Iams Canned Cat Food Review
Pate With Lamb & Rice
Review of Iams Canned Cat Food
Pate With Lamb & Rice
This product is manufactured by Mars Petcare Inc..
According to our data, this Iams recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Iams Canned Cat Food Pate With Lamb & Rice is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.
We'll begin this review of Iams Canned Cat Food Pate With Lamb & Rice with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is meat broth. Meat broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, meat broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution. In addition, we typically prefer the specific type of meat specified (lamb broth, beef broth, venison broth, etc), which is not done here.
The second ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.
The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken by-products. Chicken by-products contain all parts of the chicken except for the feathers and the meat commonly consumed by humans. As discussed earlier, meat by-products are controversial ingredients.
The fifth ingredient is lamb. Although lamb is an excellent protein source, raw lamb contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of lamb 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.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Iams Canned Cat Food Pate With Lamb & Rice 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 Iams recipe.
Next we have ground rice. Ground rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.
The next ingredient is natural flavor. The usage of natural flavor to improve palatability is fairly common practice in cat food products.
Then we have salt. 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 Iams Canned Cat Food 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 Iams Canned Cat Food Pate With Lamb & Rice is 2.0 out of 5.