Why I chose to review Wild Calling Turkey
I have fed my cat Sophie food containing chicken since she was a kitten. I know that feeding a cat too much of one type of protein could cause food allergy, so I wanted to switch to a chicken-free dry food. This was a very hard task since almost all the best dry cat foods have chicken. After a lot of researching I found Wild Calling cat food, they have recipes containing turkey and rabbit. I chose the turkey & sweet potato formula for my cat and I have been feeding her this food for a month and I am planning to feed her for another month before switching back to chicken.
Wild Calling Turkey Dry Cat Food Overview
Wild Calling specializes in what is called “rotational feeding” which means dry foods that are chicken-free and that give cats a break from chicken for a while. By replacing regular dry food to rotation feeding foods you avoid your cat from developing allergy to chicken.
This cat food is one of the few brands that has a “meal” meat ingredient as the first in the formula. Turkey meal is a pure concentrated source of protein. Meal is obtained by cooking, drying and pulverizing the turkey meat which gives this ingredient a high protein content.
The formula also contains turkey and low glycemic carbs, such as sweet potato and lentils. The package contains 4.75 lbs dry food.
Turkey Meal, Turkey, Sweet Potato, Lentils, Turkey Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Tapioca, Dried Peas, Turkey Liver, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Seaweed Meal, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.
Crude Protein (min) 32.0% – Crude Fat (min) 17.0% – Crude Fiber (max) 4.0% – Moisture (max) 9.0% – Ash (max) 7.5% – Calcium (min) 1.24% – Phosphorus (min) 0.89% – Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.60% – Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.63% – Bacillus coagulans* (min) 1,000,000 CFU/lb.
Calorie Content: (ME Calculated) 3,826 kcal/kg, 474 kcal/cup
RATING 5 FIRST INGREDIENTS OF WILD CALLING TURKEY
Turkey Meal: 5 stars. Excellent source of protein for cats. Since the meat has been cooked and the water extracted is a more highly concentrated source of meat.
Turkey: 2 stars. Good ingredient but the meat is weighed before being cooked, which adds more water weight proportionally to the formula, but less protein content once cooked.
Sweet Potato: 3 stars. Good low glycemic carb, a good source of energy, much better than potatoes. Sweet potatoes contain less sugar than beets.
Lentils: 3 stars. The low glycemic carb provides a good source of energy.
Turkey Fat: 5 stars. Excellent source of energy for cats.
What Are The Pros & Cons Of Wild Calling Turkey & Sweet Potato Formula?
The following pros and cons will help you to decide if this food is what you need for your cat:
- Grain-free formula
- Limited ingredient
- First ingredient is pure concentrated turkey meal
- Low glycemic carbs
- Ash content is low (max 7.5%). This helps the cat’s urinary health.*
- Low Phosphorus content (min 0.89%). Good for the cat’s urinary health.*
- Kibble has a hard consistency, excellent to keep the cat’s teeth healthy
- Most cats eat this dry food and like it.
- Good to keep a healthy weight in cats
- * In addition with feeding the cat wet food and providing plenty of water.
- 3rd and 4th ingredients are carbs, even though they are low glycemic, they could be further down the list.
- The formula lists 3 of the 11 essential amino-acids.
- The ingredient #6 is tapioca. This is a high glycemic ingredient.
Wild Calling Turkey & Sweet potato formula is a very good alternative to feed your cat a chicken-free formula. My cat Sophie started eating this food as soon as I put it in her automatic feeder, and this is very unusual, she is a very picky eater. She simply loves this food and I can even use the kibbles as treats when I want to reward her. This is extremely unusual with my cat. Other reviewers also praise this food how much their cats love it.
The content in minerals is adequate, too much minerals is not healthy for the cat’s urinary tract. The formula contains carbs as 3rd and 4th ingredients but they are low glycemic, plus the first ingredient is turkey meal which adds more animal protein proportionally.
The 6th ingredient tapioca is high glycemic, but as it isn’t present in the main ingredients, it doesn’t cause large sugar peaks.
As I said in the beginning of my review I am planning feeding my cat Wild Calling Turkey for two months before going back to her regular dry food. While eating this food Sophie has kept her lust nice coat, her weight is well controlled and she is happy eating her meal. No diarrhea, no vomits and normal stools.
I highly recommend Wild Calling Turkey & Sweet Potato dry food if you need to keep your cat away from chicken for a while. Also, you won’t have any problem getting your cat eat this food, your feline friend will love it. Wild Calling is so convinced your cat will love this food that they guarantee the purchase with a refund if your cat doesn’t eat it.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Wild Calling (which is one of the good formulas in the market) is out of business. You won’t find this cat food anymore anywhere :(
If you need a formula free of chicken protein, you can read my review of Go Sensitivities Limited Ingredient Duck cat food.