Orijen Cat & Kitten New Canadian Formula Review

Orijen Cat & Kitten Canadian formula changed so I decided to make a review of this new formula.

This new recipe contains 40% protein and 19% low-glycemic carbohydrates. Also, 2/3 of the meats are fresh, either refrigerated or flash-frozen with no preservatives. The other 1/3 is dehydrated fresh chicken, turkey, and fish.


  • Grain-free formula
  • Proteins represent 40% of total formula
  • 20% fat content (minimum)
  • 19% low-glycemic carbohydrates, free of grains, potatoes or tapioca
  • 1/3 of meats are from dehydrated chicken, turkey, and fish
  • 2/3 of meats are fresh and refrigerated or raw flash-frozen, without preservatives.
  • DHA and EPA naturally from fresh fish
  • With a natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin supporting the cat joints.



Fresh chicken meat (18%), fresh turkey meat (7%), fresh whole eggs (5%), fresh chicken liver (5%), fresh whole flounder (4%), fresh whole herring (4%), fresh turkey liver (4%), fresh chicken heart (4%), fresh turkey heart (4%), fresh chicken necks (4%), chicken (dehydrated, 4%), turkey (dehydrated, 4%), whole mackerel (dehydrated, 4%), whole sardine (dehydrated, 4%), whole herring (dehydrated, 4%), chicken fat (3%), whole red lentils, whole green peas, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, lentil fiber, whole pinto beans, whole navy beans, chicken cartilage (dehydrated, 1%), herring oil (1%), chicken liver (freeze-dried), turkey liver (freeze-dried), fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole zucchini, fresh whole parsnips, fresh carrots, fresh whole red delicious apples, fresh whole bartlett pears, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beet greens, fresh turnip greens, brown kelp, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, whole saskatoon berries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips, enterococcus faecium.

ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Zinc chelate: 100 mg; Copper chelate: 11 mg; Choline chloride: 1200 mg.



Crude protein (min.) 40 % – Fat content (min.) 20 % – Crude ash (min.) 8% – Crude fibers (max.) 3% – Moisture (max.) 10% – Calcium (min.) 1.4% – Phosphorus (min.) 1.1% – Magnesium (min.) 0.1% – Taurine (min.) 0.2% – Omega-6 fatty acids (min.) 3.1% – Omega-3 fatty acids (min.) 1% – DHA (min.) 0.3% – EPA (min.) 0.2%



(3.0/5) Fresh chicken meat: Meats contains up to 84% water weight which takes out the protein value from the total formula.
(3.0/5) Fresh turkey meat: Meats contains water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food before cooked which is less protein nutrition.
(3.0/5) Fresh whole eggs: Eggs are a good source of protein, but whole eggs could include some shell (AAFCO accepts up to 6% ash on dry matter basis).
(3.0/5) Fresh chicken liver: Good source of iron. It helps for red blood cell production and adds good flavor to the food, but too much liver can be toxic.
(2.0/5) Fresh whole flounder: Good source of fatty acids. It adds some water on weight and includes all parts of fish.



⇒The new formula reduced proteins from 42% to 40%

⇒Reduced low-glycemic carbs from 20% to 19%

⇒It changed the ash content from a maximum of 8% to a minimum of 8% (not good)

⇒The new recipe doesn’t state the maximum amount of Calcium. The old formula stated a maximum amount of calcium of 1.7% while the new formula states a minimum of 1.4% but it doesn’t mention the maximum (it could be more than 1.7%)

⇒The new formula doesn’t state the maximum amount of Phosphorus. The old formula stated a maximum amount of Phosphorus of 1.4% while the new formula states a minimum of 1.1% but it doesn’t mention the maximum (it could be more than 1.4%)

⇒The new formula increased the amount of Magnesium. The new formula guarantees a minimum of 0.1% and it doesn’t guarantee a maximum amount. The old formula guaranteed a maximum amount of Magnesium of 0.09%

⇒Decreased amount of Taurine (essential amino acid) from 0.25% to 0.2%

⇒Reduced Omega-6 from 3.5% to 3.1%

⇒Reduced Omega-3 from 1.2% to 1%

⇒Reduced DHA from 0.7% to 0.3%

What are the Pros and Cons of Orijen Cat & Kitten New Canadian Formula?


  • Meats are fresh from local sources
  • Not too much liver from chicken and turkey (9%)
  • Reduced carbs to 19%
  • Low-glycemic formula, free of grains, potatoes, and tapioca avoids raises in blood sugar
  • No by-products
  • Gluten free
  • 40% proteins in total formula
  • Fresh meats with no preservatives
  • Healthy fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6.
  • Natural source of vitamins and minerals, reducing synthetics supplements
  • Natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin


  • Proteins have been reduced
  • “Meats” may include bones
  • 2/3 of formula adds water weight (water contained in meats or organs and ice from frozen meats and fish)
  • Eggs add ash (eggs could contain some pieces of shell from the industrial process)
  • Minimum amount of Phosphorus in the formula is 1.1% which is high (if lower than 1% avoids chances of cats developing urinary issues)
  • The maximum levels of minerals and ash are not stated on the Guaranteed Analysis (e.g. Calcium, Phosphorus)
  • Whole fish may include all parts of fish
  • Meats, whole fish, whole eggs and chicken necks may add more calcium and Phosphorus to the diet (bones, some small pieces of shell)
  • Ash content went from a maximum of 8% to a minimum of 8%
  • Magnesium has been increased
  • Taurine has been reduced
  • Omega-3 has been reduced
  • DHA has been reduced.


The formula eliminated chicken meal which represents a pure concentrated source of chicken and replaced it with whole eggs. Chicken meal is a better ingredient than whole eggs, especially considering that this new formula doesn’t state the maximum amount of Calcium in the total formula. Whole eggs add calcium and ash to the cat’s diet. Too much calcium is not good for cats.

Also, the old formula had boneless chicken and turkey and these ingredients have been replaced by “fresh meats” which may include bones. This also could add Calcium and Phosphorous as well.

Finally, the formula decreased the amount of Taurine, which is an essential amino acid crucial for the cat’s vision, digestion and heart functions.

The average rating based on the first 3 ingredients (which add the most weight over the total formula) is 3 Stars which is an average number of a dry cat food.

Very Important: You need 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.


In summary, the new formula reduced proteins, omega-3, Taurine, and DHA, this is not good. A good change was reducing the low-glycemic carbs from 20% to 19%.

In my opinion, due to the change from boneless meats to “fresh meats” which may include bones and the addition of whole eggs, the formula increased the amount of Calcium and Phosphorus. The new Orijen formula doesn’t guarantee a maximum amount of minerals you are feeding your cat and it’s always good to know how much minerals you are feeding your pet. Too many minerals could cause urinary issues.

Also, the new recipe doesn’t inform the 11 essential amino acids as they used to in the old formula.

Due to these facts, in my opinion, the changes to the new formula did not point to the right direction.

Note: The new formula is the one that shows: 85%  15%  0% on the package.



Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.

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2 Responses to “Orijen Cat & Kitten New Canadian Formula Review”

  1. Joseph M Lopez says:

    Lorena have you reviewed Origen RED made in USA

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Joseph, so far I have only reviewed Orijen Cat & Kitten formulas, American and Canadian.