Orijen is a company located in Alberta, Canada. This brand is part of our healthiest cat food list because they use mostly fresh meat in their recipes.
The Orijen cat food formula is made with local ingredients, free-run chicken, turkey, with whole eggs and local caught fish. These ingredients are fresh every day and free of preservative and never frozen. Orijen recipe is full in proteins (80%) and gives to cats a very natural food as they would get it in the nature.
NOTE: Orijen opened new facility in Kentucky creating a new recipe. Check here the review of the new Orijen Cat & Kitten formula made in Kentucky.
ORIJEN CAT AND KITTEN
This formula is made with 80% of meat from free-run chicken and turkey, fresh eggs and wild-caught fish. This recipe containing high meats level is equal to a 42% of protein level which replicates the natural diet of your cat.
The formula also contains 20% of animal fats. Over the 90% of the fats in this recipe occur naturally from high levels of fresh meats from chicken, turkey, fish and eggs.
DHA and EPA is also on this cat food formula. The essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that helps your cat’s immune and nervous system as well as skin and hair coat.
The formula is also grain-free and contains very few amounts of carbohydrates. This cat food contains also taurine, glucosamine and chondroitin, and veterinarian selected botanicals.
Note: Check here the 2016 new formula made at Kentucky.
Crude protein (min.) 42 %
Crude fat (min.) 20 %
Crude fiber (max.) 3 %
Moisture (max.) 10 %
Calcium (min./max)1.4 / 1.7 %
Phosphorus (min./max)1.1 / 1.4 %
Omega-6 (min.)3.5 %
Omega-3 (min.)1.2 %
DHA (min.)0.7 %
EPA (min.)0.4 %
Taurine (min.)0.25 %
Magnesium (max.)0.09 %
Ash (max.) 8%
Boneless chicken,* chicken meal, chicken liver,* whole herring,* boneless turkey,* turkey meal, turkey liver,* whole eggs,* boneless walleye,* whole salmon,* chicken heart,* chicken cartilage,* herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, chicken fat, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, kelp, pumpkin,* butternut squash,* spinach greens,* carrots,* apples,* pears,* cranberries,* mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, dandelion root, chamomile, peppermint leaf, ginger root, caraway seeds, turmeric, rose hips, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, freeze-dried chicken, freeze-dried turkey, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product + vitamins and minerals. *delivered fresh and preservative-free
Choline Chloride, Vitamin A, vitamin D3, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, Sodium Selenite.
ANALYSIS OF FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS OF ORIJEN CAT & KITTEN FORMULA
Boneless chicken: 3 stars. Boneless chicken contains higher weight in water, though, it is well complemented with high concentrated protein in chicken meal. 3 stars
Chicken meal: 5 stars. Excellent concentrated source of protein for cats. Water weight has been extracted. 5 stars
Chicken liver: 3 stars. Good source of iron, essential for production of red cell in blood. Too much is not good. 3 stars
Whole herring: 3 stars. Excellent source of fatty acids. It is not herring meal so it may add some water on weight and includes all parts of fish. 3 stars
Boneless Turkey: 2 stars. This meat includes water in weight so adds less nutrition in protein. 2 stars.
What are the Pros and Cons of Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula?
Check the best and not so good of this formula for a better decision if this is pet food your cat needs:
- It contains all the 11 essential aminoacids that cat’s body can’t produce.
- Contains natural fresh local ingredients
- No by-products
- Excellent amount of magnesium (0,09%), preventing urinary tract disease
- 90% of recipe contains fresh meat
- Formula gives to your cat 42% of proteins
- No preservatives on meats
- No frozen meats.
- Healthy fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6.
- Natural botanicals
- Vitamins and minerals
- Very nutrient dense
- GMO free ingredients
- It is pricey
- Ingredients are subject to local environment, depending on the country.
- Too much iron in Chicken liver may not be good for cats with sensitive stomach.
- Maximum guaranteed Phosphorus of 1.4% is too high.
- First ingredient Boneless Chicken includes water on weight.
This is a good meat based cat formula, considering that all dry cat food formulas on the market mix ingredients that are high quality with regular quality.
