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Is Pinto Canyon cat food safe?
Why does cat food cost more per pound than dog food?
What is the right amount of protein for cats?
Why freshly-ground barley and brown rice?
Do you have a wet food?
What is ash?
Should I give my cat vitamin supplements?

Is Pinto Canyon cat food safe? Return to Top

We're passionate about providing the best and safest food for cats! We test every batch beyond required testing, not only to ensure it meets the nutrient requirements, but also to be absolutely sure there are no contaminants, such as those that are involved in pet food recalls.

  • No Pinto Canyon foods, or any foods baked at our baking facility have ever been recalled in over 20 years of baking pet food!
  • All grains are tested for mycotoxins, with standards well above the industry.
  • We use a "loss in weight" system to verify the amount of each ingredient as it's added: our system verifies both the increased weight of the product and the decreased weight of the ingredient or supplement added.
  • We have a third-party laboratory test every batch — above and beyond required testing. If all cat food were tested as extensively as ours there wouldn't be any recalls!

Why does cat food cost more per pound than dog food? Return to Top

Cats require a higher percentage of protein in their diet than dogs do. Adult cat food sold in the U.S. must have a minimum crude protein of 26% on a dry matter basis (DMB) while adult dog food must have a minimum crude protein of 18% DMB — cats require 44% more protein! Our high quality deboned, fresh, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, range-free turkey meat is well worth it for your cat! It's the quality of protein that's important. The daily feeding cost is surprisingly low!

What is the right amount of protein for cats? Return to Top

This is a great question! Some pet food manufacturers are promoting the idea that more protein is better. However, too much of anything is not good, and protein is no different. More is not always better!

All pet food in the U.S. is formulated per the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO); AAFCO bases their requirements on feeding trials done by the National Resource Council (NRC). Taking into account the average digestibility of protein, AAFCO requires a minimum of 26% in adult cat foods on a dry matter basis. Our Turkey Recipe for Cats & Kittens has 34% crude protein on a dry matter basis.

The amount of protein in Pinto Canyon foods exceeds the amount required by AAFCO, but we don't overdo it. Our high-quality, highly-digestible meats and fish, along with freshly-ground grains and other choice ingredients, provide just the right amount of premium proteins while maintaining the appropriate balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Why freshly-ground barley and brown rice? Return to Top

Barley and brown rice are an excellent source of fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for your cat! While it's important for cats to have a high protein diet, protein must be properly balanced with fiber, carbohydrates, fat, and other nutrients. Barley is fiber-rich with a low glycemic index — perfect for cats!

  • Our whole grains are milled in-house minutes before baking to ensure maximum freshness and nutrition!
  • We use only the highest-quality non-GMO ingredients.
  • None of our recipes have wheat, corn, or soy.

If you're considering a grain free diet for your cat, you may be interested in this article on

Do you have a wet food? Return to Top

Another great quality of oven-baked food is that it doesn't swell and get all gross when wet, so if your cat prefers wet food, or has sensitive teeth, just add a little lukewarm water over the kibble, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and your cat will enjoy a wet meal!

What is ash? Return to Top

Ash is an indicator of the level of mineral in the food. Often we think, "Is there fireplace ash in my pet's food?" There is no fireplace ash in your pet's food, and it's not something to avoid in food. To the contrary, when referring to food analysis, the term "ash" refers to the mineral content of the food—minerals that are essential to life!

To determine the mineral content of food, a test is performed where a food sample is completely burned at a controlled temperature; the remaining "ash" contains primarily minerals (including calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and selenium) because they don't dissipate when burned. It was once thought that the level of ash was an important factor in the production of bladder stones, but it is now known that there are many factors involved, and ash is not useful in determining if the food will contribute to the formation of bladder stones.

Should I give my cat vitamin supplements? Return to Top

No, do not give your cat vitamin supplements without consulting your veterinarian. Our foods are complete and balanced; you do not need to feed your pet additional supplements unless recommended by your veterinarian. Your cat may receive harmful amounts of some vitamins and minerals if they're fed supplements in addition to their food. From the website: "Giving your cat more vitamins or minerals could cause more harm than good... Remember, more is not always better." Cat Vitamins and Supplements: Do They Work?

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