Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds Review
Ocean Whitefish + Tuna Recipe
Review of Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds
Ocean Whitefish + Tuna Recipe
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 Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds Ocean Whitefish + Tuna Recipe 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 Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds Ocean Whitefish + Tuna Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first 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 second 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 third ingredient is salmon broth. As with other broths, salmon broth is a source of flavor and moisture.
The fourth ingredient is beef liver. Beef liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, beef liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.
The fifth ingredient is dried egg product. Dried egg product consists of shell-free eggs 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.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds Ocean Whitefish + Tuna 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 lamb. Lamb is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, lamb contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of lamb is dramatically reduced after cooking.
The next ingredient is spinach. Spinach is a nutritionally dense dark green vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Then we have tuna. Tuna is another outstanding protein source. Tuna also contains all of the necessary essential amino acids required by cats.
Moving on, we have carrot, which are naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.
Moving on with this review, we have potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free ingredient extracted from potatoes. Unlike whole potatoes, the starch itself does not provide a notable amount of nutrition.
The next ingredient in this review 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.
Our next ingredient is natural flavor. Unlike artificial flavoring, natural flavoring is produced using plants and/or animal parts.
guar gum is the next ingredient in this recipe. 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.
Next on the list 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.
The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds 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 does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
The official PawDiet rating for Merrick Purrfect Bistro Gourmet Shreds Ocean Whitefish + Tuna Recipe is 3.0 out of 5.