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Nature’s Logic is the only cat food on the market without any artificial ingredients. They use wholesome ingredients to meet cats nutritional needs, not synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements. The company also has a very good history of safety and quality.
Is Nature’s Logic a good cat food brand?
Nature’s Logic has formulated their foods to meet the nutritional needs of cats without the use of synthetic vitamins and minerals. This is truly unique in the pet food world and requires significant nutritional knowledge to do so. Unfortunately, the company is very small so they must outsource most of their formulation, testing and manufacturing. However, they still appear to have an excellent understanding of feline nutrition and pet food production as a whole.
Additionally, Nature’s Logic is an extremely transparent company. They post nearly all of their nutrition information online, and respond to customer inquiries quickly. They readily reveal who performs feeding trials and who manufacturers their food, which is an uncommon level of transparency in the pet food industry.
Of course their nutrition is great as well. The foods have a high meat content, especially the canned diets. There are no plant proteins or by-products. The phosphorus content of the food is relatively well controlled and all foods have an omega-3 EPA and DHA source. The only real downside to their foods is a lack of variety. Owners of cats with medical conditions or picky eaters may have some difficulty finding a food that works for them. However, many people have found that Nature’s Logic foods are great for cats with sensitive stomachs.
Who Makes Nature’s Logic?
Nature’s Logic was started in 2006 by Scott Freeman, who is still closely involved in the company. The company was bought by VisioCap LLC in 2017, which provided significant monetary investment to help the brand grow.
About Nature’s Logic
Company Know How
Nature’s Logic is a small company and therefore must outsource much of their knowledge base. However, the company seems to have a good handle on using the information they receive. Nutritional formulation is outsourced to both the manufacturers and a veterinary nutritionist.
The mission behind Nature’s Logic is to create pet foods that are nutritionally complete without the use of any synthetic ingredients such as vitamin mixes. Developing and selling this type of food involves significantly more technical knowledge than standard pet food. All of their foods have undergone AAFCO feeding trials to prove that the food is in fact nutritionally complete. However, they do not take this opportunity to test their foods for urine pH or digestibility. Nature’s Logic has opted to skip this essential data that typically goes along with a feeding trial.
Nature’s Logic was founded to “provide the safest and most nutritious 100% all-natural products.” So far, they have appeared to keep this goal in mind. They also are making efforts towards sustainability.
Unfortunately Nature’s Logic is owned by an investment group, VisioCap LLC. However, all of VisioCap’s companies focus on quality natural products. Nature’s Logic still maintains its focus on high-quality natural pet food. It appears that management has a strong passion for pet food, with their current CEO having significant experience in the natural pet food industry.
Nature’s Logic is a small company that is unable to manufacture their own food. They are very transparent in who makes their products. They also claim to make an effort to be physically present for most production runs. The kibble is made by CJ Foods in Nebraska; canned for is made by Simmons in Kansas; raw food is made by Raw Basics in Wisconsin. CJ Foods and Simmons are both large private-label manufacturers.
Nature’s Logic Recalls
This food has never been recalled. Nor could we find any major customer complaints.
It is great news that Nature’s Logic has never been recalled. From an outside view, it appears that Nature’s Logic is of very high quality.
Their canned food manufacturer, Simmons, has had recalls on other company’s products (Blue Buffalo and Wellness) for elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. Nature’s Logic also has a line of canned beef pet food. It is unclear if better quality control or simply luck caused them to avoid a recall.
Clean Label Project
The Clean Label Project, an independent consumer advocacy group, tested two of Nature’s Logic’s foods. This group tests for contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and acrylamide. Both were dry kibbles, Sardine Meal Feast and Chicken Meal Feast.
Sardine Meal Feast was rated one out of five stars and Chicken Meal Feast was rated three out of five stars. Low ratings are very common in fish-based cat foods, due to the heavy metal contamination in our oceans. Additionally, three stars is a common rating for cat foods with high meat content and is not cause for concern.
We have found Nature’s Logic to be extremely transparent. Not only do they post extremely extensive nutritional information on their website, but their customer support responds quickly and gives detailed information.
What Foods Does Nature’s Logic Make?
Nature’s Logic has six wet cat foods and four dry cat foods in their lineup. They also have a handful of supplements such as dehydrated bone broth, canned pumpkin puree and freeze-dried treats.
Nature’s Logic Wet Food Offerings
Nature’s Logic has a small line of six wet cat foods, each with a different protein source. All of their wet cat foods come in 5.5 oz cans and are pate texture.
Nature’s Logic Wet Food Nutrition Review
The ingredient list is where Nature’s Logic is truly unique. These foods lack any sort of synthetic supplement such as vitamins, minerals or taurine. All the necessary nutrients come from natural food ingredients.
