Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Review
Real Duck Recipe
Review of Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet
Real Duck Recipe
This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.
According to our data, this Merrick recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is duck. Although duck is an excellent animal based protein source, raw duck contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of duck 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 water sufficient for processing, which of course provides moisture.
The third ingredient is natural flavor. Unlike artificial flavoring, natural flavoring is produced using plants and/or animal parts.
The fourth ingredient is pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.
The fifth ingredient is 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.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck Recipe 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 organic alfalfa meal. Organic alfalfa meal is produced from the alfalfa flowering plant. it's rich in plant based protein, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.
The next ingredient 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.
Then we have 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.
Moving on, we have potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
Moving on with this review, 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 next ingredient in this review is flaxseed oil, which provides a healthy dose of essential fatty acids.
Our next ingredient is vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by cats.
vitamin B12 supplement is the next ingredient in this recipe. Vitamin B12 is another essential vitamin.
Next on the list is d-calcium pantothenate, which is a vitamin B5 supplement.
The next ingredient in this recipe is vitamin A supplement. Vitamin A is another essential vitamin.
Next we have niacin, also known as vitamin B3. It's an essential vitamin that is critical for the metabolism of nutrients and the well-being of the central nervous and GI systems.
The next ingredient is vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 is another essential vitamin.
Then we have riboflavin supplement. Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2, it's and essential vitamin required by cats.
The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet 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.
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 Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck Recipe is 2.5 out of 5.