Whole Earth Farms Cat Food Ingredients

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Whole Earth Farms manufactures roughly 22 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Whole Earth Farms uses roughly 85 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 Whole Earth Farms, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken broth
  3. chicken
  4. chicken liver
  5. dried egg product

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Whole Earth Farms is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by chicken, chicken liver, and dried egg product.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Whole Earth Farms does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 22 Whole Earth Farms 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, Whole Earth Farms 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 Whole Earth Farms 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 85 Whole Earth Farms ingredients. According to our data, Whole Earth Farms 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, Whole Earth Farms 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 2 controversial ingredients inside Whole Earth Farms products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
5 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:

caramel color
5 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:

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 Whole Earth Farms for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

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

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
12 Recipes

Whole Earth Farms Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Real Salmon For Cats
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Real Salmon For Cats
First Five Ingredients
salmon meal
turkey meal
dried potato
pea
salmon

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Real Chicken For Cats
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
turkey meal
dried potato
pea
chicken

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Real Whitefish & Tuna For Cats
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Real Whitefish & Tuna For Cats
First Five Ingredients
whitefish meal
dried potato
dried pea
chicken meal
chicken fat

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
Healthy Kitten
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe Healthy Kitten
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
turkey meal
dried potato
pea
chicken

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Recipe
With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Recipe With Real Turkey & Duck For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey meal
dried potato
pea
chicken meal
chicken fat

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
dried egg product
natural flavor

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Beef & Salmon Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Beef & Salmon Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
salmon
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Duck & Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Duck & Chicken Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
fish broth
chicken
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Salmon Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Salmon Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey broth
turkey
chicken liver
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Salmon & Tuna Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Salmon & Tuna Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
fish broth
tuna
chicken
chicken liver

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Beef & Turkey Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Beef & Turkey Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
beef
turkey
beef broth
turkey liver
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Chicken & Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Chicken & Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey broth
turkey
turkey liver

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Turkey Recipe Morsels In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
chicken broth
turkey liver
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Beef Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Beef Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Chicken & Turkey Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
turkey
turkey liver
natural flavor

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Chicken & Salmon Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Chicken & Salmon Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
beef
salmon
chicken liver

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Turkey Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Turkey Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
chicken
turkey liver
chicken liver

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Salmon Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Salmon Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
salmon
chicken broth
chicken
chicken liver
natural flavor

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Tuna & Whitefish Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Tuna & Whitefish Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
tuna
chicken broth
chicken
chicken liver
whitefish

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Chicken Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Chicken Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
natural flavor
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Real Duck Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Real Duck Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken broth
chicken
chicken liver
dried egg product

Whole Earth Farms

Grain Free Canned
Healthy Kitten Recipe Pate
Whole Earth Farms
Grain Free Canned Healthy Kitten Recipe Pate
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
natural flavor
dried egg product