Wellness Core Cat Food

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Wellness Core Cat Food

Wellness Core is apart of the Wellness Cat Food product line. Wellness Cat Food is made and manufactured by, Old Mother Hubbard.
 

Wellness Core Cat Food Review

We are going to take a look at the first five ingredients of Wellness Core Cat Food. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of cat food. The ingredients before the first fat source usually make up the vast majority of the cat food.
 

    Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor. Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Cranberries, Chicory Root Extract, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Rosemary Extract.

    First Five Ingredients Analysis:

    • Deboned Turkey
    • Deboned Chicken
    • Chicken Meal
    • Whitefish Meal
    • Potatoes

    Turkey is the clean combination of skin and flesh with the bone derived from whole turkeys. This is the same deboned turkey we eat and is free of added growth hormones and steroids. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and essential fatty acids. Wellness uses naturally preserved meat sources.

    Chicken is the clean combination of skin and flesh without the bone derived from whole chickens. This is the same deboned chicken we eat and is free of added growth hormones and steroids. It is an excellent source of high quality protein and fatty acids and is the first ingredient in any of our chicken based diets for cats and dogs. Wellness uses naturally preserved meat sources.

    As the chicken cooks, all of the fat and water are released, creating a concentrated, highly-digestible protein and fat source. For our cat foods, we source and select special low-ash chicken meal as to control mineral levels that contribute to proper urinary health. Wellness uses naturally preserved meat sources.

    Whitefish is cooked down to release all of the fat and water, creating a concentrated, highly digestible protein and fat source known as whitefish meal. For our cat foods, we source and select special low ash whitefish meal as to control mineral levels that contribute to proper urinary health. It is an excellent source of high quality protein, calcium, phosphorous and long chain Omega 6 fatty acids, which are critical for healthy skin, coat and body function. Wellness uses naturally preserved meat sources.

    Potatoes are whole, freshly cooked potatoes that include the skins. OMH uses only whole, freshly steamed cooked potatoes. They are not pre-processed, so they retain all of their important nutrients (including ‘protector’ antioxidants). Potatoes provide B vitamins, carbohydrates, zinc, vitamin C, copper, iron, magnesium, niacin and potassium.

    Crude Protein....Not Less Than.....50.0%

    Crude Fat.....Not Less Than.....18.0%

    Crude Fiber.....Not More Than.....3.0%

    Moisture.....Not More Than......11.0%

    Calcium.....Not More Than.....1.8%

    Phosphorus.....Not More Than.....1.45%

    Magnesium.....Not More Than.....0.10%

    Vitamin E.....Not Less Than.....400 IU/kg

    Taurine.....Not Less Than.....0.3%

    Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)*..Not Less Than..200 mg/kg

    Omega 6 Fatty Acid*.....Not Less Than.....3.50 %

    Omega 3 Fatty Acid*.....Not Less Than.....0.80 %

    Total Micro-Organisms*..Not Less Than..90,000,000 CFU/lb

    *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.

Wellness Core Cat Food Consumer Ratings

Are you a consumer of Wellness Core Cat Food? If so please take the time to rate Wellness Core Cat Food. This will make it easier for people who are looking to purchase Wellness Core Cat Food.

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Wellness Core Cat Food, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

Rating (out of 10)

Overall Ingredients

This score is based on ALL ingredients
8

First Five Ingredients

This score is based on the first five ingredients
9

Protein Content

This score is based on the total meat protein content
10

Grain Content

More Grains = Lower score and No Grains= 10
10

Price

This score is based on the average price we found
7

Total

8.8
23 Responses to “Wellness Core Cat Food”
  1. Tina Says:

    I feed this food to some of my cats…one is on raw homemade food only.
    The only thing I don’t like it the potatos in it…cats don’t need that in their diets but it is in a lot of grain free foods as a filler.

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  2. Crystal Wynn Says:

    I rotate between Wellness Core & Blue Wilderness for my two cats. They never hesitate to eat either. Wellness Core since it is 100% grain free is my first choice over Blue Wilderness which does contain oatmeal & barley. My only negative with Wellness Core is the high price, $38.99 for a 12lb bag vs $33.99 for Blue Wilderness. Both are great high protein, low carb foods. If you feed dry food only make sure to add about 1/2 cup of warm water per serving so your cat’s get enough water intake,If you can afford it a grain free wet/dry food combination is best).

