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Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

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Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Cat Food features exceptionally high inclusions of fresh, whole meats and richly nourishing liver, tripe, cartilage and marrow in ratios that mirror the natural feline diet. This protein-rich recipe contains a symphony of fresh Angus beef, wild boar, Alberta lamb, heritage pork and bison, all ranch-raised in the Canadian region for a natural formula that's unmatched in nutrition and taste. Plus, each morsel is infused with freeze-dried meats and liver so it's bursting with the natural savory flavors cats love.

Key Benefits

  • Brimming with 40% richly nourishing protein, and limited to 20% low-glycemic carbohydrates to nourish cats and kittens according to their evolutionary and biological needs
  • A full 2/3 of our meat is fresh (refrigerated, without preservatives) or RAW (flash-frozen, without preservatives), including the top 10 meat ingredients
  • Nutrient-dense WholePrey ratios of fresh meats (including muscle meat, organs, and cartilage) provide virtually every nutrient your cat needs to thrive – only zinc is added
  • Dried meats are specially prepared at 200°F from fresh meats to create a concentrated source of richly nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone
  • Infusions of freeze-dried liver enhance flavor and palatability naturally, making Orijen deliciously tasty, even for picky cats

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Note: During packaging, Orijen's air evacuation process draws excess air from the bags prior to sealing. Depending on certain variables, some packages will appear vacuumed and others not. Rest assured the food in each bag will be equally fresh!

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  • Item Number
    106516
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, GMO-Free, Grain-Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

Deboned Beef, Deboned Wild Boar, Deboned Goat, Deboned Lamb, Lamb Liver, Beef Liver, Beef Tripe, Wild Boar Liver, Deboned Mutton, Beef Heart, Whole Atlantic Mackerel, Deboned Pork, Goat Meal, Wild Boar Meal, Lamb Meal, Mackerel Meal, Whole Green Peas, Whole Red Lentils, Whole Pinto Beans, Beef Kidney, Pork Liver, Herring Meal, Whole Chickpeas, Whole Green Lentils, Whole Navy Beans, Beef Meal, Whole Yellow Peas, Lentil fiber, Natural Pork flavor, Pork Kidney, Beef Fat, Herring Oil, Mutton Meal, Lamb Tripe, Wild Boar Heart, Whole Pumpkin, Whole Butternut Squash, Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Whole Carrots, Whole Apples, Whole Pears, Dried Kelp, Freeze-Dried Beef Liver, Freeze-Dried Beef Tripe, Freeze-Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze-Dried Lamb Tripe, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Chicory Root, Turmeric, Sarsaparilla Root, Althea Root, Rosehips, Juniper Berries, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium Animalis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.

Caloric Content

4,060 kcal/kg, 500 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 40.0% min
Crude Fat 20.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Ash 9.0% max
Calcium 1.7% min
Phosphorus 1.3% min
Magnesium 0.1% max
Taurine 0.2% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.4% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 1.2% min
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 0.3% min
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 0.25% min

Feeding Instructions

Just like you, your cat is a unique individual so feeding amounts will vary. Use this chart as an initial guide, monitor your cat's weight and adjust portions accordingly. Feed twice daily and always provide fresh, clean water.

Weight Lean Adult Daily Feeding (Cups) Overweight Adult Daily Feeding (Cups) Senior Daily Feeding (Cups)
4 1/2 lbs 1/4 1/4
6 1/2 lbs 1/3 1/4
9 lbs 1/2 1/3
11 lbs 1/2 1/2 1/2
13 lbs 2/3 1/2 1/2
18 lbs 3/4 2/3 2/3
22 lbs 7/8 2/3 2/3

Kittens: Post weaning (~5 weeks old) feed 1/2 cup per 2.2 lbs of body weight. At 20 weeks(~5 months) feed 1/4 cup per 2.2 lbs of body weight. Start adult feeding guide by 52 weeks old. Gestation: Increase daily feeding amount by 25%. Lactation: Free feed.

