Honest Tiki Cat After Dark Review

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Tiki Cat After Dark cat food review

Score: 9/10

Bottom Line

A superb filler-free cat food of the highest quality…but give your cat time to warm up to it.

PROS

  • Chock full of meats and organs
  • Appealing human grade appearance
  • Great for weight control

CONS

  • A little pricey
  • Not the tastiest choice
  • Not the best for skinny senior cats

After Dark is when the best cat food gets made, at least with Tiki Cats.

Want to find out more about whether Tiki Cat After Dark is the perfect choice for your cat?

In this Tiki Cat After Dark review I’ll test this product with our cat reviewer Oscar and see if Tiki Cat After Dark gets his meow of approval.

I’ll also take a deep dive into the nutrition of this cat food to find which cats benefit most from this product.

Let’s get into it!

Tiki Cat After Dark Review: Short Summary

A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark
A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark

Tiki Cat After Dark is one of the best cat food products on the market. It isn’t perfect, but it’s up there due to its hearty meat and organ rich content.

I recommend Tiki Cat After Dark for most adult cats as a great stand alone meal. With 6 choices to pick from, there’s sure to be something that tickles your cats fancy.

So what’s not to like about Tiki Cat After Dark?

It’s a bit pricey, which is understandable given the quality of the food. Our cat generally enjoyed his Tiki Cat meals but didn’t quite finish them off with gusto.

Read on though, because in the rest of this article I’ll go deep into the Tiki Cat After Dark range, including:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • Taste
  • Price
  • Trust

Tiki Cat After Dark is one of the range of Tiki Cat’s wet cat food products. This line of cat food includes meats and organs with a pate or as chicken shreds.

As of the writing of this article, there are 6 available products to buy. They all include chicken shreds with or without another meat source.

Here are the all the Tiki Cat After Dark products currently in stock (we tested two products with our cat).

In these next sections I’ll take a deep dive into all of these products and share taste testing results.

Tiki Cat After Dark Cat Food Ingredients

A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark ingredients list
A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark ingredients list

The ingredients in Tiki Cat After Dark are superb. There’s no fillers like gums, carrageenan or carb based foods in the tin.

Here’s what you get:

  • Chicken shreds
  • Chicken broth
  • Organs (e.g. chicken heart)
  • Up to one added meat source (e.g. lamb)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Taurine supplement

There’s no mish mash of different meats not listed on the tin. Chicken & lamb contains only chicken & lamb. No sneaky stuff.

There are no grains, potatoes, peas, or other carb based ingredients. That’s right…NOTHING!

It doesn’t get any better than that, since cats are obligate carnivores and have no need for carbs.

All the added vitamins and minerals help make these foods balanced for all life stages.

So can I fault Tiki Cat After Dark?

No. Unless your cat has a chicken allergy then these ingredients are great for your cat. Superb!

Ingredient Score: 10/10

INGREDIENT SCORING EXPLAINED

We grade cat food ingredients out of 100. A higher score is a sign of a better quality food.

Named animal-based ingredients score the highest (e.g. lamb kidney, lamb liver). These offer the most nutrition benefit to cats.

Ingredients that don’t offer a benefit score lowly (e.g. wheat, corn, and potato).

The amount of the ingredient also affects scoring. Descriptors (e.g. feast, dinner, nuggets) describe the amount of ingredients.

Read more about what that means over in my cat food labelling guide.

Table 1: Tiki Cat After Dark cat food ingredientsLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & BeefRecipe100/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Beef, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & QuailRecipe100/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Quail Egg, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & PorkRecipe100/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Pork, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement
Tiki Cat After Dark ChickenRecipe100/100Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, salt, taurine, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin E supplement, tuna oil, niacin (vitamin B3), zinc oxide, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & DuckRecipe100/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Duck, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & LambRecipe100/100Chicken Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Chicken Heart, Lamb, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source Of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin K3 Supplement

Tiki Cat After Dark Cat Food Nutrition

A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark nutrition information
A close up look at Tiki Cat After Dark nutrition information

Tiki Cat After Dark offers high quality nutrition. All products meet the AAFCO nutrition guidelines for cats of all life stages.

These cat food products are best suited to:

  • Adult cat health
  • Weight loss (>5 body condition score)
  • Sensitive stomachs
  • Diabetic cats
  • Kidney disease (only Tiki Cat After Dark chicken & duck)

Here’s a brief run down of Tiki Cat After Dark nutrition:

Protein: Huge amount of protein! Average protein is 79.7%. More than enough for top health.

Carbs: Super low in carbs! Average amount is a paltry 0.1%.

Fat: A little low in fat…average is 15.5%.

Calcium to phosphate: A tad low for our liking. Average is 0.9 to 1. Only one flavor (chicken & ducks) has more calcium than phosphate (1.3 to 1).

Calories: Lean on calories. Only 4.1kcal/g on average.

Nutrition Score: 10/10

NUTRITITION SCORING EXPLAINED

To score a 10/10, we look for a cat food that hits the following targets.

Protein: >40% on a dry matter basis

Why? Helps cats maintain muscle and important for energy production. Cats prefer a high protein diet. High protein diets help senior cats with sarcopenia.

Fat: >25% dry matter basis.

Why? Great source of energy to help skinny kitties gain weight. Good for picky cats to help boost taste. Needed to help absorb fat soluble vitamins and provide essential fats.

Carbs: <12% dry matter basis.

