Fancy Feast Medleys Review

Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate

Fancy Feast Medleys Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate

PawDiet Rating

3.50

Review of Fancy Feast Medleys
Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate

This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.

Unfortunately, our team has not been able to confirm that this product meets any AAFCO nutrition profiles. We rely on the companies website to provide this information. However, we were not able to find a nutritional adequacy statement on the company's website. We caution owners from feeding non-AAFCO approved products because these products may not contain all of the nutrients required by your cat.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Fancy Feast Medleys Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is ocean whitefish. Although ocean whitefish is an excellent protein and fat source, raw ocean whitefish contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of ocean whitefish 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.

The second ingredient is 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 third ingredient is fish broth. Fish broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, fish broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The fourth 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.

The fifth ingredient is fish. Fish is typically an excellent protein and fat source. However, the specific type of fish is not mentioned and therefore we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as mackerel, cod, salmon, etc.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Fancy Feast Medleys Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate 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 tuna. Tuna is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, tuna contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of tuna is dramatically reduced after cooking.

The next ingredient is cheese. Cheese is an ingredient derived from milk. The overall affect of this ingredient on the recipe cannot be determined without knowing the specific type of cheese included. In general, cheese is not something we'd like to see in cat food recipes.

Then we have spinach. Spinach is a nutritionally dense dark green vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Moving on, 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.

Moving on with this review, we have natural flavor, which is likely included to improve palatability.

The next ingredient in this review is tricalcium phosphate. Tricalcium phosphate is typically used for its mineral contents. However, it can also be used to evenly disperse fat in wet food products.

Our next ingredient is 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.

added color is the next ingredient in this recipe. The ingredient "added color" is ambiguous and may include various artificial dyes. Most artificial dyes have been linked to various chronic diseases.

Next on the list is guar gum. Guar gum (or guaran) is obtained from guar beans which have been dehusked, milled and screened. It's commonly used in wet food products as a thickening agent and provides a notable amount of dietary fiber.

The remaining ingredients in this Fancy Feast Medleys 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.

Final Thoughts

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 Medleys Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Florentine With Cheese and Garden Greens Pate is 3.5 out of 5.