Transition Instructions

Cats are often fed the same food, which means a sudden food change makes it difficult for their digestive systems to adapt, which is why it’s important to introduce the new food gradually. Going slowly will give your cat time to adjust to their new food and will also reduce the chances of digestive upset.

Start by mixing 25% new food with 75% old food. Slowly change the proportions over the next five to seven days by gradually increasing the amount of ORIJEN and decreasing the amount of old food. At the end of this transitioning process, you should be feeding 100% ORIJEN.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE MEAN?

The Biologically Appropriate™ concept is Simple: mirror the freshness and variety of meats that dogs and cats are evolved to eat.

WHAT DOES WHOLEPREY MEAN?

Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet your dog or cat’s needs. ORIJEN WholePrey represents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that mirror the natural diet, and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic ingredients.

WHAT IS MEATMATH?

Biologically Appropriate foods are formulated to match the eating anatomy of the animal they are intended for. As dogs and cats are evolved as carnivores, that means they require high concentrations of meat, high inclusions of fresh meat, and a rich diversity of meat. Is your food Biologically Appropriate™? Answer the three meat questions: * HOW MUCH MEAT IS IN THE TOTAL DIET? * HOW MUCH FRESH MEAT? * HOW MANODS CONTAIN BOTANICALS?**

ORIJEN is designed to match the natural diet as closely as is possible in a kibble format. Botanicals are a part of the natural diet for all cats and dogs, and play an important role in bridging the gap between good health and peak conditioning. The botanicals found in ORIJEN are selected by one of North America’s leading Homeopathic Veterinarians.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIJEN AND ACANA FOODS?

While there are many differences between ACANA and ORIJEN, both diets reflect our belief in the importance of providing diets that are Biologically Appropriate™, using ingredients that are Fresh, Regional, and Never Outsourcing any part of the cooking or packaging of our Brands.

When comparing the 2 brands, let’s ask the 3 Meat Questions: 1. How Much Meat? ORIJEN has 85-90% Meat, while ACANA foods have 50-75%. 2. How Fresh? ORIJEN’s foods have 2/3 Fresh meats and ACANA’s have ½ fresh. 3. How Many Meats? ORIJEN foods have up to 10 meats, while ACANA’s foods feature up to 5.

Put simply, ORIJEN and ACANA foods mimic the natural eating habits of your cat or dog with high fresh meat inclusions and low inclusion of carbohydrates. Although slightly lower in protein than ORIJEN, ACANA provides an unbeatable value and price point that makes Biologically Appropriate™ pet foods accessible to a wide range of pet lovers.

WHY DOESN’T ORIJEN SUPPLEMENT THEIR FOODS WITH AMINO ACIDS AND MINERALS?

Organ meats are a concentrated and natural source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive, including all essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and vital amino acids.

Densely packed with nearly every nutrient, including heavy doses of B vitamins, organ meats such as kidney, liver and tripe are loaded with the minerals phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, and provide important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, all of which nourish dogs and cats as nature intended.

Which is why you will find amino acids, including taurine or minerals like calcium and phosphorus on the guaranteed analysis but not on the ingredient list!

HOW IS IT THAT ORIJEN FOODS FEATURE 15-20% FAT, BUT VERY LITTLE FAT IS ADDED TO THE INGREDIENTS?

ORIJEN’s fresh meat inclusions are very high. The two largest nutritional components of fresh meat are protein and fat. By using large inclusions of fresh meat we are able to minimize the amount of added fat in our ingredient list.

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF ORIJEN’S GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN – IS IT SUPPLEMENTED?

Glucosamine and Chondroitin in ORIJEN formulas occurs naturally in fresh meats used to make our foods. ORIJEN’s WholePrey™ concept means fresh cartilage is included in the ratios your dog or cat would consume in nature.

