Acana Cat Food Review

Nutrition May 26, 2020

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Acana Cat Food Review

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Why Should You Trust this Review

  • I’ve been a cat mom for 30 plus years
  • I have volunteered at cat shelters for over 15 years
  • I frequently confirm information with veterinarians
  • I did 12 hours of research on this cat food

About ACANA Cat Food

ACANA prides itself on making biologically appropriate pet foods from fresh regional ingredients, from single animal proteins for every stage of your cat’s life.

Their mission is to bring forward a new standard in dog and cat foods, and to nourish them according to their natural evolution for a diet rich in meat and protein while using ingredients that are sustainably raised, fished, and harvested by sources they know and trust, and delivered to their kitchens fresh. They work with specialty farmers to advance their fresh regional ingredient mission.

ACANA’s DogStar kitchen opened in 2016 and is located in the center of a dynamic agricultural community in Auburn, Kentucky. Equipped with state-of-the-art, fresh-food processing technologies, the DogStar kitchen features 25,000 square feet of cooler space, capable of holding over 600,000 pounds of fresh meat, fish, and poultry, plus fresh, whole vegetables and fruit. The Dogstar kitchen has won awards and has the highest food safety achievements.

ACANA is part of the Champion Petfoods company who has been in business for over 40 years.

Acana Sourcing and Manufacturing

Parent Company/ Owned by Champion Petfoods  
Company Net Worth 2 Billion
Dry Food Manufactured Auburn, KY
Wet Food Manufactured N/A
Number of Recipes 8
FDA Approved Yes

Recall History

To date, ACANA cat food has never been recalled.

Top 5 Recipes Reviewed and Analyzed

#1 ACANA Regionals Meadowland Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 35%
  • Crude Fat 20%
  • Crude Fiber 4%
  • Moisture 10%
  • Taurine 0.1%

Ingredients

Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, chicken liver, chicken meal, catfish meal, turkey giblets, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, pollock meal, chicken fat, whole green lentils, whole green peas, whole chickpeas, whole blue catfish, whole eggs, rainbow trout, pollock oil, lentil fiber, natural chicken flavor, chicken cartilage, turkey cartilage, choline chloride, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, zinc proteinate, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product


To better understand the ACANA Regionals Meadowland Dry Cat Food recipe, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Deboned chicken is the clean flesh without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken and exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails. Deboned chicken is highly digestible, an excellent source of amino acids and a good quality protein.

Deboned turkey is the clean flesh without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey and exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails.  turkey meat is higher in cholesterol and lower in protein than chicken but a good source of essential nutrients.

Chicken liver contains high amounts of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, trace minerals and is an amazing source of omega 3 and six fatty acids.

Chicken meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations.

Catfish meal is the clean, rendered (cooked down), dried ground tissue of un-decomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil. Catfish meal can be a good source of essential fatty acids and is very palatable for cats.


#2 ACANA Regionals Appalachian Ranch Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 35%
  • Crude Fat 20%
  • Crude Fiber 4%
  • Moisture 10%
  • Taurine 0.1%

Ingredients

Deboned beef, deboned pork, deboned lamb, beef meal, lamb meal, pork meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pinto beans, beef liver, beef fat, catfish meal, chickpeas, green lentils, whole yellow peas, deboned bison, whole catfish, herring oil, natural pork flavor, lentil fiber, beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb liver, pork liver, beef kidney, pork kidney, pork cartilage, dried kelp, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, apples, pears, freeze-dried beef liver, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried pork liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product


To get a better understanding of this ACANA Regionals Appalachian Ranch Cat Food, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Deboned beef is the flesh and skin with or without bone, excluding the head, feet and entrails. Beef is a high-quality protein source that provides essential amino acids.

Deboned pork is considered the flesh and skin with or without bone, excluding the head, feet and entrails. It is high in fat but a good source of protein, collagen and can add flavor.

Deboned lamb is the flesh and skin with or without bone, excluding the head, feet and entrails of a lamb. Often a more fatty option, it is a good source of protein.

Beef meal is the rendered product from beef tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Beef is a high-quality protein source that provides your cat with essential amino acids.

Lamb meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from lamb tissues, without added blood, hair, hoof, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents. This is a good source of protein.


