Sheba Cat Food Review: The Popular Perfect Portions Kitty Meals

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Sheba cat food commercials have often caught my attention. They successfully portray their wet cat food (they don’t make dry cat food) as something cats love. They also make it seem like the formula is full of high-quality meat, and that there is a large range of flavors to choose from.

I was tempted by their marketing since I prioritize being able to feed my cat high-quality meat, as cats are consummate carnivores and meat is the most important part of their diet. Also, when I find a cat food range that works well for my cat, I like to have a lot of different options. This is because feeding your cat the same meat on a regular basis can cause them to develop an allergy to that meat, so being able to mix it up is important.

I looked out for Sheba products at my preferred retailer and found that Sheba’s Perfect Portions wet cat food was both affordable and available, so I took the time to determine if what is in the recipe lives up to the marketing.

Read on to learn more about the Sheba cat food brand, and what exactly you will find inside each Perfect Portion.

 

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Our Top Pick from Sheba

Here’s our favorite Sheba meal:

Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entrée

Disclaimer: I found that while Sheba is a pretty good quality cat food, it’s not perfect. While it uses named meats as its first ingredient in each recipe, it also uses a lot of meat by-products, which means I can’t be sure of the overall quality of the meat that I am feeding my cat.

 

So Which Sheba Perfect Portions Food is Tastiest?

 

Sheba Cat Food Reviews

I found that Sheba’s Perfect Portions cat food is the only one of their lines available from my preferred retailer, so I focussed my personal research on this line. Read on to have a look at what is inside their top five Perfect Portions lines.

 

1. Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entrée Cat Food

Sheba’s chicken recipe is full of fresh chicken, with minimal added carbohydrates that cats simply don’t need. While there is nothing wrong with the meat by-products added to this dish, it does mean that there is little to distinguish it from Sheba’s other recipes.

 

Pros

  • High in protein
  • High in moisture
  • Minimal carbohydrates
  • Minimal plant matter
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals

 

Cons

  • Uses animal by-products

 

It is good to see a named meat, in this case, chicken, as the primary ingredient in this dish, after chicken broth, which provides the required moisture for the recipe and gives cats much of the moisture that they need in their diet.

It is also good to see chicken liver added to the recipe as liver is extremely nutritious to cats in appropriate portions. However, it is not just these two named types of meat that give this recipe its high protein levels. It also contains both poultry and meat by-products.

There is nothing wrong with poultry and meat by-products, which are a mix of leftovers from the slaughtering and butchering process. By-products can be very healthy for cats as they can contain skin, smaller organs, ground bone, and so forth, all of which are part of a cat’s natural diet in the wild and contain nutrients that are good for them.

The problem with by-product is that you are never exactly sure what your cat is getting in the mix, and therefore what quality it is. As such, I don’t like that it appears in this recipe in such a high-quantity, and I don’t think that it is really in line with the marketing of this as a premium cat food.

However, it is good to see that this recipe is made up almost entirely from meat products, with only a little bit of tapioca starch for thickening. Cats are consummate carnivores and do not really need carbohydrates or a lot of plant matter in their diet, so when you see these ingredients in wet food, they are largely empty filler. There is almost no empty filler in this recipe.

The recipe is enriched with a variety of vitamins and minerals which are included in all of Sheba’s Perfect Portions products. Added nutrients include essential taurine, a variety of B vitamins, vitamin E and D3 supplements, and folic acid.

 

Nutritional Profile

  • Crude Protein 9% minimum
  • Crude Fat 5% minimum
  • Rude Fiber 1.5% maximum
  • Moisture 80% maximum

 

First Five Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Liver
  • Poultry By-Products
  • Meat By-Products
  • Tapioca Starch

 

Overall: High Protein Chicken Dinner

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2. Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Whitefish and Tuna Entrée Cat Food

While this is another recipe that is high in meat-based protein and low in carbohydrates, there is, in fact, little to distinguish this seafood recipe from Sheba’s other dishes as it is based on the same meat by-products.

