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

Hill's Prescription Diet Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: corn and wheat gluten

Est. Calories: 395 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Prescription Diet M/d Feline (Dry) 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 M/d Feline (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

None

Questionable Ingredients

  • chicken by-product meal
  • corn gluten meal
  • brewers rice
  • wheat gluten
  • whole grain corn

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • whole grain corn

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 M/d Feline (Dry)'s first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by-product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

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



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2761 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet M/d Feline (Dry) has:

  • significantly more protein than average
  • fewer carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • an average amount of fiber
  • 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 M/d Feline (Dry) has approximately 395 calories per 100g (112 calories/ounce), which is a few 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:

Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Brewers Rice, Wheat Gluten, Powdered Cellulose, Pork Protein Isolate, Chicken Liver Flavor, L-Lysine, Whole Grain Corn, Lactic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, 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, Calcium Sulfate, DL-Methionine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Threonine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
48.7%
Fat: (min)
19.3%
Fiber: (max)
4.6%
Carbs: (est)
17.4%
Ash: (est)
5.6%
Moisture: (max)
4.4%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
51%
Fat: (min)
20%
Fiber: (max)
5%
Carbs: (est)
18%
Ash: (est)
6%
Calories: (est)
395/100g

*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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