Orijen Cat Food Purchasing Guide 2021

Orijen Cat Food Introduction

Orijen cat food is produced by Champion Petfoods in Canada and ACANA is also produced by Champion Petfoods. Champion Petfoods presents the highest level in the pet industry. The company adheres to the biological rules of natural diet and use fresh raw materials to manufacture products. It does not make food for other companies, and does not allow others to make food for them. From the raw materials to the final products are controlled by itself, which is very trustworthy.
The brand has been certified by the Canadian government and sold in 45 countries around the world. It is a well-known brand both at home and abroad. There are currently 5 flavors of dry cat food under the Orijen (origin) brand, which are Orijen chicken, six kinds of fish, Orijen red meat, Orijen tundra, and diet food. At present, Orijen chicken, Six Fish, and diet food are sold in China.

How to Choose Cat Food?

Ingredients list: The main ingredients of a good cat food should not have by product, too much grain, poultry and animal fat. You all know the by-products, chicken and duck necks. In the case of cereals, these are corn and gluten. If poultry meat and fat are not marked with specific animal species, it may be not good. The ingredients that must be avoided are soy, BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, Phytoastrogen and so on. During the evaluation, I will focus on the top five items in the ingredient list.
Protein: This has always been controversial. If cats exercise more and is at a young age, you can choose high-protein food. If it gets older and have little exercise, try to choose moderate protein.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are the main reason why our cats get fat. So the smaller the value, the better. Many cat dry foods on the market have a carbohydrate content between 30%-50%, which is very unhealthy cat food. But it is generally not written in the nutritional composition analysis table of the brand, so we use a simple publicity calculation. Carbohydrate%=100%-(Protein+Fiber+Fat+Moisture+Ash)% (Ash will be marked by some brands, and some will not. If it is not marked, we will default to 7% in the calculation.)
Mineral content: This time the mineral content is added, because a low percentage of magnesium can help protect the urinary system, and if the content of calcium and phosphorus is higher, it can also cause urine crystal stones. So we also consider minerals when evaluating cat food.

