Overall, Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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.
Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten 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.In this case, Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source.
Additionally, Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten also contains as top ingredients brown rice and whole grain wheat. 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 fish meal, fish oil, wheat gluten, soy protein isolate, soybean oil and egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, wheat gluten, soy or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 2748 cat foods in our database, Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Healthy Advantage Kitten has approximately 414 calories per 100g (117 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
June 13, 2016.
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:
Chicken, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Egg Product, Pork Fat, Chicken Meal, Soy Protein Isolate, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pea Fiber, Fish Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Wheat Gluten, Pork Protein Isolate, L-Lysine, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Whole Grain Oats, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flaxseed, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K)), Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Broccoli, Magnesium Oxide, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene
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.