Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Review
Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy
Review of Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers
Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy
This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.
According to our data, this Fancy Feast recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for adult cats and growing kittens. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for adult cats and growing kittens.
We'll begin this review of Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is poultry broth. Poultry broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, poultry broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution. In addition, we typically prefer the specific type of poultry specified (chicken broth, turkey broth, quail broth, etc), which is not done here.
The second ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.
The third ingredient is wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.
The fourth ingredient is poultry by-products. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, poultry by-products contain nearly all parts of poultry which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.
Like other meat by-products, poultry by-products are considered controversial, mainly because they are inexpensive ingredients which consumers have equated with slaughterhouse waste. However, manufactures and many experts claim that animal by-products are unjustly criticized. Proponents state that by-products, such as poultry by-products, supply many important nutrients required by cats. Finally, we must also note that this ingredient is considered an anonymous meat ingredient because the specific type of poultry is not specified. By-products which are "named", such as chicken by-products are typically higher in quality when compared to the more general poultry by-products.
The fifth ingredient is chicken heart. Chicken hearts are full of high quality protein and fat. Chicken hearts also provide a notable amount of vitamins and minerals.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy 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 Fancy Feast recipe.
Next we have liver. Liver is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous animal ingredients are typically very low quality and may contain almost any animal, including dogs and cats!
The next ingredient is meat by-products. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, meat by-products contain nearly all parts of the animal which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.
This ingredient is marked controversial because the meat source is not identified. Anonymous ingredients such as meat by-products are typically very low quality additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the animal source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.
Then we have modified corn starch. Modified corn starch is derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. The modified term indicates that the corn starch has been treated or processed in order to expose or improve some property. Typically, corn starch is used as a binder in kibble.
Moving on, we have turkey. Although turkey is an excellent protein source, raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of turkey is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
Moving on with this review, we have artificial flavor. Artificial flavor is an ingredient which improves the palatability of food. Unlike natural flavor, artificial flavor is not derived from a natural source. However, artificial flavors on a scientific level are indistinguishable from their natural counterparts.
The next ingredient in this review is natural flavor. Although natural flavor does not provide any nutritional value, it does improve palatability.
Our next ingredient is soybean flour. Soybean flour contains more than 50% protein. Therefore, soybean can significantly boost the protein content of the product. The inclusion of non-meat protein typically degrades the overall quality of protein in the recipe. This degradation is due to the inferior amino acid profile of plant based proteins.
salt is the next ingredient in this recipe. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and cats. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
The remaining ingredients in this Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.
Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by cats. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.
In summary, we recognize that this product contains artificial colors and anonymous meat ingredients.
Although the FDA has approved the artificial colors used in this product, they are unnecessary and unhealthy additions. Long term exposure can have serious consequences. See our article on artificial food dyes for more information.
In regards to the anonymous meat ingredients, These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.
The official PawDiet rating for Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Chicken Hearts & Liver Feast In Grilled Chicken Flavor Gravy is 1.5 out of 5.