Types of Orijen cat food and Ingredients analysis

1.ORIJEN Six Fish Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

This ORIJEN Six Fish Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is rich in high protein, low carbohydrate, and suitable for cats of all stages. Two-thirds of the fish in ORJEN is fresh (refrigerated, no preservatives) or RAW (quick frozen, no preservatives). Use fresh whole fish (including fish, organs and cartilage) and only add three nutritional additives: zinc, copper and choline.
Granules: ORIJEN Six Fish Grain-Free Dry Cat Food granules are uniform and full, and the size is relatively small, to avoid cats from gobbled up and cause danger, and small-sized cat food is easy to digest.
Smell: Because the main raw material of this cat food is fish, the fishy smell is relatively heavy, but the fish smell is also more obvious, not the smell of those additives.
Taste: Because of the use of a lot of sea fish, the taste of this cat food is relatively salty, and it also has a relatively large fishy smell.
Fresh intact Pacific sardines (26%), fresh intact Pacific cod (9%), fresh intact Pacific mackerel (8%), fresh intact Pacific flounder (5%), fresh intact rockfish (5%), fresh intact flounder (5%), whole mackerel (dehydrated, 5%), whole herring (dehydrated, 5%), whole blue cod (dehydrated, 5%), herring oil (5%), Alaskan cod (dehydrated, 5%) , Whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole green peas, sunflower oil (cold pressed), whole sardines (dehydrated, 1.5%), lentil fiber, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, cod liver (freeze-dried ), fresh pumpkin, fresh whole winter squash, fresh whole squash, fresh whole parsnip, fresh radish, fresh whole apple, fresh whole Butter pear, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beet, fresh carrot vegetable, brown Kelp, whole cranberry, whole blueberry, whole Saskatoon berry, chicory root. Turmeric, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, hollyhock root, rose hip
Nutrition analysis
Crude protein: It can be seen that the top 6 raw materials are fresh fish. The main protein comes from fresh fish, which is as high as 58%. In addition, dehydrated fish also accounted for 21.5%, a total of 79.5%, which is so high. The proportion of fish meat directly pulls the protein content of this grain to a very high level. In addition to fish, this cat food contains a variety of legumes, which are a source of plant protein. With a high proportion of fish, the protein content of cat food is as high as 42%, and it is basically animal protein.
Fat content: The fat content standard of cat food is 14%-20%, and the fat content of this cat food is 20%, which is relatively high. If your cat is thin and weak, Orijen cat food is undoubtedly a good choice, but older cats may be “deficient and not tonic.”
Crude fiber: Generally speaking, crude fiber is less than or equal to 6%, even if it is a relatively high-quality cat food. Orijen’s six kinds of fish have a crude fiber content of 3%, which meets the standard of hypoallergenic cat food. This cat food is very friendly to cats with delicate stomachs.
Taurine: Cats cannot synthesize taurine by themselves, so cat food should preferably contain taurine, otherwise it will easily lead to cat retinal degeneration and even blindness. The content of taurine in this cat food is 0.3%. It can be said that all aspects of the cat’s needs have been taken into consideration.
Purchasing advice
The meat of this cat food is whole fish. If your cat is allergic to fish, please think carefully. The most important feature of this cat food is the source of fish meat. It belongs to fresh wild fish and is a cat food that meets the “natural food” standard. If cats value the freshness of meat, they can choose this cat food. However, the price of this cat food is also the most expensive of all imported cat food.
Feeding method
Kittens: After weaning (after 5 weeks of age), feed 1/4 cup for every 1 pound of body weight. At 20 weeks (5 months), feed 1/8 cup per 1 pound of body weight. Feed as an adult at 52 weeks
Pregnancy: 25% increase in daily feeding
Lactation period: feeding freely
Tips: When changing diet, it is important for your cat to switch diet, because her digestive system needs time to adapt to the richer nutritional levels in ORIJEN. Over a period of 5-7 days, gradually mix ORIJEN and increase the amount every day to feed 100% ORIJEN on the 7th day.

2.ORIJEN Cat & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

ORIJEN Cat & Kitten contains 40% protein and 19% low-glycemic carbohydrates. 2/3 of ORJEN meat is FRESH (refrigerated, no preservatives) or RAW (quick frozen, no preservatives), including the first 10 ingredients. Under 90°C, one-third of fresh chicken, turkey and fish is gently dehydrated to create a concentrated source of nutrient protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meat alone. The nutrient-rich WholePrey™ ratio of fresh meat, organs and cartilage plus fresh whole fish and eggs provides a natural source of almost every nutrient your cat or kitten needs.
Suitable for cats: kittens and adult cats
Fresh chicken (18%), fresh turkey (7%), fresh whole eggs (5%), fresh chicken liver (5%), fresh whole flounder (4%), fresh whole herring (4%), fresh turkey Liver (4%), fresh chicken heart (4%), fresh turkey heart (4%), fresh chicken neck (4%), chicken (dehydrated 4%), turkey (dehydrated 4%), mackerel, all Sardines (dehydrated, 4%), whole herring (dehydrated, 4%), chicken fat (3%), whole red lentils, whole peas, whole green lentils, whole chickpeas, yellow peas, lentils (1%), herring Oil (1%), chicken liver (freeze-dried), turkey liver (freeze-dried), fresh pumpkin, fresh winter squash, fresh zucchini, fresh parsnips, fresh carrots, fresh red apples, fresh Bartlett pears, fresh cabbage , Fresh spinach, fresh beets, fresh radishes, brown kelp, cranberries, blueberries, Saskatoon berries, chicory root, turmeric root, cow thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rose hip, Enterococcus faecium.
Nutrition analysis
With a meat content of 85%, 11 of the top 12 recipes are fresh meat, which fully meets cats’ meat needs.
The remaining 15% are all fresh vegetables and fruits, which is a grain-free formula.
No chemical synthetic substances are added, only three nutritional additives.
No plant protein extracts or concentrates (potato or pea protein); no high-glycemic carbohydrates (cassava, potatoes, rice); no gluten or grains.
Feeding method
Kittens: After weaning (after 5 weeks of age), feed 1/4 cup for every 1 pound of body weight. At 20 weeks (5 months), feed 1/8 cup per 1 pound of body weight. Feed as an adult at 52 weeks
Pregnancy: 25% increase in daily feeding
Lactation period: freely
Purchasing advice
Orijen cat food has always been more expensive than other brands of cat food, but its excellent formula and raw materials make it a favorite of many shit shovelers. If budget permits, Orijen’s full-stage kitten and adult cat food will be your first choice for feeding cats.

