By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew Review

By Nature Canned Cat Food Review



By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: beef and eggs

Est. Calories: 76 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew is an average cat food, earning 6 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.

By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • beef
  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • tapioca starch
  • guar gum

Potential Allergens

  • beef
  • beef broth
  • egg

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, By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew's most plentiful ingredient listed is beef, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken 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.

Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum, which is an additive that some experts claim may be a possible contributor to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains beef, beef broth and egg which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2452 cat foods in our database, By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • less fat than average
  • significantly less fiber than average
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, By Nature Beef & Chicken Stew has approximately 76 calories per 100g (22 calories/ounce), which is fewer calories 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 August 6, 2017.

The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.

Important Note: This product may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, as the above linked product website was no longer functioning when last checked.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Beef, beef broth, vegetable broth, egg, chicken, tapioca starch, pea protein, carrots, green peas, sweet potato, salt, guar gum, choline chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, taurine, ascorbic acid, apples, pumpkin, broccoli, spinach, fennel, turmeric, tomato, goji berries, zinc amino acid chelate, Vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, manganese amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, biotin, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
8.5%
Fat: (min)
3.0%
Fiber: (max)
0.5%
Carbs: (est)
6.0%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
82.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
47%
Fat: (min)
17%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
33%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
76/100g

*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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