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  3. Erika Says:

    My cats are on a combination of mostly dry food, a little canned food and a little homemade food.

    First off, I have to praise Wellness Core. My cats don’t love it, but they do like it. Ever since I started feeding them this food, their coats are OMG so shiny and soft, their eyes are clear, and they seem happier. (I used to feed them Purina for all ages.)

    Like Tina, I take issue with the potatoes in it. I read on PetEducation (website) that cats shouldn’t eat potatoes because they “contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.” I talked to the vet about it, though, and he seemed to think it was okay as long as it wasn’t excessive.

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  4. Rico De Felice Says:

    Wellness Core dry cat food is great in concept. However, in reality it may be dangerous for some cats, perhaps due to the high phosphorus content. My male cat ate only Hill’s Nature’s Best dry food, no wet at all, for the first 8 plus years of his life. He was about 3 pounds overweight on this diet. About a year ago, I switched him to Wellness Core dry, Wellness canned, and eventually added Wellness Core canned. I was attracted to the high protein, low carb, 100% natural concept. He’s no longer overweight, but recently had 3 struvite bladder stones removed. I have no proof, but I suspect the Wellness Core dry food is the culprit. He never had any urinary problems while on Nature’s Best. And I don’t see how the canned food would cause bladder stones.

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  5. Rico De Felice Says:

    Just to follow up on my previous post, after my cat had his struvite bladder stones removed, I took him off dry food entirely and fed him only Wellness and Wellness Core canned, Chicken and Turkey varieties, for the next four weeks. He then had his urine tested and many crystals were found. His urine pH was an alkaline 7.5. Struvite crystals form in neutral to alkaline urine. I then switched him to Innova EVO Turkey and Chicken Cat and Kitten canned and three weeks later, his urine test was perfect. No crystals and a slightly acidic pH of 6.5. He will need continued monitoring but hopefully he is in the clear. Perhaps Wellness Core canned by itself would work just as well, but I’m not willing to take the risk.

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  6. Jenny P Says:

    Our cat when we got her was around 6-8 months old, found as a stray. She was shy and unsure at first but kind of warmed up to us. She started developing this crusty skin thing, finally the vet started trying to do something about it and dipped her in this sulfer bath….once a week. She told us that it may be a food allergy, we have always fed our animals science diet because it’s supposed to be one of the best. But the vet said “we will take care of figuring the food out later, for now we will just keep dipping”. We decided to figure it out on our own because the dipping was first of all expensive, second stressed her out, and third STUNK!
    After changing her food to this Wellness Core GRAIN FREE, her skin started clearing up, her coat thickened up, and she became a totally different cat! She became energetic and playful, very affectionate, and will curl up on my lap any chance she sees my lap is avaliable. She still hates other animals but loves people. We have our now 3 cats on it and they are all very healthy and puuurfect. The oldest is very picky with food and she seemed to have loved the taste of this one from the beginning.
    We feed them some of the wellness wet food most nights too. I do recommend this brand for anyone wanting to switch to a more natural food.

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  7. A.H. Says:

    WARNING:

    My cat has been on Wellness Core for over a year. My cat just got struvite crystals which completely blocked his urethra which can be life threatening. We took him to an emergency clinic. If you read literature on struvite crystals, it clearly states feeding them vitamin C over an extended period can cause the crystals. Wellness Core contains 200mg of ascorbic acid. Although I can’t say for sure, but I believe this to be the cause of the crystals as my cat is only 2 years old and crystal blockage of the urethra tends to occur at age 7 and up. I am going to write the company. It’s too bad because I love natural foods but how could they be so careless as to put a high vitamin C content in a cat food. Careless mistakes like that will drive people back to the non-natural cat foods.

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  8. Michael F Says:

    My wife and I were just instructed by our vet to take our cats off of wellness core cat food (a 1 year old cat and a 5 year old). Our 5 year old had a very high amount of struvite crystals in her urine at last checkup and had never had such an issue before eating Wellness Core.

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  9. Diana D Says:

    After reading the above posts, I called the company to report my experience with my 1 1/2 year old cat. Two days before Thanksgiving, 11/23/2010, I had to rush him to the emergency room at 10 o’clock at night. He had a urinary blockage and was in severe pain.