In fact, ORIJEN contains 85-90% meat, poultry and fish ingredients and our fresh meats in particular are a high source of natural glucosamine and chondroitin. That’s why glucosamine and chondroitin are listed on the guaranteed analysis but not on the ingredient list!

WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?

We choose our ingredient partners carefully, and we set quality and nutritional standards to meet our own food standards. In Alberta, and other areas of Canada we’re connected to regional farmers, ranchers and fishermen whose values match our own, that we are proud to name. These suppliers provide fresh and custom ingredients that are GMO free, and sustainably and ethically produced. Fruit, vegetable and botanical ingredients will be of table quality, and all meat ingredients come from animals deemed fit for human consumption.

HUMAN GRADE - ARE ORIJEN INGREDIENTS HUMAN GRADE?

The fresh meats, meat meals and fat ingredients we use are produced exclusively from animals that have been deemed as fit for human consumption, and are produced in category 3 facilities (human grade facilities, no flushing, and no 4-D animal parts permitted on premises).

All fruits and vegetables used in ORIJEN foods are also passed as fit for human consumption.

FRESH OR RAW? - WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Refrigeration is the only means of preservation for our fresh meats, and our raw meats are flash-frozen at peak season to lock in their natural goodness.

Unlike most commercial pet foods, ORIJEN is made with regional meats that are delivered fresh or raw each day, and are a key factor in the superior palatability and feeding performance of ORIJEN.

DO ACANA AND ORIJEN DOG AND CAT FOOD FORMULAS CONTAIN ANY INGREDIENTS FROM CHINA?

We do not source ingredients from China. There are no ingredients from China used in the preparation of our dog and cat foods, including vitamins and minerals — we are 100% China-free.

ETHOXYQUIN - DOES ORIJEN CONTAIN ETHOXYQUIN?

Champion’s ingredients and foods are never preserved with Ethoxyquin or any other chemical preservative.

Ethoxyquin is typically used as a preservative in fish ingredients, and is commonly found in fish ingredients produced in North America. Champion uses two kinds of fish ingredients – fresh fish, and fish meals.

FRESH FISH. Our fresh fish is caught wild within our region and arrives FRESH – which is defined as ‘never frozen and with no preservatives’. Our fresh fish never contain Ethoxyquin.

FISH MEALS. Ethoxyquin preservatives are common throughout the fish meal supply chain, so Champion works directly with our fish meal suppliers (no brokers or middlemen) and we pay them a premium to have our fish meals preserved with our proprietary blend of Vitamin E and botanical extracts. Our fish meals are never preserved with Ethoxyquin.

Champion’s Ethoxyquin standard is set at true trace level, not to exceed 5 ppm (parts per million) of Ethoxyquin, which is 0.0005%, or one half of one thousandth of 1% – the lower limit of what most certified laboratories are able to detect or measure.

BHA/BHT - DOES ORIJEN CONTAIN BHA/BHT?

Champion’s ingredients and foods are never preserved with BHA/BHT or any other chemical preservative.

Champion never adds BHA or BHT (or any other chemical preservative) to our pet foods or ingredients, and all ingredients and foods are preserved with our proprietary blend of vitamin E with botanical extracts.

As BHA and BHT are typically present in pet food ingredient supply chains (for example, BHA and BHT are often present in the feed fed to chickens, turkey or duck) we work with our suppliers to ensure our ingredients enable Champion’s final product standards.

Champion’s BHA, BHT standard is set at true trace level not to exceed 5 ppm (parts per million) of BHA/BHT, which is 0.0005%, or one half of one thousandth of 1% – the lower limit of what most certified laboratories are able to detect or measure.

WHO MAKES ORIJEN’S FOODS, AND WHERE ARE THEY MADE?

Both ORIJEN and ACANA foods are made by Champion Petfoods. We cook our foods exclusively for pet lovers in Canada and around the world in our NorthStar® kitchens in Morinville, Alberta.

