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  1. Shannon Latzke

    I had quite literally just sent Almo Nature an email asking for a TNA on a DMB for their cat foods when this email came through. So glad I saw this article!

  2. Casey

    Wow. As a raw feeder, I understand their “philosophy”, but philosophy does not equal the science of the situation. And Almo knows that mice are not the same as canned food – there’s a lot more intact vitamins and amino acids in a raw mouse.

    Is there a legal definition of “supplemental”? Because sixty percent of the diet isn’t it.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The AAFCO Official Publication (the rule book) does not include a definition of supplemental feeding, not sure if FDA has any specifics on exactly what supplemental feeding is either. But either way, I agree with you – 60% is not supplemental.

    2. Trouble

      I believe that to be considered “supplemental” feeding, it can be no more than 10% (possibly 15%) of the pet’s diet…. But I’ll have to consult my resources on that. I’m pretty confident though that that’s what the general guideline is when it comes to supplemental feeding of anything.

  3. Diana Farrar

    After reading their ingredient panel, it’s a true concern as they have absolutely no taurine listed, nor any sources of taurine. If only used as a “topper” fine, but as 60% of a cat’s diet? I really hope they move quickly on this one – this is flat out dangerous!

    1. Barbara Fellnermayr

      Hi Diana,

      Taurine only needs to be listed as an ingredient if it is synthetic. Taurine is naturally found in the heart, so if you add the appropriate amount of heart (as my company does) you don’t list taurine as an ingredient you list heart. 95% of the world’s supply of taurine comes from China. So for all you pet lovers, if your food contains synthetic vitamins and minerals the food is neither natural nor local.

      1. orfan

        1) From AAFCO’s website: “The minimum percent of crude protein and crude fat, and the maximum percent of crude fiber and moisture are always required….Guarantees for other nutrients may be required to support claims made in labeling (such as “High in calcium and vitamin A”), and you may include voluntary guarantees for other nutrients.”

        2) Even if AAFCO doesn’t require it, it makes sense to list taurine for cat foods especially so consumers can better assess what and how to feed.

        3) If you read the ingredients of the Almo foods (the Legend cat food, as shown in Susan’s photo, above), they just list “chicken”, “chicken breast”, or even “chicken drumstick”. Not a lot of chicken hearts (or other other animal organs, etc.) in the foods. So even if your company’s doing the right thing (and congrats if it is), Almo looks like it’s not.

  4. Lori S.

    Thank you for this! The “natural” label can be used to mislead consumers just as much as any other label. And a food “philosophy” is not the same as complete nutrition!

  5. Sage

    While on the subject of ‘foods’ for cats and dogs that do NOT meet minimum standards –
    how can Evanger’s get away with selling this VEGETARIAN product – especially for Cats? Where’s the usable PROTEIN ??

    1. Pacific Sun

      Write to them and ask, they’re very good about answering questions. Unless there’s an instruction to supplement with a meat protein not sure how this recipe could be complete and balanced. By the way, there is the same amount of “protein” in THK’s Preference recipe (which is naturally occurring), but of course there are instructions all over the box saying that protein must be added.

  6. Sally Roberts

    Lord I am so very tired of these pet foods companies . Every time I see a commercial I wonder what percentage of it if not all they are lying about !! They do not care about what is good for the animals, it is about the $$$, shame on them but I am sure they all sleep really well in their huge mansions !

  7. Lisa

    I didn’t know what claims the website was making until now.

    I have used this food. if you READ the can itself, it does say for supplemental feeding only. It is just meat and water/moisture. Actually looking and smelling like what it is suppose to be, chicken/tuna. It is meant as a treat or topper for a balanced diet. That is what I took away from reading the labels over a year ago and use it for. If used in this way, I don’t see a problem.

    That’s what I learned from this website. Not to take any claims at face value and to read labels and research food.

    1. orfan

      And I think that’s the problem Susan’s point out – you read the labels and are able to use your common sense to realise this is a topper or a treat.

      The company’s website, however, says: “Almo Nature Legend contains 71 to 76% meat or fish cooked and preserved naturally in cooking water (24%) and nothing else.” And a few sentences later: “Almo Nature recommends to feed cats all types of meat and fish in moist and dry food (60% and 40% of the total volume, respectively) to guarantee the intake of all the necessary nutrients.”

      Further: “it is a modern food that is as close as possible to the natural foods eaten by wild cats.”

      These quotes, to me, make it seem like they’re recommending feeding this canned product as the majority (literally 60% by volume, as fed, I assume, on a wet-matter basis for the canned food) of your pet’s diet. The last statement doesn’t make a lot of sense when you imagine cats on ocean trawlers fishing for shrimp, salmon, or tuna; cats digging up and being able to access clams, or even wild cats stumbling across fortuitous plates of cheese to feast upon.

      If you get right down to it, even the “water sufficient for cooking” is a bit odd once you remember that wild cats aren’t typically in the habit of cooking their food, in water or otherwise.