    At one year old, I transitioned him from Science Diet kitten food to Wellness Core. He loved the taste of the food and I thought I was feeding him one of the best foods on the planet.

    His diagnosis was so much like the reports of others: struvite crystals(so many the vet said it looked like sugar)and a PH of 7.4. He was hopitalized for 2 days and put on a prescription diet of which he is now eating exclusively. Gratefully, his follow up urinalysis 4 days ago showed he is now crystal free; Sadly, my bank account is now minus $1200. No more Wellness of any kind for any cat I have now or in the future.

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  10. Steve Says:

    Wow, well looks like I am going to also have to agree with the above three posts! On Wednesday 12/8/10, I had to rush my 1 1/2 year old Himalayan to the Emergency Room. He had a total urinary blockage. Temp was 99.7 (life threatning for a cat).

    Struvite was the culprit alright and his uring PH was elevated. Suspecting it “might” have been his diet, I decided to “google” wellness core and urinary in a search and stumbled across this website, so glad I did. I thought before that my cat could have had some “genetic factor” in play, but I now suspect 100% it was the Wellness Core (my cats were eating both the canned/dry core). It’s sad too, because I did a lot of research on this food and from all the rave reviews I have had them on this diet since I got back cats as kitten. No more! My vet switched him to Royal Canin Urinary SO. I couldn’t afford the $900 vet bill so I chose to leave him in the clinic for 36 hours and bring him home after despite the advise of the vet to leave him on fluids and a catheter for 3 more days.

    For 36 hours he was on a catheter, given IV fluids, and a steriod shot for the inflamation in his bladder. I felt so bad I had to put him through this. Well, now I know that this killed almost killed my best friend, I would NEVER recommend it. He’s doing well now, and I’m watching him closely in the litter box. He’s no longer straining, and I’m very happy h i’s liking this new Rx Diet. Fortunatley, the new prescription diet is no more expensive then Wellness Core cat food.

    Sorry the rest of you had the same experience, we can just all be happy we caught the block in time before it could have killed them.

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  11. Jackie Says:

    Steve (above) and I have pretty much the exact same story. I researched quality cat foods extensively before I chose the Wellness Core dry cat food. Unfortunately, I didn’t google “Wellness Core” and “struvite crystals” in the same search. I know people will criticize the fact that it is still a dry food, but keep in mind, my cat has NEVER had a health issue before this. I had been feeding my cat the Wellness Core for about 7 months, and this past Christmas, at midnight, we took our little Beetle to the emergency vet for a blockage. They had to insert a catheter & unblock & put him on fluids, holding him for 36 hours. His pH level is still at 9, but not currently blocked, thankfully. So after a $1200 vet bill, and spending an entire day of researching & finding others in the same boat, he will no longer be getting the Wellness Core.

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  12. Christina Says:

    I have lost my child Tigger just 3 months after loosing my other cat Luna (from a completely different problem). My cat had a urinary blockage, and I could not afford to pay the $900+ vet bill. So I had to put him down to get him out of his misery. This food is definitly to blame! I wish I was warned of this! They need to fix this problem because we are suppose to be getting quality food for the price we pay, and it did nothing but take my baby away from me!

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  13. Susan Schindehette Says:

    Wow! I just took my 13-month old Abyssinian to the vet (they’re grea t- exclusively cats for three decades), and he asked what I’m feeding my cat. I said some Wellness raw and canned as well as Instinct canned, and that I keep a bowl of Wellness CORE on the side, which my cat almost never touches.

    The vet told me to absolutely discontinue the Wellness dry, and that in his practice had been seeing all kinds of urinary tract problems directly traceable to it. He said that Wellness doesn’t have their formulation right, and that cats should not have it, at all.

    Seems like a lot of smoke for there not to be some fire here.

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  14. Mona Says:

    Does anyone know if the Wellness Complete (carried by petsmart) had the same problem. After hearing about all your stories I am terrified to buy another bag of wellness! I am considering switching to Innova which is comparable in price and also seems to be a high quality food.

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  15. Senacia Says:

    I would not go to Innova EVO Turkey and Chicken Cat and Kitten dry food. My kitty had struvite crystals after eating it and it’s ash content is close to 10% which is only stated on their website, not the bag itself. Don’t go with Innova EVO! I really don’t recommend it!

