This product may have been discontinued, as it is no longer listed on the manufacturer's website. This analysis will remain available for historical purposes, but please note that this product may be difficult if not impossible to find for purchase going forward.
Overall, Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult is a below average cat food, earning 5 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 Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult 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 Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult's most plentiful ingredient listed is salmon, 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.
Allergen alert: This product contains salmon, fish oil and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3067 cat foods in our database, Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult has approximately 408 calories per 100g (115 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
April 18, 2016.
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 as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Salmon, Potatoes, Pea Protein Concentrate, Yellow Peas, Chicken Fat, Potato Starch, Dried Egg Product, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Vegetable & fruit blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Fish Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Iodized Salt, Taurine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors.
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.