BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ FOOD FOR CATS
FREE-RUN CHICKEN AND TURKEY, WILD-CAUGHT FISH AND NEST-LAID EGGS
MODERN CATS AND KITTENS ARE BUILT LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS, POSSESSING A BIOLOGICAL NEED FOR A DIET THAT’S RICH AND VARIED IN ANIMAL PROTEIN.
INGREDIENTS WE LOVE FROM PEOPLE WE TRUST
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NOURISH AS NATURE INTENDED
Although they may look different, your cat shares her DNA and eating anatomy with the near eastern wild cat, which means she’s adapted for a diet rich and varied in meat — not high-glycemic carbohydrates and grains.
Crude protein (min.) 40 % Crude fat (min.) 20 % Crude fibres (max.) 3 % Moisture (max.) 10 % Calcium (min.) 1.2 % Phosphorus (min.) 1 % Magnesium (min.) 0.1 % Taurine (min.) 0.2 % Omega-6 fatty acids (min.) 3.5 % Omega-3 fatty acids (min.) 0.8 % DHA (min.) 0.2 % EPA (min.) 0.2 %
MEAT AND PROTEIN RICH
Made with 90% premium meat ingredients, ORIJEN features a Biologically Appropriate™ protein level of 40% which closely replicates the natural feline diet.
FREEZE DRY INFUSIONS
Each ORIJEN morsel is infused with freeze-dried meats and liver (prepared in our very own freeze-dry kitchens) and is bursting with the natural savory flavors that all cats love.
NATURAL SOURCE AMINO ACIDS
ORIJEN’s high WholePrey™ ratios of fresh poultry, meats and fish provide a rich source of amino acids such as Taurine, all of which are derived naturally from meats, eliminating the need for synthetic additives.
NATURAL SOURCE VITAMINS AND MINERALS
ORIJEN’s high WholePrey™ ratios of fresh poultry, meats and fish provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals, most of which are derived naturally from our whole food ingredients, dramatically reducing the need for synthetic additives.
NATURAL SOURCE GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN
ORIJEN’s high WholePrey™ ratios of fresh poultry, meats and fish provide a rich and natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, so no synthetic sources are added or needed.
RICH IN HEALTHY FATS
Animal fats are essential for your cat’s peak health. That’s why ORIJEN Cat & Kitten features naturally occurring, non-rendered fats from fresh poultry, fish and egg ingredients.
DHA AND EPA FROM FRESH FISH
Fresh saltwater fish are a Biologically Appropriate™ source of DHA and EPA, which are essential for your cat’s immune and nervous systems. DHA and EPA are not available from plant sources, such as flax, coconut or sunflower.
LOW CARB, LOW GLYCEMIC
Your cat’s natural diet contains few, if any carbohydrates. That’s why ORIJEN is free of high-glycemic ingredients like potato and tapioca, and contains less than half the carbohydrates of conventional cat foods.
YOUR CAT IS UNIQUE
YOUR CAT OR KITTEN IS UNIQUE AND HER FEEDING REQUIREMENTS WILL VARY WITH HIS ENVIRONMENT, AGE AND ACTIVITY.
That’s why we suggest starting with the guides below, and then monitoring his weight and adjusting portions as needed. Feed twice daily and remember always to keep fresh, clean water available.
By providing more calories from protein and fat (and fewer from carbohydrates), ORIJEN Cat & Kitten distributes calories to mirror the natural feline diet, reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Metabolizable energy is 4060 kcal/kg (463 kcal per 8oz. cup) with 39% from protein, 19% from vegetables and fruits and 42% from fat.
OUR BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ PHILOSOPHY
THE NEAR EASTERN WILDCAT IS THE ANCESTOR AND CLOSEST RELATIVE OF ALL DOMESTIC CATS.
While years of breeding have produced different kinds of cats, the internal workings of wild and domestic cats remain unchanged so it’s no surprise that their food requirements remain the same too.
Our 5 Biologically Appropriate™ principles are simple and mirror the freshness and variety of meats that cats are evolved to eat.