3. ORIJEN Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

This Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is rich in meat, 85% meat content, 32% of which is fresh meat. The fresh meat in this cat food is mainly beef and pork, and lamb and chicken occupy a less part. Among them, Angus beef is a famous beef variety in the UK, but it should be produced on Canadian farms. North American plain bison is also a popular beef variety on the American table. Fresh fruits and vegetables ensure the nutritional needs of cats in addition to their meat needs. The formula does not contain any grains, no chemical additives, and no artificial food attractants.
Fresh Angus beef (8%), fresh wild boar (4%), fresh North American plains wild beef (4%), fresh or raw Romney lamb 4%), New Yorkshire pork (4%), fresh Beef liver (4%), fresh wild boar liver (4%), fresh tripe (4%), fresh whole peppers (4%), fresh whole eggs (4%), lamb (dehydrated 4%), beef (dehydrated 4 %), whole herring (dehydrated 3.5%), whole sardines (dehydrated 3.5%), lamb (dehydrated 3.5%), beef tallow (3.5%), fresh beef kidney (3.5%), fresh beef heart (3.5%) pork (dehydrated) 3.5%), whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole peas, lentil fiber, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, fresh pork liver (1.5%), fresh lamb liver (1.5%%), Alaskan cod (Dehydrated, 1.5%), herring oil (1%), lamb tripe (1%), beef cartilage (dehydrated, 1%), sun-dried alfalfa, beef liver (freeze-dried) (freeze-dried), fresh whole pumpkin, fresh Whole zucchini, fresh whole European radishes, fresh carrots, fresh whole red apples, fresh whole Bartlett pears, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beets, fresh radishes, brown kelp, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, whole berries, Chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rose hip, Enterococcus faecium.
Nutrition analysis
42% crude protein, 10% higher than AAFCO’s 30% standard, the crude protein content is no problem.
The 20% crude fat is also higher than the minimum standard of AAFCO, and the crude fat content is no problem.
The carbohydrate is only 17%, which is a relatively low level, 1% higher than that of the Six Fish, but the difference is not obvious.

The calcium and phosphorus content is higher than that of Six Fish, and the omega content is lower than that of Six Fish.
Feeding method
Kittens: After weaning (after 5 weeks of age), feed 1/4 cup for every 1 pound of body weight. At 20 weeks (5 months), feed 1/8 cup per 1 pound of body weight. Feed as an adult at 52 weeks
Pregnancy: 25% increase in daily feeding
Lactation period: freely
Purchasing advice
This cat food is rich in meat, and it is all large animal meat. It is recommended to pay attention to whether the cat’s stomach can adapt. If the cat’s stomach can adapt, this cat food is a very good choice.

