By Nature Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal Review

By Nature Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 362 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, By Nature Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal is an above average cat food, earning 7 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 Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • salmon
  • menhaden fish meal
  • whitefish meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • tapioca starch
  • rice hulls

Potential Allergens

  • salmon
  • menhaden fish meal
  • whitefish meal
  • menhaden 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 Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal's most plentiful ingredient listed is salmon, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains menhaden fish meal and whitefish 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.

Allergen alert: This product contains salmon, menhaden fish meal, whitefish meal and menhaden fish oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, By Nature Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal has:

  • less protein than average
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • an average amount of fat
  • 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 Salmon & Menhaden Fish Meal has approximately 362 calories per 100g (102 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 May 21, 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:

Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal, Yellow Peas, Lentils, Whitefish Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca Starch, Fava Beans, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Alfalfa, Coconut Oil, Lecithin, Apple Cider Vinegar, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Pumpkin Meal, Dried Kelp, Salt, Taurine, Dried Ginger, Dried Turmeric, Dried Spinach, Dried Blueberry, Dried Cranberry, Dried Goji Berry, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Rice Hulls, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Silicon Dioxide, Vegetable Oil, Rosemary Extract, Niacin Supplement, Dried Kelp, Mineral Oil, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Citric Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulphate, Manganese Proteinate,Copper Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
35.0%
Fat: (min)
17.0%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
27.0%
Ash: (est)
7.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
39%
Fat: (min)
19%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
30%
Ash: (est)
8%
Calories: (est)
362/100g

*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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