I purchased a small bag of the grain-free EVO Turkey and Chicken Dry Cat Food, and left it on the counter in my utility room near the canned cat food. The next morning, when I was going to store it in a large metal container with a lid, I found that one cat simply couldn't wait. The bag had a hole torn out by an eager cat, just big enough to reach a paw in and pull out several pieces of kibble.
When I poured a bowl of the EVO, I saw later on that they had eaten most of the EVO, while the bowl next to it holding another brand, was still full.
Obviously they enjoyed the taste, which is half of the battle with cats.
Pros and Cons About This Cat Food
- Caloric Distribution of Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates compares favorably to that of a mouse, long used as the standard food cats would eat in the wild.
- Cats go for the taste
- The protein content is fairly high at 50%, and could present problems for cats with kidney problems.
- The caloric value is high compared to other grain-free cat foods.
Since cats are obligate carnivores, they must eat a diet consisting primarily of meat protein, preferably close to what cats would eat in the wild. From the manufacturer's Website:
Caloric Distribution of EVO Cat and Kitten Turkey & Chicken Formula:
- 45% Protein
- 49% Fat
- 6% Carb
Caloric Distribution of a Wild Feline Diet of Mice:
- 47% Protein
- 48% Fat
- 5% Carb
Cats do not really need carbohydrates - their digestive system is not equipped to metabolize them properly.
In fact, a diet consistently high in carbohydrates is a sure road to feline diabetes mellitus. Grains are also particularly undesirable because many cats have allergies to grains - corn and wheat are at the top of the list of food allergies in cats.
Grain-Free, But Not Carbohydrate-Free
EVO is grain-free, but contains several carbohydrate ingredients, with a guaranteed maximum of carbohydrates as 7%.
Top named ingredients:
Turkey, Chicken Meal, Chicken, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Natural Source of Vitamin E), Peas, Eggs, Turkey Meal, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavors, Apples, Carrots, Cranberries, Herring Oil, Tomatoes, Pumpkin, Dried Chicory Root, Cottage Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Minerals.
The 602.0 kcal/cup, in my opinion, would not qualify this food as appropriate for weight management. Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula both weigh in at about 390 kcal/cup.
The Bottom Line
All-in-all, I would recommend EVO Turkey and Chicken Grain-Free Dry Cat Food for some cats. It is nutritious, and my cats preferred the flavor to that of other brands. I would use caution, though in feeding it to cats with weight problems or those with kidney conditions.
I would add two more caveats:
- The most nutritious foods for cats are first, raw food, followed by a high quality canned food.
- If you must feed dry food to cats, make sure they have plenty of clean, fresh water available at all times.