Reivew: LOVCAT wet cat food

Reivew: LOVCAT wet cat food

I love to test new products appearing on the market, especially wet cat food with high meat content. This is what LOVCAT is all about. How did it perform in our tests?

Few words about LOVCAT brand

LOVCAT is the latest product of the Polish company Coyote Pet. The products are made in a specialized plant in Germany, where it is possible to produce high-quality cat food. The ingredients of the product meet the standards of human food.

You can read more about the brand at coyotepet.com

My tests and analysis

At the moment, LOVCAT is available in 4 flavors:

  • Pure Chicken
  • Pure Salmon
  • Pure Beef
  • Best Turkey & Duck

Price (rounded): PLN 9.5 for 400 g

Composition and analysis

The manufacturer states that LOVCATwet cat food is a complete food. I will check whether this is really the complete basis of a daily and balanced diet.

I analyzed the composition of all flavors and each of them is thoroughly listed in a separate tab below.

Pure Chicken
Pure Salmon
Pure Beef
Best Turkey & Duck

The composition given on the packaging

70% chicken (approx. 67% meat and hearts, approx. 33% stomachs, livers, necks), 27.6% chicken stock, 1% cranberry, 1% minerals, 0.1% salmon oil, 0.1% % borage oil, 0.1% MOS, 0.1% FOS.

Additives per kg: vitamin D3 200 IE., Vitamin E 20 mg, vitamin B1 10 mg, vitamin B2 6 mg, vitamin B6 2 mg, vitamin B12 75 µg, niacinamide 15 mg, calcium d-panthothenate 9 mg, folic acid 0, 35 mg, biotin 300 µg, choline chloride 1200 mg, zinc as zinc sulfate monohydrate 25 mg, manganese as manganese sulfate monohydrate 1.4 mg, iodine as calcium iodate anhydrous 0.75 mg, dl-methionine 50 mg, taurine 2500 mg, copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate 1 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 10.3%, fat 5.2%, crude ash 2.5%, crude fiber 0.5%, moisture 80%, omega 3 fatty acids 0.23%, omega 6 fatty acids 0.8% , calcium 0.27%, phosphorus 0.25%.

My ingredient analysis

  • Muscle meat (including hearts) 67% of the meat content.
  • Offal (without hearts) 33% of the meat content.
  • Salmon oil is a source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids essential in a cat’s diet.
  • Borage oil in the human diet is a source of unsaturated fatty acids, while cats are food specialized for eating meat, so they poorly absorb nutrients from plant materials.
  • DL-methionine and cranberry support the urinary tract and regulate urine pH.
  • Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) is a brewer’s yeast-derived prebiotic that affects the animal’s immune system, improves gut performance, and even helps remove pathogens and toxins. *
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) is a prebiotic that increases the beneficial intestinal microflora, improves digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients. *

Taurine

2500 mg/kg

Calories

106.5 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,08:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

51.5%

Fats

26%

Carbohydrates

7.5%

The composition given on the packaging

70% salmon, 27.6% salmon stock, 1% cranberry, 1% minerals, 0.1% salmon oil, 0.1% borage oil, 0.1% MOS, 0.1% FOS.

Additives per kg: vitamin A 3000 IE., Vitamin E 20 mg, vitamin B1 10 mg, vitamin B2 6 mg, vitamin B6 2 mg, vitamin B12 75 µg, niacinamide 15 mg, calcium d-pantothenate 9 mg, folic acid 0, 35 mg, biotin 300 µg, choline chloride 1200 mg, zinc as zinc sulfate monohydrate 25 mg, magnesium as magnesium sulfate monohydrate 1.4 mg, iodine as calcium iodate anhydrous 0.75 mg, dl-methionine 50 mg, taurine 2500 mg, copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate 1 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 9.8%, fat 8%, crude ash 3%, crude fiber 0.4%, moisture 78%, omega 3 fatty acids 0.7%, omega 6 fatty acids 0.65%, calcium 0, 30% phosphorus 0.28%