  8. Tracie

    What’s astounding to me is this woman’s response to you – not only filled with grammatical and sentence structure errors, it doesn’t even answer any of your very direct questions.
    She basically states that her company’s cat food is not a complete food.
    Definitely a major concern for anyone feeding this food exclusively to their cat(s).
    It will be interesting to see how the FDA and FL Dept of Agriculture follow up on this.

    1. Katie

      The response is from an Italian man. There are errors because English is not his first language.

  9. Penny

    I’d never heard of this product before this article popped up on my news feed. I checked out the website and for me there are red flags everywhere. Who ever writes their copy has some poor grammatical skills but more unnerving is the lack of coherent information on the products themselves. If you are cooking a product how are you preserving the natural nutrients? There doesn’t appear to be any organ meats and what about bone? So obviously not AAFCO compliant and only a supplemental food. this sounds like a foreign company masquerading as a US company. They state that they taste test the products on pets in Europe. They use a lot of big words and try to sound smart but all they accomplish is saying nothing of any importance about their products, the manufacturing processes or their quality controls. I wouldn’t fee this to my cats or my dogs.

    1. Marina

      and what cat food brand do you use now?

    2. Marina

      you know, US cat food is really far from being good. Nobody from Europe would masquerade to be a US company. Again I see an example of American arrogance. Take a look at scandalous recalls of BLUE buffalo, Nature’s Variety, or terrible Iams with their cruel tests, etc. So please think thoroughly before making such conclusions.

  10. Marijke

    As a professional cat sitter I always warn my clients that while this food is quite good to have as an addition to other (preferably wet food), it is not suitable if it amounts to more than about 20% of total calories. ‘Luckily’ it is quite expensive and it comes in 70 gram cans, so in my experience there are not many people that feed their cats 60% of the total amount of calories in this wet food.
    But how do they define 60% anyway?
    Do they mean 60 grams of dry food versus 40 grams of wet food; then the ratio in terms of total calories would amount to approx 10/90 wet/dry. Because most of their wet food is very low in fat (one of the reasons it is not suitable as complete food).
    So 60% of total calories, for an average cat that consumes 200 Kcal is about 210 grams of Almo wet food (3 cans).
    But 60% as in 60 grams of wet food, is about 10% of total calories, which is OK.
    Sometimes I feel they don’t really understand the basics, the amount of calories they list on the label is sometimes also very strange, different from my own calculations based on the label (European).
    However, this food is great as an aid in a weight loss plan and for adding some high quality protein to a diet, but you have to be quite savy to apply it in the right manner, and their own information is not always correct…

    1. Marijke

      (sorry third paragraph I meant 60% WET food versus 40% DRY food, I switched them by accident).

  11. Margarat

    I met them several months ago when they were visiting to get our store interested in their food.

    They provided this same percentage spiel when they presented the food to us then, and I told them that didn’t add up and thus we wouldn’t be carrying their food. It’s too confusing for the average pet owner, and there’s really no excuse for presenting it in that way.

    For those of you questioning the grammar – they are Italian, English is not their first language.

  12. kat

    I’m from Europe, and I used to feed this food all the time! Yes, it is expensive but it is super high quality – human-grade and looks and smells good enough to eat. Cats love it and it contains plenty of moisture. However, it is, indeed, almost exclusively muscle meat, so not a complete diet. If someone had the kind of money to feed their cats exclusively on this, they would definitely have to supplement. I don’t remember this company advertising the 60% / 40% thing in Europe, I think this is probably aimed at the US market because there are so many kibble feeders here…
    I personally think it’s wrong to trash this food, though, as it is definitely one of the highest quality foods out there. I do believe the company is indeed Italian – I don’t see them trying to mask that and pretend to be American? Why would they, I think I would trust a food item from Italy over one from the US??

  13. Shayda


    Thank you for everything you do.

    Would you mind making a recommendation for both cat and dog foods that in your opinion, do offer a complete balanced diet and meet all standard nutritional needs? I have done so much research and have yet to come to a decision that I feel comfortable sticking with for my cat and dog.

    I greatly appreciate your genuine care and concern for our pets.

    All the best!

  14. Fabienne Lawrence

    I was going to bring Almo cat canned food to my store. Now I am not going to.

    1. Kat

      That’s a shame because it is GREAT food! Plus, most people probably wouldn’t feed it exclusively due to its price anyway. Just educate your customers!

      1. Fabienne Lawrence

        The food is made in Thailand. The representative said that the chicken and the fish were free range. I do not believe it is so, and that is why I canceled my order with them.

        1. Go H0

          it sounds like you were never going to bring it to your store in the first place….

