Honest Wellness Wet Cat Food Review

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Wellness wet cat food review

Score: 6.5/10

Bottom Line

Wellness wet cat food is a little high in carbs for our liking. Not up the level of it’s bigger brother Wellness Core.

PROS

  • Huge range of choices
  • Detailed product information
  • Our cat devoured a few picks

CONS

  • Too high in carbs
  • Some flavors don’t hit the spot
  • A little pricey

Wellness are an unassuming looking cat food brand. Whilst some choices impressed our cat taste tester, the high carb levels didn’t.

In this review I’ll take a closer look into Wellness wet cat food range. I’ll test this product with our cat reviewer Oscar and see if Wellness gets his meow of approval.

Alright, so where does Wellness go wrong…

Wellness Wet Cat Food Review: Short Summary

I wanted to give Wellness a glowing review. Our cat loved Wellness morsels chicken & turkey in particular, licking his plate clean.

But a closer inspection of the nutrition quality showed this brand doesn’t quite hit the mark.

The carb content of Wellness pushes past what we recommend here at Simply Cat Care. It is disappointing the wet food is this carb rich.

So is there anything I like about Wellness wet cat food?

As I said, our cat tester Oscar enjoyed some of these products, so that’s a positive. But as far as nutrition quality goes, there’s better options for the price point.

If you pay a little extra, you’ll find the Wellness Core offers better nutrition and taste results.

Want more information about this product?

Read on, as I’ll give you more testing analysis on the following:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • Taste
  • Price
  • Trust

Wellness offer a wide variety of wet cat food. Whilst I can’t test everything, I’ll look at the following choices in this review to get a snapshot of this brand:

Wellness Wet Cat Food Ingredients

The ingredients in Wellness wet cat food are average. They use a lot of meaty ingredients but also tend to include potato which raises the carb content.

There’s a massive range of Wellness cat food. We looked at Wellness Morsels and Signature Selects.

The former uses the with descriptor which is never a good sign. This means there is 5-24.9% of the named ingredients in the foods.

By extension, the unnamed ingredients (e.g. potato in the case of Wellness Morsels) are higher in amount.

As for signature selects, that uses the entree descriptor. This means 25-94.9% of the named ingredient is in the food.

Cat food ingredients list by weight. Higher on the list = higher weight.

So what’s wrong with potato? Whilst this isn’t a grain, it’s still a high carbohydrate ingredient.

Cat’s need (and prefer) high protein ingredients like meat and organs. Potato doesn’t offer a benefit to cats and is a filler ingredient.

If the ingredient was in smaller amounts, this food would score higher.

Ingredient Score: 6/10

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: Wellness wet cat food ingredientsLabel typeIngredient quality scoreIngredients
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory SauceWith48/100Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient for Processing, Chicken, Turkey, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory SauceWith48/100Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Salmon, Potato Starch, Eggs, Carrots, Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Cranberries, Blueberries, White Sweet Potatoes, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite
Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey EntreeEntree75/100Boneless Chicken, Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient for Processing, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Chicken Liver, Eggs, Turkey, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Magnesium Sulfate, Guar Gum, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement], Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals [Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite]

Wellness Wet Cat Food Nutrition

As expected, the nutrition quality of Wellness is average. The potato content raised the carbohydrate to a level which is higher we recommend.

All products we looked at meet AAFCO’s nutrition designation for maintenance.

This means the options are best suited for adult cats.

The carbohydrate content ranged between 18.2-32% on the products looked at. This is a bit higher than what we recommend (<12% carbs on a dry matter basis).

Cats can stop eating food due to the ‘carb ceiling’ effect. A cat has a limited ability to digest and metabolize carbohydrate (~20g/day).

Our cat Oscar only struggled with Wellness morsels with chicken & salmon. So it’s hard to say whether this affected taste, but for long term health it’s still worth sticking to low carb foods.

Based on it’s nutrition quality, Wellness is best used as an occasional option for adults. The products do have a low caloric density, which can assist with weight loss.

The Wellness Signature Selects is the highest carb option and not the best choice.

Nutrition Score: 4/10

NUTRITITION SCORING EXPLAINED

I scoring on meeting the following nutrition targets. A score of 10 means the food is a complete meal for cats of all life stages.

  • Protein: >40% dry matter basis

Reason: Helps cats maintain muscle and important for energy production. Cats prefer a high protein diet. Senior cats need higher protein diets to help with sarcopenia.

  • Fat: >25% dry matter basis

Reason: Source of energy. Helps senior cats maintain weight. Cats prefer a moderate fat diet for taste.

  • Carbs: <12% dry matter basis

Reason: Cat’s have no dietary requirement for carbohydrate. A cats liver isn’t able to regulate gluconeogenesis with high carb intakes (i.e. leads to high blood sugar). Cat’s lack the digestive enzymes for high carbohydrate diets (can cause diarrhea).

