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Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food

Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food
Company info
Company HQ
Fairfield, California
Parent company
Primal Pet Foods Inc.
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Price per oz $2.99
Cost per day: $1.62
Primary proteins
  • Rabbit
  • Rabbit Livers
  • Rabbit Lungs
  • Rabbit Hearts

Ingredients

Rabbit (with ground bone), Rabbit Livers, Organic Kale, Organic Celery, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cranberries, Organic Blueberries, Rabbit Kidneys, Organic Squash, Rabbit Lungs, Rabbit Hearts, Organic Cilantro, Organic Ginger, Organic Quinoa, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Fish Oil, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Rosemary Extract, Taurine, Organic Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Organic Ground Alfalfa, Dried Organic Kelp.

Overall Score

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61%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 70%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 69%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 12%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 23%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 76%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 30%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 100%

Estimated Nutrient Content

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 57%

Fat: 19%

Fiber: 3%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 11%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 63.33%

Fat: 21.11%

Fiber: 3.33%

Carb: 12.22%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 49.94%

Fat: 40.43%

Carb: 9.64%

Our Review

Pros
  • Rich in protein
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Pros
  • Expensive
  • Low in moisture
  • The brand has had multiple recalls over recent years
  • Some cats may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Primal since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Primal - Cat food-Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula (03/13/2015) -+
Date: 03/13/2015
Company Name: Primal Pet Foods
Product Description: Cat food-Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula
Recall Reason: low thiamine level
Primal - Freeze Dried Pet Food (12/22/2017) -+
Date: 12/22/2017
Company Name: Primal Pet Foods
Product Description: Freeze Dried Pet Food
Recall Reason: Bone grind size too large

Ingredient Review

Our review of Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Rabbit. Rabbit is a high-protein, low-fat meat with high vitamin B12 content. In pet food, rabbit can be a source of novel protein, so it is often seen in recipes for pets with allergies.

The second ingredient is Rabbit Livers. Rabbit livers are organ meats that come from rabbits that have been slaughtered for consumption. In pet food, rabbit livers serve as a source of protein, iron, and amino acids.

The third ingredient is Organic Kale. Organic kale is a variety of leaf cabbage that is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, usually for human consumption. In pet food, organic kale can be a source of natural coloring as well as a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

The fourth ingredient is Organic Celery. Organic celery is a vegetable with a long fibrous stalk and delicate leaves, which is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. In pet food, organic celery acts as a source of fiber and flavor.

The fifth ingredient is Organic Pumpkin Seeds. Organic pumpkin seeds are flat, oval, protein-rich seeds from inside of any variety of pumpkin that has been grown organically, i.e without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. It’s not common to find organic pumpkin seeds in pet food but when they are part of a recipe, they can increase protein content, add healthy fat, and provide plenty of important vitamins and minerals.

After the fifth ingredient, the list includes all remaining ingredients. It’s worth noting that ingredients (other than nutritional supplements) located this far down on the list aren’t likely to have an impact on the overall rating of this Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food.

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food to the other 66 fresh frozen cat food recipes in our database:

Product info All Products avg.
DM Protein 63.33% 49.6%
DM Fat 21.11% 27.58%
DM Fiber 3.33% 4.38%
DM Carb 12.22% 17.56%
Caloric Content 3900 kcal/kg 3940 kcal/kg

This recipe has:

  • 13.73% more protein
  • 6.47% less fat
  • 1.05% less fiber
  • 14.23% less carb
  • 40 less kcal/kg

Adult cat foods can have a lot of variability in calorie density but generally meet requirements for the average active cat. With formulations addressing a wide variety of needs, including weight loss or gain, indoor or outdoor living, or hairball problems, individual recipes may vary greatly in calorie, fiber, and nutritional content.

Price Analysis

Product info Market Price Avg.
Price per oz $2.99 $2.54
Price per 100 kcal $2.71 $2.01
Price per day $1.62 $1.21

Analysis Overview

Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food is priced above the average market price for fresh frozen cat food.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Primal Rabbit Formula Nuggets Grain-Free Raw Freeze-Dried Cat Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from rabbit based sources.

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