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

Hill's Prescription Diet Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: corn, wheat gluten and soy

Est. Calories: 318 cal/100g

Price: n/a

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

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice
  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • whole grain corn
  • whole grain wheat
  • soybean oil

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • whole grain corn
  • 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 W/d Feline (Dry) does contain with its top ingredients chicken meal which are considered quality protein sources.

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



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2898 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet W/d Feline (Dry) has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • significantly more 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 W/d Feline (Dry) has approximately 318 calories per 100g (90 calories/ounce), which is considerably fewer 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 Meal, Wheat Gluten, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken, Whole Grain Corn, Whole Grain Wheat, Pork Flavor, Pork Fat, Lactic Acid, Chicken Liver Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Soybean Oil, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Calcium Sulfate, DL-Methionine, L-Threonine, 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, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
37.1%
Fat: (min)
8.3%
Fiber: (max)
6.3%
Carbs: (est)
33.6%
Ash: (est)
3.2%
Moisture: (max)
11.5%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
42%
Fat: (min)
9%
Fiber: (max)
7%
Carbs: (est)
38%
Ash: (est)
4%
Calories: (est)
318/100g

*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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