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Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Cat Food, Salmon Recipe

50% Positive Reviews
Rated #55 in Dry Cat Food

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Pros: Human-grade ingredients, high-protein/low-carb, lots of omega fatty acids, live cultures

Cons: Some pea protein, a little more vegetables/fruits than I'd care to see

I'm switching to a primarily wet diet and keeping this food as backup for days when I'm running late and don't have time to fuss with the canned food until I get back home. But while I was doing a half-dry diet, I liked this product a lot. I used it as her primary food source for two years.

 


I originally was using Wilderness Chicken Recipe, plus fish oil on top. Astrid loooves chicken. One day, she decided she didn't like fish oil anymore, and that was that. Well, okay, then. What Astrid wants, Astrid gets. She gets dry skin, though, so I wanted to get more omega fatty acids into her. I tried the Wilderness Salmon Recipe, and she ate it just as happily as the Chicken Recipe. A week later, my mom commented on how silky her coat had become, so I considered this a success.
 

The first few ingredients in this food are as follows: deboned salmon, chicken meal, turkey meal, potato starch, pea protein, peas, chicken fat, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, potatoes, sunflower oil... And then it goes on to various fruits and vegetables, trace ingredients, etc. I like the fact that the first three ingredients are meat, and since she has no food allergies or intolerances, the diverse meats are a plus. I'm not too chuffed about the pea protein, but it's far enough down the list that I'm not overly concerned. Salmon is the first ingredient, and since I was looking to solve a dry skin issue, that's great. However, it's important to note that "deboned salmon" or "salmon" makes up less of the overall product than you might think; meat meals are dehydrated and protein-dense, while simple meats still have water in them. Once the kibble is cooked and dry, the "meat" makes up less of the food than the meat "meals." There could easily be more chicken and turkey than salmon in this food. Still, salmon's the first ingredient, so it's not an insignificant amount. It worked for my purposes.

 

The ingredients are extremely specific, which I appreciate. For example, instead of "animal fat," it says "chicken fat." I like to know EXACTLY what's going into my cat's body.

 

Wilderness Salmon Recipe has 40% protein (almost all of which is from meat), 18% fat, 3.5% fiber, and 10% moisture.

  • 40% protein is not as high as it could be, but it's still perfectly respectable and significantly higher than the average dry cat food. Most of it comes from meat, but some does come from pea protein and whole peas.
  • The fat level is comparable to other high-protein cat kibbles.
  • The fiber is not particularly high, so if you have a severe hairball issue, you might want to consider something higher. However, the salmon may reduce shedding, thus reducing hairballs. In the two years I've used Wilderness, my cat has had maybe three hairballs, so I've had no problems.
  • 10% moisture is pretty normal for dry cat foods. The ideal feline diet is 70-80% moisture. If you want an ideal diet, don't buy this product. Look at wet diets. I chose this product as an affordable alternative to an all-wet diet, and I complemented it with some wet food every day. The 4.5-star rating reflects how it stacks up to other dry foods. If I compared it to canned foods, it would receive a much lower rating.
  • I'm not good at math, so I haven't bothered to calculate the % carbohydrates. The package does claim that it's a low-carb product, which of course is what I wanted for my cat. The carbs come primarily from potatoes and peas. You may wish to look into the glycemic index of these foods and bring that into consideration. Some people choose to avoid them. They did not bother me.
  • I didn't calculate the % ash, either. See: math skills, previous bullet. It's easy enough to find directions on this, so knock yourself out.

 

All the meat in Blue Buffalo products is human-grade, and it all comes from US farms with the exception of the lamb, which is raised free-range in New Zealand. While this is not as safe as human-grade meat from small local farms, it's still a step up from unregulated meat sources. Factory farming and animal welfare is always a consideration. Like nearly every pet food on the market, Blue uses primarily factory-raised meat.

 

One of the major features of all Blue Buffalo kibble products is the LifeSource Bits. The benefits of this feature for cats is debatable. I do like the vitamins and antioxidants from the cold-formed fruits and veggies, but I would rather see less vegetable matter overall. If I had my way, there'd be fewer LifeSource bits in this food.

 

All Blue kibbles contain cranberries to support urinary health and naturally boost Vitamin C levels.

 

Blue does not use any artificial preservatives, artificial dyes, corn, wheat, or soy.

 

I was happy to see Yucca extract on the ingredient list. It's known to reduce litterbox odor. Astrid's box is in my bedroom, so odor is a big deal.

 

Wilderness contains caramel. Some people consider caramel to be a red flag ingredient. I don't know much about it myself. It's extremely low on the list, and it's not a mystery chemical with a name I can't pronounce, so it doesn't really worry me, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

 


I use less than the recommended amount of food. Astrid is not very active, even for an indoor-only cat. With 1/4 cup kibble and about 3oz of canned food daily, Astrid reached and maintained a healthy weight, and her coat is thick and glossy. Her skin isn't as dry as it used to be. She does shed a fair amount. I'm hoping that my recent (two days ago) switch to an all-wet diet will help, but who knows. Cat hair doesn't really bother me; I'm used to it. It might bother someone else, though.

 

For about six months, I tried switching to another brand of high-protein, grain-free food which gets good reviews and which some of my friends like a lot. I was having trouble affording Blue, and this was much cheaper. Despite taking a month to transition, she started getting soft stool stuck in the fur around her anus. It was GROSS. It didn't go away when the transition period was over, either! I had to clean it off frequently, and neither of us enjoyed this. I started to hate cuddling with her because I was always afraid of getting cat poop on myself. I was very happy to switch back to Wilderness as soon as I could. I've compared the ingredients in the foods, and I think the reason that Blue worked better is that it has fermentation products which activate after consumption and aid digestion.

 

I've criticized this product at least as much as I've praised it, but to be honest, I do like it a lot. I recommend it to friends and new cat families all the time. It's got a lot of meat, the human-grade ingredients are fantastic, and I felt good about using it when an all-wet diet wasn't in my budget.

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Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Cat Food, Salmon Recipe
Description:

A highly digestible food formulated by animal nutritionists, BLUE Wilderness provides your outdoor cat with the optimal balance of protein, fats and healthy complex carbohydrates. High-quality ingredients for a high performance diet: De-boned chicken, chicken meal and fish meal supply the protein your cat needs to support her active lifestyle; Sweet potatoes, oatmeal and potatoes provide healthy complex carbohydrates for lasting endurance; Cranberries, blueberries and carrots support antioxidant enrichment;

Details:
DetailValue
BindingMisc.
BrandBlue Buffalo
EAN0859610003402
FeatureA sensible alternative to a raw diet
Height3 inches
Length19.5 inches
Width13 inches
LabelBlue Buffalo
List Price$34.99
ManufacturerBlue Buffalo
Model00340
MPN00340
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPet Products
Product Type NameABIS_PET_PRODUCTS
PublisherBlue Buffalo
StudioBlue Buffalo
TitleBlue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Cat Food, Salmon Recipe, 11-Pound Bag
UPC859610003402
Weight11 pounds
Size11 lbs.
IngredientsDeboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Peas, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Meal (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Sup
Ingredients Set ElementDeboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Peas, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Meal (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Sup
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