Champion launches health-focused cat kibble with less supplementation

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AUBURN, KY. – Shortly after the launch of its new high-protein biscuits, Champion Petfoods, Inc. launched a new line of dry cat foods under its ORIJEN® brand. ORIJEN GUARDIAN 8 ™ was developed to provide functional health benefits while reducing the need for nutritional supplements.

According to the company, the GUARDIAN 8 formula contains fewer nutritional supplements on average compared to the top 20 dry cat food brands.

“ORIJEN GUARDIAN 8 is a nutritious food that promotes adult well-being by delivering high quality ingredients with eight specific health benefits,” said Darcia Kostiuk, DVM, Senior In-House Veterinarian at Champion Petfoods. “It is high in protein from animal ingredients that cats need, and the functional benefits are backed by nutrients from the plethora of WholePrey ingredients.”

Kostiuk and other nutritionists at Champion developed the formula, which includes fresh or raw poultry and fish as the first five ingredients, to suit the company’s Biologically Appropriate and WholePrey nutritional philosophy.

The diet includes EPA and DHA from wild-caught fish, as well as antioxidants from fruits and vegetables to support a healthy immune system. Prebiotics made from dried chicory root and fruit and plant fibers aid digestion, while wild salmon, mackerel, herring, and saithe provide fish oils rich in omega-3s to support the health and flexibility of skin and coat.

In addition, the diet includes naturally occurring taurine from poultry, fish, and eggs to promote heart health, naturally occurring arginine from poultry and fish to aid cognitive function, and animal vitamin A for eye health.

“At Champion Petfoods, we are committed to providing pets with the best opportunities to develop, and overall health begins with the food they eat,” commented Billy Frey, director of ORIJEN Cat. “We’re excited to introduce ORIJEN GUARDIAN 8, which contains fewer nutritional supplements than the top 20 brands, based on the latest national sales data.”

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