    I just bought a bag of Wellness Core and I wonder if I can take it back. I have three kitties, one of which is prone to struvite crystals. He was put on the Urinary SO blend wet cat food from Royal Canin. However, at $43 for 24 cans which only lasts 12 days for one cat, it’s getting expensive. I may just start making my own raw cat food if I’m going to be paying that price.

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  16. sheryl Says:

    My cat just got home from a three day stay at the vet. He was almost completely blocked and his urine ph was high. His diet consisted of all Wellness products including Core. I cannot believe what I am reading right now. Wellness should be paying our vet bills. I am just so thankful that I caught it on time or I would have lost my best friend. Really. Now lets just hope he deals well with the steroids he has to take for 20 days, and continues to recover. I am returning the Wellness cans as well as unopened dry food bag.

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  17. Liz Says:

    I just got home from visiting my cat Mario who is being monitored by my vet after being transferred from the local Emergency Vet Hospital. I had to rush him there in the middle of the night when I noticed that he was struggling to urinate. It was determined that he was completely blocked and he had to have a urinary catheter put in and had to have his bladder and urethra cleaned out and flushed with sterile water. He came through the procedure okay and is now being monitored to make sure the blockage does not reoccur. I had switched Mario to Wellness Core Dry food back in August after my Vet recommended putting him on a high protein dry food to lose weight. I did extensive research and finally decided on Wellness Core. I too wish I had added the words “blocked urinary tract” or “crystals’ to my search. Mario went from being a very happy and healthy 4 year old cat to one that almost died and is now painfully recuperating with IV’s, pills, etc. Almost $2,000 later, Mario is now on a completely wet food only diet. It is very scary and unsettling to know there is a product on the market that can lead to such distress.

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  18. Sandy Says:

    Oh my, good thing I only bought two cans of Wellness Core to try. I decided to look up on the web what people were saying about it and I must say I wasn’t ready for all these stories! How in the world can they sleep at night knowing they are still selling this stuff and hurting our furry friends every day! I hope everyone that has had problems is writing Wellness. I’m going back to science diet canned food. I tried doing raw but I am not that comfortable with me making their food!

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  19. Jessie Says:

    Wow. This website may have just well saved me. My story is similar to many, many here, struvite stones after a while of switching to mostly Wellness Core dry. My kitty (Jerry) is on Hill’s c/d but since I have another cat (his name is Mario. Liz in the post above me, I can’t believe there is another kitty named Mario!), I cannot separate their food, it simply does not work. I feed both of them the rx food mostly but I’ve also been buying Wellness canned, but not the Core thankfully. Does anyone have any other recommendations that might still have a low enough pH? Or perhaps more importantly is it bad for my other cat to have the s/o?

    I agree with previous posters, it really is quite a shame that I can’t get a good quality cat food that doesn’t just outright cause stones. Wellness should be ashamed of themselves and I won’t even say here how much we had to pay when Jerry blocked and ended up in the hospital with subsequent surgery because he had a lot of stones, not just crystals. And seemingly because this brand made it sound like a high protein diet was going to be great? Wow.

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  20. Kay Says:

    I wasn’t feeding my male cat strictly with Wellness Core. I sometimes switched to the other wellness dry foods and canned foods. However, after I started feeding him a regular diet of Wellness he developed a urinary blockage twice. I didn’t think it was the food since Wellness is supposed to be a high end quality product for our pets but after stumbling upon this website I suspect Wellness products in general may have a tendency towards causing urinary problems in cats.

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  21. Momma Kat Says:

    I just got back from the vet and they told me that my kitty’s urine PH is 8! All she eats is Wellness. The vet said we should try some other food. Interesting to see this many postings about this food’s adverse reaction on kitties.

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  22. Heather Says:

    I am currently looking into the difference between Wellness Complete and Wellness Core, wondering if I should switch from the Complete formula to the Core formula. I have been feeding my three cats (all of them 3 years old now) the Complete formula since they were kittens. They all have beautiful coats, healthy weights, and lots of playful energy. So after reading these reviews regarding urinary crystals I think I will stick with Wellness Complete. Thanks for the heads up!

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