My ingredient analysis

  • Salmon meat 70% of the feed content.
  • Salmon oil is a source of Omega fatty acids essential in a cat’s diet.
  • Borage oil in the human diet is a source of unsaturated fatty acids, while cats are food specialized for eating meat, so they poorly absorb nutrients from plant materials.
  • DL-methionine and cranberry support the urinary tract and regulate urine pH.
  • Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) is a brewer’s yeast-derived prebiotic that affects the immune system of animals, improves gut performance, and even helps remove pathogens and toxins.*
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) is a prebiotic that increases the beneficial intestinal microflora, improves digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients.*

Taurine

2500 mg/kg

Calories

115.04 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,07:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Protein

44.55%

Fats

36.36%

Carbohydrates

3.64%

The composition given on the packaging

70% beef (approx. 67% meat and hearts, approx. 33% lung, liver), 27.6% beef stock, 1% cranberry, 1% minerals, 0.1% salmon oil, 0.1% oil from borage, 0.1% MOS, 0.1% FOS.

Additives per kg: vitamin D3 200 IE., Vitamin E 20 mg, vitamin B1 10 mg, vitamin B2 6 mg, vitamin B6 2 mg, vitamin B12 75 µg, niacinamide 15 mg, calcium d-panthothenate 9 mg, folic acid 0, 35 mg, biotin 300 µg, choline chloride 1200 mg, zinc as zinc sulfate monohydrate 25 mg, manganese as manganese sulfate monohydrate 1.4 mg, iodine as calcium iodate anhydrous 0.75 mg, dl-methionine 50 mg, taurine 2500 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 10.8%, fat 7.8%, crude ash 2.2%, crude fiber 0.4%, moisture 75%, omega 3 fatty acids 0.05%, omega 6 fatty acids 0.35% , calcium 0.30%, phosphorus 0.25%

My ingredient analysis

  • Muscle meat (including hearts) 67% of the meat content.
  • Offal (without hearts) 33% of the meat content.
  • Salmon oil is a source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids essential in a cat’s diet.
  • Borage oil in the human diet is a source of unsaturated fatty acids, while cats are food specialized for eating meat, so they poorly absorb nutrients from plant materials.
  • DL-methionine and cranberry support the urinary tract and regulate urine pH.
  • Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) is a brewer’s yeast-derived prebiotic that affects the animal’s immune system, improves gut performance, and even helps remove pathogens and toxins. *
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) is a prebiotic that increases the beneficial intestinal microflora, improves digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients. *

Taurine

2500 mg/kg

Calories

157.3 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,2:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

43.2%

Fats

31.2%

Carbohydrates

15.2%

The composition given on the packaging

50% turkey (approx. 67% meat and hearts, approx. 33% turkey liver and turkey necks), 27.6% turkey and duck stock, 20% duck (hearts, stomachs and necks), 1% cranberries, 1% minerals, 0.1% salmon oil, 0.1% borage oil, 0.1% MOS, 0.1% FOS.

Additives per kg: vitamin D3 200 IE., Vitamin E 20 mg, vitamin B1 10 mg, vitamin B2 6 mg, vitamin B6 2 mg, vitamin B12 75 µg, niacinamide 15 mg, calcium d-panthothenate 9 mg, folic acid 0, 35 mg, biotin 300 µg, choline chloride 1200 mg, zinc as zinc sulfate monohydrate 25 mg, manganese as manganese sulfate monohydrate 1.4 mg, iodine as calcium iodate anhydrous 0.75 mg, dl-methionine 50 mg, taurine 2500 mg, copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate 1 mg

Analytical composition: protein 10.5%, fat 5.4%, crude ash 2.7%, crude fiber 0.5%, moisture 80%, calcium 0.31%, phosphorus 0.27%, omega 3 0 fatty acids, 18%, omega 6 fatty acids 0.7%

