Overall, BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe 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.
BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe 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, BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal and menhaden fish meal as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe also contains as top ingredients 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.
Allergen alert: This product contains menhaden fish meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.
Compared to the other 2931 cat foods in our database, BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, BLUE Buffalo Indoor Hairball & Weight Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe has approximately 336 calories per 100g (95 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
May 26, 2019.
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:
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Barley, Brown Rice, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Peas, Powdered Cellulose, Pea Protein, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Potatoes, Flaxseed (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Calcium Carbonate, Psyllium Seed Husks, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Potato Starch, DL-Methionine, Caramel Color, Taurine, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Blueberries, Cranberries, Apples, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Pumpkin, Barley Grass, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Turmeric, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Calcium Iodate, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.
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.