Review of Castor and Pollux Organix
Tiny Feasts Dog Food Cups
Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts product line includes the 6 dog food cups listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Organix Tiny Feasts Organic Chicken Recipe Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Organix Tiny Feasts Organic Chicken Recipe Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic chicken liver, organic spinach, organic dried peas, organic cranberries, organic guar gum, agar-agar, tricalcium phosphate, organic flaxseed, organic pea protein, salt, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||27%||22%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||51%||16%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is organic chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is organic chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is organic chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is organic spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The fifth ingredient includes organic dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient includes organic cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
The seventh ingredient is organic guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
The eighth ingredient is organic agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Castor and Pollux product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find organic flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, this recipe includes organic pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
So, based on its ingredients alone, Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.
Which means this Castor and Pollux product line contains…
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Our Rating of Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Dog Food
Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free wet dog foods using a notable amount of named meats as their main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Castor and Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Dog Food Been Recalled?
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No recalls noted.
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03/02/2021 Last Update