VeRUS Cat Food Ingredients

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VeRUS manufactures roughly 17 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that VeRUS uses roughly 89 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 VeRUS, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken broth
  3. lamb liver
  4. lamb tripe
  5. brewers yeast

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in VeRUS is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by lamb liver, lamb tripe, and brewers yeast.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

VeRUS does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 17 VeRUS 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, VeRUS 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 VeRUS 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 VeRUS.

ocean fish
4 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 VeRUS 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.

millet
1 Recipes

Millet is a great source of gluten-free fiber. It's also an excellent source of B-vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.

The following recipes contain millet:

brown rice flour
3 Recipes

Brown rice flour is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice flour is easy to digest.

The following recipes contain brown rice flour:

ground oat groats
1 Recipes
ground brown rice
1 Recipes

Ground brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, ground brown rice is easy to digest.

The following recipes contain ground brown 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 2 controversial ingredients inside VeRUS products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
1 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:

tomato pomace
1 Recipes

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 tomato pomace:

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 VeRUS for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain VeRUS recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
4 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:

VeRUS Cat Food Ingredient Lists

VeRUS Feline Dry Food Life Advantage Chicken Meal, Brown Rice & Oats Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Beef, Apple, Vegetable & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Beef Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Beef, Pumpkin & Green Lipped Mussel Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken & Liver Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken, Ocean Fish, Tripe & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken, Pumpkin & Green Lipped Mussel Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken, Salmon & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Chicken & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Lamb, Pumpkin & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Lamb, Tripe, Vegetable & Green Lipped Mussel

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Ocean Fish Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Salmon Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Tuna Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Turkey, Chicken & Fish Pate Formula

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VeRUS Feline Canned Food Turkey Pate Formula

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