4.ORIJEN Tundra Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

This Orijen Tundra Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is in line with cat biology. 85% meat content, 15% fruits and vegetables, low-carbon and grain-free, simulating the evolution of cats in nature, through a reasonable ratio of fresh meat, viscera and cartilage, to meet cats’ fresh, diverse and high nutritional value diet needs. Fresh raw materials, reliable sources. Two-thirds of the meat is fresh (refrigerated) or fresh (extremely frozen), containing the most natural protein and fat; one-third of the meat is also low-temperature dried, which can provide rich protein that fresh meat cannot satisfy.
Boneless goat, boneless wild boar, boneless Arctic char, boneless venison, iron trout, boneless duck, duck liver, mutton, whole sardines, mutton liver, mutton meal, duck meat, cod fish meal, lamb meal, blue cod meal, herring meal, mackerel meal, whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green beans, whole chickpeas, lentil fiber, wild boar liver, duck fat, natural fish flavor , Whole navy beans, whole yellow peas, cod oil, goat cartilage, goat liver, goat belly, goat tripe, wild boar kidney, deer liver, deer heart, wild boar heart, goat heart, choline chloride, dried kelp, frozen dried goat liver, freeze-dried deer liver, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservatives), protein zinc, whole zucchini, whole parsnips, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, kale, spinach, beets, Green radish, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, thiamine mononitrate, copper protein, chicory root, turmeric root, lavender, hibiscus root, rose hip, dried enterococcus faecalis fermented products.
Nutrition analysis
Six kinds of fish: wild deep-sea fishes in the Arctic Ocean in Vancouver
Chicken: Fresh chicken and turkey from local Canadian farms, with fresh/dried intact deep-sea fish
Red meat: Fresh Angus beef, wild boar, wild beef, pork, lamb, with fresh/dried whole deep-sea fish.
Eight kinds of tundra meat: fresh goat, wild boar, venison, salmon, duck, lamb, trout.
Feeding method
Kittens: After weaning (after 5 weeks of age), feed 1/4 cup for every 1 pound of body weight. At 20 weeks (5 months), feed 1/8 cup per 1 pound of body weight. Feed as an adult at 52 weeks
Pregnancy: 25% increase in daily feeding
Lactation period: feeding “free choice”

5.ORIJEN Fit & Trim Grain-Free Dry Cat Food

ORIJEN Fit & Trim Grain-Free Dry Cat Food is made from 85% animal sources and 15% fruits and vegetables. Grain-free grits that do not contain soy, corn, wheat or tapioca flour. The fat content of this diet food is 15%, while other types are basically about 20%, so it is very friendly to fat cats. However, as far as weight loss is concerned, controlling its intake is the most important thing. Although the calories of weight loss food are relatively low, if you have to supply unlimited amounts every day, the cat still can’t lose weight.
Boneless chicken, chicken liver, turkey liver, boneless turkey, whole egg, flounder, turkey heart, full Atlantic herring, chicken heart, cod liver, dehydrated chicken liver, fully dehydrated egg, dehydrated sardine, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey , Dehydrated herring, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green beans, whole green lentils, whole navy beans, whole chickpeas, natural cod flavor, dried pumpkin, lentil fiber, chicken fat, chicken cartilage, Turkey cartilage, dehydrated carrots, dehydrated butternut squash, choline chloride, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, mixed tocopherols (preservatives), protein zinc, dried kelp, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, freeze-dried cod Liver, kale, spinach, mustard greens, kale, turnip greens, whole carrots, whole apples, whole pears, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, protein copper, chicory root, turmeric, water chestnut root, hibiscus flower root, rose hips, juniper Berries, Lactobacillus acidophilus dry fermentation products, Bifidobacterium animalis dry fermentation products, Lactobacillus casei dry fermentation products.
Nutrition analysis
Crude protein 44% minimum
Crude fat 15%
Crude fiber up to 6%
Moisture up to 10%
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) 0.15%
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 0.15%
Calcium 1.8% minimum
Phosphorus 1.5%
Magnesium 0.1%
Taurine 0.1%
OMEGA-6 fatty acid 3%
OMEGA-3 fatty acid 1.2% minimum
Total number of microorganisms 100 million CFU/lb