  15. babrial

    Almo nature is the best natural all meat cat food I have ever fed my cat! She is 7 years old and in perfect health because of eating Almo nature as a
    complete food. She eats 2- 3 cans of Almo nature daily since almost 3 years now.
    Before Almo she ate dry food and slowly became very ill, off and on vet visits for allergies, ear mites, hotspots and urinary infections and 5 pounds overweight. Desparately trying to save my cat, I sought natural foods and found this wonderful Almo! It is the BEST!
    My cat lost her 5 pounds of excess weight and no longer has any of the before mentioned problems.
    Americans would be so happy is find Almo available. My English may not be perfect but I wish all cat foods, dry or wet were this good! Bravo Almo Nature and Thank you for saving my cats health!! This is the Truth about this petfood!! 🙂

    1. Fabienne Lawrence

      Gabrial, your cat might be “okay” now, but in a few years, after feeding Almo, your cat’s health is going deteriorate and you are going to spend $$$$ in vet bills. Almo is NOT a balanced meal at all! There are no added supplements, not even Taurine.
      The claim that Almo is a balanced meal is unfunded. It is all a marketing technique that lures pet owners to buy their food.
      Check out the differences between Almo’s simple ingredients and this sample ingredient list of another brand:

      Chicken, Chicken Broth, Vegetable Broth, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Porcine Plasma, Dehydrated Chicken Liver, Fenugreek Seeds, Chickpeas, Calcium Carbonate, Parsley, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Kale, Dandelion Greens, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Turmeric, Ginger, New Zealand Green Mussel, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Magnesium Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Folic Acid

      Check out and educated yourself about your cat’s health and nutritional needs.

  16. Fabienne Lawrence

    Gabria, in addition to the comment I posted above, I highly suggest that you feed your cat Rad Cat, which is the best food on the market for cats. It is A BALANCED MEAL!
    Cats are 100% carnivores and as such they should be fed raw pet food.

    1. Marisa

      I don’t agree at all and it is very dangerous to advise someone to do this when you know nothing about the cats being given the food. I had a cat who was in his final years and not very well as many cats are near the end of their lives. (And this was not through eating any specific food). I thought I would try him on a raw diet because I read a lot up about it and it seemed a good thing to try if all the writing is to be believed and I wanted to try and help improve his diet and hoped it was help prolong his comfort and health. There is a very strict hygiene code when using and feeding raw diet to animals. I followed the instructions to the book and my cat within days of eating this became very, very sick. I rushed him to the vet and they said t me that they had seen a number of animals, dogs and cats switched onto this diet and they were very sick with it and it is not recommended for many animals who are used to everyday cat food simply because they are not wild. As much as it is said that it’s how a cat should eat as that’s how they would eat naturally if they were outdoors living wild, cats who have been indoors and not used to this kind of food, even although I gradually introduced it in small amounts, can still not tolerate it and great care should be taken.

  17. babrial

    Americans no longer seem to have a natural take on foods. Most people never even take the time to identify all of the dangerous chemicals in their chewing gum. Check it out if you dare. My cat has never been healthier. The fact that I may select any additional ingredients is a plus for my cat. Your issue is getting rid of what yours doesn’t want or need. Here is to the health of our animals! Thank you for your input. Long live Almo Nature!

    1. Reader

      I go absolutely crazy when (within 4 clicks) a PF manufacturer’s website doesn’t list the ingredients in a product. It makes it necessary to search all over their website.

      Almo doesn’t provide a technically clear “Ingredients List” (just their Recipe) which is all protein and water. To find more definitive information I usually go to Chewy.Com. Where a buyer is provided with a full description of most every PF product. On that site Almo admitted an “IMPORTANT NOTE: This [food] is intended for supplemental feeding only. It should be served DAILY along with a complete and balanced diet.” [I added the cap/bold to the word daily, but they capitalized Important Note].

      Nobody understands better a cat’s “complete and balanced” nutritional requirements (according to regulations) than Susan! She lives and breathes this information daily! So if she’s making a point about this food, it’s for a reason, and always for the good of the pet! She doesn’t want Consumers to be misled.

      Almo’s website refers to the natural wholesomeness of their foods. And that on a rotational basis provides a cat “with all the nutrition they need.” Further, that the wet diet 60% of the time PLUS the dry 40% of the time is sufficient. So you could feed (every other day) wet for 6 days, alternating with dry for 4 days but that wouldn’t be complete & balanced, because the wet is missing required supplements.

      What Almo should say in clear language, before Consumers get mixed up in all that text, is that the wet is intended to be a “topper” on their fully balanced dry product. [Of course we also know, cats shouldn’t be eating dry all the time either). So it’s kind of a problem, right.

      From the website:
      Almo Nature is simple: Real tuna. Real chicken. Real salmon. Real ingredients. Just using freshly prepared, high quality ingredients, with no additives, no colorings and no thickeners. A pure food that provides the cat with all the nutrition they need, as they would in nature. Naturally rich in taurine, vitamins and minerals, there is no need for artificial enhancement. Almo Nature’s nutritional advice to cat owners is twofold: 1. Alternating protein sources to ensure a balanced and varied diet for your cat. Different protein sources will offer different benefits and nutrition; therefore by varying the offering to your cat, you will be giving them the best possible combination.
      And alternating both dry and wet food (is sufficient) to provide a complete diet.

  18. Lisa Caplan

    I am wondering if this is chain is still active. It is my understanding that muscle meat has naturally occurring taurine. It is also my understanding that cats do not need to have much taurine to have enough taurine. Thus, is it really a stretch that feeding 60/40 would cover the taurine needed?

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