Review: Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™

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This post is sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™*

I first heard about Dr. Elsey’s new line of food, Clean Protein™ from Dr. Elsey himself at last year’s American Association of Feline Practitioners conference. Given that I’ve long been a fan of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter, which I’ve been using for the last two decades, I was pretty excited to hear that he was working on developing a high-protein cat food.

Cats need protein not just to survive, but to thrive

Cats are obligate carnivores. They cannot get enough nutritional support from plant-based proteins such as grains and vegetables. Feeding foods high in carbohydrates leads to any number of degenerative diseases, including diabetes, kidney disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Some pet food manufacturers are using plant-based proteins to boost protein content. Plant-based proteins are high in oxalate and lead to rapid metabolization, which actually increases your cat’s hunger. Feeding a high quality protein rich diet make your cat feel full longer, which helps maintain a healthy weight at every age.

About Clean Protein™

Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™ formulas are paté style, and are grain-free and gluten-free. Over 90% of the protein used is animal based, and there are no fillers or preservatives added. The canned formulas come in chicken, turkey, beef, salmon and ocean whitefish flavors. Clean Protein™ is also available in two dry formulas, chicken and salmon. At 59% and 56% respectively, these dry formulas have the highest protein content of any dry food currently available, but I still don’t recommend any dry food, no matter how good a quality. However, if you absolutely must feed dry, this is an acceptable option.

All proteins are sourced and manufactured in the USA, as are 90% of all ingredients. The remaining ingredients are sourced from Switzerland, France, Germany, Scotland, and Canada. Up until now, taurine was sourced from China, but starting this quarter, it will be sourced in the US only.

Putting Clean Protein™ to the test

Since I don’t feed fish except as a very occasional treat, I requested the turkey and chicken flavors for Allegra and Ruby. The girls like paté style foods, so I was pretty confident they’d like these. Paté style foods vary in consistency from brand to brand. These formulas are very moist and juicy, something I like in a food.

Ruby practically inhaled the turkey flavor. Allegra needed a little coaxing, but once she got over “this is something new,” she cleaned her plate. They both loved the chicken flavor, which isn’t a given with these girls since they’re such big turkey fans.

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May I have some more, please?

For more information about Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™, please visit Dr. Elsey’s website.

*FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee to feature these products. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

19 Comments on Review: Dr. Elsey’s Clean Protein™

  1. Mel
    August 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Do you know how much taurine is in their dry food? I’ve been looking at their website and at the labels and I can’t seem to find this information, which worries me. (It is listed in the ingredient list but not under the guaranteed analysis.)

    It’s clearly labeled as 0.1% for the wet food, which in line with what I currently feed my kittens.

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    • Ingrid
      August 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

      I don’t, but I’m sure they’ll provide the information if you contact them.

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      • Mel
        August 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm (3 weeks ago)

        I got the following response:

        “In the chicken kibble on a DM basis – 1364.18 mg/kg for the Salmon – 1817.23 mg/kg.”

        That seems a little low; shouldn’t it be around 2000 mg/kg? I could be wrong though.

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        • Ingrid
          September 1, 2017 at 5:29 am (3 weeks ago)

          The minimum allowance for taurine per AAFCO is 0.2% on a dry matter basis. I’m not sure how the mg/kg converts to percentage (math has never been my strong suit!) You could always add a taurine supplement if you’re worried. Taurine is highly water soluble, so it might be beneficial to have a slight excess of taurine in a cat’s diet.

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  2. Nancy
    July 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm (3 months ago)

    This doesn’t seem like a true review, more like an advertisement. What else is good about this food? What do you think of mussels as an ingredient?

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    • Ingrid
      July 2, 2017 at 5:22 am (3 months ago)

      It is clearly identified as a sponsored post, Nancy. I also clearly state that we only feature products that we feel comfortable recommending. As for your question about mussels, I know some pet food manufacturers use them as a source of omega-3’s. As with all pet food ingredients, it depends on the company, where they source their ingredients, the quality of the ingredients, etc. If there’s a specific brand you’d like me to evaluate, send me an email.

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  3. Lisa Marie
    June 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm (3 months ago)

    Would you happen to know if the company is using “feed” grade ingredients or food grade? Thanks Ingrid.

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    • Ingrid
      July 1, 2017 at 5:04 am (3 months ago)

      They use food grade ingredients, Lisa.

