2016 Orijen Cat & Kitten new formula from the facility located in Kentucky contains new ingredients that reduces and increases percentages to the nutritional formula in comparison to the first recipe.
- 40% protein
- 20% low-glycemic carbohydrates, free of grains, potatoes or tapioca
- 1/3 of meats are from dehydrated chicken and turkey ( meats are air-dried at low temperature)
- 2/3 of meats are fresh and refrigerated or raw flash-frozen, without preservatives.
- Liver provides good taste for picky eaters.
- DHA and EPA naturally from fresh fish
- It provides a natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail ﬂounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, whole atlantic herring, chicken heart, turkey heart, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, dehydrated turkey liver, whole green peas, whole navy beans, red lentils, chicken necks, chicken kidney, chicken fat, pinto beans, chickpeas, green lentils, alfalfa, natural chicken ﬂavor, alfalfa, herring oil, ground chicken bone, chicken cartilage, turkey cartilage, dried kelp, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, apples, pears, pumpkin seeds, sunﬂower seeds, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried biﬁdobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.
Crude protein (min.) 40 % – Crude fat (min.) 20 % – Crude fibres (max.) 3% – Moisture (max.) 10 % – Calcium (min.) 1.2 % – Phosphorus (min.) 1% – Magnesium (min.) 0.1% – Taurine (min.) 0.2% – Omega-6 fatty acids (min.) 3.5 % – Omega-3 fatty acids (min.) 0.8% – DHA (min.) 0.2 % – EPA (min.) 0.2 %
ANALYSIS OF FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS OF ORIJEN CAT & KITTEN NEW FORMULA:
Deboned chicken: This meat contains water in muscles, adding less proteins in total formula. The concept of “deboned” can mislead to thinking of high in proteins. Best when used in canned food. 3 stars
Deboned turkey: Same as chicken, the concept “deboned” mislead to higher in protein, but it really adds water weight to the % in the total formula. This ingredient is best if used in canned wet food. 2 stars
Yellowtail ﬂounder: It provides good source of fatty acids but it could be further down the list. 3 stars
Whole eggs: whole eggs(3 stars) Eggs are good source of protein, but whole eggs includes shell which is not well digested for cats and includes too much calcium. 3 stars
Whole atlantic mackerel: Good source of cold water fish, high in fatty acids but whole fish may contain all parts of fish, including gills, scales and fins. 3 stars
What are the Pros and Cons of Orijen Cat and Kitten Formula?
- Contains natural fresh local ingredients
- Not too much chicken and turkey liver
- Low-glycemic formula, free of grains, potatoes and tapioca
- No by-products
- Gluten free
- 40% proteins
- No preservatives in meats
- Healthy fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6.
- Natural source of vitamins and minerals, reducing sinthetics supplements
- 2/3 of formula adds weight in water (water from fresh meats or organs or ice from frozen meats)
- Minimum amount of Phosphorus on the formula isn’t less than 1% (if lower than 1% avoids chances of cats developing urine crystals)
- The 11 essential amino acids are not listed on the new formula.
- The maximum levels are not stated on the Guaranteed Analysis
- Whole fish means it could include gills, scales, fins and internal organs.
- Magnesium has been increased (min)
- Proteins has been reduced (min)
- Omega-3 has been reduced (min)
- Natural sources of vitamins or minerals can’t be measured in the formula
The new formula of Orijen Cat & Kitten made several changes:
- It eliminated chicken meal as the second ingredient and included deboned turkey instead. Deboned meats in general are weighed before cooked which includes water in muscles or ice weight if frozen. This makes this proportion to increase because of the water or ice weight, reducing the actual protein of these meats proportionally in the total formula.
- Most of the proteins of this formula comes from fish and whole eggs if we consider the 5 first ingredients of the total formula. This includes all parts of the fish and the eggs shells.
- The new formula has not listed yet all the 11 essential aminoacids in its Guaranteed Analyisis and it appears on their website as: “coming soon”. This is something we need to wait to see if they actually list these essential aminoacids or they will just guarantee Taurine.
- They don’t mention the maximum levels on the Guaranteed Analysis which means we don’t know the maximum level of Phosphorus, Calcium, Ash, etc.
- They increased the Magnesium from 0.09% to 0.1%
- They reduced proteins from 42% to 40% (min)
- They reduced Omega-3 from 1.2% to 0.8% (min)
The average rating based on the first 3 ingredients (which add the most weight over the total formula) is: 2.66 Stars which is not a very good rate for a dry cat food.
Very Important: As Orijen cat formula is high in protein, it’s very important to feed your cat wet canned food and provide a fresh source of water available at all times when feeding your pet this cat food.
I think that Orijen new formula offers less information than the previous Cat & Kitten formula from Canada. Also, this new recipe made in Kentucky adds more fish and eggs than chicken and turkey to the formula, because it eliminated “chicken meal” from the formula. Chicken and turkey meal will always be better for cats than fish, whole eggs and whole fish.