All cats are adapted for a diet rich in meat and protein. Their sharp teeth and body mechanics is designed to metabolize protein and fat from meat. ORIJEN is created to nourish your cat or kitten according to her biological needs.
- 90% meat ingredients (2/3 fresh or raw and 1/3 gently dehydrated)
- 10% low-glycemic vegetables and fruits
- 40% richly nourishing meat protein
- 100% of meat ingredients from animals deemed fit for human consumption
- NO rendered chicken, turkey or other meat meals
- NO plant proteins extracts or concentrates (potato or pea protein)
- NO high-glycemic carbohydrates (tapioca, potato, rice)
- NO glutens or grains
Fresh meats are the foundation of award-winning ORIJEN foods and our kitchens are specifically designed for.
- 2/3 of the meats are fresh or raw, supplying your cat with essential nutrients in their most natural and nourishing form.
- 1/3 of meats are dehydrated at low temperature for a concentrated source of nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone.
- ORIJEN is free of rendered chicken or turkey meals, which are replaced with dehydrated chicken and turkey.
In nature, cats benefit from an assortment of meats. This variety is often lost in conventional cat foods which typically feature a single animal ingredient such as chicken or lamb that is highly processed and seldom fresh.
That’s why award-winning ORIJEN Cat & Kitten features a rich diversity of fresh meats in Biologically Appropriate™ WholePrey™ ratios to nourish your cat or kitten’s peak growth and development:
- Fresh free-run Cobb chicken from Kentucky farms
- Fresh free-run turkey from Indiana farms
- Fresh and whole nest-laid eggs from Kentucky farms
- Fresh, whole yellowtail flounder, Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring wild-caught from New England’s Atlantic waters
Mother Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet a carnivore’s dietary needs since predatory animals like wolves and wildcats, consume the whole animal.
WholePrey™ represents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating fresh meats, organ meats and cartilage in ratios that mirror nature and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic supplements.
The WholePrey™ diet is a nutritional treasure:
- Meat – essential for protein and fat as well as Vitamins A, B, D and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.
- Organs – densely packed with virtually every nutrient your cat needs to thrive including vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and amino acids.
- Edible Bone – a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium in natural form your cat’s body can easily absorb.
Cats are obligate carnivores and have no biological requirement for carbohydrates, conventional cat foods still contain large amounts of high-glycemic carbohydrates such as potato and tapioca, which are often cited as a leading cause of obesity and diabetes.
Biologically Appropriate™ ORIJEN Cat & Kitten is a protein-rich and carbohydrate limited food featuring lentils, chickpeas, squash, greens and fruits which release sugar slowly, dramatically reducing the potential for fat storage.
IS YOUR FOOD BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™?
Cats evolved as hunters – the structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system scientifically classifies them as obligate carnivores, evolved to eat a meat-based diet. They require high concentrations of meat, high inclusions of fresh meat, and a rich diversity of meat.
Biologically Appropriate™ foods mirror the natural diet and are able to answer 3 meat questions:
- ORIJEN leads its class in premium meat inclusions.
- All from animals deemed fit for human consumption.
- 2/3 of meats are fresh or raw and loaded with goodness.
- 1/3 is dried at low temperature for a premium protein source.
A variety of meats in WholePrey™ ratios supply nutrients naturally, dramatically reducing the need for synthetic supplements.
- Free-run chicken
- Free-run turkey
- Wild yellowtail flounder
- Whole nest-laid eggs
- Wild Atlantic mackerel
- Wild Atlantic herring
3 SUPPLEMENTS – CHOLINE, ZINC AND COPPER
Mother Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet your cat’s dietary needs.
That’s why ORIJEN features richly nourishing ratios of poultry, organs and cartilage plus whole fish and whole eggs to provide a concentrated source of virtually every nutrient your cat or kitten needs to thrive, naturally. So you won’t find long lists of synthetic supplements in any of our foods – only choline, zinc and copper added.