The primary ingredients are meat, with ingredients like heart and liver providing taurine. After meat, dried egg product is included, likely to enhance texture. Overall this food has a very high meat content.
Montmorillonite clay is included as an anti-caking agent and a natural source of magnesium. Herring oil is the source of healthy EPA and DHA omega-3s in this cat food.
The main source of B vitamins in this cat food is brewers dried yeast. This offers a natural alternative to synthetic vitamin supplements. It also has the added benefit of soluble fiber. Alfalfa meal, chicory root and pumpkin are the other fiber sources in this food.
Towards the end of the ingredient list Nature’s Logic wet cat food has several fruits and vegetables. These include apple, apricot, artichoke, blueberry etc. Oftentimes these ingredients are added for marketing value more than nutritional value, however Nature’s Logic uses very little imagery of these ingredients in their promotional materials. Given the unique formulation of these foods it is possible that these ingredients are playing some nutritional role for vitamins and minerals.
Other interesting ingredients in this food are egg shell meal (calcium source) and dried kelp (iodine source).
The average dry matter protein content for Nature’s Logic wet cat food is 48%. The average dry matter fat is 31%, but ranged from 15% in the sardine flavor to 39% in the beef flavor. The average dry matter carbohydrate content is 4.2%.
The fat content of this food is on the high end, with the exclusion of the sardine and rabbit recipes. However, this rarely causes issues for cats. The protein content along with the ingredient list and carbohydrate content proves that this food does have a very high meat content. 4% dry matter carbohydrate content is low, even for canned cat food.
The dry matter phosphorus content of Nature’s Logic canned cat foods ranges from 0.82% in the Beef Feast recipe to 2.22% in the Sardine Feast recipe. The average phosphorus content overall is 1.3% on a dry matter basis.
With the exception of Sardine Feast, phosphorus levels are well controlled in these foods. This is great news for cats, since undiagnosed kidney disease is extremely common.
Considering that this food includes herring oil, EPA and DHA omega-3s are well covered. These omega-3s are not actually required in adult cat food, but are still nutritionally important. Therefore it is always a good idea to check for fish oil in the ingredients list.
Nature’s Logic’s Dry Food Offerings
There are four varieties of dry food made by Nature’s Logic. These include a chicken variety, rabbit variety, sardine variety and a turkey variety.
Nature’s Logic Dry Food Nutrition Review
The four foods made by Nature’s Logic all have a similar pattern to their ingredients. The first ingredient is a meat meal, chicken, rabbit, sardine or turkey. With the exception of Rabbit Meal Feast, this first ingredient is the sole animal protein and it makes up the majority of the food. The fact that this first ingredient is listed as “meal” is great because it means that even after all of the water is removed, the number one ingredient in this food is still meat.
The carbohydrate source for this food is millet. All dry foods require a carbohydrate source in order to give them a structure.
Most of the other ingredients in this food are added to provide various vitamins and minerals. Since Nature’s Logic does not use any synthetic vitamin or mineral supplements there are many somewhat unusual ingredients in this food. Yeast culture is a natural source of B vitamins. Alfalfa nutrient concentrate provides fiber. Dried kelp provides iodine. Montmorillonite clay helps keep ingredients flowing in production, but is also a natural source of magnesium.
The food also contains several different probiotics, for example dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product and dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
Really the most unique thing about Nature’s Logic is what is not on the ingredients list. This food is truly an all-natural diet. It lacks synthetic nutrients or by-products.
The dry matter protein content for Nature’s Logic dry foods is roughly 42%. This indicates a high meat content in the food and is a higher than average protein content for a dry kibble. The average dry matter fat content is 17%.
The average dry matter carbohydrate content is 26%. This is definitely on the lower end of carbohydrate content for dry kibbles.
The calorie count for these dry foods is very high. With the exception of Sardine Meal Feast, calories sit at about 520 per a cup. The Sardine Meal Feast is still high at 457 calories per a cup. Due to the high calorie count of the dry kibbles, we would recommend feeding a portion of your cat’s diet as wet food to help maintain a lean figure.
The dry matter phosphorus content of Nature’s Logic dry cat foods ranges from 1.1% to 1.9%, with Sardine Meal Feast being the highest. These are decent phosphorus levels for a healthy cat, but we would recommend choosing the chicken, rabbit or turkey flavors over the sardine flavor.
The sardine meal or menhaden fish meal ingredients in the dry kibble provide EPA and DHA omega-3s. These are extremely important nutrients for cats. It is unclear what the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is in this food, and we would prefer to see fish oil included in the food as an ingredient.