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

Reason: Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. A deficiency can lead to health problems related to the heart as well as reproductive issues. AAFCO recommends that all wet cat food contains 0.2% taurine on a dry matter basis.

  • Calcium: phosphate: >1:1

Reason: Beneficial to maintain bone strength and kidney health. A low calcium diet in cats can lead to bone defects and depression.

Table 2: Wellness wet cat food nutritionTypeTextureKcal/kgKcal/g (dry matter)ProteinFatCarbsFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: phosphate ratio
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory SauceWetChunks7253.437.1%*31.9%18.2%4.3%8.4%78.4%0.8%1.4:1
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory SauceWetChunks7253.639.9%27.2%21.0%3.2%8.8%80.1%0.9%1.3:1
Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey EntreeWetPate8564.344.0%16.4%32.8%0.2%6.7%80.1%0.8%1.4:1
Average9265.140.3%25.2%24.0%2.6%8.0%79.5%0.8%1.4:1
*on a dry matter basis #estimated ash content

What Does Our Cat Think Of Wellness Wet Cat Food?

I served three Hill’s Science Diet wet food options to our cat tester Oscar. He had mixed feelings about these foods.

It’s possible that Oscar stopped eating his meals due the flavor, texture, or carb content. The carb content of Hill’s Science Diet is high as we’ve looked at, so this can make finishing meals harder.

Here are the results of our taste testing:

  • Food Test 1: Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce
  • Amount eaten: 100%
  • Time to finish eating: 3 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Food appearance: Nice and thick without being gelatinous. Looks and smells like quality cat food.
  • Smell: Pleasant smell

Here is a short video of Oscar trying Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce:

Here is what Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce looks like up close:

Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce presentation
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Turkey in Savory Sauce food presentation

Food Test 2: Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce
Amount eaten: 60%
Time to finish eating: 5 minutes
Food appearance: This food has a runny texture with meaty chunks.
Smell: No strong smell

Here is a short video of Oscar trying Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce:

Here is what Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce looks like up close:

Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce presentation
Wellness Morsels With Chicken & Salmon in Savory Sauce presentation

Food Test 3: Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey Entree
Amount eaten: 80%
Time to finish eating: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Food appearance: This food was loose and not firm, although it has a pate texture.
Smell: No strong smell

Here is a short video of Oscar trying Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey Entree:

Here is what Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey Entree:

Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey Entree presentation.
Wellness Signature Selects Pate Boneless Chicken & Turkey Entree presentation.

Taste Score: 8/10

Wellness Wet Cat Food Price

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

Similarly priced products include:

  • Tiki Cat After Dark
  • Wellness Core wet cat food
  • Made By Nacho
  • Meat Mates wet cat food

Price Score: 7.5/10

Learn more:

Wellness Wet Cat Food Trust

Wellness are a pet food brand than began in the 1940’s. They base their products on the advice of vets and animal experts.

There was a recall of some Wellness canned cat foods in 2017. This was due to the presence of a foreign metallic object.

A more extreme case was the recall of over 1 million canned cat foods due to a lack of thiamine in the food in 2011.

Wellness include a detailed PDF about each products nutrition. There is also a satisfaction guarantee for all products from authorized sellers.

So whilst there’s been a couple of niggles with Wellness, they are a transparent company.

Price Score: 8/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wellness Wet Cat Food Any Good?

We rate Wellness wet cat food as average. From the products we looked at, the carb content is too high for our liking.

There is a huge range of Wellness wet cat food products, with nutrition information for each. Not all products are equal and it’s worth looking through each choice.

Learn More:

What Wet Cat Food Is Healthiest for Cats?

The best wet cat food should contain the right balance of nutrients to meet any cats needs. A cat food that meets the AAFCO designation for all life stages and is low in carbs (<10% on a dry matter basis) is best.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best choices for a variety of different situations though. Check it out below.

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Is Wellness Cat Food Made in China?

Wellness pet food website doesn’t cite the location of manufacture. According to online retailers, their products are Thailand made.

Is Wellness Cat Food Good for Kidney Disease?

I don’t recommend Wellness wet cat food as the best choice for kidney disease.

The best cat food for kidney disease is a low carb wet food that has a high calcium to phosphate ratio. The carbohydrate content should be no more than about 10% on a dry matter basis.

Wellness wet cat products have a high calcium to phosphate ratio, but they do have a high carb amount. This does depend on the product, since there’s a wide range made by this brand.

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Does Wellness Cat Food Have Taurine?

Yes, Wellness cat food adds taurine to their products. The amount of taurine meets the levels recommended by AAFCO.

Conclusion

That finishes up this Wellness wet cat food review.

After our hands-on testing of a few Wellness wet cat food products, we found it an average cat food choice. Most options in the range are high in carbs. The products are only suitable to adult cats (aside from the kitten products).

Our cat tester enjoyed most of the Wellness wet cat food options we offered him. For picky eaters, Wellness is a good option, although not as a main source of nutrition.

The price of Wellness wet cat food is somewhat high, and there are better options for nutrition.

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