 

Pros

  • High in protein
  • Uses named meat at first ingredient
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Low in plant matter
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals

 

Cons

  • Uses by-products
  • Contains meats not included in the dish name

 

This is Sheba’s seafood version of the chicken recipe already reviewed. It uses whitefish as its first named ingredient, with tuna a bit further down the list. Whitefish is not a specific fish, but rather a general term for a mix of fish including cod, whiting, haddock, hake, and pollock.

It uses guar gum as a thickener rather than tapioca starch, but has the same minimal carbohydrate and plant-matter content, offering a dish that is mostly just meat, enriched with essential vitamins and minerals.

What is not great to see is the use of by-products again, and it is also not great to see the pretty hefty use of meat and chicken, neither of which appear in the recipe name, despite the fact that there are more meat by-products and chicken liver in this recipe than there is tuna. I feel like this is quite misleading, and it means that the recipe is not that different from Sheba’s chicken recipe, which also contains chicken, chicken liver, poultry by-products, and meat by-products.

 

Nutritional Profile

  • Crude protein 9% minimum
  • Crude fat 5% minimum
  • Crude fiber 1.5% maximum
  • Moisture 80% maximum

 

First Five Ingredients

  • Whitefish
  • Meat Broth
  • Meat By-Products
  • Chicken Liver
  • Tuna, Chicken

 

Overall: Fish Flavored Feed

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3. Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Beef Entrée Cat Food

Liver is great for your cat, but they certainly should not be eating such a liver-rich meal every day, but it is great for the occasional treat. Again, this recipe is very similar to Sheba’s other offerings.

 

Pros

  • High in protein
  • Named meat as the first ingredient
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Low in plant matter
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals

 

Cons

  • Uses meat by-products
  • Heavy in meats not listed in recipe name
  • Contains significant amounts of liver

 

Looking at this recipe, you will see that it is not very different from the previous two recipes as it is based on a mixture of meat by-products, poultry by-products, chicken, and chicken liver, with the meat named on the recipe, beef, being added only in the form of beef liver.

The result is a recipe that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, contains almost no plant matter filler, and that is enriched with essential vitamins and minerals. But the result is also a recipe that differs very little from Sheba’s chicken and whitefish recipes.

A line of cat food that basically uses the same meats in all their dishes does not appeal to me, especially when this is not made crystal clear on their packaging. Cats tend to develop allergies to the meat that they eat the most. So if you feed your cat a lot or chicken, or a lot of tuna, they are likely to develop an intolerance to that food.

Sheba’s lines make it difficult to avoid doing this, as all of their recipes contain chicken, and ‘meat’, which will be a mixture of beef and pork products. This also means that this is not a great line if your cat has developed an allergy to chicken, beef, or pork, as these are in almost all of their dishes.

Another concern that I had over this recipe was just how much liver it contains, including both chicken liver and beef liver. There may also be some liver in the by-products used in their recipe, but it is impossible to know for sure. While liver is extremely nutritious to cats, it needs to be eaten in small portions compared to muscle meat, otherwise, there is a chance of your cat developing vitamin A toxicity. It is very difficult to know just how much liver is in this mix.

 

Nutritional Profile

  • Crude protein 9% minimum
  • Crude fat 5% minimum
  • Crude fiber 1.5% maximum
  • Moisture 80% maximum

 

First Five Ingredients

  • Meat By-Products
  • Chicken Liver
  • Beef Liver
  • Chicken
  • Poultry By-Products

 

Overall: High Liver Recipe

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4. Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Salmon Cuts in Gravy Entrée Cat Food

sheba salmon

Salmon is the first ingredient in this recipe that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, however, after the salmon, this recipe is based on the same meat and poultry by-products and also contains a lot of chicken.

