Is Sheba Food Good-Quality?

Most Sheba cat food reviews agree that it’s not ideal but relatively good for felines. I consider it one of the best brands in its budget segment.

Unlike some other cat food manufacturers, Sheba doesn’t hide the origins of their ingredients. So even with by-products and other controversial elements in recipes, the manufacturer gives you freedom of choice to decide if you are ready to feed a cat with them.

Many pet owners ask if Sheba contains taurine. Based on the information from the official website, most Sheba recipes include this ingredient. Your cat needs taurine in order to stay healthy.

Taurine is a type of amino acid that can be exclusively found in animal-based proteins and is critical for a cat’s normal vision, muscle function, digestion, and overall immune system.

About Sheba Company

Sheba is a product of Mars, Inc., an American global manufacturer of pet food and a provider of animal care services. The world knows this company for products such as Whiskas, Pedigree, Royal Canin, Iams, Eukanuba, and others.

With headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Mars, Inc. has manufacturing facilities all over the United States.

Thus, the Sheba cat food Perfect Portions line is made in the USA; Signature Broths line is from Thailand; as for Meaty Tender Sticks, their manufacturing is in Austria. For all that, most of the ingredients for Sheba cat food are from North America.

Despite many positive reviews of Sheba wet cat food on unbiased sources, none calls Sheba the best and only choice for your cat to eat. As well as any other manufacturer, the food has questionable ingredients inside but is yet of relatively high quality to add to your feline’s ration.

Types of Sheba Cat Food

Sheba wet cat food offers three lines of their products.

  1. Perfect Portions. This one is a primary line, with three types of food inside: Premium Pates, Cuts in Gravy, and Garden Medleys. Thanks to Sheba’s focus on wet food, all the recipes in the line are meat-heavy, include minimal starches, and have next to none plant ingredients. Packaged in plastic twin-pack trays, Perfect Portions recipes go in two servings and, therefore, may be more expensive than other Sheba canned cat food.
  2. Meaty Tender Sticks. This line offers meat-based treats for cats, available in three recipes: chicken, salmon, and tuna. Each treat has 5 sticks inside, and the  manufacturer recommends you to give one stick per day to a cat.
  3. Signature Broths. With 9 different recipes inside, this product line features them in creamy or clear broths. Available both separately and in multi-packs, with 12 single servings inside. Feed it as a treat, one pouch per day.

What Are the Ingredients in Sheba Cat Food?

Most pet owners wonder how much meat is in Sheba wet cat food (if any). Given that Sheba manufactures 30+ different products, promising to introduce a unique set of ingredients for each recipe so it would have enough components for a cat, the meat should be present somewhere, right?

Top five ingredients in Sheba’s recipes are as follows:

  1. Chicken broth.
  2. Tuna.
  3. Chicken.
  4. Chicken liver.
  5. Meat by-products.

As we know, cat food recipes list ingredients in descending order, with the first five constituting a significant portion of a recipe. With that in mind, it seems that Sheba is quite meaty to satisfy your feline’s taste.

And yet, some ingredients in Sheba recipes may leave you asking questions. Most of them contain animal by-products, which is not that healthy for a cat to eat. Also, some contain artificial food coloring dyes: classified as GRAS (which means “safe”) by the FDA, it’s still worth avoiding them in a cat’s diet whenever possible.

Animal by-products in Sheba cat food:

  • Meat by-products: found in 22 recipes.
  • Poultry by-products: found in 18 recipes.
  • Tuna, salmon, and whitefish by-products: found in 1 recipe each.

AAFCO defines by-products as “non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat” of slaughtered mammals. In other words, it’s something we wouldn’t eat: blood, lungs, intestine, skin, etc. It’s up to you to decide whether your cat needs such ingredients in her diet. The only recommendation: choose recipes specifying what exact by-products are inside.

The thing is, many recipes of Sheba wet cat food contain so-called anonymous meat ingredients. They don’t specify them but use general definitions such as “meat by-products,” “poultry by-products,” or “animal plasma.” It means that nobody knows what exact animal ingredients they used.

I would recommend you to choose Sheba cat food recipes specifying the names of organ ingredients: chicken liver, tuna heart, etc.