About Orijen cat food

1. Why is Orijen cat food so expensive?
Why Orijen sells for such a high price is not only related to its 85% meat content, but also because of the good source of meat and the guaranteed quality. Looking at the recipe, you can know that the first few cat foods are real fresh meat, instead of meat meal (meat meal is often not made of good meat) or pea protein (plant protein is not easy to digest for cats) to forcefully improve cat food The protein content of the cat food, and the lack of potatoes, which is called “grain-free”, can increase the carbohydrate content of cat food. The better the cat food, the clearer the ingredient formula, including the proportion, and whether the meat is fresh. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to say that the more expensive cat food is, the better.
2. How to distinguish the authenticity of Orijen cat food?
Anti-counterfeiting: Orijen’s general agent in China is Taiwan Orijen Pet Food Co., Ltd. The agency will affix anti-counterfeiting marks for the sake of authenticity. At present, Orijen cat food will be affixed with two anti-counterfeiting labels at the same time. The anti-counterfeiting labels are not missed, so everyone must first look for the double standards when buying.
AAFCO: American Feed Management Association (short for Association of American Feed Control Officials),
AAFCO is a non-government organization, nor a regulatory agency, nor does it have any compulsory law enforcement capabilities. The biggest contribution made by AAFCO is: pet food nutrition standards and feeding test standards. At present, the most widely recognized nutritional index of dry cat food is published by AAFCO in the United States.
3. How long does Orijen 5.4kg cat food usually take?
Because kittens are growing and developing, their feeding amount will change rapidly as their body size grows. It is difficult to find a stable feeding amount value, even in their teenage years (5-8 months) they will eat more than adult cats. Therefore, we use the standard weight of adult cats to do the calculation. Under normal circumstances, a cat has a normal adult cat’s normal posture (about 5kg), and the cat’s daily feeding amount is about 65g and about 1.8kg per month.
4. Will cats have soft stools when they eat Orijen?
There are many reasons for soft stools, and they all require patience to investigate.
5. What are the common adverse reactions of Orijen cat food?
Allergic to food
Orijen cat food basically contains fish meat. Although the allergy rate is not high, if you encounter an allergic cat, it is recommended to do an allergen test or try a single-meat hypoallergenic cat food.
Intestinal flora disorders
Just like some people are prone to diarrhea when eating everything, cats with glass stomachs can only be adjusted slowly, or try to change food to find the most suitable one.
6. How long is the shelf life of cat food? What is the shelf life of Orijen cat food?
How long can the general opened cat food be stored at room temperature? The opened cat food can be stored in the shade for a week, but it is best to eat it as soon as possible. The storage of cat food should be sealed, dry, and hygienic, and high temperature storage should be avoided. It is particularly important to choose a dry and clean environment for storage. Choose a ventilated, dry, cool and low temperature environment to place the bucket so that the cat food will not deteriorate during the shelf life.
The shelf life of Orijen cat food is generally on the top of the back of the package, with a white note and a string of characters at the beginning of the word “BB”. “BB” is the acronym for “bestbefore”. Bestbefore means the best expiration date; in addition, “BestBefore” does not mean that it must expire in foreign countries, but according to domestic regulations, it can be directly understood as the shelf life.


Although the Orijen formula is good, it also depends on whether the cat’s stomach can adapt. During the food change period, you must slowly transition from the old food to the new food, especially for cats with poor stomachs. The first time you buy, it is best to buy a small package to try, so as not to buy too many cats and not eat it.
As for whether cat food is more expensive, the better, I think it is in terms of ingredients and formula, but the best is not necessarily the most suitable. Of course, it’s not expensive (but too cheap is definitely not good). You can try different foods on the premise of good formulas to find the most suitable cat.
Calculated on the basis of 5kg per cat, 60g of Orijen cat food a day, the cost of one month is 200 RMB. If it is a single cat family and you can afford the food, you might as well try to feed Orijen to your cat, which is not too expensive overall.

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