Safari - dry food made in Italy by order of the Russian company Liding LLC. The creators of the feed assure that their feed is absorbed by 90% and contains all the nutrients that the predator needs. Also, the feed was tested at the Moscow Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology. K. I. Scriabin, who established the correspondence between the actual and declared indicators.
As they say, hope for indicators, but don’t bet yourself, because it is important not only the actual content, for example, protein, but also the quality of the products from which it was obtained. The same protein can be obtained from old shoes, and then add the amino acids and trace elements obtained by artificial synthesis.
Only five types of dry food:
- For kittens and cats during pregnancy and lactation (Kitten).
- For adult cats with chicken (For cat chicken).
- For active adult cats (Active for adult cat).
- For weight control and aging cats (Light for senior cat).
- For castrated cats and cats (Sterilized).
The design of the food packaging with a spotty, “wild” print is quite attractive, does not contain any flashy marketing inscriptions. Different packs are available for different types of Safari, for example, kitten food is available in packages of 400 grams, 2 kg, 12 kg, and food for active cats only in 400 grams.
So, the following components are indicated as the main ingredient:
- Kitten - meat flour (31%), chicken (26%), egg powder.
- For cat chicken - poultry meat (18% chicken), herring and beef on the 6th and 7th place, liver protein on the 9th place, egg powder.
- Active for adult cat - chicken (28%).
- Light for senior cat - meat flour (23%), chicken (15%).
- Sterilized - meat flour (25%), chicken (20%).
Not so much meat in Safari feed. For example:
- In kitten feed, 31% is incognito meat flour , that is, of unknown quality and nutritional value. It is only known that 26% of 31% belongs to chicken. Chicken means a mixture of chicken carcasses with skin and bones, previously dehydrated, that is, it got into the feed after being subjected to heat treatment. This is an acceptable source of animal protein, however, since there is no claimed fresh meat in the Safari feed, it can be concluded that such important, essential amino acids as taurine and methionine were added to the feed in an artificially synthesized form (although not specified in the composition).
- Chicken food contains a hodgepodge called poultry , of which 18% is chicken. On the whole, the component of trust is not credible, since the quality of its raw materials is in question. Herring meat is in sixth place, although in English the component is named as herring, and the word "meat", as you see, is missing.
- Liver protein is a product that has undergone very deep processing before being added to the feed. It is not known to which animal this organ belonged, it can be both a pig and a quail, and how it was processed - in short, this ingredient does not cause any confidence. Since the component is closer to the end of the composition, it most likely serves as a flavoring agent.
- Egg powder is a mixture of egg products. It can be either proteins or yolks of chicken eggs, or their mixture. It may also contain egg wastes, such as shells or undeveloped eggs. Naturally, the raw materials of this component can vary both in composition and in quality and nutritional value. Typically, the presence of egg powder indicates poor feed quality.
There is little meat in the feed, but we know the pattern - the less meat, the more carbohydrates and cheap fillers. So far, there are no signs of super premium.
- Kitten - refined animal fat, fish oil (1.2%).
- For cat chicken - refined animal fat, sunflower oil.
- Active for adult cat - refined animal fat, sunflower oil, fish oil (1%).
- Light for senior cat - refined animal fat, fish oil (1.4%), sunflower oil.
- Sterilized - refined animal fat, fish oil (1%), sunflower oil.
Refined animal fat is a typical component of lower price feed. This is a mix of animal fats of unknown origin, which were found unsuitable for human consumption. This component went through the refining process - most likely, it was cleaned of organic and inorganic impurities, was clarified and deodorized.
Such fat rancid more quickly, as antioxidants and other substances are removed from it during refining. It may have been canned with chemical preservatives. In general, the component is of poor quality.
Fish oil is the primary raw material and the method of preservation is covered by a veil of terrible secret.
Sunflower oil is a popular source of vegetable fat. But cats absorb animal fat much better than vegetable fat, and we also don’t know the method of oil purification and the method of preservation - these can be either natural or chemical preservatives.
The fats in the Safari feed do not differ in worthy quality: the creator of the feed decided to keep a secret source of raw materials, processing and preservation methods.
- Kitten - in second place in the composition: rice (15%), barley, gluten, corn, potato protein.
- For cat chicken - in second place in the composition: corn, rice (10%), wheat, corn gluten flour.
- Active for adult cat - in second place in the composition: rice (15%), wheat, barley, potato protein, corn gluten.
- Light for senior cat - in second place in the composition: rice (20%), wheat, barley, gluten, corn, potato protein.
- Sterilized - in second place in the composition: rice (19%), barley, potato protein, corn gluten.
