Overall, 1st Choice Sterilized is a below average cat food, earning 5 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 Sterilized 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 Sterilized's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, 1st Choice Sterilized also contains as top ingredients rice protein. 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.
This product does not appear to contain any of the common feline food allergens, however this is not a guarantee that cats who suffer from allergies will by symptom-free while eating this food.
Compared to the other 3112 cat foods in our database, 1st Choice Sterilized has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 1st Choice Sterilized has approximately 308 calories per 100g (87 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:
Chicken meal, chicken, sweet potatoes, rice protein, lentils, tapioca, pea fiber, natural flavor, flaxseed, salt, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), potassium chloride, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate, calcium iodate), vitamins (alpha-tocopherol acetate (a source of vitamin E), nicotinic acid, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, cholecalciferol (a source of vitamin D3), thiamine mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, dried kelp, sodium bisulfate, DL-methionine, taurine, L-lysine, sunflower oil extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract, L-carnitine, suncured alfalfa, dried pineapple, ginger, spearmint, parsley, green tea extract
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.