Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula Review

The Bottom Line

Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain Grain-Free Cat Food
Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain Grain-Free Cat Food. Photo Credit: Pricegrabber

Recall Information May 2012

Although Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula is grain-free, it is not completely carbohydrate-free. Carbohydrate ingredients include peas, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries. Although these ingredients provide antioxidant value, it would be advisable for cat owners to consult with their veterinarians before feeding this food to diabetic cats.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Grain-Free
  • Cats love the taste
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract helps minimize stool odor
  • Comparatively, low in calories

Cons

  • Not Carbohydrate-Free

Nutritional Information

Ingredients

Chicken meal, peas, sweet potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato protein, roasted venison, smoked salmon, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, methionine, taurine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Nutrients Details

  • Crude Protein Minimum 42.00%
  • Crude Fat Minimum 18.00%
  • Crude Fiber Maximum 3.00%
  • Moisture Maximum 10.00%
  • Taurine Minimum 0.15%
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids Minimum 2.80%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids Minimum 0.30%

Calories: 3,745 kcal/kg (390 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

Targeted Urine pH: 6.1-6.4.

Full Review

Because three of my four cats are "plus-size," and because I have concerns about feline diabetes with at least one of them, my twenty-three pound Jaspurr, I have been looking for a nutritious, palatable, grain-free food for them. Grain-free cat foods help eliminate common causes of food allergies in cats, including most commonly corn and wheat. And with cats who must eat dry foods for one or another reasons, the fewer carbohydrates, the better. High carbohydrate foods contribute both to obesity and feline diabetes mellitus, two medical conditions which often go hand-in-hand. Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Formula fits the bill in all those categories.

Nutrition:

The list of ingredients seemed a bit unusual, as it started with one meat protein source: chicken meal. However, interspersed before the two other meat protein sources, were carbohydrates, including green peas, and fat. The second two meat proteins listed are "roasted venison" and "smoked salmon." It's interesting to note that green peas and venison are listed among certain limited ingredient specialty cat foods for cats with IDB (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder) or other food allergies.

Palatability

The cats love the flavor, and took to it right away.

Therein lay a slight problem. The food had to be metered out to them carefully as Jaspurr, who was the most obese cat, would eat his fill, then return to the bowl again and again during the day. The only way of controlling this was to make sure the other cats had also eaten a full serving, then remove the bowl to a cupboard. The cats are fed twice daily, and Joey's diet is also supplemented with canned cat foods since he lost a lot of weight when he was hyperthyroid.

I can't cite any long-term results of feeding this particular food, as I am rotating it with two other grain-free dry foods at this time, about a month at a time for each brand. However, I would not hesitate to recommend this food to most cats, with the caveat to check with your veterinarian before feeding it to diabetic cats.