Lotus Wholesome Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food

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Description

Cats are obligate carnivores. They have to have animal protein to live. And boy, does this recipe deliver animal protein! This recipe delivers top-of-the-line prey in a civilized, baked kibble form. Your cuddly little carnivore will be thanking you big time!

Key Benefits
  • High-quality chicken is the first ingredient
  • Nutrients to maintain healthy cells and joints
  • Whole fruits and veggies provide antioxidants
  • Carb sources like ground brown rice and whole barley
  • Slow cooked in real ovens

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  • Item Number
    82107
  • Weight
    12.0 pounds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Chicken Liver, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Brewers Dried Yeast, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Organic Soybean Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Clams, Pumpkin, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Spinach, Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Calcium Sulfate, Olive Oil, Salmon Oil,Salt, Potassium Chloride, New Zealand Green Mussels, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Inulin, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl- 2-Polyphosphate (a Source of Vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, Dl-Methionine, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Potassium Chloride, Copper Proteinate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite,Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Solubles, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Solubles, Dried Lactobacillus Casei, Fermentation Solubles, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,825 kcal/kg, 540.3 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein35.0% min
Crude Fat19.0% min
Crude Fiber3.5% max
Moisture10.0% max
Ash7.0% max
Vitamin E250 IU/kg min
Taurine0.20% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.35% min
Ascorbic Acid200 mg/kg min
Calcium1.61%
Phosphorus1.25%
Sodium0.41%
Magnesium0.13.0%
Feeding Instructions
WeightDaily Feeding (cup)
4 lbs1/4
6 lbs1/3
8 lbs1/2
10 lbs2/3
12 lbs3/4
14 lbs1
FAQ

Why is baked dry pet food better than extruded dry pet food?

Because we bake our dog and cat foods, we are able to use up to twice as much fresh meat as extruded pet foods. Then there’s better palatability - in 1 third - party study, Lotus Wholesome Duck Recipe fed 11/2 times better as a first choice against the leading specialty dry duck formulas for dogs. And we do it all without any added flavors or sprayed on fats (Feel the difference - Lotus is not greasy like most extruded foods).Baked foods are cooked at 1 atmospheric pressure slowly cooking and browning each piece of Lotus. Extruders cook food at 2 - 3 times atmospheric pressure using steam. Extruded kibble gets its puffy appearance from being cooked at such high pressure, then being released back into normal atmospheric pressure after cooking. This is cooking from the inside out (think microwave).Oven - baked Lotus retains 100% of its vitamins. Extruded dog and cat foods typically lose an average of 40% of their vitamins. This means that all of Lotus’ fresh fruits and vegetables still provide all of those wonderful antioxidants to keep your best friend’s cells healthy. Lotus even retained 100% of its proteins compared to extruded foods that typically lose 20% during drying the drying process.Feed less! A bag of Lotus lasts 20% longer. This is because a cup of Lotus weighs only 4 oz and many extruded foods weigh an average of 6 ozSlow oven - baking takes about 3 times as long, but we think all the benefits are worth it.

Why do some of the lotus kibble pieces look like they have grill marks on them?

Lotus dry foods are baked in real ovens, like the 1 you have at home. So, of course, there will be some browning from the oven. The Lotus kibbles come out shaped slightly different from each other—the same way homemade cookies are never perfectly round.

Where does lotus source all of their ingredients?

All ingredients are sourced in North America (USA and Canada). There are 3 exceptions on our ingredient lists: New Zealand Green Mussel, Deboned Lamb and Lamb Meal - all these great ingredients come from New Zealand.

Where is lotus made?

Our oven - baked foods are made in small batches in a family owned and operated Canadian bakery. all of our canned foods are made in small batches in our very own micro - cannery in California.

Why are whole grains beneficial?

We use whole grains because of the many nutritional benefits they provide. For example, brown rice provides vitamin E to help maintain healthy cells. Brown rice also supplies insoluble fiber which becomes food for the good bacteria in your pet’s large intestine.In fact, our brown rice is actually more expensive than chicken meal because it’s the same brown rice you’d cook at home. Although chicken meal is a nutritious ingredient, it’s not used in the household kitchen.Rye is another whole grain, but this 1 has the highest concentration of lignans, antioxidant like compounds that help keep cells healthy.Barley and oatmeal are a great source of B vitamins, as well as insoluble fiber, which can help feed good bacteria in the large intestine.

What makes the oil blend in lotus so good for my pet’s skin and coat?

We selected 3 special oils for our dog food, each with their own amazing benefits. We chose soy oil because it is a good source of omega - 6 and omega - 3 fatty acids in the form of Alpha Linolenic Acid. We chose olive oil because it’s a rich source linoleic acid (omega - 6). And we added salmon oil because it’s rich in 2 omega - 3 fatty acids - DHA and EPA. DHA has been shown to improve learning in puppies whose mothers were fed a diet containing DHA. All Lotus cat recipes contain chicken fat as well because cats have an increased need for fat, as compared to dogs.

How do I know that lotus is really ethoxyquin free?

