Instinct Original Minced Review

Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy

Instinct Original Minced Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy

PawDiet Rating

3.00
Price Comparison
1.79 + Shipping (Free In-Stock Pickup)

Save up to 15% with In-Store Pickup

21.48 + Shipping ($5.95)
$10 Off + Free Shipping Orders $60+
Use Code: SAVENOW
45.39 + Shipping ($5.99)

Review of Instinct Original Minced
Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy

This product is manufactured by Nature’s Variety.

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

Instinct Original Minced Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy 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 Instinct Original Minced Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first 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 second ingredient is tuna. Although tuna is an excellent protein source, raw tuna contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of tuna 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 third ingredient is pork liver. Pork liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, pork liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is egg whites. Egg whites consist of shell-free egg whites, 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 fifth ingredient is pork. Although pork is an excellent protein source, raw pork contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of pork 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 Instinct Original Minced Tuna Recipe In Savory 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 Instinct recipe.

Next we have dried ground pea. Dried ground peas are naturally rich in an important antioxidant called beta carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A. Dried peas also provide dietary fiber and a notable amount of plant based protein.

The next ingredient is spinach. Spinach is a nutritionally dense dark green vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Then we have carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

Moving on, we have ground flaxseed. Ground flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have montmorillonite clay. Montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring group of minerals which are believed to provide resistance to various environmental toxins. In addition, montmorillonite clay is often used as an anti-caking agent in pet food.

The next ingredient in this review 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.

Our next ingredient is natural flavor, which is used to enhance the flavor of the food.

sunflower oil is the next ingredient in this recipe. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.

Next on the list is sodium phosphate. Sodium phosphate is a generic term used for salts of sodium and phosphate. It is most likely used as a emulsifier, thickening agent, or leavening agent.

The next ingredient in this recipe is 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.

Next we have calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.

The next ingredient is dried kelp, which is a nutritionally dense seaweed. Kelp is naturally rich in a multitude of vitamins and minerals.

Then we have potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

Moving on, we have choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

The remaining ingredients in this Instinct Original Minced 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 does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Instinct Original Minced Tuna Recipe In Savory Gravy is 3.0 out of 5.