The average rating based on the first 3 ingredients (which add the most weight over the total formula) is: 3.6 Stars which is a good rate for a dry cat food.
Very Important: As Orijen cat formula is highly concentrated in proteins, it is crucial to feed your cat wet canned food and provide plenty of water when feeding your pet this formula.
This cat recipe contains 100% of all essential aminoacids for your cat’s health. Based on this:
√ I recommend Orijen Cat and Kitten formula:
- For all not overweight cats
- For active cats and kittens
- With a mix diet of dry and wet food
- Making the cat drink lots of water because of the high protein quality of this cat food
x I don’t recommend this cat food:
- For cats with urinary tract disease
- Cats with no activity
- Cats with obesity
- Cats with sensitive stomach (if your cat usually has diarrhea)
ORIJEN 6 FISH CAT NEW FORMULA
This recipe is made with 80% of fresh and wild-caught local fish that represents 42% of proteins needs of your cat. This formula contains 20% of fat that are always from animal sources, with 90% of fats occurring naturally from fresh fish ingredients.
It contains also Omega-3 (DHA, EPA) from fresh fish (1%/0.7%) that is essential for your cat immune and nervous system and also gives nutrients for its skin and hair coat.
This formula is grain-free and few carbohydrate, moderate in calcium and phosphorus, it has natural glucosamine and chondroitin and veterinarian selected botanicals.
Crude protein (min.) 42.0%
Crude fat (min.) 20.0%
Crude fiber (max.) 3%
Moisture (max.) 10.0%
Calcium (min./max.) 1.4%/1.7%
Phosphorus (min./max.) 1.1%/1.4%
Ash (max.) 8%
Omega 6 (min.) : 2.5%
Omega-3 (min.) 1.8%
DHA (min.) 1%
EPA (min.) 0.7%
Taurine (min.) 0.25%
Magnesium (max.) 0.09%
Whole salmon*, whole herring*, salmon meal, herring meal, Pollock meal, whole flounder*, boneless walleye*, boneless northern pike*, boneless lake whitefish*, salmon oil, herring oil, chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils, green peas, pea fibre, canola oil, sun-cured alfalfa, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, mixed tocopheral. * Delivered fresh, preservative-free and never frozen.
Choline Chloride, Vitamin A, vitamin D3, niacin, ribo?avin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, Sodium Selenite.
ANALYSIS OF FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS OF ORIJEN 6 FISH FORMULA:
[star rating=”1.0″ numeric=”yes”] Whole salmon: Good source of fatty acids. It includes water on weight and it contains all part of the fish. Salmon may add more mercury to the cat diet. 1 star
[star rating=”4.0″ numeric=”yes”] Whole herring: Good source of proteins and fatty acid. It contains all parts of the fish. 4 stars
[star rating=”1.0″ numeric=”yes”] Salmon meal: Concentrated protein source for cats but it contains few fatty acids because the oil has been extracted to make the meal. Salmon can add mercury to the cat’s diet. 1 star
[star rating=”4.0″ numeric=”yes”] Herring meal: Excellent source of proteins. Low fatty acids because has been pressed out to make the meal. 4 stars
[star rating=”5.0″ numeric=”yes”] Pollock meal: Excellent source of proteins and fatty acids. 5 stars
What are the Pros and Cons of Orijen 6 Fish Formula?
- It contains all the 11 aminoacids cats need.
- Fresh local ingredients
- It does not contain by-products
- 90% fresh meat
- Guaranteed analysis of 42% of proteins
- No frozen fish
- Healthy fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6.
- With botanicals to support digestion
- With vitamins and minerals
- GMO free ingredients
- Ingredients are subject to the environment where the food is manufactured.
- Salmon adds mercury to the cat’s diet.
Orijen 6 fish cat formula contains good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The first ingredient is whole salmon which, even though it is natural wild caught salmon and it contains minimum amounts of mercury, this still adds mercury to the cat’s diet.
The average rating based on the first 3 ingredients is: 2.0 Stars which is not a good rate. The formula contains 100% of all aminoacids cats need, but salmon could not be good as a base-diet. Based on this:
x It’s better to go for the Chicken formula since salmon in that recipe it’s much further down the list of ingredients.