seed
  5. potassium chloride

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Stella and Chewy's is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken liver, followed by lentil, pumpkin seed, and potassium chloride.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Stella and Chewy's does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 33 Stella and Chewy's 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, Stella and Chewy's 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 Stella and Chewy's 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 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Stella and Chewy's.

fish meal
1 Recipes

Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The following recipes contain fish meal:

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, Stella and Chewy's 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 Stella and Chewy's is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 117 Stella and Chewy's 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.

During our review, none of the Stella and Chewy's ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Stella and Chewy's Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Stella and Chewy's Raw Blend Kibble Cage Free Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Raw Blend Kibble Wild Caught Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Raw Coated Kibble Cage-Free Duck Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Raw Coated Kibble Chicken Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Raw Coated Kibble Salmon Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Absolutely Rabbit

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Chick, Chick, Chicken

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Duck Duck Goose

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Sea-Licious Salmon & Cod

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Tummy Ticklin' Turkey

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Stella and Chewy's Freeze-Dried Dinner Morsels Yummy Lickin' Salmon & Chicken

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Stella and Chewy's Stella's Solutions Digestive Boost Chicken Dinner Mixers For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Stella's Solutions Skin & Coat Boost Duck & Salmon Dinner Mixers For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Frozen Dinner Morsels Absolutely Rabbit

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Stella and Chewy's Frozen Dinner Morsels Chick, Chick, Chicken

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Stella and Chewy's Frozen Dinner Morsels Duck Duck Goose

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Stella and Chewy's Frozen Dinner Morsels Tummy Ticklin' Turkey

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Stella and Chewy's Selects (Frozen Raw) Cage Free Chicken Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Selects (Frozen Raw) Cage Free Turkey Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Salmon Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Chicken & Tuna Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Duck & Chicken Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Salmon, Tuna & Mackerel Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Carnivore Cravings Tuna & Pumpkin Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Marvelous Morsels Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Marvelous Morsels Cage-Free Turkey Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Marvelous Morsels Chicken & Salmon Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Purrfect Pate Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Purrfect Pate Cage-Free Turkey Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Purrfect Pate Chicken & Salmon Recipe

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Stella and Chewy's Marie's Magical Dinner Dust Cage-Free Chicken Recipe For Cats

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Stella and Chewy's Marie's Magical Dinner Dust Wild-Caught Salmon & Cage-Free Chicken Recipe For Cats

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