Newman's own cat food is one of the organic pet food offerings from Newman's Own Organics. It is available in both wet canned and dry formula versions.
More than 70 percent of the ingredients used in all of their products are organic.
Newman's use no chemical preservatives, such as ethoxyquin, BHT, and BHA. Instead, the food is preserved using natural antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E (mixed tocopherols).
The company markets a dry cat food line with natural chicken and no poultry by-products.
They also have a canned product line, including a canned beef line that's grain-free and 95 percent organic.
The company's literature states that their product lines meet or exceed the AAFCO nutrient profiles.
They also state that their products are considered low ash cat food (and low magnesium).
Keep in mind that it was once thought that feeding low ash cat food would help prevent urinary tract problems (specifically the formation of crystals and stones).
Cat health experts have changed their thinking on this. Urinary pH, magnesium levels, and water consumption, as well as the type of urinary problems your cat is experiencing may all come into play.
The FDA doesn't allow claims of low ash to be put on the label, and low ash doesn't necessarily mean that a cat food will prevent urinary tract problems in your cat.
As of this writing, you can find the following Newman's Own cat food options:
These come in various sized bags or cans (depending upon whether or not the food is wet or dry).
Newman's Own Organics publishes the "as fed" calorie information, guaranteed analysis, and ingredients list for each of their dog and cat food products right on their website.
The company uses animals at a local shelter that are awaiting adoption to perform taste tests, rather than housing animals just for testing purposes.
Newman's Own cat food is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, and their company makes the PETA list of pet food companies that do not do animal testing.
Their dry formulas may contain meal (as in chicken meal). Since it has very low water content, meal is a more concentrated form of protein than whole chicken meat.
Meal is often used in dry cat food, and there are arguments for and against using it. Meal is sometimes said to be a less consistent or lesser quality protein source than whole chicken meat. This depends upon the source of the meat used to make it, as well as the quality control of the manufacturer.
They also have some products listing "fish meal" on the label. I'd prefer to see a specific fish listed here, since without that the type and source of the fish is unknown.
Newman's Own cat food includes a line of 95 percent organic canned beef and liver products. It's grain-free, eliminating the possibility of sensitivity to grains that some cats are said to have.
At least 95 percent of the ingredients in the product are organic, as this cat food bears the USDA Organic Seal. Unlike the terms natural, holistic, or premium when applied to cat food, the term organic actually has meaning in terms of regulations and certifications.
The beef source used for this product line comes from range-fed cattle in Uruguay, where growth hormone and antibiotic use is prohibited by law. Using a single source for the beef allows more control and accountability.
From their website:
"None of the products in Newman's Own Organics pet food line have artificial colors, flavoring agents, or preservatives. The products are free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals. The line is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and contain the micro- and macro-nutrients needed for pet health and vitality."
More about grain free cat food.
Being focused on organic products for both people and pets, the company is known for producing good quality products. In addition to quality control, they're known for social responsibility, and of course the late Paul Newman's charitable donations.
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