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 Feline 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.Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline does contain with its top ingredients pork liver which are considered quality protein sources. However, this product also lists pork by-products within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline also contains as top ingredients corn flour. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.
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 fish oil, corn flour, corn starch and corn gluten meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or corn food allergies.
Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline has approximately 87 calories per 100g (25 calories/ounce), which is 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
November 17, 2019.
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:
Water, Pork Liver, Pork By-products, Corn Flour, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken, Corn Starch, Flaxseed, Dried Tomato Pomace, Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Coconut Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Carrots, Fish Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Calcium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Taurine, L-carnitine, Minerals (zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), 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.