Review: Zooplus Bio wet cat food

Review: Zooplus Bio wet cat food

I have tried and analyzed Zooplus Bio cat food, which consists of 95% raw materials from organic farms and is BIO certified. Are they as good as they seem at first glance?

Few words about Zooplus Bio brand

Zooplus Bio is Zooplus’s private label, which is produced in Bavaria, Germany. It is wet food for cats with the BIO quality certificate. (Certification by DE-ÖKO-006.)

Food tests and analysis

Zooplus Bio currently offers three flavor variants which I bought in a mixed trial package.

  • Organic goose with a pumpkin
  • Organic duck with courgette
  • Organic chicken with carrot

Price: around 2,0 EUR for a 400 gram can and 0,7 EUR for an 85 gram pouch.

The manufacturer states that the Zooplus BIO is a complete food for cats. I will check if it really is the complete basis of a daily and balanced diet.

Eco-friendly

The cans are packed in a cardboard box (instead of foil), so you can reduce the amount of waste produced in the household.

The food is Bio-Siegiel certified , i.e. it contains products from ecological and animal welfare-compatible farms controlled by the European Union.

Smell and consistency

Each of the flavor variants has a delicate meaty aroma and food consistency reminds me of a homemade pate. Zooplus BIO cat food comes in the form of a creamy pate with jelly.

Composition and analysis of Zooplus Bio

I have analyzed the composition of all flavors and each flavor is described separately in the tabs below.

Food composition

95% goose * (including 75% breast meat, 10% livers, 5% necks, 5% hearts, 5% carcasses), 2% pumpkin, 1% coconut flakes, 1.5% minerals, 0.5% salmon oil.

* Raw materials from organic production. Certification by DE-ÖKO-006

Additives per kg: Vitamin A 1000 IU, Vitamin D3 100 IU, copper (copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate) 1.5 mg, manganese (manganese (II) sulfate monohydrate) 1.5 mg, zinc (zinc oxide) 25 mg, iron (iron (II) sulphate monohydrate) 22 mg, selenium (sodium selenite) 0.10 mg, taurine 1300 mg, calcium 233.1 mg, phosphorus 225.4 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 12.1%, fat 8.9%, crude ash 2.2%, crude fiber 0.3%, moisture 75.4%.

My simple composition analysis

  • Muscle meat – 75% of the total meat content.
  • Offal – 25% of the total meat content.
  • Pumpkin is an unnecessary vegetable additive.
  • Coconut flakes are an unnecessary additive.
  • Salmon oil is an important source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids which are essential in a cat’s diet.

Taurine

1300 mg/kg

Calories

133.64 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,03:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

49.19%

Fats

36.18%

Carbohydrates

4.47%

Food composition

95% duck * (including 75% breast meat, 10% livers, 5% necks, 5% hearts, 5% bodies), 2% courgette, 1% coconut flakes, 1.5% minerals, 0.5% salmon oil.

* Raw materials from organic production. Certification by DE-ÖKO-006

Additives per kg: Vitamin A 1000 IU, Vitamin D3 100 IU, copper (copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate) 1.5 mg, manganese (manganese (II) sulfate monohydrate) 1.5 mg, zinc (zinc oxide) 25 mg, iron (iron (II) sulphate monohydrate) 22 mg, selenium (sodium selenite) 0.10 mg, taurine 1300 mg, calcium 232.2 mg, phosphorus 211.9 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 12.0%, fat 8.9%, crude ash 2.4%, crude fiber 0.5%, moisture 75.5%,

My simple composition analysis

  • Muscle meat – 75% of the total meat content.
  • Offal – 25% of the total meat content.
  • Courgette is an unnecessary vegetable additive.
  • Coconut flakes are an unnecessary additive.
  • Salmon oil is an important source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids which are essential in a cat’s diet.

Taurine

1300 mg/kg

Calories

127.66 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,09:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

48.98%

Fats

36.33%

Carbohydrates

2.86%

Food composition

95% chicken * (including 75% breast meat, 10% livers, 5% necks, 5% hearts, 5% carcasses), 2% carrots, 1% coconut flakes, 1.5% minerals, 0.5% salmon oil.

