In our never-ending search for a nutritional canned cat food, my husband brought home some Sheba cat food. First thing he says is it's expensive at around 60 cents for a 3.5 oz can, depending on where you buy it. We got three different flavors for the cats to try and the results were disappointing to say the least.
Recommend this product?
Appearance and Smell
The three flavors of Sheba that we tried were all of the ground variety. Being the ground variety, we always mix it up so that the juices are mixed in throughout the food. The Sheba varieties we tried claimed to be in meaty juices, although I am still wondering where those meaty juices were, because I didn't see much.
The smell of the food upon peeling back the foil top, was about the same as most canned cat foods, it was not overpowering or offensive. Now most canned foods we have tried, the smell usually dissipates fairly quickly after opening the container, not with Sheba cat food. The odor actually lingered around the kitchen for as long as the food was in the bowl, unlike other brands we have tried.
Now this is where Sheba cat food seems to be unique, at least from my point of view. Sheba comes in a little 3.5 oz plastic tub with a foil top for easy opening. It opens easily by peeling back the foil top, making it convenient when you are away from home.
The Taste Test
Now this is where Sheba really failed. I have two adult cats, Cuddles and Frisky. Cuddles is very finicky and she is hard to please, Frisky will eat just about anything you give him.
Cuddles always goes first, since she's the finicky one. She sniffed around the bowl and tried licking up some of the meaty juices that seemed to be nonexistent, after a few minutes, she walked away, never to go back to the bowl again.
Now it's Frisky's turn. He runs up to the bowl once he knows it's his turn, sniffs around a little and takes a few bites and then walks away! Frisky very rarely walks away from canned food.
The next day I decided to try warming the food up a little bit in a bowl to try and loosen up some of these hidden meaty juices. Cuddles actually stayed at the bowl a little longer, but never took an actual bite of the food, she just tried licking up the juice. Frisky did eat about one quarter of the bowl before walking away with this one, but still never returned for seconds, which he almost always does. The third container had the same results as the second one.
Sheba just wasn't a hit in the taste department with the cats.
Well, it does have the vitamins and minerals required, but I was very disappointed with the amount of by-products contained in each can. Most canned foods you will one by-product listed in the ingredients, but Sheba had multiple by-products listed.
I won't go into a full listing of ingredients for each flavor we tried, but I will list the first six ingredients for each one and you will see what I mean. All of them do contain the vitamins and minerals that are good for your cat, but notice they all have the same first five ingredients, the sixth ingredient is the actual flavor of the food.
Select Chicken Cuts in Meaty Juices - Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef By-Products, Meat By-Products, Liver, Poultry By-Products, Chicken.
Tender Beef in Meaty Juices - Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef By-Products, Meat By-Products, Liver, Poultry By-Products, Beef.
Turkey in Meaty Juices - Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef By-Products, Meat By-Products, Liver, Poultry By-Products, Turkey.
Guaranteed Analysis for all of them are also the same:
Protein - 8.0% Min., Moisture - 82.0% Max., Fat - 3.5% Min., Ash - 3.0% Max., Fiber - 1.0% Max., and Taurine - 0.05% Min.
Usually, I will recommend canned food as a once in a while treat for a cat if it contains by-products, but not for an every day diet. I cannot recommend Sheba for even a once in a while treat because it contains too many by-products. On top of that, even Frisky, the one who will eat just about anything, didn't really like it, in fact I ended up throwing away half a bowl because he wouldn't go back for seconds.
There are many canned foods out there that can be fed as a once in a while treat, but if you are feeding your cat canned food on a daily basis, get one that doesn't have any by-products in it at all. Unfortunately for Sheba, it doesn't fall into either of the above categories.
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