Overall, 9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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.
9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp 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.Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), 9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp does contain with its top ingredients chicken and tuna which are considered quality protein sources. In this case, 9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is meat by-products which is considered an inferior ingredient.
Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.
Allergen alert: This product contains tuna, shrimp and meat by-products which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or meat by-products food allergies.
Compared to the other 2425 cat foods in our database, 9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 9Lives Meaty Paté With Real Tuna & Shrimp has approximately 82 calories per 100g (23 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other wet 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
May 24, 2016.
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:
Meat By-products, Water Sufficient for Processing, Fish, Chicken, Tuna, Shrimp, Wheat Flour, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Whey Product, Guar Gum, Steamed Bone Meal, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Carrageenan, Taurine, Iron Oxide (Color), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Sodium Nitrite (to Promote Color Retention).
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.