Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Review

Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer

Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer

PawDiet Rating

2.50

Review of Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw
Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer

This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.

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

Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer 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 Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is salmon. Although salmon is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw salmon contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of salmon 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 whitefish. Although whitefish is an excellent protein and fat source, raw whitefish contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of 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 third ingredient is chicken broth. Chicken broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, chicken broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The fourth ingredient is dried pea. Dried peas are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

The fifth ingredient is dried potato. Dried potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten-free carbohydrate source. In addition to carbohydrates, dried potatoes also supply protein and various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer 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 Merrick recipe.

Next we have gelatin. Gelatin is produced from animal by-products and contains 98% to 99% protein by dry weight. However, gelatin protein is incomplete and lacks many essential amino acids.

The next ingredient is cranberry. Cranberries are rich in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins such as vitamin C and minerals such as manganese.

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

Moving on, we have apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

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

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

The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw 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 Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Salmon Recipe Meal Or Mixer is 2.5 out of 5.