By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée Review

By Nature Dry Cat Food Review


By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 333 cal/100g

Overall, By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée is a below average cat food, earning 5 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.

By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • salmon meal
  • duck meal
  • chicken livers

Questionable Ingredients

  • ground brown rice

Potential Allergens

  • salmon meal
  • 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, By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains salmon meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée also contains as top ingredients ground 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 salmon meal and fish oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3136 cat foods in our database, By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly 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, By Nature Chicken, Salmon & Duck Entrée has approximately 333 calories per 100g (94 calories/ounce), which is considerably 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 June 23, 2018.

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:

Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Oats, Ground Brown Rice, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Livers, Flaxseed Meal, Fish Oil, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Tomato Pomace, Yeast Culture, Salt, Taurine, L-Carnitines, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root, Raspberries, Turmeric, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
32.0%
Fat: (min)
12.0%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
34.0%
Ash: (est)
8.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
36%
Fat: (min)
13%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
38%
Ash: (est)
9%
Calories: (est)
333/100g

*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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