Savarra brand feeds appeared on the shelves of pet stores relatively recently, so they have not yet managed to get universal recognition. Many do not trust the new brand, but in this case the doubts are groundless: the diets are of good quality and balanced composition. To confirm this, we will consider in detail the main characteristics of the brand's products.
General information about the manufacturer
Formally, the feed “Savarra” can be attributed to the Russian. Rations are produced in the UK by order of a domestic producer. Foreign experts took part in the development of the recipe on a par with Russian. The result was a feed of European quality at an affordable price. Products are subject to stringent compliance checks, so there is no doubt about the safety of rations.
The company recently changed its logo: it used to be black and white
Detailed description of the Savarra feed
Officially, Savarra feeds belong to the super-premium class, but the manufacturer also leaves Holistic on the packaging. This causes confusion. If you are guided by quality, rations should be placed between the categories of holistic and super-premium: they do not reach the composition a little, but it is better than most representatives of the last class.
It would be better if the manufacturer removed the Holistic mark from the packaging: this misleads the buyers and causes reasonable complaints from the owners of the animals
The assortment is not very large: only 6 varieties of dry feed are produced. There are no pastes and spiders. However, this is enough for most pet owners. Personally, I believe that this is much better than marketing moves in the form of an imaginary expansion of the lines. This is done, for example, by the Royal Canin brand. The manufacturer slightly changes the proportions of vitamins and minerals, and then presents it as a specialized diet for cats of different breeds. It would not be so offensive if the feeds really helped to avoid the appearance of health problems. Two Persian cats live at my place: one is almost 10 years old, the other has recently turned 5. The first has been fed with specialized Royal Canin food for Persian cats since childhood. At 4 years old, she had problems with the kidneys, which are characteristic of this breed, but usually appear closer to old age. The second one eats the Savarra feed; the vet is visited only for vaccination. Perhaps the individual characteristics are to blame, but in my opinion the diets of Savarra are universal and equally well support the normal state of health in representatives of different breeds.
Table: Savarra feed range
|Sensitive cat||The feed formulation is tailored to the needs of animals with sensitive digestion. The manufacturer uses lamb as the main source of animal proteins. It is low in calories, well absorbed, and low in fat. This allows you to minimize the load on the digestive tract and prevent the occurrence of digestive disorders. Sensitive cats often have concomitant skin and hair problems. The manufacturer solved this problem by introducing an additional source of animal proteins - dehydrated salmon meat. It contains unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins A and E. Beneficial substances accelerate cell regeneration and help create a protective film on the skin. The latter allows you to retain moisture inside, which prevents drying and peeling. By eliminating the nutrient deficiency, less hair is lost. The grease film maintains a natural shine.|
|Light / Sterilized Cat||Light / Sterilized Cat is suitable for sterilized and neutered cats and cats, as well as overweight animals. The composition of the diet helps to solve several problems at once: the formulation prevents the formation of calculi in the urinary system and the formation of excess fatty tissues. As the main ingredient, the manufacturer uses turkey - a dietary variety of meat. It has a relatively high sodium content. It helps maintain a normal water-salt balance. The prophylactic supplement L-carnitine reduces appetite and promotes the breakdown of fatty tissues. The composition contains glucosamine and chondroitin, which prevent the destruction of joints in the presence of excess weight. Apple, cranberries and blueberries naturally regulate the acidity of urine, preventing mineral deposits from being converted to stones.|
|Kitten||Kittens are given food from 1 month to 1 year. The diet is characterized by an increased concentration of vitamins, minerals and fats. This is due to the daily needs of kittens: babies need more nutrients, because their internal organs and systems are actively developing and growing. The manufacturer uses turkey as a protein source. It is not only better absorbed and less stress on the gastrointestinal tract, but also hypoallergenic, so Savarra food is an excellent option for owners of those kittens that have chicken intolerance. The addition of salmon fat helps to strengthen the immune system and prevent the occurrence of disorders of the central nervous system. The food contains apple, blueberries and cranberries, so it can be given to sterilized and neutered kittens, provided that there is no excess weight.|
