Hill's Prescription Diet J/d Feline (Dry) Review

Hill's Prescription Diet Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: corn and soy

Est. Calories: 404 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Prescription Diet J/d Feline (Dry) is a significantly below average cat food, earning 3 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 J/d Feline (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

None

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice
  • corn gluten meal
  • chicken by-product meal
  • soybean mill run

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • soybean mill run

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 Prescription Diet J/d Feline (Dry) includes chicken by-product meal. By-products are typically considered an inferior, lesser quality ingredient in cat food.

Additionally, Hill's Prescription Diet J/d Feline (Dry) also contains as top ingredients brewers rice, corn gluten meal and soybean mill run. 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 corn gluten meal and soybean mill run which may be problematic for cats who suffer from corn or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet J/d Feline (Dry) has:

  • less protein than average
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • more fat than average
  • significantly less fiber than average
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
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 J/d Feline (Dry) has approximately 404 calories per 100g (114 calories/ounce), which is considerably more calories 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 July 3, 2017.

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:

Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Pork Fat, Soybean Mill Run, Fish Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, L-Lysine, Lactic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Cysteine, 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), Taurine, L-Threonine, minerals (Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Iodized Salt, L-Tryptophan, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Magnesium Oxide, Beta-Carotene


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
34.4%
Fat: (min)
21.1%
Fiber: (max)
1.9%
Carbs: (est)
29.9%
Ash: (est)
7.1%
Moisture: (max)
5.7%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
36%
Fat: (min)
22%
Fiber: (max)
2%
Carbs: (est)
32%
Ash: (est)
8%
Calories: (est)
404/100g

*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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