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

Hill's Prescription Diet Canned Cat Food Review

Quick Analysis



Potential Allergens: corn, wheat gluten and eggs

Est. Calories: 79 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 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 Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • pork liver
  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • wheat gluten
  • corn starch
  • rice
  • guar gum

Potential Allergens

  • wheat gluten
  • corn starch
  • egg flavor

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 Vegetable & Chicken Stew does contain with its top ingredients pork liver which are considered quality protein sources.

Additionally, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew also contains as top ingredients wheat gluten. 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 corn starch, wheat gluten and egg flavor which may be problematic for cats who suffer from corn, wheat gluten or eggs food allergies.

Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2701 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew has:

  • less protein than average
  • significantly 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 Feline Vegetable & Chicken Stew has approximately 79 calories per 100g (22 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 April 18, 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:

Water, Pork Liver, Carrots, Wheat Gluten, Spinach, Chicken, Powdered Cellulose, Corn Starch, Rice, Flaxseed, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver Flavor, Coconut Oil, Potassium Alginate, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Lactate, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Egg Flavor, Disodium Phosphate, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, L-Carnitine, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Magnesium Oxide, Beta-Carotene

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

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Dry Matter Analysis

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*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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