Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew Review

Hill's Prescription Diet Canned Cat Food Review


Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn, wheat gluten, soy and eggs

Est. Calories: 74 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew is a below average cat food, earning 5 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.

Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • pork liver
  • tuna
  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • corn starch
  • wheat gluten
  • rice
  • soybean oil
  • guar gum

Potential Allergens

  • tuna
  • corn starch
  • wheat gluten
  • egg whites
  • soybean oil

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew does contain with its top ingredients pork liver and tuna which are considered 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, which is an additive that some experts claim may be a possible contributor to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains tuna, corn starch, wheat gluten, soybean oil and egg whites which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn, wheat gluten, soy or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • 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, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic + Urinary Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew has approximately 74 calories per 100g (21 calories/ounce), which is fewer 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 13, 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:

Water, Pork Liver, Carrots, Powdered Cellulose, Tuna, Chicken, Corn Starch, Wheat Gluten, Egg Whites, Dried Tomato Pomace, Rice, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Potassium Alginate, Fish Oil, Calcium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Choline Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, L-Lysine, Monosodium Phosphate, Taurine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Potassium Citrate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, L-Carnitine, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Calcium Carbonate


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
7.7%
Fat: (min)
3.0%
Fiber: (max)
2.4%
Carbs: (est)
6.0%
Ash: (est)
0.9%
Moisture: (max)
79.9%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
38%
Fat: (min)
15%
Fiber: (max)
12%
Carbs: (est)
30%
Ash: (est)
5%
Calories: (est)
74/100g

*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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