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Overall, Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley 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 Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley 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 Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains turkey as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult also contains as top ingredients brown rice. 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 oil and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 2835 cat foods in our database, Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult has approximately 358 calories per 100g (101 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:
Chicken, Turkey, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pea Protein Concentrate, Brown Rice, Oat Fiber, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Vegetable & fruit blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Ginger, Fish Oil, 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, 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.