I made this review of Wellness Core Grain-free Turkey & Duck cat food because I have been feeding my cat Sophie with chicken-free formulas lately to prevent food allergies in her. The first chicken-free food I tried for her was Wild Calling Turkey but now it’s discontinued. Then I tried Petcurean Go Sensitivities Limited Ingredients (this one has chicken fat, though is not a chicken allergen) for about a couple of months so I wanted to try a different chicken-free formula for her to experience a different flavor since she got bored with the previous food.
Note: For a balanced chicken-free diet for my cat, I researched wet foods that are free of chicken, eggs, or seafood as well and I found a very good one, Instinct Original Grain-Free Real Duck Pate cat food that is healthy and with a good amount of gravy.
Why Did I Decide to Try Wellness Core Grain-free for my cat?
I decided to start feeding my cat a chicken-free diet because I have been feeding her for a long time with Petcurean Go Chicken & Turkey and mixing it with other cat food formulas like Castor & Pollux Organix so I needed to switch to chicken-free foods to give her a break from chicken.
In order to accomplish this chicken-free diet, I had to change her dry and wet food and eliminate her favorite treats as well. I researched for chicken-free dry cat food formulas and I found Wellness Core Grain-free Turkey & Duck. It was a tough task since there are not very many chicken-free healthy cat formulas out there. But I found this one and I analyzed the ingredients so I wanted to share what I discovered with you with this review.
- 100% grain-free adult recipe (No corn, rice, soy, wheat, etc.)
- Free of artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
- Three animal proteins in the top 5 ingredients.
- Free of chicken, eggs, or fish, which are the main food-allergy-causing ingredients.
- Excellent formula for cats with food allergies or for a rotational diet to prevent allergies.
- Packaged with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and antioxidants.
- Provides healthy fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 for healthy skin and shiny coat.
- With Acticoat probiotic for a healthy digestion
The formula includes the following meats variety:
⇒ Turkey: Deboned meat, meal, natural flavor.
⇒ Pork: Meal.
⇒ Duck: Meat.
Wellness Core Turkey & Duck Formula Ingredients:
Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Peas, Pea Protein, Pork Meal, Canola Oil, Duck, Ground Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Potatoes, Natural Turkey Flavor, Chicory Root Extract, Choline Chloride, Cranberries, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (added to preserve freshness), Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Maganese Proteinate, Maganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Panthothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
Guaranteed Analysis Wellness Core Grain-free Formula
Crude Protein 38.0% min – Crude fat 8.0% min – Crude fiber 4.0% max – Moisture 10.0% max – Calcium 2.30% max – Phosphorus 1.70% max – Vitamin A 25,000 IU/kg min – Vitamin 200 IU/kg min – Taurine 0.10% min – Omega-6 fatty acids 5.25% min – Omega-3 fatty acids 1.75% min.
Analysis of First 5 Ingredients of Wellness Core Turkey & Duck
Deboned Turkey: 3 stars. It weighs heavier before being cooked due to the water content in the meat. It weighs less once it’s cooked. 3 stars.
Turkey Meal: 4 stars. Good, concentrated source of protein since water has been extracted in the cooking process.
Peas: 5 stars. Low-glycemic source of protein, carbs, and fiber.
Pea protein: 4 stars. A good alternative to animal protein.
Pork Meal: 5 stars. High concentrated source of animal protein. Adds great flavor.
What are the Pros and Cons of Wellness Core Grain-free Turkey & Duck Recipe?
To learn the good and the bad of a cat formula is the first step to making a good decision when feeding your cat:
- A grain-free formula that prevents your cat from developing obesity and diabetes.
- A formula free of artificial ingredients poses less risk for your cat to develop cancer.
- The formula is friendly for cats with allergies or if you want to prevent food allergies in your cat (Chicken, eggs, and fish are the most food-allergy-causing ingredients in cat food formulas).
- Pea is a low glycemic carbohydrate, which helps to control sugar in the cat’s blood.
- Being rich in flavor makes it easy for picky eaters to adopt this food.
- Phosphorus content as a max of 1.7% is a good number.
- Supports the cat’s digestion with probiotics and cranberries.
- Formula made in the USA
- Duck meat could be the third ingredient instead of Peas. It’s better to have animal proteins closer to the first ingredients on the list.
- Tomato pomace could be harsh for cats with stomach sensitivities.
See my cat eating Wellness Core Turkey & Duck
After feeding my cat Wellness Core Grain-free Turkey & Duck Formula for about a month I must say that she loves and devours this food! She is a picky eater and I could even trick her by pretending this food was her favorite treats and she didn’t even notice the difference :)
The ingredients are healthy meats, turkey, pork, and duck, all proteins that are well digested by cats. Also, it contains low glycemic carbs and a good source of vegetable protein which is pea protein. Peas provide a good source of fiber to help the cat’s digestive system.
I like this formula, it keeps the cat’s weight controlled, the recipe is absolutely desirable for the cat’s palate and the ingredients are healthy enough to prevent your cat from developing a food allergy. To get this formula, go to Chewy and save 30% on your first Autoship. Check it out –> here.
Of all the cat food reviews I have done online, this is the only one totally free of ingredients extracted from chicken (except Wild Calling that is discontinued), and tasty enough for my picky cat Sophie to eat it with no problem, even as a treat!
MJ Matthews says
Dear Ms. Avila,
Thank you for sharing your extensive research. We’ve had several cats over the years and just adopted a stray kitten who’s been hanging around our yard. Vet said she’s about 10 weeks old and a healthy 4.28 pounds.
We’ve been feeding her Wellness canned kitten food and she gobbles it down! Based on your analyses, we’d like to transition her to the canned Instinct Original Duck Pate and the dry Wellness Core Turkey and Duck, but these are for adult cats. When would you say the transition could be made? And please let us know if there’s another kitten diet you would recommend.
Thanks so much. We look forward to hearing from you.
Lorena Ávila says
Hello MJ, you can switch the new diet when your cat turns one year old. Wellness, in general, has good formulas so I would suggest you keep feeding her Wellness canned kitten food. I haven’t done reviews of formulas for kittens and it’s something I am planning on doing. I am sorry I couldn’t help more.
Cheryl K Thomas says
This Wellness formula contains potatoes. Potatoes are high glycemic yet you said this formula contains low glycemic ingredients.
Lorena Ávila says
Hello Cheryl, as I stated in my reviews the main 5 ingredients are the most important part of the cat formula, and potatoes shouldn’t be listed within the first 5. Potatoes, in this case, are ingredient #10 and it doesn’t affect dramatically the blood sugar since the amount is small. My indoor cat has actually lost weight eating this food.