Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate Review

Doctors Foster & Smith Canned Cat Food Review



Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 95 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate 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.

Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken liver

Questionable Ingredients

  • guar gum
  • carrageenan

Potential Allergens

  • fish
  • 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, Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken liver 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 and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains fish and fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2970 cat foods in our database, Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate has:

  • less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • significantly more 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, Doctors Foster & Smith Healthy Aging Formula Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Pate has approximately 95 calories per 100g (27 calories/ounce), which is an average amount of 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 June 24, 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:

Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, fish, ground dried peas, powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp, pea protein, natural flavor, ground flaxseed, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), guar gum, potassium chloride, taurine, salt, choline chloride, yucca schidigera extract, carrageenan, zinc proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of ascorbic acid), iron proteinate, vitamin e supplement, thiamine mononitrate, l- carnitine, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin a supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, vitamin d3 supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
9.0%
Fat: (min)
5.0%
Fiber: (max)
2.0%
Carbs: (est)
6.0%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
78.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
41%
Fat: (min)
23%
Fiber: (max)
9%
Carbs: (est)
27%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
95/100g

*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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