|Indoor cat||The food is intended for cats living indoors. Typically, such diets are low in calories, as inactive animals increase the risk of excess weight, but the manufacturer Savarra decided to take a different path. Indoor Cat contains more easily digestible vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids. This helps to improve vision, maintain the health of the cardiovascular system, prevent the appearance of dermatological diseases, etc. This effect was achieved using ducks as the main ingredient. Most likely, this decision is associated with the risks caused by the inactivity of the cat and the lack of additional food in the diet: mice, birds and other game, which can be caught on the street. The disadvantages include too high calorie content (389 kcal per 100 g) and fat content (20%). This food is not suitable for overweight cats and digestive disorders.|
|Hairball control||The manufacturer proposes to solve the problem of the formation of lumps of wool in the stomach comprehensively. The main ingredient of the feed is a duck, which contains more different amino acids and is characterized by a high concentration of vitamin A. Together with salmon oil, it reduces the intensity of molting in cats. Additionally, the feed contains more sources of fiber: alfalfa, carrots, oats, etc. Plant fibers do not allow hairs to adhere to each other. This prevents the formation of large lumps that can block the intestines and cause obstruction. Fiber promotes the timely removal of wool from the stomach along with feces. Plant fibers are presented in their natural form and are relatively delicate, so the risk of negative reactions even with increased sensitivity is minimal.|
|Adult cat||Standard food for adult cats. Contains general preventive additives: brewer's yeast, flaxseed, shidiger yucca, etc. The manufacturer classifies the food as hypoallergenic, although this is not entirely true. The composition contains several varieties of meat (lamb and salmon), as well as dehydrated eggs. There is no chicken, wheat and corn, but eggs can also cause allergies due to the presence of bird protein. Also, when a negative reaction occurs, it will be difficult to understand what exactly became the cause, since the feed contains several types of cereals and ingredients of animal origin. For hypoallergenic feeds, the presence of a single source of proteins and carbohydrates is more characteristic.|
In general, the feed compositions are identical and differ only in the types of meat and the set of preventive additives, so it will be enough to consider one sample. As an example, we chose food for kittens. Most often, it is the highest quality in the lineup, since babies need more nutrients and the most natural sources of nutrients.
Granules of all feeds differ in shape and size, so owners can choose the right option, starting from the animal’s food habits
Savarra Kitten contains the following ingredients:
- fresh turkey meat;
- dehydrated turkey meat;
- brown rice;
- turkey fat;
- Brewer's yeast;
- flax seeds;
- natural flavoring;
- salmon oil;
- vitamin A;
- vitamin D3;
- Vitamin E
- amino acid chelate zinc hydrate;
- amino acid chelate iron hydrate;
- Manganese Amino Acid Chelate Hydrate;
- amino acid chelate copper hydrate;
- Yucca Shidiger
Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not indicate the percentage, although for feeds of the super-premium category this is desirable, but for holistic ones. The buyer can only guess about the real state of affairs, since there are a lot of cereals and meat components in the composition. Fresh meat takes the first place, but its share is significantly reduced after heat treatment. There are more total plant components, because the producer adds many different varieties: rice, brown rice, oats, etc. Most likely, the meat in the feed is about 35–40%, and cereals - 45–50%. Compared to other diets, this is a good indicator. Not the best, but not the worst.
The color of the granules is not as dark as we would like: this is due to an excess of cereals in the composition
The fact that the producer uses pure meat without additives is captivating. Not all companies can boast of this. In the best case, corporations add whole carcasses without internal organs, in the worst - a mixture of dubious offal. Cats absorb nutrients from muscle tissue well. From other parts, they receive much less nutrients, which can provoke a deficiency of amino acids. With Savarra, you don’t have to worry about this. On the other hand, the manufacturer still adds taurine to the feed, which indirectly indicates a lack of meat ingredients. Perhaps the company is just being reinsured.
There are special fasteners on the packaging, which prevents premature spoilage of feed
There are practically no anonymous names in the list of ingredients. If it is yeast, then the manufacturer indicates that they are brewers. The meat grade and source of fat are specified. There is no exact information only about the nature of the origin of the natural flavor, but this may be due to the secret of production. Although, of course, it would be better if the company did not withhold the composition. The owner of the animal must know what he is buying.
Some buyers report that, in order to facilitate transportation, suppliers puncture the packaging to let out air, so it is important to check the integrity of the bag before purchasing
Preventive supplements are present in the feed, but nothing special on the list. Blueberries and cranberries prevent the development of ICD. Carrots, apples and tomatoes improve intestinal motility. Yucca Shidiger reduces the smell of feces. The manufacturer introduces most of the nutrients into the composition not as separate additives, but together with whole ingredients. For cats, this is preferable, because they are better absorbed not by vitamin-mineral complexes, but by vegetables, fruits and berries.
