Overall, 1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list. For more information on our cat food analysis techniques, please click here.
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When evaluating a cat food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.In this case, 1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat's most plentiful ingredient listed is salmon, which is considered a quality protein source.
Additionally, 1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat also contains as top ingredients rice. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.
Allergen alert: This product contains salmon, salmon oil and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3122 cat foods in our database, 1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 1st Choice Healthy Skin & Coat has approximately 363 calories per 100g (102 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other dry cat foods in the CatFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from
the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on
January 28, 2018.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Salmon, menhaden meal, rice, pea protein, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, dried egg product, beet pulp, pea fiber, natural flavor, brown rice, pearled barley, oat groats, whole flaxseed, salmon oil, dried tomato pomace, potassium chloride, lecithin, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, salt, calcium propionate (as a preservative), sodium bisulfate, taurine, DL-methionine, L-lysine, yeast extract, ferrous sulfate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), chicory extract, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, alpha-tocopherol acetate (a source of vitamin E), nicotinic acid, Yucca schidigera extract, L-cystine, calcium iodate, manganous oxide, L-carnitine, D-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, cholecalciferol (a source of vitamin D3), biotin, dried spearmint, dried parsley, green tea extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin B12 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.
Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. Similarly, a low score may or may not indicate an inferior product. The best food for your cat is the one that meets their individual needs.