Whiskas Tender Bites Review

With Turkey & Giblets In Juices

Whiskas Tender Bites With Turkey & Giblets In Juices

PawDiet Rating

2.00

Review of Whiskas Tender Bites
With Turkey & Giblets In Juices

This product is manufactured by Mars Petcare Inc..

According to our data, this Whiskas recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for adult cats and growing kittens. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Whiskas Tender Bites With Turkey & Giblets In Juices is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for adult cats and growing kittens.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Whiskas Tender Bites With Turkey & Giblets In Juices with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is water sufficient for processing, which of course provides moisture.

The second ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The third 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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is turkey. Although turkey is an excellent protein source, raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of turkey 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 Whiskas Tender Bites With Turkey & Giblets In Juices 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 Whiskas recipe.

Next we have poultry giblets. Poultry giblets includes the heart, liver, gizzards, and other internal organs of poultry. Organs are nutritiously dense ingredients which provide high quality protein and fat. However, this particular ingredient is considered an anonymous meat ingredient because the type of poultry is not specified. In order words, "named" giblets such as chicken giblets or turkey giblets are preferred over poultry giblets.

The next ingredient is starch. Starch is a carbohydrate source. Unfortunately, the item from which the starch was extracted is not specified. Thus, we cannot make any specific claims on the nutritional value or intention behind the inclusion of this ingredient.

Then we have natural flavor, which is likely included to improve palatability.

The remaining ingredients in this Whiskas Tender Bites 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 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 Whiskas Tender Bites With Turkey & Giblets In Juices is 2.0 out of 5.