ICEPAW cat wet food

ICEPAW cat wet food

I first learned about ICEPAW food at the Dog & Cat Day fair in December. Curious about the manufacturer’s assurances that Icepaw is “complete wet cat food consisting of 100% fish fillets“, I have decided to buy and test it.

Why do cats love to eat fish?

The domestic cat instinctively senses food rich in proteins and fats. Fish are an excellent source of wholesome animal protein, fat and unsaturated fatty acids from the Omega-3 and Omega-6 groups. You can read more about fish in my post Fish in cat’s diet.

Briefly about the Icepaw brand

The Icepaw brand with fish products for dogs and cats was created by Michael Tetzner. Michael is a multiple European and world champion in dog sledding. During his journey, he was inspired by the fish diet of Innuit dogs, thanks to which they were not only healthy but also resistant and incredibly efficient.

Icepaw cat wet food is cereal-free mono-protein foods, which means that one sachet contains proteins from only one animal. The food contains 100% fish fillets (without skeletons), which are made in Iceland from fish caught in the North Sea.

Available variants:

  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Cod

Price: around 1,5 EUR / 1,65 USD for 100 g

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Tests and composition analysis

The producer states that Icepaw cat food is complete cat food. I have checked whether it really is the complete and balanced base of a daily and diet for your cat.

First impression

The foods have a nice aroma and half ground and half pate consistency. Each flavor differs from each other in its analytical composition quite significantly.

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Composition and macro calculations

To find out the nutritional value and balance of the cat food, I calculated the exact content of macronutrients in the food (the percentage of protein, fats, and carbohydrates relative to 100 grams of dry matter).

Trout

Composition: trout 100%, vegetable gelling agent (from red seaweed)

Additives: 100 g of food contains 1.8 g of Omega-3, of which 0.5 g is EPA and 0.7 g is DHA

Analytical composition given by the manufacturer: crude protein 13%, crude fat 14%, taurine 0.21%, crude ash 2%, sodium 0.2%, moisture 68%.

My composition analysis

Proteins (45 – 55%)

40,63%

Fats (22 – 35%)

43,75%

Carbs (max 5%)

8,09%

Taurine (min. 1500 mg/kg)

210 mg

Calories

175.47kcal

Salmon

Composition: 100% salmon, vegetable gelling agent (from red seaweed)

Additives: 100 g of food contains 2.5 g of Omega-3, of which 0.7 g is EPA and 1 g is DHA

Analytical composition given by the manufacturer: crude protein 13%, crude fat 20%, taurine 0.22%, crude ash 2.8%, sodium 0.1%, moisture 67%.

The analytical composition specified on the salmon food package adds up to 103.12%.

My composition analysis

Proteins

(45 – 55%)

39,39%

Fats

(22 – 35%)

60,61%

Carbs

(max 5%)

?

Taurine (min. 1500 mg/kg)

220 mg

Calories

117.73kcal

Cod

Composition: 100% cod, vegetable gelling agent (from red seaweed)

Additives: crude protein 13%, crude fat 1.7%, taurine 0.5%, crude ash 3.7%, sodium 0.2%, moisture 67%.

Analytical composition given by the manufacturer: crude protein 13%, crude fat 1.7%, taurine 0.5%, crude ash 3.7%, sodium 0.2%, moisture 67%.

My composition analysis

Proteins

(45 – 55%)

39,39%

Fats

(22 – 35%)

5,15%

Carbs

(max 5%)

42,12%

Taurine (min. 1500 mg/kg)

500 mg

Calories

284.11kcal

Conclusions

My cat’s opinion

Apollo usually does not like fish flavors, which is why I was very curious about Icepaw. It turned out that my fears did not come true. My cat ate cod and salmon willingly, but he didn’t like Trot at all. Of course, tastes are not discussed, because your cat can taste something completely different.

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In my opinion

At first glance, the composition of this food is perfect, very simple and natural, and it is mono-protein and mono-ingredient.

Analysis of the Icepaw cat wet food composition showed that the values of all analytical components deviate from the norm. The amount of taurine is definitely too small for domestic feed (it should be around 1500mg / kg) and there is no other supplementation in the products..

Advantages

  • mono-protein.
  • without cereals,
  • without preservatives,
  • no dyes.

Disadvantages

  • too low taurine content for domestic feed,
  • too much carbohydrate,
  • too little protein,
  • too little fat in cod feed,
  • too much fat in feed with sea trout and salmon,
  • the analytical composition of the food with salmon is not reliable, because the sum of analytical ingredients could exceed 100% of the composition.

Based on my composition analysis, I think that Icepaw is not a complete food and is not suitable as the basis for a daily and balanced diet (unless very heavily supplemented). However, I think that the taste and aroma make Icepaw a great treat or complimentary food served “from time to time”.

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