If you’re looking for the best food for your cat, this article will help you. I will be reviewing Sheba Cat Food in detail to help make your decision process easier.
Sheba offers a variety of flavors of wet canned foods and treats. If you’re after a quality product at a budget price with a proven track record to deliver the nutrients your cat needs, Sheba Cat Food may be your best bet.
This unbiased review will explore all the pros and cons of this food in detail so you can make an informed decision on whether this brand is right for your feline friend.
My name is Derrick and I am a writer for Simply Cat Care with a background in health and nutrition. I am not a veterinarian and I recommend seeking the advice of a vet before adjusting your cat’s diet.
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Product Summary: Sheba Cat Food Review
Sheba Cat Food Review Best Overall: Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Multipack Savory
Let’s take a look at Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Multipack Savory.
For a budget pick this ticks a lot of boxes. It has three flavors (albeit entree – meaning there isn’t a unique one ingredient choice) for variety, and small serve packs for the digestively challenged cat. It’s a low carbohydrate choice (7.5% on a dry matter basis) and free of grains for better digestion.
The main issues are the packaging, which is hard to open. Lastly, some cats may disagree with any of the flavors (just because). You can always pick out the one your cat likes most and buy individual multi-packs of that flavor.
Chicken: Chicken, Water, Poultry Liver, Chicken Broth, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Tapioca Starch, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Salt, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Oxide Color, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex.
Chicken: 1093 kcal/kg, 41 kcal/serving
Turkey: Turkey, Chicken, Poultry Liver, Water, Poultry Broth, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Tapioca Starch, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex.
Turkey: 1192 kcal/kg, 45 kcal/serving
Beef: Beef, Chicken, Water, Poultry Liver, Chicken Broth, Caramel Color, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Tapioca Starch, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Salt, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
Beef: 1079 kcal/kg, 40 kcal/serving
Sheba Cat Food Review Runner Up: Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Multipack
Let’s take a look at Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Multipack.
This product is one of Sheba’s most popular offerings in the ‘perfect portions’ range. It’s a gravy mix that boasts a solid 84% moisture content, which is great for cats with kidney or urinary tract health issues. The protein content is from animal sources chicken, fish, and turkey which provide easy-to-absorb sources of essential amino acids for strong muscles. I also like that the product doesn’t use grains, peas, soy, or carrageenan which gives cats an easier time with digestion.
Now onto the downsides. The main problem I have with this product is the carbohydrate content. Sheba uses tapioca starch in its ingredients. Tapioca starch is a carbohydrate from a tuber (a type of potato). This ups the carb content to 12.5% which is higher than what I would recommend (in the wild, cat’s consumed only around 1% carbs and studies show cats prefer a carb level at or lower than a 10% dry matter basis).
Whilst this isn’t high by any stretch (particularly compared with most dry cat foods which are notoriously high in carbs and some other gravy-based wet canned cat foods), it is something to keep in mind of especially if you have an overweight or diabetic cat.
Overall, the benefits seem to outweigh the downsides of this product – with plenty of good animal protein, a good taste, positive reviews, and an affordable price point. This is a good option to get a fussy eater to transition to wet cat foods if they are a kibble fanatic.
Chicken Cuts in Gravy: Water, Chicken, Poultry Liver, Animal Plasma, Tapioca Starch*, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Magnesium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Caramel Color, Choline Chloride, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex.
Chicken Cuts in Gravy: 875 kcal/kg, 33 kcal/serving
Salmon Cuts in Gravy: Water, Salmon, Chicken, Poultry Liver, Animal Plasma, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Oxide Color, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex.
Salmon Cuts in Gravy: 783 kcal/kg, 29 kcal/serving
Tuna Cuts in Gravy: Water, Tuna, Chicken, Poultry Liver, Animal Plasma, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Oxide Color, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
Tuna Cuts in Gravy: 751 kcal/kg, 28 kcal/serving
*carbohydrate ingredient/s highlighted
Brand Summary: Sheba Cat Food Review
In this brand summary, I’ll be taking a closer look at Sheba.
This brand is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cat food and has been around for more than 45 years. The company was originally a producer of canned meats but branched out into pet foods in 1989.
In 1992, Sheba started selling wet food to compete with popular brands such as Royal Canin and Purina.
In this brand summary, I’ll look at the health and nutritional benefits of Sheba cat food, recall history, and background on the company.
The goal of this section is to help current and prospective customers get a better understanding of what Sheba is all about.
What is the background of Sheba Cat Food
Sheba Cat Food falls under the company Mars, Inc. who also makes brands like Pedigree and Whiskas.
