By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe Review

By Nature Dry Cat Food Review



By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: None

Est. Calories: 341 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe 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.

By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned pork
  • pork meal

Questionable Ingredients

None

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, By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned pork, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains pork 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, By Nature Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • 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 Pork & Sweet Potato Recipe has approximately 341 calories per 100g (96 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 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:

Deboned pork, pork meal, lentils, potato protein, sweet potatoes, pea protein, tapioca, peas, pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). ground flaxseed, sun-cured alfalfa meal, natural flavor, coconut oil, carrots, apples, cranberries, broccoli, spinach, turmeric, fennel, blueberries, pomegranate, choline chloride, DL methionine, inulin, potassium chloride, salt, taurine, L-lysine monohydrochloride, vitamins [Vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, inositol, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid], minerals [zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganese oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], yucca schidigera extract, fish oil, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus helveticus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.0%
Fat: (min)
14.0%
Fiber: (max)
5.0%
Carbs: (est)
27.5%
Ash: (est)
7.5%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
40%
Fat: (min)
16%
Fiber: (max)
6%
Carbs: (est)
31%
Ash: (est)
8%
Calories: (est)
341/100g

*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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