#3 ACANA Regionals Wild Atlantic Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 35%
  • Crude Fat 20%
  • Crude Fiber 4%
  • Moisture 10%
  • Taurine 0.1%

Ingredients

Whole mackerel, whole herring, whole redfish, whole silver hake, mackerel meal, herring meal, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green peas, cod meal, pollock meal, pollock oil, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, sunflower oil, flounder, natural cod flavor, lentil fiber, safflower oil, choline chloride, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservative), zinc proteinate, dried kelp, freeze dried cod liver, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, carrots, apples, pears, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper proteinate, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this ACANA Regionals Wild Atlantic Cat Food.

Whole mackerel is a great source of protein and is an excellent source of nutritional and essential fatty acids for cats.

Whole herring is very high in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. They are also a good source of vitamin D. Herring can help with your cat’s skin and coat.

Whole redfish is a great natural source of omega-3 fatty acids and promotes good skin and coat health.

Whole silver hake is a good source of protein with omega-3 fatty acids and can promote healthy skin and coat in cats.

Mackerel meal is the clean, rendered (cooked down), dried ground tissue of un-decomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil. Mackerel meal can be a good source of essential fatty acids and is very palatable for cats.

 


#4 Acana Indoor Cat Entre

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 36%
  • Crude Fat 14%
  • Crude Fiber 6%
  • Moisture 10%
  • Taurine 0.1%

Ingredients

Deboned chicken, chicken meal, herring meal, oatmeal, whole peas, chicken fat, ground miscanthus grass, deboned turkey, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, whole herring, natural chicken flavor, lentil fiber, deboned rabbit, chicken cartilage, chicken liver, chicken heart, whole cranberries, dried kelp, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), vitamin E supplement, taurine, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin A acetate, L-carnitine, DL-methionine, copper proteinate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid (preservative), rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product


To get a better understanding of this ACANA Indoor Cat Entre, we analyzed the first 5 ingredients.

Deboned chicken is the clean flesh without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken and exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, and entrails. Deboned chicken is highly digestible, an excellent source of amino acids and a good quality protein.

Chicken meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations.

Herring meal is the clean, rendered (cooked down), dried ground tissue of un-decomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil. Herring meal is a good source of essential fatty acids and can help with skin and coat.

Oatmeal can be high in carbohydrates, protein and fat. They also contain a lot of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, as well as linoleic acid and vitamin E, to supplement your cat’s liver, skin, fur, etc.

Whole peas contain high amounts of fiber, lysine and some level of tryptophan. However, peas are often considered a replacement for grain type fillers in grain-free cat foods.


#5 Acana Regionals Grasslands Dry Cat Food

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein 35%
  • Crude Fat 20%
  • Crude Fiber 4%
  • Moisture 10%
  • Taurine 0.1%

Ingredients

Deboned lamb, deboned duck, whole eggs, lamb meal, catfish meal, goat meal, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green peas, rainbow trout, duck fat, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, pollock oil, deboned quail, duck meal, lentil fiber, natural cod flavor, lamb tripe, lamb liver, lamb kidney, duck liver, lamb cartilage, choline chloride, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried kelp, zinc proteinate, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, freeze-dried lamb liver, freeze-dried duck liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper proteinate, chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product


Here we analyzed the first five ingredients to get a better understanding of what is included in this ACANA Regionals Grasslands Dry Cat Food.

Deboned lamb is the flesh and skin with or without bone, excluding the head, feet and entrails of a lamb. Often a more fatty option, it is a good source of protein.

Deboned duck is the clean flesh without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck without feathers, heads, feet, and entrails. Deboned duck is a good alternative quality protein.

Whole eggs are an excellent source of protein with naturally occurring complex combinations of amino
acids.

Lamb meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from lamb tissues, without added blood, hair, hoof, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents. This is a good source of protein.

Catfish meal is the clean, rendered (cooked down), dried ground tissue of un-decomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil. Catfish meal can be a good source of essential fatty acids and is very palatable for cats.


Is ACANA a Good Cat Food?

Looking at the ingredients, in most recipes, ACANA is high quality, above average, dry cat food. The carbohydrates are below average while the protein levels exceed other quality dry cat foods on the market today.

ACANA offers both grain and grain free recipes for your cat with several protein varieties. There are some recipes that do include whole peas which are not necessary in a cats diet and are often used in replacement of grains. This would be ACANA’s one downfall as a whole, but most the cat food recipes do not include them.

Where is ACANA Cat Food Sold?

ACANA Cat Foods are available in most pet store chains and pet food specialty stores, although recipes may vary. You can also purchase ACANA online through Amazon, and various pet food retailers.

Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.
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