My ingredient analysis

  • Muscle meat (including hearts) 67% of the meat content.
  • Offal (without hearts) 33% of the meat content.
  • Salmon oil is a source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids essential in a cat’s diet.
  • Borage oil in the human diet is a source of unsaturated fatty acids, while cats are food specialized for eating meat, so they poorly absorb nutrients from plant materials.
  • DL-methionine and cranberry support the urinary tract and regulate urine pH.
  • Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) is a brewer’s yeast-derived prebiotic that affects the animal’s immune system, improves gut performance, and even helps remove pathogens and toxins. *
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) is a prebiotic that increases the beneficial intestinal microflora, improves digestion and increases the absorption of nutrients. *

Taurine

2500 mg/kg

Calories

98.4 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,15:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

52.5%

Fats

27%

Carbohydrates

4.5%

My cat’s opinion

Apollo tried out all the variants of LOVCAT we received for tests. His ranking is as follows:

  1. Pure Chicken
  2. Pure Beef
  3. Best Turkey & Duck
  4. Pure Salmon

Apollo devoured all the flavors willingly, but the Chicken food was the clear winner!

My opinion

Advantages

  • clear amount of meat and offal,
  • a really large amount of taurine,
  • salmon oil,
  • three mono-protein variants,
  • no dyes and preservatives,
  • without grains, vegetables and dairy products.

Disadvantages

  • slightly elevated carbohydrates in two flavors.

I believe that LOVCAT is a good-quality high-meat food that can be used every day. All varieties of feed are free of grains, dyes, and unnecessary additives. Besides, the food does not contain flavor enhancers, preservatives, or synthetic thickeners. The jelly in the food is a consequence of the natural meat stock, which contains animal gelatine.

Each package of LOVCAT pet food shows how much the food contains offal and how much meat. The foods contain 67% muscle meat and hearts, and about 33% offal (without hearts). I asked the manufacturer about the breakdown of muscle and heart muscles, and the manufacturer assured me that the muscle meat in the food exceeds the content of hearts. Besides, he informed me that “The ratio of muscle meat to hearts varies depending on the analytical results of the raw material so that the final product always corresponds to the nutritional value presented on the label.”

The level of proteins and fats is ideal for any type of food. In two flavors of the food, carbohydrates are slightly increased: Chicken contains 7.5% and Beef 15.2% carbohydrates in DM. In addition to meat, we can find salmon oil, which is a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids necessary in a cat’s diet. It also contains an unusual additive in the form of MOS and FOS prebiotics, which support the work of the digestive system. Also, the feeds contain a really large amount of taurine – up to 2500 mg/kg. It is assumed that the level of taurine in complete feed should be at least 1500 mg/kg, and here we have as much as 2500 mg/kg.

The ratio of calcium to phosphorus in foods ranges from about 1.06: 1 to 1.2: 1, so I recommend that all owners of cats with kidney problems look at the individual feed composition calculations (given above).

I was wondering about the addition of dl-methionine, which has an antibacterial effect and prevents the formation of urolithiasis. It is not a typical food supplement, so I asked the producer why he decided to supplement it. The manufacturer, in consultation with veterinarians and nutritionists, determined that this value of this ingredient is suitable for supplementation and is safe for everyday use.

For now, the food is available in four flavors (including 3 mono-protein), only in a few stores, and only in large cans (400 grams). It should be borne in mind that the food appeared on the market relatively recently because at the beginning of September, and with time, more sizes, flavors, and possibilities to buy in more stores should appear.

Additionally, each of us can have a real impact on the development of the LOVCAT brand and the emergence of new flavors! The producer published a poll on Facebook in which we can vote for the flavors of food that our cats like: Link. I will be following the development of LOVCAT and will be happy to test it again when more flavor variants become available.

* “Effects of dietary yeast cell wall on faecal bacteria and fermentation products in adult cats“, J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2018 Aug;102(4):1091-1101.
* “A review of 733 published trials on Bio-Mos®, a mannan oligosaccharide,and Actigen®, a second-generation mannose rich fraction, on farm andcompanion animals“, Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition, Vol. 3; e7:1-11

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