Our Freeze Dried ORIJEN Foods and Treats are produced exclusively in our Freeze-Dry kitchen in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

It’s simple – we don’t allow our foods to be made by anyone else and we don’t make any other foods.

WHAT TYPE OF QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESSES DO YOU FOLLOW?

At all stages of production and preparation, we utilize both Good Manufacturing Principals – a worldwide system for the control and management of manufacturing and quality testing of foods – and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Analysis (HACCP) – an internationally recognized and systematic preventive approach to food safety.

Our quality management systems extend well beyond our factory – from our distributor partners and to our ingredient suppliers, all of whom we know and trust. All meat ingredients are approved by the Government of Canada and produced exclusively from animals classified fit for human consumption.

Our fresh meats, including chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beef, pork, wild boar, bison and lamb are produced within our region in dedicated, federally approved human grade facilities. Our fresh regional ingredients truly meet the AAFCO definition for “fresh,” where refrigeration is their only form of preservation – no chemicals, heat, or freezing!

But perhaps the best assurance of quality is our international reputation of authenticity. At Champion, our foods are never outsourced. You can be assured that ORIJEN is never produced or packaged in any facility other than our own.

WHY ARE SOME OF YOUR BAGS VACUUM PACKED AND OTHERS NOT?

Contrary to popular belief, our bags are not vacuum packed. To keep our foods as fresh as possible, ORIJEN and ACANA foil lined bags are impermeable to oxygen transfer from the outside to the inside and vice versa. Once the bags are sealed, oxygen transfer is impossible.

Residual oxygen left in the bag when it is sealed depends on the amount of air pushed out by our air evacuation system (not to be confused with vacuum packing). Depending on how food enters the package, food density and ambient temperature, some bags will contain more air and some less.

While some of our packages will appear vacuumed and others not, the food in each bag will be equally fresh.

STORING YOUR ORIJEN FOOD

Once opened, you can store your ORIJEN in an airtight container. Some ORIJEN bags may feature a re-sealable zipper function which can be used as well – if your bag does not have a zipper, then you can also tightly roll up the package to maintain airtight conditions after opening.

Refrigeration of ORIJEN is not required. Store your ORIJEN food in a cool dry place, with no direct sunlight. A storage temperature of 10 – 20 degrees Celsius is ideal. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures increases oxidation and reduces shelf life.

BEST BEFORE DATES

The best before (BB) date is printed on the back of the bag at the top of the ORIJEN package. We mark ORIJEN bags DAY MONTH YEAR.

From the time the food is made and packaged at our kitchen, there is about 18 months until expiry. Heat, moisture and light have the biggest impact on ORIJEN’s shelf life.

When kept in a sealed or tightly closed bag, ORIJEN will remain stable for months.

IS A HIGH PROTEIN FOOD HEALTHY FOR MY PET?

Of course! As there are so many myths circulating about high protein diets, this is probably one of the most commonly asked questions received at our customer service.

Countless studies published over the last 15 years have roundly debunked the high protein myth (often fueled by multinational and marketing companies that still produce or sell low-protein, grain-based foods).

The truth is simple — high-protein diets are Biologically Appropriate for all breeds of dogs and cats. By better matching the natural diets and anatomical physiology of dogs and cats, higher-protein, lower carbohydrate foods better promote their peak health and conditioning.

Today’s conventional pet foods are lower in protein and high in carbohydrates (40-50%). As carbohydrates are not part of the natural diet, it should come as no surprise that carbohydrates are not nutritionally essential (in any amount) for dogs and cats.

Dogs and cats are evolved to derive their energy from animal proteins and fats, not carbohydrates from grains.

PROTEIN LEVELS - DOES HIGHER PROTEIN STRESS THE KIDNEYS?

No. There is no study in science to show a higher protein diet has any negative effect on the kidneys of dogs or cats.

URINARY HEALTH - DOES ORIJEN PROMOTE URINARY HEALTH?