Cost and Availability
The average price of 1 kg is 650–700 rubles. Large bags (15 kg) have recently gone on sale. They are more profitable: on average 1 kg in such a package costs 550 p. However, it is recommended to purchase large packages only to nursery owners. Otherwise, the food will go bad before the cat eats it. This amount turned out to be a lot, even for two of my pets. On average, my cats eat 100 g of granules per day, i.e. 3 kg per month. Even when stored in airtight containers, the food remains fresh for a maximum of 2 months, then starts to run rancid due to contact with air. I only found out about it when cats suddenly refused to feed. I called a friend's veterinarian and he advised me to buy another bag. This worked, the cats managed to get hungry and immediately attacked the food. Eating spoiled food can cause poisoning and even infection, so it is important to monitor the freshness of food.
Savarra feed is sold only in the Russian Federation. It may be possible to purchase company products from partners and resellers in other countries, but this will be problematic. You can’t meet Savarra diets at all pet stores, so it’s best to order feeds online.
Table: a visual comparison of Savarra feeds with other brands
|Mark||Composition of daily dry food (first 10 ingredients)||Average cost of 1 kg||Conclusion|
- fresh turkey meat;
- dehydrated turkey meat;
- brown rice;
- turkey fat;
- Brewer's yeast;
- flax seeds;
- natural flavoring.
|550-700 p.||Good food with a relatively high meat content. You can find the best ratio of price and quality, but if this food is suitable for a cat, then there is no sense in experiments: from this diet the animal receives everything necessary. The tangible benefits include the use of different types of meat and the absence of chicken in the composition.|
- fresh chicken meat;
- chicken fillet;
- turkey fillet;
- duck fillet;
- fresh turkey meat;
- fresh salmon meat;
- trout fillet;
- chicken fat (source of vitamin E);
- natural fish flavoring;
|450-500 p.||Feed maker Go! also does not specify the percentage ratio of ingredients, however, according to the number of vegetable and meat components, we can conclude that the latter are much larger. The company uses only fresh products. Lack of pre-treatment helps to keep as many nutrients as possible. The price of feed is much lower, especially if you are not the owner of the nursery and can not purchase Savarra products in bulk. The quality is either comparable or better depending on the ratio of the amount of ingredients.|
- fresh chicken meat (18%);
- fresh turkey meat (7%);
- fresh whole eggs (5%);
- fresh chicken liver (5%);
- fresh whole flounder (4%);
- fresh whole herring (4%);
- fresh turkey liver (4%);
- fresh heart of a chicken (4%);
- fresh turkey heart (4%);
- fresh chicken neck (4%).
|700-1000 p.||Elite feed, the formulation of which is developed on the principle of biological compliance. The producer tries to bring the composition to the natural menu as close as possible: he uses several varieties of meat, prefers fresh products and adds pure muscle tissue, as well as a small amount of offal of various types. However, the food is not suitable for everyone: it contains a lot of protein and fat, and can also cause allergies due to the variety of ingredients. If the cat was originally fed premium food or worse, it’s best to at least start transferring it to Savarra products. The latter has a more gentle composition.|
- dehydrated proteins of animal origin (bird);
- plant protein isolate;
- cereal flour;
- animal fats;
- vegetable fiber;
- hydrolyzate of animal proteins (flavor additives);
- soybean oil.
|600-700 p.||There is no whole meat in the composition at all, only the isolated dehydrated proteins. The manufacturer prefers to add most of the nutrients in the form of separate complexes. The first places are occupied by cereals. Since this food belongs to the premium class, we would not compare it with Savarra products, since the forces are initially unequal, but the cost of Royal Canin is comparable to the price of Savarra. The quality of the latter is much better.|
Testimonials from veterinarians and pet owners about Savarra feed
Some enthusiastic cat owners, having seen enough of the ads and listened to the brand managers, praise the food, firmly convinced that they were lucky to find English holistic quality at the price of super premium. The food, of course, is not bad, but to the holistic to him as to the moon. No producer of holivik “forgets” to indicate the percentage of BZHU-ingredients of the composition, but there is no such mention on the Savarra packaging. In my opinion, there is a marketing ploy. So, on the official website, the manufacturer assures that about 70% of the meat is in the composition. However, what specifically - fresh, dehydrated or offal in the form of skins, cartilage, etc. is silent. And in my opinion, there are too many carbohydrates: this is ordinary rice, and brown, and peas, and oats. It is completely incomprehensible why such a quantity of cereals is in the nutrition of a carnivorous predator. But in general, the food is quite acceptable. If only because there is no chicken, that is, the most allergenic. Only lamb, turkey and duck. It is also not bad that almost all feeds of different lines are monoproducts, that is, the type of meat in them is the same. So it’s more convenient for the owner to choose the optimal type of food for the cat without fear of side effects.
