Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe Review

Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe
Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, ground grain sorghum, millet, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, herring meal, dried brewers yeast, dried plain beet pulp, natural flavor, whole ground flaxseed, menhaden oil, lecithin, carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, dl-methionine, potassium chloride, l-lysine, salt, taurine, choline chloride, cranberry, calcium carbonate, yucca schidigera extract, monosodium phosphate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, ascorbic acid, biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, citric acid, folic acid, iron sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate.
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Guaranteed Analysis & Dry Matter Basis
35.00 % (38.89 %)
Moisture (max)
10.00 % (0.00 %)
Crude Fiber (max)
3.00 % (3.33 %)
Crude Fat (min)
17.00 % (18.89 %)
Crude Protein (min)
30.00 % (33.33 %)
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Review of Blackwood Adult Cat Food
Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe

This product is manufactured by Blackwood Pet Foods.

According to our data, this Blackwood recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

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

The third ingredient is ground grain sorghum. Ground grain sorghum is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. This cereal grain also provides a modest amount of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and manganese.

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

The fifth ingredient is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Chicken fat is a relatively good source of linoleic acid, which is an important essential fatty acid.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Blackwood recipe.

Next we have egg product. Egg product consists of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.

The next ingredient is herring meal. Herring meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking herring until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with herring (i.e. herring meal).

Then we have dried brewers yeast. Dried brewers yeast is a by-product of the brewing industry. Brewers yeast is rich in various minerals and contains a notable amount of protein.

Moving on, we have dried plain beet pulp. Dried plain beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The keyword "plain" in this ingredient emphasizes that the beet pulp has not been sweetened, which is often done for palatability.The primary contribution of dried plain beet pulp is dietary fiber.

We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

Moving on with this review, we have natural flavor. The usage of natural flavor to improve palatability is fairly common practice in cat food products.

The remaining ingredients in this Blackwood Adult Cat Food recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by cats. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Blackwood Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe is 3.0 out of 5.