Sheba cat food doesn’t contain grain, which is good for your cat who’s a carnivore. So, for so long as you choose recipes with no controversial ingredients (unknown by-products) or potentially harmful ingredients (added color or synthetic vitamins), there’s no need to worry about your feline’s well-being.

The ingredient in Sheba wet cat food to avoid: menadione sodium bisulfite complex (found in 22 recipes). It’s a synthetic version of vitamin K, and it’s toxic to a cat’s liver, kidneys, and lungs when taken in large numbers.

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Long story short, Sheba cat food 70+ different ingredients in recipes, with only a few controversial:

  • 5 of which are ingredients of animal by-products;
  • 3 of which are anonymous meat ingredients;
  • and 2 of which are harmful ingredients (added color and synthetic vitamin K).

Has Sheba Cat Food Been Recalled?

As a responsible cat owner, feel free to check the Petful.com website for the most complete and regularly updated list of cat food recalls.

As for December 2019, there were no recalls of Sheba cat food on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) database.

Back in 2011, the manufacturer stopped selling Sheba food in the United States, explaining this decision by economic factors. They came back in 2012 with redesigned cans (pull-tab as opposed to plastic), but then returned to plastic trays when introduced the Perfect Portions line in 2014. And it’s up to you to decide whether it was sincere care about customers and their pets or not.

The FAQ from Customers About Sheba Cat Food

Sheba’s official website has a quite shabby FAQ page, with vague answers to just five general questions. So we’ve gathered the most popular questions from customers and done our best to answer them here.

Is Sheba or Fancy Feast better?

Based on the comparison of their controversial and even harmful ingredients in wet food recipes, Sheba is healthier for your cat than Fancy Feast.

Is Sheba cat food being discontinued?

After their disappearance in 2011 and further return in 2014, Sheba cat food isn’t being discontinued anymore, except their experiments with recipes when they may discontinue one recipe for the sake of another.

Do I need to refrigerate this food?

Keep Sheba wet cat food at 40 °F (4 °C) in the refrigerator up to 5 days if airtight. If you haven’t fed your cat with it within 5 days, throw out the food.

Is Sheba cat food made in the USA?

Yes, most of the ingredients for Sheba cat food and its Perfect Portions line are made in the US. The Signature Broths line is made in Thailand but from the US ingredients. And Meaty Tender Sticks are manufactured in Austria.

Does Sheba contain taurine?

According to the information on the official website, most of Sheba’s recipes contain taurine. Please check the ingredients of individual products for more details.

How many calories are in a Sheba cat food packet?

It depends on the recipe. Those with beef are more fattening than recipes with fish, for example. On average, one Sheba cat food serving contains from 32 to 40 kcal.

What is a serving size in Sheba cat food, and how often to feed?

It depends on your cat’s age, weight, and condition. For adult cats, 3-4 servings per 5 pounds of body weight are okay to eat twice daily. Kittens need 5-7 servings twice daily. If your cat is pregnant or nursing, feed her 2-3 times their normal amount.

Conclusion

Sheba cat food has primarily positive reviews from customers; it hasn’t been recalled, and it seems reliable, safe brand to feed your cat.

Sheba wet cat food is meat-heavy and full of vitamins. And yet, most of its recipes contain by-products, food binders, added color, and other controversial ingredients that confuse cat owners. So, if your feline has special health needs, make sure to double-check all the recipes and avoid Sheba’s products that may hurt your cat.

Feel free to check other cat food reviews on our website to choose the best one for your feline. For cats, “healthy” means “active and ready to play” to satisfy their carnivore instincts. So, help your cat live a healthy and happy life: feed it right.

I’m Kimberly Baumgart, a future veterinary physician from Manhattan, Kansas. Volunteering in animal shelters and assisting in the local vet hospital, I help pet owners learn more about feline lifestyle. Read my works on Catpet.Club blog to discover the world of healthy nutrition and well-being for your four-legged friend.

2 Comments

  • Janey

    My cats are new to wet food. I have fed them blue dry, and needed to incorporate wet food in their diet, as they don’t drink enough water. They really like Sheba. However, today I opened a container and it had black bugs in it. The cats probably wouldn’t have minded, but it was extremely disgusting to me and I threw it away!

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