Sosa Pet Cat food has really cool marketing. You may not know I’m a photographer in my spare time, so when browsing their website I was really impressed with the photography they used.
But this review isn’t about photography, or how cool the marketing is. It’s about how good Sosa Pet might be for your cat.
Let’s take a look:
What the marketing says
Sosa Pet is a subscription cat food, so you fill out a form and schedule regular deliveries.
According to the Sosa Pet website I’d be “an idiot not to subscribe” – a quote from one Instagram influencer.
Another Influencer says “A weight off my shoulders, mind and third eye”. I’m not even sure what that means, or what it means for your cat, so I guess I’m too old for how these new-fangled people operate.
Some claims which stick out about Soha Pet are:
- 100% natural.
- Australian ingredients including Australian caught fish.
- Ph balanced nutrition.
- Packed with everything your cat needs for a healthy happy life.
- Oh, and “Nice choice”.
Further digging found some spiel about how cat food can be dodgy, which it definitely can be. Sosa say they are proudly transparent about their ingredients, being packed with real meat, no artificial preservatives or colours, and no cheap fillers.
Sadly though, they’re not transparent about wholegrain cereals in their formulas, which is something I consider not overly appropriate for your cat… but hold your horses because 1 of the 3 dry formulas is actually quite good.
From the ingredients I’m not sure about the 100% natural claim, as they don’t strike me as 100% natural for your cat.
What the ingredients really say
You can buy Sosa Cat dry food in “Tuna”, “Beef”, or “Grain-Free & Gluten Free” which is based on Mackerel and Salmon.
The Tuna and Beef formulas, in a nutshell, both contain cereals and sweet potato, which your cat doesn’t need.
30% protein is okay, but I find 9.5% a little low on fat for a cat. It’s not even listed as a guaranteed minimum, so may be even less, which means more unnecessary carbs.
I estimate 42.5% carbs for your carnivorous cat, so that’s a real shame, and I’d go as far as saying not appropriate.
However, the grain-free & gluten free cat food looks much better.
This formula (which I assume will cost you more) has slightly more protein at 32%, more fat at 16%, and in turn will be less carbs – I estimate around 34%.
The main ingredients are mackerel and salmon, and then sweet potato. You can tell how much sweet potato there is based on the 34% carbs, but this isn’t bad compared to other dry cat foods.
By the looks of it, those two ingredients make up the bulk of the formula.
It’s good to see this formula doesn’t have cereal grains either, which I find to be really problematic for a cat to digest (most cats end up with renal issues, and I see this as a main reason with most cat foods being full of them).
There’s some good things to say about the rest of the ingredients in all the Sosa Cat dry formulas, and these are what makes this food a little more preferable to others on the market.
Coconut oil, turmeric, parsley, pre & probiotics, and alfalfa, in moderation, should benefit your cat.
It’s a shame to see an ambiguous source of fat – “natural fats and oils” – when I thought they were being transparent? It’s better when pet foods state exactly what ingredients are, as that really doesn’t tell us anything. What can be classified as “natural”? Are we talking about animal fats which are beneficial to your cat, or some other kind of fat from plant sources?
All in all I found myself a little disappointed with what looked like a really cool cat food brand. I’ve reviewed many much worse cat foods, but also many which are better. Maybe in time they’ll will improve their formulas, because they having the marketing skills down to a tee.
The Sosa wet cat food is little more than tuna, chicken, and essential vitamins and minerals.
The ingredients of Sosa Grain-Free & Gluten Free cat food formula:
Mackerel and salmon, sweet potato, alfalfa, natural fats and oils, omega 3,6 & 9, coconut oil, turmeric, parsley, pre & probiotic, kelp, vitamins A, C,D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, taurine, pantothenic acid, folacin, biotin and natural organic acids, plus minerals, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, manganese and iodine. Also contains Yucca Shidigera extract and natural flavours. Preserved using natural vitamin E and rosemary extract.
For reference, here are the ingredients of the Tuna formula (and Beef is similar):
Tuna and tuna flavour; mackerel, salmon, fish meat, wholegrain cereals, sweet potato, alfalfa, natural fats and oils, meat & meat by-products (poultry, beef, lamb and/or pork), omega 3, 6 & 9, coconut oil, turmeric, parsley, pre & probiotic, kelp, ; cereal protein; poultry digest; all essential vitamins and minerals; amino acids (including taurine); antioxidants, vitamins A, C,D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, taurine, pantothenic acid, folacin, biotin and natural organic acids, minerals, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, manganese and iodine, yucca shidigera extract, natural flavours & colours, vitamin E, rosemary extract
Sosa don’t state whether they are using a guaranteed analysis or a typical analysis, which adds yet more uncertainty. Interestingly the grain-free and gluten free formula lists a minimum protein, but the other two formulas don’t. What that means is there may be even more carbs than I estimated.
None of the formulas state fat percentage is minimum, so that may also lose out in favour of more unnecessary carbohydrates.
The analysis of Sosa Grain-Free & Gluten Free cat food formula:
|Fat||16% (min or max not stated)|
|Crude Fibre||4% (max)|
|Carbohydrates||34% (note the other formulas are estimated around 42.5% carbs)|
Header image sourced from Sosa Pet Instagram account @sosa.pet
It’s not as good as it looks, unfortunately. There are good points about Sosa Pet cat food, but it’s not great seeing cereal grains, potato, high carbs or low fat for a cat food. I’m not even sure if the fat content is animal fat or somethings else – and they state on the website they like to be transparent.