Overall, Dads Special Mix is a significantly below average cat food, earning 2 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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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.
Dads Special Mix includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Dads Special Mix does contain with its top ingredients beef meal which are considered quality protein sources. However, this product also lists poultry by-product meal within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Dads Special Mix also contains as top ingredients ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal and soybean meal. 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 beef meal, salmon meal, ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal and soybean meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn or soy food allergies.
Compared to the other 3111 cat foods in our database, Dads Special Mix has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Dads Special Mix has approximately 330 calories per 100g (93 calories/ounce), which is 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
January 1, 2020.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Beef Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA), Natural Flavor (Source of Chicken and Tuna Flavors), Salt, Salmon Meal, Iron Oxide (Color), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Artificial Color (Red #40, Yellow #5 & #6), Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Sulfate, Potassium Iodide
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*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.