Review: Weruva TruLuxe Canned Foods

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I’m always looking for canned food that is high in protein, low in fat and little to no carbs, along with other factors stated in this post to add variety to their meals. Of course, Weruva makes great recipes that fall within that criteria.

Weruva has 4 product lines (most expensive to lease); TruLuxe, Weruva, Cats in the Kitchen, and b.f.f. Their food is grain, GMO, MSG, carrageenan free! I love that this company is transparent with their nutrition profile which is accessible on their website Weruva. I’m also thankful they post photos of most of how their canned cuisines look like as Sky is a bit picky with texture (no patés!) I actually looked up the nutritional values before picking it up in the store.

The best way to know if a canned food is high in protein and low in fat and carbs is to look at the metabolizable energy (ME) profile to see how much calories in percentage comes from protein, fat and carbs. All three will add up to 100. Here’s the information directly from their website:

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Based on this information, I chose the ones with less than 10% carbs and that are meat based only, no fish. Ranked from most nutritious:

  1. Quick ‘n Quirky with Chicken & Turkey in Gravy
  2. Peking Ducken with Chicken & Duck in Gravy
  3. On the Cat Wok with Chicken & Beef in Pumpkin Soup
  4. Steak Frites with Beef & Pumpkin in Gravy
  5. Glam ‘n Punk with Lamb & Duck in Gelee

The cats loved all of them and finished the food quickly. They were very palatable as they licked their dishes clean each time. I definitely would repurchase Quick ‘n Quirky, Peking Ducken, and On the Cat Wok.

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I’m not sure if it was just the one can of Peking Ducken that seemed to have less than all the other cans. I know they vary batch by batch but I felt like it didn’t fill the whole can and I didn’t get my money’s worth! Hopefully it was just that one can.

Steak frites also has higher calories in fat than protein, not by a lot but if reading the ingredient list, a lot of fat/carbs are in the top 5; water sufficient for processing, beef, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, potato starch. Beef is not as lean as poultry either so I would probably give this once in awhile as a treat but it would not be part of their meal routine.

I didn’t like that Glam ‘n Punk had tuna in it, which was the third ingredient on the list. Also, the gelee consistency made it very similar to pate which made it a bit harder to feed/clean out the can. But the deal breaker is, even with almost zero carbs, is that the fat is almost double that of protein! Moderate fat is ok (~20%-40%) but this one is too high so I will be crossing this off my list.

If you’re in Richmond, you can purchase the Weruva TruLuxe line at Pet Food ‘N More, Bosley’s by Pet Valu, Tisol and Faithful Friends. The prices are consistent amongst the pet stores: $1.89/85g cans, and $2.99/170g cans.

 

Are there any brands you can recommend that are high in protein but low in fat and carbs? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

What kind of wet food should I feed my cats?

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Pearl is just ecstatic when she smells food but Sky is somewhat of a picky eater. Since we have had Sky much longer, I tend to follow his preferences. Sometimes it’s the taste that they don’t like, but also the type of wet food as well. One thing I know is that they do not like pâté, even Pearl who cleans her dish every time still leaves a bit behind. I personally also do not prefer to feed them pâté as it is more like a paste and just sticks to the spoon. I prefer the stews/gravy type that I can just plop onto their dish without leaving any on the spoon.

Nowadays, there are so many variations of wet recipes: pâté, stew, gravy, soup, consommé, au jus, aspic, sauce, gelee. Then there’s the type of wet food: cubed, minced, diced, sliced, shredded, chunky, flaked, morsels. A bit overwhelming! Every cat has their own preference so make sure to observe your cat’s eating habits, but more importantly, educate yourself on reading the labels before making the purchase.

Although I am flexible with their preferences, I do follow a guideline. I’m no expert at food analysis but I try to do as much research online and read the labels. The labels don’t provide all information which is why you will need to do your research, look into the company’s site for detailed nutritional values.

My guideline for choosing cat food:

  • Keep in mind that all food products vary from batch to batch hence the (min.) and (max.) on the guaranteed analysis
  • Animal based protein; chicken, turkey, rabbit  (>50% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Moderate fat (~20-45% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Low carbohydrate (~1-2% calories based on Metabolizable Energy)
  • Crude protein (min) on guaranteed analysis (the higher, the better but read ingredient list to see where protein is coming from)
  • Crude fat (min) on guaranteed analysis (the lower, the better)
  • Moisture (max) content on guaranteed analysis (~75%-85%)
  • Ash (max) content on guaranteed analysis (<2%)
  • The first several ingredients listed must be protein but not liver (liver is high in Vitamin A & D which can be overdosed)
  • Avoid by-products (nutritious organ meats such as liver, spleen, kidney but can also include feet and feathers)
  • Avoid meals (heavily processed), fillers, corn, soy, wheat, rice
  • As little carbohydrate sources as possible; grains and vegetables (rice, potatoes, peas, starch, corn/maize)
  • Preferably gluten free (plant-based protein)
  • Carrageenan free (additive used to thicken, emulsify food)
  • Try to limit fish-based recipes (high allergy potential, toxin/mercury levels, high in phosphorus/magnesium, addictive)
  • Note: Ash (mineral) – the higher the ash content, the less actual food calories is in the can so the lower the better

Hopefully this will help you with choosing wet food for your feline friends!

 

If you’d like to learn more in detail about cat food analysis, visit catinfo.org