 

Pros

  • High in protein
  • Named meat as the first ingredient
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Low in plant matter
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals

 

Cons

  • Uses meat by-products
  • Heavy in meats not listed in recipe name

 

While it is good to see this high protein, low carbohydrate and plant matter recipe starting with salmon as its first ingredient, after that the recipe is almost identical to Sheba’s other recipes.

This means that it has all the same problems as the other recipes. It also means that while you think that you might be mixing up your cat’s diet by switching between salmon, beef, and chicken, they are eating almost the same food on a daily basis.

 

Nutritional Profile

  • Crude protein 9% minimum
  • Crude fat 5% minimum
  • Crude fiber 1.5% maximum
  • Moisture 80% maximum

 

First Five Ingredients

  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Liver
  • Meat By-Products
  • Poultry By-Products

 

Overall: Salmon Flavored Feed

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5. Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Tender Turkey Cuts in Gravy Entrée Cat Food

sheba turkey

Again, this is a good recipe if you are looking for something high in protein and low in carbohydrates, but do not fall into the trap of thinking that you are feeding your cat a varied diet as it is based on the same chicken and meat by-product formula as Sheba’s other recipes.

 

Pros

  • High in protein
  • Named meat as the first ingredient
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Low in plant matter
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals

 

Cons

  • Uses meat by-products
  • Heavy in meats not listed in recipe name

 

This recipe is again almost identical to Sheba’s other Perfect Portions recipes, except with turkey as the flavor of the day. So again while it is low in carbohydrates and plant matter, it has the same problem of using by-products, and again while you think you may be varying your cat’s diet, if they are eating perfect portions daily, they are eating practically the same food every day.

 

Nutritional Profile

  • Crude protein 9% minimum
  • Crude fat 5% minimum
  • Crude fiber 1.5% maximum
  • Moisture 80% maximum

 

First Five Ingredients

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Chicken Liver
  • Meat By-Products
  • Tapioca Starch

 

Overall: Turkey Flavored Feed

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About Sheba

Sheba cat food is part of the Mars family, the highest earning pet food company in the world that also owns and manufacturers other well-known brands such as Royal Canin, Whiskas, and Iams.

Sheba exclusively produces wet food and treats, which it suggests is the food that cats prefer and offers them the best nutrition. Their formulas are heavy in animal meat, which is the primary food that cats eat in the wild, and includes minimal starches, plant protein, and other plant ingredients that are in many cat foods but are not a natural part of a cat’s diet. While Sheba uses named animal meat, it also boosts its products with animal by-products.

sheba logo

Most Sheba cat food is manufactured in the United States, and almost all of their ingredients are sourced from North America and meet US food standards.

Perfect Portions is Sheba’s entrée and pate line, which you will see on most supermarket shelves. However, they also produce Signature Broths, which are a creamier recipe with more moisture and a variety of tender treats.

But Sheba cat food reviews from customers are generally positive, so there seems to be a lot of satisfaction for owners and kitties.

Here’s what the guys at Chewy has to say:

 

 

The Verdict

My Sheba Perfect Portions review is that in theory, it is an excellent cat food, high in the meat-based protein that cats need to thrive. It is also low in carbohydrates and plant filler that they don’t need, and aren’t essential to wet cat food recipes. However, it also has quite a few problems. The heavy use of meat and poultry by-products means that you cannot be sure of the quality of the meat-based protein that you are feeding your cat.

Secondly, all of their recipes are largely the same, including the same mix of chicken, chicken liver, and meat and poultry by-products, with just the named meat changed. This is not made at all clear on their packaging. That being said, if you do want to try this brand out, go for the Sheba Perfect Portions Grain-Free Roasted Chicken Cuts in Gravy Entrée.

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Kristen Chapple

Kristen Chapple

Hi I'm Kristen, cat lover and blogger. I was born into a cat-loving family and have been a proud kitty mommy ever since I can remember. I love sharing my cat knowledge and love being an active part of the kitty-loving community.