FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries Review

FirstMate Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: None

Est. Calories: 353 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries 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.

FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken 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, FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source.

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, FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • 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, FirstMate Chicken With Blueberries has approximately 353 calories per 100g (100 calories/ounce), which is 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 May 25, 2016.

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, Potato, Chicken Fat (preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Blueberries, DL-methionine, Minerals: (zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins: (niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Taurine, Yeast Extract (a Source Of Prebiotics), Kale, Glucosamine Hydrochloride


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.0%
Fat: (min)
16.0%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
26.0%
Ash: (est)
8.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
40%
Fat: (min)
18%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
29%
Ash: (est)
9%
Calories: (est)
353/100g

*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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