Vital Essentials Cat Food Ingredients

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Vital Essentials manufactures roughly 24 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Vital Essentials uses roughly 31 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 Vital Essentials, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. rabbit
  2. rabbit liver
  3. rabbit heart
  4. goat milk
  5. herring oil

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Vital Essentials is rabbit. The most common 2nd ingredient is rabbit liver, followed by rabbit heart, goat milk, and herring oil.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Vital Essentials does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 24 Vital Essentials 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, Vital Essentials 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 Vital Essentials 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 inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive cat foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 31 Vital Essentials ingredients. According to our data, Vital Essentials does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

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, Vital Essentials 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 Vital Essentials is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 31 Vital Essentials 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 Vital Essentials ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Vital Essentials Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Chicken Dinner Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Chicken Dinner Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken heart
chicken liver
herring oil
mixed tocopherols

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Turkey Dinner Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Turkey Dinner Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey heart
turkey liver
herring oil
mixed tocopherols

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Chicken Mini Nibs For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Chicken Mini Nibs For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken heart
chicken liver
herring oil
mixed tocopherols

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Duck Dinner Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Duck Dinner Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck gizzards
duck heart
duck liver
herring oil

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Rabbit Mini Nibs For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Rabbit Mini Nibs For Cats
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
rabbit liver
rabbit heart
rabbit kidney
rabbit lung

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Rabbit Dinner Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Rabbit Dinner Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
rabbit liver
rabbit heart
rabbit kidney
rabbit lung

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Turkey Mini Nibs For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Turkey Mini Nibs For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey heart
turkey liver
herring oil
mixed tocopherols

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried
Duck Mini Nibs For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Duck Mini Nibs For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck gizzards
duck heart
duck liver
herring oil

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Chicken Entree For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Chicken Entree For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken heart
goat milk
water

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Chicken Entree Mini Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Chicken Entree Mini Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken liver
chicken heart
goat milk
herring oil

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Duck Entree For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Duck Entree For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck liver
duck gizzards
duck heart
goat milk

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Duck Entree Mini Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Duck Entree Mini Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
duck
duck liver
duck gizzards
duck heart
goat milk

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Rabbit Entree For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Rabbit Entree For Cats
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
rabbit liver
rabbit heart
rabbit kidney
goat milk

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Rabbit Entree Mini Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Rabbit Entree Mini Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
rabbit liver
rabbit heart
rabbit kidney
goat milk

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Turkey Entree For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Turkey Entree For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey liver
turkey heart
goat milk
herring oil

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Frozen
Turkey Entree Mini Patties For Cats
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Frozen Turkey Entree Mini Patties For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey liver
turkey heart
goat milk
herring oil

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Chicken Breast
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Chicken Breast
First Five Ingredients
boneless skinless chicken breast

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VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Chicken Hearts
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Chicken Hearts
First Five Ingredients
chicken heart

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VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Duck Liver
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Duck Liver
First Five Ingredients
duck liver

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VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Chicken Giblets
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Chicken Giblets
First Five Ingredients
chicken liver
chicken heart

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Minnows
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Minnows
First Five Ingredients
minnow

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VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Rabbit Bites
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Rabbit Bites
First Five Ingredients
rabbit
mixed tocopherols

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Ahi Tuna
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Ahi Tuna
First Five Ingredients
ahi tuna

Vital Essentials

VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Vital Essentials
VitalCat Freeze-Dried Treats Wild Alaskan Salmon
First Five Ingredients
salmon