Lotus only purchases proteins that are specified by the manufacturer to be preserved with vitamin E, citric acid, and rosemary. This means all our fish, fish meal, chicken, chicken meal, lamb, lamb meal, duck, and duck meal are all naturally preserved. We do this even though we could claim our food is natural by just adding a natural preservative to the food and not worrying about how our proteins are preserved. We feel it’s necessary to go the extra mile and commit to never buying proteins that are preserved with things like Ethoxyquin, BHT, or BHA even though they are cheaper.

I hear many pet food companies say their food contains no soy. will the soy oil in lotus cause an allergic reaction in my dog or cat?

No, the soy oil is 1 of the oils in Lotus that supplies both linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid) and alpha linolenic acid(an omega 3 fatty acid). It is not a protein like soybean meal which is often used as an inexpensive source of protein in some foods. Allergies are primarily caused by proteins, not fatty acids or oils. In fact, Lotus does not use any concentrated plant based proteins like soybean meal, potato protein, pea protein or rice protein concentrate, for that very reason.

I’ve heard that taurine is a necessary nutrient for cats. I’ve seen added taurine recently in some lamb and rice foods for dogs. why doesn’t lotus add taurine to their lamb and rice formula for dogs?

Because dogs can produce taurine if they have all of the required amino acids. Lotus lamb supplies these amino acids with lamb meat, Pollock and lamb meal as protein sources and not just lamb meal. Lamb meal tends to be higher in ash (bone) and collagen than lamb meat and doesn’t have as much usable protein. Also, Lotus does not use ingredients like rice bran which is often combined with lamb meal which is often the only protein source in other dog foods. When a dog is fed this type of diet, he/she may not get all of the required amino acids to produce taurine, so those dog foods add taurine. A deficiency in taurine can lead to heart issues.

Who does the artwork on lotus’ packaging?

All of the Lotus packaging artwork is done by Bay Area artist Nicholas Wilton. The natural, organic shapes and textures represented in Wilton’s work reflect the organic, holistic nature of Lotus foods. That’s why we chose Wilton to illustrate the images that our art director, Betsy Nathane designed. Wilton’s work can be found at nicholaswiltonpaintings.com

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Cats like it, but not too much.

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    I have one cat who has struggled with allergies, and one who is a compulsive overeater. Needless to say, it's been hard to find something to feed them both, and separating them isn't an option (since one is very codependent on the other). This is the first food that doesn't make my allergic guy break out and that my other cat doesn't wolf down like a lunatic.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Healthy food for cats.

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    I do wish these were a little bit more tasty for him, as he usually eats the wet more than the dry. (I'll never put out just dry without having wet food for him as prime meal times.) He nibbles on this and I think it's good for him to have some crunch which he often eats a bit during playtime as he catches rubber bands. :-) Lotus brand is awesome.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Cat's won't eat it.

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    Our cats won't eat it. We set out several bowls with different food and they won't tough this one. Their favorite seems to be Royal canin.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    this is a great food but it didn't work for us

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    We have been using earthborn for basically my cats entire life and we switched to this one month because the company is local to us and we figured why not. But our little fur human didn't enjoy it at all and she's normally not a picky eater! It really upset her stomach (which we expected since we were changing foods) but it wasn't showing signs of clearing up and she was totally miserable. I really wanted her to like this but it looks like we will have to switch back to earthborn which really isn't a bad thing since both are awesome! Let's just say I'm glad I purchased the smaller bag first

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Not interested

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    2,5-year-old male cat stopped eating it few days after trying this food, paying no attention that it is so pricey; and all I can do now is enjoy a lovely pack design. He loves Lotus wet food though.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cat food

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    We absolutely love this food. Since switching to this food, our cats have been so much healthier!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Lotus dry cat food

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    Both my cats only eat this food. Does not have a bad smell!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

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    Lotus is every thing that it advertises, thank you Chewy

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    She loves it!

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    To be fair, my cat pretty much eats whatever cat food hits the bowl! That being said, I was impressed with the quality of the product. The individual kibble are sort of flower shaped. It looks like they were baked in a muffin mold tray like you would use for humans (but the muffins are sized for cats). The food also smells really good. I doesn't smell so good I want to eat it myself, but it makes me feel good about feeding my cat. I also noticed that some of her recent constipation and weird looking stools went away almost entirely. Previously I was feeding her Friskies softfood mixed with Lotus brand softfood, and her stools were pretty small and oddly shaped. Now her stools look To be fair, my cat pretty much eats whatever cat food hits the bowl! That being said, I was impressed with the quality of the product. The individual kibble are sort of flower shaped. It looks like they were baked in a muffin mold tray like you would use for humans (but the muffins are sized for cats). The food also smells really good. I doesn't smell so good I want to eat it myself, but it makes me feel good about feeding my cat. I also noticed that some of her recent constipation and weird looking stools went away almost entirely. Previously I was feeding her Friskies softfood mixed with Lotus brand softfood, and her stools were pretty small and oddly shaped. Now her stools look normal and healthy again - I can save myself the $70 for a trip to the vet ;) I've been very happy with Lotus products, and Chewy's prices make it easier to stomach the cost!! … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    The only product I feed my Pixie-bob besides her raw diet.

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    I only want top quality for our kitty. I also feed her the duck.

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