I have very serious concerns that Weruva canned foods may not be a suitable food for long term use in cats, I think it would be prudent have a closer look at the ingredients, the fat content and the protein/fat ratio.
Having recently read glowing recommendations for Weruva from someone on this site, I went to the Weruva website and reviewed the ingredients & analysis. I was shocked by what I perceived to be a very low fat and high moisture content (water being the second ingredient!
). I thought to myself that, at best, it might be usable as a weight loss food - to be used with great care, at that.
Quite coincidentally, a few days ago, on another site, someone posted that she had purchased some Weruva with the intention of assisting her aged, thin cat to gain some weight. To her shock, her cat started losing weight! Needless to say, her stock of Weruva now sits in her cupboard.
She followed up and obtained the calorie content information from Weruva and from some other "high end" food manufacturers. The results were, to say the least, eye-opening.
Her research on 5.5oz cans found that Innova has about 209 calories, Evo- 217, Merrick 130-170, Wellness 160-220. The information from Weruva for the non-fish varieties translated to 84 cal per 5.5 oz can. Was it any wonder that her poor cat lost weight?
From the Weruva website
Weruva Paw Lickin' Chicken
Ingredients: Chicken (boneless, skinless white breast meat), water sufficient for processing balance, thickening agent (Tapioca starch and/or potato flour and/or Xanthan gum) Sunflower seed oil, Taurine...
Crude protein 10%Crude fat 1.4%
From the Wellness website
Wellness Grain Free Chicken
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Liver, Turkey, Chicken Broth...
Crude protein 10.5%Crude fat 5%
Just based on the Guaranteed Analysis numbers, Weruva has 72% less fat than that contained in the Wellness product. Anyone who knows anything about feline nutrition is aware that cats derive most of their energy from fat and protein.
And, based on the research into what cats require to thrive, it should be abundantly clear that this product is, at best, a "supplemental food" for healthy cats, or, perhaps a "diet food" for obese/overweight cats - but only to be used with great care and careful wieght monitoring.
To add insult to injury, it would appear that this is priced as a "high-end" product. Heck, with water as the second ingredient, the Wellness I use is a bargain!
If anyone would like to review the comments of the person I've referenced here, just PM me.