BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry) Review

BLUE Buffalo Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: None

Est. Calories: 347 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry) is a below average cat food, earning 5 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


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.

BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned chicken
  • chicken meal
  • turkey meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • potato starch

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, BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal and turkey meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your cat's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.

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 2415 cat foods in our database, BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry) has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • significantly more fiber than average
  • 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, BLUE Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Indoor Chicken Recipe For Mature Cats (Dry) has approximately 347 calories per 100g (98 calories/ounce), which is 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 July 3, 2017.

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:

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Starch, Powdered Cellulose, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Fish Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Taurine, Cranberries, Blueberries, Apples, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Pumpkin, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Turmeric, L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
30.0%
Fat: (min)
12.0%
Fiber: (max)
8.0%
Carbs: (est)
39.9%
Ash: (est)
0.1%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
33%
Fat: (min)
13%
Fiber: (max)
9%
Carbs: (est)
44%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
347/100g

*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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