Taste of the Wild Canned Cat Food bills itself as providing the kind of diet your pet would find were he/she fending for themselves out “in the wilds” of North America. I must admit, I really like the idea of a can of cat food presenting my kitties with a bowl of what they’d find if they were free roaming Rocky Mountain domestic shorthairs. I think Pixie would do pretty well for herself in this scenario, though I’m certain that Weetzie would be hitching a ride back to civilization about 2 minutes into their adventure, so there’d be no menu to discuss.
So, the promotional material tells us that this cat food is salmon, chicken liver, and roasted venison. Roasted venison = faaancy! However, a glance at the ingredients listing on the side of the can reveals that while yes, there is roasted venison in there, it is the 12th ingredient down on the list – after things like egg whites and potato starch. Just sayin’.
So, given the word “wild” kept being thrown around, I expected something a little more “wild” or “natural” looking when I opened the can. What I found was this:
No natural texture to be found. All the ingredients are in there, just reformed into what looks like soaked kibble. So, visually, Taste Of The Wild canned cat food had not impressed the humans at all. Lucky for them, the humans are only half of the equation.
The cats loved this food. LOVED! Pixie isn’t hard to impress, food wise, but she cleaned her bowl so thoroughly that it was gleaming white and shiny, as if there had never been any food in it all. Weetzie is a tougher sell. A grazer, and a cat who is generally never all that excited about meal time. She cleaned her bowl completely of Taste Of The Wild, and she did it in two trips, which is unheard of. It normally takes about a dozen passes, and a good 90 minutes for her to get through her portion. And that’s if she finishes. So, seeing her wolf this down has got to be saying something about Taste Of The Wild’s taste appeal to cats.
From a human observers perspective, there is nothing too fantastic about the contents of this can. The ingredients list looks great, its nutritional profile is great, but it doesn’t really look or smell like meat. However, the real judges in this situation, our opinionated cats, had something different to say. Clearly this grain free cat food gets two paws up in this house, so the humans will add it to the rotation.