1st Choice Weight Control Review

1st Choice Dry Cat Food Review


1st Choice Weight Control

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: None

Est. Calories: 313 cal/100g

Overall, 1st Choice Weight Control 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.


Ingredient Analysis

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 Weight Control includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • rice
  • brown rice

Potential Allergens

None

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 Weight Control's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, 1st Choice Weight Control also contains as top ingredients rice and brown 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.

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.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, 1st Choice Weight Control has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • an average amount of fiber
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
In general, cats have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 1st Choice Weight Control has approximately 313 calories per 100g (88 calories/ounce), which is considerably fewer calories 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

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Chicken, chicken meal, rice, pea protein, brown rice, pearled barley, oat groats, beet pulp, pea fiber, natural flavor, chicken fat naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols, dried tomato pomace, whole flaxseed, lecithin, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, 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), glucosamine sulfate, nicotinic acid, Yucca schidigera extract, chondroitin sulfate, 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


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
29.0%
Fat: (min)
10.0%
Fiber: (max)
6.0%
Carbs: (est)
36.0%
Ash: (est)
9.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

Protein: (min)
32%
Fat: (min)
11%
Fiber: (max)
7%
Carbs: (est)
40%
Ash: (est)
10%
Calories: (est)
313/100g

*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.


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