* Raw materials from organic production. Certification by DE-ÖKO-006

Additives per kg: Vitamin A 1000 IU, Vitamin D3 100 IU, copper (copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate) 1.5 mg, manganese (manganese (II) sulfate monohydrate) 1.5 mg, zinc (zinc oxide) 25 mg, iron (iron (II) sulphate monohydrate) 22 mg, selenium (sodium selenite) 0.10 mg, taurine 1300 mg, calcium 522.1 mg, phosphorus 325.0 mg.

Analytical composition: protein 12.0%, fat 9.3%, crude ash 2.2%, crude fiber 0.4%, moisture 75%

My simple composition analysis

  • Muscle meat – 75% of the total meat content.
  • Offal – 25% of the total meat content.
  • Carrot is an unnecessary vegetable additive.
  • Coconut flakes are an unnecessary additive.
  • Salmon oil is an important source of Omega polyunsaturated fatty acids which are essential in a cat’s diet.

Taurine

1300 mg/kg

Calories

136.45 kcal EM/100g

Calcium: Phosphorus

1,6:1

My calculations of analytical components in d.m.

Proteins

48%

Fats

37.2%

Carbohydrates

4.4%

Comprehensive composition analysis

As much as 95% of the Zooplus Bio cat food consists of animal content, 75% of which is a muscle, and the remaining 25% consists of offal. The foods don’t contain grain, rice, preservatives, or dyes. Unfortunately, every flavor has an unnecessary vegetable addition.

Zooplus Bio contains 1300mg/kg of taurine and this is the optimal about, but not perfect. The level of taurine in complete cat food should be around 1500 mg/kg. The food contains salmon oil, which is a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids essential in a cat’s diet.

Calcium and phosphorus ratio varies from 1.03: 1 to 1: 6: 1 in every taste, which is not ideal. I would like to refer owners of cats with kidney problems to take a look at the individual composition analyzes presented above in this review.

The analytical composition of Zooplus Bio pet food is balanced, i.e. it contains the optimal level of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Of course, the carbohydrate level could be even lower if the food did not contain vegetables.

Advantages

  • a specified amount of meat and offal in the food,
  • a mono-protein composition,
  • contains salmon oil,
  • contains raw materials from organic production,
  • an optimal taurine level,
  • an optimal level of carbohydrates, proteins and fats,
  • no dyes and preservatives,
  • no cereals, potatoes, rice and dairy products.

Disadvantages

  • unnecessary vegetables,
  • only available in one online store.

My opinion about Zooplus Bio

Zooplus Bio is available in large packages and pouch and it can be purchased only from the Zooplus online store. All food variants are mono-protein, but unfortunately, there are only 3 flavors. It is quite a poor choice, but it should be borne in mind that the product is new on the market, so the manufacturer offers a limited range of flavors. I hope that the range of flavors will be expanded and more will appear soon on the market.

My cat’s opinion

Apollo has tried all three variants of Zooplus Bio and I am unable to select a specific winner of these Apollo palatability tests. Why? Apollo eagerly ate and licked the plate clean of each food. So I announce a draw!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Zooplus Bio wet cat food

  1. Hi! So I wanted to comment that all the vegetables that you complain about in this review are not only safe to cats (obv) but also beneficial to them. They’re a very useful source of fibre for cats so even though they’re not “necessary” as you say in your review, they do serve a purpose and are beneficial to our cats. Remember that cats who hunt mice and birds not only consume their meat, but also their bones and stomachs (with everything that was inside those). Besides, they’re introduced in a very low quantity, just 2%. I would be more worried about the coconut addition, as it’s bad for cats to eat it in large quantities, it would have to be investigated if that 1% coconut builds up or not.
    Either way, I found your review very useful. Thank you for writing it!

    1. Vegetables, fruits, rice, etc. in cat food are the fillers, the only purpose of which is to make the food attractive to humans, because for us people, e.g. broccoli and carrots are healthy. Humans are omnivorous and can rely on both meat and plants.
      Cats are specialized carnivores, which means that their bodies do not contain the enzymes needed to extract nutrients from plants. Plants don’t contain all the amino acids necessary for a cat’s diet. If cats are hunting mice then very often they vomit out the mice’s stomach.
      So the fruits and vegetables in cat food are for the marketing purposes only.
      The only plant that cat should nible on is cat grass, but it has a completely different purpose – it allows the cat to vomit the fur balls along with the grass so it wont can accumulate in the cat’s digestive tract during grooming.

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