Yes. Due to the high meat content and low magnesium content, ORIJEN is naturally acidic and helps promote a healthy bladder.

It is important that pets that are prone to urinary tract infections or developing urinary crystals are allowed all the fresh water they can drink to help flush the urinary tract and dilute the urine. As ORIJEN is much higher in protein and highly nutrient dense, more water intake may be needed to facilitate digestion. ORIJEN foods have a pH between 5.5 and 6, which is naturally mildly acidic and well suited to the maintenance of healthy bladder function in both cats and dogs.

OVERWEIGHT - IS ORIJEN APPROPRIATE FOR MY OVERWEIGHT PET?

Definitely yes! ORIJEN has a Biologically Appropriate™ distribution of energy, where more energy is supplied from protein and less energy is supplied from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are an empty calorie, which means they have no essential function in the body and provide only sugar for energy, which converts quickly to glucose in the blood. If carbohydrates are provided in excess (as they often are), they convert easily into body fat.

Protein supplies the same amount of energy as carbohydrate, but has a very different effect on the body. Unlike carbohydrate, protein is essential for life, and is a Biologically Appropriate source of energy.

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  • Red food for alot of green

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    This food is great. I love the ingredients and feel good about feeding it to my kitty. I added it to his current kibble, which he ate around, and goobled only the Orijen. I knocked off one star for the steep price - 6 times his regular dry food - and because this dry food is not very firm so there is a considerable amount of crumble which I doubt he'll eat. I may purchase again as a treat but it won't be my kitty's dry food staple.

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    This seems to have very good ingredients for cat food. My cat loves it, but he loves every dry cat food I've fed him so far (6 total). For unknown reasons he doesn't like any canned cat food, and I've served him the best.

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  • Worried if my cats would like it

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    My cats have been on Orijen original and six fish for the last six months. I was concerned that they wouldn't like the red proteins, after reading many reviews stating that cats just did not take to it well. Both of my girls absolutely LOVE the red recipe! I could not be happier

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    Our cat goes nuts over her food. It's expensive but a little bit goes a long way. Our girl also never had a hairball, zero vomiting ever, and looks strong and healthy!

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  • Cats won't eat

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    I have 2 cats. One is overweight the other throws up all the time. When I read positive reviews I was quite excited thinking that maybe I have finally found a grain free food my cats would like. The negative reviews were mostly cats that had been on original formula and refused the new. So I thought since mine had never tried it they would be fine. My overweight cat tried it but when my other cat refused to eat it she then refused. I mixed it with the other food but alas they left this kibble in the bowl. I had a coupon for a first time buy so I at least did not incur such an expense. Guess I will feed it to the crows and blue jays. Quite disappointed.

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  • Quality food

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    I absolutely love Orijen! My ferrets love it, and I love how nutritious it is for them. I recently adopted 2 boys from a lady that was feeding them Wild Harvest Ferret food, and they're so much more energetic and bright-eyed now. Their fur is so much softer too. It may be a bit pricey, but it is most definitely worth it!

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  • Very good food, but pricy

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    This is going to be my new go-to dry food. I hate that I even use dry foods for my cats, but if I do I want to make sure I am feeding them the best. Lots of grain free dry foods are high in carbs which will turn to sugar and could lead to diabetes. It is the most expensive dry brand I have found, but I do think the quality is there, and it has the lowest carbs I have seen in a dry too.

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  • Great brand

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    Good grain free cat food, my cats like it! Price is same or better than pet food store I buy at. So convenient to shop online.

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  • Spend a little more and get the best results

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    I have 2 slightly over weight cats, and two ferrets. With this food focused highly on "meat" and therefore protein, as well as NO Peas, I can sleep at night knowing my animals are healthier for it. Most cat foods are not healthy with little attention given to the fact that these animals are carnivores. This will be the only cat food in my house from now on.

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    Cat loves it and it seems to be filling as she is not eating as much of it.

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