Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Primitive Feline Cat Food

The Bottom Line

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Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Primitive Feline Cat Food provides 430 (M.E. Calculated, as fed) Kilo-Calories per cup. Its K-Cal number falls right between Blue Wilderness High Protein at 390 and Young Again Grain-Free at 590. I would take that into consideration for the potential feeding of overweight and/or diabetic cats.

Earthborn Holistic provides 44% crude protein, somewhat lower than Wellness Core, although still a consideration for cats with potential kidney problems.

Note: Your veterinarian should be your first and last resort for advice on your cats' health problems.

With no proven undesirable ingredients, a grain-free formula, and nutritious, natural protein ingredients, Earthborn Holistic Premium is a fine food for cats, who are obligate carnivores.

​​Ingredients in This Food

Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Potatoes, Dried Egg Product, Herring Meal, Salmon Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Whitefish Meal, Blueberries, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Apples, Carrots, Spinach, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Taurine, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein, not less than 44.00%

Crude Fat, not less than 20.00%
Crude Fiber, not more than 3.00%
Moisture, not more than 10.00%
Calcium, not less than 1.00%
Phosphorus, not less than 0.80%
Magnesium, not more than 0.10%
Taurine, not less than 0.20%*
Vitamin E, not less than 300 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), not less than 100 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than 3.50%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than 0.80%*
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), not less than 0.05%*

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

Rotating Cat Food

I have long made it a practice to rotate the brands of cat food I feed my cats, for four main reasons:

  1. To help ensure that my cats receive a well-balanced diet overall, with different forms and quantities of protein and other ingredients.
  2. To help eliminate the possibility of boredom, when a cat will tire of eating the same food, day after day.
  3. To mitigate disappointment when a particular formula is taken off the market.
  4. To discourage the "fussy eating" syndrome, where a cat will refuse all other foods but his favorite.
  5. In the case of cat food recalls, which sometimes happen with the very best foods, to help the cats have a fighting chance against illness or death, by not eating the same food day in and day out.

If Cats Must Eat Dry, Grain-Free is the Best Choice

The fact is that cats do not need grain to exist, and certainly not to thrive. In the wild, with a diet of mice and birds, the most grain a cat would eat would be that contained in the stomach of its prey.

One of the most common, and worst possible, grain for cats to eat is corn. Read the ingredients on packages of dry cat food in your supermarket, and you will be astonished by the many forms of corn you might find in one brand: Two of the most popular are corn gluten meal and ground corn.

Some companies use the practice of "splitting," which is having ingredients from the same source (corn in this case) separated on the label. In egregious instances, that source may challenge the protein source for a high place in the list. Corn is also a known allergen which affects many cats. We experienced that first-hand when we first brought Jaspurr and Joey home. Joey was vomiting with the dry food sent home with them, but as soon as I switched to a food without corn, the vomiting went away and both cats thrived.

Because of the ingredients, the company's apparent high standards of helping our environment, and the other factors related previously, I do not hesitate to include this food in my cats' rotation list.