BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) Review

BLUE Buffalo Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 371 cal/100g

Price: $$$$$

Overall, BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 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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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 Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned alligator
  • alligator meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • pea starch
  • tapioca starch

Potential Allergens

  • fish oil

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 Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned alligator, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains alligator meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) also contains as top ingredients pea starch. 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 fish oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3124 cat foods in our database, BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • 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, BLUE Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Np Novel Protein Alligator (Dry) has approximately 371 calories per 100g (105 calories/ounce), which is an average amount of 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 February 15, 2021.

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 Alligator, Alligator Meal, Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Peas, Tapioca Starch, Canola Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Pea Fiber, Fish Oil (source of DHA Docosahexaenoic Acid), DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Sulfate, L-Threonine, Taurine, Pumpkin, Dried Kelp, Dried Chicory Root, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, L-Tryptophan, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), 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, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary. This product was made using alligator that was sourced in the United States in full compliance with the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
30.0%
Fat: (min)
15.0%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
39.5%
Ash: (est)
2.5%
Moisture: (max)
9.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
33%
Fat: (min)
16%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
43%
Ash: (est)
3%
Calories: (est)
371/100g

*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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