The company has been selling cat food since the 1950s, although they did not gain popularity until around 1980. During this time, cats were popular house pets in many homes across the United States and Europe and companies wanted to capitalize on this growing pet market.
Sheba discontinued in 2011 but came back into production in 2014 due to popular demand.
Many countries sell Sheba cat food. Australia calls their Sheba products ‘Dine’.
Who are Mars, Inc?
Mars Inc is a massive food organization that is most well known for its confectionery and chocolate campaigns, but they also have a large share of the global pet market.
The company began in 1911 when Frank C Mars started his business selling candies in Tacoma, Washington. They gained national recognition during World War I where they created the brand Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice, a product Mars Inc still produces today. The company became incorporated in 1923 and finally moved to produce chocolate bars.
Mars Inc moved into the pet food market when in 1931 Frank C Mars saw that the company’s candy factory had scraps of animal fat and created a new feed for dairy cows. The success of this product lead to opening pet food production under the brand Pedigree for dogs, and later expanding to include Sheba cat food products among other brands (e.g Whiskas and Royal Canin).
Mars Pet Food accounts for over 30% of the U.S pet food market share, making it the biggest in America (1).
Where is Sheba sourced and manufactured?
Sheba states the following on their website:
‘Our ingredients are carefully selected for the health and well-being of the pets we feed. For this reason, we’re committed to sourcing our ingredients from suppliers located near our manufacturing facilities when possible.'(2)
Sheba sells in at least 18 countries around the world.
Sourcing and manufacturing may vary from location to location.
What range of products does Sheba offer?
Sheba offers a wide range of wet foods formulated for kittens, adults, seniors, and overweight cats. They include the bistro, premium pate, gravy, and garden medley range.
Sheba mainly uses chicken and seafood ingredients in the majority of the products.
One thing to note is the use of the word ‘entree’ on many products (e.g. the turkey entree). This is a descriptive word that identifies how much of an ingredient exists in the product by laws.
A turkey entree product for example means that the food needs to contain a minimum of 25% of turkey and can include other sources of meat with the rest of the remaining weight (in this case chicken is the other ingredient). In other words, a turkey entree cat food pack may be a little as 25% turkey.
Check out our article on cat food labeling to learn more.
This means if you are going for ‘all turkey’ cat food (or another type) then this won’t be suitable.
This doesn’t make the nutrition content worse, but some cats may benefit from an elimination diet to identify food allergies and intolerances. A limited ingredient diet with novel protein is the only way to carry out this test.
Check out more about finding the best cat food for food allergies here.
Has Sheba had any recalls?
There have been no recalls of Sheba, however other brands as part of the Mars Petcare company may have recalls.
Consumer advocacy group Choice tested the Australian branch of Sheba cat food (called Dine) and found a low level of calcium to phosphate ratio in a few products (3)
A low level of calcium to phosphate may lead to hyperphosphatemia fat. This may lead to bone loss and muscle spasms (4).
It’s not known whether products sold in other locations have similarly low levels of calcium.
What are the benefits of Sheba cat food?
Sheba is an affordable brand of wet cat food that appears to have mostly positive reviews on Chewy and Amazon.
Most of the products in the Sheba range appear to use fewer filler ingredients such as vegetables, potato, gluten, wheat, corn, and pea products. I did note the use of tapioca starch in a few products as a source of carbohydrates. Tapioca is a tuber (a sort of potato).
The garden medley series of cat food includes vegetables such as carrots and green beans. Cat’s don’t eat vegetables as part of their usual diet in the wild. They are obligate carnivores that hunt and subsist on small prey such as rodents. However, a small amount of vegetable fiber may help improve digestion and reduce the risk of constipation.
The products come in twin packs that help cat owners serve their cats smaller and more frequent meals. Cats tend to consume many small meals in the wild, so this is may benefit their digestion and reduce the risk of vomiting from eating too much.
What are the downsides of Sheba cat food?
Sheba uses broad names for their ingredients such as ‘chicken’ and ‘salmon’. That means that while they are likely to contain some of these ingredients, there is no way to ensure that the product only contains high-quality proteins.
Cat’s (believe it or not) do prefer certain parts of the meat carcass. For example, they don’t tend to consume the feathers of birds and avoid the gastrointestinal system (5). A named product gives you the confidence of what you are putting out for your cat.
Another issue is the packaging. Sheba uses a lot of plastic in its packaging. Plastic contains BPA and phthalates, which can influence human health as well as the environment.
Sheba offers this email response when pressed:
Thank you for contacting the SHEBA® Brand.
Pets are family members – we love our pets as much as you do! So the quality of our pet foods is our top priority. All Mars Petcare foods are designed to be safe, nutritious, and enjoyable.
