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Solid Gold Cat food reviews 2019 – veterinary approved?

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Quick analysis

Solid Gold’s wet foods are high quality cat foods. They surpass our nutrient analysis criteria. We have some quibbles with some ingredients.

Solid Gold’s dry cat food is a below average quality food. It falls short of our nutritional criteria. The quality of the ingredients is questionable.

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Dry foods

  • Food quality 2/5
  • Sustainability 3/5
  • Approximate calories 325kcal/100g
  • Price $$$

Wet foods

  • Food quality 4/5
  • Sustainability 2/5
  • Approximate calories 57kcal/100g
  • Price $$$$

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See this post on how to decide which food is right for your cat.

Read on for our full Solid Gold cat food reviews.

Things to consider before buying cat food

Choosing a cat food can be a difficult process. There are lots of brands, flavours and forms. Manufacturers use opaque words to describe the ingredients, and what do cats actually want from a food anyway?

“You are what you eat” is just as true for cats as for people. Choosing the right food will help keep your cat happy and healthy without hurting the environment or your wallet!

At YourPetProfessional we use a unique algorithm to assess foods based on their suitability. Our algorithm rates how well they meet cats’ nutritional requirements, the quality of the ingredients and palatability. We also rate products on price and sustainability.

The ideal food should be high in protein, have a moderate level of fat and low carbohydrates. Most of the protein should come from animal sources. It should be free of artificial preservatives and low in ingredients which could potentially harm your cat. There should be no “filler” ingredients.

When we discuss the cost of a food we take into account both the price and how calorie dense it is. This way you can get an idea of a food’s cost-per-day allowing you to compare apples with apples.

Sustainability is a rough measure of the food’s impact on the environment. Sustainable foods complement the human food chain rather than competing with it. They include high-quality, nutritious ingredients that cats love, but simply don’t fit with modern appetites. Sustainable foods use low-impact sources of animal protein.

Our recommendations will suit the vast majority of cats, but if your cat doesn’t seem to be doing well on a particular food you should always seek veterinary advice. If your cat has a specific health problem consult our guides and your veterinarian for advice.

Solid Gold Cat Food Review

Solid Gold was launched in the 70s by Sissy Harrington-McGill. The brand originally made dog food, but has since moved into cat food too. The company includes “carefully curated superfoods” in its products.

Solid gold does not manufacture their own products. The dry foods are made in the USA from products sourced around the globe. The wet food is produced in Thailand.

Solid Gold cat foods contain protein from meat, meat/fish meal and plant protein. Meat/fish meal is a high quality, nutrient dense ingredient. These sources are healthy for cats, because most protein needs to come from meat.

Solid Gold Dry ProsSolid Gold Dry Cons
Meat/fish main ingredientVery high carbs
Contains fish and chicken “meal”Low protein protein

Multiple questionable ingredients

Many recipes contain fish
Solid Gold Wet ProsSolid Gold Wet Cons
Meat/fish main ingredientSome recipes contain fish
High proteinSome questionable ingredients

Fat primarily from plant sources

Produced in Thailand

Nutritional analysis

Nutritional percentages in these charts are calculated from data in the manufacturer’s guaranteed analysis. The values in these charts may differ from actual values. Vales may vary slightly between flavours. Please contact the manufacturer directly for more information.

Solid Gold Dry Food Nutritional Analysis (dry matter)
Solid Gold Wet Food Nutritional Analysis (dry matter)

Protein

Protein is a key part of a cat’s diet and is required for all aspects of health. A protein level of 40% is needed to maintain muscle mass.

Solid Gold’s dry foods contain 33% protein, the wet foods are 61% by dry matter. This means that if you choose to feed Solid Gold’s dry food you will need to supplement with wet food to help to ensure your cat maintains their muscular strength and activity level.

Carbs

There is a lot of controversy about whether cats need carbohydrates and if carbohydrates should be in cat food. Cats can absorb small amounts of carbohydrates, but too much can cause an upset tummy.

Solid Gold’s dry foods contain a very high level of carbs. This level of carbs may cause digestive upset, and will not give your cat any benefit. Less carbs would allow you to feed less to get the same benefit.

Solid Gold’s wet foods contain a low level of carbs which is a good thing.

Ingredient analysis

Positive

Animal protein makes up the majority of the protein in the wet foods. Cats cannot produce taurine or arachidonic acid. These are two of the essential building blocks of protein which are only found in meat. The high proportion of animal protein in these foods will more than adequately provide these essential nutrients and keep your cats healthy.

Quality animal protein sources like those seen in this food are palatable to cats. This means your cat is likely to enjoy the taste. A wide search of pet owner feedback online shows that Solid Gold foods have good ratings. The majority of reviewers noted that their cats really enjoy the flavour.

The main ingredients in the wet foods are high quality, this means that you aren’t paying for fillers that do not benefit your cat.

The dry foods contain turkey meal, chicken meal and fish meal. These are nutrient dense foods, which means that a little goes a long way.

Negative

Solid Gold’s dry foods contain high levels of filler ingredients. The second, third and fourth ingredients are plant based sources of protein. However, these foods do contain lots of “meal” products further down the list which partially offsets this.

There are a number of questionable ingredients in Solid Gold’s foods. Cats don’t eat parsley or apples by nature!

Most foods in the Solid Gold range contain fish. Feeding foods with fish could increase the risk of certain health conditions in your cat. We would recommend avoiding, or feeding less of, the products in this range containing fish.

Solid Gold’s dry foods are high in carbohydrates and low in protein. For this reason we cannot recommend feeding them alone. High carbohydrates can cause stomach upset and low protein means your cat could struggle to maintain their muscles.

Also worth checking out

Nulo

Nulo are committed to using high quality ingredients and it shows. This brand surpasses our nutritional criteria. 

The foods stand out for being high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

Nulo foods are mid-range priced but offer excellent value.

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Taste Of The Wild

Taste of The Wild is a brand that aims to create high quality and affordable cat food. The main ingredient is real meat of fish and they use unique proteins found in few other foods.

Taste of The Wild foods contain high quality ingredients, with few questionable ingredients. Taste of The Wild’s foods surpass our nutritional standards. 

Taste of the Wild’s dry food is particularly good value.

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Crave

Crave is a brand that aims to create diets that meets cats’ nutrient requirements and instinctive drive to eat protein rich food. Meat is always the main ingredient.

Crave makes good quality cat food which we rate highly. Crave foods surpass our nutrient analysis criteria. 

Crave foods stand out for flavour. Cats are widely reported to love the taste.

Crave foods are mid-range on price, though the wet foods are priced as slightly more premium than average.

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Conclusion

Choosing the right cat food will keep your cat as healthy and happy as possible. Poor quality foods can cause many health problems and ultimately lead to high vet bills. A good food should also be tasty so your cat will eat and enjoy it.

Solid Gold’s wet foods are a good quality food for your cat. They are have high protein levels and low carbohydrates. The majority of ingredients are high quality, but we would prefer to see more fats from animal sources.

Solid Gold’s wet foods have a below average sustainability, being produced and shipped from Thailand. Thailand also has lower animal welfare standards.

Solid Gold’s wet foods have a lower calorie density than most foods, which means you will need to feed more of them. This makes them less good value.

We cannot recommend feeding Solid Gold’s dry foods without supplementing with a wet food because the carbs are too high and the protein is too low. One positive is that lots of online reviewers note that their cats enjoy the flavour of Solid Gold foods.

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