Why? Cat’s don’t need any carbs. A cats liver can’t regulate gluconeogenesis with high carb intakes (this causes high blood sugar…not great!). Cat’s lack the digestive enzymes for high carb diets (can cause nasty diarrhea).

Taurine: >0.2% wet cat food dry matter basis.

Why? Taurine is an essential amino acid in cats. A deficiency leads to heart and reproductive issues. AAFCO recommends 0.2% taurine for wet foods, especially with gums (reduces taurine absorption).

Calcium to phosphate ratio: >1:1.

Why? Helps maintain strong bones and good kidney health. A low calcium diet in cats causes bone defects and depression.

Table 2: Tiki Cat After Dark cat food nutritionTypeTextureKcal/kgKcal/g (dry matter)ProteinFatCarbsFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: phosphate ratio
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & BeefWetShreds7934.079.9%*15.4%0.1%0.0%4.6%80.4%>0.2%#0.9:1
Tiki Cat After Dark ChickenWetShreds7514.177.7%15.7%0.1%0.0%6.5%81.5%>0.2%0.9:1
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & DuckWetShreds7654.081.7%14.5%0.2%0.0%3.6%80.9%>0.2%1.1:1
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & LambWetShreds8614.279.6%16.5%0.1%0.0%3.7%79.4%>0.2%0.7:1
Average7924.179.7%15.5%0.1%0.0%4.6%80.5%0.2%0.9:1
*on a dry matter basis #estimated ash content #no taurine information listed (emailed Tiki Cats who confirmed their products have 0.2% minimum taurine)

What Did Our Cat Think Of Tiki Cat After Dark?

I served two Tiki Cat After Dark wet cat food options to our cat tester Oscar. He mostly enjoyed the products but didn’t quite finish either off.

Oscar might have stopped eating due to the new flavors, tastes, or nutrition content of this canned cat food.

As discussed earlier, Tiki Cat After Dark is a low fat product. Cats prefer a higher fat product, as this helps improve palatability.

Here are the results of our taste testing:

Here is a short video of Oscar trying Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck:

Here is what Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck looks like up close:

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck food presentation
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Duck (close up presentation)
  • Food Test 2: Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Lamb
  • Amount eaten: 90%
  • Time to finish eating: 4 minutes and 20 seconds
  • Food appearance: Chicken shreds with lamb in a broth. Well presented and high quality.
  • Smell: Fresh smell

Here is a short video of Oscar trying Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Lamb:

Here is what Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Lamb looks like up close:

Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Lamb food presentation.
Tiki Cat After Dark Chicken & Lamb (close up presentation)

Taste Score: 8/10

Tiki Cat After Dark Food Price

Compared to the average cat food, Tiki Cat After Dark wet cat foods are on the mid-high end for price. This can always change due to inflation and product availability.

Similar priced products include:

Price Score: 7.5/10

Tiki Cat After Dark Trust

Whitebridge pet brands owns Tiki Pets among other brands that include:

  • Shesir
  • Stuzzy
  • Petite Cuisine
  • Cloud Star
  • Buddy Biscuits

Based on their Linked in profile, Whitebridge pet brands founded in 2015. It’s headquarters are in St Louis. They claim to promote minimally processed pet foods.

Are there any Tiki Cat After Dark recalls?

As of the writing of this article, there are no recalls on Tiki Cat After Dark products.

The products do have some missing nutrition information, however I was able to get most of this through email in a timely manner.

It would help to have more information available on the website. Aside from this, there’s nothing untoward about the Tiki Pets brand that I can see.

Trust Score: 10/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tiki Cat After Dark Food Good?

Yes, this food is great for cats of all life stages. Tiki Cat After Dark contains no added fillers and is high in meat and organs.

What Is Different About Tiki Cat After Dark?

Compared to other options in the range, Tiki Cat After Dark is higher in protein and has no added sunflower oil.

It’s the best quality option in the Tiki Cat range.

Learn More:

Is Tiki Cat After Dark Discontinued?

There are currently 6 Tiki Cat After Dark options available all with shredded chicken. There are 4 pate style options that are not currently available as of the writing of this article.

Is Tiki Cat Food Good For Cats With Kidney Disease?

Tiki Cat After Dark is not the best choice for kidney disease. Most of the products have a slight negative calcium to phosphate ratio. This isn’t ideal for the health of the kidneys.

There is one product (After Dark Chicken & Pork) that is suitable for kidney disease. This product has a positive calcium to phosphate ratio.

Learn More:

Is Tiki Cat After Dark Safe For Cats?

There have been no recalls of Tiki Cat After Dark. All products Thailand made in human grade facilities.

Does Tiki Cat Have Taurine?

Yes. Tiki Cat After Dark contains added taurine. It meets the requirements for cats outlined by AAFCO for all life stages.

Does Tiki Cat After Dark Have Carrageenan?

None of the products we looked at contain carrageenan.

How Much Protein Is in Tiki Cat Wet Food?

The average protein of all Tiki Cat After Dark products is 79.7%. This can change in the future with changes in ingredients and varies with product lines.

Conclusion

That finishes up this Tiki Cat After Dark review.

After our hands-on testing of Tiki Cat After Dark, we found it an excellent cat food choice. The foods contain zero added carbs and fillers, and contain premium meat sources.

Our cat tester enjoyed most of his serves of Tiki Cat After Dark but left a little food in the bowl. The food appears pleasant and fresh smelling, with authentic chicken shreds in broth.

The price of Tiki Cat After Dark is on the higher side, but is worth the investment in our opinion. This product is best suited to adult cats and/or weight control.

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