If without further ado, take a look at the composition and compare the number of animal and plant components, the conclusion immediately suggests that for the most part the composition of Safari is represented by plant components. This already makes it not the most useful, and even harmful to the predator.
Rice - we do not know either the rice variety or the degree of grain processing. Given the lack of data on most animal components, it can be assumed that rice in the feed is one of the cheapest - peeled, polished grain, or even husk from the floor of the grain processing plant. Ground rice has a rather high glycemic index, which contributes to the jumps in blood sugar . It can not be considered useful for cats.
Corn, gluten - in the feed with chicken, the creator of the feed split the component "corn" into two - corn itself and corn gluten (it is also corn protein or gluten). This was done in order to raise animal products closer to the beginning of the composition. Corn itself is the most harmful and useless cereal for cats, a cheap filler that increases the mass of feed and affects the overall protein content. Only corn protein is deficient in its amino acid composition and often causes allergies and food intolerance in animals.
The same can be said about wheat - due to the high glycemic index, millet is not suitable for cat food. In addition, low-quality grains with molds are often used in cheap feeds, which slowly but surely poison the body of the animal.
Barley - although it does not cause allergies and has a low glycemic index, we do not know the quality and degree of grain purification from the name of the component.
Potato protein is a vegetable protein. Defective for cats and dogs.
There are a lot of carbohydrate components in Safari feeds, and the common protein is mostly vegetable protein. This is completely useless, since vegetable protein is not suitable for cats and dogs, and can also cause allergic reactions. Excess carbohydrates in the feed leads to overweight , diabetes , chronic diseases of the digestive system, alkalization of urine .
- Beet pulp / beet pulp - sugar beet residues after sugar extraction. They are a source of natural fiber, which helps regulate the digestion of the animal and its stool.
- Flax seed is not a cereal, does not contain gluten, but it acts as an excellent plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, etc. However, there is no complete certainty that cats can fully absorb fatty acids from plant ingredients, and in which the form of flax seeds added to the feed is unknown.
- Brewer's yeast is a source of vitamin B, easily digestible protein and other beneficial substances.
- FOS, or fructooligosaccharides, is a natural prebiotic that helps strengthen and grow beneficial intestinal microflora and improves digestion.
- The chicory pulp is what remains after extracting the extract from the roots of the plant. Essentially a cheap source of plant fiber, which possibly contains residues of the inulin prebiotic. One can hardly expect any benefit for a cat from him.
- Pea flour - does not contain gluten, therefore it is not dangerous for cats. Most likely acts as a source of plant fibers.
- Plant fiber is a low-quality mixture of certain plants or vegetables; raw materials are not known.
- A complex of herbs (turmeric, plantain, rosemary, chamomile, fennel, yucca shidiger) - herbs are useful, but in what form they are added to the feed is not indicated. Most often, herbs are pre-dried, because of which they lose the lion's share of nutrients and vitamins.
Not the worst additives, however, in the animal feed, the basis, that is, the meat ingredients, is much more important than the ones indicated at the end of the list.
- Kitten - protein 34.0%, fat 19.0%, fiber 2.8%, ash 6.6%, calcium 0.95%, phosphorus 0.85%, humidity 10.0%.
- For cat chicken - protein 33.0%, fat 13.0%, fiber 2.3%, ash 6.7%, calcium 1%, phosphorus 0.9%, humidity 10.0%.
- Active for adult cat - protein 33.5%, fat 16.0%, fiber 2.2%, ash 6.4%, calcium 0.9%, phosphorus 0.8%, humidity 10.0%.
- Light for senior cat - protein 28.0%, fat 17.0%, fiber 4.0%, ash 5.6%, calcium 0.85%, phosphorus 0.75%, humidity 10.0%.
- Sterilized - protein 32.0%, fat 10.0%, fiber 5.5%, ash 6.5%, calcium 0.88%, phosphorus 0.8%, humidity 10.0%.
The mineral composition is also indicated.
The composition of the feed speaks for itself. Unfortunately, the super premium does not even smell there.
- A small number of animal ingredients (generally less than 30%) and their hazy quality.
- Low quality fats.
- A lot of carbohydrates and grain, despite the fact that the predator is not adapted to the consumption of cereals.
- An obvious marketing move with translating the herring ingredient.
It’s not clear what the Veterinary Academy praises Safari for. Perhaps they were looking for toxins and strychnine, and they did not find, and thank God! But I repeat once again - it is important not only the compliance of the declared and actual indicators of the feed, but also the quality of those products from which this feed is made.
Cat Obormot does not recommend dry food for cats Safari.