We understand your concern about packaging that contains BPA because there has been a lot reported in the media about it. It’s important to know, however, that there are no scientific reports proving that BPA in packaging leads to adverse effects in dogs or cats. The U.S. FDA has said that currently approved uses of BPA in food packaging are safe.
Our products not only meet or exceed required government standards for food quality and safety. We also apply our own high Mars standards to make sure we never serve anything to your pet that we wouldn’t give to our own.
Sheba has a meaty treat as part of their range, which is high in carbohydrates from sugar and glucose. It comes in chicken, salmon, and beef flavors.
The serving size is small and Sheba only recommends using this product as an occasional treat, however, it is something to keep in mind. Feeding your cat too many Sheba meaty treats may provide too much carbohydrate in the diet.
Is Sheba a good and trustworthy company?
Sheba has no history of recalls, testing, or complaints.
However, there are question marks around the packaging.
A surprising amount of the reviewers were unhappy with the design and plastic “lid container” that holds the food. Aside from the potential health risks to long-term plastic exposure, many are unhappy with the environment and the carbon footprint of transporting food in such a way.
Additionally, Sheba is owned by Mars Petcare. Some accuse the company of having unethical practices (there are accusations of animal testing), which unfortunately brings the company (and brand) into question for some people. (6)
Is Sheba AAFCO Approved for all life stages?
Sheba cat food is AAFCO approved for all life stages.
The food is not marketed to kittens, but for adult cats. Kittens require more calcium to help develop strong bones. They also need 1.5-2 times the amount of protein that adult cats need (although most cat foods, including Sheba, have more than enough protein to meet a kitten’s daily needs).
Check out the best food for kittens to find kitten-specific products.
How many calories are in Sheba cat food?
Sheba wet cat foods range based on a 1.5 ounce serve size, with 40-50 calories per serve being a typical serving amount.
An adult cat may need somewhere around 200-300 calories per day depending on activity level.
Check out our article on how much to feed to cats for more.
What is the quality of protein in Sheba Cat Food?
Sheba cat foods contain predominantly meat ingredients. Meat ingredients like turkey, chicken, and salmon are high-quality protein sources.
Animal protein is high in essential amino acids needed for life. High-quality protein maintains the structure of body tissues including muscles and organs.
Most of the meat sources in Sheba are ‘unnamed’ (e.g. chicken, salmon) meaning they may include a variety of muscle meats and organs.
Sheba doesn’t use any plant proteins in their cat food formula. This makes the foods easier to digest.
Conclusion: Sheba Cat Food Review
If you have a cat or are thinking about getting one, it’s important to know the company behind your pet’s food.
In this article, I provided a Sheba cat food review which outlined what the company is about and its history. I reviewed the best Sheba cat food products to help you learn more about the nutritional benefits to your cat.
I also listed the pros and cons of feeding your kitty this brand of food so that you can make an informed decision when choosing what is best for them.
I hope that this article has helped you in your search for the best cat food to feed to your pet.
Final Thoughts: Sheba Cat Food Review – Is this a good cat food to feed your cat?
I think Sheba is an above-average cat food product.
Sheba focuses on wet cat food which is a better product for cats due to the higher amount of water for hydration and kidney health. They use animal protein as the main ingredient source which helps maintain muscles and organs and the brand is AAFCO approved for all life stages. They also don’t use many hard-to-digest plant ingredients such as peas, corn, and carrageenan-based thickener.
The main downsides of the product are the packaging which seems hard to use and raises concerns for the environment (i.e. not environmentally friendly). Also, the brand formulas use ‘entree’ mixes of similar meats – and whilst there are different flavors, there’s not a lot of variety as each pack is a mish-mash of different bits and pieces.
If you are looking for a limited ingredient diet or a variety of unique flavors, you might need to look elsewhere. Another problem is the unnamed ingredients may vary in taste and consistency over time leading to less reliability long term. Finally, Sheba uses tapioca starch as a ‘hidden’ carbohydrate source which raises the carbohydrate content of their foods a little higher than optimal.
Overall – Sheba is a great budget pick.
Our Top Pick: Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Multipack Savory
This is my top Sheba cat food pick based on this review.
I chose this for the following reasons:
- High in animal based protein (45% on a dry matter basis) for strong muscles
- High in moisture (80%) for kidney and urinary tract health
- 3 flavors to reduce boredom
- Good customer reviews (92% approval rating on Chewy)
- Low in carbohydrates (7.5%) for weight control
- No peas, corn, wheat or carrageenan for better digestion
You can check out Sheba cat food perfect portions grain-free multipack below.
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