Grechaniy Stanislav Sergeevich
It was interesting to try the fact that expensive feed transforms cats. There is no trust in boiled hills, shaving, pianos, I wanted something new - my discovery was the feed of SAVARRA. We got to the stock and the feed was not so expensive “for the first test. To enhance the effect, the cat was washed before the transition, she took her “annual shower”. The condition of the coat improved after a month. The wool does not fit snugly, it sticks out in different directions, fluffy and silky. It can be compared with weightlessness. New hair follicles did not grow, a miracle happened, but not to such an extent. Noticeable changes. Naturally, we continued to feed with food, he came up well, didn’t break the chair, did not change the cat’s behavior in the wild-sided direction. She is calm about food, she’s not crazy if she doesn’t give food on time.
I feed Savara my Siamese beauties. They are my picks, so they went over everything that is possible. We buy a new feed, it seems like they eat the first month, then they refuse to dry it at all. And you can’t go far on canned goods alone. So they decided to try Savara, the seller advised in a pet shop, she herself hadn’t even heard of such feed, it turns out he’s on our market recently. But we must pay tribute, my cats have been eating it for three months now without any problems. The nutritional value of the feed is all within the permissible norm, except for fat, its percentage is slightly overstated. But the basic composition seems to be not bad, but the percentage ratio is not indicated. Therefore, it is not known what more, either lamb meat, or rice. The assortment is also modest, but I think if the brand is untwisted, then the line will expand. But so far I'm glad that cats are well-fed and happy.
An excellent balanced complete food that cats immediately fell in love with, there were no problems transferring to such a dryer. All types of food are hypoallergenic, suitable for an adult cat with sensitive digestion. A package weighing 2 kg is enough for one animal for about a month with a small one. The food is very satisfying, it is not eaten so much, respectively, and after drinking less water, the kidneys are not overloaded. Among the ingredients are only natural and nutritious components, there is nothing synthetic and dangerous to health, this is a real holistic. Cats eat, grow healthier and prettier, molt at times less, there is no talk of any addiction. At a price Savarra is comparable to peers in its niche. A big plus of food is the ability to quickly make up for the lack of vitamin B in the body.
I try to make my cats eat quality food. I have them already old (11 and 13 years old) and many feeds do not suit them for health reasons. So, studying the assortment for a long time and carefully, I chose Savarra food with duck and rice, although it is intended for cats from 1 year to 7 years. Personally, only one thing bothers me in this feed - that the producer does not indicate the percentage of this duck itself. This is strange, considering that the food belongs to the super premium class. 73% of meat ingredients are fine, but how many of them are fresh duck meat, and how much is dehydrated? For this reason, I can not evaluate the food perfectly. However, my pussycat, unlike me, does not bother anything, and they eat food with great pleasure. I buy this food a second time. I have no complaints about digestion, the cat’s stool is excellent, everything is as it should. But, there is one huge fatty BUT, which simply makes it impossible to purchase this food in the future. While reading reviews of cat food on my favorite ayrek, I stumbled upon a girl’s review, who wrote that import food suppliers pierce food packages in order to release air from them, and thereby make them more convenient for transportation. I immediately began to check the packages I have available for puncture. It so happened that at that moment I had two opened packages with different feeds, and one of them was from Savarra. And, indeed, on the sides of the package on both sides there were injuries similar to punctures. They were very small, they were made either with a thick needle or with an awl. Today I bought another pack of SAVARRA INDOOR CAT feed. And now I can already say for sure that the packaging is not tight. She does not sulk, there is no air in her, and there are obvious traces of punctures on the sides. On the Russian-language website of Savarra, the same address of the supplier is indicated as on the packaging I purchased. Apparently, this is the only supplier of Savarra feed to Russia. I also suggested that maybe this is the jamb of the store where I ordered the food, but no, they bring other food to me in intact packages. If someone believes that there is nothing wrong with these punctures, then I should upset you. Dry food deteriorates quite quickly when it comes in contact with air, it oxidizes, rancid, and veterinarians do not recommend keeping the packaging open for more than one and a half to two months. As a result, we pay a lot of money for actually spoiled food, and most importantly, the health of our pets suffers. I see only one way out of this situation - no longer buy this food.
Savarra feeds are ready-made balanced diets that are of average cost and good quality. They are slightly worse than holistic, but are well absorbed by animals accustomed to cereal feed. Savarra diets can be the basis of the menu or an intermediate link in the transfer to more meat feeds. The only significant drawback is the lack of wet food in the assortment, which can be critical for owners of hypersensitive cats.