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  4. patty & cricket
    June 28, 2017 at 11:00 am (3 months ago)

    hey ingrid,

    do you always feed your cats in the bathroom? looks kind of precarious up there on the sink….. but i’m sure ruby and allegra have it all figured out. torties are smart that way!

    thanks for your blog.

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    • Ingrid
      June 28, 2017 at 11:32 am (3 months ago)

      Ruby eats on the bathroom counter, Allegra eats in the kitchen. I have to feed them separately since Allegra is a super fast eater, and Ruby is a slow poke 🙂

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      • Woodstover
        July 5, 2017 at 12:23 am (3 months ago)

        I’d feed mine in the bathroom too if it would make him eat better 🙂

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  5. Sharon Daussin
    June 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm (3 months ago)

    I was excited about this food and I contacted them to get the nutritional analysis, not the guaranteed analysis (which shows minimum amounts…that would be like us buying food with calories listed as a minimum of 10 per serving, might be 1000 but it won’t be below 10). They will not prove that information. Here is their response: We typically don’t provide that information – if you have a specific question related to your cat I will be happy to try to answer that for you. Thank you.

    Gina

    Gina Zaro
    Marketing Director
    Dr. Elsey’s Cat Products
    1600 W. Dartmouth Ave.
    Englewood, CO 80110
    877-311-2287 x103

    “Saving one cat will not change the world, but surely for that one cat, the world will change forever.”

    Thanks but no thanks. I won’t be using that food.

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    • Ingrid
      June 28, 2017 at 5:47 am (3 months ago)

      I’ve reached out to the company to get more information, Sharon.

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  6. Jean
    June 27, 2017 at 9:35 am (3 months ago)

    Thanks for your review on this food, I’ll have to try it with my cats. Can you give me pointers on switching my finicky eaters over to a better wet food? Over the past few years I’ve tried to switch my 3 to a better can food from what they are on currently with no luck. I’ve lost count of how many different brands I’ve tried. I feed them Fancy Feast medleys, chicken or fish flavors, they don’t like turkey. I have 2 that are finicky eaters with my 14 year old Siamese being the worst so she pretty much sets what I feed them. My third one will inhale anything I put in front of him. I’ve tried mixing a better quality food with the FF and my girl will sniff it, take a lick and walk away. She is on a supplement for her joints and I mix it in her wet food so it’s important that she eat her wet food. Any tips you can give me would be much appreciated.

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  7. Summer
    June 27, 2017 at 4:16 am (3 months ago)

    Oh! This sounds really excellent – my human will have to keep an eye out for this.

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  8. m.a.
    June 27, 2017 at 3:21 am (3 months ago)

    I had a cat that weighed 32 lbs for no apparent reason. My vet suggested that he was sensitive to the oxalate in his food. So the owner of a “boutique” pet food store and I went on a hunt for kitty food without oxalate. It took a couple of months, but we found it, and thank goodness, my big boy liked it. It took some time, but he lost 11 lbs. over 16 months. And the most amazing part to me was that he “woke up”. He was so lethargic and disinterested in life in general, but within a few days of eating his new food, he was alert, talkative, and willing to try playing again! I am looking forward to learning more about Dr. Elsey’s program and feeding it to my current kitty, a tiny 2 year old almost-feral girl who certainly deserves the best!

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    • Ingrid
      June 27, 2017 at 5:44 am (3 months ago)

      What a great testament to feeding a species-appropriate diet! That’s a remarkable transformation.

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    • J
      June 27, 2017 at 8:08 am (3 months ago)

      Hi m.a.,
      I’m curious, what is the food you and your “boutique” pet food owner friend found? I have NO choice but to feed a food called Young Again, because my kid was just gaining weight like crazy and had become so lethargic, after a major surgery. Young Again makes alot of wonderful claims, and I can’t dispute any of them as he lost 5 lbs almost immediately following the switch, and their coats were healthier looking, etc …. HOWEVER I have 4 kids and this food is a dry food. I really prefer a wet food for all of them, but you can’t really feed one kid differently from the rest.
      None of them have any physical ailments but one in particular will overeat (eating wtvr the others might leave behind) and has a bit of a food aggression.
      If you’re talking about a wet canned food, I am interested in researching it and possibly trying it. (As I will do the same with Dr. Elsey’s program)

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